Mogambi's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Tim
Beneficiary's Name: Lyn
VJ Member: Mogambi
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2013-04-18
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Immigration Checklist for Tim & Lyn:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2011-09-12
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-09-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-01-31
NVC Received : 2012-02-04
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2012-02-24
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2012-02-28
Interview Date : 2012-05-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-05-22
US Entry : 2012-08-08
Marriage : 2012-10-10
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 138 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 239 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2012-08-08
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Francisco CA
Date Filed : 2013-01-25
NOA Date : 2013-01-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-02-28
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2013-04-03
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-04-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2013-04-18
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2013-01-25
NOA Date : 2013-01-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2013-03-29
Date Card Received : 2013-04-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2013-01-25
NOA Date : 2013-01-29
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-04-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 63 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 25, 2012
Embassy Review : Lyn had her interview finally on May 12. We had our original date in April, but we had to postpone twice because it took longer than we expected to get the Police Clearance from Thailand.

She arrived at about 6 in the morning, and was done I think around 10:30. No problems, they asked for Cenomar, Birth Certificate, my affidavit of support. Two interviews, first with a Filipina lady, and then with a man from the US Embassy. Both pretty short, simple questions about how we met, what I do for a living, when the last time we were together.

Our paperwork was very well organized. She said the Filipina woman who interviewed her at first was a little strict, but that the man in the final interview was very sweet, and laughed a lot, and made her feel at ease. Not sure if they are all like that, but maybe we got lucky.

The passport arrived back to her about 10 days later with the Visa in it.

Rating : Very Good

Local US CIS Office Review: San Francisco CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : April 3, 2013
Embassy Review : I read a few less than favorable reviews, but our experience today was very very smooth.

Our interview was at 10:10am, we arrived about 9:45. Security was very nice, even though they kept finding something suspicious in my wife's purse, but then as we dug, we couldn't find it. They were laughing, in the end it turned out to be a keychain flashlight, but we didn't realize until after we had passed through security.

Got upstairs, turned in our interview letter, then had a seat. The couple in front of us seemed to get a fairly seriously man, they went in before us. Then about 15 minutes late, our interviewer came out, he had a smile on his face, and I was relieved.

He took us inside, we swore an oath. Asked a few questions, where did you meet, etc. Asked to see our passports, took the I-94 and gave us back the passports. A few more questions, mostly about my work, itt's a bit crazy at the time, so I have been spending a lot of time in LA. I suppose this raised a red flag, like he's thinking 'does this guy LIVE in LA or somethig?' But eventually I think he understood. Then just a few questions to my wife, who does the cooking, what do you do while your husband works, etc.

That was it. Said we were approved, he just had to glance through the file one more time, but would send it off today. I said, 'um, don't you want to see any evidence?', he smiles, said if we wanted to add anything into the file for the ROC process in a couple of years, that was OK. So I added the bank accounts, utility bills and tax return, just because I had them.

Didn't ask to see a single photo, any evidence at all! Not one thing! I was shocked. Had spent so much time preparing it all, almost felt disappointed

But in the end, a very easy and positive experience. Gave him a warm handshake at the end.

Whole thing took about 20 minutes, if that.

Harassment Level : Very Good

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