s&l_0419's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: S
Beneficiary's Name: L
VJ Member: s&l_0419
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2014-06-26
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Immigration Checklist for S & L:

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 : 2012-05-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-05-18
I-129F RFE(s) : none
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-08-13
NVC Received : 2012-08-20
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-09-10
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2012-10-29
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-11-07
US Entry : 2012-11-10
Marriage :
Comments : POE: Guam
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 87 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 164 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Honolulu
POE Date : 2012-11-10
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2013-03-11
NOA Date : 2013-03-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-09
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-10-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2013-10-23
Comments : AOS interview was waived for my case :D

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-03-11
NOA Date : 2013-03-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-09
Approved Date : 2013-05-16
Date Card Received : 2013-05-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 66 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 29, 2012
Embassy Review : First of all, i just want to thank visajourney for helping us in almost every details & questions t'was bugging me throughout this k1 visa process. People here are so helpful. Thank you guys!  

Oct. 29, 2012: Arrived in USem around 5:30 for our 7:30 appointment. I'm with my fiancé during this big day. We waited 'til the guard called the IV applicants for 7:30. Lined up for inspection of DS forms, qppointment letter & passport put inside a ziploc. 

6:15 - was already inside the embassy after going thru security check, got our lucky # 6003, dropped DS forms at window 39. USC's enter thru a different door & they will leave their electronic devices with the guard w/ claim ID.

6:40 - Pre-screened by Filipino officer @ window 53. She was nice. She got my other requirements (passport, nbi, nso, cenomar, I-134, IRS, pay stubs & employment letter). She only asked me  "How did you meet?" then she asked my fiance about his 2011 W2's & my fiance explained to her that it is already included in the IRS we submitted but my fiancé ended up providing the W2's. Thank God he took with him all documents with regards to his taxes. Questions asked to my fiance: Is he married before? How many kids? When did you arrive? How many times you visited her? then she asked if we have photos or other evidences & I was about get it from my folder but she said just show it to the consul if asked. She smiled & said thank you & responded the same. 

7:00 - biometrics at window 43

8:00 - Interview with the American CO @ window 60. I was not nervous while waiting for the final interview but when we went to the window & saw the CO I was stunned coz he really looks like "Matt Damon" (damn! I am a big fan! lol!). Me & my fiance swore about telling the truth & nothing but the truth and so on...he first asked me these questions: How did we meet? when was the first time you met in person? Did i work abroad? Do i have kids? Ever been married before? and then questions asked to my fiance were if he was married before? how many kids?  date of finality of his divorce? what does he do for a living? where are we planning to stay in US? when did we get engage? then he browsed on his I-134 and asked again how many household currently living w/ my fiance? then t'was it. He said your information looks good & just wait for further instructions. We did not have a chance to ask if we were approved. Mr. "Matt Damon" did not mention the magic words "visa approved!" nor "welcome to the US!" but he just smiled & thanked us so we responded accordingly. We left the window clueless lol!

8:40 - window 71 for visa delivery/pick-up instructions. The only time we realized we were approved lol!

Overall, it was a nice experience. We heard from one of the officers that today they only have few IV applicants probably because people think that it'll be better to have the interview after the "all saints day" rather than have it before since we only have 3 working days this week. We were fortunate enough who had it today coz it wasn't a long day for us, almost 3 hrs. & we were done. It pays to have your fiancé during the interview. Since he was asked a lot more than i did...i guess it's just right to say "He nailed it!" lmao!

All for God. All by God. Thank you & Good luck everyone on your upcoming interview!
Rating : Very Good

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