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  Petitioner's Name: R
Beneficiary's Name: A
VJ Member: visaqueries
Country: Egypt

Last Updated: 2018-08-07
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Immigration Checklist for R & A:

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 : Egypt
I-129F Sent : 2012-08-06
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-08-09
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-04-19
NVC Received : 2013-05-08
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-05-09
Consulate Received : 2013-05-12
Packet 3 Received : 2013-05-16
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-08-07
Packet 4 Received : 2013-12-05
Interview Date : 2013-12-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-02-08
US Entry : 2014-05-02
Marriage : 2014-05-07
Comments : He went with a group of people into the back room on his POE in Detroit. They had him wait 2.5 hours. When his turn arrived, all they said was, "You have entered on a K1 Visa. You have 90 days to marry and adjust status. Welcome to America."
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 253 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 496 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2014-05-02
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : He waited in a back room for 2.5 hours, but it was just waiting. Once he went to the desk to see the officer, she stamped his passport and told him he had 90 days to get married and adjust status...and welcome to the USA.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Kansas City MO
Date Filed : 2014-05-12
NOA Date : 2014-05-16
RFE(s) : 2015-05-23
Bio. Appt. : 2014-05-27
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-06-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2015-06-11
Comments : Interview waiver letter received 8/15/14. RFE received Memorial Day weekend 2015. Paperwork received 6/1/2015 and sent for production 6/4/2015.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-05-12
NOA Date : 2014-05-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-05-27
Approved Date : 2014-08-08
Date Card Received : 2014-08-15
Comments : Still waiting for the AOS to be approved, so we applied for a renewal within the 120 day time frame. It was received 4/17/2015.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 88 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-05-12
NOA Date : 2014-05-13
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-08-15
Comments : Still waiting for the AOS to be approved, so we applied for a renewal within the 120 day time frame. It was received 4/17/2015.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 88 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-03-06
NOA Date : 2017-03-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-03-23
Interview Date : 2018-07-24
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-07-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2018-07-30
Comments : This interview was done at the same time as the Naturalization interview. Both of us were in the interview for the entire time. The CO asked my husband if he'd like to do the Civics Test and the Reading/Writing portion first. She said that most often people can relax after that is complete. My husband agreed and did perfectly on the tests. He thanked her for doing that as it did make things easier. The next portion she had to complete was verifying the information on the application. She had very little questions for us. She just asked how things were going and what we did together. We both answered the questions, and if I left something off, my husband added it and vice versa. We talked about how we loved to travel together, talked about his job and his hours. We talked about our weekly trips to Sam's Club and our mutual affection for Chick-fil-A. The CO said she could relate to both of those instances. We had prepared so many papers for them, but when we arrived the only thing she needed was our tax returns. I am sure they had them, but she might have felt badly she didn't need anything more from us. At the end of the interview, she approved my husband. Within a week we had the new green card and a date for the Naturalization Oath Ceremony. Five stars for our interview experience.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Kansas City MO
Date Filed : 2018-03-15
NOA Date : 2018-03-16
Bio. Appt. : 2018-04-05
Interview Date : 2018-07-24
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2018-09-26
Comments : See above as the Removal of Conditions Interview was done at the same time.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Egypt
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 7, 2014
Embassy Review : My fiancé had a very tough interview. He said that while he was interviewing, the interviewer beside his interiewer finished interviewing two people with a third getting ready to interview.

The interviewer had really read all the information I submitted in the first packet. He did not seem to have reviewed any of the packet my fiancé sent in before the interview. However, there was enough information to create quite a lively exchange of information.

I'll provide red flags, so it might help: 11+ years difference, different religions, and he'd been married before to a citizen of another western country. My fiancé said our interviewer asked every question he could think of related to his previous marriage, our friendship turned relationship, family...

I think that sometimes when the interviewer senses red flags, they question hard to see if there is a chink in the armor. That's what happened with us. Thankfully my fiancé speaks English well. I say that because there was no confusion as to what was being asked, and my fiancé didn't have to really concentrate on the language part; he could just talk.

Types of questions included: Why when you tried for a visitor visa did you say that she was just a friend, but you were beginning the relationship before that time? My fiancé explained that when we applied for his visitor visa we hadn't seen each other in three years. He knew we were meeting to determine the extent of our feelings. My fiancé said, "How could I have even written she was my girlfriend when I hadn't seen her? I can't call someone my girlfriend when I've not even seen them. After we saw each other, yes, I could say that. Not before." Incidentally, his visitor visa was denied, and I ended up travelling there.

My fiancé talked about our traveling together, and the interviewer questioned how such traditional families would be okay with us traveling together. My fiancé explained that though our families are very aware of our engagement, they don't question us about the extent of our relationship. Without them discussing their feelings with us, we don't know what they think. The interviewer then stated he felt our European trip was actually our honeymoon and we are probably already married.

Concerning his previous wife, he asked about how it could be that he was friends with me and married to someone else. My fiancé explained that both of us knew about the other (my relationship was not romantic at that point), and I was providing input regarding their business plan. Additionally, we only communicated until the business issues were resolved. Then communication ceased and resumed once his marriage was dissolved (her decision). The former wife had planned to move to Egypt then decided she didn't want to move or be married, so the interviewer wanted to know why all of a sudden he wanted to move to America. My fiancé explained that we haven't fully decided that we will spend our lives in the US, but the best decision for us now is for him to move here. Our plans might change, but we are determined to start our lives together here.

There were more questions, but because the interviewer was truly convinced our relationship was authentic, they were specific to our lives. In the end, he stated that the only lacking component was he still felt we were married. He told my fiancé he'd be going to the Department of Justice to determine if his divorce was recorded, and if he had no marriage on file. If that turned out to be the case they would, "go forward with our visa". It would be a few weeks before we would know. My fiancé tried to hand him the original divorce decree, but the interviewer told him he can't trust it as those can be bought anywhere in the city.

As a side note: one thing my fiancé forgot to do was to highlight some paperwork that would determine our "not married" status. We traveled last year and this year to places in Egypt. By law, an Egyptian man is not allowed to stay in the same room with a woman to whom he is not married. We had receipts for our hotel stay with two rooms last year 2012 and reservations for our two rooms this year as well (I was arriving three days after his interview and we then took the trip). We know it only proves that we had purchased two separate rooms, but we felt it would help with the case. We debated what to do about that, and in the end we sent the receipts via DHL the day he interviewed. The good outweighed the bad when we debated if we should send them. In our cover letter we stated that they already had a copy of the receipt from 2012 (so they wouldn't think we just generated a fake receipt).

At any rate, we determined the name of our interviewer (written at the bottom of the paid receipt), and we now smile and ask ourselves "What would D do?" Interviewer told fiancé after fiancé called me a girl that he was actually marrying a woman. So, when we talk about each other my fiancé says, "Now woman, according to DP, I think we should go to the Mall of Arabia." I am sure an interviewer has never been referred to as much as we affectionately refer to him. He was tough. We are grateful for him working diligently to do his job, and we just hope through his diligence he determines we do indeed qualify for a visa.
Rating : Moderate

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