Miwa's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Jim
Beneficiary's Name: Sook Kuan
VJ Member: Miwa
Country: Malaysia

Last Updated: 2008-11-22
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Immigration Checklist for Jim & Sook Kuan:

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 : Malaysia
I-129F Sent : 2005-08-12
I-129F NOA1 : 2005-08-16
I-129F RFE(s) : 2005-10-21
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2005-11-02
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2006-01-11
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-02-01
Packet 4 Received : 2006-02-17
Interview Date : 2006-03-28 Submit Review
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-03-31
US Entry : 2006-05-23
Marriage : 2006-05-25
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 78 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 224 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2006-05-23 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Fiancee's parents and sister travelled together with fiancee and was asked no questions at all. Officer at POE was friendly and reminded fiancee that she has 90 days to get married and wished her good luck


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Jose CA
Date Filed : 2006-06-29
NOA Date : 2006-07-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2006-07-27
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2006-09-19 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2006-09-19
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2006-10-21
Comments : Interview was successfully conducted at San Jose office. However, approval is pending FBI name check on interview date.

Scheduled an infopass appt to check on status of EAD and AP on Oct 3rd, waited 2 hours and was asked to come back on Oct 5th.

On Oct 5th, after waiting for an hour, the officer congratulated us and gave me the I-551 stamp on my passport. She says that I won't need my EAD and AP now, so I never did find out what happened to them!


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2006-06-29
NOA Date : 2006-07-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2006-07-27
Approved Date :
Date Card Received :
Comments : We found out that the EAD & AP applications were wrongly sent to San Jose CIS office during our interview for AOS. According to the officer, San Jose no longer processes such applications. Our EAD & AP applications will be sent back to Chicago office tomorrow and they will process it thereafter.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between December 15, 2006 and December 23, 2006*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2006-06-29
NOA Date : 2006-07-03
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments : We found out that the EAD & AP applications were wrongly sent to San Jose CIS office during our interview for AOS. According to the officer, San Jose no longer processes such applications. Our EAD & AP applications will be sent back to Chicago office tomorrow and they will process it thereafter.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your AP may be adjudicated between December 19, 2006 and December 28, 2006*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2008-07-15
NOA Date : 2008-07-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-08-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-11-12
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2008-11-22
Comments : SK delayed her biometrics appointment because she was not in the country during the first biometrics date. We were approved without an interview. Our package of evidence contained only of copy of our joint tax return, joint house lease agreement, copy of declaration page of our car insurance with both of our names, car loan billing showing joint account and copy of boarding passes for Christmas trip to his parents place, Chinese New Year trip back to Malaysia and short vacation to New York.


Member Reviews:

POE Review: San Francisco
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-05-23
Embassy Review : Fiancee's parents and sister travelled together with fiancee and was asked no questions at all. Officer at POE was friendly and reminded fiancee that she has 90 days to get married and wished her good luck
Harassment Level : Low


Local US CIS Office Review: San Jose CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : September 19, 2006
Embassy Review : We reached the office about 35 minutes prior to our interview time (10.30am). Husband (USC) had a can of diet coke with him and we found out that on top of cell phones, PDAs and laptops, we cannot bring in food or drink in. We finished the diet coke before entering where the security checked our ID (passport for non-USC, DL for USC) and our appointment letter. Our files and novels (brought them just in case we needed to wait) went through the x-ray machines with husband's shoes. We were then directed to 2nd floor and instructed to put our interview notice in a box in front of a window.

During the course of our wait, we noticed that 2 other couples were late for their interview as the officers would call their name and asked them why they were late. One had an interview at 8.30am but was there only at 10 am. However, the officers (one Caucasian white haired gentleman, the other a Chinese middle aged man) discussed on how to fit them in to the packed schedule. They were very polite. Both couples were lucky as when the officers called out the names of other people (I counted at least 3 names), no one answered. Hence, the officers were able to interview those 2 couples eventhough they were late.

We were called in by a lady at approximately 10.45am (we didn't wear our watches). We were brought in to her room and she asked us to keep standing and raise our right hands. She fiddled with the camera abit (it's an old, bulky Panasonic camera) and sworn us in.

She went through my file which she had opened in front of her desk. My file was at least 2 inches thick! She was very thorough and asked us questions such as:
- Have I been working in US?
- (Separately) Is this our respective first marriages? Do we respectively have any children?
- My phone number and the house phone number
- Have I or my husband used any other name before?
- How did we meet?
- Some of the questions from the list of questions on the AOS application (did I ever commit a crime, used false documentation for immigration purposes, etc)
- When did I visit US (This was when she noticed my cancelled B1 visa with 2 entry stamps)? For how long was I here? Have I ever overstayed? Why was I here during both occassions?
- Do I drive? (I replied that I have passed my driving test but I am waiting for my EAD or green card before I get my DL)
- Have I gone back to Malaysia?
- To my husband (USC), she asked him if he was working and where does he work?
- Where did I get my TB test done? She looked through the DS-3025 (?) that I submitted and looked puzzled. We promptly provided her with the I-693A vaccination supplement and she was happy to see it.
- Proof of our relationship after getting married. (I provided a tenancy agreement, letter from our bank (indicating joint bank accounts), letter from his company (indicating that I am insured under his name for health insurance), copy of 401k beneficiary form that he filled out recently naming me as a beneficiary and car insurance with our names on it)
- Photos
- Has my husband take me anywhere for a vacation?
- Has my husband ever submitted copies of his passport or birth certificate to the USCIS? (We said yes, and she had to go through the file to find it)
- How long did our K-1 visa process take? (She said that we were lucky to get our visa in 9 months)
- She noted that my husband bought the engagement ring a month after we started dating.

She was very thorough with my file (going through page by page). She told us that our file looks ok but unfortunately, we are still pending the FBI name check which we may get either tomorrow or in 6 months time, it is out of her hands. I was informed that if I passed, I will get an approval notice, followed by a green card 3 weeks later. If I did not pass the FBI name check, she will have to call me in again.

She noted that my AP & EAD application was wrongly sent to San Jose office as they no longer process it there, which explains why my application is nearing 90 days and I have no sign of both of them. She will return them to the Chicago office tomorrow and they will process it there for me. However, since I made my application in June, she is sure that they will process my application according to the date I submitted them.

By the way, I am convinced that the "Are you working? Are you driving? Have you gone back to Malaysia?" are trick questions designed to catch me if I did those illegal things, especially since she saw those applications (unapproved) before she asked me those questions!
Harassment Level : Moderate


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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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