Bill and Editha's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Bill
Beneficiary's Name: Editha
VJ Member: Bill and Editha
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2013-12-19
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Immigration Checklist for Bill & Editha:

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 : 2012-03-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-03-30
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-07-19
NVC Received : 2012-07-24
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-07-31
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2012-08-31
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2013-01-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2013-01-18
US Entry : 2013-01-29
Marriage : 2013-01-31
Comments : We had a two month delay (xray issue) but God has His timing for everything.....
Medical results were cleared on December 28, 2012, had vaccines on the same date.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 111 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 286 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Salt Lake City UT
Date Filed : 2013-04-26
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-05-31
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-12-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2013-12-17
Comments :

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-04-26
NOA Date : 2013-05-02
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-06-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 66 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: Other Experience
Event Description
Review Date : January 11, 2013
Embassy Review : Hello to all!

I had my interview at the US Embassy Manila yesterday, January 10, 2013; 7:30 am appointment. I am glad that I stayed at the Boulevard Mansion, just across the USE so I was there at about 5:45 am. There were lots of applicants already, some were accompanied by their fiance. I was confident even Bill was not with me because he was with me during that time...he and our friends were praying for us especially for me for that interview.We were delayed for two months (because of my medical results) but we know that there are reasons for this.

I got my number (6117) and went inside the Embassy at 6:30 am and waited for one hour for my finger print scanning. I cannot explain the feeling...I wasn't nervous but with your eyes glued on the TV screen for your number to be flashed with the window assignment, that was toughed. You can go to the rest room but only for a while, can't go out also to buy water at the lobby because I was afraid that i cannot keep tracked of my number. There were Embassy employees who keep on asking/reminding us of the procedures while we are waiting for our numbers...they were very helpful and they were very commendable, it was also tough on them walking all the time and assisting the applicants.

At 8:45, my name and number was called (this time it wasn't flashed on the screen)to report at window number 37. A Filipino officer asked for my papers such as the CENOMAR, birth certificate, NBI clearance, I-134, my fiance's ITR,and receipt of visa payment. She didn't ask for my HK Police Clearance (I worked in HK last 1986-1989) because it was the HK Police who sent them the clearance. She asked several questions such as the age and job of my fiancee, where did we met, how many times did he visit me in the Phil., if he also sends me money...personal questions where in one can answer right away if you are honest with all your dealings. I show to her my photo album and explained to her some pictures. She didn't ask for receipts, bank certificates,letter from the employer...those that I had mentioned were being submitted to her. She was very helpful and I am grateful to that.

I took a seat again and had my eyes glued at the TV screen and at 10:05 my number was flashed again. This time I have to report for an interview by the US consul at window 63. I took an oath that I have to tell the truth. These are the questions that she name, date of birth, age, job, civil status (she smiled when I told her that I had never been married and no children - I am 50 yrs old); name, age and job of my fiance. She was scanning my papers as she asked me those questions and at the same time looked at me intensely but with a smile. The people at the Embassy are good psychologists..they can tell if you are truthful and sincere. She also asked me if I had been out of the country and also asked me if I would like also to work at the US. I think the interview lasted only in less than 5 minutes. She gave me a piece of paper and said that it would be my guide when I am already there at the US. She advised me to wait for the releasing (last step of the interview process).

At 10:15, I was already at the releasing counter. The Filipino officer asked me some questions and told me to wait for my name to be called again. It was a pain because I didn't know the reason why I had to wait. I prayed while waiting...I was almost at the top of the stairs and yet I cannot land. After 20 minutes of waiting, I was called back by the Filipino officer. He then explained to me that the US consul had not seen my HK Police clearance that's why she somehow hold the approval of my visa. I am very happy and blessed that the Filipino officer meticulously scanned my papers. He then advised me to go home and will wait for my visa delivered straight to my home. I am praying that it will be delivered as soon as possible because I still have my CFO and it's really difficult if you are far from Manila. I was out of the US Embassy at about 11:00 am.

Here's a piece of advice... make sure that you have all the required papers... log on to ; be on time and have your breakfast; just be yourself; and most of all believe that you can make it with the help of the Almighty God. Good luck to every one and I am very grateful to VisaJourney because this site helped us a lot in our preparations and I hope that this will also be a help and inspiration to those who are preparing for their interview.

God bless us all.

Truly yours,
Bill and Editha
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