kc456's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Ksenia
Beneficiary's Name: C
VJ Member: kc456
Country: Russia

Last Updated: 2008-04-26
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Immigration Checklist for Ksenia & C:

Dept of State Other Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

Other Visa
Event Date
NVC Received :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date :
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Jose CA
Date Filed : 2005-09-02
NOA Date : 2005-09-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2005-12-08
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2006-03-01 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2006-03-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2006-03-13
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2005-09-02
NOA Date : 2005-09-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2005-12-08
Approved Date : 2005-12-09
Date Card Received : 2005-12-15
Comments : EAD biometrics letter never received. Done together with AOS biometrics in San Jose (no letter was required). After biometrics were taken, online status changed to approved on 12-09-2005. Although MSC approved the application on 11-07 (w/o biometrics), using the later date to not artificially improve CIS processing dates.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 98 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2005-09-02
NOA Date : 2005-09-07
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2005-11-14
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 66 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2008-04-09
NOA Date : 2008-04-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-05-09
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: San Jose CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 8, 2006
Embassy Review : First note: they donít allow computers into the USCIS office, we had to go back to the car to unload husbandís laptop, and then go through the security again.

The interviewer started with an oath, and then asked to show identification. I presented my EAD for identification, since I just applied for a DL in married name and my DL was hole-punched. But the interviewer wanted to see the CA drivers license; turns out that he wanted to make sure our addresses match. I had the interim DL (print out from DMV) with me, with the current address, which satisfied him.

The interviewer then started going through the file we submitted to USCIS. He was going through every page, asking questions here and there. Asked for my passport and I-94 from when I last entered the US in 2001 (on H1B). I only had a copy and explained that I misplaced the original. Maybe since it's been almost 2 years, he was okay with the copy.

He then asked if we hade childredn together, to which we replied that we were expecting one. He asked to see records of that. I had several ultrasound pictures, but the first set did not have my name on it. Luckily, the later one had ďBABY [LASTNAME]" and he asked to keep it. Then asked about employment and where I worked. I presented my employment letter, which he kept. Also he asked if husband was still with the same company and took the employment letter. We also gave him copies of of husband's 2005 W-2s, since we did not file taxes yet.

The interviewer then wanted to see the evidence of us living together as a married couple. We had current and future lease, correspondence sent to us from the leasing office about lease renewals, etc, auto insurance covering both of us. He also took copies of work benefits: husband's showing me covered under his health plan and showing me as life insurance beneficiary, and mine showing husband as life insurance beneficiary. He did not see to ask pictures or the wedding album, so maybe it's just women who do that.

He then stamped the file and my passport (without me even asking -- cool!) My I-551 stamp is valid for a year. The card should arrive within 8 weeks.

Overall, the interview took 30-40 minutes and was pretty thorough. I was reading a lot of posts about "piece of cake," "just social chit chat," "took us 10 minutes", etc. So be prepared for a thorough interview and bring all the evidence they ask for.
Harassment Level : Moderate

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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
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rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
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