tfospc's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: T
Beneficiary's Name: P
VJ Member: tfospc
Country: South Africa

Last Updated: 2012-09-19
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Immigration Checklist for T & P:

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 : South Africa
I-129F Sent : 2012-03-09
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-03-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-07-24
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2012-08-23
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-08-24
Packet 4 Received : 2012-08-24
Interview Date : 2012-09-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-09-11
US Entry : 2012-09-16
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 131 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 179 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: South Africa
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 19, 2012
Embassy Review : Before the Interview:

We ended up having to call the consulate and have them re-send Packet 3 by email. When my fiancÚ called, they claimed that they had sent it a couple weeks before but we never received it and checked both our spam and regular inbox several times a day. So it might be important to call the consulate if you still haven't received anything via email a couple of weeks after the NVC has sent the documentation to the consulate.

It is also important to send the 'Notification of Applicant Readiness' with the 'DS-230 Part 1' back to the Consulate after they send you Packet 3 in order for you to get a Visa Appointment Letter. My fiancÚ had called to ask which documents he was supposed to send and was instructed to only send the "DS-230 Part 1"; however, he ended up sending both, which was what was actually needed to obtain an interview date.

Also, the visa appointment letter stated that only unabridged/full birth certificates that are computer generated would be accepted, which we had never seen before then. My fiancÚ had gotten his full birth certificate as a child and they did not have computer generated ones then so this caused quite a worry. The hand-written unabridged birth certificate ended up being accepted because it was issued before 2000. However, we managed to get one within a week through Home Affairs because of a very nice regional Home Affairs office (Malmesbury) and calling the regional Home Affairs office every day to check up on it. We were very lucky that that Home Affairs office was very nice and marked the birth certificate as urgent as well as checking up on it in Pretoria constantly! I do not think it is common for someone to get a birth certificate that quickly so it is better to get one well in advance.

At the interview:

My fiancÚ went an hour before his interview time. He just sat outside and waited until security came out at 1pm. He said you have to have your appointment letter with you to show security before you can go inside. He was told to keep his appointment letter in his hand along with his passport until he got inside.

After security screening to get inside, he went into a waiting area in front of the counters where the interviews are conducted. It took him about 15 minutes to get called up to the counter. My fiancÚ was then asked for all the forms that he had filled out, birth certificate, police certificate, new evidence of relationship and a wedding invitation. Our wedding had been set and planned during the whole K-1 visa process and we had sent out invitations to everyone so this might not be something that everyone needs to have. But the officer really stressed showing our actual wedding invite and specifically looked for the date on the invitation. Luckily I had sent him one of our wedding invites as proof!

Then my fiancÚ had to go around to the cashier and pay the fee. He said they do not take U.S. 100 dollar bills issued before 2003. He didn't have that so he paid by credit card instead.

Then he was told to sit down in the same waiting area again to wait to be called up to a different counter. He waited about 20 minutes before he got called up to a different counter. The Consular Officer then asked him a few more questions about our relationship. Then my fiancÚ signed a form and was given a lot of his documentation back and was told that he could come pick up the passport with his visa in it the next day. The Consular Officer gave him a receipt that he had to take with him the next day in order to pick up his visa.

The next day he showed security his receipt to get into the consulate and he had to go sit in the same waiting room, except this time he was given a ticket with a number on it and he was called up by that number instead of by name like the day before. When his number was called up to the counter, he gave them his receipt and they gave him his passport with his visa in it. He was then asked to check that the visa was correct. It was and a few days later he flew to the U.S.!!
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Denver
Event Description
Entry Date : 2012-09-16
Embassy Review : My fiancÚ entered the U.S. through Denver. He said they were super friendly and really quick. He wasn't sent to secondary processing. The officer at customs and border security opened his sealed packet and told him that he had to marry within 90 days and if not, he would have to leave the U.S. Overall, it was a very stress-free U.S. entry process!!
Harassment Level : Low

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