mtcmk1's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: K
Beneficiary's Name: O
VJ Member: mtcmk1
Country: Haiti

Last Updated: 2017-06-18
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Immigration Checklist for K & O:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Haiti
I-129F Sent : 2012-06-07
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-06-14
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-10-29
NVC Received : 2012-11-07
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-11-09
Consulate Received : 2012-11-19
Packet 3 Received : 2012-11-20
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-12-18
Packet 4 Received : 2013-01-04
Interview Date : 2013-02-14
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-02-22
US Entry : 2013-05-08
Marriage : 2013-06-09
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 137 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 245 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2013-05-08
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : The lady at the POE told us that I-94 apparently is not needed anymore (hence why we didn't receive one in the plane.) However, if requested, the information can now be completed online: (which I plan on doing for the AOS paperwork)

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Hartford CT
Date Filed : 2013-07-16
NOA Date : 2013-07-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-08-23
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-12-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2013-12-21
Comments : Case status was stuck on Acceptance from July until Dec 13 when we received the text that the status was changed. Went from Acceptance to Card/Document Production.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-07-16
NOA Date : 2013-07-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-08-23
Approved Date : 2013-09-17
Date Card Received : 2013-09-25
Comments : Never received NOA2 for card. Just the EAD/AP combo card.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-07-16
NOA Date : 2013-07-24
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-09-25
Comments : Never received NOA2 for card. Just the EAD/AP combo card.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 63 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-09-21
NOA Date : 2015-09-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-10-29
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-07-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2016-08-06
Comments : This process, although it was long, was without any issues. We did not get a RFE.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Hartford CT
Date Filed : 2016-10-04
NOA Date : 2016-10-17
Bio. Appt. : 2016-11-08
Interview Date : 2017-06-08
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2017-06-16
Comments : Per my husband, the interview was very pleasant. He was asked 6 questions and requested to read a question and write the answer. Although this was the second longest wait (8 months and 13 days from application to oath ceremony) during our whole process, it was all worth it!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Haiti
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 15, 2013
Embassy Review : We left our homes around 5.30 and did not get to the Embassy until around 6.20! There was already a big line waiting and we did not try to bypass it as we needed to calm down a bit (especially me) LOL. By 6.40, we were already at Checkpoint 2 to go into the security area. After a 25 minutes wait in line, we arrived at the Consulate's waiting area. We were told where to sit and waited our turn. Finally at 8.30 exactly, we were called at the first window to check in. The girl wasn't too nice, but she wasn't too bad either. She freaked me out when she said that I was missing my tax return transcripts! Thank goodness we brought a copy and she accepted them along with some new pictures. She asked a couple questions and at 8.40 we were able to return to the second waiting area (same room, just a different part.) As we were flipping through the documents that were returned to us, we realized that the original Tax transcripts were included and that she probably added them by mistake. There was nothing we could do but just wait...We waited for about an hour. Then, O's name was called. We went happily to a nice lady who joked with us about our file being the largest one here and that she couldn't even lift it (LOL); but to our disappointment, it was just to get his fingerprints...Back to the second waiting area... We waited and eavesdropped, and watched some news on the TV.

At 11.25, finally they called O for his interview. I went with him and the nice smiling lady (very young) told me that we would be interviewed separately and to just wait my turn..I guess we had a "Stokes" interview. I was trying to eavesdrop, but couldn't because it was either too noisy or I was very nervous and my ears started to ring. After about 5 minutes, it was my turn. My interview was performed in English. And every time I answered something, she said with a smile, "good answer." After 2 or 3 minutes, she called O again and return some files to us... Then she took O's passport page (copy) and stapled a yellow tag to it and told us with a big smile: "Fťlicitations." She asked if I spoke creole (and I said yes) and then she proceeded to tell us the next step (paying the visa at Haiti Messenger) and also to congratulate us on how genuine our relationship felt. I was very happy! She was nice and we said a big "MERCI" and left to go pay!

By noon we were out of the Embassy and excited to start our next step!!! The questions we were asked were: How and when did we meet? Have we met each other's family? Where do I work? Where was I born? Have we planned our wedding? Why aren't we getting married in Haiti? Did our parents/family approve of our relationship? How did he propose? Do we have a ring? What school did I go to? What did I study? How many times have we seen each other? What do we do when we are together?

A lot of people got denied a fiance's visa today because they didn't have enough proof. Some got their decisions delayed because the fiance (e) was not attending the interview and they requested that he/she be there. So my advice: be prepared, and unless you really can't, make sure you both are at the interview!

4 out 5 stars because of the long wait and the rude 'circulation' officers.
Rating : Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2013-05-08
Embassy Review : It was the easiest point of entry! We got to the first checkpoint at 8 pm, and waited our turn in line; by 8:10 pm we were taken to another room to wait for processing. By 8:50, with no questions asked, we were out. When we were leaving the lady handed us a blue paper along with the passports to tell us how to access the I-94 online (if requested) since the new law about the no I-94 needed was just in effect. She then told us that because they were confused about what to do about the I-94, it took them 40 minutes to process the paperwork, rather than 5 minutes. We smiled and left, knowing that we could have been out by 8:15 pm! Amazing experience!
Harassment Level : Low

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