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cazzers's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Paul
Beneficiary's Name: Roxy
VJ Member: cazzers
Country: Romania

Last Updated: 2017-10-01
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Immigration Checklist for Paul & Roxy:

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 : Bucharest, Romania
I-129F Sent : 2012-09-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-09-27
I-129F RFE(s) : None
RFE Reply(s) : None
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-04-22
NVC Received : 2013-04-29
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-05-02
Consulate Received : 2013-05-07
Packet 3 Received : 2013-05-13
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-06-10
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2013-06-25
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-06-27
US Entry : 2013-07-25
Marriage : 2013-09-12
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 207 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 271 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Anchorage
POE Date : 2013-07-25
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Honolulu HI
Date Filed : 2014-02-20
NOA Date : 2014-02-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-03-31
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2014-06-16
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-06-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2014-06-21
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-02-20
NOA Date : 2014-02-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-03-31
Approved Date : 2014-05-07
Date Card Received : 2014-05-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 76 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-02-20
NOA Date : 2014-02-25
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-05-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 76 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2016-05-18
NOA Date : 2016-05-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-06-24
Interview Date : 2017-08-30
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-08-30
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments : No GC received, since it was a dual interview, going straight to oath.

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Honolulu HI
Date Filed : 2017-03-29
NOA Date : 2017-04-11
Bio. Appt. : 2017-04-25
Interview Date : 2017-08-30
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2017-10-04
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bucharest, Romania
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 20, 2013
Embassy Review : Medical exam at Regina Maria, Bucharest, Romania

The appointment was at 9.30 am, but I got there around 9.00 am. The girl from the reception didn't saw my appointment in her computer, as the scheduling was made directly with Dr. Toma. After telling her I was there for the visa purpose, the girl from the reception told me to wait and some nurse would come out and take my passport.
At 9.30 am, a nurse came and asked how many of us were there for the visa. She took the passports (there was another couple there for the visa), and then she took me to another room to take my blood sample. While she was putting all my info in the computer, another nurse took my blood (they take a very small, insignificant amount of blood). After that, she told me to go to room #6, where Dr. Toma will see me for my consultation. Dr. Toma was already with someone else in the room, so I waited a few minutes. While I was waiting, another nurse came out and said I can do the X-ray of my lungs. So, I went to do my X-rays (which took less than 2 minutes), and afterwards I went straightly to Dr. Toma's office, as she was already waiting for me. The consultation was more like a friendly conversations. Typical questions, like:
-any surgeries and hospital stays;
-any drug, alcohol use in the past;
-any chronic diseases
-if I am a smoker, etc
Then she measured my height, weight, took my pressure (which was a little low, but understandable as I was up since 4 am), listened to my heart, lungs, checked my liver and my kidneys and that was it. The results were ready at 3pm, and she sad, everything is ok and wished me an easy journey. Everyone at the Regina Maria was very nice and friendly and smiling all the time. I highly recommend Regina Maria for the medical exam. The cost of the entire medical exam is 400 lei.
PS : The only problem I had was, that on my vaccine record, it only appear the vaccines, while it should have been the vaccines + the dates when these vaccines were administrated to you. She said to go to my family doctor and ask her a copy of my vaccine records, before I leave for the US, as I will need it after I get married there.

I will update my review on the 26th June, after I am finished with my embassy interview

The interview at the US Embassy

Got there at 12.30 and had to wait outside till 12.55 when they called us in one by one. I was the only one with K1,there was also 2 older couples, I think for family reuniting in the US, and 2 men. At the entrance, I went through the security check, they told me to turn of my mobile and leave it at them. They also checked my wallet, my file and told me to go to the building right in front. The room has around 17 counters(if I remember correctly) and lots of chairs. The lady at the counter 2 told us all to give her the passports. After waiting around 5 mins, she called me and told me to go to counter 12 (i think it was counter 12) to the cash desk, to pay the fee. Just a little advice, bring dollars to the interview, cause they will exchange you the money in dollars at an exchange rate of 3,5 lei/1 dollar. But at the cash desk, there was't anyone, so I was called at counter 6 for finger prints. After, I waited to the cash desk again, and finally a woman came and cashed the fee. After, I waited for another 5-10 mins, and the lady at counter 2 called me to give her the documents: birth certificate (original+photocopy), police records, the affidavits of support (from my sponsor and the cosponsor), the medical exam(she gave me back the X-ray), the evidence of the relationship (she was very surprised when she saw my pile). The photo album wouldn't fit in, so she told me if the consul asks to see the photos, to show it to her through the window. She also asked if I registered for TNT, delivery courier, for my visa with the passport, and I said yes and gave her a number that the girl from the call centre told me to take to the interview. Then I waited, around 30 mins or more, I was the penultimate to be called to the interview. The interview was held at counter 11. The consul was a lady around 40; unfortunately, I think she was sick, so she couldn't talk very loud, but next to her was the lady from the counter 2, to repeat the questions loudly. The questions were:
how did we meet;
when did we first meet in person;
what was he doing in Ireland;
if I have any relatives in the US;
how many times did he visit me in Romania after I came from France;
have I lived in other countries other than Romania and Denmark;
why didn't we get married in Romania;
where are we planning to have the wedding in the US
I think there were a few more questions, but strictly about our relationship, no questions about financial stuff or what I plan to do in the US, or if I met his family. She didn't even asked to see the photo album.
The interview was in English
The romanian lady told me I can pick up the passport with the visa in 2 days from TNT courier, and that was it. Very nice and helpful staff at the embassy.

(updated on June 26, 2013)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Anchorage
Event Description
Entry Date : 2013-07-25
Embassy Review : I arrived in Anchorage from Frankfurt around 11 am. I went directly to the Residents/Visitors lane and had to wait around 20 mins til I got to the counter. At the counter, they took my fingerprints and a picture (i think!) and then an officer came and took me to a separate room. There was another guy there with K1 visa. The officer opened my envelope, looked at the passport and visa and asked me:
-when are going to get married
-how did we met
-when did we first met in person
-what's my fiance's name
-how old is he
-how old am I
He then stamped my passport, and showed me where I have to go to pick up my luggage.

Pretty easy!
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Honolulu HI
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : June 17, 2014
Embassy Review : The interview was pretty easy, more like a friendly conversation. It lasted almost 30 mins, but until we were called in, we waited almost 1 h. The questions were:
-where did you meet (not in person, but the very very first time)
-where did we first meet in person
-if we are living alone
-asked about mu husbands background (he lived in Ireland and USA )
-if my parents met and like him
-how do I get along with my mother-in-law
-where do I plan to get a job
-if we plan to stay here definitely
-who did all the paperwork
-where does my husband work at
-the form questions about being arrested, involved in prostitution, drugs, stuff like that
-then she asked for copies of the joint documents, put them all in my immigration folder
And then she told us about ROC and when to submit it, told us we are approved and that was it! Very easy interview and a very friendly IO!
Harassment Level : Very Good

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