Ighaepero's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Sebastian
Beneficiary's Name: Yi Lin
VJ Member: Ighaepero
Country: China

Last Updated: 2014-08-16
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Immigration Checklist for Sebastian & Yi Lin:

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 : Guangzhou, China
I-129F Sent : 2013-02-23
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-02-28
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-06-26
NVC Received : 2013-07-03
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-07-08
Consulate Received : 2013-07-08
Packet 3 Received : 2013-08-05
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-08-08
Packet 4 Received : 2013-09-09
Interview Date : 2013-10-23
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-11-04
US Entry : 2013-12-06
Marriage : 2013-12-20
Comments : 2/23 - Mailed package to Dallas lockbox, USPS priority.
2/25 - USPS tracking shows received.
2/26 - USCIS' official receipt date (on the I-797C)
2/28 - USCIS' notice date (on the I-797C)

3/1 - Check cashed, phone and text message confirmation received.
3/4 - USCIS mails me I-797C hard copy.
3/6 - Status on USCIS site shows "Alien Registration Number was changed."
3/7 - I receive hard copy of I-797C.

5/6 - USCIS updates status with "On June 5, 2013, your address was changed relating to the I129F, PETITION FOR FIANCE(E) that you filed." Level 2 USCIS rep says "only a glitch."

6/26 - NOA2 via email. No text message.

7/2 - NOA2 hard copy received.

7/3 - Called NVC. Woman on phone said case received today, case number will be assigned in "ten to twenty days," at which time they will notify me. She said I can also call back in 10 to 20 days to check. Somewhat curt, but friendly and helpful.

7/9 - Called NVC. Woman on phone said case was electronically sent to Guangzhou embassy yesterday 7/8 and gave me the case number.

7/12 Received hard copy from NVC stating case has been forwarded to embassy (four days after case was electronically submitted to embassy).

7/16 Paid CITIC fee. Emailed embassy regarding P3 waiting times.

7/25 Embassy replies with, "Thank you for your email. Please note we have received your visa case and we will contact your beneficiary with our instructions very soon."

8/4 P3 received. 25 days from consulate receipt (note: consulate was closed one week due to relocation).

8/8 P3 submitted via CITIC.

8/21 Consulate confirms receipt of P3.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 118 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 237 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2014-02-04
NOA Date : 2014-02-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-03-05
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-08-11
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2014-08-16
Comments : National Benefits Center

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-02-04
NOA Date : 2014-02-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2014-04-10
Date Card Received : 2014-04-18
Comments : EAD & AP "combo" card.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 65 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-02-04
NOA Date : 2014-02-10
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-04-18
Comments : EAD & AP "combo" card.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 65 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guangzhou, China
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 3, 2013
Embassy Review : Not much to say. The interview was quick and smooth. She was out two and a half hours later, I suspect because we had the 9:45 appointment. Another person whose fiancee had an 8:45 appointment was out in thirty minutes. The questions asked:

How did you meet?
Which bar?
What was his job in Wuhan?
When did he go back to America?
You tried to get a tourist visa twice. Why? [My boyfriend wanted me to meet his family.]
Did he meet your family? [Yes, twice. They really like him.]
Have you been married before? [No.]
Has he been married before? [No.] Are you sure? [Yes!]
Does he speak chinese? [Perfectly.]

In the beginning the interviewer spoke to her in Chinese. After the first question, he suddenly switched to English. Interviewer was an ABC guy.

All the waiting aside, the nterview itself wasn't even three minutes. In the end, the interviewer he said, "Ok, you got it!" She replied, "Ok, have a nice day, bye bye." Not the most climactic finale, but we were approved!

If you provide ample evidence from the very beginning, the interviewer will be convinced before you even show up for the interview, and that is your goal from day one. You do NOT want to make the interviewer feel he must verify your relationship come interview time, so be sure you "frontload" (give clear, honest, and convincing information) your petition from the very start.

Good luck to all the future couples who will read this.
Rating : Very Good

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