bertal's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Alec
Beneficiary's Name: Tatiana
VJ Member: bertal
Country: Russia

Last Updated: 2012-12-31
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Immigration Checklist for Alec & Tatiana:

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 : Moscow, Russia
I-129F Sent : 2012-04-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-04-17
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-10-17
NVC Received : 2012-10-22
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-10-25
Consulate Received : 2012-11-01
Packet 3 Received : 2011-12-08
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-11-24
Packet 4 Received : 2012-11-15
Interview Date : 2012-12-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-12-17
US Entry : 2012-12-26
Marriage :
Comments : Entry into US was uneventful. We flew into JFK airport. I asked to be allowed to go through the same line as my finance (for non-citizens). They allowed me. When we got there, the border officer stamped my passport and got lost in her papers. When I tried to point out where the document would be, he barked at me, "Don't tell me how to do my job!" and asked me to step away. They, then took her into some room, where they stamped her passport and we were on our way.

I guess the most excitement was when we were trying to get to our city of destination, and Delta kept canceling flights. Thirty-six hours after arrival into the US, we finally were home.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 183 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 233 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Moscow, Russia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 7, 2012
Embassy Review : Done!

My fiancee went with her son to the interview, which was scheduled on December 6, 2012 at 8:00am. They live in Ramenskoe, Moscow region, which is 1.5 hours away by train. They were at the consulate at 7:20. There already was a line of about one hundred people. The doors didn't open until 8:00. By that time they say several hundred people were in line behind them.

They were let in at 8:00. They had to surrender their cell phones, flash drives, and such. When they got to the waiting room, they were asked to the window and they turned in all collected documents. From that point, it was a four-hour wait. Finally they were called.

The consular officer was a young lady, who was very friendly and professional. She told my fiancee that they couldn't locate the I-134, at which point my fiancee panicked. The consular office calmed her down, and said not to worry, they will look. She had someone dig through the pile of papers and they have finally located it. The interview went very smoothly. It was more of a chat. She was asked about how we met, to which she started off without stopping. The consular officer smiled and politely changed the subject. She asked where I lived, and again, my fiancee became very talkative. The consular officer giggled, my fiancee has a sense of humor, and said that everything was fine. Then she said, there is one little thing, "You don't have the originals of the documents." My fiancee again panicked, but she has calmed her down and said to bring them tomorrow. Before she left, the consular officer again said to her not to worry, they will send her the visa as soon as they get the originals.

Her son was with her, but they didn't ask him anything. He started chiming in on a conversation, but it appeared that they were conversing with him out of politeness.

Overall, the experience was very positive. The staff were very professional and friendly. The interview did not go on for more than ten minutes. She offered to show them our photos, our phone records, our emails, but they said that they didn't need them. They even didn't care about her son's military ID, although the service desk told me, when I called, that it was a must.

She will now have to make another trip to Moscow to deliver the originals of the documents.

As far as the consulate is concerned, she said that besides the wait, she has absolutely no complaints.
Rating : Very Good

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