misstrulyasia's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: J
Beneficiary's Name: A
VJ Member: misstrulyasia
Country: Malaysia

Last Updated: 2013-09-08
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Immigration Checklist for J & A:

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 : Malaysia
I-129F Sent : 2012-07-10
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-07-13
I-129F RFE(s) : 2012-10-01
RFE Reply(s) : 2012-10-19
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-10-24
NVC Received : 2012-10-30
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-11-01
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2012-11-29
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-11-30
Packet 4 Received : 2013-01-07
Interview Date : 2013-01-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-01-30
US Entry : 2013-02-01
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 103 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 195 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2013-02-01
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments : Upon arrival, I was directed to the tourist/visitor lane. As expected, the lines were swamped with people. I knew I wouldn't make my connecting flight if I didn't try (several times) asking for a lane change.

After much persuasion, one of the staff gave in and allowed me to move to the line for residents and citizens. The immigration officer was very pleasant. He saw my big brown envelope and he said " I like new immigrants because I was an immigrant at one point. " He entered my information in his system, took my fingerprints, asked me about my connecting flight and who would pick me up at the airport, and sent me on my way.

Overall, I'd say give yourself enough time to make your connecting flight when making flight reservations. My flight was originally a direct flight to MSP but because of a delay, the airlines arranged for me to arrive at LAX with very little time for the connecting flight.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Saint Paul MN
Date Filed : 2013-02-25
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-03
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-09-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Saint Paul MN
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-02-25
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-03
Approved Date : 2013-05-10
Date Card Received : 2013-05-18
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 74 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Malaysia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 25, 2013
Embassy Review : I arrived around 8.30 a.m. for the document check-in which was scheduled at 9. The guards were already letting people in before 9. The submission of documents was a pretty painless process. I had copies of all my documents except for the original birth certificate in Malay. For some reason, I thought they only needed a copy of the translated version. I told the lady at the counter that I didn't have it. She grunted something which sounded like she wasn't pleased. Whoops. She was fine after that though. I was out by 9.10 a.m. which left me ample time to window shop at KLCC.

I left the mall at 12.30 thinking that the guards would let people in earlier than the scheduled interview time of 1.30 but unfortunately, this time they waited until it was almost time i.e. 1.30 p.m.

There were a total of four immigrant visa applicants. The numbers we took in the morning were re-used therefore each of us were called accordingly. The officer asked me - how did we meet, what does my fiance work as, when did he propose. He asked if I had any pictures of us together. Then he started typing away at his keyboard. The silence was awkward but I suppose it was better than him quizzing me continuously. When he was almost done typing, he asked the names of my future in-laws. Finally he said, "Well my friend, your visa is approved. My colleague will tell you how you can collect your passport." He was pleasant, congratulated me and wished me well.

All in all, the interview was great. I stressed about it more than I needed to. As long as your documents are in order, your relationship is genuine, they're not out to make your life miserable

(updated on January 25, 2013)
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predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
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