GoSteelers's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Phyllis
Beneficiary's Name: Tom
VJ Member: GoSteelers
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2018-04-18
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Immigration Checklist for Phyllis & Tom:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2013-01-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-01-28
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-07-05
NVC Received : 2013-08-02
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-08-05
Consulate Received : 2013-08-08
Packet 3 Received : 2013-08-15
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-08-14
Packet 4 Received : 2013-10-12
Interview Date : 2013-10-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-10-23
US Entry : 2013-11-11
Marriage : 2013-11-30
Comments : Medical 20th Aug.
Discovered on 13th Sept that 'Packet3 forms' not received at Embassy (but I sent them recorded delivery!!), resent same day and logged 17th Sept.
Recommend calling DoS in US for updates
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 158 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 260 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Pittsburgh PA
Date Filed : 2013-12-04
NOA Date : 2013-12-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-01-13
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-04-22
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2014-04-26
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-12-04
NOA Date : 2013-12-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-01-13
Approved Date : 2014-02-17
Date Card Received : 2014-02-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 75 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-12-04
NOA Date : 2013-12-06
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-02-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 75 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2016-01-23
NOA Date : 2016-01-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-03-02
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-03-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments : Made an info-pass appointment in Jan 2017, to get an i-551 stamp so I could renew my drivers license

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Pittsburgh PA
Date Filed : 2018-01-18
NOA Date : 2018-01-18
Bio. Appt. : 2018-02-07
Interview Date : 2018-04-17
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 15, 2013
Embassy Review : My interview was scheduled for 9am. I arrived at Gould's pharmacy (1min walk from the Embassy) at 7.30am, and left my bag (with all electronics, including HSBC internet banking keypad) and phone. I was in the queue outside the Enbassy 5 mins later.

Join the shorter queue on the left, they check you passport and appointment letter and give you a plastic bag to put your wallet, belt etc in. Then join the longer queue... you get put through security (airoirt style) in groups of four. Lots of people were turned away due to having headphones, USBs etc... they really mean no electronics. I was through security and inside by 8am. You go to a desk and get given a ticket number... mine was I-909 which I think meant I was the 9th immigrant visa of the day.

Then you go through into a large waiting room with lots of chairs... and numbered kiosks/windows along the right hand side (like in a bank). They started reading out the ticket numbers and windows over the loudspeaker... problem was it was impossible to hear the numbers as the sound kept cutting out! After about 20mins of worrying that we were going to miss our numbers they switched the big screen on which displayed the information clearly - that was a big relief!

After about an 1h15mins, my number popped up... I went to window 1 and was asked for MRV receipt, 2xphotos, birth certificate + copy, police certificate + copy, affidavit and supporting info (I had loads of tax transcripts, pay slips, W2s, but the only info the lady wanted was a letter from my fiancee's employer which stated her salary - she said we should keep the rest for the I-864 we would have to do for AOS!) She also took my fingerprints (electronically) and gave me my chest x-ray on a CD. And she also asked me my fiancee's name. After that she kept hold of all the documents and asked me to take a seat and wait for my number to be called again.... that first part took no more than 10 mins.

I waited for another 1h30mins and was called again... this time to a different window around the corner. My fingerprints were checked again, I had to swear that everything I had submitted was the truth, fill in my fiancees name (on the DS-156 I think) and sign it. My birth certificate and police certificate originals were returned to me. Then I was asked the following questions... but it was more of a chit chat while the interviewer typed some notes on the computer. I tried to elaborate and expand a bit on the answers which she seemed to appreciate.

1. where did you meet
2. how did you keep in touch after that
3. when did things start getting serious
4. when did you first discuss marriage/when did you propose
5. what does your fiancee do for a job.

Then I was told that my visa application had been approved! And I should expect to receive my passport within about 7 working days! I was out of the Embassy at about 10.45am, so just over 3 hours in total.

The whole experience was no big deal. If you have all your paperwork and have done some preparation you have nothing to worry about. I had two folders, one with stuff I knew I needed and one with stuff I probably didn't need but may have been required. All of the staff were very friendly and professional, they weren't trying to catch you out or trip you up.. and seemed very efficient.

I think it helped that we had a straightforward case (no criminal records, divorces etc) but I was pleasantly surprised how straightforward and easy the whole interview process was. The hardest bit was waiting for the interview to be scheduled!
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2013-11-11
Embassy Review : A lady told me I could join the US passport holders line so you miss the bigger queue

The guy at the counter opened the sealed packet (which contains your visa application and approval), typed some stuff on a computer and then walked me off to a holding room in the corner of the room. I sat waiting for about 15mins while they processed some stuff on the computer... there were about 4 other people in the room, but there were loads of chairs so guess I was there at a quiet time (Monday lunchtime).

I was called up to the desk and a different guy handed me my passport and papers... and said 'Welcome to America'.

It all took less than half an hour and was very straightforward.
Harassment Level : Low

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