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Azsara's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: steve
Beneficiary's Name: stef
VJ Member: Azsara
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2014-03-07
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Immigration Checklist for steve & stef:

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? Texas Service Center on 2013-06-21
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2013-01-15
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-01-24
I-129F RFE(s) : Nope :)
RFE Reply(s) : Nope :)
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-07-08
NVC Received : 2013-07-26
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-07-29
Consulate Received : 2013-08-05
Packet 3 Received : 2013-08-09
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-08-08
Packet 4 Received : 2013-08-29
Interview Date : 2013-09-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-10-16
US Entry : 2013-10-16
Marriage : 2013-10-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 165 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 243 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2013-10-16
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : PoE went smoothly. I was taken into a side room at immigration where they did something with my passport out of my line of sight. He asked me "so when are u getting married?" I said "next Sunday" he said "Good luck"

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2013-12-07
NOA Date : 2013-12-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-01-16
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2014-03-06
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-03-06
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : We were scheduled in at 9.20am at Detroit embassy. and we were VERY NERVOUS

We got there at 9am, met the receptionist at the door who immediately picked up that I was British (cue attempts at British accent and slang from said receptionist). I politely laughed and applauded him on his British accent before we went through to the main waiting area.

My husband and I start going through the HUGE binder that I had put together the night before, just to familiarize ourselves. I had collated loads and loads of pictures, loads of joint documentations, a copy of our AoS package, as well as details of our bills and leases etc. basically everything it told us to on the letter.

We were called in by a middle aged lady and taken to an office where we had to swear an oath before sitting down. She asked me for our passports and we sat down on chairs opposite her. She then asked me what MY parents' names were (was expecting her to ask me what my husbands parents names were) and then asked me for my husbands name. I hesitated a bit as the question seemed too simple!

She then told me she was going to go through a list of generic questions, while she ticked off my answers on a piece of paper;

"Are you a Nazi?"

'Are you a spy?"

"Are you a polygamist?"

"Do you or have you ever had any children held hostage or kidnapped"

etc. (I was used to these questions from the K1 application, my husband was a bit shocked lol)

Then she asked us about our wedding, just conversational very friendly and laughing We told her about the problems we had at my London interview which I told her was totally my fault for bringing the wrong bloody birth certificate! She said it sounded like a nightmare and she was sorry we had to go through all of that!

Then she asked me what my husband enjoys doing, I said umm he likes sports, playing xbox and eating out. She then asked Steve the same question, he said I enjoy reading and going to restaurants. Honestly I felt like our answers sounded kinda generic and lame.

She said" okay well your gold card will be in the mail within the next 10 days!"

I was kind of clutching my red binder that I had spent ohhh about 2 months compiling. She saw me look at it and said

"Oh did you want to show me anything else?" I said "Well I bought some joint docs in case you wanted to see them?". She said "....okay sure".

She didn't even glance at them, literally no interest in them at all.

Really that was that. We were out. We were in the interview for around 10 minutes....

Kind of an anti-climax!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-12-07
NOA Date : 2013-12-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-01-16
Approved Date : 2014-02-14
Date Card Received : 2014-02-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 69 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-12-07
NOA Date : 2013-12-13
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-02-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 69 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 24, 2013
Embassy Review : So my interview was for 9am but I got to the embassy around 07.15 and joined the end of a queue around 6 people long. There were tents outside the embassy with people laying in and a sign outside it saying they had been on hunger strike for 23 days. Couldn't quite work out what they were protesting about.

When we eventually got in after going through security it was 7.40am and I took a seat and waited for my number to be called out. I went to window 13 and a friendly American guy took my finger prints and asked for my birth cert, police cert and affidavit and fiancés tax stubs. He asked me how I was, said congrats on your engagement. He was friendly but still professional. He looked at my birth cert for a while, and the copy, and he said "this isn't the original". I was like "what". He said this is a copy of a copy, you can tell by the white border. I looked at it and thought what the heck? I had been over my file 100000 times, but he was right, where was the original? He asked me "do your parents have it", I said "they must have" and he said "okay you can go and sit down and wait to be called for interview"

So I went back to sit down and waited an agonising 45mins not knowing what to do about my birth certificate or if they would overlook it. Eventually got called to window 15 for my interview. By this point I was a mess.

Cue the loveliest African American lady. So friendly and genuine. With a big warm smile. She asked

1) How did you meet?
I told her we met online she said she speaks to a lot of people who have met online

2) When did we decide to meet?
I told her it was in June and how nervous we were and I mentioned how Steves parents were particularly worries about him travelling to see me

3)When did we decide to get married? Was it a surprise?
I said not really as he had already said he wanted to speak to my dad at Christmas and we actually filed the k1 in January before we were officially engaged in feb

She was really excited to hear about my engagement and we were laughing and smiling a lot

4) What did you think of Thankgiving?
I said it was like xmas, and she said "but without the crackers" I laughed and said I was gonna bring some on the plane but thought better of it since they have gunpowder in them and she said "Yeah don't do that...." and I thought shoot ive said too much. But she started laughing and said she didn't want to see me on BBC news.

At the end she said okay well the interview went great but there are two problems

*stomach sinks*

Your passport looks like its been tampered with at the corner, and your birth cert is a copy, not the original. She apologised and said that they are really picky about the corners of passports being frayed and they couldn't accept it


She gave me a blue slip that said "REFUSAL FOR INSUFFICIENT DOCS" she said not to worry about the word "refusal" it was an administrative term. And that I needed to call the courier as soon as I had the documents and they would pick them up.

So that was my experience, it was pretty terrible.
Rating : Moderate

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