Neonred's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Gregory
Beneficiary's Name: Svetlana
VJ Member: Neonred
Country: Russia

Last Updated: 2012-08-24
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Immigration Checklist for Gregory & Svetlana:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Moscow, Russia
I-129F Sent : 2005-09-26
I-129F NOA1 : 2005-10-05
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2005-12-07
NVC Received : 2005-12-23
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2006-01-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-01-21
Packet 4 Received : 2006-01-21
Interview Date : 2006-03-17
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-03-27
US Entry : 2006-03-29
Marriage : 2006-06-03
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 63 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 163 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2006-03-29
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : 3+ hours waiting to be processed in Atlanta


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Miami FL
Date Filed : 2006-06-30
NOA Date : 2006-07-07
RFE(s) : 2006-08-21
Bio. Appt. : 2006-08-19
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-02-13
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-02-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2007-03-05
Comments : Easy interview in Miami.

Received 10 year green card for some unknown reason.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2006-06-30
NOA Date : 2006-07-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2006-08-19
Approved Date : 2006-09-28
Date Card Received : 2006-09-29
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 90 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2008-02-08
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Petition returned. We do not need to lift conditions


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Dallas/Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Miami FL
Date Filed : 2012-03-06
NOA Date : 2012-03-19
Bio. Appt. : 2012-05-04
Interview Date : 2012-07-16
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2012-08-17
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Moscow, Russia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 3, 2006
Embassy Review : We arrived at the embassy at 7:30 AM, a little early but there were already others waiting. At about 7:45 they had the girls line up and then started checking passports and the pink “invitational slip” that was sent to the girls with instructions on it. Then they went through a security screening outside before they were allowed to enter the north entrance to the embassy. Once inside the girls received a number and waited to be called up to the first window. The entire visa process takes place in sort of a hallway and not in separate rooms. The girls can see and hear most everything that goes on with the others being interviewed.

At the first window a Russian security officer checked all the documents very carefully and kept her DS-230, DS-156, my I-134 and my last years tax transcript and W-2. He also asked for and kept one picture of us together. He then issued her a slip to take to another window to pay the fee of $100 which she paid in US currency. She then watched a movie on a monitor while waiting for her number to appear for the interview (as she watched and listened to all that was going on around her).

The interview was conducted at another window, not in a separate room. There were three people conducting interviews, two women and one man. My girl said they were all very nice and friendly and with smiles. My girl’s interviewer (a woman) checked all documents and compared the information to something that was appearing on her computer screen. Then my fiancé was invited up to the window for the interview. First there was the swearing in, and then a digital scan of the right and left index fingers, and then began the questions. The first question they asked my girl was can you speak English? My girl said yes, a little. They started asking her questions in Russian, but my girl answered all questions in English so they switched the interview to English. Then the next question was “Tell me something about your fiancé”. Then they asked my girl’s daughter what she thought of me. My fiancé was asked to show telephone bills (fortunately I had used a prepaid system which allowed me to print out a complete record of all my calls) and she showed mine and hers. She also showed some ICQ instant message print outs. Next the interviewer asked to see any letters or cards. We had a collection of 7 or 8 cards that we had exchanged and the interviewer looked these over and read some of them and asked a few questions about some postcards and made some nice comments about the cards from my home town in Florida. She then asked where in Florida I lived. Then she asked if we had planned a date for our wedding. The interviewer then said congratulations for your success (in the interview)! The actual interview took about 5 minutes, but from the time of entering the embassy until leaving was 2 hours.

Other girls were asked:
How did you meet?
Where have you been together?
What are you two talking about when you are alone?
How many times have you met?
Do you know about his age? (He was more than 25 years older than her)
What will you do after you are married?

One girl was successful but was asked to return with more documents about her children for their visas. Two girls arrived without the DS-230 filled out, but we did not find out what happened to them. It also appeared that girls that could speak good English had very quick and easy interviews and girls that had difficulty with English had longer interviews and were asked many more questions.


Hope this helps!
Rating : Good


POE Review: Atlanta
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-03-29
Embassy Review : 3+ hours waiting to be processed in Atlanta
Harassment Level : High


Local US CIS Office Review: Miami FL
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 6, 2007
Embassy Review : Very easy interview with a nice officer. Pleasant conversation followed by the "congratulations". Got the stamp in the passport before leaving.
Harassment Level : Very Good


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