nobbie's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Susan
Beneficiary's Name: Steve
VJ Member: nobbie
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2016-05-22
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Immigration Checklist for Susan & Steve:

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 2013-05-08
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2012-12-18
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-01-10
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-06-25
NVC Received : 2013-07-16
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-07-19
Consulate Received : 2013-07-26
Packet 3 Received : 2013-08-02
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-08-06
Packet 4 Received : 2013-08-27
Interview Date : 2013-09-23
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-09-27
US Entry : 2013-10-01
Marriage : 2013-10-20
Comments : Cock up with paperwork by embassy meany I physically entered on 1 Oct but had to go back to airport on 10th to be admitted as K1.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 166 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 256 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Baltimore
POE Date : 2013-10-01
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Baltimore MD
Date Filed : 2013-10-30
NOA Date : 2013-11-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-12-09
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-07-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2014-08-02
Comments : Interview waiver letter received in Feb 2014.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-10-30
NOA Date : 2013-11-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-12-09
Approved Date : 2014-01-02
Date Card Received : 2014-01-09
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 64 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-10-30
NOA Date : 2013-11-06
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-01-09
Comments : EAD showed card in production but AP was stuck on post decision activity. Combo card arrived OK though.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 64 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2016-04-11
NOA Date : 2016-04-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-06-01
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Did not get noa letter until 6 May

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 23, 2013
Embassy Review : my route took me to Bond st tube, from there turn left on Oxford st and then left in to N Audley st. There is scaffolding covering the street sign but it is directly opposite Selfridges and M&S. Then a short walk down there to the embassy.

My appt was for 08:30 but I got there at 07:30 and just got in the queue anyway. There was a woman telling people to have their DS160 ready but I just showed my appt letter and that's it. Then another bit of queue and showed letter again and passport this time.
Security was done groups of 4, normal stuff, belt watch coins keys in plastic bag, everything else in a tray and through x ray machine. Airport type detector for people.
In to the embassy and get a ticket number from reception, I was I904. Then in to big room to wait to be called. I was in just before 08:00.
When they started calling it was over a tannoy, after a few minutes that stopped and I kept hearing (about 3 times) a funny bong sound, I then saw they had started putting the ticket numbers and windows you need to go to a screen. This did not happen right at the start. I don't know if that's how it always starts so if anyone very early then keep and eye/ ear out for both.

I got called up after about 20-25 mins and was greeted by a friendly American bloke, congratulated me on my engagement.

He asked for my passport and checked what they had agreed with my passport then asked me my middle name.
He went off to get my file and asked me to write my full name on the back of 2 photos. Then asked me how old the photos were, told him a couple of months.
have you been in the military, yes, and he wanted my discharge papers. Asked for birth cert, decree absolute and Police cert. had a look through my old passport as I had old US visas in there, one of which was still in date which he noted on his form he was filling out.

Then the affadavit of support and just the 2012 tax transcript., he did not want anything else although I told him i had a printout of my US dollar account showing I am self sufficient anyway so he took that also.
He aslo asked if I had registered with courier and wanted to see the receipt for the interview fee. Make sure you have it.
That took about 10-15 mins then back to waiting area.

Off again after 20 mins or so for the interview bit. Nice lady did mine, middle aged but with a fairly quiet voice.

She looked through the paper work, asked me how we met, I just told her in a bar and left it at that. It then became clear she wanted a bit more so I gave a quick summary of how we got to where are are now.
She asked when did we decide to get married, told her I proposed in Sept last year and that we had never really discussed it but we had referred to "when we live together" in conversations. Told here I was at T5 Heathrow and went in to Tiffanys and bought a ring. She liked that bit, must be because it's bloody expensive!
She asked have I met her family, how may if any siblings does she have. Does her family live in Baltimore.
Do either of us have any children, I do so she wanted ages. All over 23 so no problems there.
Why the US and not the UK.
Has she been married before.
What does my job entail.
Have I lived in any other countries for over a year since age 18.
What is the longest time I have spent in the US.
Have I travelled on an ESTA.

Have I ever had a visa denied, no but I had one "cancelled with out prejudice". She did not even ask why or to see it.

It was all done with a smile and over about 15-20 mins not as a barrage of questions.

That's about it really, she said I am approving this visa, offered me a bit of advice about travelling whilst waiting for AoS and showed me the bag thing my passport and the mystery sealed envelope will arrive in.

Out of there by 09:30, the only bugger was my train back left Waterloo 20 mins late.

One other thing was whilst my police cert showed no trace I had ticked the box about convictions etc and the DS156 (I think) but it was never mentioned.

(updated on September 23, 2013)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Baltimore
Event Description
Entry Date : 2013-10-01
Embassy Review : Got off the plane as quick as possible and when I got to immigration there were only about 6 people in front of me. As usual we got slowed up by all the people in wheelchairs getting put in front.
normal stuff at the desk with fingerprints, photo and so on. Lady said oh you are getting married then. very friendly, she opened my big envelope and had a quick look then got me escorted to the processing room which I was expecting.
I sat while another CBP lady went through the contents and she found out I had someone elses I129F in my docs. She allowed me to call my fiancee to tell her i was going to be a while. So after about an hour I was admitted on parole for 30 days while we sorted out the cock up by london embassy.
The officer was very sympathetic and said she had not seen that in her 6 years there.
After a week or so they had got my petition back from London and I returned to BWI to get stamped in properly.

The bloke there was very friendly and helpful and we had a bit of a chat about the govt shutdown.
Considering the cockup by London I found the CBP at BWI very friendly and as helpful as they could be.
Harassment Level : Low

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