Cheryl-Hossein's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Cheryl
Beneficiary's Name: Hossein
VJ Member: Cheryl-Hossein
Country: Iran

Last Updated: 2019-06-21
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Immigration Checklist for Cheryl & Hossein:

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 : Ankara, Turkey
I-129F Sent : 2013-08-06
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-08-12
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-09-06
NVC Received : 2013-10-18
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-10-21
Consulate Received : 2013-10-28
Packet 3 Received : 2013-10-28
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-12-21
Packet 4 Received : 2014-01-15
Interview Date : 2014-01-23
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-01-30
US Entry : 2014-04-08
Marriage : 2014-05-07
Comments : Approved without Administrative Processing.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 25 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 164 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2014-06-23
NOA Date : 2014-06-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-07-29
AOS Transfer** : 2014-06-26
Interview Date : 2014-10-21
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-10-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2014-10-29
Comments : Transferred to Nebraska Center for AOS; no RFEs to date. Easy interview process.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-06-23
NOA Date : 2014-06-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-07-29
Approved Date : 2014-08-27
Date Card Received : 2014-09-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 65 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-06-23
NOA Date : 2014-06-26
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-09-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 65 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2016-07-26
NOA Date : 2016-08-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-10-11
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-11-06
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2017-11-15
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2018-05-13
NOA Date : 2018-05-25
Bio. Appt. : 2018-06-12
Interview Date : 2019-06-20
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2019-07-23
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ankara, Turkey
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 25, 2014
Embassy Review : Our experience in Ankara was well-organized and better than we imagined. Even before the interview, they responded to emails within 24 hours.

We arrived at the embassy at about 8:25am for his 8:40am appointment. There were already a couple of dozen people there, but most were for non-immigrant visas. He was second in line for immigrant visas. Since I was not allowed to go into the embassy, I watched as long as I could as he went through security. We knew this could be a long process so we planned to meet at a coffee shop on Ataturk Bulvari across the street from the embassy. Three hours later he walked into the cafe.

They asked him many questions: how did we meet, when did we first realize that we wanted to get married, what was my work, where did we plan to live, what kind of work did he plan to do in the US, had we met each others parents, family or friends, my parent's names, what did I like to do in my free time, favorite foods, if I had any pets and their names, what did he like most about me. He was a little worried about doing the interview in English, but did so good and even ended up translating for other Farsi-speakers who were there.

However, they did not like the translation of the official documents we had and asked that we get a new translation and return the next day -- and they wanted to interview me also! [We used for our translations, which many people here on VJ recommended, but the Ankara embassy did not accept.]

We returned to the embassy the next day at 9:00am with our new translations. It was much different this time. We were the only people in the waiting room. They called me to one window and him to another. They asked me most of the same questions above and compared our answers. In less than 10 minutes, the supervisor said, "I can approve this visa today," and handed the pick-up instructions to Hossein and kept his passport. We were so happy because from everything I read here, we expected him to be in administrative processing at least for a short time. Even though you can not go into the first embassy interview, I would suggest trying to come to Ankara for the interview. What was a little mistake in paperwork ended up as a quick approval.

Please email me if you have any questions about the process.
Rating : Very Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Los Angeles CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : October 21, 2014
Embassy Review : 12:15pm interview today -- we arrived a half hour early so we had time to find parking and get through security. That was all easy and well-organized. We were in the waiting room at least 10-15 minutes before our scheduled time; however, they didn't call us in until about 12:45pm.

Our interviewer swore us in, asked for IDs, copy of our marriage certificate, confirmed some basic info in our forms (birth dates, address, employment). Then she just asked a few friendly questions about how we met, our respective families. It was very chatty and casual.

She asked to see our documents. We had nearly all of the recommended examples from here on VJ, so no worries there. She looked at our photos and asked a few questions about our wedding, commented on our beautiful venue.

She went into the other room to make some copies of documents and had our approval paper with her when she returned. We were with her less than a half hour.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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