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Mari26's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Will
Beneficiary's Name: Mari
VJ Member: Mari26
Country: Peru

Last Updated: 2019-10-29
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Immigration Checklist for Will & Mari:

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 : Peru
I-129F Sent : 2013-10-28
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-11-01
I-129F RFE(s) : -
RFE Reply(s) : -
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-11-20
NVC Received : 2013-12-17
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-12-19
Consulate Received : 2013-12-23
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2014-01-11
Interview Date : 2014-02-03
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-02-10
US Entry : 2014-02-11
Marriage : 2014-04-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 19 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 94 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2014-02-11
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Des Moines IA
Date Filed : 2014-05-20
NOA Date : 2014-05-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-06-17
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-08-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received:
Comments : Interview was waived.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Des Moines IA
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-05-20
NOA Date : 2014-05-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-06-17
Approved Date : 2014-08-08
Date Card Received : 2014-08-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 80 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Des Moines IA
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-05-20
NOA Date : 2014-05-27
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-08-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 80 days.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Seattle WA
Date Filed : 2019-01-25
NOA Date : 2019-01-26
Bio. Appt. : 2019-02-20
Interview Date : 2019-10-07
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2019-11-06
Comments : June 7th, 2019 - Case Transfered.
Interview to take place in Portland, OR due to USCIS' caseload balancing. Oath was originally scheduled on the same day but cancelled due to technical problems (printer broke). It seemed like it was to take 3 months from the interview date, for them to transfer my case back to Seattle, WA and schedule it again. Reached out to our Congressman (since we had travel plans) and got the Oath scheduled earlier (in Portland instead of Seattle).

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Peru
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 4, 2014
Embassy Review : Interview Date: Feb 3rd 2014
Time: 8:45 am

I arrived at the embassy a 7:35 am. There was a huge line in front of the embassy already. I stood in line and immediately a woman came (probably saw my x-ray envelope) and told me to stand on the other line. There were only 2 people on front of me.

Right after I got in line, they let some of us through the metal detector. They took my phone and headphones, and went through my purse. They pointed out the building we needed to head to and we were on our way.

When I reached the building, a lady asked for my appointment letter and let me through, she asked to go all the way to the end of the hallway (The first half is for non-immigrant visas). There was plenty room to seat, but there were at least 12-15 people there already (some belonged to the same party).

At 7:40 I was already sitting inside the building, I waited for 5 minutes before they called me to Window 11. Note there were only 2 windows active (10 and 11). The lady asked for my passport, my 2 pictures and the DS-160 confirmation page. She then gave me a green card and told me to go pay in Window 14 and that I should wait to be called again.

I approached Window 14 and there was no one there, I had to press the green button twice before someone showed up. I paid the 240 dollar fee and went back to my seat.

By 8:35 I was called again, to window 10 this time. She asked for my medical (I gave her the sealed x-ray envelope, she opened it, took out some papers and gave the x-rays back to me), my birth certificate (odd since I had sent one with my I-129F),all 3 police records. I asked her if I was supposed to give her too the I-134 and supporting evidence as well as the payment receipt and the letters of intent. She said yes and added everything to my file. (She also took my old passport with my valid tourist visa)

She then confirmed my name, date of birth, asked for my phone number and took my prints. She didn't really asked many questions other how many times I had been to the US and a clarification of who had visited who on each trip (like she thought my fiance had come the first time we met but it was I who traveled there). She also asked me if my fiance went by Bill and I answered that he didn't because that's what his dad goes by. She asked me if I had any pictures or supporting evidence, and as I was taking the pictures out she said, ok just keep them in hand because the CO might ask for them. The whole thing might have taken around 5-7 minutes.

I went back to my seat and kept waiting...

At 9 am a man came to have us repeat an Oath. We had to swear we were telling the truth. Everyone stood up and with their right hands on the air repeated after him in spanish.

Through the whole time I was there, I saw people go in and out Room 15 (where the interview with the CO takes place). Only 3 where called before my turn. Each time someone went in they would take a really long time and after they left, a while would go by before anyone else was called.

At around 9:50 or so, I was finally called into room 15. I went in and saw this happy and cheerful CO behind a window. He was very nice. He greeted me in spanish and asked to confirm who I was by printing my right hand. He then asked me how is it that I communicate with my fiance, I replied that we speak english, so he asked if we could do the interview in english. I agreed.

It was a REALLY short interview. The first thing he asked me about a trip I took to study in England and made a comment about my english accent. Then asked if my fiance went by his first or second name. Asked me what did I do, I told him I had just graduated from Uni and told him what my major was. He asked me if I was planning to work on that field once I was on the US, to what I replied I did once I had a working permit. He then inquired if I had been to the US and what was the longest I had stayed. I told him that my fiance could only visit me 2 weeks at the time because he only got 2 weeks of vacations each year and that that longest I had been there was 35 days because school didn't give me much free time either. He said something like, see why would you want to work in the US, we only get 2 weeks off a year. xD! Then I added well, plane tickets are expensive too. And he was like, tell me about it.

That was pretty much it. He said "Well everything seems to be in order, your visa has been approved". And I was like Really? xD And while he was doing some paperwork I mentioned how fast this process had been, and he said they usually get the opposite comment. I was like it was probably because of the government shutdown, and he was like shutdown? What shutdown? while laughing.
He then said, there is only one more issue; you have to let me cancel your tourist visa. I nodded and he stamped it with the "Canceled without prejudice" seal. He said "Well this visa I am giving you is much more powerful anyway". He was so nice and funny! xD

He finally gave me the DHL instructions which I had already filled on the webpage and told me it would last between 1-2 weeks.

I really liked him, he was very nice! And we laugh and joked half the interview. He barely asked me anything about my fiance or about the relationship. By 10:05 I was already out of the embassy turning on my phone! It was REALLY short and smooth.

Good luck to everyone coming after me, hope this helps! And sorry for the long post, was just trying to give as much detail as possible! ^_^
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