CowBoE's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: J
Beneficiary's Name: Y
VJ Member: CowBoE
Country: China

Last Updated: 2018-09-19
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Immigration Checklist for J & Y:

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 : Guangzhou, China
I-129F Sent : 2013-12-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-12-19
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-06-02
NVC Received : 2014-06-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2014-06-16
NVC Left : 2014-06-19
Consulate Received : 2014-06-23
Packet 3 Received : 2014-06-24
Packet 3 Sent : 2014-06-26
Packet 4 Received : 2014-07-08
Interview Date : 2014-08-14
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-09-01
US Entry : 2014-09-13
Marriage : 2014-10-09
Comments : Actual POE interview was less than 5 minutes but they misplaced her passport so she didn't come out until 4 hours after plane landed.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 165 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 238 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2014-09-13
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : They misplaced her passport, which caused about 4 hour of wait at POE.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Houston TX
Date Filed : 2014-12-09
NOA Date : 2014-12-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-01-12
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-08-31
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2015-09-05
Comments : Processing was smooth, but took 10 months.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-12-09
NOA Date : 2014-12-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-01-12
Approved Date : 2015-02-17
Date Card Received : 2015-02-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-12-09
NOA Date : 2014-12-16
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2015-02-23
Comments : Received AP approval letter on Feb 23.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 70 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-05-27
NOA Date : 2017-06-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-06-26
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-09-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2018-09-17
Comments : Approval letter and 10 year green card came on the same date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guangzhou, China
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 14, 2014
Embassy Review : Here is what fiancee explained to me...
1. Arrived at Embassy 8:45 AM for 9:20 AM interview
2. Around 9:00 AM, they checked passport and interview appointment page
for 9:20 appointment people and let them inside the gate (but not inside the building)
3. They put a bar code sticker on the passport
4. About 1/2 wait
5. Enter the building through the security check
6. Enter the interview building. They checks passport & interview appointment paper again
7. Took elevator to the 3rd floor
8. At first window, registered for interview (they asked for packet 4 email)
9. Was given a number and waited
10. A person from Different window called her number and asked for following documents:
- her birth, marriage, and police certificates
- her medical exam sealed envelope
- her passport
- my I-134 form
- my 2013 Tax & W2
11. They gave her a number again and waited
12. Another window called her number for interview
13. A Chinese man interviewed her
14. He mostly asked questions in Chinese, but he squeezed in few questions in English.
- Why did you go to Russia?
- What did you do in Russia?
- Why did you travel to US twice?
- Did you meet your fiancee during your US trip?
- Where did you meet your fiancee?
- When did you meet your fiancee?
- Did you met your fiancee after coming back from US trip?
- Did he come to visit you in China?
- Did he meet your family?
- Did he meet your friends?
- What kind of work does your fiancee do?
- What kind of work did you do?
- Ok, you are approved
- You will receive your passport, visa, and the sealed envelope in about 2 weeks
15. The interview was not in private room. It was done at one of the long lines of windows.
And each window was interviewing other visa candidates.
16. Entire interview took about 5 minutes. He was looking at something on the screen
and never looked at any documents. He never asked for any evidence, and he just
moved through one question after another really quickly without continuously
probing deeply into any one question.
17. Without a watch or a cellphone, she lost track of time, but she spent a total of
about 2 hours at the embassy, which were mostly waiting time.
18. Rainy hot muggy weather was her only complaint, and embassy experience was very good.
Rating : Very Good

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(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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