Bill & Katya's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: William
Beneficiary's Name: Ekaterina
VJ Member: Bill & Katya
Country: Russia

Last Updated: 2018-06-15
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Immigration Checklist for William & Ekaterina:

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 : Moscow, Russia
I-129F Sent : 2013-09-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-09-09
I-129F RFE(s) : 2013-10-15
RFE Reply(s) : 2013-11-15
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-12-03
NVC Received : 2014-01-07
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2014-01-07
Consulate Received : 2014-01-15
Packet 3 Received : 2014-01-15
Packet 3 Sent : 2014-02-04
Packet 4 Received : 2014-02-04
Interview Date : 2014-03-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-04-04
US Entry : 2014-09-12
Marriage : 2014-09-27
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 85 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 193 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2014-09-12
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Detroit Metro Airport CIS officers were very helpful and friendly to my fiance.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Detroit MI
Date Filed : 2014-10-16
NOA Date : 2014-10-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-11-10
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2015-03-11
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-03-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2015-03-24
Comments :


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Detroit MI
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-10-16
NOA Date : 2014-10-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-11-10
Approved Date : 2015-01-09
Date Card Received : 2015-01-14
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 85 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2016-12-20
NOA Date : 2016-12-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-01-26
Interview Date : 2018-04-10
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-05-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Detroit MI
Date Filed : 2018-01-13
NOA Date : 2018-01-30
Bio. Appt. : 2018-02-22
Interview Date : 2018-04-10
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2018-06-11
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Moscow, Russia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 29, 2014
Embassy Review : I attended the interview in Moscow with my fiance. Overall, it was fairly easy, with a 15 minute wait outside the consulate before proceeding through security and up to the first window. From there we were directed to window 5 for the interview which was upstairs with a small full waiting room of approximately 30 people. This was the window for immigrant visa interviews, and from there we waited almost two hours before my fiance was called for her interview (she had the biometrics taken during that timeframe). At the time of the interview there were only three or four peopple left which all seemed to be of the K1 type (maybe they save these for the end), and all were nice people, but I was the only US citizen there. Anyway, my fiance's interview was conducted in English with me within earshot. The questions were brief, and they did ask about her previous unsuccessful attempts at a visitor visa, but all went well, and the officer welcomed her to the US after 5 minutes or so. We were both extremely happy, and I was so glad I was there with her!
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 2015-06-21
Embassy Review : My wife and I came back from visit to Rusiia via Beijing. This was my wife's first re-entry on her Green Card, and we were surprised to find that Detroit had gone to electronic kiosks. My wife scanned her GC, and her fingerprints, and the kiosk took a photo, then I did the same minus the fingerprints with my passport and we then receive receipts to take to an officer who asked us a few basic questions regarding the length of trip and where we were at, etc. the whole process took about 5 minutes with at least three planes arriving.
Harassment Level : Low


Local US CIS Office Review: Detroit MI
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 17, 2015
Embassy Review : We had a 10am interview scheduled for my wife. After going through security and checking in (they still hadn't updated their clock for DST at the front desk), we went to the big waiting area. After about 30 minutes my wife's name was called and we met the interviewer and went back to her office. She started with the swearing in then began verifying the basic 485 information. My wife was quite nervous, but she relaxed after the interviewer started going through all the 485 yes/no questions. I could see her start to smile and settle down. She asked us how we met and let me tell the story, but my wife added a lot. She asked for additional information that was not in the original 485 submission, so we gave her my step-son's birth certificate (copy) along with the translation, several photos, insurance information, bank statements, and latest income tax forms. Overall everything went well. She made a copy of my wife's EAD card, then handed us a no decision notice, but explained everything appeared in order, she just needed time to review the entire package in detail. I am not sure how much time ahead they have to review these forms and evidence. Regardless, it seemed positive when she went over the fact that we were applying for a conditional GC and we would have to go through the 751 process I a little less than two years. Anyway, we parted in good spirits. Two days later we received the report that my wife was approved.

One other note for those heading to the Detroit office, if you are coming from the North, don't follow the GPS when you get in the city, take 75/375 down to East Jefferson and go over from there. The neighborhoods my GPS took me through were not very nice looking.

All in all a very good experience, nice office, and friendly staff.
Harassment Level : Very Good


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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
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rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
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