Marco&Bettina's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Marco
Beneficiary's Name: Betty
VJ Member: Marco&Bettina
Country: Germany

Last Updated: 2019-02-06
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Immigration Checklist for Marco & Betty:

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 : Frankfurt, Germany
I-129F Sent : 2014-03-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-11
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-08-12
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2014-08-28
NVC Left : 2014-09-02
Consulate Received : 2014-09-15
Packet 3 Received : 2014-09-18
Packet 3 Sent : 2014-09-29
Packet 4 Received : 2014-10-03
Interview Date : 2014-11-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-11-15
US Entry : 2014-12-31
Marriage : 2015-01-10
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 154 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 247 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2014-12-31
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My POE was in Atlanta, GA. They have specific rows for non u.s. citizens and I went to the visa row. The officer was really nice and I first had to go through the "normal" procedures like giving fingerprints and taking a pic.
I was already laying this big envelope I got from the u.s.embassy on the counter. So he started asking me questions like where I am coming from, if I have something in luggage like fruits, vegetables, alcohol or tabacco. Then he asked me what the purpose of my journey is and I said "I want to get married". After that he was sending me to another officer. I guess he was not familiar with the upcoming paper work. So I got transferred to another row. I was waiting a while, while the officer was typing stuff in his computer. He disappeared and consulted another officer...After a while he came back and I was allowed to come to the counter. He just asked me if I'm comfortable with English and started explaining to me why it took so long. The I-129 form was expired and he wasn't sure if this matters or not but the other officer and some other research said it's okay since my medical and the actual visa are still valid. After that he was giving me some information like the visa is only valid for the actual entry and it expires after that and I should not leave the country until my AOS is completely done. He was really nice and meanwhile another officer showed up and we we had a pretty good conversation. They asked me stuff like how we met and if we did all this with a lawyer or all ourselves...Then they welcomed me to america and good luck. Even with the waiting it didn't take longer than 20 minutes.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Antonio TX
Date Filed : 2015-01-13
NOA Date : 2015-01-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-02-17
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-11-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2015-12-01
Comments : Very long process. I know others have waited longer. After waiting 9.5 months, I submitted an inquiry on USCIS website. I also reapplied for EAD/AP 2 weeks after that. The inquiry letter we received back from USCIS basically led me to believe they processed the app because of above actions.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-01-13
NOA Date : 2015-01-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-02-17
Approved Date : 2015-03-17
Date Card Received : 2015-03-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-01-13
NOA Date : 2015-01-20
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2015-03-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 63 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-08-30
NOA Date : 2017-09-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-09-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-01-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2019-01-24
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Frankfurt, Germany
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 13, 2014
Embassy Review : I was there around 10AM with interview scheduled for 1030AM. I was driving by the Consulate cause there were no parking spaces. Then I found a space nearby. I already saw a long queue of people standing outside... When I got there, I had to register that I was there. The nice woman gave me a number. After that I had to go to the security guy... He was kinda rude... He was talking with an accent and I also was nervous so I didn't understand what he was saying first and also he was talking to 2 other people at the same time... However...I had to put my belt, bracelet, necklace, and keys into a plastic bag. After that I was standing in that queue. I think the max was 5 people going into that house for the security check. I just saw that a lady was talking to the people via the window, telling the people they can go in. Then I was the first in the queue. The security guy was talking to me from like 5 meters away.. Also I was daydreaming so I didn't notice he was talking to me and then I didn't understand all what he said. After that I heard him saying to another man "All the time these Germans, come over here and don't speak any English" bla bla bla (The USC is adding this comment, referring to this loser security guard. What a douche javascript:emoticon('')).

After going in finally it was just like a security check at the airport. Then going into another building and got directed to the cashier lady. I had to hand her the appointment confirmation. The barcode of the paid fee was printed on that. Then I had to go to a second lady. She got my fingerprints and was just telling me stuff like what's happening to me at the port of entry and what I will get today after the visa is issued and also gave me an information sheet for the case that women who are coming to the States and may be a victim of domestic violence.

Then the actual interview was less than 10 minutes. And the man was just asking me stuff like how we met, what the USC is doing for a living, what his hobbies are and what happened between us after meeting first... That's it... And then he said "Your visa is issued. The papers will arrive next week."

And everybody but the security guy was speaking German to me.

PS: The 4 rating is because of the security guard. Otherwise, it would've been a 5, or even 6, if allowable.
Rating : Good

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