Anoushka Drew's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: A
Beneficiary's Name: J
VJ Member: Anoushka Drew
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2019-03-25
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Immigration Checklist for A & J:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2014-05-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-05-28
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-07-09
NVC Received : 2014-07-17
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2014-07-24
NVC Left : 2014-07-29
Consulate Received : 2014-07-31
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2014-09-25
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-10-03
US Entry : 2014-11-04
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 42 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 120 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Honolulu
POE Date : 2014-11-4
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments : It has been more than two weeks since I arrived here in Virginia. My hubby and I would like to share our experience. We hope it will be useful for someone who will be traveling either alone or with their loved ones.

We left the Philippines on November 4th and traveled through Guam- Hawaii-Newark-Richmond

Anyway, when we arrived at Guam, we looked for the immigration before heading to another gate for our connecting flight. We were walking briskly since we only have an hour and 20 minutes before our next flight. We were first in line! The immigration officer asked for my packet when I showed her my passport. She called someone and a lady approached us and were asked to go to another room. In this room, she photocopied my passport and did more on her computer. (Now, I don't know who filled out my information for my I94). We sat for few minutes and we were called. She emphasized that we need to get married within 90 days or else I will need to go back home.

After this, we looked for our gate but it was not that easy since we need to go to the security first. Everyone will undergo security. My ticket to go to Hawaii has "SSSS" (Secondary Security Screening Selection)in it and so the TSA needs to check carry-on bags and additional inspection on me. Luckily, we arrived on the next gate on time and I was able to talk with a filipino.

When we arrived in Hawaii, there will be a shuttle bus going to another terminal so you can get your luggage and check them in again. It is tiresome but this is a cheapest fare and allows you to stretch your legs in between flights. (Manila to Guam is nearly 4-hour trip, then Guam to Hawaii is a 7-hour trip, Hawaii to Newark is a 9.5 hour trip)

I also would like to include here that when I printed my I94, my date of entry was on November 4th (Hawaii Time). Remember that it was in Guam where they physically took my packet, the local date then was November 5th.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Norfolk VA
Date Filed : 2015-01-26
NOA Date : 2015-01-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-02-19
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-08-31
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2015-09-10
Comments : No interview

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2015-01-26
NOA Date : 2015-01-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-02-19
Approved Date : 2015-03-23
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 56 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2015-01-26
NOA Date : 2015-01-28
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 56 days.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Norfolk VA
Date Filed : 2018-06-19
NOA Date : 2018-06-19
Bio. Appt. : 2018-07-20
Interview Date : 2018-10-30
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2019-03-20
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 25, 2014
Embassy Review : I had my interview this morning and the result was positive since the American Consul told me, “Congratulations, your visa is approved.”
So, now I am going to share my experience.
I was shocked with the long lines when I arrive at the USEM at 5:40 in the morning. Those people who were trying to sell pens and they were also distributing flyers where actually helpful in telling you which line to go. I was in the wrong line at first.
At past 6 in the morning when the line has started to move headed to the tent where there will put sticker (barcode and your name) at the back of your passport , you will be given a zip lock bag (placed your passport inside , biographic page should be seen), provide them the first page of your DS160 together with the first page of your appointment confirmation. For immigrants and K1, line up on 4 and 5. These will be returned to you and you will be asked to proceed to the gate. Don’t bring food, water, sharp objects and electronic data. Once you are done in the security checkpoint room, you need to line up to get your number. The lady also called five K1 visa applicants and has given us instruction as what to do next as she handed us our number.
On the waiting area, a lady with violet shirt took my appointment confirmation and DS160 printed form and I think she was in-charged of dropping them to window 39. Another lady with violet shirt announced as well that there are four steps and that finger scanning and pre-screening interview can be interchanged.
It was 8:15 when I saw my number flashed and I went to window 43 for finger scanning. State your full name and your birth date.
At 8:30, my number flashed and I went to window 47. Here, I was asked to provide the documents (just follow the list that was attached with your number). As the Filipino guy browsed my documents, he has started asking me these questions:
1. What’s your complete name?
2. Your birth date
3. What’s your fiancé’s name
4. Where will you live when you arrive at the USA
5. He asked me about issues on the divorce date and I have given him the answers
6. What does he do for a living?
7. When did he come to see you ( you have to tell the exact date range)

It was a casual conversation and I slipped that my fiancé will be coming here next month. He said, “ohh, so you will be travelling together.” After that, he said, “I have no more questions for you, please try to find a seat inside this premise.”

While waiting for my number to be called , I have been observing some applicants, some Filipinos, on how they ask for requirements from the applicants and the American consuls. Some do intimidate the applicants. I was never asked for the BPI receipt but some were being asked to show this to them. I guess it is a matter of composure, confidence and preparedness.

At 10:00, I was called to window 65. I have been praying that I will be interviewed on this window because based on my observation, he does inform the applicant’s approval.

I always have troubles with biometrics. The scanner can’t my read my fingerprints and I was even called to come back and do it again on window 65.

So his questions were
1. What’s your name and birthdate?
2. What’s your fiancé’s name
3. How old are you?
4. How old is he?
5. What does he do for a living?
6. And he started browsing the pictures that was sent during the petition, and asked me while showing a picture to me , “Is this him? ; is this your mom? Does your mom like him?

I answered and he said that all of documents are okay and congratulated me and that my visa is approved.

Ten minutes before 11, I was called in window 71 and he told me that I can go home and just wait for the visa.

I left the USEM with a big smile and excited to bring the news to my family and to my fiancé who unexpectedly was still awake and replied to my message, “Let’s celebrate.”

I just check my CEAC status and now it says
Ready, Your case is open. Please check your status after two business days via the CEAC launch page at
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 1

blank avatar BerhaeLee on 2018-11-03 said:
Wooow thank you for this. Im petitioning my husband and hopefully he will be here soon.
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