STL_HCMC's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Jay
Beneficiary's Name: Thuy
VJ Member: STL_HCMC
Country: Vietnam

Last Updated: 2011-12-12
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Immigration Checklist for Jay & Thuy:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I-129F Sent : 2005-12-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-01-03
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-03-02
NVC Received : 2006-03-15
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-03-16
Consulate Received : 2006-03-20
Packet 3 Received : 2006-04-22
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-05-05
Packet 4 Received : 2006-06-24
Interview Date : 2006-07-19
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-07-20
US Entry : 2006-09-29
Marriage : 2006-11-22
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 58 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 197 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2006-09-29
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Was a very pleasant experience for my fiancee and I coming in through LAX. As noted on many sections of VisaJourney, we had the 'mystery brown envelope' out and in her hand as we approached the arrivals hall. We were immediately approached by an official directing us into the appropriate line. We were both processed through the non-residents line and it was pleasant and less than 10 minutes total in processing. The immigration officer first processed my US Citizen arrival card, and then moved on to opening and inspecting the paperwork of the brown envelope. He had a few standard questions of how we met, how long I had been living in Vietnam, etc., and then made a comical comment about the paperwork required for the K1, even with the 'paperwork reduction act' notice listed on many forms. After this, both of my fiancee's index fingers were scanned, photo was taken, passport and I-94 stamped and stapled inside the passport. It was that easy and a very pleasant experience.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Fort Smith AR
Date Filed : 2007-01-23
NOA Date : 2007-01-31
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-02-22
AOS Transfer** : 2007-02-20
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-03-09
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2007-03-15
Comments :


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-01-12
NOA Date : 2009-01-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-02-20
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-06-10
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Dallas/Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Fort Smith AR
Date Filed : 2010-03-27
NOA Date : 2010-04-07
Bio. Appt. : 2010-04-28
Interview Date : 2011-11-17
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2011-12-09
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 21, 2006
Embassy Review : Overall we had a very pleasant experience through the US Consulate in HCMC. I was aware of reports of rude staff, insufficient service quality and harrowing experiences.

However, our experience involved none of the aformentioned. From the time that our approved petition arrived to the US Consulate in HCMC, through to picking up the visa, we encountered friendly and helpful staff on the phone, through email and at the information booth outside the Consulate.

The interview process was smooth and as expected. The staff my fiancee encountered when turning in paperwork for the interview were helpful and accomodating. She said the consular officer that interviewed her was a very nice American woman that made her feel at ease and comfortable during the questioning.

My advice: this process can be harrowing or it can be what you make it! Half the battle is how you approach and communicate with those at the Consulate. In the end a true, genuine relationship will shine through the brightest. Prepare for interview questions, but a true relationship will produce honest, heartfelt answers.

Best of luck to those that pass through after us!
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-09-29
Embassy Review : Was a very pleasant experience for my fiancee and I coming in through LAX. As noted on many sections of VisaJourney, we had the 'mystery brown envelope' out and in her hand as we approached the arrivals hall. We were immediately approached by an official directing us into the appropriate line. We were both processed through the non-residents line and it was pleasant and less than 10 minutes total in processing. The immigration officer first processed my US Citizen arrival card, and then moved on to opening and inspecting the paperwork of the brown envelope. He had a few standard questions of how we met, how long I had been living in Vietnam, etc., and then made a comical comment about the paperwork required for the K1, even with the 'paperwork reduction act' notice listed on many forms. After this, both of my fiancee's index fingers were scanned, photo was taken, passport and I-94 stamped and stapled inside the passport. It was that easy and a very pleasant experience.
Harassment Level : Low


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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(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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