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yuna628's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: S
Beneficiary's Name: K
VJ Member: yuna628
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2023-10-20
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Immigration Checklist for S & K:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2014-10-04
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-10-10
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-05-04
NVC Received : 2015-05-15
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2015-05-19
Consulate Received : 2015-05-26
Packet 3 Received : 2015-05-28
Packet 3 Sent : 2015-06-06
Packet 4 Received : 2015-07-02
Interview Date : 2015-07-30
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-08-06
US Entry : 2015-08-27
Marriage : 2015-09-30
Comments : Despite having to wait over 300 days to complete this process, by following the advice from the good people here and researching the subject, we had no RFEs and no issues whatsoever.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 206 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 293 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Baltimore
POE Date : 2015-08-27
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Baltimore MD
Date Filed : 2015-11-07
NOA Date : 2015-11-15
RFE(s) : 2016-05-18
Bio. Appt. : 2015-12-09
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-06-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2016-06-18
Comments : After 7 months of waiting and no answers, we received an RFE for an I-693 from an office in New Hampshire. Our case had obviously been transferred but we don't know when. We were approved without an interview.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-11-07
NOA Date : 2015-11-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-12-09
Approved Date : 2016-01-25
Date Card Received : 2016-02-01
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 79 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-11-07
NOA Date : 2015-11-15
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2016-02-01
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 79 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2018-05-02
NOA Date : 2018-05-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-06-27
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-04-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2019-05-02
Comments : Transferred to Potomac Service Center notice 3/26/19
Approved without RFE or interview. New card being produced status: 4/25/19
Card sent out: 4/29/19

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Baltimore MD
Date Filed : 2023-07-16
NOA Date : 2023-07-18
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2023-10-04
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2023-10-19
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 1, 2015
Embassy Review : Helpful tips for drivers: There is an NCP parking lot the London Millennium Hotel which is not as affordable as NCP parking lot on Welbeck Street (near the place you have your medical). The price you'd pay is half than what you would pay closer to the embassy as long as you're willing to walk further.

For those needing cosponsors: For London don't be concerned if you need a cosponsor, so long as you can provide good evidence of support.

My fiancé joined the queue at 25 minutes past 12, for his 1pm appointment. There was only 4 other people. You put your items into the security checkpoint and went around to the right of the building, then you go up the steps to the reception desk. Reception was pleasant and you get some stickers put on your interview letter. Then you go up the stairs and to the left; by the time he sat down it was 28 minutes past. He was number 30, and they were seeing tickets 24 and 25 by the time he arrived, so he wasn't having to wait very long. There are a lot of info videos on the screens to pass the time. Make sure to have all your documents organized and ready to go, it helps to be prepared. He was called to window 2 at 1:05pm and spoke to the man at the booth. He gave him his passport and other documents. For some reason they did not want the DS160 confirmation page they tell you to bring. He asked about if he had paid for the visa and asked some basic questions. He scanned in the photo and documents and returned them, and by the time he sat down it was around 1:12pm. He was called to window 16 after a few more minutes. The individual seemed like she was a new trainee but was polite. She took his fingerprints to start and he took the oath. My fiancé has a thick accent so she could not understand him at first. There were not very many questions and there was no need for any additional evidence.
The questions were:
How did you meet?
When did you first meet in person?
How the relationship progress over the past ten years?
Who would be supporting him? (we used a cosponsor so there were some additional questions to confirm who the cosponsor was)
Why his fiancé was not currently employed at the moment?

She told him we were approved, the date of when we should marry by, and that it would arrive within two weeks. She did not tell him what direction he should go to exit the building. He wandered around back the way he came in, hoping not to get into trouble for going the wrong way. All in all he had left the embassy by 1:22pm. Not very long at all.

His interview came at exactly 300 days to the day we sent in the initial packet and we had no RFE's. Surreal that such a long wait came down to something so simple.
Rating : Good

POE Review: Baltimore
Event Description
Entry Date : 2015-08-27
Embassy Review : My fiancé followed the usual process and went to customs. He stated to the officer that he was entering the USA on a K1 fiancé visa and presented him with his 'DO NOT OPEN' envelope and passport. He looked at the passport, took his fingerprints, scanned his photograph, and asked my fiancé to follow him to a processing area. As they were walking there, he asked if BWI saw many coming in on K1 visas. The officer replied no, just usually at larger airports. He sat there for five minutes while the officer pulled up details, and then asked my fiancé to come to the desk. He asked when my fiancé proposed and remarked how long we had been together as he filled out the computer. He then asked when we planned to get married, and there seemed to be an issue on the system. He had to go back out to another computer and re-scan my fiancé into the system. He returned to the secondary area, and re-asked when we were to get married. My fiancé told him where and when we would marry. He then advised him about the date of which to adjust status in the US, and they talked about that for a bit. He then stamped his passport and documents, checked his customs form, and then wished my fiancé good luck. He then got his bags and was out very fast. It was very quick and simple, no problems, all in all about 12 minutes. It was the fastest I had ever seen my fiancé come out of customs at an airport in all the years he's been coming here.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Baltimore MD
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : October 20, 2023
Embassy Review : My husband had his Naturalization interview this week. Ironically the day after Kevin McCarthy got tossed out of speakership, so we wondered how that question could be answered correctly if it came up. It was quite a long trip for us, and I wasn't sure if I
would be allowed in with him so he went in by himself. He arrived 20 minutes before his appointment. It wasn't too busy. There was TSA style security first, and then waiting for his appointment was about 45 minutes. You are given a number which is supposed to show up on the screen. His number took about 20 minutes to appear on the screen, so if your number doesn't appear immediately don't worry.

His interview was about 10 minutes in length. The officer was very polite and no-nonsense. He asked for his NOA and asked for his US ID and his green card. My husband was very nervous and accidently handed him his UK driving license without realizing it. The officer was confused by this, but eventually that got cleared up, and had a laugh. He asked to confirm personal details and a few of the N400 questions.

Keep in mind we had been initially nervous about tax questions, since we were unable to obtain every single tax transcript from the IRS, but were able to give them tax forms. But the officer did not want to see any of it. So I'd say as long as you have some sort of a combination of transcripts and forms this is not really an issue. Another potential issue was the green card itself - it had originally been issued with a typo of his gender. Changing him from male to female. For a variety of factors we chose not to correct it. The office was not interested and it wasn't a problem. All information in their system had my husband listed with the correct gender, so the office surmised it was the fault of the printing office that printed it. We also could not find his EAD to return it with the green cards for the ceremony. They were not bothered by that either.

He asked the six questions:

1) What is the economic system in the United States
2) In what month do we vote for President
3) What is the name of the Vice President
4) Who is the Commander in Chief of the military
5) What is one responsibility that is only for US citizens
6) Who was President during the Great Depression and WW II (hilariously the question that would trip him up the most)

The reading was: When is Columbus Day
The writing was: Columbus Day is in October

He was informed that he had passed the test and that he needed to confirm the information that was going to be
on his naturalization certificate. After showing him the Oath, my husband requested a modified oath, which was granted. He then informed that he would be notified by mail that his oath ceremony would be scheduled. Later in the day the website updated to reflect his Oath ceremony would be scheduled, and the next morning his Oath appointment letter was uploaded.


For the Oath Ceremony we arrived 30 minutes beforehand. I attended with my husband as well as a friend. Everyone was friendly and congratulatory. They did not care how many guests and did not ask for ID. After going through TSA style security, we were directed into a crowded waiting area (over 100 people). A few minutes later, some officers directed all guests, translators, and family of the immigrants to leave and go to the ceremony room. This caused some confusion due to language barrier. Most people opted to dress up, some wore whatever they wanted, and others wore their outfits of national origin proudly. Young and old were all here to celebrate this day. It was moving to hear some of the stories of what people had been through.

I wished my husband luck and waited with our friend in the other room. About 15 minutes later my husband joined us after surrendering his green cards and ensuring his certificate was correct. He was holding his ceremony packet. It contained his citizenship certificate, information leaflet, Presidential letter, and flag. We were somewhat confused that the photograph they used was quite old (from 2016) instead of a current one they had recently taken at the office.

The ceremony began late at this point. The officiant for the ceremony was the Officer that had presided over my husband's interview, and indeed he was the officer who had handled every case in the room that day - 58 individuals from 35 countries. It was remarkable to see so many proud faces. He honored veterans in the room and all the immigrants one by one to applause. After taking the oath, we watched a message from the President, sang the national anthem, and recited the pledge.

After giving final instructions, he wished all new citizens well, and allowed us to gather and take photos. There was so much joy in that room! Overall our experience with the Baltimore office was smooth and pleasant, compared to the rest of our journey that at times provided stress.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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