Lenny&Sanna's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Lenny
Beneficiary's Name: Sanna-Kaisa
VJ Member: Lenny&Sanna
Country: Finland

Last Updated: 2019-04-10
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Immigration Checklist for Lenny & Sanna-Kaisa:

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 : Finland
I-129F Sent : 2014-03-17
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-24
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-08-25
NVC Received : 2014-09-08
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2014-09-09
NVC Left : 2014-09-11
Consulate Received : 2014-09-16
Packet 3 Received : 2014-09-19
Packet 3 Sent : 2014-09-23
Packet 4 Received : 2014-10-02
Interview Date : 2014-10-27
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-10-31
US Entry : 2014-12-09
Marriage : 2015-01-12
Comments : I would have to say the worst part was not knowing how long or where your petition was at in the process. Ours thankfully was completed 5 months after the NOA date and after it was sent to The National Visa Center it was a quick and smooth process from that point.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 154 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 217 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Baltimore
POE Date : 2014-12-09
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : It was a rather smooth entry. Was brought into a back room where I handed over my packet from the Consulate, was asked a period of several generic questions, pictures were taken as well as my fingerprints and I was sent on my way. Overall the entire process took about 30 minutes from time getting to the Officer, to the time I walked out. Not a bad experience at all and was hassle free. Officer was very nice as well.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Baltimore MD
Date Filed : 2015-01-24
NOA Date : 2015-01-30
RFE(s) : 2016-02-04
Bio. Appt. : 2015-03-13
AOS Transfer** : 2016-01-26
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-02-23
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2016-03-02
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-01-24
NOA Date : 2015-01-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-03-13
Approved Date : 2015-03-30
Date Card Received : 2015-04-08
Comments : Was a very easy process and in the 3 month time period that they stated as well. Received card in mail very fast.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 65 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2018-01-16
NOA Date : 2018-01-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-03-15
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-04-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2019-04-08
Comments : Received the card in mail on 4/15/19 which was a very fast turnaround. This was one of the easiest processes throughout the entire thing in my opinion. Provided the required evidence and we went right through with no issues.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Finland
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 29, 2014
Embassy Review : I had my Visa interview this Monday at the consulate in Helsinki. First of all, it was easy to find. I walked a short walk from the train station and the door to the consulate was situated between Robert's Coffee and Steam cafe. Because I was over an hour early I went inside a cafe to wait since they don't let you in until right before your appointment time. There were a lot of people standing outside with folders in their hands close to 9 am. My appointment was at 10am.

9:57 I pressed the buzzer at the door and told the machine who I was and why I was there. The voice asked me when my appointment was and I told them and I was let in because it was almost 10am. They adviced me to go through the doors (both the front door and the next one work with the buzzer so I went through them quickly so I wouldn't get stuck in between haha) and to the second elevator on the right. Confusing thing was I could only see one elevator but then a sign on the wall said "consulate 5th floor" and I followed it and around the corner was the second elevator.

Up at 5th floor, I pressed the buzzer on the door to the consulate and a security woman asked for my passport (and asked me to shut down any electronic devices such as my phone) and after checking that let me in. Inside there were two more security personnel and I gave them my bag, jacket, phone and any metal (in my case, my belt) and I walked through a metal detector. They gave me a number tag that would tell them what stuff in there is mine when I come back. At this point I only had myself, that tag and all my interview papers and passport with me. Another security guy let me in the waiting room.

I was the only 10am appointment so they asked me to the counter right away. A man asked me for my paperwork and passport and asked me to sit and wait while he goes through the papers. Then a woman asked me back to the counter, took my fingerprints and I sat back down. Then a while later another woman, this time American, asked me back and that's when I was interviewed. I've heard they mostly interview in Finnish but sometimes it's in English like mine was. I had to take an oath to promise that all I've told them is true to the best of my knowledge, while holding my hand on the fingerprint machine.

What I was asked:

- You are engaged to the petitioner of these papers, correct?
- Where did you meet?
- When did you meet in person? (since we met online originally)
- Was this for a short trip? (after I said we met in person when my fiance came to Finland)
- Have you been to the US?
- What does your fiance do?
- What do you do at the moment?
- What do you plan on doing in the US?
- When are you planning to travel?
- When have you planned on getting married?

After this the woman told me everything looks good and the visa will come in the mail in 1 or 2 weeks. She also reminded me that I have 6 months to travel with the visa and in the US 90 days to get married. Then the man came back with the extra papers I gave them that they didn't need and that was it Visa approved!

Everyone there was really friendly, smiled and the security even joked around with me and such. A really smooth thing to go through and I wasn't even nervous at all like I was before the interview because the people there being great made my nervousness go away. Overall a great experience for me
Rating : Very Good

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