Greg_Dubai's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Greg
Beneficiary's Name: Jho
VJ Member: Greg_Dubai
Country: United Arab Emirates

Last Updated: 2020-07-28
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Immigration Checklist for Greg & Jho:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : United Arab Emirates
I-129F Sent : 2014-09-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-09-10
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-10-16
NVC Received : 2014-11-26
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2014-12-01
NVC Left : 2014-12-01
Consulate Received : 2014-12-04
Packet 3 Received : 2014-12-18
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2014-12-18
Interview Date : 2015-02-03
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-02-09
US Entry : 2015-04-25
Marriage : 2015-05-16
Comments : POE Minneapolis. Took about 45 minutes total, mostly in line. I was able to stay with her through the whole process. The interview at the window was quick, fingerprints & picture, the officer and his supervisor were friendly, kidding and laughing with us. Then maybe 10 minutes in the office while they processed the paperwork, no questions and a friendly welcome to the US.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 36 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 146 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Minneapolis/St Paul
POE Date : 2015-04-25
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE Minneapolis. Took about 45 minutes total, mostly in line. I was able to stay with her through the whole process. The interview at the window was quick, fingerprints & picture, the officer and his supervisor were friendly, kidding and laughing with us. Then maybe 10 minutes in the office while they processed the paperwork, no questions and a friendly welcome to the US.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Saint Paul MN
Date Filed : 2015-05-20
NOA Date : 2015-05-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-06-16
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-01-19
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2016-01-27
Comments : Received I-797 approval in the mail, no text, no email. No interview and no interview waiver letter. Not complaining just passing information. :-)


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-05-20
NOA Date : 2015-05-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-06-16
Approved Date : 2015-08-03
Date Card Received : 2015-08-19
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 75 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-05-20
NOA Date : 2015-05-26
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2015-08-19
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 75 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-10-23
NOA Date : 2017-10-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-01-11
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2019-01-14
Comments : Conditional GC extended 12 months, then again extended 18 months.
Biometrics waived
Interview waived


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2019-06-24
NOA Date : 2019-06-29
Bio. Appt. : 2019-07-18
Interview Date : 2020-01-29
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2020-02-19
Comments : Very smooth and respectful process at the Minneapolis USCIS Center. Everyone from security, check-in and interview were pleasant, helpful, professional and respectful. Oath ceremony was awesome - We were blessed to beat Covid-19

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: United Arab Emirates
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 6, 2015
Embassy Review : First, they will not let the petitioner in with your fiancÚ or spouse which started us off bad as the information on VJ said that I could go in (I've changed that on VJ). We had prepared assuming I would be there for everything but the final interview.

We drove down the night before so we could be there early and avoid any early morning traffic problems getting to Abu Dhabi from Dubai. We stayed at the Premier Inn Capital Centre (AED406 for 1 night, 2 persons). We got there about 6:15AM (not much sleep that night) and were first in line, by 7AM there were 8 or 9 parties in line and by 7:30 maybe 15. PLEASE NOTE: NO BRIEFCASE, PURSE, HANDBAG OF ANY KIND WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE EMBASSY PROPERTY. HAVE HIM/HER BRING HIS/HER WALLET AND PUT THE DOCUMENTS IN A CLEAR PLASTIC BAG (LIKE CARREFOUR). Many people were not allowed in because of this and had to find a place to put their bags off the property. (not even allowed to leave then on the waiting benches). We purchased 2 clear plastic document holders, available from Carrefour or Choitrams for about AED3). At just before 7:30 they lined up and took all the Immigrant Visas (outside they classify the K-1 as Non-immigrant because that what it states on the DS-160 confirmation), then lined up the non-immigrant. You go to a window outside and present the DS-160 confirmation page, the appointment letter and beneficiary passport and then go in for security check. At the security check they will take their mobile and anything else unacceptable (like keys etc.). Then you are taken in to the consul area and given a number, this number is what is used to call them to different windows:

First - Give documents - make sure she has a copy of the documents as well as originals as they only took copies from my fiancÚ (except for I-134, they took the original)
Second - pay the $265 Fee
Third - Fingerprinting

It seems like they sometimes change the order of 2 & 3 above based on the consul being ready to do the interview. She said some did not pay until after the interview and some were fingerprinted before paying, but all gave documents first

Then the Interview - she got the lady that is described in some of the reviews on VJ. She handed back the pictures we sent with the I129F, had her write my name on and sign the DS-156K and swear the oath. Then she started asking questions, she was stern and rude and acted like she didn't believe any of the answers and very challenging on all questions. She did not ask any of the normal questions mentioned in reviews but picked an area where we are a little different from others and just harped on it. The interview took place at a window in the main room and the interviewer was on a microphone so everyone could hear everything that was said. She ended the interview by saying something like "Are you sure everything you told me and all the documents you gave me are true or else you will be banned from the US forever". Then she gave her the pink slip and said to pick up her passport on the date and time specified (about 4 working days). No mention if she was approved or not so we ended up not sure, but believe we are approved and will get the Visa on Monday when we go back. I don't want to scare you with this, many people get some guy and he is said to be very nice. This lady likes to be confrontational and rude but if your fiancÚ gets her he/she should stick to their guns and tell the truth and they will get through it fine. We were done by about 9:45AM.
Rating : Poor


Local US CIS Office Review: Saint Paul MN
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : January 29, 2020
Embassy Review : This was at the Minneapolis USCIS office 250 Marquette Avenue, Suite 710, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

She had a 7:30 interview appointment. We arrived about 6:45 and were the first there. Security was very friendly, professional and helpful. Check-in opened about 7:15 and again they were friendly, professional and helpful. Just an FYI, they do not call the numbers you are given at Check-in in order, each case officer has a group of cases and numbers are called as case officer is available.

The interview lasted about 20 minutes. She was asked 6 questions, then asked to read a sentence from an iPad on the desk, the then the officer dictated a sentence for her to write on the iPad. It appeared the questions and sentences were given randomly by the computer (not sure but seemed that way). After that he went through a lot of the personal information from the application to review it including most of the Yes/No questions. He was pleasant, professional and respectful throughout. At the end he stated she was approved and that an oath letter would be sent scheduling the oath ceremony in the next month or so.

A VERY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE! THANKS USCIS
Harassment Level : Very Good


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