jtoro70's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Jacqueline
Beneficiary's Name: Joel
VJ Member: jtoro70
Country: Dominican Republic

Last Updated: 2015-11-09
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Immigration Checklist for Jacqueline & Joel:

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? California Service Center on 2014-08-11
Consulate : Dominican Republic
I-129F Sent : 2014-05-21
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-05-27
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-09-16
NVC Received : 2014-10-06
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2014-10-06
NVC Left : 2014-10-08
Consulate Received : 2014-10-14
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2014-11-03
Interview Date : 2014-12-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-12-24
US Entry : 2014-12-25
Marriage : 2015-03-01
Comments : 8/11/14 Case Transferred CSC
9/16/14 - NOA2 Email
9/22/14 - NOA2 Hard Copy
10/6/14 - NVC Received package from CSC
10/8/14 - NVC mailed package to DR consulate via DHL
10/8/14 - CEAC Status "READY"
10/14/14 - DR consulate received packaged, tracked on DHL
10/16/14 - CEAC Status Updated, date changed to 10/16, still "READY"
10/20/14 - Called DR Consulate and got our interview date for 12/15/14
10/24/14 - CEAC Status Updated, date changed to 10/24, still "READY"
11/03/14 - Packet 4 recvd
12/15/14 - Interview - APPROVED!!
12/18/14 - CEAC STATUS - Administrative Processing
12/19/14 - CEAC STATUS - ISSUED!
03/01/15 - Married!
04/09/15 - Mailed AOS Package via FedEx
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 112 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 202 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Fort Lauderdale
POE Date : 2014-12-25
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Miami FL
Date Filed : 2015-04-10
NOA Date : 2015-04-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-05-07
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-11-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2015-11-06
Comments : 4/9/15 - Mailed AOS Packet to USCIS Chicago Office
4/14/15 - NOA's Received
5/7/15 - Biometrics completed
7/27/15 - NOA Interview Waived
11/03/15 - Card Mailed
11/06/15 - Card Received

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-04-10
NOA Date : 2015-04-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-05-07
Approved Date : 2015-06-23
Date Card Received : 2015-06-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 74 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dominican Republic
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 17, 2014
Embassy Review : Arrived at the consulate at 5:30 a.m. There were lines already in place and we joined the line that was for 6:45 appointments. The consulate opened at 6:30 allowing entry of elderly, pregnant, handicap and children first. This process was fairly quick for us as we were prepared for the security check. Based on past posts on VJ, we brought nothing with us but our documents and money. We were given our number 148 and took a seat. They started calling numbers at exactly 7:00 am and started with number 100. This initial number calling was in numerical order, we were called first to window number 18 in order to submit all documents and medical required of the beneficiary and given a slip to make the payment of $265.00 dollars at the cashier's window number 31, upon payment we went back to the original window to submit receipt of payment. We were given back the original number ticket and were instructed to have a seat and wait for finger prints and interview. We were again seated and at this point it was 7:30 a.m. We were so nervous, sleepy, and anxious, but still confident that we were well prepared thanks to VisaJourney and all the information available as well as VJ members posting their experiences. I know that I personally felt an overwhelming sense of unsurety, being that at this point in our process, our fate is left in the hands of a mere stranger who knows nothing of our lives and makes a life changing decision based on judgement and a file of paperwork. This was the longest wait there. We sat and waited for 3 hours!! This was breaking my confidence, not to mention how uncomfortable it became sitting for so long on wood seats and with cold air conditioning that had me shaking. I was definitely in need of a big cup of hot coffee. After this long wait and watching people come and go, we were finally called to window 2 for fingerprinting at about 11:00 a.m., the woman greeted us by saying that she has been calling our number for about an hour???? We never heard the number called nor did it appear on the screen. But who's to say as this waiting area is very large, the speaker system is low and not that the noise level in the building was loud, but there was a lot happening. At this time there was no specific order in being called. You would hear names being called as well as numbers. You would here from the speaker system with an automated voice, or from a specific window (30 windows to be exact) or even the security guards. But needless to say, you have to bee extremely attentive. Because she called us from window 2 and we were sitting back by window 20....So we sat back down and at this time I was extremely anxious. Another 20 minutes went by and we were called for our interview at window 24 by a young American woman , I would say she was in her twenties. Here are the interview questions asked:

To the Petitioner (me):
Do you speak English? Yes
Does your fiance speak English? No
How do you communicate? Spanish
She proceeded to mention that she would conduct the interview to me in English and to my fiance in Spanish
When did you immigrate? I was born in the US....
Are your parents Dominican? Yes
Have you been married before? Yes, twice
Did you ever petition for someone before? Yes, my first marriage
How and were did you meet? I gave details of our meeting
How many trips since your initial meeting? 4
Do you have children? yes
How many and what are their ages?
Does your fiance know them? Yes, He met my oldest in person on our July trip to DR and my girls via Skype.
What do you do for a living? Interior Designer
She pulled out a specific picture that I had initially sent with the petition package as evidence of my fiance's sister, his niece and myself and asked me who was the little girl?
Do you know his parents? Yes his father, but his mother is deceased.
Does he have family in the US?
Do you plan to have children together? Maybe

To the Beneficiary (my fiance):
How did you meet and when? He gave details
How many trips has she made since your initial meeting? 4
Do you have siblings? yes
Do you have family in the US? No
Have you traveled outside of DR before? No
How many children does she have and how old are they? 3 and gave names and ages
Have you met them? Yes, the oldest in person and the other two via skype
When did she immigrate to the US????? He answered that I was born in the US. (was this a trick questions? I looked at her like she had two heads.. )
Have you been married before? No
Do you have children? No

She concluded with saying OK thank you and took a moment to type and said to us your visa has been approved, please proceed to pay courier service. The interview took about 10 minutes.

I just want to add that none of the required documents I brought with me were requested. She did not ask for any of it.....

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