tob789's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Emily
Beneficiary's Name: Tom
VJ Member: tob789
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2017-08-31
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Immigration Checklist for Emily & Tom:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2014-05-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-05-27
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-09-11
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2014-10-02
Packet 3 Received : 2014-10-06
Packet 3 Sent : 2014-10-10
Packet 4 Received : 2014-11-19
Interview Date : 2014-12-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-01-05
US Entry : 2015-01-06
Marriage : 2015-01-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 107 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 205 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2015-01-06
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2015-01-14
NOA Date : 2015-01-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-02-11
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-09-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-01-14
NOA Date : 2015-01-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2015-03-16
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 61 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-01-14
NOA Date : 2015-01-20
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 61 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-09-01
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 5, 2015
Embassy Review : Arrival time: 07:35
Got ticket number: 07:54
Called to present documents: c 08:50
Called for interview: c 09:00
Left building: 09:12

I stayed with friends overnight in London. My appointment time was 09:00, but had read on VJ that K1 applicants could turn up before time, so I arrived at about 07:30.

Two longish lines had formed already, with staff walking up and down the lines to answer questions. The lines were arranged by interview time. Initially I was told to stand in the 9 a.m. line, even though I told the staff member that I was applying for a K1 visa. A couple of minutes later I checked with another staff member who told me that K1 applicants didn't have to queue, and ushered me to the outside desk. Lesson: K1 applicants don't have to join the normal lines, but not all staff seem to know this - keep trying until you find someone who does!

At the outside desk I presented my interview letter and passport, and they directed me through security, which is very similar to airport security. I followed the signs to the embassy reception and was issued with ticket I911 at 07:54, and told to take a seat. I think all K1 applicants are issued with numbers starting from I901, so I was number 11 in the queue. On this day it seemed there were 3 desks dealing solely with I9 numbers, and I waited just under an hour to be called.

I was greeted by the Asian lady who can be hard to hear (as described by others here!), but I think I only had to ask her to repeat herself once. She asked to see my interview letter, courier payment confirmation, passport, Police Certificate, Birth Certificate, and evidence of support (I had my fiancee's I-134 and pay transcripts that we submitted for the I-129). She took all these, put them in an envelope with my passport, and asked me to take a seat until my number was called again.

I was called again about 10 minutes later, and this time I was greeted by a friendly young lady with dark hair. The interview was very informal, as described by most others here. She commented on the number of countries I had visited (28!) and I told her that I like to travel. She asked my fiancee's name and what she does for a living, as well as my occupation. She then asked how and when we met, and how we'd been able to maintain the relationship over that time. I told her that we talked most days via internet chat, and that we had visited each other in person regularly. She seemed very happy with all my answers, and told me that my application had been approved. I said "Great! So am I free to leave now?" She said that I was, so I thanked her and left. I would estimate the entire interview took less than 5 minutes.

The experience on the whole was positive, and the staff ranged from average to very friendly and helpful.

Rating : Good

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