Dohan's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: D
Beneficiary's Name: R
VJ Member: Dohan
Country: India

Last Updated: 2019-01-15
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Immigration Checklist for D & R:

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 : Mumbai, India
I-129F Sent : 2014-06-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-12-16
NVC Received : 2015-01-02
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-01-05
NVC Left : 2015-01-07
Consulate Received : 2015-01-09
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2015-03-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-03-16
US Entry : 2015-06-04
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 174 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 261 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Abu Dhabi
POE Date : 2015-06-04
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,EAD Card
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2015-06-29
NOA Date : 2015-07-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-07-20
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-12-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2015-12-19
Comments : We did not get called for an interview! Was a complete surprise!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-06-29
NOA Date : 2015-07-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-07-20
Approved Date : 2015-09-07
Date Card Received : 2015-09-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-06-29
NOA Date : 2015-07-09
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2015-09-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 70 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-10-23
NOA Date : 2017-10-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-11-29
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-01-11
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received :
Comments : After getting biometrics done in November 2017 had no news except for a few touches in between but no RFEs or interview. Just got notice of approval and card in the mail. Waited 1 year 3 months

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 14, 2015
Embassy Review : My fiance's appointment was at 9:15 am, due to heavy traffic we arrived at 9:05 and he went directly inside without standing in any queues. As a petitioner I was not allowed to go inside (we knew this beforehand) so I found a nearby hotel and sat in their reception reading a book. He came outside at about 11:10 am.

Just a side note, I am not Indian and the CO did not ask any questions about that fact, he also did not ask if our families support our marriage (which they do btw)

Questions asked:

Who is calling you?
What is the name of your biological father?
What is the name of your step-father?
Do you live with your step-father?
Where does your fiancee live?
What does she do?
How did you meet?
When was the last time you saw her, is she here? (He said 5 minutes ago, she is waiting for me outside, the CO liked that and said "that's lovely)
Is this your first marriage?
Have you ever travelled to the US before? How many times? How long did you stay there?
Do you have any relatives in the US? What do they do?
Who are your sponsors? (the co sponsor is my fiance's uncle so they asked what he does)

The consulate took from my fiance his medical report, my I 134 and income tax returns, as well as co-sponsor's I-134 and finance docs.

The CO did not ask to see ANY proof of relationship, any photos, not a thing. And we had a huge file prepared with whatsapp chats spanning June 2014 through March 2015, my visits in Sept 2014 and now in March 2015, as well as emails.

Please note I massively frontloaded our initial application with hundreds of pages of facebook chats, skype conversations, whatsapp conversations, emails, and viber calls and had included over 20 photos. So I think frontloading was a big big help in this situation because the CO did not ask anything about further proof of relatinoship, also the fact that I was waiting outside (my fiance had my passport with him showing I'm there, was also a big plus I think.

My fiance was surprised how quick it all went and he said everyone was very nice and helpful, he even had time to get a sandwich while he was waiting. So overall was a positive experience for him. I am a bit annoyed they did not ask to see any of our papers but better to be overprepared, even the CO said what a big file we had and said it is better to be prepared
Rating : Very Good

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