raphael7546's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: James
Beneficiary's Name: Lily
VJ Member: raphael7546
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2009-05-29
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Immigration Checklist for James & Lily:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Vancouver, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2004-09-15
I-129F NOA1 :
I-129F RFE(s) : 2005-01-04
RFE Reply(s) : 2005-01-18
I-129F NOA2 : 2005-02-14
NVC Received : 2005-03-04
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2005-03-07
Consulate Received : 2005-03-15
Packet 3 Received : 2005-03-23
Packet 3 Sent : 2005-03-26
Packet 4 Received : 2005-04-21
Interview Date : 2005-04-28 Submit Review
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2005-05-03
US Entry : 2005-06-30
Marriage : 2005-08-04
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Vancouver
POE Date : 2005-06-30 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : on the way out of the office, the officer said Just make sure ya marry the right one !!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Salt Lake City UT
Date Filed : 2005-09-20
NOA Date : 2005-09-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2005-11-19
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2006-02-15 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2006-02-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received:
Comments : recieved my AOS interview letter Dec 8th /05
Appt is Feb 15th/06 at 7;40 AM.
Had Interview Feb 15th.
Had a very nice Officer who approved us after looking over our documents, asking a few simple questions, and looking at our Wedding Photo Album. He said becuz we get the greencard so soon, that they no longer stamp the passport. Greencard should arrive in 2 weeks.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2005-09-20
NOA Date : 2005-09-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2005-11-19
Approved Date : 2005-11-22
Date Card Received : 2005-11-25
Comments : BioMetrics was painless, very nice people in SLC office. Had problems getting digitals of my fingerprints . They said most of my fingerprints are worn off. LOL
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2005-09-20
NOA Date : 2005-09-26
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2005-11-30
Comments : approved along with my EAD.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 63 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Nebraska Service Center
Date Filed : 2008-02-11
NOA Date : 2008-02-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-03-11
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-05-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2008-06-07
Comments : Biometrics had a hard time getting my fingerprints. he said they we're worn off.
Got 10 yr Green card
Not decided yet to become a citizen. Probably not.

Member Reviews:

POE Review: Vancouver
Event Description
Entry Date : 2005-06-30
Embassy Review : on the way out of the office, the officer said Just make sure ya marry the right one !!
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Salt Lake City UT
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 3, 2006
Embassy Review : Here's what happened.

Well, we had our interview today.
The interview was for 7:40 AM in SLC .
Woke up at 4:30 am. looked out the window to see the mother of all snow storms. UGH! Didn't have breakfast cuz my stomach was in knots.
After I shovelled out the SUV we were on the road by 6am. Traffic was a nightmare with cars all over the place. It was pretty much at a stand still as we got closer to SLC. We ended up being about 10 minutes late.

We came into the office and gave the Security guard the Interview letter. He didn't ask us for ID at all. Just told us to put our possions on the xray table thingy and walk thru the metal detectors. Jim beeped when he went thru. He forgot to take his watch off. The Security guard handed our letter to a young man and he told us to follow him. He said his name was Officer Rice and that he will be doing our interview. He was super nice.
We followed him into his little office and he said "Before you sit down, I have to swear you in. please raise your right hand and swear that what your about to say is the truth."

Then he asked me for my Passport, my EAD Card, AP papers, my SSN. He asked Jim for his ID as well. Then he did something really strange or so I thought. He asked JIm to please show him his tattoos on both arms & shoulders. He said he wanted to make sure he had the right guy. I laughed and commented that when I went thru Customs with my K-1 the last thing the guy said to me was to make sure I married the right guy.

Then Officer Rice said he needed to ask me a few questions that are asked of everyone at this time. The usual " are you a Terrorist?, have you ever been charge with a crime?, have you ever had any other Visa besides this K-1 that you came with?" Have you ever helped someone get into the states illegally?,Have you ever been denied entry or removed from the states?, Have you ever been on any American Income assistance, food stamps etc... "

Then he asked where & when we met. Asked when we married. Asked me my parents names. Asked if I have any children and their birthdates.. I told him I have one, but she lives in Canada, that she was supposed to move here but my ex refused to let her at the last minute.I told him we will be appyling for her Visa in 2 yrs once she is legally allowed without his consent. He said "thats great , she won't need his permission then! "

As he spoke he checked things off on the huge stack of an application in front of him. He was smiling the whole time.

I handed him a duo-tang with copies of everything in it. And said I was told to bring these in case you need them. He mentioned how organized I was. Looked thru it and only took Shelby's Birth cert. He said I was so thourough with my Initial Application he didn't need anything else.

He asked if the house was in my name and Jim replied that we are in the process of re-finiancing and my name will be added then. He asked if I was on his Medical and Jim told him yes and gave him a letter stating this. He asked if he could keep it and Jim said sure as it was a statement that was already paid.
He looked over Jim's 2005 W2 & Taxes and noted that we hadn't done them yet. Offier Rice said that was fine, that he , himself owes money this year and will be delaying it till the last minute . lol He also said that the old affidavit was fine even tho I made Jim make up a new one cuz he had to add on his new job. The officer said everything was fine finacially , that Jim made well above the poverty line with just his Military Pension.

Then he asked if we had anything else that would help our case. We brought a Garbage bag with us full of stuff. 1375 wedding pictures, other pictures, cards, letters, email, junk mail you name it.
So first I handed over my Scrapbook of our wedding pictures. Its a HUGE book that I've painstakingly made. He looked thru all the pictures and commented how nice it was and how much care must have gone into making it. I told him "I have no life so I have tons of time to scrapbook !" LOL He laughed. Then I also pulled out a huge envelope of more pictures, all the wedding cards, Christmas cards addressed to us both , mail in my name, mail in both our names, our guest book, emails, letters . I put all this on his desk and he laughed, looked thru a few more things and said, "Ok, you can clean off my desk for me now. I'm approving this case. You'll get your Green card in a few weeks." He made us sign a little piece of paper stating we have to come back to get the conditions removed in almost 2yrs. Then he said, " Unfortunetly, I'll have to keep your EAD card and AP papers. So you'll just have to hang around home for a few weeks till your greencard arrives. "
So I cleaned off his desk, and put everything back in the accordian files I brought with me. We stood up, shook hands and he said "Congratulations! have a great day!" We were home by 9:30 AM .
Harassment Level : Very Good

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