MikeManess's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Michael
Beneficiary's Name: Wilma
VJ Member: MikeManess
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2015-08-27
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Immigration Checklist for Michael & Wilma:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2014-09-30
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-10-06
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-11-10
NVC Received : 2014-12-03
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2014-12-09
NVC Left : 2014-12-09
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2015-03-03
Packet 3 Sent : 2015-03-03
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2015-03-26
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-04-07
US Entry : 2015-05-15
Marriage : 2015-05-21
Comments : The immigration at the Dallas Forth Worth were very nice and it was a smooth entry for me.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 35 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 171 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Dallas TX
Date Filed : 2015-06-12
NOA Date : 2015-06-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-07-13
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-06-12
NOA Date : 2015-06-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-07-13
Approved Date : 2015-08-25
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 74 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 27, 2015
Embassy Review : My interview was last March 26, 2015 at the US Embassy, Manila. I stayed at Hostellery Hotel, a walking distance from the embassy. The hotel was simple but for a practical person like me, it was fine because it was cheap and the accommodation was nice. Although, the place was just a walking distance, I decided to take a taxi for fear of bad elements along the way. I was on my way around 4 o'clock in the morning. I was the 3rd person in queue for the K1 visa interview and there were lots of people already when I got there. There were several vendors selling ballpens, umbrellas, candies and chairs for rent for 30 pesos each. Please dont be persuaded to get any photo as those vendors suggested. You dont need them. Just bring your visa photos, have plenty copies of that on hand, the more the better. You will need them even when you get here to the US. I rented a chair because it was very early yet and I will get tired for long standing. Do not bring anything with you not even water or candies. Foods are not allowed inside. When you get hungry, there is an available refreshment inside the embassy. Make sure you dont have any gadgets with you, not even a charger or USB. All electronic devices are not allowed in the premises. You might not be allowed to enter the premises with them and it is good if you bring along someone so you can just leave them in his or her custody. When you are going alone, please make sure you got no cellphone or anything electronic, not even batteries. Around 6 o'clock in the morning, the guards called us and made us fall in line. Each category has its own line. Be ready with your passport, open it on a page where your photo and datas are found including your DS-160. The embassy people will look for that. As you enter the gate, you will pass through the electronic check but this is not the venue yet. Embassy staffs are available to guide you and assist you where to go. Once inside you will pass at 4 booths and you will be at anyone of them where you will be given a number and drop your passport in a box. Just drop your passport only and proceed inside. You will enter another door leading to the consuls booths and you will pass through another electronic check. You will give your bags to the guards and they will open each one of them to check if you have anything prohibited. Dont worry, you will not loss it. Just make sure to get it once the guards are done with them. More embassy staffs are available inside to assist your directions. They will guide you where to go and once inside, you will be instructed to place your appointment letter from the embassy in a certain booth. Just drop it there and someone inside will just pick them for your file. You will be instructed to sit in a particular area and you should pay attention to your number as each number is shown at the counter just at your front. During my time, it was not working so they just call us one by one. As you proceed to step one, give your DS-160 to the person in charge at that area. Step 1 is a Filipino. At step 1, you will be asked your name, your age, to submit your Birth Certificate, NBI clearance and CENOMAR and the data concerning your fiance. As for me, he just asked me to show a pic of me and my fiance. I opened the album I had with me and showed it to him over the glass. He did not bother to get the album and one picture was enough. At Step 2 you will have your fingerprints taken by an American personnel. Both hands and once you are done, you proceed to Step 3 where you will be required to read an Oath attesting that all papers you submit are authentic. The oath is available in English, Tagalog and Visaya versions. As for me, I chose English because I think it was more easier to read and shorter. The American consul was very serious in this booth and did not hardly take a look to anyone who read the pledge before I did. I am glad he gave me a smile after I read my piece. Dont know why, maybe I read so fast or maybe I read the english version unlike the others who were before me who read the tagalog one. The 4th Step is the final interview. I noticed all consuls are very friendly and helpful. As long as you are confident and ready with everything you will just be fine. I had an male American consul and he was very very nice. He was even the first one to greet me with a big smile on his face. He just asked my name, my age, how did I know my fiance, if I have kids, when was the first time my fiance and I met, how many days did he stay in the Philippines and when was the last time I saw him in person. He did not bother to ask for any proof not even pictures. He just glanced through my file on his hand and after a few minutes while he was typing on his computer, I thought he was done so I asked him "Sir, what I am going to tell to my fiance when I get to my hotel". He looked at me and said "I am not done yet, just wait for awhile, I still have something to do here." I was very scared as I waited for him to get done and only had a relief when he turned to me and said "okay, you can tell him you are approved and you may now proceed to Step 5." That was very, very nice of him. The interview did not even take 10 mins. Praise God. At Step 5, you wait for your number to be called, remember to get hold of that number throughout the process. As your number is called, you proceed to the window and show your number through the glass. The Filipino employee will just tell you that they will just mail your visa via 2GO. My interview experience was very nice and I really thank God for that. I did pray hard and it did work. The consul did not bother to ask a lot. Dont worry the American consuls are very very nice and helpful. I think the Filipino employees are the ones whom you will have issues about. You will know what I mean when you get there. Good luck and just pray for anything. God is the one who provides and allows anything we wanted to happen in our lives. Keep praying and praising God as you wait for each Step. It really works perfectly well.. God bless everyone...

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