minha_raposa's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Darrin
Beneficiary's Name: Fonseca
VJ Member: minha_raposa
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2008-10-24
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Immigration Checklist for Darrin & Fonseca:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I-129F Sent : 2004-12-02
I-129F NOA1 : 2004-12-10
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2005-01-22
NVC Received : 2005-01-29
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2005-02-09
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2005-04-28 Submit Review
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2005-04-28
US Entry : 2005-04-29
Marriage : 2005-05-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 43 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 139 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2005-04-29 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Albuquerque NM
Date Filed : 2005-07-15
NOA Date : 2005-07-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2006-03-07
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2006-03-10 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2006-03-10
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2006-03-24
Comments : Never received ltr. for Biometrics. Made Infopass appt. for today (03/07). Bio ltr. apparently send w/ NOA 1 but never received. Immigration Officer made immediate bio appt for same day and scheduled our interview for Friday March 10!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2005-07-15
NOA Date : 2005-08-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2005-10-07
Approved Date : 2005-10-20
Date Card Received : 2005-10-28
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 97 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2005-07-15
NOA Date : 2005-08-01
RFE(s) : 2005-11-24
Date Received :
Comments : They LOST the original photos! According to Immigration officer at Infopass appt., they have been playing musical addresses with us. Random, screwed up addresses 3 times. As of March 7, we still have not received the AP document!
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 193 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Texas Service Center
Date Filed : 2007-12-13
NOA Date : 2008-01-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-02-13
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-10-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received :
Comments : Transfer to VSC

Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: Albuquerque NM
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 10, 2006
Embassy Review : We made an Infopass appointment for March 7, 2006 to discuss why we have never received the AP document that was approved back in September, and what the status of our AOS application was since we had never received notice for
Biometerics and our case status was almost 30 days past current processing dates. Our appointment was scheduled for 08:20 and the IO was very prompt getting us in. He was most pleasant and very helpful. He identified serveral wrong addresses associated with the AP document and told us that the reason our case for AOS was not processing was because we never responded to the notice for Biometrics which was send with our NOA 1 back in August. I told him we never received the notice and he immediately scheduled us for an appointment the same day, AND he also scheduled us for our AOS interview for 10:00 am today (03/10)! Meanwhile, hekept working on correcting our address information for the AP. We were very pleased with the Infopass appointment...it accomplished much,much more than I ever imagined. We immediately went to the local ASC and had my wife's biometrics done and was back at home in Santa Fe by 12:00 pm. Very good day.

We arrived at the USCIS at 09:15, checked in through the security process and proceeded to the waiting area for our 10:00 appointment. Thinking we had a while to wait, my wife went to the bathroom to freshen up while I waited in the lobby. Once she returned, I went; however, no sooner than was in there my wife was knocking on the door telling me that we'd been called for the interview...it was only 09:30!

Officer Martinez escorted us to her office, asked us to raise our right hands for the oath and then asked us to please sit. First impression was that she lacked a sense of humor, or maybe a little lethargic, but soon realized that she was just being professional. The interview lasted about 40 minutes and began with questions directed at me:

* Wifes name, birthdate, parent's names, city she was born in, previous marriages/kids, how/when we met, where I work & why did I change jobs,etc.

She then directed the exact same question at my wife plus:

* Names of my ex-wives, name and age of my son, number of children my wife has, where I work, where she works, and again how many children my wife has, dates of my divorces and reasons for them, etc.

She then proceeded to go through the standard I 485 questions about terrorism and prostitution and such. Once question were done she asked for our original docs such as birth certs, divorce decrees, a new I 864 and a new G325 for me. After verifying the originals agains copies included in our file she returned them. She next began questioning me at length as to the reason I changed employment in November after being with the same company for 16 years; however, after she looked at the employment letter and offer she saw I was getting a raise of $14,000.00 and immediately retracted her question with a laugh! Finally, she asked to she evidence of our life together. I only took about 10 pictures into the interview and she seemed kind of dissapointed that only 2 of which were wedding pictures. I told her that I have the entire alblum the the truck if she really wanted to see them, but I did not want to bring them in because I was afraid she would ask to keep them. She began laughing and said it was not necessary and she had all evidence she needed, and our AOS was granted.

Unfortunately, she was trying to look up the Biometrics from and found they had not yet made the system. She also asked my wife what they did for her bios and if they took her picture. We told her they only took her "ten prints" and she issued us an RFE to go back and get the picture and index for her green card.

We concluded the interview and went and had her bios completed. We were done with everything and eating lunch with a friend by 11:30.

Oh...I asked about the I551 and she told me that they don't give those anymore because getting a green card is now so quick.

I guess I can only say that our entire experience with local office has really changed my feelings about the process. It was very quick, friendly and accomodating!
Harassment Level : Very Good

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