Limey's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Jen
Beneficiary's Name: Mart
VJ Member: Limey
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2018-12-24
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Immigration Checklist for Jen & Mart:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2014-08-12
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-08-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-03-02
NVC Received : 2015-03-19
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-03-19
NVC Left : 2015-03-20
Consulate Received : 2015-03-23
Packet 3 Received : 2015-03-26
Packet 3 Sent : 2015-04-10
Packet 4 Received : 2015-04-23
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-05-19
US Entry : 2015-06-05
Marriage : 2015-06-21
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 199 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 266 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Charlotte
POE Date : 2015-06-05
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Raleigh NC
Date Filed : 2015-07-08
NOA Date : 2015-07-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-08-05
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-11-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2015-12-03
Comments : Interview waived.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Raleigh NC
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-07-08
NOA Date : 2015-07-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2015-09-12
Date Card Received : 2015-09-18
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 66 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Raleigh NC
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-07-08
NOA Date : 2015-07-14
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2015-09-18
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 69 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-10-13
NOA Date : 2017-10-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-11-20
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-12-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : No Interview


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 11, 2015
Embassy Review : I was impressed how well things moved in London, having spent months in the Texas Service Center tar pit!

My medical was 10th April 2015 and 2 weeks later I got a letter inviting me to interview on 8th May - less than a month after the medical.

My appointment time was 1pm but I knew I'd probably spend a long time waiting inside. My letter said they would not admit me to the embassy before 1230, so I waited a few minutes until that time and then joined the short queue outside. There was a little temporary shelter with a couple of girls checking basic documents (invitation letter, DS160 receipt, passport) and they then directed me to the security queue.

A short wait and then I was admitted to the airport-style security. This was very quick and efficient. In the past you could not bring in mobile phones, but that is fine now (tablets are okay too, but not laptops).

I followed the signs to the visa entrance and queued for a short time at the reception desk before being given a ticket number and pointed to the waiting room.

You wait in a large room with a video screen waiting for your ticket number to come up. My ticket number was i925 but I saw only N and V numbers coming up. But after about 1pm I numbers started appearing - I think they switch from non-immigrant visas to immigrant ones in the afternoon.

I waited a good hour or so until my number was called. Up to the desk and you're told to present only the documents they ask for. I had them all well prepared to hand. It was a British man at the desk. I was then sent back to wait.

After another 45 minutes or so my ticket number came up again and I went to the window indicated. This time it was an American lady. She was very friendly - it did not feel like an interrogation or grilling. She asked a bit about how we met, whether i'd met my wife-to-be's family (i have) and whether either of us had been married before and/or had kids. She checked that she had my fiances divorce certificate, and some other paper work. She asked if I'd visited since meeting my fiance - I told her I had - 6 times (!) plus one in Canada when US immigration told me I was visiting too often (she laughed).

Then suddenly she said "congratulations, your visa is approved1". I hadn't expected anything else, but it was still a very happy moment. I smiled and thanked her.

The process took about 3 hours, most of it waiting around. But I have no complaints - it was efficient, organised and none of the hassles and surprises i routinely encountered in the UAE where I previously lived. 3 hours is no time at all having waited 6.5 months with nothing happening at Texas.
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Charlotte
Event Description
Entry Date : 2015-06-05
Embassy Review : Previously travelling on ESTA I'd had a bit of a finger wagging at Charlotte about spending too much time in the US (which was ridiculous as I'd spent around 1 month out of the previous 7 there) so I did my further trips via Atlanta while under ESTA.

For my wedding the best ticket price was via Charlotte and I knew that armed with my shiny new k1 visa, I'd get no problems.

I waved my big white envelope around as some had suggested while waiting at immigration in the hope it would be recognised and I'd be plucked from the line, but when I said "k1" when asked what I was travelling on, they just directed me to the ESTA line. Eventually at the desk I presented my passport and the big white envelope and informed the officer I was travelling under a k1. He opened the envelope and had a quick look through, checked my passport and did the electronic finger print thing. He then said he'd hold onto my passport and the paper work, and gave me a laminated card with the number 1 on it and told me to proceed through customs, collect my bag, and then to show my laminated card when exiting customs.

I did as instructed and the customs man directed me to a waiting area. There was no one else waiting. I waited about 25 minutes and then someone showed up with my passport and said "here you go". I said "I'm all done" and he said "yes". That was it - no ceremony, no grand welcome to the USA, but I didn't care, because I knew that after my short connecting flight I'd be with the love of my life, this time for good.
Harassment Level : Low


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