Jim & Kristyn's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jim
Beneficiary's Name: Kristyn
VJ Member: Jim & Kristyn
Country: South Africa

Last Updated: 2020-08-01
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Immigration Checklist for Jim & Kristyn:

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 : South Africa
I-129F Sent : 2015-03-16
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-03-23
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-11-06
NVC Received : 2015-11-13
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-12-09
NVC Left : 2015-12-09
Consulate Received : 2015-12-09
Packet 3 Received : 2015-12-09
Packet 3 Sent : 2016-01-06
Packet 4 Received : 2016-02-15
Interview Date : 2016-03-02
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-03-11
US Entry : 2016-04-13
Marriage : 2016-04-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 228 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 345 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Dallas TX
Date Filed : 2016-10-13
NOA Date : 2016-10-28
RFE(s) : 2017-04-04
Bio. Appt. : 2016-11-22
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-06-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2017-06-29
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-10-13
NOA Date : 2016-10-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-11-22
Approved Date : 2017-01-12
Date Card Received : 2017-01-18
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 91 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-10-13
NOA Date : 2016-10-28
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your AP may be adjudicated between March 29, 2017 and April 6, 2017*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Texas Service Center
Date Filed : 2019-06-25
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-11-21
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-07-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: South Africa
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 9, 2016
Embassy Review : My kids, my mom and I arrived at the embassy early but the security informed us that we could not wait outside so we should come back 15mins before our interview time. We walked over the street and spent some time in Sandton Mall. At 12:45 we went back to the embassy where they checked our names off a list and waited to be called.

Not long after, we went inside and through security. We had left all our electronics in the car so there was no need to store anything. We then went through to a second building where our passports were checked and then asked to wait. There were three other families all with kids which eased my nerves a little.

After maybe 15mins I was called to a window where they took all my forms, documents, proof, passports etc. I then had to pay the fee and have my fingerprints taken.

After about an hour we were called to another window for our interview. The interviewer was very friendly and after greeting us I asked if the kids could sit with my mom and he said that was fine. He then asked a few questions...

1. When did we meet?
2. Where did we meet?
3. When we met in person?
4. Have I met his family?
5. What does he do for a living?

The questions were asked as part of a back and forth conversation and didn't feel like an interview at all. After that he said everything looks good and don't see any issues but that I have to wait a few days for an email with further instructions. He kept our passports and gave me a paper detailing how to arrange for our passports to be couriered to Cape Town.

I was super nervous about the kids being there and keeping them quiet and entertained but my mom was allowed with me to help with the kids while I was busy. I also brought activity books to keep them occupied.

All in all it was very pleasant experience and not nearly as bad as I had imagined.

Rating : Very Good

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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