Stir it up's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Joseph
Beneficiary's Name: Kate
VJ Member: Stir it up
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2016-11-23
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Immigration Checklist for Joseph & Kate:

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 : 2015-02-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-03-03
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-09-30
NVC Received : 2015-10-16
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-10-19
NVC Left : 2016-01-11
Consulate Received : 2016-01-12
Packet 3 Received : 2016-01-12
Packet 3 Sent : 2016-01-12
Packet 4 Received : 2016-01-12
Interview Date : 2016-01-26
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-02-02
US Entry : 2016-02-09
Marriage :
Comments : Experienced delays from NOA2 to the interview cause we had to request for a case transfer from Abu Dhabi to Manila..
Received NOA2 on September 30, 2015
Obtained Case Number ABD on October 19, 2015
Requested for case transfer on October 20, 2015
File transfer granted and sent by Abu Dhabi on November 17, 2015.

Waited for almost 2 months for the file to arrive in Manila from Abu Dhabi. They say it takes 6-8 weeks.

Received an email from US Embassy Manila that they already have the physical file January 12, 2016.

From thereon, everything was quick..
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 211 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 329 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry :
POE Date : 2016-02-09
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2016-06-20
NOA Date : 2016-06-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-07-22
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-11-09
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2016-11-19
Comments : NO RFE! NO INTERVIEW!


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2016-06-20
NOA Date : 2016-06-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-07-22
Approved Date : 2016-09-06
Date Card Received : 2016-09-08
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 78 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2016-06-20
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2016-11-09
Comments : never had an AP but it was alright as we did not have any plans to travel as soon as I got the EAD. Fortunately, GC was approved 2 months after EAD was received.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 144 days.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 27, 2016
Embassy Review : Had my K1 Visa Interview on January 26, 2016. Schedule of my interview was 07:30am.
Stayed overnight at Citystate Tower Hotel which was a 10-15 minute walk from the embassy since i didnt want to risk going through early Tuesday traffic, not only traffic is crazy in the Philippines but traffic jam is unpredictable, didnt want to miss my 07:30 am interview...

When i arrived at US Embassy at 06:45am, the line was already very very long. as soon as i got out of the taxi, vendors will come at you and ask you what time your appointment is and will just directly point you to the end of the long line (i rode a taxi since i dont want to look haggard even before the interview). Visajourney has helped me a lot cause before even listening to the vendors telling me to stay at the end of the line, i already know that K1s aren't supposed to fall in line with them though i stood for a few seconds on the line to look for someone in uniform who could assist me, but i didnt see any so i just left the line and bravely went the very beginning of the line til i saw a guard near the entrance of the embassy.
told him that i am scheduled for 7:30 and i am under K1. so, he pointed me to go to the guard in dark blue and ask, went to him and told me to present my passport, DS-160 and appointment confirmation.. after checking everything, he told me to just directly go to entrance number 3..
i was confused at first cause there wasnt any line and no guard available on the 3rd entrance.. though it was a good thing that they labeled entrance 3 with 'USCIS' and all others so i just went straight and walked to the door.
to ensure that what i was doing was correct, i informed the guard at the door that i was instructed to proceed cause i have an appointment at 7:30 for k1. then directed me to the electronic scanner. i was even held by the attendant of the scanner cause she thought i brought a USB with me which was really a pile of bobby pins... she said it looked like USB on the scanner. after that, they already let me in and here is where it all begins..

after going through the magnetic scanner, youll be entering the embassy building proper.

1st: attaching and providing you a number on the first window by the orange attendants. officially checked in at 6:50am and i was given number 7015. prepare:
- DS-160,
- Passport
- Appointment confirmation

after providing me the number, i was instructed to proceed to Door 2, window 38.

for k1, you dont have to sit and wait outside for your number to be called, just proceed to the door on the left after the first window which was labeled as 'Immigrant'

after entering the door again, youll go through a scanner again and a guard will inspect your belongins.. after that, the official 5 steps of your interview starts..

after going through the scanner, the lady in orange came and took my appointment letter and assisted me to step 1.

NOTE: All throughout the steps, please make sure your DS-160 is handy cause they will be scanning your barcode every single step.

STEP 1 (FINGER SCANNING):
- make sure to show your DS-160.
this is where your biometrics will be taken, all 10 digits of your hands. there is an illustration on the window so you dont have to worry and they will tell you what to do anyway.. make sure that your hands are clean and dry and make sure to put pressure on your fingers when they are taking your fingerprints. my left fingers were wet cause of my hair cream and i wasnt putting too much pressure on my left fingers especially my pinky finger.
they will also ask a couple of question from you, make sure to answer them properly, correctly and honestly...

STEP 2: PRE-SCANNING
I was attended by a petite filipina. this is where she took all of my documents:
- Sealed SLEC Medical
- NBI CLearance
- NSO Birth Certificate
- Cenomar

after handing all my documents, she started pre-scanning me, asking me more questions. questions that were asked were:
- my name
- my DOB
- petitioner's name
- petitioner's DOB
- where in the US will i be living
- have i worked overseas
- what i did in those countries
- how long i stayed on both countries i went to
- how i met my fiance
- how long we've known each other
- when did we become official
- how many times we met
- how far along i am on my pregnancy
- when we last seen each other
- how long we were together on his last visit

answered everything without a sweat though her questions seemed like she was the major interview already. lol. after the pre-scanning, told me to proceed already to step 3. after finishing step 2, the attendants in orange approached me and asked me if i was pregnant, and i said yes i was. and then asked me how far along i am. after informing me that one, they told me to sit together with those who have children and the senior citizen.

turns out that i was first included in the regular line, upon finding out that i was pregnant, they told me to join the priority lane. found out as well that if the number is around 5000+, that number sequence is priority. i was given 7000+ cause I was told that maybe they didnt notice i was pregnant...

STEP 3: OATH-TAKING / STEP 4: INTERVIEW
This is what is different from the regular line. Step 3 and step 4 is done separately for the regular lane and done together for the priority lane. so this made my process even quicker...

was waiting for my turn for the interview until a window opened and called the next person in line who was ME! went to window number 64, i think. my consul was a gentleman.. he looks and was kind cause he was smiling all through my interview. greeted me good morning even before i was about to ask him and ask me how i was, asked him back.. officially started the interview.

consul took my ds160, scanned the barcode and returned it to me..
took the i-129f that my fiance and i have sent which was in a pink folder. scanned through it and saw that he was reading my proof of relationship and made me smile then started asking questions.
- my full name
- date of birth
- fiance's name
- how we met
- when he proposed and
- how he proposed
- took one photo on the file that he has and asked who was the person my fiance and i were with...

after that, encoded something and then told me thank you, thats it, that we were done.. and that he dont see anything wrong on my application. handed me the pamphlet regarding domestic violence and told me that i have the right to ask and get help when i need it. then told me to proceed to step 5 which was the releasing to tell me what to do after... didnt say anything else after that though.

STEP 5: RELEASING

Was kinda anxious cause i didnt actually hear the consul say i was approved. though when window 70 of step 5 opened, i went there and then there was a filipino guy smiling at me and asked if i was #7015 and i said yes. my smile towards him was so big like the tip of my lips reached my ears. joked for a few minutes and then told me that my visa is approved and just wait for my passport to be delivered.
asked him how long shall i wait, he said he cannot tell cause my case is still open but told me usually it's 10 days. and then said 'VAVU'. and i said thank you and left the embassy trying to hide the smile on my face. but i cant. lol

8:00am i was already outside the embassy. took me an hour to finish.

everyone was very wiilling to assist. dont be afraid to ask, dont lose your smile to everyone.

waiting for my visa now.... hope to get it soon!!!
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