Mew's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: B
Beneficiary's Name: I
VJ Member: Mew
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2010-05-30
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Immigration Checklist for B & I:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I-129F Sent : 2006-03-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-03-19
I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-07-05 (in the mail)
RFE Reply(s) : 2006-07-12 (receipt update)
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-07-26
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-08-07
Consulate Received : 2006-08-15
Packet 3 Received : 2006-04-14
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-05-11
Packet 4 Received : 2006-08-21
Interview Date : 2006-09-26
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-09-28
US Entry :
Marriage :
I'm only guessing the date I got Pkt 4 for the first time. I didn't pay too much attention to it, since the interview had already been canceled.
I-129f sent: 2006-03-14
NOA1: 2006-03-19
NOA2: 2006-03-29
packet 3 received: 2006-04-14
packet 3 sent out: 2006-05-11
packet 4: 2006-05-24
interview date: 2006-06-06
recalled due to IMBRA)
Case back update: 2006-06-27
Case reopened update: 2006-06-27
RFE update: 2006-06-29
IMBRA RFE received: 2006-07-05
RFE sent back: 2006-07-06
RFE received: 2006-07-10
RFE received update: 2006-07-12
touched: 2006-07-13, 14, 15, 17, 18
RFE approved: 2006-07-26

If it weren't for IMBRA, it would have been a very fast process.

Interview experience:
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 129 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 191 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2006-10-21
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 26, 2006
Embassy Review : I got at the consulate at 7:30 am. Security guards? Not the most polite and nice people. It's okay to bring cell phone and gadgets - they have a locker where you'll put them. They x-ray our stuff and we go to the second floor where the immigrant visa unit is.

We get a slip of paper with a number (senha). A lady hands out a paper containing a list of the documents we have to hand out. We're asked to put the documents in order. When your number's called, you get into a booth and the lady checks the documents and forms. They had misplaced DS-230 part 1 I had sent them, so I had to fill one out and sign it.

They were indeed picky about passport pictures. Both ears must be showing. A few people had to leave the consulate and have new pictures taken.

After everyone's handed out their forms and documents, they call applicants by name. Two people were interviewing applicants.

I got into the room, and the consul made me swear everything in my petition and everything I was about to say to be true and accurate. Fingerprinting followed. She then gave me back originals and copies of documents. (As far as the I-134 supporting documents go, she only kept the last tax returns and W2; bank statement, letter of employment and paystubs were given back to me).

Questions asked:
How did you meet?
What does he do?
Do you plan to get married here or in the U.S.?
Will your parents attend the wedding?

The only evidence of ongoing relationship she asked for were pictures. I signed the forms I was supposed to and she said everything was in order, so I got the green slip (visa to be picked up two days as of the interview).

I had to wait for 4-4.5 hours to have the interview, but it lasted for less than 5 minutes.

Tip: If you're comfortable with speaking English, I'd say it's a good idea to have the interview in English. It was kind of hard to understand what the consul said in Portuguese and she was very glad we could speak in English.

I rated the experience 4 (just because of the waiting).

To all of you who will be going through Rio: trust us! It's not scary and you shouldn't freak out at all.
Rating : Good

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(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.

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