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CB & FM's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Carson
Beneficiary's Name: Francisco
VJ Member: CB & FM
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2019-08-04
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Immigration Checklist for Carson & Francisco:

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 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I-129F Sent : 2014-09-16
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-09-22
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-04-16
NVC Received : 2015-05-07
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-05-12
NVC Left : 2015-05-15
Consulate Received : 2015-05-18
Packet 3 Received : 2015-06-02
Packet 3 Sent : 2015-06-02
Packet 4 Received : 2015-06-02
Interview Date : 2015-07-07
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-07-17
US Entry : 2015-07-21
Marriage : 2015-08-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 206 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 288 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2015-07-21
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Long line due to many flights arriving at the same time but fairly smooth process.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2015-11-27
NOA Date : 2015-12-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-01-08
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2016-05-23
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-06-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2016-06-17
Comments : First Conditional Green Card was issued with 21 Jul 2017 expiration date which turned out to be incorrect. After attempting an ROC, we found this out. USCIS corrected the date based this time on the AOS date rather than the Date of US Entry. We submitted aN I-90 but it is taking so long we had to do an infopass to get the passport stamp (also known as ADIT or I-551) so that he could have proof of his status in the meantime.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-11-27
NOA Date : 2015-12-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-01-08
Approved Date : 2016-02-23
Date Card Received : 2016-02-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 88 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-11-27
NOA Date : 2015-12-07
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2016-02-29
Comments : NOA2 of AP was combined with NOA2 of EAD One card is valid for both. The EAD card contains a message at the bottom that reads " serves as I-512 Advance Parole".
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 88 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2018-06-02
NOA Date : 2018-06-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-07-18
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-07-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2019-08-02
Comments : Filed with Fee wavier. Mailed 6/2/18. Delivered 6/4/18. Received 6/5/18. NOA 6/15/18 with fee waiver approved. Bio Notice 7/9/18. Bio Appt. 7/18/18. Case Transferred to Potomac Service Center 5/3/19, notice received 5/13/19. Approved. No RFE. No interview.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 7, 2015
Embassy Review : We had our interview today and were approved. We felt confident but were still a bit anxious as my finacé had been denied thrice before for a travel visa.

We chose to try to do the whole process here in Rio during one trip with our plan to fly to the US from here. We have to admit we are a bit nervous for the visa issuance due to the software issue that happened in Jun but we have recently seen that more 300,000+ visas were issued this past week to bring the backlog of 350,000 down. They are back on schedule we hope as our flight to the US is next week.

We came to Rio with the intent to do the medical one week prior to the interview so that all the documents would be at the consulate for the interview. It worked.

We completed the X-ray and blood work on Friday 26 Jun so that all the results would be in Dr. Garrido's office by our appointment on 30 Jun which would be one week before the interview. Both of the offices for the exams were very efficient and the staff were very accomadating and nice. The results were at Dr. Garrido's office when we had our consultation. We tried to arrive only a few minutes before our time so as not to be too long waiting in the reception. Tania was very different than we expected. She was very professional and prepared all our paperwork for the consultation and asked us to have a seat to wait for the doctor to call us. My fiancé asked if I could go in with him and she said Yes. The consultation was very quick and the doctor was very agreeable. Because all of our exam results were there and we had previously had all the vaccinations done, he was able to close our case. He told us that he would send the documents to the consulate and that they would arrive by that Thursday. We returned to Tania to pay the fee and the correios and motoboy, a total of R$ 580. We were finished with the first part of our endeavor in Rio.

The interview today went very well. Friends of ours had advised to make sure to set an alarm so as not to miss breakfast due to having to run to get to the interview on time. Our interview was at 0920 so we set an alarm for 0700 to allow us to leave by 0800. We were staying in Copacabana so our plan was to take the metro from Cantegalo station to Cinelandia station. The train being only at its second stop was still relatively empty so we were able to get seats for the whole trip. It went very well and we arrived by 0845. You should try to remember that you will enter via the gate near the corner of Rua Mexico and Rua Santa Luzia so as not to go to Avenida Pesidente Wilson which is at the other end of the building. We exited the metro at the Presicente Wilson exit but as we had been to the consulate before relized that we needed to follow Rua Santa Luzia at the corner of this exit to bring us more directly to the entrance we needed. We signed in at the gate there and were directed to the second floor. We met Alex who asked us to have a seat as he was directing others before us in filling out the forms. He then asked my finacé to come to his table where he showed him the forms to fill out. As the process has changed now but only just recently he had us fill the forms for the fees which we had already paid, three small slips with name and case number and also the information page for the interview. After we had the forms filled he had us sit again for a small time until he directed us to go to one of the windows for our documents to be checked. The officer, a Brazilian, helped us to insure that all our required documents were there and in their proper order. He remarked as to the amount of copies I had as he only needed the original and one copy. I remember reading on VJ that you said have the original and two copies. But as this left one copy for us to take with us I feel that it was good. He asked us if we had pay the fees online and if we had a reciept which he asked to keep. He tore up the threee small slips that we had filled out as these were for the payments that you would make in the previous process, the consulate fee and correios fee. After we had submitted all the documents and my fiancé's passport, we were asked to wait for our name to be called. This was at about 0920. We waited for about one half hour until our name was called. We then met with an officer, an American. He was very personable and made us feel comfortable. He had Francisco take an oath to tell the truth Then he asked him several questions: how we met, what website, who made first contact, if he had been to the US, the reason for some earlier visa appilcations, if he had planned to come to visit me on those visas, how many times I had visited, had he ever been arrested, my profession in the US, his profession and in what language we spoke. Francisco told him that we spoke mostly English but that I was also learning Portugues very fast. He then gave him a paper to fill my name in on a line and to sign This stated that he would marry me within 90 days of arriving to the US. While Francisco was filling in this form, he asked me if we had plans for the wedding. I told him of our plans and also of our nervousness as to the software issue and how we had heard of the push over the past weekend to overcome the backlog. He said it had been a busy week. He asked me where I lived. After that Francisco handed him the form and he told us that the visa was approved. We then finished by talking to Alex who told us that as we had payed online we did not need to pay the correios as we were picking up at the CASV in Rio. He told us that we would recieve an email when it was ready.

Now we will wait for the visa to be issued and then fly to NY next Tuesday.
Rating : Very Good

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