a.t.j24's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Alex
Beneficiary's Name: Sam
VJ Member: a.t.j24
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2019-04-16
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Immigration Checklist for Alex & Sam:

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 : 2014-09-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-09-24
I-129F RFE(s) : 2015-04-27
RFE Reply(s) : 2015-05-01
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-05-14
NVC Received : 2015-06-05
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-06-08
NVC Left : 2015-06-11
Consulate Received : 2015-06-13
Packet 3 Received : 2015-06-16
Packet 3 Sent : 2015-06-16
Packet 4 Received : 2015-09-01
Interview Date : 2015-09-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-09-24
US Entry : 2015-09-28
Marriage : 2015-10-09
Comments : medical 18/06/15
had medical issues hence the late appointment date
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 232 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 352 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Tampa
POE Date : 2015-09-28
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very simple. advised I was a K1 visa holder, but still had to wait in regular visa line. got to the front eventually, no questions, just finger prints taken. Told to get bags, then sit outside the back office. An officer came to get me and take me through to the back. Took about a extra 6-8 mins. Officer gave me back my passport and said have a good day. No further information. Glad I had VJ to answer any questions as they didn't tell me anything. But I would recommend TPA as a POE


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Tampa FL
Date Filed : 2015-10-16
NOA Date : 2015-10-23
RFE(s) : 2015-11-23
Bio. Appt. : 2015-11-17
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-01-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : Got an RFE on 11/9, mailed it back the same day, but they didn't receive it until 11/23!!! UGH. All it was was that they needed a copy of my original birth certificate, which I was like 99% sure that they had it anyways.

GC approved with no interview!! Wahoo


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-10-16
NOA Date : 2015-10-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-11-17
Approved Date : 2015-12-31
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 76 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2015-10-16
NOA Date : 2015-10-21
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 76 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-11-01
NOA Date : 2017-11-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-11-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-01-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2019-01-18
Comments : No Interview.


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Tampa FL
Date Filed : 2018-11-06
NOA Date : 2018-11-06
Bio. Appt. : 2018-11-29
Interview Date : 2019-03-18
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2019-04-12
Comments : Walked into Tampa office 10 days early for biometrics. The place was really busy! Probably 30 people in line before me to check in. When I finally reached the desk I told the lady that I had to have it done today since I would be away next week for my appointment date. She shrugged and said, ok no problem. So done and dusted 10 days early. Case status went from 11 months to 9 months immediately. OK INTERVIEW OVER - RESULT - RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL! Tampa office was really busy. I got there 30 minutes before my appointment time, got my number and quickly found out that regardless of number or appointment time, they go in no particular order. The two different ladies I set next to in the waiting room had been there for over an hour past their appointment time. They were calling out numbers in the 40's when I arrived (mine was 75). One lady had something like 59, but my number was called before hers!  As for the interview, my officer seemed one of the happier ones. I cracked a few nervous jokes with him and made small talk, which he was fine with. He was an immigrant from Poland, so that was cool to relate to him a little bit about the journey. He started with a few basic questions about me, my wife and how I started on the immigrant journey. He also asked her full name, where we met, when how we started dating, very simple, nothing strenuous. Then moved onto the civics questions. The questions I got were: Who becomes president if the president is incapacitated? When do we celebrate Independence Day? How many Supreme Court justices? Capital of my state? Who becomes president after president and Vice President? Who was the 50th president? - trick question! Then he moved onto the YES/NO questions from the application. All were rapid fire, I think he went quicker since my first language is English. But still, all simple and easy. When he asked if I would be able to pledge the oath I said "Yes, please when can do we do it?" His reply was....."well I have to approve you first (with a smile)!" The English test was read " WHO LIVES IN THE White House" and write "THE PRESIDENT LIVES IN THE White House" THE IPADS you have to write on are pretty awful, but they sufficed and he wasn't bothered about poor handwriting. I also had to sign a couple of boxes about reading the oath, as well as a couple of small changes he made to my application. All quite simple. He didn't ask to see anything extra I brought, including my wifes birth certificate or marriage certificate. He did question if our daughters birth certificate was in there, because he couldn't see it in the file. But then he found it. He kept talking to himself as he was scrolling through the application on his screen saying, yes, yes, good, good....... Then he printed off the paper and said "Congratulations"!! These were the best words I've been waiting for and was super happy to hear! I asked when the oath ceremony might be, and he said usually within a couple of weeks of the interview.  Now, I'm sitting back, relaxing, drinking a Mojito celebrating. As much as I want the oath ceremony to happen right away, it's finally relaxing knowing that its actually coming! Good luck to everyone else waiting. It will happen. It will come. It's A LOT easier than you're expecting.  Oath Ceremony ----- Ceremony was great. Quicker than I expected, took about 45-60 mins once it started. Start time for us was 1pm. You can arrive early if you want. Your guests must wait in a separate area while you all filter into the room. We had 70 people from 21 different countries. I think it probably started around 15 mins late and was over right around 2pm. Election officials were there to register you to vote if you so choose. I waited and did it after so that I didn't have to wait in line.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 16, 2015
Embassy Review : Wow, so after all the stress and worry, I finally had my interview and it went swimmingly, with the magic words 'congratulations your visa has been approved' at the end! Please don't worry as much as I did!

I arrived at 645am for my 8am appointment. I was 3rd in line. By 7am there were about 20 people there, and by 730 when they open the doors and start letting you in, there must have been over 100. They split you off into two lines at 730, depending on your appointment time. I was actually through the door first, into the waiting room alone (for about 30 seconds).
You have to watch the big screen, and listen to the VERY annoying PING over and over and over as people get called up for various visas! I think Ive got neck strain now after jerking my head up in anticipation of my number being called.

As I think we all know, there are two steps, one is just handing over paperwork I134, birth certificate, police check, evidence of income, etc. Finger prints taken, all very simple. Then you sit down and wait, and strain your neck again after about 30-40 mins you get called up again .....

I was really worried about the interview as Ive said, but the lady was very friendly to me. She asked about our relationship, how we met, when we decided what we were going to do this. When did she start her new job, when did she graduate, and from what university. Did I go to the graduation, did i meet her family. Did she have siblings, and which child number was she. When did we intend to get married, when did I intend to enter the country (ASAP!!!!!!) then very quickly said i was approved. I was smiling from ear to ear, and probably very audibly let out the BIGGEST sigh of relief ever!

So, go, don't be too nervous, defiantly pays off to get there early, and not have to sit in the embassy for too long. I was out the door by 9am......then had to wait until 2pm for my bus home!
Rating : Very Good


Local US CIS Office Review: Tampa FL
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 18, 2019
Embassy Review : OK INTERVIEW OVER - RESULT - RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL! 4* Due to excessive waiting past appointment time. Otherwise everything else 5*

Tampa office was really busy. I got there 30 minutes before my appointment time, got my number and quickly found out that regardless of number or appointment time, they go in no particular order. The two different ladies I set next to in the waiting room had been there for over an hour past their appointment time. They were calling out numbers in the 40's when I arrived (mine was 75). One lady had something like 59, but my number was called before hers! 

As for the interview, my officer seemed one of the happier ones. I cracked a few nervous jokes with him and made small talk, which he was fine with. He was an immigrant from Poland, so that was cool to relate to him a little bit about the journey. He started with a few basic questions about me, my wife and how I started on the immigrant journey. He also asked her full name, where we met, when how we started dating, very simple, nothing strenuous. Then moved onto the civics questions. The questions I got were:
Who becomes president if the president is incapacitated?
When do we celebrate Independence Day?
How many Supreme Court justices?
Capital of my state?
Who becomes president after president and Vice President?
Who was the 50th president? - trick question!

Then he moved onto the YES/NO questions from the application. All were rapid fire, I think he went quicker since my first language is English. But still, all simple and easy. When he asked if I would be able to pledge the oath I said "Yes, please when can do we do it?" His reply was....."well I have to approve you first (with a smile)!"

The English test was read " WHO LIVES IN THE White House" and write "THE PRESIDENT LIVES IN THE White House" THE IPADS you have to write on are pretty awful, but they sufficed and he wasn't bothered about poor handwriting. I also had to sign a couple of boxes about reading the oath, as well as a couple of small changes he made to my application.

All quite simple. He didn't ask to see anything extra I brought, including my wifes birth certificate or marriage certificate. He did question if our daughters birth certificate was in there, because he couldn't see it in the file. But then he found it.

He kept talking to himself as he was scrolling through the application on his screen saying, yes, yes, good, good....... Then he printed off the paper and said "Congratulations"!! These were the best words I've been waiting for and was super happy to hear! I asked when the oath ceremony might be, and he said usually within a couple of weeks of the interview. 

Now, I'm sitting back, relaxing, drinking a Mojito celebrating. As much as I want the oath ceremony to happen right away, it's finally relaxing knowing that its actually coming!

Good luck to everyone else waiting. It will happen. It will come. It's A LOT easier than you're expecting. 
Harassment Level : Good


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