S + E's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: S
Beneficiary's Name: E
VJ Member: S + E
Country: Czech Republic

Last Updated: 2020-11-08
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Immigration Checklist for S & E:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Czech Republic
I-129F Sent : 2015-05-02
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-05-08
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-07-20
NVC Received : 2015-08-17
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2015-08-20
Packet 3 Received : 2015-08-20
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2015-10-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-10-26
US Entry : 2015-11-06
Marriage : 2015-12-15
Comments : The embassy was not busy at all and the interview only took 5-10 minutes. I got asked basic questions about our relationship and in total spent less than 1 hour at the embassy.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 73 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 160 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2015-11-06
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : I had a very positive experience. In fact, I never experienced such a short line getting through immigration line (~5mins) after which the officer took me to the secondary control room.

After taking approx. 15 minutes to review the envelope from the embassy that I handed him he said it all looked good and wished me good luck.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Cincinnati OH
Date Filed : 2016-02-08
NOA Date : 2016-02-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-03-11
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-04-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2016-04-22
Comments : Our AOS was approved about 2.5months after we sent it in. We had no interview and no RFEs and we received the card exactly 1 week after receiving EAD.

If you are wondering: we filed our AOS ourselves (no lawyer).Also our AOS package did not include any "proof of relationship/living together". We included all required documents for all 3 forms (I-485, I-765, I-131), full medical&vaccination records and an extensive supporting documents to Affidavit of support.

When checking online status it first changed to "Card in Production", then to "Card approved" and finally "Card Mailed". We saw same progression with EAD.

Also since we had no interview I have no I-551 stamp in my passport but in the back of my Green Card's top left corner it does say I-551.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-02-08
NOA Date : 2016-02-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2016-04-08
Date Card Received : 2016-04-16
Comments : EAD approved 2 months after filing and received it 1 week later. It is a combo card with a right to travel (AP).
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 60 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-02-08
NOA Date : 2016-02-12
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2016-04-16
Comments : Technically, status # of our AP case online got never updated but we received AP approval as a part of the combo EAD card.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 60 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2018-01-31
NOA Date : 2018-02-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-02-26
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2019-03-07
Comments : USCIS Website Updates:
Card received (3/7/2019)
Card mailed (3/1/2019)
Card approved (2/27/2019)
Card production (2/26/2019)
Biometrics waived (5/11/2018)
Case received by CSC (1/31/2018)


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Columbus OH
Date Filed : 2020-04-05
NOA Date : 2020-04-05
Bio. Appt. : 2020-09-05
Interview Date : 2020-10-14
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2020-10-29
Comments : No biometrics apt - they re-used what was in the system. Received letter in September 2020 (5 months after applying) about waived biometrics - and subsequently letter with my interview date. Interview was very straightforward and simple - I was in and out in less than 30 minutes. At the end the IO gave me a form with a written approval of my application.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Czech Republic
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 17, 2016
Embassy Review : Overall, the interview went very well. The embassy was not busy at all and the interview only took 5-10 minutes. I got asked basic questions about our relationship and in total spent less than 1 hour at the embassy.

I arrived at the embassy gate 30 mins ahead of my scheduled appointment, the security asked me to come back in 5 minutes before my scheduled time, so I did. Inside the embassy I went through the standard security check. The embassy was pretty deserted as it was November, there was only one lady in front of me and no other people, all windows were shut sown except for one. Very different to busy time in June.

After I paid the fee and handed in rest of the papers I took a seat and waited for some time. I had no watch on me and since they took my cell I had no idea how long I waited but it was no more than 20-30 minutes. I could see after a while that the consul took his place in the window and was reviewing some materials (likely our case paperwork).

Then he called me in, took my fingerprints, I took the oath and he asked pretty straightforward questions such as:
-Give me a 2 minute version of how you met your fiancee/your relationship?
-Where do you plan to live in the US?
-Do you know each other's family, what does your family think about you moving?
-What does your fiancee do for living?
-What's you plans? (he asked about my education as I graduated from a US university, which he figured from our paperwork)
There might have been a few more but I don't exactly recall. Then he said we were approved and explained about my visa and when I can pick up my passport. Congratulations and yay! Overall very pleasant and fair treatment.

Scheduling my appointment was tricky as the embassy number that was given in the package the embassy sent me was pretty hard to get through. I only managed once - and that one time I scheduled my appointment. Other time I called no one answered, but they were pretty good about answering my questions over email. You can also always use the email to make the appointment. I guess it's all pretty understandable as lots of people must be contacting them in various matters all the time.

As for medical examination I went to Clinic on Narodni Trida. Overall good experience with no problems, just make sure you bring all stuff needed that's listed on their website (I also called to get clarification on a few things, they were very good about explaining).

NOTE:
After the exam and before you leave their office - DEFINITELY DO ask the admin for a copy of the vaccination record (last page of the form they fill out our for you) and INSIST they give it to you so you have something else for your own records other than the sealed envelope.
It actually says so on top of that page (it literally reads....give a copy of this to the applicant), yet I had to argue with them (I am guessing the lady did not speak English?), but eventually they gave it to me. You will need this when you arrive in the US for your AOS as you will again have to have a proof of the vaccinations when applying for your GC. Otherwise you medical after arrival in the US can be very expensive. Since the health exam paperwork goes to either the embassy or the immigration envelope (not sure where mine ended up) you better make sure you have a copy of the vaccination page on you....later you will be glad you did!
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Newark
Event Description
Entry Date : 2015-11-06
Embassy Review : Overall, I had a very positive experience. In fact, I never experienced such a short line getting through immigration line (only like 5 minutes, I arrived around 4pm on Friday, our plane from Lisbon got in approx. 30mins ahead of schedule) after which the officer took me to the secondary control room.

After taking approx. 15 minutes to review the envelope from the embassy that I handed him he said it all looked good and wished me good luck. Both the immigration officer at the secondary control room and at luggage claim (I had lots of luggage) even cracked a few jokes chatting with me as I graduated from one of big public US universities and they noticed it in my paperwork and joked about the college's football team (the officer was a fan of their rival team).

In total, it took me less than 1 hour from exiting plane to getting out of the terminal with my luggage where my fiancee's mom picked me up.
Harassment Level : Low


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