Ladylethal's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Luis
Beneficiary's Name: Laura
VJ Member: Ladylethal
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2015-01-16
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Immigration Checklist for Luis & Laura:

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 : 2006-04-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-04-19
I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-06-19
RFE Reply(s) : 2006-06-26
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-07-15
NVC Received : 2006-07-18
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-07-20
Consulate Received : 2006-07-26
Packet 3 Received : 2006-08-03
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-07-31
Packet 4 Received : 2006-08-22
Interview Date : 2006-09-26
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-09-29
US Entry : 2006-10-15
Marriage : 2006-11-15
Comments : RFE due to the implementation of IMBRA.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 87 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 : San Juan
POE Date : 2006-10-15
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE San Juan, PR - I was asked nothing but did wait 15 minutes while the officer organized his things to leave (I arrived in the last flight of the day). He just asked me to confirm the address I was staying at and told me to get married in 90 days.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Juan PR
Date Filed : 2007-01-05
NOA Date : 2007-01-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-02-03
AOS Transfer** : 2007-01-30
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-03-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2006-03-26
Comments : On March 20th, we got approved without interview.
We never filed for EAD or AP.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-01-26
NOA Date : 2009-01-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-02-26
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-05-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2009-06-22
Comments : Approved without interview.


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center (Military Filing)
CIS Office : Memphis TN
Date Filed : 2014-06-26
NOA Date : 2014-07-02
Bio. Appt. : 2014-07-24
Interview Date : 2014-10-24
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2015-01-16
Comments : Interviewed in Memphis, TN. Was called in promptly at my appointed time, official was very polite and to the point. Was done in 5 minutes.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 27, 2006
Embassy Review : I arrived there at 8 am sharp, and after going through clearance with a couple of nice and a couple of not so nice guards, I was admitted to the second floor, where there were a few people already being given the document order list and a password number. My papers were already in order so I just sat and waited for my number to be called. I handed in my papers and the brazilian lady gave me back the pay stubs from the affidavit, saying I had too many papers.

Then we started the waiting game. Around 10:30 we were told the consulars were late, and would start interviewing in about 30 minute, and that we could go outside for a coffee or something to eat, etc. Pretty much everyone left, including me.

Short after we were back the consular started calling people in, in no particular order. Around noon I was called into the little room and was greeted by this very nice consular. She thought it was really nice that I spoke English and asked if she could interview me in English. She also asked how I knew English so well and I told her about my exchange program back in 1996. After that she sworn me in (in Portuguese) and proceeded the rest of the interview in English.

Questions asked:
- How Luis and I met.
- If I plan to work in US. (at this point we chatted about how great it'd be if I proceeded my law career there, and that I indeed should try getting my credits done and sit the bar exam there)
- What language do Luis and I speak in. ('cus since he's from Puerto Rico, she had to know if he speaks English, although that came with another chat about how people tend to think portuguese and spanish are similar and we laughed about it and she asked if I spoke Spanish or English with Luis)
- If my family would be at the wedding (another chit chat about how I'll just do a civil wedding now and that later we plan to have a party here in Brasil 'cus my family is bigger and she laughed and said "great! 2 parties is much better than just one!")

In short, it was more of a chat than an interview and she gave me the green slip and congratulated me on the wedding and asked if I'd pick my visa up or get it send through FEDEX.

I was so nervous before I couldn't believe how easy it went and how I was able to smile and chat with the consular like that.

I'll rate the experience 4 out of 5 because of the long waiting.

Rating : Good


POE Review:
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-10-15
Embassy Review : POE San Juan, PR - I was asked nothing but since the flight arrived at midnight and there was no line the officer was in no hurry and had me sit for 15 minutes while he chatted with his coleagues before opening my package. He just asked me to confirm the address I was staying at and told me to get married in 90 days.
Harassment Level : Low


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