A'n'L's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Alex
Beneficiary's Name: Lis
VJ Member: A'n'L
Country: Norway

Last Updated: 2017-02-09
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Immigration Checklist for Alex & Lis:

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 : Sweden
I-129F Sent : 2015-09-24
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-09-30
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-11-02
NVC Received : 2015-11-17
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-11-17
NVC Left : 2015-11-20
Consulate Received : 2015-11-24
Packet 3 Received : 2015-11-24
Packet 3 Sent : 2016-04-08
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2016-04-28
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-05-10
US Entry : 2016-08-12
Marriage : 2016-09-04
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 33 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 211 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2016-08-12
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Detroit MI
Date Filed : 2016-09-09
NOA Date : 2016-09-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-10-03
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2017-02-01
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-02-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2017-02-08
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-09-09
NOA Date : 2016-09-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-10-03
Approved Date : 2016-11-04
Date Card Received : 2016-11-17
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 56 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-09-09
NOA Date : 2016-09-14
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2016-11-17
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 56 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sweden
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 28, 2016
Embassy Review : Thanks to VJ I had a very enjoyable time at the consulate, although nervous and shaking from standing in the cold rain outside.

My appointment was for 08.30, and I arrived more than an hour early. They started letting people in at 07.30. I stood in the (not sheltered) immigrant line all by my lonesome and was prioritized to come in. The security guys seemed confused that I was there so early, but took pity on me and waived me in.

The most awkward part was doing the little dance outside the window before they let me in (up to the window, back behind the line, take jacket off, turn around and show your feet etc, ha-ha). After that they let me in, I went through the security check and they took my phone. I got to keep the canvas bag with documents and my valet. I was told to go to window 7 inside the consulate.

Since I was early I waited for a while before somebody came to see me. The first lady took my passport and told me to wait.

I was called back by another lady to give her my documents. She was very pleased that I had everything in order. She collected my passport photos, my ds160 confirmation page, my BC, my police record, my fiancÚs I134 and financial information. She had me confirm that neither my fiance or me had been married before or had children and that I had not lived outside Norway or had any arrests outside Norway. Finally she asked for evidence of relationship. I gave her proof of our four meetings since we filed the petition, a Skype log and some BBM screenshots. She commented "wow, that's a lot", but seemed pleased. She commented that everything looked in order, made me write my address on an envelope and told me that I should expect 10 days for the visa processing.

Finally I had the interview with the consule. This was a young, blond and very sweet girl. She took my fingerprints and asked how we met, when we started dating, how many times I had been to visit him, how many times he had visited me, whether we had met each other's family, she asked me about his siblings, when our wedding was planned for, if my family would come for the wedding and how big it would be. Finally she said she had very good news, I was approved! She gave me my relationship evidence back and I was good to go.

I got my phone back from the security guys and one if them even offered to call me a taxi :-D
Rating : Very Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Detroit MI
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : February 2, 2017
Embassy Review : We had our interview for AOS (from K1) on Feb 1st 2017 at 2 pm. We arrived at 1:30, got checked in at the reception and waited about an hour before our interview. Our interview was with a white lady in her 30's, who was nice and polite, but nothing more. After swearing us in and checking our ID's, she double-checked some facts in our application, asked to see originals of my birth certificate and our marriage license (but didn't keep them). She also wanted to see my EAD and SSN cards. She did not ask anything from my husband (petitioner+sponsor), so she must've been happy with what we originally sent with our application. She asked if we wanted to submit any bona-fides, and we supplied a selection of pictures, proof of joint insurance, joint accounts and joint credit cards. I also gave her a thank-you card from our wedding, and she smiled at that. Since I had travelled on AP, she took a copy of my latest I94, my AP card and the Paroled stamp in my passport. Finally, she went through all the mandatory Y/N questions, which had my husband crack up (although I had warned him in advance). She was not pleased at that, and informed us that we were the only couple she would be approving today. My case status was updated to approved/card ordered a few hours later. Overall a nice experience.
Harassment Level : Good

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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