Chris and ZhiJia's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Chris Mears
Beneficiary's Name: Su ZhiJia
VJ Member: Chris and ZhiJia
Country: China

Last Updated: 2019-03-20
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Immigration Checklist for Chris Mears & Su ZhiJia:

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 : Guangzhou, China
I-129F Sent : 2015-12-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-12-07
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2016-01-14
NVC Received : 2016-01-28
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2016-01-29
NVC Left : 2016-02-03
Consulate Received : 2016-02-04
Packet 3 Received : 2016-03-03
Packet 3 Sent : 2016-03-03
Packet 4 Received : 2016-03-09
Interview Date : 2016-04-05
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-04-13
US Entry : 2016-04-25
Marriage :
Comments : 1 hour to clear Customs and Immigration through DFW, no problems with checked bags or catching the connecting flight.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 38 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 120 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Dallas
POE Date : 2016-04-25
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Louisville KY
Date Filed : 2016-11-18
NOA Date : 2016-12-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-01-03
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-03-31
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2017-04-06
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-11-18
NOA Date : 2016-12-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2017-02-28
Date Card Received : 2017-03-02
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 102 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-11-16
NOA Date : 2016-12-06
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2017-03-02
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 104 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2019-01-11
NOA Date : 2019-01-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : NOA1 was not sent, called USCIS to receive receipt number. Stamp in passport provided via InfoPass Appointment.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guangzhou, China
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 11, 2016
Embassy Review : So here is my review of the Guangzhou K-1 process from the perspective of the Petitioner.

We arrived at the consulate around 8am for the 8:40 appointment. The NIV lime was immensely long and nothing was clearly marked, but after a short talk with the guard She was directed to the IV line which had only 4 people. After 10 minutes outside she entered the building.

Her recount of the inside was average. She said the CO that interviewed her was very very pleasant and nice, smiled often, and she enjoyed the interview. However she said the Chinese guards and paper takers that were in the building were very very serious, and at some times rude.

During the interview they asked her only a few questions.

1. How many times has he come to visit (she opened my passport to count the entry/exit stamps). They smiled and said that was enough.
2. They asked her how long we had been together
3. They asked her what were her plans if she was granted the K-1 Visa
No other questions were asked.

I provided her with 100 pages of phone records showing that the relationship continued after initial filing. I also provided her with 4 years of Tax Transcripts with the I-134. They took the most recent 3 and told her to keep the one from 2012 as they don't need it.

At this point they told her she was approved, and she was on her way.

It was very fast and painless.

I can say that you need to make sure you have everything exactly as they want it to be. Another group was there the same time we were, and his Fiance was sent out to retake new passport photos down the street.

(updated on April 11, 2016)
Rating : Very Good

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