Kat&Jon's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Katherine
Beneficiary's Name: Jon
VJ Member: Kat&Jon
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2017-11-16
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Immigration Checklist for Katherine & Jon:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2016-07-21
I-129F NOA1 : 2016-07-22
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2016-09-15
NVC Received : 2016-10-12
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2016-10-14
NVC Left : 2016-10-25
Consulate Received : 2016-10-28
Packet 3 Received : 2016-11-02
Packet 3 Sent : 2016-11-01
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2017-01-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2017-02-28
Marriage : 2017-04-21
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 55 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 168 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Tampa FL
Date Filed : 2017-05-01
NOA Date : 2017-05-25
RFE(s) : 2017-06-26
Bio. Appt. : 2017-06-13
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2017-11-16
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : Received I-797C Rejection notice on our I-485 on May 8th due to mailing the old form. Returned the correct form in the mail May 9th with the rejection letter as requested and a new G-1145 and cover letter.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-05-01
NOA Date : 2017-05-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-06-26
Approved Date :
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between September 27, 2017 and September 29, 2017*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-05-01
NOA Date : 2017-05-29
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your AP may be adjudicated between September 28, 2017 and September 30, 2017*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 11, 2017
Embassy Review : Jon's interview was Friday January 6th at 12:00 PM. We arrived that day from Norwich via the Greater Anglia train, which thankfully was running on time with no delays. (They were having issues almost daily on the train we had to take so that's why I made note of it.) We arrived at Liverpool St Station at just before 10:00 AM and grabbed a taxi to our hotel which was centrally located near Holborn Station on the Central line.

We checked in so that we could drop our bags in the room and head to the embassy. We had a short walk from our hotel to the Holborn station. We got off at the Bond Street exit and the embassy is a very short walk from there. It took us about 10 minutes to leisurely stroll there after checking with google maps to see exactly where we needed to go.

We arrived at the embassy around 11:15 AM and were greeted by a nice young English girl to check us in. There was no line at all when we got there and we only saw the two entrances (one for US Citizen Services on the left and one for Immigration on the right) and the woman at the little check in podium between the two. She checked her list and confirmed that Jon was on the list, but I was not (even though we emailed twice to add me to the list via the contact form). The girl ( I wish I could see her name) was very polite and called into the Immigration Reception to ask if I could be let in. After a couple attempts of them not answering she finally got someone who said I could enter and be there with Jon.

At this point Jon was already inside and had handed in his documents to the first window, so I did not personally get to see that part. Jon confirmed that they took all his original documents, including my I-134 that I filled out with all my evidence. The weird thing is that they didn't take his DS -160 from him even though the screen tells you to hand it to them...

We were waiting in the waiting room for about an hour before Jon's number got called on the screen to go to window 15! I stayed behind because I wasn't sure if I could go to the window, even though I know reading reviews that other SO's were able to attend. (I mainly wanted to avoid getting asked any questions to be honest lol) He was asked the following questions:

How did we meet?
What game did we meet playing?
When did we first meet in person?
How many times have we visited each other?
Have you met her family?
Where is she from?
Has she always lived in FL?

We figured the "Where is she from?" question was meant to throw Jon a curve ball. Technically what Jon said is correct since I currently live in FL, however most people in the US when you ask where they are from they tell you where they were born. This is not something Jon is familiar with, so we assumed that was the reason for the follow up question of "Has she always lived in FL?" Jon said at this point the man that interviewed him gave him a huge smile and went on to say you are Approved!!!

At one point during the interview it came up that I was waiting in the waiting area and the guy doing Jon's interview said I could have come up to the interview and Jon just kind of smiled at the guy because he knew that I was nervous about being asked questions so he was glad the guy didn't say to come and get me lol.

All in all the interview was smooth and the wait wasn't too long. There was apparently people who had been waiting for 3 hours that had applied for visitor visas of some kind (overheard them trying to politely express their displeasure with the wait).

The only reason I gave a 4 as opposed to a 5 due to the fact that my name should have already been on the list from the contact form and all that extra work from the lovely young lady outside should not have been necessary!!!
Rating : Good

POE Review: Tampa
Event Description
Entry Date : 2017-02-28
Embassy Review : So overall the process took about an hour and 45 minutes. It may have gone faster and smoother if the person directing traffic sent me to the correct line first. They originally sent me through the line that would have me use a Kiosk to check in, instead of going to a person. If you were not aware, on your k-1 Visa you CAN NOT check in using the kiosk!!!

I was moved after the kiosk issue to the back of the regular line and had to wait again. >< Once I got through this line everything was fine. I was asked to wait to the side as my case would need further review by the officer. He just had to wait for someone to take his place which was about 5 mins or so and then he reviewed my packet.

I was with this officer for about 3 mins while he looked at my packet. He asked me my fiance's name and I told him her short name and not her full legal name so he proceeded to ask me whats her full name... what is her middle name... and then jokingly asked me to spell it backwards O.O After he had a little laugh at my expense he said thank you and welcome to the US and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

The whole process may have been a bit faster if the first person didn't put me in the wrong line and that is the only reason why I gave Tampa a 1 for POE instead of 0. All in all it was smooth and a great POE!
Harassment Level : Low

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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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