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eric_and_teresa's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Eric
Beneficiary's Name: Teresa
VJ Member: eric_and_teresa
Country: Guatemala

Last Updated: 2022-05-25
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Immigration Checklist for Eric & Teresa:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Guatemala
I-129F Sent : 2007-04-17
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-05-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-08-15
NVC Received : 2007-09-12
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-10-02
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2008-03-27
Interview Date : 2008-05-13
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-05-14
US Entry : 2008-10-24
Marriage : 2008-11-22
Comments : I arrived to the Consulate around 7:15, my interview was at 8:00 am. I was assigned the No. 3 and entered the Consulate until 9:00 am, later they called me to the first window, where they checked my papers. Everything was in order... UNTIL the clerk (who was guatemalan woman), told me that I had not realized we needed a co-sponsor, I knew we did not. She explained that my fiance's 1040 for 2006 did not show enough income. I replied that my fiance is in the military and was deployed in 2005 and 2006 and he was exempt of paying federal taxes while abroad. I asked her to explain how come we needed a co-sponsor. Even whe he did not pay taxes while deployed, (but did meet the income requirement during those years) he also meets the income requirement TODAY. The clerk said: "If he is marine ( I never told her he was a marine), and did not pay taxes then he CAN NOT BE YOUR SPONSOR" I asked again for clarification. She said.. well if you want to, you can debate that with the Vice-Consul, I'm advising her that your application is incomplete and that you must come back another day with a new I-134 and tax declarations of a co-sponsor! Then she put yellow paper with her on my file.

I was beyond upset! I went back to the waiting room and sat down for 1 loooooooooooooong hour.

Then the Vice-Consul called me by my name, unlike the guatemalan clerk she was extremely nice and polite. She smiled at me and said hello in spanish, the interview took less than 10 minutes, she asked:

How did you meet?
How many times have you been in the U.S.?
How many times has he been in Guatemala?
Does he speak spanish?
Do you speak english?
What do you do in Guatemala?
What does he do, besides being in the N.G.?

She reviewed all the papers, asked about my fiance's deployment, asked again if he was still in the N.G. I gave her the letter that my fiance's commander signed. She did not ask ANYTHING about the tax forms. She just checked them and checked the rest of the papers too. She read the papers for a little while and then she threw the yellow paper away! Then she finally said to me again, she said: "I will cancel your tourist visa, because you will receive your K-1" I had a huge smile on my face when she said that! Then she said: "Everything is in order, CONGRATULATIONS! You have to come tomorrow at 3.30 pm to pick up your passport and visa and rest of the papers"!

I went back to Consulate the next day to pick up my visa, I was there around 3:10 pm and I was called to the window by my name at 3:45.

BEWARE: If you got through this consulate that some of the guatemalan clerks are not knowledgeable on the procedure nor requirements. The Vice-Consul (the one who actually does your interview) has the final word.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 92 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 364 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2008-10-24
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My fiance and I went together through the visitors line, the officer on the booth took my fingerprints and picture and instructed my fiance (US citizen) to wait for me while they took to me a separate room where I was called by my name to a cubicle where another officer asked me the following:
1. Where did you and your fiance meet?
2. How many times have you visit each other and where?
3. Where else? ( I forgot we met once in Spain). But I answered and he said "OK".
4. What was your work field in Guatemala?
5. Do you know the rest of the process? I was nervous and said no, because I thought there was more processing at the POE and he meant the K-1 Process! LOL

The whole interview was conducted in spanish, the officer was very nice to me. I asked him if they ever issue EAD when using a K-1 and he said "Remember this is a non-immigrant visa still".

Later I met with my fiance again, and went to our gate to take our connecting flight. The whole processing took about 20 minutes, but I waited in the room for about 10. The officers were very nice to us all the time.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Date Filed : 2009-04-21
NOA Date : 2009-04-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-05-21
AOS Transfer** : 2009-05-19
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-09-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-09-11
Comments : Our case was transferred two times to the CSC. I had to repeat my biometrics, so that might be the reason why it got sent back and forth twice, but we were approved without an interview!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-04-21
NOA Date : 2009-04-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-05-21
Approved Date : 2009-06-02
Date Card Received : 2009-06-10
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 42 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-04-21
NOA Date : 2009-04-29
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-06-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 42 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-08-01
NOA Date : 2011-08-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-09-12
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-01-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2012-02-02
Comments : We got approved without an interview again.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Saint Paul MN
Date Filed : 2021-07-25
NOA Date : 2021-07-25
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2022-04-18
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2022-05-19
Comments : 08/09/2022 We received a biometrics reuse letter.
04/21/2022 Online update- Oath Ceremony scheduled for 05/19/2022.
The staff and Officer at the USCIS Local Office in Minneapolis were very polite and kind. I got there earlier and was allowed to check in early. Total time spent there was 30 minutes. I received recommendation for approval at the end of the interview.
On 05/19/2022 I attended my Oath Ceremony at the St. Paul/Minneapolis Field Office. No guests were allowed to be present with us, there was at least 10 of us there, at the end our guests were able to come and take pictures. The ceremony only lasted 10 minutes, there was not speech or anything special, although the personnel at the Field office was very polite.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guatemala
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 3, 2009
Embassy Review : The guatemalan workers at the Embassy are often misinformed and do not have the exact information on how the K-1 process work. So be aware that you are receiving the right information when requesting information through email or when attending the interview. The only person who can tell you if you'll be denied or approved is the Vice-Consul.

Also, beware that most of the guatemalan officers working at the Embassy are very rude, unlike the american officers who were always very polite.
Rating : Poor

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