ucla_cutie26's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Alex
Beneficiary's Name: Juan
VJ Member: ucla_cutie26
Country: Mexico

Last Updated: 2008-02-24
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Immigration Checklist for Alex & Juan:

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 : Juarez, Mexico
I-129F Sent : 2006-06-21
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-07-03
I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-09-15
RFE Reply(s) : 2006-10-02
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-10-18
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-11-06
Consulate Received : 2006-11-16
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2006-11-27
Interview Date : 2007-01-30
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-01-30
US Entry : 2007-04-08
Marriage : 2007-04-23
Comments : Touched on the following dates:
7/8, 9/14, 9/15, 9/17, 10/11, 10/19, 11/03
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 107 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 : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2007-04-08
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : There were many people in line and it took over an hour for us to go thru immigration. The officer questioned us and we were soon on our way.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2007-05-24
NOA Date : 2007-06-01
RFE(s) : 2007-06-23
Bio. Appt. : 2007-07-03
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-10-17
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-02-08
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2008-02-21
Comments : We were approved, pending name checks. So I'm not sure if that's really an approval :(

UPDATE: CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED ON 2/12/08 (it took 4 months for background check to clear)

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-05-24
NOA Date : 2007-06-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-07-03
Approved Date : 2007-08-10
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 78 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-05-24
NOA Date : 2007-06-01
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 76 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Juarez, Mexico
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 7, 2007
Embassy Review : Here is my report on my fiance’s experience in Ciudad Juarez . . .

Juan arrived in Ciudad Juarez on Sunday and he said that it was freezing. So for those of you headed there, make sure you prepare for the extremely cold temperature. He arrived in the Juarez airport and said that it’s a very small airport. He took a taxi to his hotel (right in front of the consulate). The taxi ride cost 220 pesos.

As for the hotel he stayed at, it was the Hotel La Playa, directly in front of the consulate however, he told me to tell you guys: HE DID NOT RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL. He said the hotel was not too safe, that anyone could really get into it. Also, he said that the room he got was like the last one on the second floor and he felt all isolated on the edge. Also, he said that the food in the restaurant of the hotel was not the best. Oh yeah not to mention that one of the locks in his door was broken, which made him paranoid all the time. Also, the lights went out for a few hours on the last night he was there. So, definitely for those of you headed to Juarez soon, do not stay in Hotel La Playa. BTW, the price of the hotel was about 510 pesos a night, so I guess we should have known better.

His medical was on Monday. He went to the clinic in front of the consulate. He arrived at 6:20 and was allowed in right away. He waited for about 2 hours to be called to take his picture. Then waited a while, then was called to take blood. Then he was sent upstairs to wait some more. This is when he started to hear all the talk about vaccines and everyone asking each other which vaccines they needed, etc. So then he panicked thinking he needed vaccines and sent me a text message asking me about which vaccines he needed. But then I told him that he wouldn’t be taking his vaccines in Juarez and that he would get them here in the U.S. Then he was called for a chest x-ray and then the physical. He said it was pretty quick and very professional. He paid 1600 pesos and returned at 2 pm for the results.

Then he went to Banamex to pay the interview fee. It was 1,160 pesos. Oh yeah, and he forgot his passport in the hotel so he had to go back for it. So, please don’t forget your passport guys.

On Tuesday was the interview day. He arrived at about 6:30 AM and was let in at around 7. He said that he waited for 4 hours, yup 4 hours, to be let in to building C. The entire time he was waiting to be allowed into the actual building because it was too full inside. He said he honestly felt like he was going to freeze to death. He was called to window #12 at about 1 to turn in all the forms they needed. They kept almost all the financial forms that I sent him with. Here is what they kept:

*His birth certificate
*CDJ Form-402 (fiance’s intent to marry form)
*2 DS-156 forms
*1 DS-156K
For the financial stuff:
*I-134 for co-sponsor
*I-134 for me
*Letter from employer for co-sponsor
*Letter from employer for myself
*Tax transcript for 2005 for co-sponsor
*Tax transcript for 2005 for myself
*Bank statements for an entire year for myself

They only looked at paystubs for both my co-sponsor and myself, but returned those to him.

Oh yes, they also kept these other things:
*My original birth certificate
*My letter of intent
*My affidavit stating the reasons I did not attend my fiance’s interview

Also, it is important to mention that they needed new passport pictures from my fiancé. Although he took 8 different pictures, none were good enough for them. So they gave him a pass, to go across from the consulate and pay 150 pesos for 2 pictures.

So then, he gave his fingerprints and then was sent to Building B and again had to wait outside in the cold until there was space inside. Not to mention that it was raining also. This was when he bought a sandwich and juice and waited to be let into the building.
Then was allowed in and waited to be called. He was called to window #27 for his interview. He said the CO was an older gentleman, but was not too mean. He asked him about 5 questions.
*Who petitions for him
*When we met
*Where do I work
*Where do I live
*Where I was born
Then the CO told him, “okay, you are approved, welcome to the US, please sit to wait to be called for your visa.” Then my fiancé was very happy and sat down to be called to pick up visa. He said that by this time, it was getting close to 4 o’clock and they started to give slips to people to return for the next day. So he started to think that he may have to return the next day for his visa and passport. But luckily we had planned an extra day in Juarez, just in case. However, this wasn’t necessary because they called him. But then when they called him, something strange happened. They called him, and made him swear again, to tell the truth, blah blah blah and then they INTERVIEWED HIM AGAIN. My fiancé said that he was about to tell the CO that they had already interviewed him and told him he would receive the visa. But then the CO told him, “Don’t worry I know you were already interviewed, but this time it is to take care of some little details.” Then my fiancé, thought to himself, “oh no, they don’t want to give it to me.” But then he thought that there was nothing else he could do, but continue with the interview. This CO asked him many questions, some of which my fiancé had already been asked. This was in window #29. He asked him:
*When we met
*My date of birth
*If he has came to the U.S.
*When was the last time he entered the U.S.
*How long he stayed in the U.S. when he came
*If he had any problems with the police when he came to the U.S. (this question was asked about 3 times by the officer. The last time he asked Juan this question, Juan told him that he was only 12 years old the last time he came to the U.S. and he told the CO that all he wanted was to go to Disneyland.)
*He questioned about our wedding plans. When? Where?
*When he planned on entering the U.S.
*Where I worked
*Where I was born
*Last time I visited him in Mexico
*Until when we became a couple
*Until when we were engaged
*If he knew my family
*Where he met my family
*If I knew his family
*If this was his first marriage, If it was my first marriage, if any of us had kids

*If I was there with him in Juarez (Here is where my affidavit really helped because my fiancé said that as the CO asked him this question, he had my signed and dated affidavit in front of him explaining why I wasn’t in Juarez with him. He said that it really helped to send that with my fiancé)

Then the CO, told my fiancé, go and sit down, now you will get your visa.

By the time Juan left the consulate, it was about 5:30 and he said that there were only 8 people left in there.

Oh yeah, Juan said that they didn’t look at any evidence, nothing. They told him that they had enough. They even returned about 5 pictures, I guess we went a little overboard with the pictures we submitted with our initial petition and then the RFE paperwork.

So that’s our review of my fiance’s interview. I hope it helps those still headed to Juarez.

If you have questions, feel free to PM me.

Good luck to all headed there soon!

Rating : Good

POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-04-08
Embassy Review : There were many people in line and it took over an hour for us to go thru immigration. The officer questioned us and we were soon on our way.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Los Angeles CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : October 22, 2007
Embassy Review : Our AOS interview in downtown LA was scheduled for 8:50 a.m. We decided to take a bus there because I wanted to avoid having to drive in downtown, plus to avoid the morning traffic, etc. We left extra early (at 6 a.m.) and arrived there by 7:30, we live about 14 miles from downtown. We went to eat breakfast at the L.A. mall, right across from the federal building, but I was too nervous to eat. My sister went along also to act as the translator, just in case she was needed. She only had to translate about 2 questions though.

We got to the waiting room area at about 8:30, gave our appointment letter to the security guard and sat down. They called us until around 9:50. The room was rather cold, or maybe it was my nerves. We were finally called in by our IO, a short asian woman. She was rather serious, but seemed nice. We stepped into her office and before sitting down she administered the oath to us. Then we sat down and took out both of our passports and my driver's license. She had the huge stack of papers we had submitted so far and she started out by reviewing info. on the paperwork. She asked my husband his full name, his date of birth, his phone number, his mother’s first name, his father’s first name. (Something funny that happened is that my husband messed up on his year of birth, he said my year of birth but quickly corrected himself. Then my sister realized she should translate and started to translate and she messed up even more. She said the wrong month and then said oops sorry. Boy were we nervous, I wanted to die right then and there, but the IO didn’t say anything.)

After this she asked if my husband had ever been arrested, entered illegally, or done anything illegal, etc. This was the last time my sister translated anything else during the interview.

Then she asked the following questions: when and where did we meet, if we knew each others family members, where we each work, she asked me to elaborate what I do exactly at my job, when and where we married, who went to our wedding, where we live, then she asked who my co-sponsor was (my father), then she asked if he was a U.S. citizen (I guess since I included a copy of his U.S. passport.

Then she asked to see any joint account documents that we have. I had organized everything so great. The originals of documents I placed in clear, plastic covers and then I had made copies of everything. So I started to take out both the originals and the copies and she just asked me if she could keep my copies. I gave her, joint credit card stuff (statement, copies of cards), joint checking account stuff (statement, copies of cards), joint health insurance (since I just added my husband), joint cell phone family plan with the new cell phone I bought 5 days after Juan’s arrival in the U.S. We also gave her copies of party invitations and letters we have received at home. She was really happy with the joint health insurance, I don’t know why she said, “good, good, let me have that.” I told her that we don’t have any bills, or rent stuff since we are currently living with my parents to save up to get our own apartment. She said okay.

Then she asked to see pictures. I took a photo album with pictures we have taken since Juan’s arrival, but she didn’t want to go through that. Instead since I had also taken loose pictures, she wanted to see those. She looked through some and asked who the people were in the pics. She ended up keeping 2 pictures with family members in them and wrote down who were in the pictures. One picture was from Mexico and the other picture was from the U.S.

She then explained that the case is approved pending name checks. She said it can take a couple of days or a couple of months. We thanked her and wished her a good day. She replied “you too”. She was rather nice. The total interview lasted about 25 minutes, with most of the time the IO going over the paperwork and double checking things.

In the end she gave us the paper saying we were approved pending name checks.

Other information worth mentioning:
***Several people were there with their lawyers, but many were not.
***Couples who took elder kids (14 and up) for their interviews, the kids were not needed to go inside, they left them outside. Younger kids were taken in with the parents.
***All IOs took in both partners, except for one IO. A tall skinny, Caucasian IO would call up the couples and would then only take in the USC, then after a while he would come back out the USC would wait then would take the AOS applicant and interview them separately. This happened only with this IO. In the hour and a half we waited to be called in he called up a total of 3 couples. But I have no idea if this were the couples’ first or second set of interviews (stokes interviews).
***When you walk into the federal building through N. Los Angeles St., you will take the elevators that are on your right to get to the 8th floor where the AOS interviews are. There were elevators on the other side (the left side), but I’m not sure those will also take you to the interviews.
***As far as taking a translator, I think it’s a good idea. I think it depends on the IO you get and whether or not they speak the AOS applicants language. Several people took translators and before being allowed into the IO’s office some were told that a translator was not needed. So it will depend on who you get.

Our AOS experience was good, except for the approval pending name checks.

Good luck to all those headed to the downtown L.A. office :thumbs:
Harassment Level : Very Good

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