nathan688's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Nathan
Beneficiary's Name: Charlotte
VJ Member: nathan688
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2022-07-04
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Immigration Checklist for Nathan & Charlotte:

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 : Tokyo, Japan
I-129F Sent : 2016-05-30
I-129F NOA1 : 2016-06-03
I-129F RFE(s) : 2016-08-23
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2016-09-22
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2016-12-27
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-01-29
US Entry : 2017-04-17
Marriage : 2017-04-21
Comments : A lot of sources online say that you need to ask for / you will receive a 'white paper' or form or something from someone at the airport. This information is totally false, I asked everyone I saw that worked for the airport and nobody knew what I was talking about.

Also, i-94 is an online form you just have to print out to take to the social security office. I couldn't update my SSN to my new married name until I receive my EAD, which means I also can't apply for a driving licence (or permit rather, because I'm from the UK I have to start from square 1), or a non-drivers ID.

(living in CT)
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 111 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 207 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Portland
POE Date : 2017-04-17
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : It was very confusing which line to join at immigration at the airport. I was worried I was not given i94 but later realised this is an online form. I had to declare money. No problems.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Hartford CT
Date Filed : 2017-05-08
NOA Date : 2017-05-26
RFE(s) : 2017-06-09, 2018-02-15
Bio. Appt. : 2017-06-27
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2018-02-15
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-04-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2018-04-06
Comments : The RFE was for a translation of my birth certificate, despite the fact that my birth certificate is in English (UK). I have to call and ask what the real issue is.

My biometrics appointment is scheduled in Oregon, I recently moved to Connecticut so I have to try to get around that somehow.

I took my biometrics appointment letter in to the Connecticut office and was seen right away with no problems. I took the letter, my passport and my marriage certificate for the name change.

September 5th 2017: case is ready to be scheduled for interview.

January 10th 2018: Interview scheduled for February 15th

January 16th 2018: Letter in hand, interview is in Hartford at 10:00am

February 15th 2018: interview - RFE (had to redo the medical and pay $150)

April 2nd 2018: approved (USCS website not updated - still says RFE sent)

April 5th 2018: Letter received

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-05-08
NOA Date : 2017-05-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-06-27
Approved Date : 2017-08-28
Date Card Received : 2017-09-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 112 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-05-08
NOA Date : 2017-05-26
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2017-09-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 112 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2020-03-12
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2021-05-22
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2021-05-22
Comments : No biometrics taken (but still charged for). No interview.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Nashville TN
Date Filed : 2022-06-20
NOA Date : 2022-06-21
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments : Biometrics waived.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Tokyo, Japan
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 3, 2017
Embassy Review : We had our interview today! A little bit of background: I'm the petitioner, from America, and my fiancée (beneficiary) is British, we both live in Osaka, Japan. We applied for a K1 fiancée visa.
We were worried about how the interview would go, (especially as we had to make a trip to Tokyo, as the Osaka embassy doesn't do interviews for the K1 visa, which was kinda expensive!) but it ended up being pretty quick and painless.
The instructions said to arrive no more than 15 minutes before the appointment time, and said that only the beneficiary will be allowed into the waiting room for the interview. However, once we got there, they said I could enter if I had brought my passport (which was sitting at home in Osaka), and we also arrived 45 minutes before the appointment time and they let us in no questions asked.
Here's my fiancée's account of the appointment experience:
I was in such a stress on the day that I left my book and purse with my fiancé who went to wander around whilst he waited for me, so make sure you definitely have everything you want to bring in with you. There are vending machines and I couldn't even buy a drink or anything because I had no money, oops! They had some magazines in there to keep you busy if you don't have a book.
At first, I was asked for a print out of my 'appointment confirmation', which I didn't have, but it turned out to not actually matter. Then I transferred everything they were interested in to a clear plastic folder given to me by the embassy. I had brought with me a lot of extra things (extra photos, some proof of relationship, the copy of the i-129f that was sent back to me, letters of intent to marry from both of us), but none of these things were asked for in the end. They have photo machines in there too, so don't worry too much about finding a photobooth that can take the proper sized square photos they ask for.
I waited about 30 minutes and then was called to the first window, I handed over my documents and waited about 40 minutes more for the second window where I gave my fingerprints. About 20 minutes later I was called to my interview, they asked me only a few questions and it took about 2 minutes in total: "Where did you meet? Have you travelled anywhere together? Have you met his family? Has he met your family? Have you lived anywhere other than the countries stated in your application?" All my answers were pretty short, most of them were just a quick yes or no.
After the interview window, I was told I would get the visa in about a week's time. Dazed and a little confused by how simple it was, I asked if I was supposed to go and was pointed towards the exit. It seemed like a huuuge anticlimax compared to how stressed I had been about it for the past few days (weeks)!
I was inside the embassy for around 1 hour 45 minutes total from entering to exiting. I'm so happy it's all over (for now) and wish everyone the best of luck for their interview!!
Rating : Very Good

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