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rin and john's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: John
Beneficiary's Name: Rin
VJ Member: rin and john
Country: Thailand

Last Updated: 2011-12-09
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Immigration Checklist for John & Rin:

USCIS I-130/I-129F Petitions:  
Dept of State K3 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K3 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Consulate : Bangkok, Thailand
Marriage : 2006-10-09
I-130 Sent : 2006-10-17
I-130 NOA1 : 2006-10-25
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-129F Sent : 2006-11-09
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-11-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-02-12
NVC Received : 2007-02-21
NVC Left : 2007-02-26
Consulate Received : 2007-03-01
Packet 3 Received : 2007-03-10
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-03-13
Packet 4 Received : 2007-03-29
Interview Date : 2007-04-17
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-04-18
US Entry : 2007-04-18
I-130 Approval : 2007-02-12
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 89 days from your NOA1 date.

Your I-130 was approved in 110 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 174 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2007-04-18
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Memphis TN
Date Filed : 2008-06-20
NOA Date : 2008-06-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-07-16
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2008-11-20
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-11-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2008-12-05
Comments : Interview took about 15 minutes. Most of that was verifying originals of passports, EADs, birth certificates, and marriage certificates against the previously submitted copies.

No I-551 stamped in passport; just received an approval letter from the interviewer.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-06-20
NOA Date : 2008-06-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-07-16
Approved Date : 2008-08-19
Date Card Received : 2008-08-28
Comments : Never received e-mail notification or have the USCIS website get updated.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 60 days.

Event Date
Service Center : Dallas/Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Memphis TN
Date Filed : 2011-08-20
NOA Date : 2011-08-23
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-18
Interview Date : 2011-11-29
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2011-12-16
Comments : Very easy interview (Memphis CIS). Lasted about 15 minutes.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bangkok, Thailand
Review Topic: K3 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 23, 2007
Embassy Review : Arrived at 6:30 am for our 7:30 am interview appointment. I attended the interview with Rin. Went to window 5 at 7 am, a thai lady sorted through all of the documents that we had, gave a few back to us, had Rin write her name in Thai on one that had not been completed, then told us to take a seat. We waited until 9:30 for Rin's interview. During that time, we saw maybe 6 other fiancee or spouses go up for interviews. It was apparent that at least two did not get approved. One was a fiancee who (according to Rin as it was all in Thai) needed more proof of relationship. The other was a spouse and her husband was at the interview. It appeared that their documentation was incomplete as they had an 8:30 appointment, but only waited 30 minutes until they were called to the window, forms reviewed, and went away to collect the additional information needed.

Rin's interview was conducted in english by a gentleman that was obviously new and still training. When we got to the window, Rin's paperwork was laying on the counter with a big red "approved" stamped at the top! The questions he asked:


1) How did we meet?
2) How long ago did we meet?
3) How many times have I visited her?

He then asked me:

1) How did we meet? Not sure why since Rin had told him in English and I was standing right there!
2) Have I met her family?
3) How many times have I been to visit Rin? I had offered to let him see my passport when he asked Rin, and he said it wasn't necessary. After he asked me the same question, he asked if he could see my passport. I have spent over 100 days in Thailand since last July, so I guess he was satisfied.

After the questions, he gave us back some of the forms/pictures and told us to return the next day at 3pm to pick up Rin's visa.

We arrived at 3 pm on the 18th (in the same room as the interview windows) and there were only two other people waiting for their visa. We waited about 15 minutes before someone finally came out and gave us our packets for immigration and passports.

It was straight to the airport and a 7:30 pm departure to the USA!
Rating : Good

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