Scandi's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: S
Beneficiary's Name: S
VJ Member: Scandi
Country: Sweden

Last Updated: 2019-05-01
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Immigration Checklist for S & S:

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 : Sweden
I-129F Sent : 2015-12-21
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-12-28
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2016-06-22
NVC Received : 2016-07-20
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2016-07-20
NVC Left : 2016-07-21
Consulate Received : 2016-07-22
Packet 3 Received : 2016-07-26
Packet 3 Sent : 2016-07-27
Packet 4 Received : 2016-07-27
Interview Date : 2016-08-22
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-09-07
US Entry : 2016-10-24
Marriage : 2016-11-18
Comments : **
12-21-2015 - I-129f sent
12-28-2015 - Received date
01-04-2016 - NOA1 text/email
01-08-2016 - NOA1 hardcopy
06-22-2016 - NOA2 (177 days from received date)
06-24-2016 - NOA2 hardcopy
07-20-2016 - Case # assigned
08-18-2016 - Medical
08-22-2016 - Interview
09-06-2016 - Issued
09-07-2016 - Visa in hand (260 days since filing date)
10-24-2016 - POE LAX
11-18-2016 - Wedding Day ♡
**
10-28-2016 - Applied for SSN
02-16-2017 - New passport in married name
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 177 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 238 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2016-10-24
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was super smooth. Me and my fiancé (USC) both went through the visa/ESTA line together and only got four questions. They asked me what kind of work I did in Sweden and how many times I had been in the US. They asked him what kind of work he does and what date we've set for the wedding. This POE was just as easy as the times I've arrived on ESTA.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2016-12-20
NOA Date : 2017-01-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-02-02
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2017-07-18
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-07-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2017-07-26
Comments : 12-20-2016 - I-485 sent
12-23-2017 - Received date
01-10-2017 - NOA1 text/email
01-10-2017 - AOS online status "fingerprint fee received"
01-17-2017 - NOA1 hardcopy
01-23-2017 - Biometrics letter
02-02-2017 - Biometrics appointment
06-16-2017 - AOS online status "interview is scheduled"
06-19-2017 - Interview letter
07-18-2017 - Interview - approved (209 days)
07-18-2017 - AOS online status "case approved"
07-21-2017 - AOS online status "card mailed"
07-22-2017 - NOA2 hardcopy in hand
07-26-2017 - Greencard in hand


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-01-18
NOA Date : 2017-01-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-02-14
Approved Date : 2017-05-19
Date Card Received : 2017-05-30
Comments : First EAD application sent with AOS/AP was rejected, that's why my EAD has a different filing date than AOS/AP.

12-20-2016 - I-765 sent
01-13-2017 - I-765 returned, rejected
01-18-2017 - I-765 resubmitted
01-23-2017 - Received date
01-25-2017 - NOA1 text/email
01-28-2017 - NOA1 hardcopy
02-10-2017 - Biometrics letter
02-14-2017 - Biometrics appointment early walk-in
05-19-2017 - EAD online status "card produced" (115 days)
05-22-2017 - EAD online status "case approved"
05-25-2017 - EAD online status "card mailed"
05-25-2017 - NOA2 hardcopy in hand
05-30-2017 - EAD in hand
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 121 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-12-20
NOA Date : 2017-01-10
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2017-04-07
Comments : 12-20-2016 - I-131 sent
12-23-2017 - Received date
01-10-2017 - NOA1 text/email
01-17-2017 - NOA1 hardcopy
04-04-2017 - AP online status "document produced" (101 days)
04-07-2017 - NOA2 hardcopy in hand
04-07-2017 - AP in hand
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 105 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2019-04-22
NOA Date : 2019-04-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sweden
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 6, 2016
Embassy Review : Whatever you do, don't trust public transport. So unless you live close by or you're driving to the embassy for the interview I recommend you to go there the day before and stay at a hotel close by so you can just walk there in the morning. That way it doesn't matter if the trains or busses don't go on time.

I can also highly recommend STF Gärdet in case you want a hotel close by. I was very happy with my stay there and it's only a 15 minute walk across the field and you're at the embassy. It's also cheaper than many other places which might be a good thing to some (like me).

My appointment was on a Monday at 8:30 in the morning, I arrived at the embassy at about 7:40 and stood in the immigrant/US citizen line with only one other person. The non-immigrant line was very long already then, so you could really tell the difference between the two. I stood there for about 15 minutes and was then called up to the window of the security booth to show my passport, the souls of my shoes, my jacket and my folder where I kept all my papers and then he asked if I had a phone with me and if it was turned off. Before doing all this you weren't even allowed to get into the security booth, the guy talked to me through a little speaker in the wall. After all was checked I got in and had all my things scanned through the same kind of machine as they have on airports, I walked through a scanner myself and then had to stand behind a yellow line to wait for them to go through everything. He then took my phone and the extra battery I had for it and put them on a shelf and gave me a ticket with a number that I'd need to get the phone back on my way out.

I was told to follow the yellow line up to the next building, it's just a sidewalk really. The building was tiny with only a few windows for interviews, there was already lots of people in there waiting for their turn, and a guard to keep an eye on things (makes you feel kinda safe tbh). The guard already knew I was going for an immigrant visa (not sure how) and told me to walk up to window 7 when the other K-1 applicant was done there. The woman in window 7 was Swedish and spoke Swedish with me and the others, she was very friendly and collected all the documents needed. She asked for DS-160 confirmation page, passport, passport photos, my birth certificate, police certificate, my fiancé's divorce decree, form I-134, his tax return, and a bunch of proof of ongoing relationship (she took the skype- and facebook conversations I had printed, the ring receipt, an updated letter of intent from my fiancé and photos of us together and with his family). She looked through some of the pictures quickly and asked who was in the pictures (his parents and the dogs and such) and she also asked about our age difference (my fiancé is a bit older than me, enough to make her react apparently).

Then I had to sit down and wait again. I think I waited for about an hour before they called my name (the whoooole name, with middle names and all, haha) and told me what window to go to (window 4 in my case). There was a very friendly, younger man who was going to interview me. He first gave back all the proof of relationship (photos, chat logs, receipts) that I had given to the Swedish woman earlier and told me to raise my right hand and read the text on the window (he wanted it read in English, but there was a Swedish version too) about swearing to tell the truth and such. He then took my finger prints by me putting my fingers against the little machine right by the window (same as in the airports), after that he showed me a pamphlet and asked if I had seen it before. I said yes as I recognized it from the checklist the embassy had sent me earlier and so he asked if I had read it and if I needed a new one (it was the IMBRA pamphlet).

He then asked me how me and my fiancé first got in contact with each other, when we first met each other irl, other times that we met after that, when the last time we met was, if either one of us have any children (he had seen something in the pictures I provided that made him think at least one of us had children so I just explained the picture to him and that was it). He asked where my fiancé lives and what he does for a living, he also asked about our wedding plans and what I do for a living here in Sweden and if I had provided a certified copy of my fiancé's divorce decree. Right before he handed over the 221(g) paper he leaned over closer to the window and smiled and said "What about your fiancé do you like the best?" as if that was the most important question of the whole interview, it made me smile big and I told him exactly what the best thing about my fiancé is. He seemed happy with my reply as well. :D

He then gave me the 221(g) paper that said they can't issue the visa because of one missing page in my fiancé's tax return (it was like 50 pages all-in-all so we didn't notice one was missing) and also because they hadn't received my medical results yet (I only did the medical about two working days prior to the interview so that wasn't a surprise). He told me that all the info I needed was on that paper and that it was perfectly fine to just scan the missing tax return page and send it to them via email. That was it, the interview was over. Very fast and painless and all the people working there were very professional and friendly. I had a very good experience.

The missing tax return page was scanned and emailed to the embassy just a few hours later and the next day I got a reply from them saying they had added it to my folder and that all they needed now was the medical results.

The medical results reached the embassy exactly two weeks after I did the exam. That Thursday my case status was updated, the next day it shifted between Ready and AP, and on the Tuesday my case status said Issued.
Rating : Very Good


Local US CIS Office Review: Los Angeles CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : July 27, 2017
Embassy Review : I adjusted status from a K-1 visa, interview was on July 18, 2017 at the Los Angeles County field office on 300 North Los Angeles Street.

We parked at the Aiso Street Garage on 101 N Judge John Aiso st, only $1/hour for the first 2 hours and $5 for 3 hours. It took us 2 minutes to walk to the USCIS building from there.

The appointment was scheduled at 10.30 and we arrived at the building at 9.30. Not a single person in line, we just walked straight in and walking through security only took 20 seconds. We then took the elevator to the sixth floor and room 6024, which was just around the corner when we walked out of the elevator. The guard directed us to window 1 and the lady at the window took our appointment letter, asked if we were bringing a lawyer or translator and then told us to sit down and wait. And we waited, and waited.. When we were finally called up by an immigration officer it was already 11:20, which was 50 minutes past our scheduled appointment.

The immigration officer was a super nice guy around 35-40 years old, I don't remember his name but he said he was from Poland. If you get this guy consider yourself lucky, he's so friendly and easy-going. He apologized for the delay and told us he had had a tough interview earlier that morning that took 3 hours (that's why he was a bit behind the schedule). On the way to his office we stopped by a copy machine where he asked for both of our IDs and he took copies of them.

Before we sat down in his office we were sworn in. The first thing he mentioned after we sat down was that he had a letter I had sent to NBC back in February. I thought they didn't bother to put it in my file and just threw it away since I never heard anything back, but there it was - sitting on the desk right in front of me. The letter was about me requesting a name update as I had been informed at my biometrics appointment that my greencard would come in my maiden name, and I definitely didn't want that. So after the IO showed me that he had the letter he told me not to worry and that he would fix it. Major relief, and so glad he brought it up or I might've forgot to bring it up myself.

He then asked a few questions:
-My full name
-My address
-My DOB
-My husband's name
-The wedding date
-My nationality
-What I used to work with in Sweden
-If I had been married before
-If my husband had been married before
-If I had children
-If my husband has children
-He asked my husband what he does for a living
-What my plans are here in the US (like work and such)
-My education level
-My husband's education level
etc.....just regular normal questions

And then he asked the questions from the i-485 (if I was a terrorist, spy, prostitute, alcoholic, drug user, communist, criminal past, if I had applied for a greencard before, what date I entered the US on my K-1, if I had travelled outside the US since etc..).

He took at quick look at my medical that he already had in my file and said it looked perfect, he liked that it was marked complete and that it had the gonorrhea test done (medical was done on August 18, 2016 and the gonorrhea test was added as a requirement as of August 1, 2016, but many clinics didn't keep themselves updated with the requirements as well as "my" clinic did, according to the IO).

He asked for my SSN and an updated version of my "birth certificate" (we don't have birth certificates in Sweden so he appreciated that I had ordered a new one of whatever document we do have in Sweden with a newer date on it)
He asked for my passports (the old that contains my K-1 visa and the new that I got in my married name)
He also asked for my husband's passport (he never asked for his BC though)

All in all we were in his office for about 20 minutes. 10 of those were actual interview and the rest was him typing on his computer and talking to us as if we were old friends. Very relaxing experience. We were asking him questions about his private life too and he seemed to enjoy having a regular, normal conversation.

He then told me I had been approved and he handed me my approval notice. We were still in his office talking to him when I received text and email saying my case status had been updated to "case was approved". Very fast indeed. He told me to expect my greencard in the mail in about 2-4 weeks.

He also mentioned the importance of putting the right category code on the actual greencard, or else you will have to send the card back to get it corrected. If you adjust from a K-1 the code on the card should be CF1 (which means "Alien whose record of admission is created upon the conclusion of a valid marriage contract after entering as a fiance or fiancee of a U.S. citizen - conditional.").

I had brought tons of proof of bonafide relationship and he didn't ask for any of it. Only when I had brought it up a couple of times he gave in and said "Well, give me some of the stuff you have jointly then if you really want me to add it to your file", haha. So I handed him copies of our monthly bank statements of our joint bank account and the 2016 tax return transcript that showed we filed married jointly. He wasn't very interested in any of it, I basically forced him to take it (I brought both originals and copies of everything so he kept the copies at least). It was as if he had already made up his mind before the interview anyway.

And that was it. Very smooth and easy interview, easier than the K-1 interview and that one was super easy too.
Harassment Level : Very Good


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