p-ana's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: P
Beneficiary's Name: A
VJ Member: p-ana
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2019-08-17
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Immigration Checklist for P & A:

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 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I-129F Sent : 2015-05-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-05-05
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-06-23
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2015-07-21
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2015-10-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-10-22
US Entry : 2015-12-11
Marriage : 2016-03-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 49 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 154 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2015-12-11
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : My 4h layover was almost not enough to go through immigration. Visitors line was long, the wait to be taken to secondary and to get my “do not open” package dealt with was even longer.
My luggage was not taken care of by the airline and it added up to the hassle.
I was nagged by two different officers in checkpoints and then I got to get my bags x rayed and hand out a fin cen form (had $$ that needed to be reported).
Literally ran to get to my next flights gate that was being called when I got there.
Worst experience I had overall coming in to the US.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2016-05-18
NOA Date : 2016-05-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-06-21
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2016-09-07
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-09-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2016-09-14
Comments : Officer was beyond friendly. Didn't send any relationship proof other than marriage certificate (a simple copy of the certified copy we got from the county clerk) in the original package, got no rfes and wasn't asked for any extra docs at the interview.
The interview was essentially the questions on the i485.

AOS (from k1):

05/18/2016: AOS/ EAD/ AP Sent (USPS 2-day priority)
05/20/2016: Packet delivered to Chicago lockbox
05/25/2016: NOA 1 e-notifications x3 (emails and texts, check cashed)
05/28/2016: NOA 1 letters received x3
06/11/2016: Biometrics letter received
06/21/2016: Biometrics appointment done @ uscis east Hartford, ct
07/12/2016: AOS status updated to "case is ready to be scheduled for an interview".
07/26/2016: All three receipts working online late at night. AOS receipt changed to this date but still with status "case is ready to be scheduled for interview". EAD and AP say "case was received". Nothing on next steps or case history
08/02/2016: AOS receipt changed to "interview scheduled". EAD and AP still say "case was received"
08/08/2016: SR filed for the EAD case. Should get an answer by August 30th
08/15/2016: morning- SR was assigned to an officer. Late afternoon- Your case is currently under review. You should receive a decision or notice of other action shortly.
08/16/2016: late night- EAD card is being produced!
08/17/2016: EAD and AP cases approved
08/19/2016: EAD status changed to card is mailed (card was really mailed on the 22nd)
08/22/2016: approval notices for EAD and AP received by mail
08/25/2016: received EAD/ AP combo card by mail
09/07/2016: AOS interview - approved. Card is being produced and case approved online
09/12/2016: AOS approval notice received by mail. Card was mailed
09/14/2016: Green card received by mail

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2016-05-18
NOA Date : 2016-05-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-06-21
Approved Date : 2016-08-17
Date Card Received : 2016-08-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 91 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2016-05-18
NOA Date : 2016-05-23
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2016-08-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 91 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2018-07-09
NOA Date : 2018-07-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-08-13
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-08-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2019-08-17
Comments : 07/09/2018: ROC packet sent with USPS 2-day priority shipping
07/11/2018: ROC packet delivered to the Vermont Service Center
07/16/2018: NOA1 received by mail with 18 months extension (notice date 7/12 and check cashed)
08/07/2018: Biometrics appointment letter received by mail (notice date 7/27)
08/13/2018: Biometrics appointment at east Hartford, ct
01/08/2019: Address change online
08/13/2019: Card is being produced (old site)
08/15/2019: Card was mailed to me (old site)
08/16/2019: Card was picked up by mail carrier (old site)/ received approval letter by mail
08/17/2019: Card was delivered by mail

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 23, 2016
Embassy Review : Medical done in Belo Horizonte with dr Juliana Cancado.

The interview pretty much went as I expected, having read everything there was available here at VJ and wherever else I could find in a Google search.

I was the first one to arrive for the "immigrant" appointments that day, but even though I was first in line and got my paperwork filled super fast, as my time wasn't the first, I had to wait in line. The best advise I can offer is read everything here and the step by step guide on the embassy's webpage. Have your papers organized, everything will go faster than expected.

After waiting outside, you'll be directed inside to another sort of line. Then you'll be called to a desk where someone from the embassy will check if you have all your papers, they will collect everything and hand them to the officers inside. You'll be called again by a Brazilian officer, they will check information, papers, passport pictures, fingerprints. The third time you'll be called its for the actual interview with an American officer. Questions may vary, but I was asked about my then fiancs name, age, how and where we met, how long we knew each other, how our relationship evolved to an engagement, who proposed, if we wanted children. I was really nervous and almost messed up when she gave me the sworn statement to sign - I immediately signed it without reading what was written there and she was stern about it and told me to stop and read. Everything went well after all and I was back at the hotel around 10 am and even had a nap before leaving to the airport. Be calm, answer truthfully, if you're doing this for the right reasons there's no need to worry.

Documents: I had my then fianc send me the i134 and his work letter by express mail, but it got stuck for a while on the way. Think about this kind of delay when you set your appointment. I had the original i134, 6 months worth of pay checks, the work letter without an original signature that I ended up not handing to the embassy, last 3 years 1040 and w2 that were not signed and 2 bank statements, fiancs birth certificate copy plus all papers needed from me (you can look at them on the embassy's website)

if anyone needs more information, please message me and I can help with a full review of my September/2015 medical appointment and October/2015 interview.

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