Vijay's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Ram
Beneficiary's Name: Jena
VJ Member: Vijay
Country: India

Last Updated: 2010-09-18
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Immigration Checklist for Ram & Jena:

Dept of State Other Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

Other Visa
Event Date
NVC Received :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date :
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2000-08-16
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Cleveland OH
Date Filed : 2007-04-02
NOA Date : 2007-04-11
RFE(s) : 2007-04-25
Bio. Appt. : 2007-04-27
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-07-20 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-07-31
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received:
Comments : Approved, pending FBI Namecheck (07/20/2007).
Approved, Card production ordered! (07/31/2007)

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-04-02
NOA Date : 2007-04-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-04-27
Approved Date : 2007-06-14
Date Card Received : 2007-06-23
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 73 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-04-02
NOA Date : 2007-04-11
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2007-06-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 74 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-05-05
NOA Date : 2009-05-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-06-08
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-09-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2009-09-30
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Dallas/Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Date Filed : 2010-05-24
NOA Date : 2010-05-27
Bio. Appt. : 2010-07-23
Interview Date : 2010-09-10
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2010-09-29
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: Philadelphia PA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : September 13, 2010
Embassy Review : Had my interview in Philly on Friday. My appointment was at 9:20 and I got there by 8:15 (since I had to drive about 110 miles from home). They let me in and after checking, waited until 10 when I was called.

The officer made me swear to tell the truth. Went through my application including address, phone number, recent trips I had taken and where I worked. Went through the moral questions and when he came to the section where I had listed the traffic citations, he asked me whether I had been fingerprinted/arrested and I said that I had to just pay the fine. He asked whether I had any incidents after that one in 2003 and I said no. I asked whether we need to mention them in the form and he mentioned if it's not DUI/other incidents and just the fine, then we don't have to list them. But he told me that he appreciated the honesty of mentioning it and also mentioned that it's better to mention more in the form than mentioning less. He also remarked how many people have done worst crimes and don't list them in the application form and then background check brings it up. Then he asked me whether I belonged to any terrorist/communist/drug alcohol abuse and other questions and other yes/no questions.

Then he made my sign the forms. When I asked him whether I need to sign my full name in cursive he said to sign how I generally sign my documents which is not cursive. He made my sign my normal signature on the N-400 and then my pics. He proceeded to the civic questions.
1. How many chief justices are there now.
2. How many years we elect a senator.
3. What was the declaration of independence
4. If President and vice president cannot serve, who becomes the president.
5. What is one branch of government.
6. What does a presidents cabinet do.

He made my read " When is Columbus day" and made my write " Columbus day is in October".

Then he said Congratulations and I passed the test. He stamped approved on my application form. He asked me whether I would like to come back to Philly for oath or do it in my city and I mentioned that I would rather come back in Philly. He noted that. He gave me the results that I am recommended for approval. When I asked him when the next oath in Philly is, he said that they are moving fast and there could one in 3 weeks, but he didn't know the date for sure. He mentioned it will be in the same building 1600 Callowhill st and on the fourth floor. Then I was done and out the door in 10 minutes.

Point of interest - When I was in the room waiting there were three couples, who I think were there for the Green card interview and it seems they all had stokes interviews. It looked like they went in together first. Then after about 5-10 minutes, one person would be led back to the waiting room. After 15 minutes or so, the officer would bring the other person to the waiting room and take the husband/wife left before to interview for about 10 -15 minutes. Once the interview was over, I could see that the husband/wife were asking each other about the questions they were asked. I was suprised that three couples had the same stokes interview!. I hope they all did good.

This is my interview experience and right now waiting for the oath letter. Last step of the journey. There seems to be plenty of parking garages close by (a little steep price!) and bunch of spots on the street if could get early enough. I really didn't want to park on the street as I didn't know how long I would be in there for.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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