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jay9475's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jay
Beneficiary's Name: E
VJ Member: jay9475
Country: Costa Rica

Last Updated: 2024-07-10
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Immigration Checklist for Jay & E:

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 : Costa Rica
I-129F Sent : 2018-02-16
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-02-20
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-08-28
NVC Received : 2018-09-13
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-09-13
NVC Left : 2018-09-18
Consulate Received : 2018-09-24
Packet 3 Received : 2018-10-04
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-12-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-12-20
US Entry : 2018-12-25
Marriage : 2018-12-30
Comments : Best Christmas present ever, my Tico arrived on Christmas day! 😍
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 189 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 294 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Dallas
POE Date : 2018-12-25
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My fiancé arrived around the same time as a few other international flights, so he waited a bit. The first CPB officer didn't really know how to process the K-1, so he was moved to a different officer, but no secondary. They took his fingerprints and picture, received the envelope from the embassy. They asked when the wedding would be, but we didn't have a date yet set. After that, the officer welcomed him to the USA.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Dallas TX
Date Filed : 2019-04-18
NOA Date : 2019-04-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-06
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2020-01-15
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-01-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2020-01-25
Comments : Card in hand, but the "resident since" date is wrong, it has the PD listed instead of interview/approval date.
Filed an I-90, and got an ADIT stamp. Requested expedite due to USCIS error, was denied 😠

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-04-18
NOA Date : 2019-04-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-06
Approved Date : 2019-09-25
Date Card Received : 2019-09-30
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 160 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-04-18
NOA Date : 2019-04-23
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2019-09-30
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 160 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Texas Service Center
Date Filed : 2022-01-10
NOA Date : 2022-01-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2024-07-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received :
Comments : Almost two years, still waiting

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Costa Rica
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 16, 2018
Embassy Review : Arrived early, but wasn't allowed in until 15 minutes prior, as others have stated. Be sure if you have a smart watch, leave it behind! This didn't cross my mind. We were able to rent a locker across the street for 2000 colones.
After going through security, we stopped at the desk to get our ticket number. Went inside, and waited about 20 minutes, and we were called to the window for the document collection. The gentleman spoke to me in English and Spanish, and my Fiance in Spanish. I had a large accordion file with everything organized. He collected the civil documents, medical envelope, and the I-134. I had brought bank statements, bank letter, employment letter, recent pay stubs, W-2, 1040, and tax transcripts. All he wanted was the 1040! I showed him the tax transcripts, but he said he didn't need them. He did mention to us "be sure that you do not get married before arriving in the USA", apparently people do, and of course, if nulls the visa. We told him we definitely would not be getting married before entry!
NOTE: nothing required translation or apostille, since the documents were from Costa Rica. However, we're getting the birth certificate translated for use here in the USA.

After the document collection, we waited another 20 minutes, then were called for the interview. The CO was very non-emotional, and spoke to me in English/Spanish, and my fiance in Spanish. Some of the questions asked:
- When/how did you meet?
-How long have you been together?
-(to me) When was your first visit to Costa Rica? How many times have you been to Costa Rica? What do you like most about Costa Rica?
-(to my fiance) What did you do for work? What did you study in university? Why did you stop your studies?
-(to my fiance) Have you ever been to the USA? What state does your brother live in in the USA? (they don't speak, he didn't know where his brother was, but he listed him as living in the USA on the DS-160, of course)
-(to my fiance) What do you like most about your fiance? What college degree does he have? What does he do for work?
-(to my fiance) Does he have siblings? What is his sister's name?
-(to me) Have you met his family? (He's not out to his family, so I've only met his dad, as a "friend") I said yes, I met his dad. She asked me, "what's his dad's name?"
-(to both) Where will you live in the USA? What kind of wedding are you having, large or small?
-(to him) Have you read the pamphlet regarding domestic violence that was sent with the Packet 3?
There are a few other questions that I can't remember. She then asked if we had more pictures (I'm guessing more than what she saw with the I-129F) so we gave them to her, she looked at them, and gave them back. She didn't ask for any financial support documentation, call/chat logs. At the end of all of it, she said in Spanish that she is approving the application, and that it should be ready for pickup at Correos de Costa Rica in 10 days.

I definitely got the vibe from her that she may have been uncomfortable that we were a same-sex couple. Especially when he was explaining why I hadn't met his family. As others have mentioned, the entire room can hear what the CO is saying, so it can be a bit intimidating to someone that's not out to his family. But, we were prepared, and were approved.

(updated on December 17, 2018)
Rating : Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Dallas TX
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : January 20, 2020
Embassy Review : Had our interview at the Dallas office today, at 12:05, for AOS from K-1. Arrived 15 minutes early, and only waited about 10 minutes before being called. The agent was a very nice, young Hispanic woman. We brought an interpreter to be safe, but she spoke decent Spanish. After the oath, she went through all of the personal info and yes/no questions on the I-485. She looked at our pictures, then asked me to pick 5 of them for her to keep. Then said, the application is already approved, but if you want, you can give me proof of relationship, so I gave life insurance and 401k, listing my husband as beneficiary. She said if it's approved, the status will change by Monday. Two hours later, updated to "new card being produced" It was actually a great experience, I think because the agent was so nice and friendly. I thought it was interesting how she said in the beginning "it's already been approved, but I have to ask these questions". There was also a pink sticker on the package that said "yes". What that means I don't know, but so happy we were approved!
Harassment Level : Very Good

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