TracyLuis's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Tracy
Beneficiary's Name: Luis
VJ Member: TracyLuis
Country: Peru

Last Updated: 2009-06-24
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Immigration Checklist for Tracy & Luis:

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 : Peru
Marriage : 2005-12-16
I-130 Sent : 2006-01-27
I-130 NOA1 : 2006-02-09
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-129F Sent : 2006-04-17
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-05-02
I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-06-30
RFE Reply(s) : 2006-07-03
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-09-14
NVC Received : 2006-09-20
NVC Left : 2006-09-25
Consulate Received : 2006-09-28
Packet 3 Received : 2006-09-30
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2006-09-30
Interview Date : 2006-10-26
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-11-03
US Entry : 2006-11-09
I-130 Approval : 2006-08-03
Comments : One week after our interview, our visa was approved. It took 4 business days for the FBI to verify the fingerprints ("name hit" at interview caused us to receive a 221g), but all is well, and we are together at last.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 135 days from your NOA1 date.

Your I-130 was approved in 175 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 259 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2006-11-09
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : We only had a slight issue going through immigration in Houston. We were asked a couple of questions, sent to a small room to fill out a form we needed (I-94), and then we were on our way! The whole thing took about 10 minutes. Not really a big deal.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Antonio TX
Date Filed : 2006-12-04
NOA Date : 2006-12-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2006-12-27
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-03-20
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-03-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2007-04-02
Comments : Really wonderful experience overall, thanks to a genuinely kind Adjudicating Officer in San Antonio.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2006-12-04
NOA Date : 2006-12-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2006-12-27
Approved Date : 2007-03-09
Date Card Received : 2007-03-19
Comments : Too late :)
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 95 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2008-12-30
NOA Date : 2009-01-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-01-31
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-05-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2009-06-23
Comments :


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Peru
Review Topic: K3 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 4, 2006
Embassy Review : When Luis and I arrived at the Embassy, there was a long line to enter, but it only took about 10 minutes to get inside. If you take any electrical devices or cell phones, they will take them and give you a number to retrieve your items when you leave.

When you enter the actual consular section, you will go through a metal detector and all your bags will be searched. Then you find a place to sit, and wait to be called.

The first window we were called to, they asked for the 156, 157, and the passport. (Be sure to have 2 copies of the 156 with photos attached.) The second window we were called to, they took all of our paperwork (i.e. police certificates, medical results, I-134 with supporting documents, marriage certifcate) and our photos. Then my husband was given a brief interview in Spanish, and we were instructed to wait again.

Finally, we were called to Window 9 (although most people were called into a room for their final interview), and given a series of questions by the CO, both in English and Spanish. He asked us both what I considered a rather odd question, "Why did you choose her/him?", which neither of us answered very well because we were so nervous

But, we were approved...almost. At the very last minute, the CO noticed the name of another person in the "system" with a name extremely similar to my husband´s, who was "in big trouble" with immigration. That person is my husband´s twin brother, who was deported 5 years ago. So we were then told that in order to verify that Luis was in fact Luis, and not his twin brother, we needed to submit a full set of fingerprints to the FBI, which costs $85. This was done at the Embassy the day of our interview. Luis had his fingerprints scanned digitally, then we were given the dreaded yellow sheet (221g)

The CO said we should expect a phone call in a couple of days with the results. A week later (4 business days), I called the Embassy and found out that the results were in, and everything was fine and the visa was ready. We were instructed to send the passport to the Embassy via DHL, and that it would be returned in 2 days to the DHL closest to my husband´s home.

Rating : Moderate


POE Review: Houston
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-11-09
Embassy Review : We only had a slight issue going through immigration in Houston. We were asked a couple of questions, sent to a small room to fill out a form we needed (I-94), and then we were on our way! The whole thing took about 10 minutes. Not really a big deal.
Harassment Level : Low


Local US CIS Office Review: San Antonio TX
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 28, 2007
Embassy Review : We arrived for our interview, which was scheduled for 9:30a, and waited all of 5 minutes to be called in. The Adjudicating Officer escorted us to his office and sat us down. Just as he began asking questions, he had to excuse himself for about 5 minutes to take care of the "4 other things he had going at the same time", but he was very polite, and Luis and I were quite comfortable.

Once the interview actually began, we were only asked for Luis' passport and a photo of him with his identical twin. (USCIS had mistakenly put Luis' file together with his twin's file assuming they were the same person...in fact, Luis was given his twin's A# from the start, which of course, we never knew!!) Then the AO asked us how we met, how many people were at our wedding, if I had any family present at the wedding, and how long we've been married. The AO didn't look at any of our paperwork or photos. Nothing. He was very friendly and was joking around with us. He said we were approved, stamped Luis' passport with the I-551, informed us exactly what the approval meant/how we needed to lift conditions in 2 years, and told us to wait outside his office while he had the clerk correct the filing mistake. It took about 45 minutes, and the clerk came to us personally to show us the corrected file and A# assigned to Luis---finally, his very own A#

Not only did we receive a very pleasant interview, but we received Luis' permanent resident status AND an identity distinction within the USCIS

We left extremely relieved and content...
Harassment Level : Very Good


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