Ben&Zian's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Benjamin
Beneficiary's Name: Joy Paul
VJ Member: Ben&Zian
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2018-01-04
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Immigration Checklist for Benjamin & Joy Paul:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2016-06-30
I-129F NOA1 : 2016-07-08
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2016-08-25
NVC Received : 2016-09-02
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2016-09-07
NVC Left : 2016-09-13
Consulate Received : 2016-09-26
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2016-11-08
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-11-18
US Entry : 2016-11-23
Marriage : 2017-02-03
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 48 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 123 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Houston TX
Date Filed : 2017-02-24
NOA Date : 2017-03-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-03-31
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-12-06
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2017-12-14
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-02-24
NOA Date : 2017-03-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2017-05-23
Date Card Received : 2017-06-01
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 88 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-02-24
NOA Date : 2017-03-06
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2017-06-01
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 94 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 9, 2016
Embassy Review : Relaying this info from my partner Zian as I, the USC, did not attend the interview. So sorry if it's a little lacking in specifics.

He arrived at the embassy around 6:45am for a 7:30am interview.

He went through 3 different stages inside the embassy(biometrics and two other stations where he was asked a couple basic questions about me the petitioner).

In total he waited about 4 hours to get into the actual interview where the CO basically asked him a lot of questions about me, the petitoner, like where I lived when we met, where I live now, what we did in the hotel together when I was seeing him in the Philippines(somewhat of an akward question perhaps). Then after about 10 minutes the CO told him he was approved and kept his passport.

Only odd thing, in a way, was the CO nor the embassy in general ever asked for any of the financial documents(I-134, W2's, letter from employer, pay stubs) or anything. He had them but they never requested them.

Anyways, overall it was a fairly smooth operation and process.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Dallas
Event Description
Entry Date : 2016-11-23
Embassy Review : My partner flew in with Emirates airline from Dubai.

He was near the back of the plane for unfortunately he had quite the line to wait to get through when he got to the immigrations.

He had said it was so slow at first because there was only 3 immigrations officers at first; but eventually they added 2 more to help make the process quicker. I would know, I was there 10 minutes before he landed and stood watching 3-4 people trickle out of the arrival gate here and there with up to 10 minutes in between.

Once he got to the counter he was asked a couple basic questions, finger printed, then taken to an office off to the side where he sat and waited for his name to be called along with about 6 other people.

When his name was finally called he was again asked a few questions. The immigration officer talking to him basically re-emphasized the fact the visa was for a 1-time entry only, even to the point of circling it on the actual K-1 visa in his passport. He was then granted access and sent to the baggage area. At this point he was literally only of the very last people through immigrations for his flight so his bags were almost only ones left.

Overally, besides that from time of arrival at about 8:55am and actually entering through arrival gate at about 11am(a little over 2 hours), the process was relatively smooth. Dallas just was not quite prepared with enough immigration officers.
Harassment Level : Low

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(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
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