s + j's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: J
Beneficiary's Name: S
VJ Member: s + j
Country: Sweden

Last Updated: 2021-01-30
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Immigration Checklist for J & S:

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 : Sweden
I-129F Sent : 2016-06-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2016-06-13
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2016-08-23
NVC Received : 2016-09-03
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2016-09-03
NVC Left : 2016-09-08
Consulate Received : 2016-09-09
Packet 3 Received : 2016-09-13
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2016-09-29
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-10-17
US Entry : 2016-10-21
Marriage : 2016-10-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 71 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 108 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Denver
POE Date : 2016-10-21
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Denver CO
Date Filed : 2016-12-21
NOA Date : 2017-01-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-02-03
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2018-02-01
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-02-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2018-02-07
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2017-01-31
NOA Date : 2017-02-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2017-06-06
Date Card Received :
Comments : 01/14/2017 Rejection notice's received...Forgot to sign form.
02/15/2017 NOA1 for new form....pending
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 126 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2016-12-21
NOA Date : 2017-01-11
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 525 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Nebraska Service Center
Date Filed : 2020-01-30
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2020-05-13
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2021-01-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2021-01-30
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sweden
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 19, 2017
Embassy Review : My visa interview was on September 29th 2016 at 8:30am. I was lucky to get there when I did, there was only one person in front of me. If you drive, you can park right next to the embassy, I am not sure if they charge or not for parking. Make sure to stand in the immigrant line and not in the little "bus stop" thing, because that's not for non-immigrant visas Also, in case it rains, or looks like it might, bring an umbrella or something to protect your papers with. It was dripping when I got there.

My original interview date was 10/21, but on the Swedish US consulate website I managed to reschedule it for a way earlier date, so in case you're not happy with the date just keep an eye out for an earlier one! But make sure that the interview is at least 2 weeks in advance. I was lucky and had mine come in the day before, and I had just done mine a week earlier after reading they give you a 221(g) slip if they need to wait for your medical.

When I went for my B1/B-2 Visa application interview, they were calling all the immigrant visa applicants mostly, and when I was there for my K-1 visa interview, they were mostly calling the non-immigrant applicants. So it probably depends on the day and how many people are there for their interview. So, I got to the line at 7:20 and around 8:45 I got called up to the window. He asked me to flash my passport, and then he started to go through the lists of all the applicants and when he couldn't find me I freaked out, because I had rescheduled and I thought something had gone wrong, but then he mumbled something "Oh you're a..." and then he found me.

He then told me to show him the soles of my shoes and take off my jacket. No problems there. However the guy that gone in before me was having issues with the security, and so he couldn't let me in right away. Eventually he did, and I walked right up to the security officers. He asked me to hand over my papers and to hand over my jacket so it all could be scanned through the security machine. Mind you all I was wearing was a thin fabric jacket, so if you think wearing something simpler will allow you to go through security faster, it won't. When I went for my B1/B2 interview, it was February and they just touched it and gave it back to me because I was so cold. I also asked him if I have to take off my engagement ring and he said "that it shouldn't be a problem", but if you're worried just ask. They usually let you try it again taking off whatever metal beeps.

Then he told me to follow the yellow line and go up to window G. I got into the Embassy, and there was already someone at the window so I sat down and waited with the girl who was in front of me in the immigrant line. She was really sweet. Eventually another guy came and joined us and he was from Denmark. Eventually the woman called me up to window G, and she was speaking fluently Swedish. She asked me for the papers that was in the checklist that the Embassy had emailed us. So birth certificate, parental consent, police certificate etc. I handed it all over and she asked a few questions, like "how did you two meet?" "are your parents okay with this relationship?" "how old is your fiancé?" "how many times have you met?" mind you THIS IS NOT the interview. Then she asked me to return to my seat and an interviewer will call me up to the available window. I thanked her and went to sit back down. I chit-chatted with the other immigrant applicants while waiting.

After 20-40 min I got called back, and a nice man said he'd be conducting my interview today and asked me to hold up my right hand. I accidentally held up my left and he said "Other hand" and smiled. I apologized and said my oath holding up the left hand this time. After that he said he'd need my fingerprints and then the actual interview started. He asked me:
Who's your fiancé?
How old is your fiancé?
Does the age difference bother you?
What does your parents think about the relationship? *Afterwards, he said I can clearly see your mother LOVES your fiancé!"
What does your fiancé do for a living?
What's your plan for the future?
Is this your first relationship?
Have you finished High School?
Do you plan on going back to school?
Any plans for kids anytime soon?
Are you protected? This question struck me as weird but I didn't question him about it.

Then he proceeded to look through my files and said "While I am worried about the age difference, it does seem to me you have a bona fide relationship and I can't be in the way of that" and didn't seem to smile. Then he reached over to the wall next to him and said "have you seen this before?" and it was the IMBRA pamphlet. I told him I had it downloaded on my laptop, and he nodded. He then said "Are you sure about this?" And I told him I had never been more sure about anything in my entire life, and he said "Are you a person who doubts a lot of their decisions?" And I told him I definitely am, and he responded "Have you ever doubted this?" and I almost screamed NO. And he smiled lightly and said "Okay, well in case you change your mind, you have our phone number. You'll receive your passport in two weeks." And I was so surprised thinking we wouldn't get approved (SO happy we did!) that I blinked and said "Wait I'm approved? I can go?" and he said "Yes you can go."

Then I left with the biggest smile on my face. The next day my case changed from immigrant visa to non-immigrant visa on CEAC and on 10/14 it changed to "ISSUED" and then on 10/17 I received my visa in my passport flawless :D
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Denver
Event Description
Entry Date : 2016-10-21
Embassy Review : My POE was super easy! I flew with IcelandAir in from Sweden. I had taken out my brown envelope way before we landed so I was prepared. When we had walked through the long tunnel we found our way to customs. They were rebuilding it at the time and I was somewhat confused on where to go. There was an ESTA/USC line and one ESTA/VISA line that also went down to baggage claim so I was a little confused. But there was one lady putting up some bands that closed off certain areas so I asked her and she told me to just go down the escalator and proceed into the line and I should be taken from there.

I went down and the line was fairly long but it progressed fast. There was a lot of people before me and no one got denied entry so I would think it's an easy POE. There was several officers directing people onto other officers sitting behind booths. I got a nice friendly man directing me into an older man who was Asian, I believe he was a new employee. I walked straight up to him when it was my turn and said "I am entering on a K-1 Visa today" and he looked at me and said "what?" and I told him again, and he said "What's a K-1?" and turned to the person in the booth in front of him, and said "This woman claims to be entering on a K-1 Visa what's that?" and the other man had more experience and said "Just make sure she knows she has 90 days to marry" and he said "excuse me" while opening my brown envelope. Then he left me for 5 minutes and came back. He typed stuff on his computer while repeatedly glancing at my passport and my visa.

He asked me some questions, like who's your fiancé, how did you meet, how many times have you met, is 3 times enough to marry? with a light grin on his face. He then told me to look into the camera and then do my fingerprints. He then stamped my I-94 into my passport and said "you're done" without telling me where to go so I had to ask him. He seemed annoyed by that but didn't say anything, then typed more things into the computer as I left. Then I went to baggage claim, and when I was done with that I showed the woman at customs #2 my passport, visa and my customs declaration form, she said "thank you" and let me through.

(updated on April 19, 2017)
Harassment Level : Low

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