crazysauce's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Jay
Beneficiary's Name: Farida
VJ Member: crazysauce
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2016-10-06
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Immigration Checklist for Jay & Farida:

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 : 2016-07-10
I-129F NOA1 : 2016-07-20
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2016-08-30
NVC Received : 2016-09-14
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2016-09-15
NVC Left : 2016-09-19
Consulate Received : 2016-09-23
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2016-09-29
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-10-06
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments : Did not ask for any proof of financial support even though petitioner has been in Philippines for 6 months leading to interview. Bring big umbrella if it rains.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 41 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 71 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : September 29, 2016
Embassy Review : We got there at 0630 for a 0730 interview, Sept 29, 2016. It was raining heavy, but not as heavy as we've seen before. We have our 6 month old with us (who was born in Phil and we have a CRBA for). We were instructed to go to front of line with others who have kids, seniors and PWD. The embassy personnel called in the 0645 line to enter the embassy, then about 15 minutes later, the 0700 line, 15 minutes later- our line was called to go in. Suggestion- buy a big strong umbrella, otherwise your precious docs might get wet. Plus, a small umbrella might not hold up well enough and fold by the wind and render itself useless (that would be terrible in that line)- no where to go, docs and clothes will get wet, etc.

Going under the tent (which leaks so you still need your umbrella) was hectic, this is where they check your DS-160 and passport. We had our umbrellas with us, and did not want our documents to get wet, so we had our hands full reaching into our envelopes that we covered with plastic to keep them dry. Everyone's umbrellas were in the way as the space is not too big, so it was a good thing we had put the DS and passport in an easy to reach place. We still had to take care to make sure they did not get wet. And it was still hectic. After they check you are issued a seat number and you enter the embassy.

Even though we are K-1, we were told to line up at the IV section. We were given priority again and told to sit in chairs at the front with a letter "B" on them (probably stand for baby). We were instantly called for the Pre-Screening.

The nice pre-screener asked several questions:
1) What is beneficiary name and DOB.
2) My address in USA
3) How we met, how many trips I've made to visit her, and the dates
4) She asked if i was the petitioner and if that was our baby

Then she proceeded to be casual by talking about her 8 month old at home. We were well prepared with all the documents, so we were at ease. But my fiance was nervous, so i tried a calm-down tactic by talking about having steak for dinner or other great restaurant food from the MOA. It seemed to help and we continued this talk in every stage of the process from the line outside to the interview itself.

The pre-screener then asked if we have IM chat logs and pictures- "just in case the CO asks for them". We said "yes" and she said "good"; But the pre-screener did not ask to see them (neither did the CO)!

She got her fingerprints easily, and we went to wait for the actual interview. The interview windows opened about 7:30 with the CO's trickling in opening more and more windows, increasing the speed of the interviews.

The CO was so cool. She asked about our daughter's CRBA, which we got three months to the day of the k-1 interview. She asked about my trips to visit fiance and asked if i have a job after i told her that i've been in the phil for 6 months, since the birth of our daughter. i told her i own a business and she said "oh so there is more flexibility there" and that was the end of it. She did not ask me if there was more flexibility, she simply justified it to herself and that was it! She did not ask for I-134 or tax transcripts or Report of Commercial Rating Concern (all of which we have and the RCRConcern cost $150 USD- kinda wished she would have asked for it haha).

We couldn't help overhearing the two CO's to our left. They were asking usual questions such as "how did you meet your fiance", and "why do you want to be with him". but in a tone that was actually rather discouraging and intimidating. We felt pity for the women those two male CO's were interviewing and were hoping they would not get discouraged or intimidated. My fiance and i went over alot of sample questions together and made sure our responses sounded confident and were on point with every date, place and etc.

We made sure to look at the time on the way out-it was only 0800! We were so happy that it only took 30 minutes! I then continued to ask her about dinner, and how hungry i am haha.
Rating : Very Good

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