Teachers's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Teacher T
Beneficiary's Name: Teacher C
VJ Member: Teachers
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2020-08-17
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Immigration Checklist for Teacher T & Teacher C:

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 : 2015-07-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-07-06
I-129F RFE(s) : 2015-09-11
RFE Reply(s) : 2015-10-05
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-10-09
NVC Received : 2015-10-29
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-11-02
NVC Left : 2015-11-05
Consulate Received : 2015-11-09
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2015-11-23
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-12-02
US Entry : 2015-12-26
Marriage : 2016-03-21
Comments : 11/27/15 CEAC status changed to "Issued".
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 95 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 140 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2015-12-26
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Detroit MI
Date Filed : 2016-05-09
NOA Date : 2016-05-18
RFE(s) : 2016-08-05
Bio. Appt. : 2016-06-22
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2016-09-27
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-09-28
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2016-10-05
Comments : NOA issued to received is 5 days.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-05-11
NOA Date : 2016-05-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2016-09-26
Date Card Received : 2016-10-12
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 138 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-05-11
NOA Date : 2016-05-18
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2016-10-12
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 138 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2018-10-13
NOA Date : 2018-11-08
RFE(s) : 2020-08-04
Bio. Appt. : 2019-07-01
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : RFE after 21 months is obscene. They question the legitimacy of our relationship, even though we provided everything they asked. We will send back LOTS more evidence shortly.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 21, 2015
Embassy Review : I was lucky to be in Manila when my fiancé had her interview, so we went together. Our appointment was for 7:30. We got in line at 7:15. Ask for the K1 line; if you don’t you’ll wait in a MUCH longer line outside the first checkpoint forever for no reason. We got admitted to the building about 7:45. Then a second line to get one’s processing number (number for place in the que) at 8:15. We then sat in a shaded area with seats outside until about 9:15, when we were admitted to the Embassy building proper. After that it was one long line after another, standing almost all the time.

The interview itself was very short. The big weakness in our application was my multiple divorces. While I had all the divorce documents in order with the I-129, it was checked multiple times. My fiancé and I did not flinch, just told it as it is. This was accepted. Make sure you have all the support evidence in your original application. We have heard the affidavit of support is particularly important. Fortunately, we had it well documented. Then things are likely to go smoothly. As we waited our turn, we saw many applicants walk away with smiles on their faces, presumably approved. The only 2 we saw who had problems either had significant missing documentation, or were argumentative with the interviewer – NOT a smart move.

The interviewer was polite and professional, striking a good balance of protecting the U.S., while putting the fiancé at ease, as much as possible. It was over in less than 5 minutes, with the interviewer telling us the visa is approved, about 11:30. After that there is one more step, telling where the visa is to be sent, etc.

Note that the entire process shuts down for lunch, 12:00-1:00. Remember where you are in line – talk with those around you about 11:45, so everyone agrees on the line order for when you return after lunch.

Also, spread the word about the CFO! There was a woman who was approved right before us. She already had a plane ticket (and I think wedding plans) for less than 3 weeks after the interview. If we hadn’t told her about the CFO, she would have missed her flight and wedding! Fortunately she was able to schedule her CFO in time. Now we have to hope she gets her visa promptly.

Our visa arrived in Tacloban 9 days after the interview. We hope you are as lucky.
Rating : Very Good

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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
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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