jo&john's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: John
Beneficiary's Name: Ma. Josielyn
VJ Member: jo&john
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2009-01-06
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Immigration Checklist for John & Ma. Josielyn:

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 : 2006-04-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-04-25
I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-06-23
RFE Reply(s) : 2006-07-17
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-08-30
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-09-26
Consulate Received : 2006-10-06
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2006-10-06
Interview Date : 2006-10-18
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-10-25
US Entry : 2006-11-08
Marriage : 2006-11-14
Comments : we requested for early appointment interview because of K2 age-ing out and another urgent reason...we were given **ANY WORKDAY 0700AM** visa appointment schedule
VISA (K1 and 2 K2) APPROVED on October 18, 2006
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 127 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 176 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2006-11-08
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : Officer at Point of Entry first time to handle K1 and K2s. He had to ask his co-officers for assistance. He asked me:"When was the last time you saw your fiance in person" I told him 2 years ago and he was taken aback, raised his eyebrows and asked his co-officer again: "hey, they haven't seen each other since 2 years ago!"..his co-officer told him: "Whatever their arrangements are is none of our business; all she has to do is to marry him within 90 days or else she gets deported"...well, he then took our biometrics, stamped our passports, retained our embassy documents and told us we are good and welcome to the united states.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Dallas TX
Date Filed : 2006-11-27
NOA Date : 2006-12-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2006-12-26
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2006-11-27
Approval / Denial Date : 2006-11-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2007-02-06
Comments : DORA Infopass Appointment for AOS. Got accepted into the DORA Pilot Program on scheduled date and got interviewed on the same date. Requested expeditious handling of our case because one daughter (K2) ageing-out in January. We requested them to take into consideration the Permanent Protection Order issued by the Philippine Court (relative to Philippine Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004)against my former husband; sending my daughter back to the Philippines because she ages out will not ensure her safety there. We were told by the Immigration Officer to pray hard for the expedition especially on the FBI name checks that it gets expedited before she ages-out. We are all ok with the interview. The documents we submitted according to her are perfect. She explained to us how the biometrics will be done. My 9 year old daughter will only have her index finger scanned. She then told us that since we applied in less than 2 years of marriage, we have to apply to remove the conditions within 90 days before the 2nd anniversary (from the time we receive the green card).

We also requested assistance from the Office of our Congressman... Congressman Sam Johnson, 3rd District. His lady staff assistant is facilitative and doing her best to help.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2008-12-11
NOA Date : 2008-12-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-01-13
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 26, 2006
Embassy Review : The Filipino interviewer at the pre-interview counter (14) is amiable. But he surely made sure all the documents submitted were originals and that you have submitted everything they need. The Annulment Decree of the Filipino alien fiance/e is very important for them to show proof that the alien fiance/e is free to marry He interviewed the K2's and even established rapport with them. The American Consul on the other hand only interviewed the K1 fiancee. Very serious and meticulous, he got me scared there for a while. But I told him what is factual and I had been consistent with my answers. Being honest and being confident, and most important,you know your fiance (USC petitioner) very well, will surely give you visa approval. Don't forget to pray and ask for the Lord's guidance.
Rating : Moderate


POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-11-08
Embassy Review : Officer at Point of Entry first time to handle K1 and K2s. He had to ask his co-officers for assistance. He asked me:"When was the last time you saw your fiance in person" I told him 2 years ago and he was taken aback, raised his eyebrows and asked his co-officer again: "hey, they haven't seen each other since 2 years ago!"..his co-officer told him: "Whatever their arrangements are is none of our business; all she has to do is to marry him within 90 days or else she gets deported"...well, he then took our biometrics, stamped our passports, retained our embassy documents and told us we are good and welcome to the united states.
Harassment Level : High


Local US CIS Office Review: Dallas TX
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : December 11, 2006
Embassy Review : My 2 daughters and I had our Dallas Infopass Appointment last November 27, 2006 scheduled 11:15 am at 3010 NORTH STEMMONS FREEWAY, Dallas, TX 75247. We arrived at around 10:45 am and showed our INFOPASS Appointment letter to the guard. After security checks, he told us to proceed to the window (line-up) to submit our appointment letter (one appointment letter for 3 applicants: 1 K1 and 2 K2's) . We were told to take our seats and wait for our names to be called. There were many applicants.

At around 12 noon, they called us (same window). We paid the fees. John paid in cashier's check: 3 cashier's check ( 1 check for each applicant... $395 for me....$395 for my 20 year old daughter and $225 for my 9 year old daughter. The $395 includes the $70 biometrics fee). The cashier's check was made payable to USCIS (this is also specified in your appointment letter...payable to USCIS: correct fees in the form of a cashier's check or money order). They then asked our documents after we paid. We were told to again go back to our seats. They will check if all our documents are complete and if we can be accepted to the DORA program.

At 12:30 pm, we were again called and we were given our Congratulations letter (that we were accepted into the Dallas District I-485 Pilot Program). And the lady told us to wait for our interview scheduled at 1:15 pm.

We were called at around 1:45 pm. The nice lady immigration officer ushered us into her office. The 4 of us (John, 2 daughters and me) were sworn into oath. Then she started with the interview: how did both of you meet? When did you meet and where? It was not stressful. She made us feel comfortable. She asked for birthdates...she asked for mine...asked my daughters theirs...she asked John his...she asked for our home address...each of us...she asked for our contact numbers.

She said that the problem we have now is just my 20 year old daughter who will be age-ing out in January...and this is because there might be a delay in FBI name checks and she might not make it....but other than that we are fine because our documents are perfect. I put in our application cover letter: REQUEST FOR EXPEDITIOUS HANDLING: K2 AGE-ING OUT AND WITH PERMANENT PROTECTION ORDER (we have a permanent court order against my ex-husband relative to Phililppine Republic Act 9262: Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004). She asked us if we are religious...and we told her yes...and she said...please do pray. I mentioned the Protection Order. She said that she did read that..and that's the reason why it took so long for us to be called for the interview because she read every detail of it. She also prays that the FBI name check will expedite. We told her that if my daughter will have to go back to the Philippines, her safety from her biological father is not assured and this worries us. She said to pray for the expedition. She then explained to my 9 year old that we will have our biometrics taken but hers (my 9 year old) will be different from her mother's and sister's...instead of the 10 fingers, she will only have her forefinger to be scanned.

She then explained to me (and John) that after we receive our green cards (kids and me), our next step will be to apply to remove the conditions on the permanent residency since we applied for adjustment of status less than 2 years of marriage. She asked us if we have any other questions. We just asked if our biometrics will be done in the same office. She said that it would be in a different Immigration Office. We couldn't think of any other thing to ask that time. Actually our interview lasted for around 15 minutes.

Harassment Level : Good


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