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ready4ONE's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: B
Beneficiary's Name: J
VJ Member: ready4ONE
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2009-08-28
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Immigration Checklist for B & J:

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 : United Arab Emirates
I-129F Sent : 2006-08-04
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-08-09
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-10-13
NVC Received : 2006-11-02
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-11-06
Consulate Received : 2006-11-08
Packet 3 Received : 2006-11-24
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2006-11-24
Interview Date : 2007-02-12
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-02-14
US Entry : 2007-03-06
Marriage : 2007-03-14
Comments : J picked up her visa on Wednesday February 14, 2007!!! The best birthday present ever!

Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now she is here, and we are married. Shortly to begin the AOS phase. :-)
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 65 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 187 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2007-03-06
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,EAD Card
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very helpful, smiling and talked very nice to me. Asked questions in a nice way. Same questions as asked at the embassy.

I-94 was stamped with work elegible.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Seattle WA
Date Filed : 2007-05-05
NOA Date : 2007-05-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-06-07
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-08-01
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-08-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2007-08-13
Comments : So far, so good, lmao! Delivery confirmed in Chicago 5/7/07 @ 7:04 a.m. And we're off!! NOA1 for I-485!

Check cashed! Biometrics done... Interview here we come!

Interview success! Very professional interviewer, nice but very workmanlike. She did her job, did it well, and told us we were approved and all security checks had been run, so expect the green card soon! 8/6/07 welcome letter received.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-05-05
NOA Date : 2007-05-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-06-07
Approved Date : 2007-08-01
Date Card Received : 2007-08-06
Comments : And we're off! NOA1 for EAD! Got the mail on our 2 month Anniversary!

Check cashed! Biometrics done... waiting... waiting... waiting...

A day late, but glad we applied anyway, now which will get here first, the EAD or Green Card???
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 88 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-05-09
NOA Date : 2009-05-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-07-07
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-07-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2009-08-06
Comments : Here we go again, back into the loving arms of USCIS! And done in under two months, hopefully not literally... Went smoothly, no interview, hassle free biometrics, and besides the fee's it was a piece of cake! On to citizenship!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: United Arab Emirates
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 18, 2007
Embassy Review : My fiance had her interview for K-1 in Abu Dhabi on February 12, 2007 and picked up her visa February 14th, Valentines day, and my birthday! Here was her experience at the Abu Dhabi Embassy:

My fiance arrived about an hour and a half before the interview time, to make sure she was there, and processed in with time to spare. The guards were very nice, but initially very concerned about the very large paper bag she was carrying. (She brought everything she could think of to show our relationship, along with the actuall documentation required.) The guards were very friendly after determining her suspicious bag was merely a ton of paperwork.

My fiance wanted to let everyone know the two things she felt were important for the interview:

First: Have faith in God. Pray before your interview.

Second: YOU (Through your effort and hard work on your documentation, study, and organization will have confidence going in to your interview.) Think positive and tell yourself you can make, and you are ready!

P.S. We both highly recommend following the guides here on VisaJourney, they are great and will help build your confidence in being ready for your interview.

My fiance organized her paperwork into clear plastic folders (she really liked how she could look into each one to determine its contents at a glance by looking at the first page inside.)

Since she was early, she sat down and went through her paperwork again, which helped came her down. She was very nervous! The guards had been very friendly, making her smile. They had, as mentioned, been concerned about the size of her bag. She had asked them why it wasn't ok, and they laughed and told her they had thought perhaps she had a bomb inside.

Once inside she took a number, hers was 024 and sat down to wait and review her paperwork. When her number was called about an hour later, she and another couple walked up to the window. At Abu Dhabi, interviews take place at a window, not a private room. (She counted 11 windows, and the waiting room was very crowded.) The couple also had the same number! But the interviewer told them they had to wait as she was ready for my fiance.

My fiance was a little shy about interviewing at the window, because everyone behind you could hear what you say, but she got through it. The interviewer was a pretty lady, very serious, who asked her:

Describe your fiance?
How much does he earn?
Where does he work?
Do you have a copy of your passport and NBI (Philippine National police report?)

This first interview lasted about ten or fifteen minutes, and all of the necessary paperwork was taken from my fiance at the end of it. This first lady took the paperwork into a back room, and returned one document, a Custody Order, for some reason (I included it to show child support income.) Guess they didn't need it, since my income from employement was considerably over the income requirements.

My fiance was told to sit back down and wait. Abut half an hour or so passed, and another pretty lady called her to a window. She had all of the paperwork, and asked a second round of questions:

Mainly about me, her fiance.
How we met? Where? When?
The interviewer produced a picture of my two children (making my fiance smile) and asked her to describe them, ages, names etc.
The interviewer asked her what we would do if the visa was denied. (This question suprised her, and she thought a moment then told the lady, we did not plan to fail. )

Then she was asked to sit down again. A third lady called her to a window and told her the K-1 Visa was approved. She thought she had heard wrong, so asked for clarification... "YES, your fiance petition has been approved, you can come back in two days, at 2 pm and pick up your visa." She was given a pink slip to come back and collect the visa.

My fiance packed up her things, and left. On the way out, the guards asked her how it went, and smiled when she showed them her pink slip and told them the visa was approved. She was the second to last person out, having spent about four and a half hours in the embassy.

The paperwork they accepted:

DS-230 part 1
DS-156 (2 original copies)
My Passport (original and copy)
Birth Certificate
Philippine NBI Report (original and copy)
2 Passport photos
My Letter of Intent
My fiance Letter of Intent
2005 IRS Tax Transcript
My fiance Employment letter
My fiance Bank Letter
My fiance December 8th and 21st pay stubs
Copy of NOA 1 & 2

SECOND FOLDER: Proof ongoing relationship ( Separate folder)
Call History
Online talk and chat logs summary

Rating : Very Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-03-06
Embassy Review : Very helpful, smiling and talked very nice to me. Asked questions in a nice way. Same questions as asked at the embassy.

I-94 was stamped with work elegible.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Seattle WA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : August 18, 2007
Embassy Review : We had our AOS interview August 1, 2007 in the Seattle office. We arrived about half an hour early, and because they were quite busy, waited an extra forty minutes past our scheduled interview time.

The interviewer was nice, but very serious and businesslike. She started off with swearing us both in, and ran through a lot of the yes/no questions from the forms. She then asked how we had met, and took some notes. Probably less that ten minutes of questions, also asking about where we lived etc.

Then she looked through our documents we had brought to show proof of relationship, glancing at a stack of pictures (she enjoyed but didn't seem too important,) copies of mail received either addressed to both of us or just to my wife (seemed important,) dental insurance covering my wife (was important,) and although my wife hadn't been added to my work insurance (too expensive!) noting she was eligible appeared to be important to the interviewer, copy of joint bank account and bank mail addressed to both of us (important,) and finally showing that my wife was a primary beneficiary of my life insurance seemed to finalize the documentation in the eyes of the interviewer.

After that the interviewer took my wife's I-94 and told us that she would not need it, the background checks were complete, and we would have the green card very shortly!

As we all put away our documents we talked a little, and the interviewer told us she thought we seemed very well organized and had a great understanding of the process! Thanks VJ!!! All in all we were done in under 20 minutes and left to go have a celebratory dinner at our favorite restaurant Bahama Breeze!
Harassment Level : Very Good

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