JayMar2019's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Katrina
Beneficiary's Name: Reni
VJ Member: JayMar2019
Country: Jamaica

Last Updated: 2021-05-16
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Immigration Checklist for Katrina & Reni:

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 : Jamaica
I-129F Sent : 2017-05-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-05-25
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-03-21
NVC Received : 2018-03-30
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-04-02
NVC Left : 2018-04-05
Consulate Received : 2018-04-06
Packet 3 Received : 2018-04-09
Packet 3 Sent : 2018-04-09
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-04-27
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-06-14
US Entry : 2018-06-20
Marriage : 2018-07-22
Comments : Medical Exam: 4/18/2018

5/16/2018: Embassy sent email advising they need original Birth Certificate. (Original BC was presented at the interview but CO gave it back to us, SMH) - Fiance sent original BC via DHL.

6/8/2018 - VISA ISSUED
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 300 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 337 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Philadelphia
POE Date : 2018-06-20
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My fiancé said that his POE experience was good. I waited an hour for him to come out of customs since there were a lot of flights that came in together. He said that he was asked what is his fiancé's name, when we were getting married (he gave them a date), if he brought and food over, and they asked him for my telephone number (I think this was a test question because my telephone number is in the petition - just think they were giving him a test question to see if he would hesitate or not have it). Then the officer told him Congratulations and Welcome to the US!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Date Filed : 2018-08-09
NOA Date : 2018-08-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-09-06
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2019-06-18
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-06-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2019-06-25
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2018-08-09
NOA Date : 2018-08-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-09-06
Approved Date : 2019-01-15
Date Card Received : 2019-01-23
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 159 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2018-08-09
NOA Date : 2018-08-10
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2019-01-23
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 159 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Potomac Service Center
Date Filed : 2021-04-21
NOA Date : 2021-05-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Jamaica
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 27, 2018
Embassy Review : My fiance's interview was scheduled for 10am but we arrived to the Embassy at 8:30am. The Embassy allows you to line up based on your appointment time so because we were there early, we had to wait across the street. The locals are out there selling chairs to sit in and lockers to lock up your belongings however my fiance had a friend who was there for a interview so we locked up our things in his car. At 9:30am, we were called over to line up at the embassy. The security asked to see our passports, interview confirmation page and DS-160 cinfirmation page. MAKE SURE TO NOT BRING ANY ELECTRONICS, LIQUIDS, LIP GLASS, CHAPSTICK....it's best to just come with your passport and documents needed for the interview. After walking into the embassy, we had to stand in another line inside the courtyard where there are chairs but because we filed for an immigrant visa we were told to wait in line. We were called up by another security officer who checked our interview confirmation page and then gave us our ticket number.

We go inside and wait. I have to say it was a lot of people there but they had it pretty organized for the most part. At approximately 12pm they call his number and he handed over his Certificate of Non-Impediment, Birth Certificate, police record, and my I-134 with all financial supporting documents (she asked for my 2016 and 2017 W2s and tax forms, employment letter, paystubs). We sat back down and waited again. Finally, we're called up to window 7 (we were the last to be called for the day). The Embassy Officer we had was a small man, kinda hard to read, stern but I couldn't read him and normally I can read a person's character and personality.

He went on to ask the following:
How did you and your fiance meet? (Asked for exact date)
When did me and my fiance become exclusive?
What do I do for a living?
What is my son's name?
Has he ever been arrested or ever been in front of a judge?
Has he ever traveled outside of the United States?
What is my best friend's name?
What are our wedding plans and if any of his relatives will be there?

My fiance was super nervous so most of the questions he wasn't providing much detail so I had to help fill in the gaps. The Embassy officer says, okay I'm convinced, congratulations, you're visa will be issued in a week, have a great life together! He kept his passport and that was it. He never asked to see anymore proof of relationship but our petition was heavily front-loaded so I'm sure that helped. We left at 12:30pm.

Just want to add some things we noticed while waiting...1. HAVE ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS WITH YOU AT THE INTERVIEW! It's a waste of time to go to the interview if you don't have everything. 2. If your fiance or spouse can make the interview, it is highly favored and helps with the decision and also helps the beneficiary when they're nervous. 3. Make sure you are telling the truth from the beginning because they track everything in their computer systems.

Today was definitely a long but great day...happy that this part of our journey is over!

(updated on April 28, 2018)
Rating : Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Philadelphia PA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : June 18, 2019
Embassy Review : So, today was our Green Card Interview at the Philadelphia Field Office. I can truly say that for it to take as long as it did to get to this point from our filing date, this was the most QUICKEST and EASIEST part of the whole process!!!

Our interview was scheduled for 10:45am, we arrived at 10:15-10:20am. There's a parking lot across the street from the building that has a flat rate of $20 for all day parking which sucked because we weren't going to be there all day but it was either that or having my husband to keep running downstairs to feed the meter. Anyway, we went through security (cell phones are allowed inside the building just have to keep them on silent) but no food or drink (glad I had a big breakfast as I'm almost 9 months pregnant and would have been starving and grouchy if I didn't). Checked in at the front desk with the interview notice and driver's licenses, and was told to go to the 2nd floor and sit close to door 3.

It was a lot of people waiting but it flowed very well and was very organized from what I can see. I actually did see a couple go in separately to be interviewed so I assume they had a "Stokes Interview" because they were in there for a long while (we actually left and the husband was still waiting on his wife to come out).

Around 11:30-11:45am, my husband's name was called. IO Alton, was her name, interviewed us - she was younger than me, very nice and pleasant. She immediately took notice of my belly and my waddle and said, "I'm gonna get you guys out of here quickly because you look like you're about to have the baby any minute now!" I appreciated her kindness and consideration but told her that it wasn't needed. We walked into her office, she asked us to raise our right hand and we were sworn in. She asked my husband to scan his index fingers from both hands, and advised that the interview would be recorded.

She first asked for us to present all original documents so she could compare them to the copies already provided in the AOS filing, so she looked at his birth certificate, marriage license, my original divorce decree (she asked for a copy as well because she claimed she couldn't find the copy that was provided) and she asked for our passports. She asked me (USC) the following:

What is my full name?
What is my DOB?
Where was I born?
What is my current address to where I live?
How many times have I been married?
How many children do I have?

She went through our file and then asked my husband (Beneficiary) the following:

What is his full name?
What is his DOB?
Where was he born?
What is his current address to where he live?
Where does he work?
What is his SSN#? (he didn't know it by heart so he gave her his SS card so she can confirm it was correct on the petition)
How many times has he been married?
What date did we get married?
What are his parents' names?
She asked him to explain what happened during Thanksgiving 2016 when he attempted to come visit me using his visitor's visa for which he was denied entry, and was made to go back home and had his visitor's visa cancelled. As he provided his explanation, she nodded in agreement and understanding, I apologized for had happened and moved on.
She asked him had he traveled outside the US since receiving his EAD/AP combo card?
Then she asked him all the questions that are on the AOS petition that we answered "No" to, as if to confirm that these answered wouldn't change (which they didn't).

Finally, she asked for any documents or additional evidence we might have had to show proof of ongoing marriage, so I provided the following:

2018 Tax Return (which we filed Married Joint; even though he hadn't worked last year)
Car Insurance Cards
Credit Card Statements (2 months worth only)
Copy of Health Insurance Cards, along with printout showing the date he was added to my Health insurance plan (which was 3 days after we got married)
Beneficiary documents such as 401k and Life Insurance showing his name being added
4 months Joint Bank Statements (and I highlighted his transactions to show spending and his direct deposit from his employer - also attached his paystubs for the payroll that wasn't direct deposited when he first started)
And I printed 40 pictures and told her she could keep them all but she only took maybe like 5-10 of them because she said she didn't want to weigh down our file anymore than it was with all our prior relationship proof (K1 visa packet is in the same file)

While going through the photos, she talked about how great we looked in the pictures, talked about her having her son last year during the summer, she noticed I had "Bruno Mars" ticket stubs from when we went to his concert last year and talked about that...I mean, the whole interview process was so relaxing and very pleasant. After taking the photos she wanted, she said "everything is perfect, and we're good to go! You will have an update to your case within 4-6 weeks but most likely sooner." She said congratulations to us on the baby and good luck and now we can just focus on the baby coming in the next few weeks. And that was it! We left at 12:15pm!

She didn't ask any hard questions, or relationship questions, no tricky questions - it was very basic, which could only mean they never questioned the legitimacy of our relationship and marriage.

Glad this part of the process is over and we finally get a break from dealing with USCIS and the immigration process for at least 2 years!

Update to review: At 6:45-6:50pm this evening, I received the email and text notifications, along with the USCIS Case Tracker notification that my husband's Green Card was approved and card is being produced!!!!

(updated on June 19, 2019)

(updated on June 19, 2019)
Harassment Level : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 6

Sabrina02 on 2018-10-30 said:
Good night. Your dates are close from noa2 to interview, can you tell me how to get an interview so quickly. Most have 2 mths after noa2 for the interview.
blank avatar JayMar2019 on 2018-10-30 said:
Everything moved pretty fast after the NVC received our case and gave me our case number. Afterwards, I paid the fee and scheduled everything on my own and and at the same time. It's pretty self-explanatory after you get your case number from the NVC
Keo23 on 2018-11-01 said:
Lovely review....
blank avatar JayMar2019 on 2018-11-01 said:
Thank you!!
blank avatar JayMar2019 on 2018-11-01 said:
Thank you!!
Sparkle Sparkle on 2020-04-30 said:
What a waste of your good intentions towards him.....leave him for Karma to deal with take care of your kids and dont give up on love!
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