a&o's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: a
Beneficiary's Name: o
VJ Member: a&o
Country: Ghana

Last Updated: 2010-05-10
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Immigration Checklist for a & o:

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 : Ghana
I-129F Sent : 2006-07-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-07-20
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-09-18
NVC Received : 2006-09-19
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-09-29
Consulate Received : 2006-10-04
Packet 3 Received : 2006-10-05
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-10-05
Packet 4 Received : 2006-10-11
Interview Date : 2006-11-30
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-12-08
US Entry : 2006-12-12
Marriage : 2007-02-14
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 60 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 133 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2006-12-12
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Long lines at the intending immigrant area!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Albuquerque NM
Date Filed : 2007-02-22
NOA Date : 2007-02-28
RFE(s) : 2007-03-08
Bio. Appt. : 2007-03-17
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2007-05-12
Comments : RFE from MSC. Then transferred to CSC and did not have an interview. Approved quickly!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : Renewal
Date Filed : 2007-02-22
NOA Date : 2007-02-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-03-17
Approved Date : 2007-05-09
Date Card Received : 2007-05-14
Comments : Received EAD after Green Card. Oh well, coulda been useful....
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 76 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-02-04
NOA Date : 2009-02-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-03-05
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-06-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments : Sent to Vermont Service Center, but application was approved by local office (Jacksonville).

Event Date
Service Center : Dallas/Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Jacksonville FL
Date Filed : 2010-02-15
NOA Date : 2010-02-18
Bio. Appt. : 2010-03-19
Interview Date : 2010-04-28
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ghana
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 1, 2006
Embassy Review : Going to pick up packet 3 and then packet 4 (appointment letter) at the Ghana embassy takes ALL DAY. Be prepared to be cold in the waiting room, too.

The email address to use is either the U.S. Citizen Services (if you are the USC) acsaccra@state.gov or Consulateaccra@state.gov if you are not the USC. Put the NVC assigned case number in the subject line or body of the message. Phone calls to the consulate are usually unsuccessful.

O had a good experience with the American consular officer. He was kind and friendly. Here's how it went down:

- Arrived 7:00 for 7:30 a.m. appointment.
- Let in at 7:30. Sat for about 30 minutes.
- A Ghanaian woman then called his name and asked for O's papers. O asked which papers she wanted. She would not tell him. She was not friendly and didn't want to help. Finally O just gave her everything and she picked through it and tossed back the rest in a messy pile. She took the evidence of relationship photos, the I-134s, the DS-156, DS-156k, DS-230 part II, passport photos, birth cert, and police cert. She didn't accept the letter from my employer, my statement about finances, the extra stuff attached to the I-134 for me and for co-sponsor. (Which pissed me off because I carefully put it together to paint a better picture of the financial situation than just my tax return from last year shows!) She also gave him a DS-157 to fill out, but we had already filled it out, which was good, so O noticed that and turned it in. She then asked him if that was all he had. He asked her if there was somethign else he needed to give her but she just remained silent in a crabby manner. She just ignored him and drank her tea, then got up and left him at the desk.
- Ghanaian lady gave O a form to go and pay visa fee in cedis (950,000 cedis is supposedly the equivalent of US$100 in the consulate's warped exchange rate, I guess). He did have to pay in cedis.
- O brought receipt back to Ghanaian lady, who then told him "Sit down!"
- Then an American man consular officer called him to the window. He was very nice, friendly, patient. O was asked to swear to tell the truth, then he was fingerprinted (two index fingers).
- Questions asked were:
Tell me about your fiancee.
When did she come to Ghana?
Where did you meet her?
How does your family feel about your fiancee?
Was your fiancee married before?
Who is (my co-sponsor's name)?
Who is (my brother's name)?
Have you ever been married?
Do you have children?
What kind of work does your fiancee's parents do?
Where are you going to live in the U.S.?
How do your fiancee's parents feel about you?
Where does your fiancee work?
What does she do for a living?
Why aren't your fiancee's parents the co-sponsor?
Are you going to miss Ghana?

Then he told O that everything was perfect except that the police report needs to be re-issued because it can't be altered in any way. O told him that they wouldn't give him a new one, but the consular officer said he should go and tell them he lost it so he needs a new one. The consular officer asked how fast O can get a new one. O then told him that we have tickets for 12 Dec. and showed him the proof. So the consular officer consulted with his colleague and gave him a date to come back (Dec 6) if we can possibly bring the new police report then. O has a yellow sheet asking for that police report. He said at that time he will be able to give him the blue paper that will be the visa issuance paper and then get the visa on 8 Dec. (2 days processing time).
Rating : Moderate

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-12-12
Embassy Review : Long lines at the intending immigrant area!
Harassment Level : Low

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(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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