bora bora's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: E
VJ Member: bora bora
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2011-04-02
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Immigration Checklist for M & E:

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 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I-129F Sent : 2006-09-06
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-09-18
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-11-29
NVC Received : 2006-12-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-12-13
Consulate Received : 2006-12-27
Packet 3 Received : 2007-02-02
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-01-09
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2007-03-13
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-03-15
US Entry : 2007-03-18
Marriage : 2007-04-29
Comments : *TSC received our application on September 11, 2006 and then forwarded it onto CSC.
*The dates that the package were sent to/received by the NVC and sent to/received by the consulate may be off by a few days. The NVC and consulate were not very precise.
*The consulate e-mailed us our interview date on January 23, 2007.
*Packet 3 was received by my fiance 3 weeks after he mailed it to the consulate - more than a week after the interview was scheduled.
*Packet 4 was never received by my fiance.
*My husband's medical exam was on March 9, 2007.
*Hubby's visa was issued on March 14th, but we were told it would be ready for pick up on the 15th (which it was).
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 72 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 : Miami
POE Date : 2007-03-18
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : At the POE:
The immigration officer made a big deal out of the fact that my husband had both of his last names on the I-129F and only the last one was used on the visa.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Orlando FL
Date Filed : 2007-05-01
NOA Date : 2007-05-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-05-30
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2008-01-08
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-01-08
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2008-02-02
Comments : The interview was a breeze - the IO didn't ask any questions about how we met or anything. She had my husband verify the information on the I-485 and asked him all those questions about sleeping with prostitutes, being a terrorist, and if he plans on practing polygamy.
She even allowed me to translate so I was pleased with that.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Orlando FL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-05-01
NOA Date : 2007-05-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-05-30
Approved Date : 2007-07-23
Date Card Received :
Comments : *I made a mistake on my husband's EAD. I noted that his reason for applying was A6 when it should have been C9 since he applied at the same time as AOS. I found the error and tried to correct it with USCIS by calling and then talking to an immigration official at an INFOPASS appointment. The card was approved and ordered (for production) on 7/23. However, there were no touches, updates, or e-mails sent to us until after our INFOPASS appointment. We found out at our INFOPASS appointment on 7/27 - 4 days later.
*I don't know when the EAD was received because we were on vacation during that time.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 83 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-11-23
NOA Date : 2009-11-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-12-29
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-02-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2010-03-08
Comments : *The check was cashed on 12/1/09
* ASC Appointment Letter for biometrics was dated 12/18/09 and scheduled for 1/11/10, however, my husband walked in on 12/29/09 and was processed in less than 25 minutes


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Dallas/Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Orlando FL
Date Filed : 2010-10-30
NOA Date : 2010-11-05
Bio. Appt. : 2010-12-10
Interview Date : 2011-03-14
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2011-04-01
Comments : My husband passed his citizenship test on 3/14. The notification for his naturalization oath ceremony was sent out on 3/28; it arrived on 3/30; the ceremony was set for 4/1. It was short and sweet.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 19, 2007
Embassy Review : Our interview went really smooth.
We arrived at the consulate about 6:30. I know it's early but we didn't realize that the train would be that fast. We were the first in line and when another couple arrived they held our space for us to go have breakfast. I was nervous/excited and wanted to wait in line. We went back at 7:00 a.m.
Some time between 7:30 and 7:40 they called us in. We purposely left everything at the hotel so we could go right in. We went up to the second floor and took a "senha". Since we were first in line we were the first to hand in our documents. It was great because they gave us a list of the order. I didn't have copies of my taxes, letter of employment, or letter from the bank so they sent us across the street to make copies. The woman told us that we could immediately give them to her - and not wait.
We waited for everyone to hand in their documents and then the consular started the interviews. We were second to be interviewed - I think because we had to run out to make copies. The second couple went first and we were interviewed second.
The interviews began a bit after 9:00 a.m.
The consular was very nice and spoke to me in English about Manaus (where my fiance is from). He asked me how I learned Portuguese and we made some small talk. He spoke Portuguese well.
Then he took my fiances fingerprints and had him sign 3 papers. Afterwards he started the interview (in Portuguese). He asked when we met, how long we starte dating after we met, what my fiance did in Brasil and what he planned to do in the U.S. When my fiance told him we lived together he seemed satisfied. He basically wanted to know our "timeline" - when we met, when I was in Brasil, etc.
He wanted to see pictures so I showed him a scrapbook I'd made. I opened it and in Portuguese we explained a bit of the pictures.
The interview was short and sweet. Someone waiting in the "waiting room" said we were in there for 6 minutes.
The consular was very nice and we were out of the consulate by 9:30 a.m.
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Miami
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-03-18
Embassy Review : The immigration officer made a big deal out of the fact that my husband had both of his last names on the I-129F and only the last one was used on the visa.
Harassment Level : Low


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