reeses16's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: L
Beneficiary's Name: D
VJ Member: reeses16
Country: Ethiopia

Last Updated: 2012-02-08
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Immigration Checklist for L & D:

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 : Ethiopia
I-129F Sent : 2007-01-16
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-01-26
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-04-30
NVC Received : 2007-05-10
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-05-14
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2007-05-26
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-06-08
Packet 4 Received : 2007-05-26
Interview Date : 2007-06-26
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-06-28
US Entry : 2007-06-30
Marriage : 2007-07-02
Comments : In Ethiopia K1 visa applicants recieve their interview date as part of Packet 3. Packet 3 is submitted in person during the interview. The paper work associated with Packet 4 is completed in person at the Embassy as part of the interview and prior to visa issuance. It appears as though K1 interviews are done on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you interview on Tue, you will collect your passport and visa on Thur. If you interview on Thur, you will collect them on Tuesday.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 94 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 151 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Washington DC
POE Date : 2007-06-30
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE- Washington, DC-Dulles via Ethiopian Airlines.

It took 2 hours to get through customs and immigration.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Seattle WA
Date Filed : 2007-07-07
NOA Date : 2007-07-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-08-15
AOS Transfer** : 2007-09-20
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-10-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2007-11-02
Comments :


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-07-07
NOA Date : 2007-07-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-08-15
Approved Date : 2007-09-18
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 73 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-07-07
NOA Date : 2007-07-17
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 73 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-07-20
NOA Date : 2009-07-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-08-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-09-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Seattle WA
Date Filed : 2010-07-17
NOA Date :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2010-10-14
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2010-10-18
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ethiopia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 29, 2007
Embassy Review : We had a great experience through the Embassy in Addis Ababa. Within a week of NVC sending our case to the Embassy the Embassy forwarded to my fiancee and he had it in his hands within 7 days. He received is packet 3 (in Ethiopia there is no packet 4) which also included his interview date. But we already knew his date, when I called the Embassy 3 days prior the lady who took my call volunteered his interview date without me asking.

Generally, I haven't heard of any VJ people have problems through this embassy. However, I do want to share that on the day of my fiancee's interview 7 people were interviewed and he was the only person to get approved that day. I don't know why the others were not approved. But we followed the VJ guidelines and had no problems. One thing, Ethiopia really wants to see call logs, not used phone cards. We had a ton but the CO didn't want to look at them because they didn't prove who I had actually called. She was however very interested in our e-mails. We had a ton. My fiance insisted on printing them all. I didn't think it was necessary (who wants to read all the random stuff we talk about...I though maybe 2 e-mail for each month we'd been together). Anyway, my sweetie was right! He was only asked 5 questions and 3 came from our e-mails! The CO tried to trick him. She asked what city I went to school in. He told her Nashville (correct answer), she said he was wrong I went to school in DC. Then she asked him again where I went to school. He replied, "I don't know what to tell you, but I know she goes to school in Nashville." Then she told him he was approved! The other questions were about my dad, my dog- stuff from our e-mails. Our binder and evidence was VERY well orgranized and documented. They didn't ask any questions about details in the forms, income, etc. I also our interview was sucessful because my fiance did it in English. When the CO called his name, he said "Hi, good morning." And she seemed surprised and replied,"of course I speak english!" and laughed.

A few other things, tell your significant other to be themselves. My fiance was worried about not appearing traditional enough. He has dread locs and was considering cutting his hair. We decided not to because we both love his hair and he has locs in all of our pics together. After talking with friends who have successful gotten visa in Addis, they pointed out that the Consular Officers (COs) who do the interview are Americans. So things that Ethiopians consider to be respectful and proper such as talking softly and not looking directly at someone while speaking are often viewed as being unsure or deceptive. Be direct, simple, and show good eye contact.

Also, K1 interviews are done on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday approvals recieve collect their passports and visa after 3:00pm on Thursday. And Thursday approvals collect them on Tuesday.


My fiance
Rating : Very Good


POE Review:
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-06-30
Embassy Review : POE- Washington, DC

It took 2 hours to get through customs and immigration.
Harassment Level : Low


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