ellzfoster's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Tara
Beneficiary's Name: Elliot
VJ Member: ellzfoster
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2021-10-16
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Immigration Checklist for Tara & Elliot:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2017-04-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-04-19
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2017-08-30
NVC Received : 2017-09-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2017-09-13
NVC Left : 2017-09-13
Consulate Received : 2017-09-15
Packet 3 Received : 2017-09-20
Packet 3 Sent : 2017-09-20
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2017-10-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-10-25
US Entry : 2017-10-30
Marriage : 2017-12-16
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 133 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 182 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2017-10-30
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE: Los Angeles, California (LAX)

My flight arrived into LAX around 15 minutes earlier than expected, at around 14.00 local time. As i disembarked the aircraft, i had my rather large envelope which states in block capitals to hand to a United States immigration official during POE, plus my passport open to the K1 visa page.
Now, at this point, i wasn't aware (or they weren't doing it that day or i missed it due to lack of sleep) that LAX doesn't have separate lines at immigration for ESTA holders and visa holders, therefore i mentioned to a member of staff after waiting for nearly 30 minutes i was acitivating a k1 and found it i was in the wrong line. She told me to carry on through to an official at a booth. I preceded to wait another 15 minutes before being asked to come forward to the official. I had read different people's reviews for weeks now regarding what to say to the official when i approach them, i went with; "hello, i'm activating a k-1 visa" and handed her my passport and my envelope. She quickly replied, "you're not activating a k-1, you're entering on a k1", i immediately offer my sincerest apologies (mostly because i was so scared), and waited for further instructions. She opened my envelope and looked through the paperwork. After asking me some basic questions relating to my medical, which were more due to history of depression and current medication, all of which she understood, she stamped my passport and reiterated the rules of the K1 - you MUST marry within the 90 days or you will be forced to leave the United States and re-apply for another k-1 visa if you still wish to marry the applicant. I nodded and told her our wedding date (it's all set in stone there's no turning back now) - I waited for her to notion toward the "seconday screening area" which i could see adjacent to her booth, but it was not the case. I was in and out within 45 minutes of departing. I was dumbstruck. I couldn't believe it. It was quicker for me to clear immigration with a k-1 visa than an ESTA! In addition to this, i trawled through thousands of flights to find a lengthy layover (i'm travelling on to SLC) so i could clear immigration with no problems, and unfortunately i had to wait another 4 hours for my connecting flight after spending 10 1/2 hours on a flight from LHR to LAX previously! Not the best, but if i'm honest i was more worried about the Harrod's cheeses i brought with me for my future father-in-law more than anything else, as they had to take that out at the TSA line. After all of the time and money we've put into acquiring our k-1, i'm just so glad it's finally over with no hiccups and we can work towards our wedding day!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Salt Lake City UT
Date Filed : 2017-12-28
NOA Date : 2018-01-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-01-31
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2018-05-10
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-06-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2018-06-09
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-12-28
NOA Date : 2018-01-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2018-05-29
Date Card Received : 2018-06-02
Comments : Literally got my "EAD/AP Card" approved during the wait to be approved for my I-485 interview. You can’t make this stuff up.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 152 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-12-28
NOA Date : 2018-01-02
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2018-06-02
Comments : Literally got my "EAD/AP Card" approved during the wait to be approved for my I-485 interview. You can’t make this stuff up.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 152 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2020-03-09
NOA Date : 2020-03-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2021-03-09
Interview Date : 2021-08-23
Approval / Denial Date : 2021-08-23
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2021-08-31
Comments : March 9th, 2021 fingerprints taken from previous case; 4 days after applied for n-400.

March 11, 2021 - case moved from Nebraska service center to NBC (National Benefits Center). From what I've read, they're going to move them closer to the SLC office to do a combo I-751 and n-400 interview.

August 10th 2021 - informed of an interview for N-400 on August 23rd, 2021. Not sure if it's combo with I-751.

August 23rd 2021: Interview for N-400 included questions about I-751 first. Approved that and them moved on to N-400 questions. Oath ceremony in about a month.

August 31st, 2021: 10-Year green card received in the mail. Will bring with me oath ceremony on September 7th and hand in with expired 2-year one and EAD/AP card.

September 7th, 2021: Took oath and became US Citizen.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Salt Lake City UT
Date Filed : 2021-03-06
NOA Date : 2021-03-06
Bio. Appt. : 2021-03-08
Interview Date : 2021-08-23
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2021-09-07
Comments : Biometrics waved 3/8/21. N-400 Interview: August 23rd 2021: Arrived fifteen minutes before. Came with my wife as expected it to be combo interview but she wasn't needed. The USCIS officer asked me some questions about my pending I-751 so we could get that out of the way. Then he did the civics questions and sign some stuff. He then told me to send my green card back if it comes before my oath ceremony and that I was approved for citizenship! Two days later, update that my Oath ceremony was scheduled for two weeks time. Because of COVID, no family members are allowed. September 7th, 2021: Took Oath at Salt Lake City, UT office at 12:45PM and became US Citizen. SEPTEMBER 8TH 2021: APPLIED FOR US PASSPORT. EXPEDITED SERVICE. SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2021: CHECK CLEARED - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. OCTOBER 13TH - STATUS CHANGED TO "IN PROCESS" ON passportstatus.gov. OCTOBER 14TH, 2021: STATUS CHANGED TO APPROVED. OCTOBER 15TH 2021: STATUS CHANGED TO MAILED OCTOBER 16TH 2021: PASSPORT ARRIVED.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 18, 2017
Embassy Review : My interview wasn’t scheduled for 12.30 and I was super early! I don’t live in London, so I was staying with an old friend who lives in Putney and got into Green Park station and walked about 15 minutes. Because I had a large bag, I had to find a place to keep it for the duration of the interview, as they don’t allow you to take large suitcases in. I went to Gould’s pharmacy down the road, and was charged £8 as I had a large bag and a laptop, as well.

Outside of the embassy, I saw a blue tent that said visas on it and approached the young girl behind the counter. I told her I was here for my k1 interview and my name. She asked me for my embassy letter and my passport, and told me to buzz at the security door. Here, they just want to make sure you don’t have any large weapons or anything on your person or your luggage and then I walked around the corner into the main building.

I approached the reception and repeated my reasons for being here and the young girl printed off a barcode with my immigrant number and stuck it to my embassy letter. She then asked me to go through the doors and take a seat and eat for your number to be called.

At this point, I had expected to be waiting for quite a while, but literally as I sat down my number popped up. I walked over to the cashier point and was greeted by a guy about the same age as me. He asked me for my embassy letter, birth certificate, police certificate, proof of courier for visa, and both copies of affadavit of support. He continually asked me if the information on my petition was correct, especially if I had ever been married before ( which I haven’t). He took my finger-prints which took ages as you REALLY have to press down hard, gave me my x-ray which I was really happy about as I had my medical only 8 days ago, and then told me to take a seat.

As my first waiting period was so short, and given the amount of reviews I had read online, I wasn’t sure how long to expect before I got called up again. Turned out it was near on 2 hours. It wasn’t too bad though, as this point you’ve handed over all the documentation and you’re quite sure you’ve done all you can do.

Finally, my number came up. I walked around the corner with my files into the additional cashier rooms and was greeted by an American man in his late 30s. He had my files out in front of him. He seemed friendly, and he listened to every answer I gave. He made me swear the oath, and then asked questions about me and my fiance. Mostly how we met, what she was doing in the Uk, and then bizarrely lots of questions about money and job opportunities, which didn’t really bother me. After some questions about my co-sponsor, it told me I had been Approved and that my visa should be with me in about 2 weeks. I was super happy and FaceTimed my fiancé straight away!

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