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Harold_B's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Harold
Beneficiary's Name: Gracy
VJ Member: Harold_B
Country: Honduras

Last Updated: 2022-10-18
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Immigration Checklist for Harold & Gracy:

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 : Honduras
I-129F Sent : 2017-07-07
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-07-13
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-01-18
NVC Received : 2018-01-31
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-02-15
NVC Left : 2018-02-20
Consulate Received : 2018-02-22
Packet 3 Received : 2018-03-01
Packet 3 Sent : 2018-03-01
Packet 4 Received : 2018-03-01
Interview Date : 2018-03-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-04-16
US Entry : 2018-04-19
Marriage : 2018-05-01
Comments : 7/11/2017: Recieved our NOA1..yayy! Currently trying to gather information on documents needed for the Interview, How much these documents cost, and whether they have an expiration date to them therefore we can order them furthur down the line of our process. link: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/honduras/23248/cons/pkt-k1k2_jun14.pdf

12/6/2017: We requested to have our case expedited due to political war happening in Honduras. Violence and Riots. (humanitarian reasons)

01/11/2018: our request to have our case expedited was denied.

01/18/2018: Received a text, then email from USCIS that our case was approved - 189 days active

01/22/2018: Called NVC to get case number but they hadn't received my case and NVC said to wait about 6 weeks (JV says to call within 2 weeks)

02/01/2018: Called NVC said case was received on January 31st 2018 but not entered in system

2/12/2018: Realized I didn't need the NVC# to fill the DS160 therefore I created a profile for her and filled it out (took about 2 hrs). Paid the $265 fee and we took a leap of faith and scheduled our interview for the 21st of March. (printed and email copies. Needed for the interview) We realized our case needs to be in 'Ready' status in order to attend the interview but we thought it was sufficient gape in between when the NVC received our case and hopefully when the Embassy puts it in the system. I will call tomorrow afternoon to see if NVC has our case number so she can do her Medical asap.

2/15/2018: I was not going to call the NVC but my Fiance suggested therefore I called at 9:02pm CST and what a great surprise they had our case number ready !!!

2/16/2018: Fiance called to schedule medical exam and we have an appointment for the 23rd of February.

2/21/2018: Fiance traveled to Tegucigalpa and got her criminal records from DPI (they gave them to her the same day (she paid 200 lps and waited 2hrs)

2/22/2018: Checked the NVC Tracker and our case shows 'Ready' (since we already paid the 265 fee and did the DS160 we are just waiting for her to do medical and then get her results and wait for interview)

3/8/2018: FYI for those reading these comments packet 3 and packet 4 do not exist for Honduras. For Embassies in other countries you need to send stuff before you can schedule your appointment. For Honduras you will receive an email saying your case is ready and you can find more information about Packet3 and how to gather your evidence at this website: https://hn.usembassy.gov/es/visas-es/immigrant-visas-es/fiancee-visas-k1-k2-es/
(I just put the date I received the email as the dates for packet 3 and packet 4 in my timeline) Please do not wait till you get this email start gathering as much evidence as soon as you can.

On the other hand my Fiance will be traveling to Tegucigalpa, Honduras on the 20th (the day before the interview) Although the packet says to not purchase plane tickets I took a leap of faith and have flights ready for 10 days after the interview (visa is handed 5 - 7 days after interview)

03/20/2018: Fiance arrived to tegucigalpa today and went to the medical center to pick up her results. It seems the doctor hadn't sign some results off therefore she went to the hotel and checked in then went back another later but the doctor had still not came back from lunch (@ 3pm) -.- ... but the doctor got there and gave my fiance everything sealed and also a copy for herself. Tomorrow is the interview and we have everything ready.

03/21/2018: She was approved please check out my review and full details here!

4/1/2018: Traveled to Honduras with the expectancy of having the visa within 10 business days after the approval interview, (well that was not our case. It seems that Easter week holiday really got us back up. )

4/10/2018: Traveled back to US without fiance :( BUT ceac tracker updated to non-immigrant visa, status of "Administrative process" and also update date changed as well.

4/11/2018: CEAC tracker updated to "Issued" and said will receive visa within 5 business days (therefore anyone reading this do not buy tickets till your visa is in hand)

4/15/2018: (Sunday) Passport tracker said "Visa is ready to be picked up"

4/16/2018: (Monday) Fiance picked up visa no issues.

4/19/2018: (Thursday) Fiance traveled to US , POE at Fort Lauderdale,FLL. No issues at all just a wait line of an hour. They asked her when she plans to get married and then walked to room where they took the k1 embassy package from her.

4/19/2018: (Thursday Evening) She arrived at my home state and met my family and etc. (yay! so happy)

5/1/2018: We got married!! We got married in Kansas versus Missouri because Missouri asked for a lot of document that we did not have yet,

(its Sept 11 2020 and I am trying to go back through my timeline to fill out the things that have happen, for those who are following this profile.

looking at our immigration paper work to get dates.)

7/20/2018: Sent Paper work for I-485 (Adjust of Status) and I-765 (Authorization of Employment aka EAD)

8/7/2018: We got both NOA1 for I-485 and the I-765 on 8/7/2018 with a notice date of 8/3/2018.

8/12/2018: We got a letter to do bio-metrics for both I-485 and the I-765 on the 29th of August 2018 at our local office.

8/29/2018: Wife was very nervous about appointment, I filled out a form about her physic (height, weight, origin, hair and eye color) then the female officer took her photo as well as her finger prints. they signed the Biometrics letter and we were done. it took about 1 hour or less including the wait time.

9/13/2018: We got an RFE for our I-485 (AOS) paper work, it said we didn't submit my wife's birth certificate, when i recall we did, but whatever, I sent it with translation to office address provided on letter.

10/25/2018: We got letter for interview on december 4th 2018 for our AOS paperwork.

11/20/2018: We got the Approval letter for I-765 (EAD) and it says they will send EAD card seperately

11/21/2018: We got EAD card for my wife.

12/4/2018: Interview for I-485, took all proof that our relationship was legit. Pictures, letters from church, Bank Statements, etc.
officer spoke spanish (thank Goodness because I could not speak for my wife in the interview) he asked us how we met, and whether we have broken the law, etc, etc, asked for our proof and said that the proof is enough for now, but in two years he expects to see more.

12/6/2018: two Days later got approval letter

9/11/2020: We are 3-4 Months away from her Green Card expiring and we need to send paperwork to extend. will meet with Attorney soon to talk about next steps. I know for sure I need 1200 (600 for paper work and another 600 for attorney fees)

11/06/2020: Filed I-751 in November of 6th of 2020 and got NOA1 in January 2021.

03/22/2021: Got notified of approval letter in March of 2021 and got new Green card a few days later at attorneys office.

Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 189 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 251 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Fort Lauderdale
POE Date : 2018-04-19
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : Got Passport stamp and U.S. right read to her and she almost lost transition flight to Orlando because they took 30-45 minutes to let her go. She want waiting on something, I am not sure what it was, I think it was the officer confirming her Visa and stuff.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Kansas City MO
Date Filed : 2018-07-15
NOA Date : 2018-08-07
RFE(s) : 2018-09-13
Bio. Appt. : 2018-08-29
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2018-12-04
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-12-06
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2018-12-12
Comments : officer said we can travel outside US

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2018-07-15
NOA Date : 2018-08-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-08-29
Approved Date : 2018-11-16
Date Card Received : 2018-11-21
Comments : very excited.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 124 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Texas Service Center
Date Filed : 2020-11-06
NOA Date : 2021-01-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2021-03-26
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2021-03-29
Comments : Completed packet with all our marriage Proof and gave to attorney on 11/6/2020, didn't hear anything for almost 2 months until we receive NOA in mid-January, Letter states that the NOA can be used as proof of extension for expired Green Card and Can travel/work with that notice.

USCIS Received date: 11/16/2020

USCIS Notice Date: 01/04/2021

Attorney got letter of approval for I-751 on 03/26/2021 with notice date of 03/22/2022. No second interview/biometric was needed.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Honduras
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 22, 2018
Embassy Review : ***I am writing this review based on my fiancé experience I was not present at the interview but I will be as detailed as I can be based on what she told me. ***

Her interview time was at 1:15pm she left the hotel (hotel Palmira $25/night) at 12:00pm and asked the trustworthy taxi guy (she met him when she first went to tegus) to have her stuff (clothes, bag, phone) in his car. He was fine with that. When she arrived at the embassy and the guards asked her what time was her appointment. She confirmed 1:15pm and they told her to wait in line. She fiancé said she waited outside in the hot burning sun for an hour before a lady with a guard came out the embassy. She called people based on visa types and organized them in order. The lady then called the k1 visas which my fiancé said there were 4 in total including herself. She said once inside they passed by a metal detector and did normal airport procedures and then were directed to a special k1 window where they took fingerprints and asked her for most documents and evidence required in this link.


After asking for her documents they told her to sit down. My fiancé said she waited about 20 minutes then they started calling the k1 visas for interview in order. Once it was her turned she went inside a room with a window and a lady asked her for relationship evidence (my fiancé had a whole album of photos, money receipts, and my airline tickets when I visited in December) The interview lady then asked her the following questions

What’s your fiancées name?
How and when did we met?
Had she had any problems with the law?

They asked her to present the other information that she needed to bring to the interview (again from the link above) and then she said ‘congratulations your visa has been approved’ they gave her a sheet of paper regarding domestic violence and her rights in the United States and another sheet regarding how she can pick up her passport.

My Fiancé was actually offended that they didn’t ask more in-depth question or that they didn’t even interrogate her about our relationship. Hahaha she says she was ready for anything that came at her. (we practice interview questions and she even memorized DOBs, Names, Cellphones of my whole family)

My fiancé said she was super nervous but was actually pretty-fast and easy. She also commented that the lady interviewing was very cheerful and nice. The staff was nice and didn’t have any issues at all.

Please feel free to look at my timeline for more information and detail about our journey.

Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 4

blank avatar Kmk813 on 2020-09-27 said:
Hello. Are you able to tell me how much the medical was. I know it's been 2 years already. I am just trying to save for when it is time for my fiance to go for the medical aw should receive our Noa2 within a month. Honduras embassy says they are not open to public on their facebook page but I have seen 3 k1 interviews scheduled in last month. It is a relief to know Honduras embassy is relaxed. Thank you for reading my comment.
blank avatar Harold_B on 2020-09-27 said:
I asked my wife and she also doesn’t remember the precise amount. She said maybe 120 USD or more. She did it in Tegucigalpa. She traveled there the first time to get her Cleared criminal history from the DPI. She stayed the night at a close hotel and then went to her appointment the next day. She says they give you a receipt and will not give you the results in the same day. (You need to come back another day) She went back to SPS and when she traveled back to TEGUS it was like a day or two before the interview to pick up her results from medical and then interview at the embassy the next day.
blank avatar Harold_B on 2020-09-27 said:
Also idk if you’ve heard but K1 visas are not considered priority. So maybe Things will pick up a pace for you guys. Wish you all the luck in the world
blank avatar Harold_B on 2020-09-27 said:
Now* ^^^^^^^^ Sorry made mistake in typing https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/important-notice-for-k-visa-applicants-affected-by-covid-19.html
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