jemonline's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jodi
Beneficiary's Name: Esso
VJ Member: jemonline
Country: Gabon

Last Updated: 2019-01-08
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Immigration Checklist for Jodi & Esso:

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 : Gabon
I-129F Sent : 2017-06-29
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-06-30
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-02-06
NVC Received : 2018-02-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-02-21
NVC Left : 2018-02-26
Consulate Received : 2018-02-27
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-03-14
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-03-23
US Entry : 2018-05-31
Marriage : 2018-07-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 221 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 257 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Houston TX
Date Filed : 2018-08-01
NOA Date : 2018-08-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-09-05
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2018-08-03
NOA Date : 2018-08-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-09-05
Approved Date : 2018-12-28
Date Card Received : 2019-01-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 147 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2018-08-03
NOA Date : 2018-08-03
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2019-01-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 147 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Gabon
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 17, 2018
Embassy Review : As expected, my fiance was told to leave all belongings behind as he went through security, (ie: cell phone). He had a binder with tabs organizing all the paperwork he had on hand, but he had already separated the essential required docs in the FRONT of the binder. (Interview confirmation page, Passport Pics, Birth Certificate/Translation, Police Report, Medical Envelope, X-rays, I-134 & Backup) This turned out really well since The "receptionist" asked for the paperwork UP-FRONT to be submitted to the interview. We didn't expect this step, we thought the interviewer was going to ask for things one by one throughout the interview. They did allow him to take in the rest of the paperwork he had in hand, with him into the interview. (Proof of relationship: TONS of stuff we compiled including more pics, copy of I-129F, copies of MY passport, birth certificate just in case! Letters of reaffirmed Intent) Once he was called the interview went very smoothly. She asked if he spoke English and how much English she could use in the interview. My fiance speaks English fluently, he actually JOKED with her and said he spoke a little English, I would NOT recommend doing this, my fiance is a GOOF, and she actually didn't know he was joking. (I CANNOT believe he did this, maybe his attempt at breaking the ice..pfff) Anyway, those officers are trained to keep a straight face regardless. She asked a few questions, while looking over things in front of him. She asked where I was from, (like my background), also when we were planning to get married and what kind of venue we would use. She asked if he had pictures and he said PLENTY, so she wanted to see them all. She added that it wasn't because she didn't believe him but because she loved pictures. This quickly relaxed my fiance as well. She was actually very reassuring throughout. There was a problem with the system upon getting his fingerprints, and she kept telling him not to worry, that everything was fine, it was just a technical issue. In the end, she told him he would have to come back to re-do his fingerprints, she again reassured him that everything was fine. I'll have to say, she did not "explicitly" say that he was approved, but she implied it by saying he would be called to tell him when to come back and get his passport. She gave him a document that had the instructions on how to "pick up your issued visa". She just never said the words "You have been approved". This of course left a tiny lingering doubt on our minds, although everything went well. The Interview was Wednesday, the following Monday, he got an email to come back the following Wednesday. It turns out THAT appointment was only to re-do his fingerprints. Then the following day, Thursday, our CEAC status finally started changing, and went through the cycle of "Received" "Administrative Processing" and finally "Issued". He was immediately called to come the following day to pick up his Visa!! WHEW!! What a roller coaster!!
Rating : Very Good

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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
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