Naes's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: D
Beneficiary's Name: C
VJ Member: Naes
Country: Turkey

Last Updated: 2019-06-09
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Immigration Checklist for D & C:

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 : Tokyo, Japan
I-129F Sent : 2017-09-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-09-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-04-04
NVC Received : 2018-04-26
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-04-27
NVC Left : 2018-05-02
Consulate Received : 2018-05-07
Packet 3 Received : 2018-05-15
Packet 3 Sent : 2018-05-15
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-05-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-05-24
US Entry : 2018-07-23
Marriage : 2018-08-18
Comments : My timeline has 2 irregular dates:
Packet 3 date : did not receive by mail - due to the interview date already set too early embassy was nice enough to send us an email after confirmation.
Note on P3: Case status updated with the date mail sent (not sure if this is a regular occurance)

Interview date: has been changed 3 times 7/9 -> 6/11 -> 5/21

Please check my embassy review for details for the process from NVC till Interview.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 201 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 248 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2018-07-23
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Easy as always in LAX.

- Went through immigration line with fiance.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Date Filed : 2018-08-29
NOA Date : 2018-09-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-10-02
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2019-07-16
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2019-07-16
Comments : Local CIS office : San Fernando Valley - Field office changed to Newark in May


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2018-08-29
NOA Date : 2018-09-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2019-03-05
Date Card Received : 2019-03-13
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 188 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2018-08-29
NOA Date : 2018-09-04
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2019-03-13
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 188 days.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Tokyo, Japan
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 21, 2018
Embassy Review : I want to submit this review not only for interview but for whole process after NVC.

Before Interview:
The embassy uses packet 3 and sends it through mail by using Japanese Post office, which means if you are in the Tokyo area (首都圏) it will reach you the next day. The day they send you the packet 3 your case status "ready" will have its case update date updated (this sounded weird...)
*Important for those who changed address (beneficiary): If you are using Japan postal forwarding services from your old address it will still get to you. I found this easier then trying to update my address through embassy.

They do want some items to be sent back;
in general cases:
-DS-160 confirmation page
-2 pictures
-copy of Bio page of the current passport
-copy of any previous US visas
however you cannot (should not) send these till you receive your packet, because they want the page to be printed out and put together in the envelope.

If you are a foreigner like me who is living and applying from Japan there are additional documents such as copy of your Residency Card, old passports, and your country's equivalent of birth certificate, or vital records. This depends on the country of origin. You can check which document is needed by using Country reciprocity by on the site of travelstate and get them ready beforehand. And if you can find, find the k1 checklist from the embassy of your country of origin. (For example someone from Philippines would still need the cenomar but it wouldn't appear in the general list)

Although you can schedule your interview before the packet3, I would give enough time for embassy to receive your case and send you these papers, because they apparently sometimes ask for different things. Sending these makes your process easier and faster as they can review it beforehand.

INTERVIEW:

My interview hour said 10:30 but as I rescheduled it twice I believe it always says 10:30.. it is just a general time given for the visa type.
I went in about 30 minutes early but I could have entered even before. The door close to the subway is not the door they will let you in, so follow the road and go to the main entry.
Although the instructions were strict about bag size, most people just had mid-size handbags. only one mobile phone is accepted, and no other electronics.

Once you pass through security, and go inside the building (it is cool but not cooler than any other air-conditioned area in Japan nor US - even if it is summer bring a lite cardigan if you don't want to have tiny sneezes through your interview)
The first reception desk will take your name and your interview confirmation paper (bring this although no one will tell you to!) and your passport to check.
They will give you instruction on how to put your files in order.
Get inside get your number and wait.

The first call: to take your papers (the ones in the list) and check your papers while asking you simple technical questions.
The second call: fingerprints and again some more technical questions.
The third call: Interview.

I had the warmest interviewer in the whole embassy.

When I entered I started checking out interviewers and looked at their styles. And as the ladies did scare me (especially cause one just rejected my maid of honor's visa last week!) But this guy showed a tiny smile. I knew I wanted him to be my interviewer!!

So he was! (I was so happy about this!!! can't even put it into words)
Whole interview was more of a conversation. Although I believe he started as a regular question answer style, I am too talkative (usually not recommended).

Main questions were:
Name of your petitioner
How did you meet?
When did you meet in real life? (This lead to a whooooole new conversation for us because we started laughing.. I joke when I am nervous...)
Did you decide to be together right after meeting first time? Nope, cause I rejected him.
Did you bring some pictures for me? (He just went through them - the first one was when he was in the hospital, so he asked what happened and if he was ok)
Did you meet his family, or he met your family? Yes I did, no he did not yet but he will next month!
Where does he live? Does his family live there?
Where are you working? Will they transfer you when you move? Big company, yes if I want to.
How do you guys meet each other?

Now again, I am a talkative person, and I was lucky with the interviewer.
I was just happy and smiling whole time, feeling how in love I was.
So it is always wise to act accordingly to the person in front of you.
And don't go into conversations that you are not sure of. as that can open a conversation you cannot answer.

However, overall it was a thousand times better interview then I expected!

For any questions on the process: you can message me here on vj!
And STALK everyone from your embassy during the process to get the recent timelines!

Rating : Very Good


Timeline Comments: 2

K1visaHopeful on 2018-09-12 said:
We want wedding photos- all of VJ!
blank avatar Thelucybelle on 2018-09-21 said:
Hi lady!!! Its been a long time! Glad to see you are married now - good date to pick! I got married on 8/1/18 and you got married on 8/18/18!!!! Hope all is well XXX
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is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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