mattnaleja's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: A
VJ Member: mattnaleja
Country: Colombia

Last Updated: 2018-10-13
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Immigration Checklist for M & A:

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 : Bogota, Colombia
I-129F Sent : 2017-07-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-07-21
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-02-02
NVC Received : 2018-02-16
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2018-02-16
Consulate Received : 2018-02-16
Packet 3 Received : 2018-03-14
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-04-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-04-20
US Entry : 2018-04-27
Marriage :
Comments : Here some few comments:
1. I received the NVC letter telling me that they sent the case to the embasy. After a month I did not have any new from them, so I texted and attached the letter where NVC said that they sent the case.
After that, The embassy sent me the package (to my email).
2. If you have kids, make sure you get 4 days before the interview to have all the test and medical exams. I called on March 28 and they only had dates for the second and even 3rd week of april.
I called all the doctors and I only could find an appt with Dr. Jairo Roa.
So call with enough time to make the appoiment.
3. My son got the "tuberculina" test on monday 9. It was pretty easy. The nurse said we have to wait for the reaction until wednesday 11.
After doing some research about that test It seems that if the kid got a possitive result they will do an xray and start a treatment (in Bogota).
4. Today I got the blood, urine and X ray. Make sure you are in the lab with enough time cuz the line is loonngg. I got there by 6.10 in the morning and there were 5 people already. After 6.30 more people came and that might have taken a looonnggg time for them to be done.
I was done by 7.40.
5. So my son's skin test had a positive result and we had to do an Xray early next day (Thursday) and go back for the results that Thursday in the afternoon. (The xray were ok so we were good).

So, I traveled with a kid and 2 cats.
For my kid, i needed his father permission (or court order) and birth certificate.

For the cats I needed to take them to the vet and then to the ICA (they will check the vet's certificate and will give you another one based on the vet's).
I travel from pereira to Bogota in avianca. They weighted the cats and even my carry on luggage. My small cat is 3 kg so I was not worry about her; but the big one is 7.5 kg. So I called Avianca several times and they said the pet should be 20 cm tall (my cat was taller) so I ask to take him by cargo.
Then I called United (which was the company I was going to flight with from Bogota to US) and they said they were not accepting pets in cargo (I was freaking out cuz If they dont accept the Cat in cargo then I cant take it)
So, I made sure that cat was "enough" comfortable in the soft kennel and pray for Avianca and United to accept it in cabin.
I also made sure that the weight of the bags were not more than 10kg.
You can only have 1 pet and a carry on and you also have to call to get a spot for your pet cuz they have a limit per plane.

So, i did tge imigration part in Houston.
1. I showed the officer my visa and my son's visa plus the sealed packages.
2. They took us to a room where they checked the documents.
3. The officer asked me to go another place for my cats to be checked.
4. Cuz it took so long, they went to bring my bags and they did not even see the documents of my cats.
5. I lost my connection flight, So i had to go to customer service counter. They put us in the next plane (we had to wait 2 hrs).
And of course they registered my bags.

And that was it, not that hard traveling with a 10 yo kid and 2 cats 😁
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 196 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 266 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Oklahoma City OK
Date Filed : 2018-07-09
NOA Date : 2018-07-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-08-22
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2018-10-04
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-10-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2018-10-13
Comments : Really easy and friendly. They just asked how we met and my bday and the legal questions (same than the ones in the form).

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bogota, Colombia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 13, 2018
Embassy Review : We have the interview today.

My fiancee came to be with me during it.

We were there by 6.30 and they started calling at 6.50.
The day was pretty good. But it rains you will need an umbrella and a good coat.

First a girl asked you for the documents and organized them; she also put a green sticker in the passport and on you. Then we went through security.

After security, we went to a table with a really nice girl who checked the documents and asked us to wait until we were called.
So, she called us and a lady in a window checked the documents again and send us to the nice girl again.
The nice girl gave us a card witg a number in it and asked us to go to the other side and wait 40 minutes until we were called.

So, we wait.... and then a guy asked all of us to do a line in front of other windows.

When it was our turn... the lady was "nice", she did the following questions in spanish.
1. Made me swear that i was telling the truth.
2. How did i meet my fiance
3. When did we started our relationship
4. When did he proposed me.
5. If i traveled to the US and when was that many times.
6.If i had a valid visa (I have my turist visa).
7. How many times my fiance visit me.
8. If i have law problems
9. If i have lived out of Colombia.
10. My fiance was with me, so she asked if he was my fiance.
11. She asked if he speaks spanish (he does not speak a bit).
12. She asked how do we comunicate. (I told english so she continued the interview in english)
13. What does my fiance do.
14. If i had been married.
15. If my fiance had been married. (He is widow.. make sure you have originals for death certificate or divorce)
16. If he has kids and how old are they.

It was smooth... And she put an stamp in out turist visa that it was revoked... by then I knew we were approved.
So the CO said she approved our visa and that it will arrived in the next 2 weeks. She also gave me the violence sheet.

I saw my fiance and we were super happy... i cried...
Rating : Very Good

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