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  Petitioner's Name: Eileen
Beneficiary's Name: Nagaraju
VJ Member: ELW
Country: India

Last Updated: 2011-04-10
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Immigration Checklist for Eileen & Nagaraju:

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 : Chennai, India
I-129F Sent : 2006-10-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-10-18
I-129F RFE(s) : 2007-01-26
RFE Reply(s) : 2007-01-27
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-02-08
NVC Received : 2007-02-20
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-02-22
Consulate Received : 2007-02-26
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2007-03-15
Interview Date : 2007-04-13
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-04-17
US Entry : 2007-05-25
Marriage : 2007-06-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 113 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 177 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2007-05-25
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Fresno CA
Date Filed : 2007-06-21
NOA Date : 2007-07-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-07-18
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-09-18
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-09-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2007-09-28
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-06-21
NOA Date : 2007-07-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-07-18
Approved Date : 2007-09-06
Date Card Received : 2007-09-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 77 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-06-23
NOA Date : 2009-06-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-07-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-09-11
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2009-09-18
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Fresno CA
Date Filed : 2010-07-15
NOA Date : 2010-07-23
Bio. Appt. : 2010-09-02
Interview Date : 2010-10-15
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2010-11-15
Comments : Easy and fast interview!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Chennai, India
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 15, 2007
Embassy Review : Our interview on lucky Friday the 13th (April 2007) was successful!! YEA!

First of all, we had requested (TWICE) a Telugu translator because my guy speaks only broken English. They replied twice saying “Okay, you are most welcome”. But there was no translator there at the interview available to him. All the questions were asked in English and my guy had to make do with short answers in English sprinkled with a bit of Telugu. He said the questions were easy so anyone knowing even a small amount of English will do fine. Note on Chennai consulate: they reply to emails IMMEDIATELY but they are not always helpful.

My guy showed up at 6:30 AM for 9 AM interview, he was like 4th in line and they let in lines at about 7:45 AM. It ended up he was the VERY LAST one they interviewed. He said he was alone in the room by the time they called his name. He came out of the Consulate finally at 1:30 PM. A 7-hour mostly waiting ordeal. Note to others: come at 7:45 AM not earlier; when you come has nothing to do with when you are interviewed.

Inside the Consulate they took his index fingerprint and had him do the I-promise-all-statements-will-be-true swearing in.

They asked only seven questions:

1. Who is your petitioner?
2. How did you meet?
3. How long have you known each other?
4. What city and state is she living in?
5. What is she doing there?
6. If you don’t know English well, how will you stay in USA?
7. Do your parents agree to the marriage?

At the end they told him, “OK, your visa is approved. You can pick up your passport at VFS office tonight.” Later he went to the VFS office but they said it was not ready yet, he could pick it up on Monday. Because he had train reservation to leave Chennai and go to his home in Hyderabad on Saturday (it was Friday the 13th, remember), they said they would send it by mail on Monday and it would take 3 days to arrive to him.

When he was at the VFS office, they complained that the Demand Draft for visa fees was drawn at State Bank of India. They said it should have been drawn on HSBC bank. Actually on the Chennai Consulate website it says it can be drawn on “ANY national or international bank,” and they accepted it fine at the Consulate. But the VFS office just complained when they saw his receipt. However they did NOT ask him to redo it. Note to others: get your Demand Draft visa fees drawn on HSBC bank.

Another point on the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC): his permanent residence is in Kotananduru in East Godavari District, but closest passport office is in Visakhapatnam city in Visakhapatnam district, so he got his passport there. He got a PCC from Visakhapatnam and from his village. He has lived in Hyderabad for nearly two years now, but couldn’t get a PCC from there as he had no proof of residence (all official documents, ration card, bank account etc are in the address of his permanent home). IT WAS NO PROBLEM AND NO ONE ASKED FOR HYDERABAD PCC. No one even questioned why the passport was from a city & district where he did not reside.

All in all it was a LONG Visa journey but praise God it’s over now. We will wait for the passport to arrive then get the plane ticket. Whooohooo! (Yah I'm already studying for AOS haha!)

Good luck to everyone else on this journey!

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu! (May all the world be happy!)
Rating : Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-05-25
Embassy Review : The Immigration Officer was insulting and grilled my guy with questions for awhile.
Harassment Level : High

Local US CIS Office Review: Fresno CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : October 17, 2010
Embassy Review : Hubby's Citizenship Interview was at 8am and they called him in at about 8:20. It lasted less than 15 min. He said the CO was a nice older lady. After swearing him in, she asked him for four forms of ID: Social Security card, Passport, Driver's License and Green Card. Then she asked him six questions:

1.What is the "rule of law"?
2.How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
3.Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
4.What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
5.Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
6.What is the name of the national anthem?

Of course, he answered all the questions correctly. Then she asked him to read the sentence, "How many US Senators do we have?" and asked him to write, "We have one hundred Senators."

After that she went over his application. At that point, hubby gave her the page we had corrected (we had forgotten a temporary address he was at when he worked in Florida for a few months). She asked him questions about that job. She also asked whether he was still married, had kids, and how many marriages for both of us. Then she had him sign the applications and said Congratulations, he had passed!

She then gave him the N-652 Naturalization Interview Results letter, stating he had passed, and the Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony on November 15 in Fresno. She said, "You won't get any additional letter by mail, this is the last letter we will give you." How great is that! USCIS saying no more letters from them – happy dance!
Harassment Level : 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
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rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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