BishopMnA's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Mark
Beneficiary's Name: Aam
VJ Member: BishopMnA
Country: Thailand

Last Updated: 2009-09-21
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Immigration Checklist for Mark & Aam:

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 : Bangkok, Thailand
I-129F Sent : 2006-07-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-08-01
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-09-21
NVC Received : 2006-10-27
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-10-28
Consulate Received : 2006-10-30
Packet 3 Received : 2006-11-22
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-11-23
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2007-01-30
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-02-21
US Entry : 2007-04-11
Marriage : 2007-05-10
Comments : Missing one document at the 30 Jan interview. Turned in that document about 3 weeks later and received the visa the next day.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 51 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 182 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2007-04-11
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : Got stuck in the Immigration waiting room for 3 hours. We were not given a reason...just taken in there and told to wait. As it turns out, it wasn't a big deal. Our K-1 petition took ~ 8 months to be approved/stamped in the passport. However, the initial K-1 petition expires automatically after 6 months. Normally, the IVU/Embassy will auto-extend the original K-1 petition, however in our case this didn't happen. So, we had to wait in the immigration waiting room for 3 hours, then they called us to the desk, told us what happened, and stamped our K-1 file as 'updated' and told us 'Welcome!'


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Detroit MI
Date Filed : 2007-07-11
NOA Date : 2007-07-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-08-16
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-11-28
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-11-28
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2007-12-15
Comments : We arrived 45 minutes early, but they were ready for us. So, we didn’t have to wait. We went directly in to the interview.

The lady who interviewed us was extremely kind and compassionate, a true Angel! Aam and I immediately felt at ease. She swore us in, and then told us that she would ask us some questions together, and that she then would like to talk to Aam alone.

Thanks to this VisaJourney website, we were very well organized and prepared for the interview. And as soon as we were sworn in, the lady who interviewed us said that our paperwork was in order, and didn’t spend any time reviewing it. I had submitted all types of ‘evidence’ <car/utilities/pictures/wedding certificate/emails/lease/much more> when I submitted our original AOS paperwork...so she had already organized all that. It was very evident that she had read all our emails etc as well...as she did ask questions from the content of the emails (regarding our travels together etc). I had also brought more proof of our valid marriage, collected after submission of the AOS paperwork (more bank statements/more utility bills, more pictures, more everything). She didn't even ask to see any of that, though I showed her the folders that contained these documents. She obviously wasn't interested in seeing more proof!

She spent the next 20-30 minutes just casually talking to us about our families, Aam’s new job, how Aam liked driving in the U.S., how she liked America, the weather etc. We also talked about how our local church has really welcomed Aam and how valuable that has been to the both of us. The conversation was very casual and relaxed. It was like we were talking to an old friend who had watched us go through the entire journey. I guess during this conversation, she changed her mind about speaking to Aam privately. Aam and I were never apart.

For the next 2 minutes, she did ask Aam the required questions: “Are you a terrorist/prostitute/drug dealer/felon/etc...and she made a few marks on our paperwork.

Finally, she gave us each a printed piece of paper, stating that we were approved for the greencard, and that we should file to lift conditions in 2 years! Aam and I couldn’t have been happier...and the lady who interviewed us also was genuinely happy Aam and I signed both copies. She kept one copy and gave the other copy to us to keep.

She then asked Aam if she would like to keep her EAD card until her green card arrives in a couple weeks. We said yes, so she printed out an address we can mail the EAD card to once Aam’s greencard arrives in the mail. That also was quite kind of her.

I asked her if we could have the I-551 stamp, simply in case Aam needed to return to Thailand for any reason, before her Greencard arrived (we didn’t file for Advanced Parole). She said, “Of course!” and stamped Aam’s passport. She congratulated us again, and that was the end of the interview.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2007-07-11
NOA Date : 2007-07-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-08-16
Approved Date : 2007-10-03
Date Card Received : 2007-10-15
Comments : Easy!
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 84 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-09-04
NOA Date : 2009-09-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bangkok, Thailand
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 25, 2007
Embassy Review : Here is a quick overview of our Pkt 3/Pkt 4/Interview experience.

Pkt 3: The packet three sent to us was really 'garbage'. It was totally unorganized and the documents sent us were torn and wrinkled, like they just stuffed them in the envelope quickly. Plus, the documents they sent us to complete actually were past the expiration date...outdated! I ended up not using any of the documents from the Pkt 3. I downloaded all forms from the website. The website is actually quite good. I'm glad I was with my fiancee in Thailand when she received this, because I don't think she could have deciphered the 'mess of a package' on her own...it was that bad.

Packet 4: Much better than pkt 3! However, in the list/order of documents that it says to bring to the interview, it did not list the document required to prove that my fiancee wasn't married. I think pkt 4 has now been updated to include this. However, in our case, we did not receive the visa at the interview, because we didn't have this document...or even know it was required! It turned out that it was easy to get.

Interview: Thomas was our CO. And, I have to give him EXTREMELY HIGH MARKS! Even though we were missing the one document, Thomas was extremely courteous and explained it completely. And, he was very cordial and quite gracious in his questions/explanation and assistance. Honestly, he was a God-send. The interview was a breeze, and all turned out well. My fiancee got the missing doc and returned it a few weeks later and Thomas issued us the visa immediately!
Rating : Good


POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-04-11
Embassy Review : Got stuck in the Immigration waiting room for 3 hours. We were not given a reason...just taken in there and told to wait. As it turns out, it wasn't a big deal. Our K-1 petition took ~ 8 months to be approved/stamed in the passport. However, the initial K-1 petition expires automatically after 6 months. Normally, the IVU/Embassy will auto-extend the original K-1 petition, however in our case this didn't happen. So, we had to wait in the immigration waiting room for 3 hours, then they called us to the desk, told us what happened, and stamped our K-1 file as 'updated' and told us 'Welcome!'
Harassment Level : High


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predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
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