chlosicles's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Mark
Beneficiary's Name: Chloe
VJ Member: chlosicles
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2018-11-02
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Immigration Checklist for Mark & Chloe:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2018-01-31
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-02-13
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-08-15
NVC Received : 2018-09-04
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-09-07
NVC Left : 2018-09-18
Consulate Received : 2018-09-20
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-10-30
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2018-12-04
Marriage :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 183 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 259 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 1, 2018
Embassy Review : I arrived at 10am for a 10:30am appointment (this was after spending 30 minutes in Pret and a further 30 minutes walking around the embassy just to kill some time).
When you first walk up, it's a tent and they'll want to see your DS-160 and passport. Then you'll go through airport style security before entering the actual embassy building. Keep your DS-160 and passport out as the receptionists will want to see that. They'll assign you a number and stick it to your DS-160 before telling you to go to level 1 and then turn left, left again.
The room you turn into has booths along the side and a seating area in the middle with a TV screen that shows you when your number is called.
The first time you're called up, it's pretty much just to hand in documents and confirm some information. I got a trainee who was just as nervous as I was and had two people shadowing over him.

I was asked for:-
1. Birth certificate (original - you get this back at the end)
2. ACRO certificate (original - I didn't get this back)
3. 1 US sized photograph (he gave this back to me once scanned)
4. Passport
5. I-134 (he only asked me for the form and for the letter of employment - not even the 3 last IRS tax transcripts - I also got this back at the end).

He asked me a couple questions like if I had ever had a visa before, changed my name, served in the army etc etc. He also asked when I plan to enter the US and when we plan to get marry. He then took my fingerprints and gave me an envelope which contained my chest X-ray CD and told me when my medical runs out. He then told me to sit and wait to be called up again.

The second time I was called up, it was a lady and she asked me to raise my right hand and swear that I was about to tell her the truth to the best of my knowledge (something like that). She also took my fingerprints again to verify I was the right person. She then asked me some questions:-
How did I meet my fiance?
When did we first meet in person?
Where does he currently live?
"Okay, so we're going to go ahead and approve your visa for you today"
She gave me back my birth certificate and I-134 and a slip that states about getting your passport back and about the packet it'll be contained in.
And away I went!
Side note: I didn't answer the questions like I was in an actual interview, I blabbed and couldn't stop speaking about my fiance and she kept trying to cut me off to ask the next question ahaha.

Looking back on the entire process, the interview was definitely the easiest part of it all as long as you have the correct paperwork on you.
I was there for a total of an hour and 15; 15 minutes was spent at the booths and the rest of the time was spent waiting - and oh yeah, on a bomb scare too where you're told to get away from the windows and run into the booths. That was pretty petrifying.
Rating : Very Good


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