Leah and Matt's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Leah
Beneficiary's Name: Matthew
VJ Member: Leah and Matt
Country: South Africa

Last Updated: 2018-10-21
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Immigration Checklist for Leah & Matthew:

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 : South Africa
I-129F Sent : 2018-02-09
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-02-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-09-04
NVC Received : 2018-09-20
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-09-24
NVC Left : 2018-10-02
Consulate Received : 2018-10-04
Packet 3 Received : 2018-10-04
Packet 3 Sent : 2018-10-04
Packet 4 Received : 2018-10-04
Interview Date : 2018-10-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-10-21
US Entry : 2018-11-02
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 201 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 245 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: South Africa
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 19, 2018
Embassy Review : Wow, got my approval and i will say, it was the most awesome experience ever. (after the interview)

So my interview was on October the 18th 2018 at 1:30pm.
i arrived at the embassy at 11am, wanted to make sure i was first in the line and also to get my Nerves in check. ( nothing to stress about im just a nervous person when it comes to interviews of any kind)

eventually at about 1pm an official come out and started asking peoples last names and what they where there for and checking them in on his iPad.
i was first in line, and got asked to enter at about 1:10pm. I walked into the security block handed over my cell phone got searched then walked out and into the main building.

As i entered, the guy from outside checking of names asked for my passport and my case number.
he wrote it down and put it into my passport and told me that i was number 1 for the day and informed me i could go and sit down and wait to be called.

I went to go sit down and literally i sat down for 3 mins and was called to window number 1.
A wonder South African lady greeted me and we spoke about her and my day while she prepared my folder with my medical info and i was having a chat with the new guy she was training.
She asked me to do my finger prints, left hand and right then both thumbs. We then started Documentation, she asked for my:
Confirmation of payment for appointment.
Unabridged Birth Certificate original and copy
Police Clearance (only original)
Affidavit of Support
My Fiances- pay stubs, bank statements, W2's. i also gave IRS transcripts
I was then asked to hand over any evidence like photos and such, i told the lady i hope you are ready cause i had tons.
I had 2 screenshots for each month from November last year for FaceBook, Facetime, Texts, Emails and Call Records, so i had a shit load.

she read few a posts and looked at photos and smiled to her self. This lady did also ask me a few questions which made me think she was doing the interview, she asked were we met?
what my fiances name was?
How long have we been together and thats about it i think.

We where busy doing documents for about 15 mins i think. She then said to me "
right Matthew this is your folder (it was huge)
this will be handed over to the Officer who will be interviewing you, you may go take a seat and wait to be called"

I sat down and between my nerves and the really cold AC they had going on in there, i was shaking and i could feel my heart pounding in my chest. I saw the blind open on one of the interview windows and saw hands opening and checking a red folder which i knew was mine.
the whole wait from sitting down untill i was called was about 10mins max. I hear an American female voice over the intercom call applicant number 1 to window 6, i took a deep breath and walked over.

I was greeted by an American Lady, she asked me how my day was, i said great thanks how was yours, just the usual pleasantry's. I was asked to do my left hand print scan again and she then asked me to raise my right hand and asked me if the following information provided and the information i shall be giving her is the truth? i answered yes of course mam.

First question asked was who is the US petitioner?
She asked me where and when we met?

She asked me after that what i was doing there? this whole process was definitely like a friendly conversation rather than an interrogation.
I informed here that i had been in the USA for the last 3 years on a working visa and this is how i met my fiance.
She also asked what my Fiance did for a living and if she had been living in her current state for awhile.
Between chatting about my work and what i was doing the last 3 years in the USA, i was asked if i was ever married and if i had any kids, the Officer asked if my fiance was ever married and if she had any kids.

Any ways after those few questions she said to me that they have more than enough documentation and asked if i wanted anything back, i told her that wat i gave her she can keep or throw it away, i suggest taking more than enough documentation and evidence. ( rather let them give you stuff back than have them feel they need more)

My original Birth Cert was returned to me and then the officer looked at me and said right Matthew, i am happy with your relationship and that my visa would be approved in 1-2 days, and then she said Congratulations.

I have had that sentence replaying in my mind since i left yesterday and i still cant believe how simple yet calm that was.
My fiance told me you will do fine stop stressing, but for anyone still going for the interview i know there is now way you can just not stress or be super nervous, but i can promise you coming from a nervous guy, it will be shit, until you enter that building, when you are speaking to the first person it will be calm and you will feel ok, when you go sit down before they call you again, you will feel it haha because its a `big day, but for me i can promise you when you walk up and start talking to the officer they talk to you in such a way you immediately calm and relaxed and before you know it, its over.

All in all from start to finish an incredible experience with the most friendly staff who remember, are there to help you and learn, not to catch you out and deny you.
This interview was done on the 18th, i received and email the next day the 19th saying that my visa was processed and has been handed over to DHL already.

I wish everyone up and coming for their interviews an awesome experience and good luck.

Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Orlando
Event Description
Entry Date : 2018/11/02
Embassy Review : Hey all..
So here is my review of my experience threw the Orlando customs POE.
I got off the airline and made my way threw the airport terminals to the US customs and border protection line.
Was not that bad stood in line for a max of say what 40mins.

I eventually got called up to an officer, i placed my sealed packet i received from the US Embassy and my passport down on the counter.
The officer never even opened up my passport and already greeted me saying good morning Mr Germishuys, was the strangest thing ever haha so i guess the cameras in there do scan and have facial recognition software haha.

Anyways he opened my passport entered some stuff on his computer and asked me what i was entering the US for.
I replied that i was there today due to my fiance and i are getting married and i am entering on a K1.
He laughed and was like shame man why do you want to get married?
obviously was in a joking way just to make conversation, but i just laughed with him and kept quite.
He reached under the desk and pressed a silent button. He continued to do what every he was doing on his computer and then handed me all my stuff and asked me to follow another officer to secondary screening.

We arrived at a frosted glass door which once she entered her code opened up to reveal a large room with about 20 or so seats in it in front of a large desk section with 5 computer stations and 3 officers processing paper work. I was asked to take a seat anywhere and id be attended to shortly.

Sitting there watching all of this and watching other officers randomly pick others sitting in the same section as me and taking them to a secure back room (for what i do not know) Made me sweat balls haha.

I eventually saw an officer pick up my file and open it up. He sat there reading threw the file and entering stuff on his computer and arranging things in an order.
He then looked at me briefly and opened my passport and with a loud Bang he stamped both my passport and my documents, he signed the passport where he had stamped and literally flicked my passport over the desk onto the counter in front of him, he got up took my file and dropped it into a box on the other side with a label saying K1 visas.

He returned to his computer called my name and said you can come fetch you passport and said follow me.
I got up walked to his computer picked up my passport and walked over to him standing by the sliding door, he opened the doors and said thanks see you later, and that was it done and dusted.

I was not asked any questions absolutely nothing.
The entire experience and the whole process was absolutely easy nothing to worry about but if you are a little of a nervous person like me it kinda sucked haha..

But anyways Orlando POE very friendly casual staff who do there jobs with a sense casualness and friendliness definitely, they definitely do not come across hard and to serious as if to make you scared..

Good luck to everyone further who still have this process to go threw.
Harassment Level : Low

Timeline Comments: 1

JS5220 on 2018-10-06 said:
I just want to say that I've been following your timeline to see another fellow S.A. Visa Journey and seeing how fast you were able to get your interview date has given so much hope my fiance can be here before Christmas!! I just was curious if you are going to the Joburg consulate or the Cape Town Consulate for your interview? So happy for both of you, I know how difficult this time apart is and finally you've reached the light at the end of the tunnel :D
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