Ana_and_Derek's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Derek
Beneficiary's Name: Ana
VJ Member: Ana_and_Derek
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2021-12-13
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Immigration Checklist for Derek & Ana:

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 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I-129F Sent : 2018-03-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-03-21
I-129F RFE(s) : 2018-10-05
RFE Reply(s) : 2018-11-02
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-11-15
NVC Received : 2018-11-27
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-12-12
NVC Left : 2018-12-26
Consulate Received : 2018-12-28
Packet 3 Received : 2019-01-10
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-02-12
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-02-26
US Entry : 2019-03-07
Marriage : 2019-04-10
Comments : Some quick comments that might be helpful for other people going through this process in Brazil:
- I took all of my vaccines for free ahead of time using the universal healthcare system (SUS). It can save you quite a bit of money.
- The medical exam in Sao Paulo was quick and easy. Most of the time I was alone in the room waiting for the doctor to finish completing my form and come into the room. He performed a basic physical examination and was very helpful explaining what exams I would do next and all about the process. They provide a copy of your vaccination records that we need for filing AOS later on.
- At the Consulate, they did ask for my petitioner's biographical passport page copy, which is not listed in the instructions. Also, I had no issues with a scanned version of the I-134f (no wet signature). They did not ask me for any other proof of relationship or anything like that, but I did see someone being asked exactly that.
- I did not wait for the email from the Consulate before paying the fee and scheduling my Interview. As soon as it got the Ready status in the CEAC website, I booked it, and it was already booked all the way through the first week of February (booked in late December).
- There is no Packet 3 or 4 for Brazil. The Consulate will send you an email with instructions and that's it.
- My interview was in Portuguese. The CO didn't even ask me about what language we communicated in or anything, but I did see a lot of people being asked that question and being interviewed in English. I don't know what criteria they use for that.
- I chose to pick up the visa at one of their Centers (CASV). Although I picked it up on the 26th, it actually got ready for pickup on the 20th. A good option if you live close to one, as it seems to be faster.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 239 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 328 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Oklahoma City OK
Date Filed : 2019-04-29
NOA Date : 2019-05-06
RFE(s) : 2019-06-27
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-31
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2020-01-27
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-01-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2020-02-01
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-04-29
NOA Date : 2019-05-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-31
Approved Date : 2020-01-09
Date Card Received : 2020-01-16
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 255 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-04-29
NOA Date : 2019-05-06
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2020-01-16
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 255 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Texas Service Center
Date Filed : 2021-11-29
NOA Date : 2021-12-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 28, 2019
Embassy Review : The Consulate location in Rio de Janeiro is very convenient and close to the airport. Upon arrival, I informed the employee organizing the line outside the Consulate that I was there for a K1 interview and he directed me to go inside. The immigrant visa interview process is completely separated from the regular tourist visa and has 3 parts - first you fill a form with personal data and organize the documents in a certain order, whic they then check and remove unnecessary items. After that, another employee receives your documents and confirms some of your info. The longest part is the waiting for the actual interview - the third and final step. The interview itself is relatively quick, and it can be done in English or Portuguese.

Overall the Consulate is very organized and the employees are helpful and polite.
Rating : Very Good

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