Damian's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Damian
Beneficiary's Name: Sheleena
VJ Member: Damian
Country: Guyana

Last Updated: 2010-06-21
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Immigration Checklist for Damian & Sheleena:

USCIS I-130/I-129F Petitions:  
Dept of State K3 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  


K3 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Guyana
Marriage : 2007-06-17
I-130 Sent : 2007-02-12
I-130 NOA1 : 2007-02-14
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-129F Sent : 2007-02-21
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-02-26
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-04-30
NVC Received :
NVC Left : 2007-05-04
Consulate Received : 2007-05-15
Packet 3 Received : 2007-06-01
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-06-12
Packet 4 Received : 2007-07-18
Interview Date : 2007-08-22
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-01-28
US Entry : 2008-01-30
I-130 Approval : 2007-04-30
Comments : K3 case is at the MISSOURI SERVICE CENTER...touched on 3/1/2007

3/13/2007: K3 moved to VSC

3/29/2007: K3 is not "pending" at VSC

4/13/2007: no word yet. I-130 was touched for the 1st time on 4/7/2007

4/30/2007: I-130 was approved today! K3 also approved!

6/4/2007: Embassy sent packet #3

8/2007 - Interview #1

11/19/2007 - Home visit

1/24/2007 - Interview #2

1/28/2007 - visa granted
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 63 days from your NOA1 date.

Your I-130 was approved in 75 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 189 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2008-02-27
NOA Date : 2008-03-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-03-22
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2008-06-02
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-06-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2008-06-20
Comments : 1)3/6/2008 - AOS check posted. no NOA1 yet
2)6/2/2008 - AOS Interview...Approved...took about 15 minutes.
3)6/20/2008 - green card arrived!


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-02-27
NOA Date : 2008-03-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-03-22
Approved Date : 2008-04-30
Date Card Received : 2008-05-09
Comments : 4/30/2008: "Card production ordered"....yeah!!!

EAD Received...Applied for SSN#
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-03-09
NOA Date : 2010-03-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-06-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2010-06-18
Comments : We didn't have an interview.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guyana
Review Topic: K3 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 12, 2008
Embassy Review : My experience with the GY Embassy was relatively pleasant though some people would/will disagree.

Let me start by saying that people are extremely difficult in terms of reviewing data and processing time. They review every single aspect of you case, your spouse and even you. The process time is atrocious, 5-6 months for Administrative Review/Administrative processing. During this time they screen your civil documents, pretty much interrogate the beneficiary's neighbors (not really interrogate like CIA style) about your relationship. For example: they go house-to-house asking questions about your relationship, the beneficiary's, beneficiary's parents, you, etc.


Required documents:

It's imperative that you have all your documents UPDATED and organized. See what I wrote in the Consular Review section about what's required. The embassy will send you home if you don’t have updated documents, especially civil documents. See here:
http://www.visajourney.com/consulates/index.php?ctry=Guyana&cty=Georgetown

Interviews:

I've heard some mix reviews for the interview. Some people have reported that they were asked many very personal questions. Our interview was casual and professional. We had two interviews: the initial interview where my wife and I were both questioned. We had a second interview 5 months later where they only question me. I wasn’t asked anything really personal – more like 'when did we get married, how did we meet' etc. I'm guessing they wanted to compare the responses to that of my initial interview. They person whom I interviewed with was very professional and kind.

Waiting time:

To survive this process and the Guyana embassy, you HAVE to be patient and abide to the process. YES they take a long time. YES they are extremely vague in their responses to inquires. My advice is NOT to annoy these people. Limit your inquires to 1-2 per month. If you planning on visiting Guyana then contact them and let them know…who knows what can happen. We didn’t know that they wanted a 2nd interview until I informed them that I was visiting my wife and I wanted to know the Status of our case. Patience is very important.


I you have questions, feel free to contact me.

**** This info was provided to aid you in your process…not to be a master of fraud! I'm sharing our experiences so that you will have some idea of what to expect. This forum contains many Guyanese who were successfully granted a visa but their experiences are not well documented. I know you may feel shy in asking about what to expect so hence this review. Until many other counties, info on Guyana is not widely available online so I this review will answer some of your questions AND that you utilize this info in a respectful and honest way!!! *********
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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
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
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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