The_Empyrean's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Paul
Beneficiary's Name: G
VJ Member: The_Empyrean
Country: Lithuania

Last Updated: 2019-11-22
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Immigration Checklist for Paul & G:

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 : Lithuania
I-129F Sent : 2018-03-15
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-03-19
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-10-03
NVC Received : 2018-10-15
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-10-16
NVC Left : 2018-10-30
Consulate Received : 2018-11-02
Packet 3 Received : 2018-11-05
Packet 3 Sent : 2018-11-09
Packet 4 Received : 2018-11-10
Interview Date : 2018-11-20
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-11-23
US Entry : 2018-11-27
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 198 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 246 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2018-11-27
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Date Filed : 2019-01-28
NOA Date : 2019-01-31
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-02-28
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2019-11-21
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-11-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received:
Comments : Officer said "Will have to review your application, you should hear back soon whether you were approved or not".
Left the building, and immediately got a notification "Card is being produced".

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-01-28
NOA Date : 2019-01-31
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2019-07-23
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 176 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-01-28
NOA Date : 2019-01-31
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 176 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Lithuania
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : November 20, 2018
Embassy Review : Great experience.
Responded very quickly, and were very accommodating. Seems like they want K1's in n out as quickly as possible, as without having medical done (but having it scheduled) they allowed to send in P3 to get interview date.
Interview went quickly, general questions like "how did you meet?", "How did he propose?" and "where does he work" were only asked. And that was that!
Thanksgiving weekend coming up, but they promised for passport with visa on friday (interview took place tuesday, Thanksgiving Thursday).
Will see about that, but we got approved.
If you are worried about Vilnius embassy and your interview for K1. RELAX.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Newark
Event Description
Entry Date : 2018-11-27
Embassy Review : Great Officers. Not even one question asked. Though the line was pretty long, she waited almost 2hrs. "Stamp Stamp Stamp, here's your passport, Got 90days to get married and AOS, congratulations" Easy peasy.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Newark NJ
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : November 22, 2019
Embassy Review : Interview was scheduled for 1PM.
Expected long lines for security, arrived early as per other advises, but the side entry was open, so we were the only ones there. Less than a minute.
Went up the elevator, 12:30. Officer greeted us at the elevator hall, checked the letter and ID's, directed us.
Took maybe 5mins to wait at the window. Got seated and were told to wait.
1:05PM Officer came out and called our names.
He seemed very serious and not really approachable. Wouldn't even shake hands, so right of the bat had bad vibes.
Asked to swear to say the truth, then for Birth Certificates, Passports, Marriage Certificates right of the bat once we sat down. He went through all of them.
Then asked the relationship questions. How did we meet, where did we meet, when did we start dating, when and where proposed, when got married, where the petitioner works, what does he do there, then same question about the beneficiary. Asked petitioner about beneficiary parents (FULL NAMES). Where we live, who else lives with us. Did we go on the honeymoon, did we travel anywhere else. I'm sure i've forgotten a couple as he kept pounding us with questions about the relationship. (Not a single smile)
Then confirmed the address on the application, went through the application, checked out the usual questions from the application.
(He didn't ask for affidavit of support or DS 3025 (Both were submitted with application), as some say they do ask to update them, just have latest tax paperwork on you JUST IN CASE they decide to ask).
Then he asked for relationship proof, bank statements, joint assets, pictures, anything we could show him to "prove bonafide relationship". The usual stuff. We didn't have much to show, but a bill from dentists, statements, mortgage approval in both names, Drivers licenses, her paycheck with same address, and maybe 6-8 pictures. Keep in mind, they WILL KEEP ALL THAT PAPERWORK, so if you need anything back, have a copy in hand to give to him.
Once we were done, he asked if we had any questions. And that we should check our case status for updates, and that he needs to review the application to make a decision. Once we left the building, even before we got in the car, we got a notification of card being produced.

I mean, i felt like more of a job interview, than Immigration interview as it was very professional and no joking around. I feel i should rate it 4, but 5 is more appropriate, given all circumstances. We were in the building 12:30, and out 1:40PM. Ample of parking (use Orchard street parking, pretty expensive 1+hour is $20, but its second time i was there and easy to find a place to park, that place takes cash AND credit). Staff was friendly, both security and window staff. I feel like officer could've been more approachable, but since it's a serious thing, i get it ( though he made us sweat out of nervousness lol), but he was direct and didn't waste a second, so that is appreciated.

Very good overall experience. My advice to make it smoother-> Have passports and interview letter close , have all paperwork separated in the folder so you won't have to scramble during the interview. go with ID's, birth certs, marriage cert ( ID's and BC's being on top) -> I-94's -> Approval letters for Ead, AP, I129F (we were not asked but have them) -> Relationship proof at the bottom, and then separate folder for taxes just in case.
Harassment Level : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 3

The_Empyrean on 2018-11-06 said:
The_Empyrean on 2018-11-06 said:
Cannot schedule medical without P3. Cannot send P3 without Medical.
The_Empyrean on 2018-11-09 said:
Embassy does interviews TUESDAYS only.
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