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Arinola's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Becky
Beneficiary's Name: Arinola
VJ Member: Arinola
Country: Nigeria

Last Updated: 2009-02-16
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Immigration Checklist for Becky & Arinola:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Nigeria
I-129F Sent : 2007-04-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-04-27
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-08-31
NVC Received : 2007-10-04
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-11-07
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2007-11-16
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-11-18
Packet 4 Received : 2007-11-16
Interview Date : 2008-01-14
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments : Check was cashed 05/29 and NOA-1 dated 05/23. Finally, received a replacement hardcopy of NOA-1. Received NOA-2 hardcopy 09/10/07
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 126 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 262 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2008-02-16
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : Confirm that all names are spelt correctly otherwise there will be issues at SSA.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2008-03-10
NOA Date : 2008-03-13
RFE(s) : 2008-03-27
Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-01
AOS Transfer** : 2008-05-27
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2008-08-28
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-03-10
NOA Date : 2008-03-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2008-06-13
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 95 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-03-10
NOA Date : 2008-03-13
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 92 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Nigeria
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 15, 2008
Embassy Review : I was interviewed at counter # 12 by a nice young lady. She was very professional and pleasant. The only documents that was requested by CO was I-134 (affidavit of support), US tax papers and corresponding w2’s. However, CO did look through our picture album from beginning of the page to the very last page. She had me explain to her who all was in the pictures and the activities surrounding the pictures. I had several proofs of our on-going courtship on me such as emails, phone logs, cards, snail mails, yahoo and windows live chat logs but CO did not ask to see any of them. I guess she was satisfied with what she had already seen and my answers to her questions. My short interview time can only be attributed to God’s favor. With God all things are possible. BTW, just because I was not asked to provide further proof of our courtship, this should not stop others from gathering all the necessary documentations to validate their on-going relationship. Interview will vary on a case by case basis, beneficiary’s presentation matters – look the CO in the face and talk with confidence. Ability and command of the language is very helpful. The following questions were asked:

1.) How did you meet?
2.) When was the last time you saw each other? Must know specific dates.
3.) What did you do while your SO visited you? I provided pictures to support our outings.
4.) Did you meet with your SO siblings?
5.) What does your SO do for a living?
6.) What is the name of your SO employer?
7.) How long has SO being working there?
8.) Does SO enjoy doing the type of work?
9.) How many kids does your SO have? If any, must know their names.
10.) What are my SO hobbies?
11.) What is the number of age difference between us? Age difference is less than 15 yrs.
12.) How many kids am I planning on having?
13.) Have we agreed on number of kids?

Advice: Listen and comply with the instructions of the security personnel especially when you’re instructed to open your medical results otherwise, you will be sent back to the end of the queue for not following their instructions. Also, I noticed others being sent back for lack of sufficient fund for visa fee. The fee was increased from $100 to $131.

Rating : Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-02-16
Embassy Review : Arrived very early at JFK. I passed through first immigration counter with ease after handing the big brown envelope to officer at POE. My passport was stamped and the I-94 card was attached. Eventually, all the documents in the big brown envelope were put in a color coded file and given back to me. A few minutes later, with the color coded file in hand, I was directed to walk over to another section for further processing. After a short stay here, I was directed by an officer to another section after she thought she had reviewed my file carefully (actually I was sent to the immigrant section in error, on reaching there, CO said I should go back and tell the officer that I am a K1 visa applicant. After a series of short questions to confirm my identity, I was through with immigration officer. I collected my languages and off I went to meet my other half waiting patiently for my arrival.

My advice is to have your significant order confirm there are no spelling mistakes in your names as a result poor data entry before leaving the embassy. We had to go USCIS office to correct my mother’s name and we still need to make a second visit back to USCIS since my name was spelled wrong on the database that social security administration uses. However, it did not delay issuing of social security card. I apologize for submitting a late POE review.

Harassment Level : Low

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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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