peanutismint's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Melissa
Beneficiary's Name: Jon
VJ Member: peanutismint
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2019-10-19
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Immigration Checklist for Melissa & Jon:

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 : National Benefits Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2018-05-07
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-05-21
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-11-08
NVC Received : 2018-12-26
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-12-26
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-01-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-01-30
US Entry : 2019-02-09
Marriage :
Comments : Thanks to VisaJourney timelines. Pretty much perfectly predicted wait times for the entire process.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 171 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 242 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Seattle WA
Date Filed : 2019-03-15
NOA Date : 2019-04-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-04-18
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-03-15
NOA Date : 2019-04-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2019-08-14
Date Card Received :
Comments : Applied for expedited processing via my congressman's office due to offers of work.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 152 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-05-06
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your AP may be adjudicated between October 10, 2019 and October 14, 2019*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 18, 2019
Embassy Review : Pretty standard visit, though a lot longer than I was expecting given some of the "in and out in 20 minutes" that I'd heard here...! (this is my last chance to partake in the national British pastime of "moaning" so please indulge me!)

10:30am appointment so left from Cardiff around 5:30am; parked at Westfield shopping centre near Shepherd's Bush, £6 to stay all day! If you set up an account with credit card it'll take payment automatically from your car number plate. Then got underground (1 x change) to Vauxhall.

Arrived at embassy 10:15am, security was a breeze but then we were all left queueing outside in the freezing cold for another 15-20 mins; could've done without that.

Only waited about 5 mins for first interview; asked to provide passport, birth cert, police cert, I-134 form; he asked for proof of my sponsor's earnings and luckily I'd got a copy of their recent tax return so all was fine. Fingerprints taken.

Then I unfortunately had to wait about 45 mins for my second interview. It wasn't very busy but they only had one person (as far as I could see) doing secondary interviews. I was amazed how open the booths were; I was hearing the full dirty details of everybody's salacious past visa offences/deportations/deaths in the family....something to bear in mind.....!

Anyway, the 45 min wait wouldn't have been too annoying if it weren't for the families with kids who have no sense of acceptable behaviour for a situation like that. One kid kept stomping on the metal floor grates and could be heard throughout the entire building; his mother didn't seem to care. Another family with 5 x kids decided it would be fine for them to use the Embassy as their own personal playground, so they were rolling around the floors, chasing around tripping over people's bags, hiding in the interview booths while people were trying to take oaths etc....! Kind of annoying/offputting when you're trying to stay calm on one of the most important days of your life...!

Ok rant over.

45 mins later, second interview; took less than 5 mins. Was asked to raise my right hand and swear an oath. That was fun. Asked about how I met my fiancée, how many times we'd visited, when we got engaged, who was supporting me financially, what I hoped to do for work there etc... Then told "I'm pleased to tell you we're going to be able to approve your visa". Amazing words to hear after all these months of forms and learning and waiting!!

Should hopefully have email confirmation soon and pick up my passport in a week or so. They also asked me when I hoped to fly out to the US; I told them "first few weeks of February" (I didn't feel comfortable telling them I'd already found a really cheap one-way flight for the 9th and booked it!) and they said "yeah that'll be fine".

SO exciting to be approved and starting the next chapter of my life; I've dreamed of moving to the USA since I was about 9 years old and now it's finally happening I can't quite take it in. Now onto the real fun - adjusting my status!!
Rating : Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Seattle WA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : April 18, 2019
Embassy Review : Got an appointment date/time for biometrics but it was right in the middle of a very important event I had planned, and rescheduling would've probably been missed too due to going on honeymoon...!

So tried my luck going in the Thursday before, parked ($8, unfortunately), and got fingerprints/photograph all completed within about 70 minutes. Pretty pleased!

Also, the appointment letter said "NO CELLPHONES" but clearer instructions inside the office states that cell phones are actually permitted in the building/general waiting area, though obviously no photos/video and no phone calls/using them whilst speaking to immigration personnel. Wish I'd known that before leaving mine in the car; would've made the 70 minutes go slightly quicker!
Harassment Level : Very Good

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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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