fip & jim's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: jim
Beneficiary's Name: fip
VJ Member: fip & jim
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2019-03-21
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Immigration Checklist for jim & fip:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? California Service Center
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2017-08-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-09-05
I-129F RFE(s) : 2018-03-16
RFE Reply(s) : 2018-03-19
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-03-30
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2018-05-04
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2018-05-10
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-06-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-07-04
US Entry : 2018-07-20
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 206 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 289 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Detroit MI
Date Filed : 2018-10-01
NOA Date : 2018-10-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-11-09
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2019-02-07
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-03-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2019-03-21
Comments : Interviewing Officer did not have our medicals in our files for the interview. There was a six week delay in our case being approved due to this. There was no explanation as to whether our medicals were in our A-files all along or if they were lost. As of today, 3/21/2019, our call to USCIS from 2/25/2019 to request to speak to a Tier 2 Supervisor has not been returned.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 22, 2018
Embassy Review : Our consulate appointment was on June 21st 2018. I was attending with my fourteen-year old son. We applied for a K1 and K2 visa.

The embassy was easy to find and is clearly signposted from the river walk. Coming from the river you enter the site on the north side and walk through a very pleasant park like area. A moat surrounds this part of the building and drops through two waterfalls. We visited on a beautiful summer day and the wild flower and grass meadow that borders the embassy was in full bloom. The exterior is well designed with plenty of bench seating. Access is good for all with no steps or obstacles. There are armed police officers patrolling this area on foot which felt reassuring. However, this could be alarming for a child if they have never seen a person carrying a gun in real life (it is not common to see armed police officers in Britain).

We were admitted to the South Pavilion twenty minutes before our appointment time. They checked our passports and the confirmation print out of our appointment, then we went through security. The receptionist in the main building put a sticker with a barcode and number on my DS-160 and gave us directions. Once we arrived at the waiting area we looked on the screen for our number to show up. The system is well planned and easy to use. Within a few minutes our number and the number of the window to go to showed up on the screen.

At this window we were asked for our passports, birth certificates, photos, documents to prove I had permission to permanently remove my son from the country, and if I had any documents from my fiancé I could show them (I handed over the Affadavit of Support and financial evidence). I was given back my chest x-ray results in an envelope and told to keep it as I will need it in the future. The officer read through our documents. I was asked if I had ever been married. Our photos were electronically scanned and given back to us, then our fingerprints were taken electronically. We were then told to sit back down and wait for an officer to call us.

We only waited a few minutes before our number came up on the screen again. At the second window we were asked to raise our right hands & take the oath. Then our fingerprints were scanned again. Some of my documents were handed back to me. I was asked a few questions – How did we meet? The officer laughed at our story and said she’d never heard anything like it before and asked which cult we were born in to. She was checking her screen, I presumed to see if my story corroborated with my fiance’s story, but I realise now that my fiance had not given that detail in our original application as he’s more reserved than me. She asked when we first met in person. Then she said she’d seen we’d been visiting each other back and forth since then. She asked where my fiancé lived and is that where we planned to live. I wasn’t asked to show any evidence of our relationship like in-person meetings, letters or photos. Then she said our visas will be with us in one to two weeks. It was so quick that I asked if that was it, we’ve been approved? She said yes and smiled. I thanked her and we left. My son was in shock and so happy when I explained that was it, we were allowed to live with Jim in our new house in America.

The whole thing took fifteen minutes in total. The experience was very good. The system is efficient, the customer service is good, the building is well designed and very clean. I can’t praise the design of the site enough as it has been thought through so well. There is space to quietly sit before you enter the building and elements in the landscape to calm the senses (that is if the weather permits) – the sound of water falling, the grasses rustling, room to walk around or sit. Inside the building the layout flows smoothly and the atmosphere is one of calm efficiency.
Rating : Very Good

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