celie&joseph's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Celeste
Beneficiary's Name: Joseph
VJ Member: celie&joseph
Country: Lebanon

Last Updated: 2019-11-25
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Immigration Checklist for Celeste & Joseph:

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 : Lebanon
I-129F Sent : 2018-08-31
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-09-12
I-129F RFE(s) : --
RFE Reply(s) : --
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-01-25
NVC Received : 2019-02-19
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-02-20
NVC Left : 2019-03-05
Consulate Received : 2019-03-11
Packet 3 Received : 2019-03-14
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-03-14
Packet 4 Received : 2019-03-07
Interview Date : 2019-04-05 Submit Review
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
--
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-04-12
US Entry : 2019-05-01
Marriage : 2019-05-10
Comments : Medical 3/11/2019
Original Interview: 3/19/19
Embassy Canceled: 3/13/19
Embassy Rescheduled: 3/14/19
New Interview Date: 4/5/19

My fiance arrived about half an hour before his interview. He went through the first security checkpoint where they check you to make sure you're not bringing anything in, then secondary security where they ask to see your passport and appointment letter. Then security sent him to the counter where he was asked basic questions like

What's your email address and phone number
Have you ever been married
Has she ever been married
What's her job

Then they gave him a slip with all the required documents to be put in a certain order and was told to go to take a seat to wait for the interview. He waited there about 1.5-2 hours when he was called up to meet with the officer.

He was asked just a few questions:

How did you meet?
Have either of you been married before?
What are the dates for her first and second trip?
What's her job?

He looked only at our pictures and said Welcome to America. You're approved. We will keep your passport to put your Visa in it. Please walk over to the counter so you can register to pick it up when its ready.

And that's it! The officer who interviewed him was the same one that interviewed him the last time for his tourist Visa (that was denied) and both times he was pleasant and super nice with a friendly demeanor. The only bad thing was that they had rescheduled his appointment but as long as we are approved it doesnt even matter anymore
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 135 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 205 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2019-05-01 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : LONG 2.5 hour wait after arrival because of heavy people traffic but super easy entry! No questions asked other than "when are you getting married?"


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Antonio TX
Date Filed : 2019-05-11
NOA Date : 2019-05-29
RFE(s) : --
Bio. Appt. : 2019-06-14
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2019-11-18 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-11-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2019-11-25
Comments : Interview lasted about 10-15 minutes. An hour later status changed to "Interview Complete and case must be reviewed" then in the afternoon it changed to "Case Approved"

ROC window opens: 8/18/2021


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : San Antonio TX
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-05-11
NOA Date : 2019-05-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-06-14
Approved Date : 2019-11-05
Date Card Received : 2019-11-14
Comments : tried to expedite but was denied; then got approved naturally 28 days later.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 178 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : San Antonio TX
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-05-11
NOA Date : 2019-05-29
RFE(s) : --
Date Received : 2019-11-14
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 179 days.


Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: San Antonio TX
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : November 21, 2019
Embassy Review : Very good experience.

We arrived half an hour early but found a long line of people waiting to get in. Turns out they had no power in the morning so they opened late and had fallen behind 1.5 hours on appointments. We went through security then to a desk to present our interview notice and they took a picture of my husband with a patriotic background (which I'm guessing is the picture that will be used on his green card). Then we went into the waiting area to wait. About an hour later they finally called us up and were interviewed by Mr. Garcia. He was really nice but had a very cool demeanor (we couldn't tell his emotions). He interviewed us together and asked for our IDs (I presented my driver license and he presented his EAD card and social security) and had us swear an oath. Then he asked us questions:

Me: what's your address? when and how did you meet?
Him: have you met her family? did you travel to see them? where did you work before you came here?

He asked to see a picture of our wedding and we showed him the pic along others from other days, but he said "it's okay, I just need this one."
Then he asked if we have any bills together and we showed him our light bill (under my name but same address) and our internet bill (under his name but same address). He asked if we had a lease together and we did so we showed it to him and he said "Okay, that's all I'll need from this".

He then went through the application and asked the security questions: "Will you/have you/are you a relative of someone who participate/d in trafficking, prostitution, etc" Once he finished, he said he needed his vaccination form DS-3025 because he couldn't find it in the records. We provided that and he said that was it. He said "I just need to make a few updates to your case file tonight and if everything you said here is true, you should be getting your green card in about 2 weeks. After that, you'll need to renew it in about a year and a half."

We walked out not knowing exactly how well it went and our moods soured when as soon as we got out of the building we got an update saying "Interview is Complete and Case Must be Reviewed". However, at 3pm that same day, it changed again to Case Approved.

Tip: Make sure you go prepared and you go over everything you put in the I-485.

Harassment Level : Good


Timeline Comments: 14

blank avatar Saraslh on 2018-11-14 said:
Hi celeste.. i wanted to ask u as a lebanese applier .. did u send any engagement pictures or have u done any kind of engagement ceremonies before applying for the I129f
Celie&joseph on 2018-11-16 said:
Hi Sara! No, we didn't do any ceremony. It was a surprise engagement so we don't really have pictures other than of the set up, but we provide 10 pictures of us together and with his family and friends. It's so nice to see another Lebanese filer and from Texas too! We are few, I think. lol
Joyoussinger on 2019-04-05 said:
Yay! Congratulations on your approval!!!
Celie&joseph on 2019-04-05 said:
Thank you so much!! 💜
Joyoussinger on 2019-04-11 said:
It happened! Congratulations!!!
Celie&joseph on 2019-04-11 said:
Yesss! It arrived at 4:55pm today and they closed at 5 lol so he's going tomorrow morning to pick it up. Yay!
Celie&joseph on 2019-04-11 said:
Yesss! It arrived at 4:55pm today and they closed at 5 lol so he's going tomorrow morning to pick it up. Yay!
Joyoussinger on 2019-05-01 said:
You're getting married the day before us! Congratulations! What a wonderful weekend that will be!!!
blank avatar Crystal&Saido on 2019-07-18 said:
I’m fairly nervous about the whole process. Can you tell me all what documents they asked of you? I know every embassy is different but I do not want to have wasted all my time.
blank avatar Crystal&Saido on 2019-07-18 said:
I’m fairly nervous about the whole process. Can you tell me all what documents they asked of you? I know every embassy is different but I do not want to have wasted all my time.
Joyoussinger on 2019-11-06 said:
Congratulations on your approval!
Celie&joseph on 2019-11-10 said:
Thank you!!
Joyoussinger on 2019-11-25 said:
Yay! Joseph got his Green Card! Congratulations on reaching this wonderful milestone!
Celie&joseph on 2019-11-25 said:
Yes! Thank you!! and congratulations on Neil's EAD! I'm sending positive energy for your interview coming up! <3
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