Shiran's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: D
Beneficiary's Name: O
VJ Member: Shiran
Country: Ukraine

Last Updated: 2019-09-16
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Immigration Checklist for D & O:

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 : Ukraine
I-129F Sent : 2018-08-06
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-08-13
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-12-27
NVC Received : 2019-01-14
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-01-15
NVC Left : 2019-01-22
Consulate Received : 2019-01-24
Packet 3 Received : 2019-01-30
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-02-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-02-21
US Entry : 2019-03-01
Marriage : 2019-03-13
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 136 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 184 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2019-03-01
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : PoE at JFK. Apparently experience was very routine, unremarkable and trouble free.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2019-03-25
NOA Date : 2019-04-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-04-26
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2019-09-09
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-09-09
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2019-09-16
Comments :


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-03-25
NOA Date : 2019-04-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-04-26
Approved Date : 2019-09-05
Date Card Received : 2019-09-13
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 164 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-03-25
NOA Date : 2019-04-02
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2019-09-13
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 165 days.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ukraine
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 17, 2019
Embassy Review : Across from a a very narrow street from embassy, several entrepreneurial Ukrainians set up some vans for storage. 100 hryvnas, some give you key, some just a token. Cell phones and all electronic devices, large bags/backpacks stay here. I left my smart watch here, out of abundance of caution. You then wait outside. Before you enter they want to see DS-160 printed receipt page and passport. Petitioners are allowed inside to accompany beneficiaries! Just show your American Passport. Inside the first building there will metal detector security check. Belts, coats, wallets, and all items out of the pocket go out on airport style conveyor. Shoes are ok to keep on. My lip balm was temporarily confiscated at this point. Small wrist wallet/purse thing are allowed in after x-ray. Then you are told to "take belt" and "put on coat" Reason they want people to hassle through the queue, and not spend too much time putting belts back on, but you need to go outside into inner courtyard, so coat is needed to be on.

Down the stairs into inner court yard, across to another building. You get a ticket number here. I believe the ones for immigration cases start with 8. For immigrant visas you wait in a first area, near the entrance. non-immigrant go around the corner where there are a lot more processing windows. You can put belt here in peace. There is coffee machine, 35 hrivnas I think, only takes small bills so plan for that if you need it. You called to a first window pretty quickly, all they do there is take fingerprints (4 left hand, 4 right hand, then 2 thumbs together) then ask for documents in specific order. Passport first, followed by medical, followed by birth certificate (no photocopies, original only, or official original copies. Laminated are ok) followed by police certificate, followed by I-134 and proof of financial support and lastly proof of ongoing relationship. In exchange for that you are handed a piece of paper with oath in 3 languages to "read and understand before your interview" and then you send back to wait. Oath is to confirm everything said on DS-160 and during interview is true and accurate to the best of ones knowledge. This wait was a lot longer.

Eventually you are called to window 12 or 13. Interviewer was not surprised by my (petitioner's) presence. I was not asked to recite oath. My fiancée was asked if the understood the oath. I did not found interviewer's questions or demeanor hostile. Some of them he directed to me, most of them to her. He did clearlytried to cross reference my answers with what provided on 129F. How/where we met. Details of our first visit etc. His question to me about meeting parents was yes/no question. I was NOT asked to elaborate as to when or how the meeting happened. I answered it accordingly with simple "Yes, I have" which was the end of it. There was also a question if there was material support (e.g. money) being exchanged between us. I said there were occasional small remittances, nothing systematic. Questions about how often we communicate with each other, and how (e.g. Telegram/Viber) At the end he said congratulations you are approved and handed us pre-printed piece of paper saying visa is approved and will be ready in 5 working days. Overall positive experience.
Rating : Very Good


Timeline Comments: 16

blank avatar Charlyadams on 2019-01-01 said:
blank avatar Charlyadams on 2019-01-01 said:
good day, please I have a quick question. Is your case expedited?
Shiran on 2019-01-05 said:
@Charlyadams No it wasn't. See https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/681798-august-2018-i-129f-filers/?do=findComment&comment=9514090 in August thread. Suggest you have that thread bookmarked, as you are August filer as well. Good luck to you.
blank avatar Charlyadams on 2019-01-08 said:
Thanks.
Beloved_dingo on 2019-02-14 said:
Congrats on your approval!
blank avatar Charlyadams on 2019-02-14 said:
I think you made a mistake. I've not even received my NOA2 and I've called USCIS severally but didn't get any tangible response.
Shiran on 2019-02-16 said:
@Beloved_dingo Thank you! @Charlyadams Explain what you mean by mistake?
Shiran on 2019-02-16 said:
@Beloved_dingo Thank you! @Charlyadams Explain what you mean by mistake?
blank avatar Faisal1 on 2019-02-17 said:
Congarts. Shiran. Good luck
blank avatar Faisal1 on 2019-02-17 said:
Congarts. Shiran. Good luck
blank avatar Faisal1 on 2019-02-17 said:
Congarts. Shiran.
blank avatar Lolonyo on 2019-03-13 said:
Congratulations on your wedding!
blank avatar Lolonyo on 2019-03-13 said:
Congratulations on your wedding!
Prizm123 on 2019-03-13 said:
congratulations on the wedding!
Shiran on 2019-03-14 said:
Thank you everyone, and good luck everybody!
blank avatar Gar & Ella on 2019-03-16 said:
Congratulations on your wedding!
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