TimsDaisy's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Daisy
Beneficiary's Name: Tim
VJ Member: TimsDaisy
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2008-11-17
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Immigration Checklist for Daisy & Tim:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2007-01-12
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-01-23
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-05-03
NVC Received : 2007-05-10
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-05-14
Consulate Received : 2007-05-14
Packet 3 Received : 2007-05-26
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-05-29
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2007-07-06
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-07-16
US Entry : 2007-07-26
Marriage : 2007-10-20
Comments : No RFEs
Touched 4/25/07
Touched 4/26/07
Two approval emails received 05/03/2007, 11:36am
NVC said it left on 5/14, but the State Dept said it arrived on 5/14, so whatever. The dates in there are fuzzy. Supposedly, packet 3 mailed on 5/20.
Packet 3 received on 5/26, completed and returned on 5/29, later due to Bank Holiday weekend.
Called to schedule medical on 5/29, appointment made for 6/6.
Medical on 6/6, medical received by Embassy on 6/11
Lots of waiting for P3 to be entered into the Embassy computers. Re-sent P3 after delay began to worry us. Finally got entered, interview date originally Aug 21. Pleaded for help from congressman. Interview date changed to July 5. After mad scramble to ready himself in one week, interview is completed and he is approved.
brief scare after interivew when told additional security checks needed. but visa delivered on 7/16, 10 days after the interview, so any delay was minimal (but scary!)
Tim opened the do-not-open envelope by mistake and so had to SMS it back to the Embassy on 7/17. Was redelivered, resealed, on 7/20.
Entry on 7/26, no time or trouble at all at POE SFO.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 100 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 164 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2007-07-26
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Took about 5 minutes. Zero problems. Even got his luggage fast.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Sacramento CA
Date Filed : 2007-11-15
NOA Date : 2007-11-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-12-20
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2008-01-30
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-09-05
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2008-09-05
Comments : Mailed 11/15/2007, Chicago delivery confirmed 11/17. Heard nothing after January interview. Received CRIS email that application approved, card production ordered, etc on both 9/5 and 9/9.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-11-15
NOA Date : 2007-11-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date :
Date Card Received : 2008-02-12
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between April 13, 2008 and April 15, 2008*.

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.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-11-15
NOA Date : 2007-11-27
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-02-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 79 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 7, 2007
Embassy Review : My fiance's review of his interview experience:

Timescale of Interview (9am appointment):

08:00 Arrive & join queue
09:30 Into Embassy
10:30 Hand over documents
10:50 Sit back down for a drink & snack
11:10 Interview
11:25 Pay for Courier
11:35 Out of Embassy/collect phone
11:44 Phone my missus

I drove into London on the previous night, stayed at a friend's in Battersea and was up and out of the door by 7:20 next morning. (I'd mulled over the travel options and had decided to drive to Grosvenor square and park up nearby). The five-mile journey through Chelsea took me around twenty minutes and I was lucky enough to strike a deal with the doorman at the Millennium Hotel (just off Grosvenor square) who let me park there for £15 for the day. This was ideal as I had no idea how long I'd need to be parked and the street-meters charged £1 per 15 minutes.

From here it was a minute's walk to the embassy. The embassy is surrounded by high wire fences, and along the entrance side is a line of concrete defences separating the queue from the road. I said a cheery 'good morning' the men with guns, got a cheery 'good morning' back, and joined the first stage. There were around twenty or so people in this initial queue and within fifteen minutes I was at the front. The man with the clipboard gave me a plastic bag to put any electronic devices in, checked my appointment letter and directed me to my line. There were several lines alongside each other and I was sixth in mine which slowly grew to around thirty people.

While standing silently in line for over an hour it's very easy for the smallest concerns to become big worries. With 9am looming I started to get anxious that I'd miss my appointed interview and would then find that I'd somehow been in the wrong queue. However once 9 o’clock came and went, the officials explained the set-up; my line turned out to be all the 9am people, and alongside were the 8:30s and beyond them a trickle of 8am-latecomers.

Finally, at 9:30 I was directed towards the third and final (very short) queue into the security-check cabin. This was no different to an airport. You need to be show you passport and remove any metallic items. The appointment letter is effectively your boarding-pass. My bag was put through the x-ray machine where the operators commented on its weight (almost two years worth of evidence adds up) and I handed over my bagged phone where it was deposited into a pigeonhole. Receipt-tag in hand and re-threading my belt into my trousers I walked the long walk around to the far-side of the building and up the steps into the foyer. I showed my appointment letter to the woman at the desk who assigned me a number - 13!

Up some more stairs and through the door into the large waiting-hall, I settled into one of the seats and gazed at the info-monitors. These monitors display a who’s-up-next information for immigrant visas (which strangely includes finance visas) and for non-immigrant visas.

My number was already on the screen, about third in line, but it took around an hour before I was called. In the excitement of the moment I totally missed which window I was being called to. Luckily the people around me were paying better attention! The screens alternate between who's next in the queue and which number is at which window so you can't really go wrong anyway.

The guy at the window was very friendly and when I told him about the famous sit-com face I’d spotted in the waiting area he told me that the Blairs had been in the previous day in preparation for their American speaker circuit.

I handed over my passport, photos and one-by-one the various documents (birth certificate, police certificate etc) and in return was given a massive envelope containing my chest x-ray. This, I was told, would have to travel with me as hand-luggage when I fly to the USA.

After I handed over the documents I was directed to another window to pay the $100 fee (cash or card - but I had both just in case the card machine was broken). Once that was done I returned to the first window to hand over the payment receipt and have my fingerprints scanned and that was the first stage over.

Back in the waiting area I was surprised to find that I just had enough time for a snack and a drink (available at the far end of the hall) before my number flashed back up on the screen for the interview. I reckon about 20 minutes had passed

This time I was called to a different window and the woman there asked me to scan my fingers again and then hold up my right hand while swearing to tell the truth. The first question was to explain my previous visa overstay and once she was satisfied with the reasons it was on to the relationship questions. It was all pretty simple stuff - where had we met, when did we start dating and how often had we seen each other and had my fiancée been to England. She was busily typing a lot into her computer and not being sure whether to pause and wait or keep on talking I just added a few extra bits of supporting information now and then. She seemed happy with the answers and told me that pending a few final checks I was approved!

With the interview over all that remained was to pay for the courier service and hand in the pink form with delivery details and make like Henry 8th. I collected my phone from round the front of the embassy and by 11:44 was on the phone to a sleepy-headed but joyous missus!

It's a bit of a daunting place to be but being my third visit I found myself to be feeling pretty confident. I was well prepared (over prepared in truth) and felt that the whole interview was more a formality at the end of the several month long paperwork/wait procedure than anything else! It was nice that the staff were all so friendly too.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: San Francisco
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-07-26
Embassy Review : It was a snap - much easier than anticipated. Followed the sign that said "new immigrants," went to the booth, handed over the information, not much in the way of questions or discussion, just some stamping and shuffling of papers and a "cheers." Whole thing took about 10 minutes from disembarking aircraft to getting to baggage claim. Kind of anticlimactic - but in a good way.
Harassment Level : Low

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(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.

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