mnk's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: K
VJ Member: mnk
Country: Ireland

Last Updated: 2020-07-07
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Immigration Checklist for M & K:

Dept of State Other Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

Other Visa
Event Date
NVC Received :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date :
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Fresno CA
Date Filed : 2018-02-28
NOA Date : 2018-03-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-04-02
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2018-09-20 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-09-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2018-09-28
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2018-02-28
NOA Date : 2018-03-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-04-02
Approved Date : 2018-07-17
Date Card Received : 2018-08-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 139 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2018-02-28
NOA Date : 2018-03-12
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2018-08-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 139 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2020-06-29
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: Fresno CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : September 21, 2018
Embassy Review : Husband's AOS interview was scheduled for 9/20 at 2pm. We arrived at 1:15, and parked at a meter in front of the building. (Tip: the first meters on the right on P street before the USCIS front door will be limit 2 hours. They few just past the door before you reach the bakery are limit 4 hours. I didn't want to be worrying about the meter in the middle of our interview, so I made sure to get one of those). We waited until 1:30 before entering.

After going through security, we were sent up to the second floor where they took his biometrics. This is a big waiting area with the windows for Infopass appointments.

We were in the waiting room until about 2:15 before being called back to the IO's office. IO asked for our IDs (both of our passports), both birth certificates, and my CA driver's license. He also offered his EAD/AP combo card with his passport. After looking at all, she had us stand for the oath.

She then proceeded to have my husband verbally reanswer every part of the I-485: what is his name, previous names, current address, etc. Everytime something had changed or was different, she would write a correction or addition directly on our original form. First it was our current address. She had to look up our change of address in the system, then wrote it down from there (also noting dates of move). The big one was updating all of his entries and length of stays in the US. We had just gotten back from a trip, and he had used his AP. She asked a little about the trip; whether it was my first time meeting his family (no). She asked him what his family thought of him being here (they miss him a lot). She then asked him almost all of the Yes/No questions (crimes, bad stuff, intent to use welfare money, etc.) Once we had gone through the whole form, she reviewed all of her notes and changes, asked him to confirm and sign.

She quickly went through the I-130, making the same changes. I didn't have to resign, but she did ask me to confirm my original signature. She updated my I-864 with the end date of my last employment. She asked a little about what I do now (self-employed), but didn't ask anything about what I make now. When we filed in March 2018, I had submitted my 2017 tax return that met the requirement. That was enough for her.

She asked us how we met. She found it hard to follow, as it is a little complicated and she was trying to note exact dates of when we met in person, how and how often we stayed in contact, etc. (Tip, go slow with the story. They take notes, and you will have to repeat yourself if you tell it too fast.) There was a slightly pointed question to him about "so you immediately applied for the J1 after visiting her?" He didn't let it phase him. He was able to answer, and she moved on. She did not ask anything about the proposal or wedding.

She then reviewed the evidence of bona fide marriage sent with our packet, paying attention to bank statements, lease agreement, renter's insurance. She noted these on her checklist as proof. She said, "so these are pictures of you meeting," but did not look through them. She noted these on the checklist as well. She quickly skipped over our personal letters (I swear I heard her mutter "ugh, letters"). She did not note these.

She took a copy of my CA driver's license as it was the only thing not included in our original packet. She did not take a new copy of his passport with his new stamps. She did not ask for any new or additional evidence (I brought more bank statements, car title and insurance, more photos).

And then she looked at our background checks on her computer and said we were approved!

She asked and was surprised that I had done the whole application by myself without an attorney. She gave us the paper and information on ROC, repeating that our case had been approved. I asked he could get the I-551 stamp in his passport. She immediately said no, but then asked if we were planning on travelling soon (no). She said that they have to say 3-4 weeks to receiving the card in the mail, but it most people actually get it in a week.

As for her attitude, etc: she was polite, not especially inquisitive. Just doing her job sort of thing. She was interrupted a few time by notifications on her computer (some sort of IM), and even had to step out to talk to someone else. We commiserated about having to go the DMV for the Real ID, and she talked about wanting to visit Germany with her kids. Nice enough.

(updated on September 21, 2018)
Harassment Level : Very Good

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