DC Sparrow's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Cathy
Beneficiary's Name: Vinod
VJ Member: DC Sparrow
Country: India

Last Updated: 2010-12-02
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Immigration Checklist for Cathy & Vinod:

USCIS I-130/I-129F Petitions:  
Dept of State K3 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K3 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : New Delhi, India
Marriage : 2006-09-22
I-130 Sent : 2006-10-04
I-130 NOA1 : 2006-10-10
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-129F Sent : 2006-10-19
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-10-25
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-01-17
NVC Received : 2007-01-23
NVC Left : 2007-02-12
Consulate Received : 2007-02-16
Packet 3 Received : 2007-02-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-02-22
Packet 4 Received : 2007-03-05
Interview Date : 2007-04-03
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-04-13
US Entry : 2007-04-17
I-130 Approval : 2007-01-17
Comments : The I-130 / I-129 approval process took about 3 months, and it was an additional 3 months to process through the Delhi US Embassy. Over all, the most confusing part was at the end after both I-129F (K-3) and I-130 were approved on the same day and we were unsure which process to follow. It was K-3. It took another 5 months for AOS processing/ interview, and our I-485 was approved pending the FBI background check completion, as of 9/20/07. Rec'd Driver License 12/21/07. Rec'd EAD 12/31/07. Rec'd Social Security card 1/10/08. I-485 status viewable online as of 1/25/08.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 84 days from your NOA1 date.

Your I-130 was approved in 99 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 175 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2007-04-17
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Took 5 mintues to stamp passport (K-3 Visa) and kept yellow envelope medical package. Informed Visa is valid for two years.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Date Filed : 2007-05-27
NOA Date : 2007-06-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-07-17
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-09-20
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-09-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2008-03-07
Comments : 9/20/07 - Completed AOS interview at USCIS Philadelphia and I-485 was approved, pending FBI Name Check.
03/04/08 - Received USCIS email indicating Welcome Letter has been sent.
03/07/08 - Received USCIS email indicating "Card Production Ordered" for Permanent Residence card.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-10-27
NOA Date : 2007-11-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-12-04
Approved Date : 2007-12-04
Date Card Received : 2007-12-27
Comments : At first (May 07) we decided not to file for EAD, as most people who had their I-130's already approved had said they were receiving their EAD at almost same time as I-485 approval, so there was no benefit. But we filed for EAD in Oct 07 anyway because even though our I-485 was approved, it was still pending FBI Name Check and my husband needed EAD to work. He rec'd 12/27/07.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 38 days.

Event Date
Service Center : Dallas/Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Date Filed : 2010-12-02
NOA Date :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: New Delhi, India
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 9, 2007
Embassy Review : IR1 Visa Interview - Tuesday, April 3, 2007: My spouse's interview was scheduled at 8:00 Am, New Delhi US Embassy. He arrived an hour and half early to stand in line, but as he arrived, the guard saw his letter and directed him to stand in the U.S. line, which was much shorter. He went through security and was directed where to sit to wait for about two hours. They gave back all the VFS papers and kept the police report and medical exam. There were two interviewers, a young man and an middle-age woman. They made my spouse feel at ease and even joked with him about the amount of phone calls/bills we had, and the cards we sent to each other. They said "your visa is approved and you may pick up your passport and visa next week" and then he thanked them and we celebrated on the telephone outside the embassy. Very smooth and efficient.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-04-17
Embassy Review : Took 5 mintues to stamp passport (K-3 Visa) and kept yellow envelope medical package. Informed Visa is valid for two years.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Washington DC
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : January 18, 2007
Embassy Review : On November 1, 2006, I scheduled an online appointment to meet with the Washington DC CIS office on Prosperity Avenue. (Note: they don't allow you to stand in line unless it's 15 minutes from your scheduled appt. time). The waiting period once inside was about 20 minutes. The front counter personnel were very pleasant. The Immigration Officer printed out current status from the website (which I already had but appreciated the effort). He then explained once the I-129F is approved, the I-130 can be dropped and instructed to return to the CIS office to apply for I-485 AOS / EAD / SS #. He walked me to the front door and showed me where the forms are for applying for the I-485. Very courteous and helpful.
Harassment Level : Good

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