Nikitc's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Martin
Beneficiary's Name: Nikky
VJ Member: Nikitc
Country: Nigeria

Last Updated: 2019-03-12
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Immigration Checklist for Martin & Nikky:

Dept of State EB-2 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  
Dept of State EB-2 Visa:    
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

EB-2 Visa
Event Date
I-129 Sent :
I-129 NOA1 :
I-129 RFE :
I-129 RFE Sent :
I-129 Approved :
NVC Received : 2018-08-21
NVC Left : 2018-12-13
Consulate Received : 2018-12-17
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2018-12-11
Interview Date : 2019-01-14
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-01-17
US Entry : 2019-02-16
I-140 Sent : 2018-07-26
I-140 NOA1 : 2018-07-27
I-140 RFE :
I-140 RFE Sent :
I-140 Approved : 2018-08-05
Comments : Online status changed to "Administrative Processing" one day after interview and then to "issued" later that day. Passport was ready for pickup the day after. Picked up passport 3 days after interview.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2019-02-16
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was smooth. However, it took around 1.5 hours to get through the line and then, more waiting for the secondary processing.

If you have a connecting flight, be sure to take this into consideration. You need enough time to get through passport control/immigration, pick up your checked luggage, go through customs, drop off checked luggage, TSA security check and get to your departure terminal/gate.

Just to be on the safe side, I'd recommend at least a 3-4 hour layover if you need to take a connecting flight from your POE.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Nigeria
Review Topic: EB-2 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 14, 2019
Embassy Review : Interview was at 6:30. I got there at 5:30. There were already plenty of people around. A couple of suggestions:
There are many seemingly "innocent" items that are not allowed into the embassy. It's not just cell phones but the charger cable, power banks and flash drives too. Oh, and lip balm. I had to leave the embassy and lose my place in the line because of a long-forgotten flashlight in the bottom of my purse.
The most stressful part of the day was getting into the embassy and waiting and worrying about the interview. The interview itself was a straightforward... Only three questions:

"Who petitioned you?"
"Describe your job"
"Describe your education background"

That was it. The VO was really nice and less than three minutes after taking the oath, I was done.

My advice to everyone is to research these forums and get a good idea of what to expect and get your documents organized so you won't get flustered when looking for things. You could definitely tell who was prepared and who was not prepared.

Finally, bring a book! Waiting around for over six hours with noting to do but stare at walls is NOT fun!
Rating : Good

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