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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: G
Beneficiary's Name: M
VJ Member: Akipog
Country: India

Last Updated: 2023-09-29
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Immigration Checklist for G & M:

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 : Mumbai, India
I-129F Sent : 2018-09-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-09-18
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-01-24
NVC Received : 2019-02-20
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-02-21
NVC Left : 2019-03-05
Consulate Received : 2019-03-11
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2019-03-18
Interview Date : 2019-04-05
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-04-09
US Entry : 2019-04-10
Marriage :
Comments : There was quite a line when we arrived and we had to wait about 2 hours all together. We were called to a special room for them to check all the papers in the packet.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 128 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 199 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2019-04-10
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Jose CA
Date Filed : 2019-05-02
NOA Date : 2019-05-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-29
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2020-02-04
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-02-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2020-02-29
Comments : We received our interview letter beginning of January and it was scheduled at the San Jose Field Office. We prepared all the information asked for in the letter and brought it for our interview. We also asked a friend to come along as an interpreter, but the IO didn't even let him come in. They said they had their own interpreters if needed but wanted to do as much without one since my husband was able to understand basic English. The letter said that we would ba e to provide our own interpreter so I guess it depends on the office and what is available. Interview went fairly well, mostly went over the application and asked my husband some of the yes and no questions. We gave our updated address because we had just moved. Our medical was missing from the file and he said we would have to redo it so I was quite upset about that. He said case looked pretty straightforward but he would be sending an RFE. We waited for over 2 weeks and I made a service request to have them please send the RFE. A week later, the status changed daying a new card was being produced and he was approved! So they must have found the medical exam somewhere, hooray! Approval notice arrives today and green card arrives this Saturday.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-05-02
NOA Date : 2019-05-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-29
Approved Date : 2019-07-02
Date Card Received : 2019-07-10
Comments : Requested for expedite based on job offer and financial difficulty. Husband received job offer 6/17, called USCIS on 6/20 and requested expedite based on job offer letter and financial difficulty. Received email with fax information on 6/26. Sent in faxed documents on 6/26. Didn't receive any updates (text, email, or USCIS website). We got the approval letters delivered Saturday, 7/6. Received the EAD card Wednesday 7/10.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 61 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-05-02
NOA Date : 2019-05-10
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2019-07-10
Comments : The EAD card says also used for Advanced Parole so I assume they are the same thing.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 61 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2021-11-29
NOA Date : 2021-12-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2023-09-19
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2023-09-28
Comments : Notice, no biometrics needed arrived 4/23
Case status update on 9/19 approved. Approval notice should come by 10/4.


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : San Francisco CA
Date Filed : 2022-12-30
NOA Date : 2022-12-31
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2023-10-02
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 6, 2019
Embassy Review : We arrived the day before the interview and stayed at a hotel called Hotel Garden Patk Hospitality. We went the next morning around 6:30 by auto and arrived in about 10 minutes. After waiting across the street they called for any 7:15 appointments. We left our phones in hotel and just came with papers and spending money. We went through security and then went to another line where they arranged our papers and then got a token. After waiting for about 15 minutes we were called to a window and we were asked for the papers (birth certificate plus copy, notarized translation plus copy, medical packet, passport, PCC original and copy, my i134 and some tax documents). He scanned through my i134 packets for both me and my joint dpondor and only took thr latest tax return and my form. They gave back all originals except passport and PCC. We then sat down and waited to be called for appointment. We waited for about an hour. We went together to the window and were interviewed by a US lady with Hindi translator. She asked if I was the petitioner and I said yes. She did not ask me to sit down and let me stand there for the interview. She asked my fiance to raise his hand and swear to speak the truth. Below are some of her questions that I remember:

So how did y'all meet?
What does she do for a living?
When did you get married?
What are your plans for getting married?
Where will the reception be?
(To me) So tell me about this organization where you met, was it some sort of ashram?
(To me) Oh, hes a cook, what does he cook best?
(To him) Where did you learn to cook South Indian?
(To me) So ma'am, you do not meet the financial requirements but I see another tax return here. Who is (jointsponsor?) Do you have her i134 with you?
What does she do for a living?

she then told my fiance that if he ever feels unsafe by anyone to please talk to police and they will help him. then she gave us a white slip and said we were approved. The whole exchange took about 5 minutes.

Overall all very organized. They didn't ask to see any of the evidences I had brought.
The chairs were closely spaced in waiting area and you had to shift down the line occasionally whole waiting, but other than that all super smooth and organized.

(updated on September 29, 2021)
Rating : Very Good


Timeline Comments: 34

blank avatar SaAa on 2019-01-27 said:
Hi there, from what I know, the New Delhi consulate is no longer processing the K1 visa. Only Mumbai consulate is doing that. Are you sure this is the correct consulate you selected?
blank avatar Akipog on 2019-01-27 said:
Right you are, yes I knew New Delhi wouldn't be processing it, but i must have accidentally chosen Dehli.I am well aware it will be the Mumbai consulate. Thanks for spotting that.
blank avatar Jlo102612 on 2019-01-29 said:
Congrats fast processing for September and October filers
blank avatar Jlo102612 on 2019-01-29 said:
Congrats fast processing for September and October filers
blank avatar SaAa on 2019-02-11 said:
Hi Jlo102612, where did you read that September and october filers have faster processing than the normal ~150 days?
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-05 said:
Hi It seems like we are in a same stage,one thing i would like to know is that i changed my residence and will there be a problem in getting a packet? Is there any site i could update my address? Or is it necessary? Thank you
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-05 said:
Hi It seems like we are in a same stage,one thing i would like to know is that i changed my residence and will there be a problem in getting a packet? Is there any site i could update my address? Or is it necessary? Thank you
blank avatar Akipog on 2019-03-05 said:
@Pachuau Congratulations! I think you have to call the Embassy in Mumbai and ask them to ship to the correct address or email them at support-india@ustraveldocs.com. You can also have the packet emailed to you once your case arrives in Mumbai. I am planning on getting it through email because my fiancé goes back and forth between his mailing and physical address and that will work best for us.
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-06 said:
Thank you so much, now i checked in ceac.state.gov- it says- 'your case is in transit to the consular section.Your interview date was provided to you by the national visa centre.' What do you get from that site now
blank avatar Akipog on 2019-03-06 said:
You know that New Delhi doesn't do K-1 interviews right? Only Mumbai. Yes, mine also says In Transit. Can you access this link? http://www.dhl.com/en/express/tracking/shippers_reference.html?fromDayValue=03&fromMonthValue=03&fromYearValue=2019&shipperReference=EXP%2005%20MAR%202019A&toDayValue=06&toMonthValue=03&toYearValue=2019 You must be one of these. There is one package going to New Delhi (maybe yours), and 2 to Mumbai.
blank avatar Akipog on 2019-03-06 said:
I'm sorry I don't think that link worked. If you go here: http://www.dhl.com/en/express/tracking/shippers_reference.html and enter for reference number EXP 05 MAR 2019A and put before 3 days before and todays date, and select destination India, then there is information about the packets.
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-07 said:
I am so glad i signed up here and meet you guys, it is so stressful and it feel so good to talk and get very useful information
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-09 said:
How did you guys managed to fix the interview so fast, im still stuck at payment, i have to wait for monday. Kindly share the important links, i would be very grateful. I just wonder will i be able to do biometrics in Delhi
blank avatar Akipog on 2019-03-09 said:
If you fill out ds-160 and make a payment then you can schedule. We filled out ds-160 when we got the case number and we made payment when the case was in transit. The payment took one day to arrive then I was able to schedule appointment on ustraveldocs website. Our case showed to ready the next day so I think it wasn't too early to book. I really needed that date because I have vacation that following week. We also scheduled biometrics in Delhi on 26th and medical exam at Max hospital in 25th. After your payment goes through just click on the drop down menu and make sure Delhi is selected for VAC/biometric appointment, select any date at least 2 days before your desired interview date, then it will take you to interview date. For mine only April 5 showed up. Hopefully you get that day as well! Good luck.
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-09 said:
I filled ds160 yesterday and found out about the payment option almost at 5 pm and there was no time left , its 2nd saturday and i was not be able to do it today, i am so relieved to know that i could do biometrics in Delhi, btw, there is 11/4/19 date available for interview,i hope i could get that day. Definitely i would choose max for med as it is close by to where i am staying. Thank you again for all the info, i really appreciate it.
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-09 said:
I filled ds160 yesterday and found out about the payment option almost at 5 pm and there was no time left , its 2nd saturday and i was not be able to do it today, i am so relieved to know that i could do biometrics in Delhi, btw, there is 11/4/19 date available for interview,i hope i could get that day. Definitely i would choose max for med as it is close by to where i am staying. Thank you again for all the info, i really appreciate it.
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-09 said:
I sent email regarding my address to ustraveldocs, i didn't get any reply yet. I requested to send packet 4 in email as well, do you think i need to send them again?
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-09 said:
I sent email regarding my address to ustraveldocs, i didn't get any reply yet. I requested to send packet 4 in email as well, do you think i need to send them again?
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-09 said:
I sent email regarding my address to ustraveldocs, i didn't get any reply yet. I requested to send packet 4 in email as well, do you think i need to send them again?
blank avatar Akipog on 2019-03-09 said:
I would wait for the email from ustraveldocs, I think they take a few days to respond and you'll have to wait until Monday when both of our packages arrive. I sent them an email 2 days ago and didn't receive anything yet. I would wait until next week. You only need some of the packet for the Medi-cal I think. My fiance just called Max hospital and they booked him an appointment over the phone. Don't worry, I'm sure the payment will go through sometime on Monday then you can book the appointment. I was not having any issues with the website.
blank avatar Akipog on 2019-03-09 said:
I would wait for the email from ustraveldocs, I think they take a few days to respond and you'll have to wait until Monday when both of our packages arrive. I sent them an email 2 days ago and didn't receive anything yet. I would wait until next week. You only need some of the packet for the Medi-cal I think. My fiance just called Max hospital and they booked him an appointment over the phone. Don't worry, I'm sure the payment will go through sometime on Monday then you can book the appointment. I was not having any issues with the website.
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-12 said:
I've got 5th april too, thank you so much for your help. I got an email from ustraveldocs that they updated my case and informed the concerned section
blank avatar Akipog on 2019-03-12 said:
Great! We will see you there! I didn't get any email yet.
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-28 said:
Hi I hope everything going well with you guys. I have a sad news that physician ordered to do sputum test that will takes 6-8 weeks to get reports. I was told not to attend interview . They will send my reports directly to consulate once it is ready and i will get instruction from consulate once they get the reports. I had lymph nodes tuberculosis back in 2006 n it showed in chest xray, i dont even have any symptoms or whatsover. I am so down but my fiance planned to visit me in four days that makes me okay now. I wish all the best for both of you
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-03-28 said:
Hi I hope everything going well with you guys. I have a sad news that physician ordered to do sputum test that will takes 6-8 weeks to get reports. I was told not to attend interview . They will send my reports directly to consulate once it is ready and i will get instruction from consulate once they get the reports. I had lymph nodes tuberculosis back in 2006 n it showed in chest xray, i dont even have any symptoms or whatsover. I am so down but my fiance planned to visit me in four days that makes me okay now. I wish all the best for both of you
blank avatar Akipog on 2019-03-28 said:
Hey there, thank you for your good wishes. Sorry to hear about that! When was your Medical? My fiancé had his on Monday. He got his results yesterday all was fine. If you are not showing the symptoms I hope whatever test they do next will show up negative for you. Good luck with everything!
blank avatar M.vinay on 2019-04-05 said:
Plz post review of ur interview.
blank avatar M.vinay on 2019-04-05 said:
Plz post review of ur interview.
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-04-06 said:
Congratulations
blank avatar Pachuau on 2019-04-06 said:
Congratulations
blank avatar Vjscorp on 2019-05-06 said:
Hello! I had few questions about the interview process if you can help me out. My Fiancee interview is on May 9th. 1. Is there something to purchase while inside? she can't take purse or anything so she will take some cash. 2. How long after the interview did you receive the visa in hand? Is there a premium service where you could receive it faster? I'm thinking that after her interview, i want her to leave around May 17th. Let me know if you can help me answer these questions.
blank avatar Vjscorp on 2019-05-06 said:
Hello! I had few questions about the interview process if you can help me out. My Fiancee interview is on May 9th. 1. Is there something to purchase while inside? she can't take purse or anything so she will take some cash. 2. How long after the interview did you receive the visa in hand? Is there a premium service where you could receive it faster? I'm thinking that after her interview, i want her to leave around May 17th. Let me know if you can help me answer these questions.
blank avatar Akipog on 2019-05-06 said:
Hi there. We didn't have to purchase anything, nor did I see anything to purchase. With K-1 visa all the fees are paid in advance. We brought cash with us and the documents and left everything else back at the hotel. We didn't bring water or food, and just had breakfast after we got back to the hotel (around 9:30 or 10). We had our visa interview on Friday, April 5 were approved, and they said it takes 3-5 days to pick it up. She said mostly takes about a week. We got a text message and email on Tuesday, April 9 around 1 p.m. and went to go pick it up. We bought a ticket for that evening back to USA. If they send it to you I think it takes a little longer obviously but May 17th sounds good if she has been approved. I would wait to buy the ticket until you have the visa. We waited until we had ours in hand, because we wanted to leave sooner rather than later.
blank avatar Sachinmayer on 2019-07-26 said:
what did packet 4 had in it?
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