Eli?Mica's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Eliezer
Beneficiary's Name: Mica
VJ Member: Eli?Mica
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2019-05-09
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Immigration Checklist for Eliezer & Mica:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2018-10-04
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-10-11
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-02-21
NVC Received : 2019-03-18
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-03-21
NVC Left : 2019-04-02
Consulate Received : 2019-04-04
Packet 3 Received : 2019-04-21
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2019-04-22
Interview Date : 2019-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Marriage : 2019-09-22
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 133 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 209 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 9, 2019
Embassy Review : Our interview was scheduled yesterday at 7:15 am. Stayed at a hotel nearby just to avoid any delays due to traffic. We left the hotel at 6:15 and got to the embassy at 6:20 am.

First queue (USEM gate): 6:20 am
They ask for your DS-160 confirmation page and passport. They put the passport in a ziplock and they place a sticker with barcode on the confirmation page in alphanumeric format (one letter with 4 numbers). Ours was A**49. After this, you are allowed to enter.
*You have to go through routine security check so don't bring any electronic device. They have a separate entrance for US citizens and applicants.

Second queue (WAITING AREA): 6:35 am
You are asked to line up (seated). They allow entries based on the time of appointment. So there's no point in coming in way too early. Waited for 10 mins, then at 6:45 am, 30 mins before our interview, they let us in.
*Another security check upon entry

Third queue (PRE-SCREENING): 6:50 am
They ask for your DS-160 confirmation to check the first letter of the sticker with barcode. Ours was A, so I had to go to Section A on the left. You will be seated for the most part but you'll be asked to stand up when it's almost your turn.
At this point, you have to prepare your DS-160 confirmation, PSA Birth Cert, CENOMAR, NBI and SLEC medical sealed envelope and insert them in your passport (don't remove from ziplock).
Waited in line for 30 mins. Pre-screening took less than 10 mins. You'll be screened by Filipinos. Aside from the docs above, they also asked for the appointment confirmation and MRV fee receipt.
My name and DOB, K2's name, age and DOB, Fiance's name and DOB, Fiance's address in the US. Previous countries I visited and for how long. She took all the docs and put it in a folder, gave me back the DS 160 confirmation, wished us good luck and asked us to proceed to the finger scanning at window 50 or 51.

Fourth queue (FINGER SCANNING): 7:30 am
Took us less than 5 mins to do this, no lines.

Fifth queue (INTERVIEW): 7:35 am
We were seated for about 30 mins. Then we were asked to stand up when it's almost our turn. Unfortunately, the consul assigned to us was very meticulous and previous interviews were taking up to 30 mins. We stood there for an hour (yes, we can hear the questions from where we stood) and when it's finally our turn, I greeted the consul good morning and my son did the same.

Here's the funny part, she was soooo nice to us, probably because my 9-yr-old speaks the language and she probably thinks he's adorable. We were asked to raise our right hand and take an oath. Then we did another finger scan. She asked the same questions as the pre-screening officer.

Additional questions asked were: how we met, what does my fiancé do for a living. Then she asked my son if he likes my fiance, he said "I like him very much".

She gave me the IMBRA pamphlet and explained a bit about domestic violence. Then she approved our visa application. Before we left, she asked my son what state are we headed, he said California, she replied with "Enjoy buddy, I hope you have a great time!"

Seems like he's my lucky charm, took us approximately 5 mins to finish! Not only that, she DIDN'T ask for affidavit of support or proof of relationship.

We were done by 9:05 am.
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 11

Damonlee on 2019-02-25 said:
Congrats on your approval!
Eli?Mica on 2019-02-25 said:
Thank you, I'm sure yours is on the way too!
blank avatar Dpierre on 2019-02-25 said:
Eli?Mica on 2019-03-04 said:
Thank you and congratulations to you too!
Eli?Mica on 2019-03-04 said:
Thank you and congratulations to you too!
blank avatar Dpierre on 2019-04-04 said:
We have just about the same dates for everything except my case is now stuck at NVC for AP. Congrats
GF. on 2019-05-09 said:
Seems like you breezed through the interview :) Congrats!
GF. on 2019-05-09 said:
Seems like you breezed through the interview :) Congrats!
Eli?Mica on 2019-05-09 said:
Yes, thank you! Just smile and be confident. They won't give you a hard time!😊
Ennyolah on 2019-05-09 said:
JeffandNadine on 2019-05-10 said:
Congratulations! Thank you for your review, very hepful!
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