chelseafan's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: P
Beneficiary's Name: H
VJ Member: chelseafan
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2010-11-07
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Immigration Checklist for P & H:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2006-10-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-11-17
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-02-15
NVC Received : 2007-02-22
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-02-23
Consulate Received : 2007-02-26
Packet 3 Received : 2007-03-02
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-03-09
Packet 4 Received : 2007-03-21
Interview Date : 2007-04-19
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-04-21
US Entry : 2007-05-26
Marriage : 2007-05-30
Comments : medical appt. 29-03-07
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 90 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 153 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Dallas
POE Date : 2007-05-26
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Man in "regular" non-USC queue took large envelope and passport. Waited (as told) for 90 minutes in secondary processing, man came out, handed me my passport and said I needed to go pick up my luggage. Not one single question asked. Just a long wait after a trans-Atlantic flight!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Detroit MI
Date Filed : 2007-06-29
NOA Date : 2007-07-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-08-01
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-10-25
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-10-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2007-11-02
Comments : Easy peasy interview. CO had a very droll sense of humor....I felt right at home! Didn't look at one scrap of evidence, said he had all he needed. I think he just didn't want to go through all five binders I'd put together! LOL

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-06-29
NOA Date : 2007-07-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-08-29
Approved Date : 2007-10-25
Date Card Received : 2007-10-31
Comments : Oops. Added $70 for biometrics fee= rejection notice. Have to re-submit application.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 118 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-06-29
NOA Date : 2007-07-16
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 40 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-09-11
NOA Date : 2009-09-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-10-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-01-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2010-01-19
Comments : Took MONTHS longer than all other Sept. 09 filers! Horrible to have a common last name when undergoing background checks! It's all good now.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 21, 2007
Embassy Review : As reported by my fiance:

Got in line (queue) 30 minutes prior to 10am appt. Wonderful security personnel making jokes and generally helping to ease the tension of all of the people waiting to get thrugh security. Slight problem with security...seemed the musical card I'd sent could be "seen" on the x-ray machine. Had to leave it with her cell phone. Darn..and it was so cute too! It sand "Wild Thing". LOL
Got directions from a smiling lady at reception area. Was one of only 2 "immigrant" visas waiting for appts. Called to first window, turned over police report, financial docs, etc. told to go pay $100 visa fee. Chuckled about the dollar to pound exchange rate, since this was the least expensive part of the whole process! Gave pay slip back to nice lady at initial window she was seen at. Told to have a seat.
Called for interview in less than 30 minutes. Thanks to previous posters in this section, my fiance wore a watch, so she would know how much time had elapsed. She reported that the "All-American" young man who interviewed her was extremely pleasant. He made her laugh when she said it wasn't what she was expecting and he put on a "campy British accent" and teasingly asked if she'd thought just the two of them would sit down for a nice chat over tea and scones? He was very professional, and very thorough. She said he did lots of typing and explained that he hoped that by being thorough now, it would help us have a smoother process for AOS in the future. How nice is that??
She said he thanked her for having duplicate copies of everything. It saved him some work.
When he said "All of this looks to be in order", she hesitated then asked..."Does that mean I'm approved?". When he said "Yes".....she burst into tears. He told her she wasn't supposed to cry when he says "yes" only if he says "No"...and she managed to respond that they were "happy tears"!
She paid the courier fee and left the Embassy to call Me!
All in all, it was a nice finish to this part of the process.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Dallas
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-05-26
Embassy Review : Man in "regular" non-USC queue took large envelope and passport. Waited (as told) for 90 minutes in secondary processing, man came out, handed me my passport and said I needed to go pick up my luggage. Not one single question asked. Just a long wait after a trans-Atlantic flight!
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Detroit MI
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : October 25, 2007
Embassy Review : Simply brilliant interview. On-time. Professional, but with a very dry (British) sense of humor which put me at ease. I had five binders worth of "evidence" of which was my K-1 stuff (1), then I had my wedding pix (2), copies of every scrap of paper sent for AOS, with updated pay slips (3), joint residence stuff (4), and all originals (5). He didn't ask for anything.....not ONE thing!! I never even had to get my passport out! I used my Mich. drivers license as ID to get into the waiting area!

We chatted just briefly about how we'd met, what sort of work I previously in the UK (events manager...started as a chef), that propmted the officer to say he liked to cook.....and he proceeded to print me up a recipe for fried chicken!!

He gave me several tips for filing to remove conditions in two years.

It was less than 20 minutes total.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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