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JackMatt's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Suzy
Beneficiary's Name: Jack
VJ Member: JackMatt
Country: Italy

Last Updated: 2023-11-21
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Immigration Checklist for Suzy & Jack:

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 : Naples, Italy
I-129F Sent : 2018-02-28
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-03-06
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-10-01
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2018-10-30
Consulate Received : 2018-11-02
Packet 3 Received : 2018-11-16
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-12-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-12-10
US Entry : 2018-12-18
Marriage : 2019-02-02
Comments : Finally my turn to write a review!

The whole process is a torture and I really didn't like to ask "permission" to marry my loved one, I am a very anxious person, but once it's done it doesn't really matter and now I look at the past as a good story to tell.
Our process lasted exactly 9 months and in the final steps has been tricky: I had the interview on Dec. 5th in Naples, I live in northern Italy so it was not right behind the corner for me.
I arrived on Dec. 3rd and in the morning I received a call from the consulate telling me that my appointment had been re-scheduled on Dec. 6th (due to the death of G.W.Bush), I was obviously pissed off but actually it's been a good chance to visit again the wonderful city of Naples.


The appointment is at 8am, I arrived at 7am and had a few people in line. No hurry to get there at 6am, just get there and wait.
The people there is very kind and patient (of course...you pay 220 euro for that!).
There you'll meet other anxious people wishing for their visa to be approved to share your anxiety with! I suggest to become friend of them, I made some good friends!


Anxiety grew bigger and bigger, tried to calm me down with some tasty pizzas and panzerotti.

DEC 6th - D-DAY

As I stated before, my interview was re-scheduled on this day at 11am.
I got there at 10.20 and told to wait in line, I have to say that the security guys were very gentle.
10.50am I went in, security check, got inside, told to go to 2nd floor, got upsairs, other gentle security guard told me to sit and wait to be called.
A very kind girl sitting behind a table called my number and ordered all the papers needed in the right order, gave them back to me and told me to keep them in that order and that they were gonna call my number for the interview.
"NUMBER 15" they called, first interview: a nice girl collected my papers and asked me a few easy questions in Italian about my relationship, as I wrote she was very chilled and the questions asked were asked slowly, in the meanwhile she was reviewing the documents.
Then she told me to go sit down again and wait to be called for the final interview.

"NUMBER 15 WINDOW 3" they called... a Filipino woman was just refused by the same consular officer!
Got there, she greeted me in English, didn't ask if I prefer Italian or English so I kept speaking her language.
She started asking questions quite fast about my relationship: where's your fiance now? What is her job? How did you meet? Who introduced her to you? How did you meet the people who introduced her to you?Why don't you marry in Italy? How many times have you been in the USA? What did you do when you were there? Did you work there? Were you married before? Was she married before? Do you have children? Does she have children? etc....
She asked to see fotos of us and I had about 40 pictures of us with my family when she visited in Italy.
Of course my relationship is 100% real so I had no problem in answering all the questions and she was really kind, I felt very comfortable!
Don't worry if you can't answer some questions: despite of what I thought they are human beings too!
Then she asked me about the refusal I was given last year for a B2 visa and told me that it was a problem, her exact words: "I can see this relationship is real, but the fact you had been denied a visa before makes my job harder!"... and she was very pissed off when she said that!!!
At this point I was hopeless!
She gave me a 221(g) paper, kept my passport and told me to wait for further communications 'cause she had to make some investigations on my case.
I left the consulate hopeless and lost, called my fiance, went to the bus station and rode home.

DEC.7th - VISA DAY (happy ending)

After a 10 hours bus ride I was almost reaching my town when my mobile rang... 8.50am... a voice on the other side said: "This is the US consulate, we want to inform you that your visa has been approved!"

Six hours later I checked on the CEAC website and my visa status was ISSUED.

So, at the end of the whole adventure/story/torture I want to say to all Naples consulate applicants that I understand their anxiety and stress, it's a fu***ng hard time but it's completely worth it, if your relationship is real you don't have to worry about anything!

Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 209 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 275 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Francisco CA
Date Filed : 2019-03-11
NOA Date : 2019-03-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-04-18
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2020-02-20
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-02-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2020-02-28
Comments : Jan. 13th - Interview has been scheduled, wait the notice in the mail.

Jan.27th - Interview notice received

Feb.20th - Interview: lot of anxiety for nothing... It took us less than 10 minutes, basic questions. At the end the IO gave us a paper stating that we have to wait for her decision and no need for other documents. Five minutes later I checked my status and it said: New card is being produced!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-03-11
NOA Date : 2019-03-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-04-18
Approved Date : 2019-09-04
Date Card Received : 2019-09-11
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 177 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-04-01
NOA Date : 2019-04-22
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 128 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2021-11-26
NOA Date : 2021-11-29
RFE(s) : 2023-03-03
Bio. Appt. : 2022-04-20
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2023-04-26
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2023-05-04
Comments : -Biometrics waived
-RFE 03/03/23
-Response to RFE received 04/03/23
-Interview waived

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : San Francisco CA
Date Filed : 2023-05-06
NOA Date : 2023-05-06
Bio. Appt. : 2023-05-10
Interview Date : 2023-11-20
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2023-11-20
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Naples, Italy
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 7, 2018
Embassy Review : Cool people, no worries!
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 1

MariaRosaria on 2018-12-10 said:
Happy for you! :)
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