marnold's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Hannah
Beneficiary's Name: Matthew
VJ Member: marnold
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2019-02-12
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Immigration Checklist for Hannah & Matthew:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2018-07-12
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-07-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-12-17
NVC Received : 2018-12-18
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-01-02
NVC Left : 2019-01-08
Consulate Received : 2019-01-11
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-02-05
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-02-12
US Entry : 2019-02-17
Marriage :
Comments : 2019-02-05 - After interview case was touched on CEAC - Ready
2019-02-06 - Nonimmigrant visa - AP
2019-02-07 - ISSUED
2019-02-12 - Visa delivery, received via DX Secure Mail - "Big White Envelope of Doom" included.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 155 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 205 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 5, 2019
Embassy Review : I chose to stay at the Thistle - Terminal 5 Heathrow for some sweet runway views before my appointment in the morning.

I arrived to the embassy at around 8:45am and sat around admiring the views before taking a stroll down to the South Pavilion visa services booth at around 9:10am - my appointment was at 9:30am, and I was directed straight into security where I was asked to put all of my belongings into a tray so they could be x-ray'd and I also had to take a sip of the drink I had with me.

Once through security, I walked up through the courtyard and waited in-line with the rest of the 9:30am appointments. After the line started moving, I got my DS-160 stickered and I was directed to Level 1, and then to walk to the left, down to the end of the hall, and then left again. There is a small waiting area with 4 booths for immigrant visas.

My number was above a booth as I was walking into the waiting area. I was greeted by a man who asked for my DS-160, photos, birth certificate, ACRO report, and the affidavit of support. He took my fingerprints, and then I was told to sit back down in the waiting area until my number was called again.

Around 10-15 minutes later, I was called up and I was greeted by a friendly American woman who asked me to swear under oath that I was giving correct information. She then asked me for the petitioner's name, and asked how we met, how many times we have seen each other and whether I had ever been in trouble with the police before (I'm squeaky clean, no trace). After those few questions, she took my fingerprints a few more times, and then said 'Congratulations, we will be approving your visa today'.

I almost broke down in tears on the spot, I thanked her and walked away with tears in my eyes and a massive smile on my face.

Such a relief that this first stage is almost over! Now for the wait for visa issuance.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2019-02-17
Embassy Review : I was funnelled into the first time ESTA/visitors with visas line, took about 20 minutes or so of waiting - it wasn't incredibly busy.
The immigration officer asked what I was doing in the US, I said I came in on a K1 visa, he then asked for my packet, asked for the date of the wedding (we haven't planned the date yet, so I said the start of April and he was satisfied with that).

He then flicked a switch which made a red light blink at the booth, he gave my K1 packet paperwork over to another immigration officer who then directed me into secondary. It's a small room which feels pretty much like a police station. I was told to sit down and wait until they called my name.

About 15 minutes later, another officer asked me if I had been arrested before (no, clean record) and then she said "You realise you have 90 days from today, right?" I answered yes, she gave me back my passport and I was on my way to collect my bag.

All in all, not bad, but not amazing either.

(updated on February 17, 2019)
Harassment Level : Low

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(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.

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