MarryMe987654's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Marry
Beneficiary's Name: Me
VJ Member: MarryMe987654
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2020-03-13
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Immigration Checklist for Marry & Me:

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 : 2018-12-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-12-18
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-04-17
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-05-03
NVC Left : 2019-05-14
Consulate Received : 2019-05-20
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-05-30
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-06-11
US Entry : 2019-07-18
Marriage : 2019-08-09
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 120 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 163 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2019-07-18
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Montgomery AL
Date Filed : 2019-09-06
NOA Date : 2019-09-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-10-30
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2020-03-03
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-03-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2020-03-09
Comments : Original biometrics appt was set on Oct 8th. I had to request for rescheduling due to an important medical appointment. New appointment received on Oct 19th.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-09-06
NOA Date : 2019-09-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-10-30
Approved Date : 2019-12-18
Date Card Received : 2019-12-27
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 103 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-09-06
NOA Date : 2019-09-15
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2019-12-24
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 104 days.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : June 17, 2019
Embassy Review : • Visa Type: K1
• Date and Time: May 30, 2019 / 6:45 AM
• Time start/end: 6:30 AM to 8:20 AM
• Accommodation: Red Planet Manila Bay
• Outfit: Collared t-shirt, denim jeans, white converse sneakers
• Documents: One blue binder with our documents (i-129F copy, tax transcripts, tax returns, W2, updated letter of intent, appointment schedule, DS-160, BPI receipt, NBI, CENOMAR, medical from SLEC, proof of relationship, extra 2x2 photos, Birth certificate, Affidavit of support, letter from employer, paystubs)

• I did not bring a bag. Just my blue binder and a pen.

Everything is smooth and organized.
The ushers are a big help.
People are not necessarily friendly but they are professional (it's a plus).
The waiting time makes up most of the 2 hours (Line up outside=20 mins; 1st screening=10 mins; fingerprint=5 mins; Interview=5 mins)

Questions asked on first screening includes:
• If I was married
• If I have children
• If I served the military

Questions asked on CO interview includes:
• How we met
• When did we meet
• For how long (When I sensed that he was not really happy with the frequency and length of visit, I proactively said, "it's the only time we can get off of work". He understood and nodded in agreement.)
• Do you have photos together ("Yes, I do" and gave the CO about 3 pages of regular white paper with 2 photos each. He looked at them and I asked, "would you need more?" he said it's fine)

Then he told me that my visa is approved and told me that it will take 2-4 weeks for the visa to be issued.

I said, "Awesome! Thank you and have a great day!"


Tips:
- While waiting in line, stand up properly and don't hunch. It adds to the confidence. It's like exuding positive and pleasant control of your emotions.
- Don't be too obvious when looking around. It's going to make you more nervous when you see people's faces and situations and might accidentally absorb someone else's negativity.
- Pace your walk, look at signs and warnings and posters. It helps you condition your mind on what you are supposed to do when it's your turn.
- When talking to the person behind the window, use common pleasantries (Good morning, How are you? Thank you. Pardon me? I am sorry? Have a good day!)
- When I feel like my sentence kind of ended awkwardly or abruptly, I say "That's all." and then I smile.
- When I am not sure of the answer, I say, "I am not sure... but..." offer a fact that you know that is related to the question. Example: " Do you have your fiance's divorce papers?" Say, "I am not sure but I can take a look at my documents." or "I am not sure but I will get a copy of it if it's necessary."
- While waiting in line, think about how your personality output is going to be like. Think about a person in your life that you want the other person to be like. Pick someone that you don't necessarily want to engage in so much conversation with but you want to be casual and factual with anyway because he/she might play an important role in your life someday. You don't want to be overly chummy with this person but you want to make sure that when this person ask you something, he/she will be impressed.
- Be spontaneous. CO said something, confirm it by saying, "Got it!" or "Noted!". You're talking to a human being that reads gestures, studies your body language and listens carefully on your words so own it.
- Do not argue or look argumentative or opinionated. Be a sponge. Be a little kid that answers honestly when asked. If something upsets you, shake it off immediately. You don't need your ego at this moment. This is your life together with the love of your life. He/she is worth it so suck it up!

When everything's said and done and you are at least 50 meter from the embassy, start pouring all your emotions, give yourself a treat, do not dwell on the past anymore, continue to move forward with plans.

Remember, if it were easy, everyone would do it.... and succeed on it.
Rating : Very Good


Local US CIS Office Review: Montgomery AL
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 4, 2020
Embassy Review : Montgomery Alabama AOS Interview Review
March 3, 2020.
Filed AOS in September 2019 and interview is set today at 1:15 PM.

It was a pretty small building but it’s clean, organized and not crowded. They have plenty of parking space as well.
We entered the building at 12:40. We were asked to take off belt, wallet, bag, watch at the security and go through metal detector. They’ll make you remove your shoes if you are wearing high heels.

We checked in smoothly. Probably only took 5 mins from going through security. We provided IDs and appointment letter to the first window.
There were probably less than 10 couples at the waiting area. We only waited for 10 mins and we were called in.

Overall, talking to him was probably about 20 mins with 15 mins spent talking about ROC. It was very relaxed and spontaneous. It’s like talking to an acquaintance. He was very easy going and not very strict. He even let us in on some really good information about the process and comments freely on our personalities. I had a little trouble with the accent, but he didn’t mind repeating himself.

It was really a good experience except from the time I was overthinking and nervous about being interviewed.
Harassment Level : Very Good


Timeline Comments: 1

blank avatar Jjdhs on 2019-06-24 said:
CONGRATS and Thanks for the Tips sharing! It's really nice of you!
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