TandClaudia's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Torrance
Beneficiary's Name: Claudia
VJ Member: TandClaudia
Country: Panama

Last Updated: 2019-08-22
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Immigration Checklist for Torrance & Claudia:

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 : Panama
I-129F Sent : 2019-03-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2019-03-12
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-05-30
NVC Received : 2019-06-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-06-22
NVC Left : 2019-07-09
Consulate Received : 2019-07-11
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-07-12
Packet 4 Received : 2019-07-30
Interview Date : 2019-08-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-08-22
US Entry : 2019-08-31
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 79 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 156 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Panama
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 19, 2019
Embassy Review : My biggest take-aways:

• Bring a paper copy of the P4 email with you. My fiancée’s name wasn’t on the list as having an interview that day and having that printout was the only reason why we were not turned away.

• If the beneficiary has long hair, please read the passport photo instructions closely, and make sure that his/her ears are visible in the photo.

• Bring cash, just in case. $5 bills, $1 bills, or “moneda.” There’s a machine for passport photos that accepts bills, and there’s also a vending machine. The Security Guards there are very nice and helpful, but they don’t always have change.

• Organize your documents in the manner that they request you to do so in the P4 email. If you can find an “accordion style” folder with the tabs, that is very helpful.

• Bring a book, magazine, or a sketchpad. They don’t get in a hurry to do ANYTHING there. 

• Be prepared for opened ended questions, and listen to the questions fully before answering.

Our appointment was on Thursday August 15, 2019 at 1pm CST.

We arrived at the Embassy at 12:30. This is the rainy season in Panama, and thankfully, there was a canopy for us to stand under while we waited for the green light to walk up the hill.

We went through a security checkpoint with metal detectors, and they took any electronics, and liquid that people brought with them. They gave you a number for you to collect your items later.

You will exit the checkpoint, walk another 200 meters, and enter another building. This is the main building where the interview takes place, and yes, there’s another security checkpoint and metal detector.

We were asked to go to the ticket machine past the checkpoint, press the third button, get a ticket, and then wait near window number 9 for our number to be called.

My fiancée was told that not enough of her ears were showing in the photos that she used for the medical appointment, and they asked her to go and take another photo, take another number, and then come back. She wasn’t the only person that this happened to.

The lady in front of us had the same issue. The security guard was nice enough to let her borrow/use a “hair tie,” so she could take the correct type of photo. I thought that was very nice.

After getting the passport photos corrected, our number was called, we presented all of the requested documents from the P4 email, my fiancée was given the domestic abuse pamphlet, they kept her passport and we were asked to wait until her name was called.

When her name was finally called, I went to the window with her. The Embassy Officer didn’t ask me to leave, so I assumed that he wanted me there as well.

He proceed to attempt to validate her fingerprints, and the machine would not read her prints. After 10 attempts over the course of the next 5 minutes, he asked us to sit down for a moment.

Our names were called again, and the officer was able to successfully take my fiancee’s fingerprints prior to starting the interview. He asked if she wanted the interview in English or Spanish, and he spoke to me in both English and Spanish.

The questions were very open ended, and the officer seemed to be more interested in my fiancee’s body language and facial expressions rather than the actual answers. He also made lots of correct statements, followed by incorrect assumptions, with the expectation of us correcting him.

Eg: You’re from Venezuela, correct? Yes. Caracas, right? No.
Tell me about the city where you were born.

Tell me about your Fiancee.
Does he live in a house or an apartment.
Tell me about his house.
Have you ever been there?

After 5 minutes of questioning her, he asked me a few questions about my house and my fiancée. He then asked us to have a seat. I assume that he was looking at our I-129F to verify her answers. 2 minutes later, he called us back to the window, said that we were approved, and said that her visa should be ready in 5 to 10 days. I gave my fiancée a big kiss and we left.

Rating : Good

POE Review: Atlanta
Event Description
Entry Date : 2019-08-31
Embassy Review : We had a 2 1/2 hour layover, there were multiple flights landing at the same time of ours and the customs line was very long.

I have Global Entry, so I took my fiancée to the Global Entry Kiosk with me. The kiosk wasn't working at the time, and so I told the agent that I have Global Entry, my fiancée is making her initial entry, and that she will need to go through secondary processing. The agent pointed me to the "special assistance" line and it was completely empty.

The first CBP officer took our photos, did the initial processing and then sent us to the secondary processing room.

In secondary processing, we waited about 15 minutes, the CBP officer called my fiancée, I went to the counter with her, and he told her that she has 90 days to get married, told her about the adjustment of status process, and sent her on her way.

We had to go to a tertiary processing area near baggage claim, because she brought her dog with her. The officer only wanted to see the rabies vaccination for the dog, and then we were on our way.

Total time: 45 minutes.

(updated on September 3, 2019)
Harassment Level : Low

Timeline Comments: 1

Chocolatecookie on 2019-08-22 said:
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