Fe.Ta's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: T
Beneficiary's Name: F
VJ Member: Fe.Ta
Country: Argentina

Last Updated: 2020-03-02
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Immigration Checklist for T & F:

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 : Argentina
I-129F Sent : 2018-11-09
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-11-16
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-03-26
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-04-30
NVC Left : 2019-04-30
Consulate Received : 2019-05-03
Packet 3 Received : 2019-05-10
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-05-24
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-06-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-06-12
US Entry : 2019-06-26
Marriage : 2019-08-07
Comments : We entered through the Miami airport. Because our original flight got delayed by 15 minutes, we were handed off some orange sleeves that would have expedited the process through regular immigration and security. HOWEVER, because we had a visa, these "express sleeves" were useless to us. When we arrived at the immigration window, they did the normal process and then instructed us to go to the immigration room where we waited for the packet to be reviewed. We were not interviewed or questioned for too long. They only asked us where we were going to live, how we met, and finally when we were going to get married so they could let us know it was OK and it fell within the allowed window of staying within the visa. We still missed our next flight, which we knew we would, but it wasn't because of immigration taking as long as in other cases. It was because the allotted window (1 hour or so) was not enough to go through a normal U.S. entry when you are coming internationally (even of a U.S. citizen) AND go through the immigration that checks a visa plus grabbing the luggage to recheck prior to boarding. We hope that helps!
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 130 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 202 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Orlando FL
Date Filed : 2019-09-16
NOA Date : 2019-09-24
RFE(s) : 2020-01-03
Bio. Appt. : 2019-10-17
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : Received RFE on 01/03/2020 regarding birth certificate. The letter said it was insufficient but it could also mean they just lost it. Argentina does not have any other birth entry, they are all about the same, so just re-submitted the exact same paperwork included in the original AOS with a cover letter. Mailed on 01/17/2020, received on 01/22/2020, and USCIS notification of receipt of RFE response on 01/23/2020. Waiting on approval or denial of the RFE response and case.

Update: On February 20, 2020, we received e-mail, text, and app update that our AOS (Green Card) case was updated to "Case is Ready to be Scheduled for An Interview", so our RFE was accepted and we are moving forward. Now, waiting to see how long it takes (as of today it has been 14 days) to schedule interview.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-09-16
NOA Date : 2019-09-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-10-17
Approved Date : 2020-02-25
Date Card Received : 2020-03-02
Comments : EAD got notification of card being produced on 02/24/2020 and official approval on 02/25/2020 through text, app, and e-mail.

Update: On 02/27/2020, we got text, app, and e-mail notification that the card was mailed to us.

Update # 2: We received official USCIS letter in the mail on 02/29/2020.

Update # 3: Received combo card in the mail 03/02/2020.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 162 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-09-16
NOA Date : 2019-09-24
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2020-03-02
Comments : Got official approval on 02/25/2020 through text, app, and e-mail.

Update: We received official USCIS letter in the mail on 02/29/2020.

Update # 2: Received combo card in the mail 03/02/2020.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 162 days.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Argentina
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 8, 2019
Embassy Review : U.S. Embassy in Argentina Review

Everyone was extremely cordial. While some were more serious than others, everything was very organized, well directed, and everyone was cordial and very courteous while we were there fore my fiance's K1 visa interview.

In case you do not know, when you go for the interview, make sure you approach an officer or worker that is handling the line outside. You tell the officer that you are there for a non-immigrant K1 visa interview and he/she will make you skip the line and direct you to one of the windows in the front. The person in the window will give you a green binder with a sticky note that says you got to windows 4 and 5 so everyone is aware. They will take you through security. You SHOULD NOT take any mobile phones or electronics and avoid any weapons (pepper spray, etc.). For guys, my fiance avoided wearing a belt. For ladies, I took a small purse with the basics and avoided too much jewelry. You then go to the window #4 and the person in charge will also take you through the side of the line so your fingerprints (beneficiary's) can be taken. Once that is done, you walk over the window #5 and you must approach the police officer there. You need to explain (once again) that you are there for a K1 interview so he/she can take you into the reception without making the line outside. The lady in the reception area knew my fiance's name because they were expecting us, so she directed us over the chair area in the left-hand side where we waited to be called. We then started gathering the documents on the list in front of the green binder, mainly originals. Then, my fiance was called to one of the windows (more like a room) where he took the binder and was asked for anything that could be missing. He then came back and waited to be called a second time for the actual interview. We were there from 10:05 (our interview was at 10:30) until about 12:30ish. The actual interview was short (not even 10 minutes). The officer was cordial and direct. Overall, we felt very comfortable and very well treated. Even though my fiance felt a bit intimidated, he agreed that everyone was super helpful and nice to him and that helped him with his nerves.

WE hope some of this details help in giving peace of mind to those that follow.
Rating : Very Good


Timeline Comments: 1

Fe.Ta on 2019-10-18 said:
We had biometrics appointment done on 10/17/2019 at 1PM at the Orlando office (S Semoran). Process was extremely smooth and people were serious, professional but cordial. In and out in 15 minutes or so. They did not ask us for anything else except my husband's passport (identification) and the biometrics notice from the USCIS. However, we were ready with a certified copy of our marriage certificate, all USCIS NOAs for EAD, AP, and AOS, and both of our passports. Just FYI.
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