futurecoloradogrl's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: B
Beneficiary's Name: B
VJ Member: futurecoloradogrl
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2019-08-02
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Immigration Checklist for B & B:

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 :
I-129F NOA1 : 2019-02-14
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-05-04
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-06-11
NVC Left : 2019-06-11
Consulate Received : 2019-06-17
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-07-29
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-08-02
US Entry : 2019-09-10
Marriage :
Comments : Date of medical: 12th July 2019

Visa issued 2 days after interview (interviewed Monday morning, CEAC showed 'issued' by Wednesday afternoon).

I could have bumped up the speed of the process by a few weeks (could have booked the medical and interview sooner) but have had an ill family member to visit in hospital so haven't been rushing things along. Didn't expect 2019 applications to start moving so fast!
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 79 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 165 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : July 30, 2019
Embassy Review : I travelled into London Waterloo on the 9:15 train from Basingstoke for my Monday appointment - I would be arriving in London just after 10am so was allowed to purchase a cheaper off-peak ticket. Once at Waterloo there were overground trains every few minutes to Vauxhall from Platforms 1-4 - only a few minutes ride away. Once at Vauxhall Station I flagged down a taxi cab and quickly arrived in front of the Embassy building.

I turned up to the South Pavilion of the embassy building at 10:45am for my 11:30am appointment and was allowed straight through. I was required to show my DS-160 printout at this first outdoor checkpoint along with my passport and appointment confirmation printout. Staff were quick and professional at checking my documents whilst they dealt with a very confused older woman who was blocking the way for everyone and didn't know why she was there. There are many armed guards around the outside of the building, which may be scary for young children or anyone who hasn't seen a large gun in person before.

Next was the security checkpoint - just like airport security. If carrying any drinks you are required to open them and take a sip in front of the security staff. The appointment letter mentioned only sealed bottles were allowed, but the girl in front of me was allowed to take her half-full reusable one. I left my other liquids with a family member elsewhere in London to be safe. Everything is very well signposted, so it's almost impossible to get lost.

I then queued up outside the next part of the building - there are two queues, one for visa applications and another for US citizens. Other applicants in the queue were friendly, I chatted to a woman from South Africa and a man from Pakistan. Most people seemed to be there for travel visas or working holiday visas. The line was slow and it took until around 11:20 when I was seen at the desk inside. I was required to show my DS-160 printout again and several stickers were attached, the main one showing my 'ticket number' for my interview. The waiting and ticket process makes it seem very anti-climatic, like waiting at the bank.

Next you are required to take the elevator (got to use the American word at the embassy I guess) up to the next floor. The sticker you received will show what desks you want to wait around. K-1 and spouse visas are in a separate smaller area around the corner to the left from the 'main floor' of desks and other applicants waiting.

I waited around 15 minutes until my number appeared on screen and a friendly but quiet young man asked to see my various documents. I did have to politely ask him to repeat himself a few times as it was hard to hear through the bank-style windows. He gave back an open envelope containing my x-ray CD and kept hold of my passport, birth certificate and police certificate - any plastic document sleeves have to be removed. I assumed he would keep my US passport style photos but I believe those are scanned now (I didn't remember at the time if he took them or not). He also took and kept the I-134 filled out by my fiance as well as the first page of his tax return document printout. He made a comment about my fiance not signing the bottom of the tax return document and that it was important he should have done that - I later asked my fiance about this and he said that didn't make sense as he submits his taxes digitally and so doesn't have to sign anything. I was also asked if I had an employer's letter from my fiance, but I didn't - I assumed the I-134 and tax returns were more than sufficient to prove his income and employment. I think the man behind the counter said not to worry (so of course I immediately worried about it). I was directed to sit back down again and wait until my number was called for the interview.

I ended up waiting another 45 minutes to an hour until I was next called up to the window - I think the staff were all on their lunch breaks, as no one was called for a while. I was sat with a group of other K-1 and spouse visa applicants - they were all so friendly and funny, it was a great way to pass the time chatting with others face-to-face about our experiences with the process (and about Visajourney!), and also keeping an eye out for each others' numbers so we didn't miss our turn. When one person came out of their interview grinning or cheering we were all so happy for them.

I was one of the last people to be called up to be interviewed. The interviewer was an American woman who seemed polite but also seemed like she wanted to get it over and done with (I guess since I was the last person she'd have to interview for the day). I had overheard some interviewers being very friendly and chatty, even laughing together, so I was a bit nervous when mine seemed like the opposite. I raised my hand to agree to the oath and also scanned in my finger and thumb prints. She returned my birth certificate and police certificate.

Questions I was asked:
- How did you meet?
- What does your fiance do for a job?
- How long have you known each other?
- What do you plan to do when you get to the US? (I said 'get married within 90 days' - I assume this is what they were interested in? Not hobbies, future work plans, etc?)

She simply replied 'It looks like everything is in order'. I, a bundle of nerves, asked 'so.. is that everything?'. She just responded, 'Thank you, goodbye' and walked away. And that was it. I slowly left, still a nervous mess, just taking in what happened and still unsure if I was approved or not.

After posting more briefly here on VJ about my experience, it seems like this is pretty typical - no major red flags. She kept my passport and didn't ask for more documents, which is a good sign. Currently it's the next day after my interview and my CEAC case tracker status is still showing 'Ready'. I'll just keep checking up on it and also watch my email for any courier updates.

In conclusion, the entire process wasn't completely awful - very typical of what you'd expect from a government organisation. Professional and polite. I just wish I'd had a more friendly interviewer to put my nervous self at ease. And that I'd got hold of an employer letter from my fiance and had him sign somewhere on his tax return (?) just to avoid the uncertainty with those documents. I shall wait and see what happens, and update my profile for y'all (gotta start practising talking more American now) & keep you updated!
Rating : Moderate


Timeline Comments: 1

Pooley on 2019-06-12 said:
Hey! You're close to me! I'm in Idaho
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