Leney's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jolene
Beneficiary's Name: David
VJ Member: Leney
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2011-04-10
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Immigration Checklist for Jolene & David:

USCIS I-130/I-129F Petitions:  
Dept of State K3 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  


K3 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
Marriage : 2005-06-25
I-130 Sent : 2006-09-15
I-130 NOA1 : 2006-09-20
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-129F Sent : 2006-10-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-10-30
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-01-10
NVC Received : 2007-01-25
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-03-20
Packet 4 Received : 2007-04-03
Interview Date : 2007-05-04
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-05-12
US Entry : 2007-05-27
I-130 Approval : 2007-01-10
Comments : Medical on 30 March 2007
London Embassy - Approved 4 May 2007 K3/K4
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 72 days from your NOA1 date.

Your I-130 was approved in 112 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 226 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2007-05-27
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Date Filed : 2007-06-15
NOA Date : 2007-06-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-07-13
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-09-14
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-09-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2007-10-12
Comments : 2007-06-15 Sent step-son's I-130 along with AoS for Hubby and son

2007-06-18 Mail received and signed for 1:46 am, CHICAGO, IL

2007-06-26 All 3 checks cashed by Homeland Security

2007-07-13 - Biometrics for my step son and hubby were scheduled for July 25th, but they did them while we were there for hubby's EAD biometrics at the York, PA office

Hubby and son's interviews were today in Philly. We were there for 9am, the interviews were for 9:40am and 10:10am - They didn't take us until 10:03am but there were lots of late arrivals and lots of annoyed officers and lawyers waiting on clients. We were called back by a young officer named Mr. De Jesus. He asked us to tell us about ourselves, we asked him what he wanted to know - he asked how we met, asked about our son's biological mother. He asked about our jobs, and had a chat with our son about his black eye that he got in school (from a girl!) the officer told him a story about how he was beaten up by a girl when he was little and it made our son feel better about his black eye which I thought was really sweet! He asked to see all of our originals for birth certificates, marriage license, divorce decree, and custody papers. He asked about my hubby's name change (his mum remarried when he was 5) and he explained that and that was it - he didn't ask to see our joint property information, photos, tickets or anything like that. He wasn't interested in our tax stuff, he said he already had it. He told us we were approved and we'd get an email in 2 weeks and the green cards in 3 weeks. We told him that the London Embassy had taken both our original and copies of our custody papers and asked if we could get the original back - he went and copied it and return the original to us and kept the copy for himself - he was wonderful! He shook our hands and we thanked him profusely and that was it. It was so much better than I expected.

Welcome letters received for hubby and son October 6, 2007.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Saint Albans VT
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-06-06
NOA Date : 2007-06-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-07-13
Approved Date : 2007-07-19
Date Card Received : 2007-07-26
Comments : EAD check cashed by gov't 6/16/07

Transferred to VERMONT SERVICE CENTER location for processing and sent a notice explaining this action. 6/26/2007
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 43 days.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K3 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 5, 2007
Embassy Review : My husband's interview review in his own words:

I attended the US embassy in London yesterday (May 4th) and was given approval for my immigrant visa, the staff inside were ideal, efficient fast and had a sense of humor, the total process took around two hours from the time I entered the building and obtained by number. This is by no means lightning fast, but I had been prepared to dig in for 5+ hours.

A few things of note, the security detail are incredibly slow, so definately start queuing at least 45 mins to one hour before hand, do a walkpast first thing in the AM if its busy already I would say queue before that, I only managed to get there half hour before hand due to some unforseen bowel rumblings which resulted in me sprinting from London victoria, so if you saw a very angry man running through london in a pair if combat boots, black shirt and trousers, that was me. This resulted in me being stuck in security until 1130hrs an hour after my interview time.

Keeping your documents well organised is also a very big help at the interview, it doesnt make a good impression when your leafing through 30 plus sheets of paper to find a single one so I suggest keeping all your kit in ring binders etc. sorted into categories (I am sure you already do tongue.gif). While of course your appearance doesn't matter a great deal keep in mind that people with a higher opinion of you generally do a better job of your things, clean shaven well presented I had nothing but confidence going into the little booths and this in turn makes the interviews easier, if your nervous the person behind the desk is going to wonder exactly why.

It is also worth noting that as of yesterday and perhaps a few days ago, "Camp America" people are queuing up before the line splits into two (Citizens and then Visas) you can bypass these, just go and speak to one of the officials in yellow dayglo coats. Whatever you do, do not remark to the armed police that he's got a 15 round shorty, or that the mp5 he's carrying just doesnt have the power these days, and definately don't remark that he's holding it like a (*&$" they have a sense of humor at least.

Overall a good experience, marred by the fact that as of writing this I havent slept for more than 29 mins in three days and the incredible amount of walking around London, if your making a day of it, bring a friend along and do not let the courier service short change you ><
Rating : Good


Local US CIS Office Review: Philadelphia PA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : September 14, 2007
Embassy Review : Hubby and son's interviews were today in Philly. We were there for 9am, the interviews were for 9:40am and 10:10am - They didn't take us until 10:03am but there were lots of late arrivals and lots of annoyed officers and lawyers waiting on clients. We were called back by a young officer named Mr. De Jesus. He asked us to tell us about ourselves, we asked him what he wanted to know - he asked how we met, asked about our son's biological mother. He asked about our jobs, and had a chat with our son about his black eye that he got in school (from a girl!) the officer told him a story about how he was beaten up by a girl when he was little and it made our son feel better about his black eye which I thought was really sweet! He asked to see all of our originals for birth certificates, marriage license, divorce decree, and custody papers. He asked about my hubby's name change (his mum remarried when he was 5) and he explained that and that was it - he didn't ask to see our joint property information, photos, tickets or anything like that. He wasn't interested in our tax stuff, he said he already had it. He told us we were approved and we'd get an email in 2 weeks and the green cards in 3 weeks. We told him that the London Embassy had taken both our original and copies of our custody papers and asked if we could get the original back - he went and copied it and return the original to us and kept the copy for himself - he was wonderful! He shook our hands and we thanked him profusely and that was it. It was so much better than I expected.
Harassment Level : Very Good


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