mogiftney's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: F
Beneficiary's Name: G
VJ Member: mogiftney
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2021-03-23
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Immigration Checklist for F & G:

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 : 2019-05-04
I-129F NOA1 : 2019-05-16
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-08-14
NVC Received : 2019-09-10
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-09-12
NVC Left : 2019-10-01
Consulate Received : 2019-10-08
Packet 3 Received : 2019-10-17
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2019-11-04
Interview Date : 2019-11-14 Submit Review
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-11-19
US Entry : 2019-11-23
Marriage : 2019-12-16
Comments : Sent I-129F internationally from Birmingham, England on May 4th 2019 and it was signed for on May 8th 2019. Received notification only by text on May 17th 2019 even though I wrote an email address down as well on the notification form. On the USCIS website it says that the form was received on May 13th 2019. Checked the mailbox at around 10:30 AM on May 24th 2019 and found the NOA1 in the mail, but I suspect it came two days prior as the mail where I live is typically delivered later in the day. I live in California, and was assigned to the California Service Center. The NOA1 I received by mail has a received date of May 13th 2019 and a notice date of May 16th 2019. Case says “approved” on the night of August 15th 2019, no email, text, or visa app notifications. The date listed for approval on the USCIS website is 8/15/19. Received no RFEs. Received NOA2 in the mail on August 19th 2019.

Medical October 10th 2019
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 90 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 182 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2019-11-23 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Long line, only about three people working, I-94 was sent electronically so didn’t receive physical copy at POE. They opened and kept sealed packet. Asked about previous ESTAs and ESTA denials and visits to America, asked how we met, and was let through.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Bernadino CA
Date Filed : 2020-08-20
NOA Date : 2020-09-16
RFE(s) : 2020-11-12
Bio. Appt. : 2020-11-10
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : All times in PDT/PST (California) unless otherwise specified

We did not send an I-944 with our AOS package as it was not required at the time we sent it.

Our form I-765 version was 12/26/19.

We sent a check for $1,225 USD.

AOS package (filed concurrently) sent at 5:30 PM Thu 08/20/2020 through Fedex with package tracking to Dearborn address.

Package signed for and received on 08/25/2020 at 10:37 AM

It says on the USCIS case tracker for the I-485 that the fingerprint fee was accepted on 09/11/2020

Check cashed as of 8:15 AM 9/15/2020

Text notifications received 5:21 PM 9/16/2020, three texts came through, each showing three different receipt numbers for each application. All three numbers were similar in structure except for the last digit of each number, which followed each other receipt number in order. (for example, 12345, 12346, 12347.)

We did not receive any notification emails.

It says on the USCIS case tracker for the EAD and AP that if we do not receive our notice by 09/24/2020, to contact them.

USPS informed delivery email showed three USCIS envelopes coming soon, email received on 09/24/2020 at 8:13 AM.

We checked the mail on the night of 09/26/2020 and found all three NOAs. None were rejected, no RFEs received yet.

Received an email from informed delivery showing the biometrics notice coming soon on 10/23/2020

Received biometrics appointment notice in the mail on 10/24/2020 around 5 PM. The date of the appointment is Tuesday, 11/10/2020 at 12:00 PM at the USCIS application support center in Riverside, CA (La Sierra Address). Only for I-485 and I-765. Notice date: 10/17/2020.

At biometrics appointment, beneficiary wife needed a mask, her passport, appointment notice, questionnaire sheet mailed to us with the appointment notice filled out in black pen, and our marriage certificate. She brought her stuff in a black backpack which wasn’t checked or questioned by security. Beneficiary wife alone got in line at 11:53 AM. There was a pretty long line. People were distanced in line with cross markings on the floor outside. People were let inside one at a time. Everyone had blue medical masks, large majority were worn properly. Beneficiary wife wore a half mask particulate respirator and non-vented goggles. Upon entering, they gave her a ticket number and asked what kind of mask was on beneficiary wife’s face. She said it was a respirator. They said they needed to go check if she’s allowed in with it. About 3 minutes later, they came back and told her to put a regular mask on under the respirator and offered her one. She had one in her backpack and went outside away from people to put hers on and came back, and was allowed inside with the respirator and regular blue mask on. The goggles weren’t questioned and were fine by them. They told her to sit down in a room with a max occupancy of ~25 people, chairs were spaced about 6 feet apart. Waited 5 minutes for number to be called. Was directed to a different room with the same setup along with other people. Waited there for ~30 minutes. Employee called number to look at forms and returned them, shortly after, number was called again and another employee took her to the front of the room with the camera and fingerprint setup. Employee instructed her to stand in front of the camera while wife gave her the appointment notice and questionnaire sheet, employee asked about wife’s name change, wife provided marriage certificate and that was good enough. Employee entered data into system. Employee asked her to remove mask and goggles and look at camera, wife was allowed to hold her stuff during the photo, employee was 6 feet away and behind a plastic shield during photo. Photo took 5 seconds, then wife could put her mask and goggles back on. Employee ordered wife to use hand sanitizer, and moved the plastic screen between them, wiped fingerprint scanner down, then employee grabbed her hands and scanned each finger into digital scanner, then wife was given the receipt and told her that she could pick her backpack up and go home! She exited through the back door around 12:58 PM. Overall, a positive experience. All employees were polite.

At some point, our online case status updated to “Request for Initial Evidence Was Sent”.

On 11/16/2020 at 10:26 AM we received an email from USPS informed delivery that showed a picture of our RFIE in the mail. We received it later that same day. It is only regarding the I-485. It’s only requesting the I-944 with supporting documents. It’s dated 11/12/2020, and says it’s due in 87 days.

We sent off response to RFIE for I-944 on Saturday 01/16/2021 to the Chipman Rd. address via FedEx with tracking around 3 PM.

Package arrived at Lees Summit, MO on 01/21/2021 at 10:23 AM (not sure which time zone, this is what the FedEx tracking website shows).

Checked the USCIS website at 10:42 AM on 01/24/2021 and the I-485 case status has updated to: “ Response To USCIS’ Request For Evidence Was Received”. It says they received it on January 22, 2021. 

Upon checking the I-485 case status on 2/11/2021 around 10 PM, the status has changed to “Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview” and it says that as of February 2, 2021, they are ready to schedule the I-145 for an interview.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2020-08-20
NOA Date : 2020-09-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2020-11-10
Approved Date : 2021-02-22
Date Card Received : 2021-02-27
Comments : All times in PDT/PST (California) unless otherwise specified

Our form I-765 version was 12/26/19.

EAD application filed concurrently with AP application and I-485 (check for $1,225), sent at 5:30 PM Thu 08/20/2020 through Fedex with package tracking to Dearborn address.

Package signed for and received on 08/25/2020 at 10:37 AM

Check cashed as of 8:15 AM 9/15/2020

Text notifications received 5:21 PM 9/16/2020, three texts came through, each showing three different receipt numbers for each application. All three numbers were similar in structure except for the last digit of each number, which followed each other receipt number in order. (for example, 12345, 12346, 12347.)

We did not receive any notification emails.

It says on the USCIS case tracker for the EAD application that if we do not receive our receipt notice by 09/24/2020, to contact them.

USPS informed delivery email showed three USCIS envelopes coming soon, email received on 09/24/2020 at 8:13 AM.

We checked the mail on the night of 09/26/2020 and found all three NOAs. None were rejected, no RFEs or RFIEs for EAD received yet.

Received an email from informed delivery showing the biometrics notice coming soon on 10/23/2020

Received biometrics appointment notice in the mail on 10/24/2020 around 5 PM. The date of the appointment is Tuesday, 11/10/2020 at 12:00 PM at the USCIS application support center in Riverside, CA (La Sierra Address). Only for I-485 and I-765. Notice date: 10/17/2020.

At biometrics appointment, beneficiary wife needed a mask, her passport, appointment notice, questionnaire sheet mailed to us with the appointment notice filled out with black pen, and our marriage certificate. She brought her stuff in a black backpack which wasn’t checked or questioned by security. Beneficiary wife alone got in line at 11:53 AM. There was a pretty long line. People were distanced in line with cross markings on the floor outside. People were let inside one at a time. Everyone had blue medical masks, large majority were worn properly. Beneficiary wife wore a half mask particulate respirator and non-vented goggles. Upon entering, they gave her a ticket number and asked what kind of mask was on beneficiary wife’s face. She said it was a respirator. They said they needed to go check if she’s allowed in with it. About 3 minutes later, they came back and told her to put a regular mask on under the respirator and offered her one. She had one in her backpack and went outside away from people to put hers on and came back, and was allowed inside with the respirator and regular blue mask on. The goggles weren’t questioned and were fine by them. They told her to sit down in a room with a max occupancy of ~25 people, chairs were spaced about 6 feet apart. Waited 5 minutes for number to be called. Was directed to a different room with the same setup along with other people. Waited there for ~30 minutes. Employee called number to look at forms and returned them, shortly after, number was called again and another employee took her to the front of the room with the camera and fingerprint setup. Employee instructed her to stand in front of the camera while wife gave her the appointment notice and questionnaire sheet, employee asked about wife’s name change, wife provided marriage certificate and that was good enough. Employee entered data into system. Employee asked her to remove mask and goggles and look at camera, wife was allowed to hold her stuff during the photo, employee was 6 feet away and behind a plastic shield during photo. Photo took 5 seconds, then wife could put her mask and goggles back on. Employee ordered wife to use hand sanitizer, and moved the plastic screen between them, wiped fingerprint scanner down, then employee grabbed her hands and scanned each finger into digital scanner, then wife was given the receipt and told her that she could pick her backpack up and go home! She exited through the back door around 12:58 PM. Overall, a positive experience. All employees were polite.

At some point shortly after, our online case status updated to “Case Was Updated To Show Fingerprints Were Taken”.

Checked EAD case status online on 02/21/2021 around 11 AM and the status has changed to “New Card Is Being Produced” and it says they ordered the new card on February 19, 2021 and will mail it to us.

Checked EAD case status online on 02/23/2021 around 12:30 AM and the status has changed to “Case Was Approved” and it says that on February 22, 2021, they approved the form I-765 and sent us an approval notice.

Two letters from USCIS (not the combo card) are shown on a USPS informed delivery email on 02/25/2021 at 7:56 AM.

USCIS sent combo card via USPS priority with tracking on 02/25/2021 at 12:26 PM from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The tracking number was given to us via a USPS informed delivery email received on 02/27/2021 at 7:55 AM.

Received two approval notices via mail (for EAD and AP) on either 02/25/2021 or 02/26/2021.

Received combo card via mail on 02/27/2021.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 186 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2020-08-20
NOA Date : 2020-09-16
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2021-02-27
Comments : All times in PDT/PST (California) unless otherwise specified

AP application filed concurrently with EAD application and I-485 (check for $1,225), sent at 5:30 PM Thu 08/20/2020 through Fedex with package tracking to Dearborn address.

Package signed for and received on 08/25/2020 at 10:37 AM

Check cashed as of 8:15 AM 9/15/2020

Text notifications received 5:21 PM 9/16/2020, three texts came through, each showing three different receipt numbers for each application. All three numbers were similar in structure except for the last digit of each number, which followed each other receipt number in order. (for example, 12345, 12346, 12347.)

We did not receive any notification emails.

It says on the USCIS case tracker for the AP application that if we do not receive our receipt notice by 09/24/2020, to contact them.

USPS informed delivery email showed three USCIS envelopes coming soon, email received on 09/24/2020 at 8:13 AM.

We checked the mail on the night of 09/26/2020 and found all three NOAs. None were rejected, no RFEs or RFIEs received for AP yet.

Checked AP case status online on 02/23/2021 around 12:30 AM and the status has changed to “Case Was Approved” and it says that on February 22, 2021, they approved the form I-131 and sent us an approval notice.

Two letters from USCIS (not the combo card) are shown on a USPS informed delivery email on 02/25/2021 at 7:56 AM.

USCIS sent combo card via USPS priority with tracking on 02/25/2021 at 12:26 PM from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The tracking number was given to us via a USPS informed delivery email received on 02/27/2021 at 7:55 AM.

Received two approval notices via mail (for AP and EAD) on either 02/25/2021 or 02/26/2021.

Received combo card via mail on 02/27/2021.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 186 days.


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