Star12's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Star
Beneficiary's Name: Teme
VJ Member: Star12
Country: Kenya

Last Updated: 2021-03-31
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Immigration Checklist for Star & Teme:

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 : Kenya
I-129F Sent : 2018-11-15
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-11-19
I-129F RFE(s) : 2019-04-12
RFE Reply(s) : 2019-05-30
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-06-06
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2019-07-23
Consulate Received : 2019-08-02
Packet 3 Received : 2019-08-02
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-08-06
Packet 4 Received : 2019-09-06
Interview Date : 2019-10-16 Submit Review
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-10-23
US Entry : 2019-10-28
Marriage : 2019-11-08
Comments : Date I-129F Sent : 2018-11-15
Date I-129F NOA1 (receipt date) : 2018-11-19
Date I-129F NOA1 (notice date) : 2018-11-23
-- I-129F RFE (letter date): 2019-04-12
-- I-129F RFE (postage date & receipt date): 2019-04-19 & 2019-04-21
-- I-129F RFE Reply Sent : 2019-05-24
-- I-129F RFE USCIS Receipt : 2019-05-30
Date I-129F NOA2 (Approved) : 2019-06-06
-- I-129F NOA2 (postage date & receipt date) : 2019-06-10 & 2019-06-15
-- I-129F Petition Expiration Date: 2019-10-05
Date DS-160 Application Completed: 2019-07-04
Date NVC forwarded to US Embassy (NRB): 2019-07-23
-- Unknown: Date approved I-129F Petition received by NVC
-- Unknown: Date Case # created by NVC
Date Received by US Embassy Nairobi Kenya (NRB): 2019-08-02
Date Visa Fee Payment Made to US Embassy Kenya (NRB): 2019-08-06
Date Interview (& Medical Exam) Scheduled: 2019-09-06
--Date of Medical Exam: 2019-10-01
--Date of K1 Interview: 2019-10-16

Began registration with US Embassy Kenya NRB on 2019-08-03, however we were stopped at the point after selecting the courier and were not able to pay or schedule an appointment. We had heard that the Embassy was giving priority to the DV Lottery interviews.

On 2019-08-05, the appointment availability opened up and we had a friend in Kenya assist with paying the visa fee ($265) by using the Safaricom M-Pesa option at midnight 2019-08-06 Kenya time zone.

After the payment was made on 2019-08-06, we are not able to schedule an appointment. The message the website is giving us is, "There are no available appointments at the selected location. Please try again later."

--Next Steps---
Continue to log in and check if available times open up for the interview.

As of Sep 1st, no openings yet for scheduling the interview.

I have called the US Embassy customer service lines (both US and Kenya #s), and no additional direction was given. Just to log into the visa account multiple times a day for any last minute cancellations that may open up an interview time. Additional openings are at the discretion of the Consulate.

As of Sep 6th, appointments opened up again on the ceac website for Kenya!
There were available dates throughout October and November. We selected October 16, 2019 for interview at 8:00 am Kenya local time.

**Updated note 1/17/2020, emailed the IOM clinic for medical exam according to Embassy/Consulate directions at **

For medical examination, we scheduled Oct 9 originally, however we followed the advice of scheduling 2 weeks in advance of the interview and rescheduled for Oct 1. (We did this to avoid any delays in case additional medical tests are needed - spot found in chest x-ray, etc).

Wed, Oct 16 - Approval received at interview.

Tues, Oct 22 - Visa completed by consular, and DHL tracking number received via email. 1 business day to be delivered.

Wed, Oct 23 - picked up passport and visa packet from DHL office selected.

FLIGHT TO USA BOOKED on 10/24/2019: 2019-10-28

Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 199 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 331 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Atlanta GA
Date Filed : 2019-12-16
NOA Date : 2019-12-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2020-01-15
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2021-02-17 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2021-03-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2021-03-30
Comments :

Ready to schedule interview as of 2/18/2020.

Change of Address updated in USCIS's system: 12/4/2020.

Interview was scheduled as of: 1/11/2021.

2/17/2021: At interview USCIS put my case for review because of a need for medical examination (however vaccination form DS-3025 was included). Awaiting mail/RFE for direction.

MM/DD/YYYY: RFE sent to request for medical exam.

MM/DD/YYYY: Got medical exam and sent RFE back.

3/24/2021: Received email that card was being produced and greencard approval.
3/29/2021: Received I-485/greencard approval in the mail (NOA).

3/30/2021: Received greencard in the mail. (Yayyy!!)

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-12-16
NOA Date : 2019-12-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2020-05-26
Date Card Received : 2020-05-30
Comments : 5/30/2020: received EAD/AP card in the mail (priority mail)

5/29/2020: received NOAs in the mail for EAD/work permit and AP approval (dated 5/26).

5/28/2020: Received email from USCIS that the card has been mailed and to notify USCIS if card is not received by 6/12/2020.

5/26/2020: Received 2 emails regarding EAD.
One was Post Decision Activity, to notify that EAD has been approved on 5/26/2020 and we should receive approval notice by 6/10/2020. The other one was Card/Document Production and we should receive the EAD card within 30 days of approval.
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 : 2019-12-16
NOA Date : 2019-12-20
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2020-05-30
Comments : 5/30/2020: Received EAD and AP card. See EAD section for additional notes.

5/26/2020: Received email for approval of travel document same day as EAD.

Biometrics applied to AP application as of 3/3/2020.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 162 days.

Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: Atlanta GA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : February 20, 2021
Embassy Review : I'm not going to give a good rating because we submitted all the requirements and the interviewer said my husband needed his medical examination (I-693). She found his vaccination sheet (3025) and it was submitted timely. For K1 process, a medical exam is not required if you submitted within 1 year of your exam overseas. Now his case is under review instead of receiving approval.

My husband came to US with K1 Fiance Visa and we submitted adjustment of status paperwork in Dec 2019.

The interviewer only took my husband into the room to be interviewed. The interview lasted over 45 minutes where she spent almost all of the time asking all the questions from the I-485.

The few questions she did ask:
When did you get married?
Where did you get married?
When did you arrive to the US?
How did you meet?
Is your wife pregnant (only because she saw me when she came out to call him in)?
Harassment Level : Poor

Timeline Comments: 4

blank avatar Mugato on 2020-01-17 said:
how did you select medical examination schedule?
blank avatar Star12 on 2020-01-21 said:
You can either email or call the clinic that the embassy has selected once the interview is scheduled. The clinic will ask for additional documents/information as needed.
blank avatar Star12 on 2020-01-21 said:
See updated notes above
Blackakatuch on 2020-01-21 said:
what are some of the documents requested at the interview?
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