KGSodie's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Kevin
Beneficiary's Name: Natalia
VJ Member: KGSodie
Country: Russia

Last Updated: 2010-10-23
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Immigration Checklist for Kevin & Natalia:

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 : Moscow, Russia
I-129F Sent : 2007-07-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-07-09
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-11-19
NVC Received : 2007-12-12
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-12-14
Consulate Received : 2007-12-19
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2008-01-17
Interview Date : 2008-02-26
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-03-13
US Entry : 2008-03-18
Marriage : 2008-05-09
Comments : 19Nov07 - Touched
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 133 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 232 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2008-03-18
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Omaha NE
Date Filed : 2008-06-16
NOA Date : 2008-06-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-07-15
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2008-09-29
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-09-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2008-10-07
Comments : The DAO only wanted to see valid ID (passports) and photos of us together as a family. Didn't ask to see ANY other documents (though of course we had everything with us, just in case).

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-06-16
NOA Date : 2008-06-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2008-09-05
Date Card Received : 2008-09-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 81 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-06-16
NOA Date : 2008-06-23
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-09-02
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 74 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-08-06
NOA Date : 2010-08-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-08-30
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-10-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Moscow, Russia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 11, 2008
Embassy Review : This is a difficult review to write. I wish I could give two ratings, instead of just one. If you read through my posts on VJ you'll understand the reason for this.

The initial processing at the consulate was top-notch. Everyone was friendly, and the interview and paperwork went very smoothly. Natasha even accidentally left her x-ray envelope in the building, and they allowed her to re-enter so she could find and retrieve it. Let's call this portion of our experience a 5=Best rating.

Then the nightmare started. We didn't receive the visa until 16 days after the interview. Dealing with the consulate during this period was simply horrible. Every call we placed to the consulate for the first 10 days received a reply of 'your visas have been approved and are being printed - you should have them in 2 or 3 days'. Plus, you have to pay $13 a call (in pairs, since all they do during the first call is take down your question - you have to call back for the response) to get this faulty, misleading information. On our final call they told us that we were in administrative review, which should take one or two weeks, and to not call them again for 30 days. After this call, we had the visas two days later. Clearly we were in administrative review immediately following the interview, and the 2-week clock started then. Why no one could tell us this is a complete and utter mystery. We also sent 2 emails to the official consul address - and still haven't received a response (April 11). And the US Citizen's Support area of the embassy isn't worth visiting for such questions either. I went three times and was told there was nothing they could do for me, because the consulate is separate from the Embassy.

The frustration of the bad information and the continual waiting for the visas to arrive in '2 or 3 days' gives a 0=Worst rating, so I'll average it overall to a 2.
Rating : Poor

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Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
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rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
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