Sam & Yehia's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Sam
Beneficiary's Name: Yehia
VJ Member: Sam & Yehia
Country: Turkey

Last Updated: 2020-08-07
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Immigration Checklist for Sam & Yehia:

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 : Ankara, Turkey
I-129F Sent : 2019-02-16
I-129F NOA1 : 2019-02-19
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-05-24
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2019-06-28
Consulate Received : 2019-07-10
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-09-19
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-09-23
US Entry : 2019-09-24
Marriage : 2019-10-19
Comments : I had my medical on the 13th of September, even though my embassy appointment was on the 19th, the only other available medical appointment was on the 17th. so I preferred spending a couple of days more in Ankara than stress out about a tight timeline. I went early morning at 9am, my appointment was at 9:30, they got me in at 9:15 took my height, weight, BP, etc. Then the doctor came in and asked questions about any health issues, habits. Made my eye test, and gave me one shot for varicella (chicken pox) even thought I did have previous exposure as a kid. I payed $178 at the clinic, they sent me then to the medical lab on the 3rd floor for blood, urine, and xray tests. Lab was more crowded hence a longer wait. They make you pay first at the reception, in my case $120, then they take your passport and the referral from the clinic. Wait was around 20 min, before the nurse called me for another BP measurement, the blood sample, then the urine sample (they have water fountains if you feel like hydrating). Waited another 10 min before being called for my xray. After the xray, the technician gave me my passport and the lab form (that you have to sign, 3 consents for each test), I went to the clinic on the 4th floor gave the receptionist the form, and she told me to come pick up the results tomorrow morning before noon. All in all took about an hour and $297. Could I have took the medical appointment on the 17th? in hindsight sure. But I would rather give myself time. And I got to explore Ankara!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 94 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 212 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Philadelphia
POE Date : 2019-09-23
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Smooth run

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Syracuse NY
Date Filed : 2019-11-10
NOA Date : 2019-11-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-12-09
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2020-07-27
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-07-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : Interview postponed from March 30th to July 27th because of COVID19 shutdown

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-11-10
NOA Date : 2019-11-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-12-09
Approved Date : 2020-02-21
Date Card Received : 2020-02-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 103 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ankara, Turkey
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 5, 2019
Embassy Review : My embassy appointment was on the 19th of September, I scheduled the medical appointment on the 13th (check my timeline for medical review). I had all my documents prepared in a plastic black folder (, and headed to the embassy on foot (found an Airbnb less than 3 min walk). My appointment was at 8:30 am, and I was there at 8 am. There was a small queue forming at the entrance already, and the embassy security personnel helped reorganize the visitors based on their appointment time. I went through security and inside the embassy by 8:20, and inside the main hall they gave me a number for the IV section, and they made sure I had my address registered for passport delivery. The IV section have windows in the end of the hall towards the left on a small corridor, if I remember correctly windows numbered 11-13. This is where K1 visa applicants need to keep an eye out for. My number was called after 30 min wait. A Turkish lady asked for my passport, Birth Certificate (turkish or english), Police clearances (from ANY country I stayed in for more than 6 months continuously). She also asked for 2 bio-metric photos, relationship evidence, and the I134 Affidavit of Support for the past year (2018), with all supporting documents. After she collected my documents she told me they will call my number again, she talked to me in English throughout. After 15 min my number was called, this time into one of the interview windows in the main hall. A counselor officer (lady) made me swear, then she gave me back my relationship evidence documents (photos, flights, etc) she proceeded to ask about how Sam and I met, where, when. When I proposed and where. She asked about her birth date and where she was born. Asked what I like about her, and what passions we share. Out of these questions she asked more elaborate questions based on my answers etc. The interview took 5 min she gave me pamphlet about my rights in US as fiance/spouse. And told me my visa was APPROVED! I asked her of she needed anymore documents or that is it! She told me that is it. And to expect my passport in 5 days. 30 min after I left the embassy they sent me an email to submit my CV and any publications I made within 5 days, or it will cause delays in my visa issuance. I had my CV at the embassy but they never asked me for it. I submitted the required documents on the link they provided and even went back to the embassy and dropped off the documents as hardcopies. They would not let me back in, but they took the documents from me and delivered it to the CO. The person came back out and confirmed they received it. Next day I received an email that the visa was issued. That was a Friday, I received it on the local PTT mail office on Monday.
Rating : Good

Timeline Comments: 41

blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-06-18 said:
We have the same noa2 date and consulate. I'll be following your process :)
Sam & Yehia on 2019-06-18 said:
Good luck Cemmm! Keep us posted!
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-06-29 said:
Our case has been sent to Ankara and is expected to be delivered on July 1. Have you heard about yours?
Sam & Yehia on 2019-06-29 said:
Same here actually. Ours was sent yesterday, but was processed couple of days before that.
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-09 said:
Have you heard from Ankara yet? We are still waiting to hear from them.
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-09 said:
We are still waiting as well. It's been 8 days since they received it. I'm guessing this week or early next week we'll hear from them.
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-09 said:
How do you know they received it? I just checked the CEAC website today and it was updated today and says Ready. Does that mean they've received it?
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-09 said:
I was tracking it on DHL's website. On this pdf it explains how to do it. Our case was delivered at the embassy on July 1st. I just checked on CEAC and ours is also saying "ready" and last update date is today. So I'm thinking the embassy is working on it and will let us know in a few days about the next steps.
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-10 said:
We received an e-mail from Ankara stating that we can make an appointment now.
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-10 said:
We didn't receive one yet. So you will make an appointment with the embassy then with the medical?
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-10 said:
The petitioner is supposed to receive it I think. At least that is what our case is. I'll fill out DS-160 because only with DS-160 case number you can make an appointment. However, what I gathered from other Turkish people's experiences, it could take up to 2 months to find a spot for an appointment at the embassy since it's really busy. I will schedule the medical appointment two days prior to the embassy appointment which is what is adviced.
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-14 said:
Have you managed to get an appointment? It seems like there is none available.
Kyle Jane on 2019-07-15 said:
Hello guys! Our case was receıved on 21th of June and still nothing! We didnt hear from Ankara consulate.(( Cant pay fee. Its written: There are no available appointments at this time. Please check back in a few days as the Consular Section will open more appointments.
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-15 said:
Did they send you an email to schedule and appointment? Same for us about the no available appointments, also we can't pay
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-15 said:
Did they send you an email to schedule and appointment? Same for us about the no available appointments, also we can't pay
Kyle Jane on 2019-07-15 said:
No, I wrote to them myself. Here is an answer: Dear Sir/Madam, As we have informed you before we have received your file and regarding interview appointments please note that due to high demand, appointment slots we open for K-1 visa category run out so quickly. However, there might be cancellations by other applicants and you might be able to use once of those slots. We recommend you to check the appointment availability through daily. Sincerely, Immigrant Visa Unit US Embassy, Ankara
Kyle Jane on 2019-07-15 said:
Tired of waiting... We have the same NOA1 with you). But our NOA2 is May 9th. Please write me if you have news.
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-15 said:
We got an email from the embassy last week saying we could make an appointment but there were no available slots. I read on a Turkish forum that someone was able to get an appointment last Wednesday for September 17. This gives me the idea that our appointments will be later than that, around late September. It seems like we have to check every day to see if they open new appointments. Will keep you guys updated.
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-15 said:
and you can only make the payment when you select an appointment. Keep checking every day.
Kyle Jane on 2019-07-15 said:
ok. Thanks you all. Can you tell me must we receive some dosc by mail? What is packet 3 and 4? I am scared.
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-15 said:
No docs my mail. Turkish embassy doesn't do packet 3 and 4. Just an email with a link to their website which tells you where to make the appointment and what documents to collect which you'll take with you to the interview.
Kyle Jane on 2019-07-18 said:
So strange that we must catch these dates. Some guys tell we must receive the letter from Ankara consulate that we can take appointment. Still none.(((
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-18 said:
I don't think that is true. We only got one email from Ankara that said they received our case and now we can make an appointment. Just keep trying.
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-19 said:
Were you able to make a payment or do you also see the "no available appointment" page with 265$ amount stated above?
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-31 said:
You can only pay if there are available appointments. Otherwise you see the $265 but wouldn't let you pay. Still waiting!
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-31 said:
You can only pay if there are available appointments. Otherwise you see the $265 but wouldn't let you pay. Still waiting!
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-31 said:
I just made an appointment for September 9th. hurry up. I think there was other appointments.
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-31 said:
Thank you! Got one for 19th! You are a lifesaver
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-31 said:
Thank you! Got one for 19th! You are a lifesaver
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-07-31 said:
You're welcome, gotta support each other. Was 19th the earliest available or you just chose that day? Because I think I saw open slots earlier than that.
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-31 said:
That was the earliest I saw actually 😂
Sam & Yehia on 2019-07-31 said:
Just checked this second, and 2 dates after 19 were filled up already
Kyle Jane on 2019-08-01 said:
Congratulations! I have no idea how it works but I still didnt receive any letter from Ankara although case status was ready on 12th of July. Kyle called them from USA. They said I must have the letter from them. So thats why I didnt see dates.(
Sam & Yehia on 2019-08-01 said:
It ain't a letter. Kyle should have got an email from the embassy. With the case number.
Sam & Yehia on 2019-08-01 said:
It ain't a letter. Kyle should have got an email from the embassy. With the case number.
Sam & Yehia on 2019-08-01 said:
Did you finish your DS160? Try calling the embassy in Ankara
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-09-05 said:
Hey there! I just had the medical. Wanted to share my experience with you. My appointment was at 9:30 but I was there at 8:45. The secretaries come at 9 and they immediately start. So you can go earlier than your appointment and they will process your examination. The building is next to Kugulu Park. There are no signs of the Ungan Clinic so it's a bit tricky. Find the Düzen Lab building and the clinic is on the 4th floor. First I gave my papers to the secretary and 5 minutes later she called me, took my picture and asked me to sign a form and go to the 3rd floor to the lab. In the lab, you give your passport and the paper you signed and wait for them to call you. They called me once for the payment of $117.5. You can pay with dollars or Turkish lira or with a card. After that, I waited to be called for the tests. First I got the blood and the urine tests done and then they called me for the chest x-ray. After all, they give you your passport and the document you sign after every test and ask you to go back to the clinic on the 4th floor. I waited a little more and then the secretary took me to the Doctor's office. She first weighs you and measures your height and then you undress and wear a robe. A few minutes later the doctor came, measured my blood pressure. He asked me if I had been to America before, for how long, was I in any criminal activities, if I had any surgeries, any visible scars or marks, smoker or not if I wore glasses, any chronic illnesses. And he gave me vaccinations even before I knew it while he was asking me all these questions. I didn't have any records of vaccinations. I asked him what shots he gave me, he told me their names and that I would get a record of them with the results. After all that, I got dressed and went to the secretaries desk to pay $250. In total it cost me $367.5. The whole process was easier and faster than I thought it would be. It was done in nearly 1,5 hours. They told me to come the next day at 4 pm to get the results. My interview is on Monday. I will let you know how that goes.
Sam & Yehia on 2019-09-05 said:
Best of luck Cemmm! Really appreciate the update!
Sam & Yehia on 2019-09-05 said:
Best of luck Cemmm! Really appreciate the update!
Kyle Jane on 2019-09-19 said:
Hello guys? How was everything? Congratulations?!)))
blank avatar Cemmm on 2019-09-20 said:
Congrats on your approval
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