TastyCake's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Gary
Beneficiary's Name: Anna
VJ Member: TastyCake
Country: Ukraine

Last Updated: 2020-01-24
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Immigration Checklist for Gary & Anna:

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 : Ukraine
I-129F Sent : 2018-12-07
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-12-11
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-04-23
NVC Received : 2019-04-30
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-05-14
NVC Left : 2019-05-28
Consulate Received : 2019-05-31
Packet 3 Received : 2019-06-03
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-06-03
Packet 4 Received : 2019-06-04
Interview Date : 2019-07-08
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-07-11
US Entry : 2019-07-18
Marriage : 2019-07-28
Comments : I visited my fiancee to attend the embassy interview with her. She got approved and a few days later she had her visa. I ended up extending my stay there and rearranged things so we could fly to the U.S. together.

Because everything was so 'on the fly', I got talked into a flight through NYC (JFK) instead of direct to Boston. Bad move. JFK is a MESS! We first went through Customs then a separate area for additional questions. This process end-to-end took between 20 and 30 minutes. We then got our bags and went to another terminal for our domestic flight to New England which was 6 or so hours later. When we boarded we sat on the stinking tarmac for two hours waiting for our turn to take off. Terrible. We ended up missing our last commuter rail train home so I had to pay 'uber' to get us there. I would say to avoid JFK if at all possible.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 133 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 209 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Boston MA
Date Filed : 2019-09-23
NOA Date : 2019-10-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-10-24
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2020-01-15
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-01-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2020-01-24
Comments : 1/24/2020 - Card Was Delivered To Me By The Post Office*
1/24/2020 - Green Card received via USPS Priority Mail (no signature required)
1/22/2020 - Card Was Picked Up By The United States Postal Service*
1/21/2020 - Card Was Mailed To Me*
1/18/2020 - Approval notice received in the mail
1/16/2020 - Case was Approved*
1/15/2020 - New Card is Being Produced*
12/14/2019 - Interview appointment letter received in the mail
12/09/2019 - Interview was Scheduled*
11/20/2019 - Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview*

* denotes a status that was visible online for our case


AOS INTERVIEW

We got through security and over to the USCIS office (thankfully on the 1st floor of a high rise building). We were there about 45 minutes early and the woman would NOT check us in until 30 minutes before the appointment. I think she said the system wouldn't let her check us in earlier.

No big deal. We took a seat for 15 minutes, went back up again and she checked us in, gave us a number and told us to sit by a particular window. Within minutes we were called to that window for a photo and fingerprints (only the index fingers this time). Then they directed us to another waiting area for the actual interview.

There we sat for maybe 10 minutes. They had monitors with numbers displaying and people would get up and go to where the monitor directed them. But for us... this woman came out unannounced and walked right up to us and addressed my wife by name. She clearly saw my wife's photos from the paperwork already available to her. She led us to her office and then the interview got underway.

The first thing she did was have us both take the oath. Then she began asking my wife questions.

During the entire interview she asked me only one question. She asked me how many siblings my wife had and then my job was done for the day.

My wife, on the other hand, was asked somewhere in the neighborhood of 30-35 questions... assorted shapes and sizes. The woman was VERY polite and nice but I was surprised by the number of questions when others on this website seemed to suggest they got only a few questions.

I guess it just depends on the agent you get. Again, the agent we had was very nice. We both liked her very much.

Some of the questions I can recall are:

1) What is the color of our shower curtain?
2) How many bathrooms and bedrooms in our apartment?
3) How many sibings does your husband have?
4) Does your husband have a good relationship with your mom and son?
5) When and where did he propose?

Then the agent picked a select number of those yes/no questions on the I-485 form and asked them.

The only glitch was they had to redo her photo and fingerprints because of some system issue. My wife was worried it was something about her fingerprints that messed something up. We had three agents huddled around the computer trying to diagnose the problem. They reassured my wife it had nothing to do with her.

I thought they were going to do a third try at the photos and fingerprints when suddenly the issue was resolved. The other two agents left and our agent said we were approved, explained the ROC process and we were done.

The key is to relax. My wife was rather nervous, misstated some things, etc. but our agent was very understanding. No need to be nervous. I don't think they're looking to deny you. They're just making sure you really are a couple.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-09-13
NOA Date : 2019-10-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-10-24
Approved Date :
Date Card Received :
Comments : We had a successful AOS interview before this was fully adjudicated so it no longer applies.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between February 11, 2020 and February 14, 2020*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-09-13
NOA Date : 2019-10-04
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments : We had a successful AOS interview before this was fully adjudicated so it no longer applies.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your AP may be adjudicated between February 11, 2020 and February 14, 2020*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ukraine
Review Topic:
Event Description
Review Date : July 15, 2019
Embassy Review : It was an extremely easy process. There are vans across the street where you can pay 100 UAH for things you can't bring into the embassy. It is safe.

Immediately after check-in we were called to the room to provide our documents. This took 10 minutes. We waited maybe 35 minutes and then were called to the window for the interview. The man was very polite and only had a few questions for my fiancee. He had a couple of questions for me as well.

The questions were easy and my recommendation is to simply have all your documents put together ahead of time and you should be all set.

There is a very good visa interview checklist on the embassy website. It tells you all the things that you will need.
Rating : Very Good


Local US CIS Office Review: Boston MA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : January 16, 2020
Embassy Review : We had our AOS interview at the JFK Building at Government Center.

We got through security and over to the USCIS office (thankfully on the 1st floor of that high rise building). We were there about 45 minutes early and the woman would NOT check us in until 30 minutes before the appointment. I think she said the system wouldn't let her check us in earlier.

No big deal. We took a seat for 15 minutes, went back up again and she checked us in, gave us a number and told us to sit by a particular window. Within minutes we were called to that window for a photo and fingerprints (only the index fingers this time). Then they directed us to another waiting area for the actual interview.

There we sat for maybe 10 minutes. They had monitors with numbers displaying and people would get up and go to where the monitor directed them. But for us... this woman came out unannounced and walked right up to us and addressed my wife by name. She clearly saw my wife's photos from the paperwork already available to her. She led us to her office and then the interview got underway.

She asked me one... ONE... question. She asked me how many siblings my wife had and then my job was done.

My wife, on the other hand, was asked somewhere in the neighborhood of 30-35 questions... assorted shapes and sizes. The woman was VERY polite and nice but I couldn't help thinking how others on this website seemed to get less questions.

For example...

What is the color of our shower curtain?
How many bathrooms and bedrooms in our apartment?
How many sibings does your husband have?
Does your husband have a good relationship with your mom and son?
When and where did he propose?

Then she picked a select number of those yes/no questions on the I-485 form and asked them.

The only glitch was they had to redo her photo and fingerprints because of some system issue. My wife was worried it was something about her fingerprints that messed something up. We had three agents huddled around the computer trying to diagnose the problem. They reassured my wife it had nothing to do with her.

I thought they were going to do a third try at the photos and fingerprints when suddenly the issue was resolved. The other two agents left and our agent said we were approved, explained the ROC process and we were done.

The key is to relax. My wife was rather nervous, misstated some things, etc. but our agent was very understanding. No need to be nervous. I don't think they're looking to deny you. They're just making sure you really are a couple.
Harassment Level : Very Good


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