maddycheese's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Madeline
Beneficiary's Name: Gebre
VJ Member: maddycheese
Country: Ethiopia

Last Updated: 2021-09-20
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Immigration Checklist for Madeline & Gebre:

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 : Ethiopia
I-129F Sent : 2019-11-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2019-11-12
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2020-03-03
NVC Received : 2020-03-09
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2020-03-18
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2021-09-09
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2021-09-15
US Entry : 2021-09-18
Marriage :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 112 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 667 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ethiopia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 10, 2021
Embassy Review : The interviewer was nice and asked questions about the pictures and whatsapp messages we'd included in the I-129F package. She asked the following questions (that he can remember):
1. How did you and your fiancee meet? (asked twice)
2. How many times have you and your fiancee met?
3. When was the last time you saw your fiancee?
4. When will you get married?
5. What kind of wedding will you have (big or small)?
6. What does your fiancee do?
7. Has your fiancee already earned her degree (because fiancee is a fulltime graduate student)?

Fiance said that the embassy was very nice and clean.

(updated on September 10, 2021)
Rating : Very Good


Timeline Comments: 21

blank avatar Yishak on 2020-05-25 said:
Can you share what is the next step after the NOA2 approval please. Thank you
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-08-01 said:
MY Beneficiary is also from Ethiopia, can you share what the next steps has been after consulate Received and any info when the interview send email or the address ? Much appreciated
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-08-05 said:
Hello, How do you pay visa payment? I went to abysnia bank and they said i need download paper. any adivice about it? would be helpful thanks
Maddycheese on 2021-08-05 said:
For the longest time I couldn't pay because I couldn't schedule an interview. Finally I got the option to pay, so I downloaded the piece of paper and my fiance brought it with him to the bank to pay. After the payment went through I was able to schedule an interview. Pretty much you can only pay when you can register for an interview, so if there's no interview, you can't pay either.
Maddycheese on 2021-08-05 said:
Also I never received notification that I could now pay, I just logged in one day and it was an option.
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-08-06 said:
Thank you so much! thats help lot. alright ill keep watch everyday.
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-08-09 said:
Hello again, is is on certificat marriage requirement for embassy? any tips about it, thanks
Maddycheese on 2021-08-09 said:
Hi, we filed for the K-1 visa so we're not married and I don't know anything about marriage certificates at the embassy. There are other couples on here that have been through it that can be more helpful than me and I've found other people going through the Ethiopian embassy to be friendly and helpful.
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-08-10 said:
Thanks for responding agin! And some of our visa journey helped me and said that "Yes,yoh have to have a non-marital certificate and you have to have it stamped at vital events(wesagn kunet)......actually that is for both your birth certificate and your non-marital certificate." In case if u didn thave it.
Maddycheese on 2021-08-10 said:
Thanks for letting me know, that's very interesting that the embassy wants a non-marital certificate since they don't mention it on their website. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Supplements/Supplements_by_Post/ADD-Addis-Ababa.html How scary, I wonder what else we need to bring that they don't mention.
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-08-11 said:
Anytime. yeas i didnt know befores that. And they dont mention that but it is good to have you know.
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-08-11 said:
SO now, my fiance is trying to get certifcate that.
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-08-11 said:
There is lot of things they need beside they mention.
Maddycheese on 2021-08-11 said:
Looking at the response you got, it looks like you only need a non-marriage certificate if you're planning on getting married in Ethiopia. I'm planning on getting married in the US so it's not needed for me.
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-08-12 said:
So do i, i'm planning to marry in usa too ( its k 1 visa), but they need this one and one of visa journey reponsp to me that we need.. Therefore I will quote what they to me. "Yes,you have to have a non-marital certificate and you have to have it stamped at vital events(wesagn kunet)......actually that is for both your birth certificate and your non-marital certificate." and the following said to ask where did we get it?.. "I got mine from my woreda. You ask them for 'yalageba maregagecha' and I don't see why they would not have it. They should. It is a certificate with a photo that proves someone is not married."
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-09-10 said:
congrat!
Maddycheese on 2021-09-10 said:
Thank you!
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-09-20 said:
Hey,how you doing? Did you they ask about non-marital certificate?
Maddycheese on 2021-09-20 said:
No, they did not ask for a non-marital certificate. They just looked at the birth certificate, took the medical packet, and took the police report. They did not look at the financial support documents (the tax documents etc), just commented that he had a lot. They looked through the photos and whatsapp conversations we had attached to our I-129f application and asked my fiance about who was in the pictures. Hope this helps!
blank avatar Alex Molla on 2021-09-20 said:
wow, that awesome. thank so much for helping! Also, you helped a lot many times and i would really appreciate for everything help my fiance and I and good luck the rest of process!
Maddycheese on 2021-09-21 said:
Good luck to you guys! I'm sure you'll get your visa soon!
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