jundibasam's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Jeremiah
Beneficiary's Name: Angela
VJ Member: jundibasam
Country: Peru

Last Updated: 2010-09-24
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Immigration Checklist for Jeremiah & Angela:

USCIS I-130/I-129F Petitions:  
Dept of State K3 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K3 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Consulate : Peru
Marriage : 2007-03-10
I-130 Sent : 2007-05-18
I-130 NOA1 : 2007-05-18
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-129F Sent : 2007-05-19
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-05-23
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-10-15
NVC Received : 2007-11-07
NVC Left : 2007-11-09
Consulate Received : 2007-11-13
Packet 3 Received : 2007-12-04
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-12-10
Packet 4 Received : 2007-12-04
Interview Date : 2007-12-12
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-12-12
US Entry : 2007-12-26
I-130 Approval : 2007-10-15
Comments : Married in Lima, Peru
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 145 days from your NOA1 date.

Your I-130 was approved in 150 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 208 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2007-12-26
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Charleston SC
Date Filed : 2008-03-14
NOA Date : 2008-03-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-08
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2008-09-30
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-09-30
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2008-10-11
Comments : Interview was a breeze and the Charleston, SC office was really nice.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-03-14
NOA Date : 2008-03-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-08
Approved Date : 2008-05-07
Date Card Received : 2008-05-14
Comments : they put the birthday as 7/14/08 instead of 7/14/80...so much for the protection of our country when they can't get basic information correct
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 54 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-09-08
NOA Date : 2010-09-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Peru
Review Topic: K3 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 12, 2007
Embassy Review : I will give 2 ratings here based on my personal experience. The first would be the packet instructions and material, the second part would be the actual interview process at the embassy on the day of the interview.

The packet was sent electronically to Lima on 11/09/2007, and the embassy completed initial processing on 11/13/2007. Starting about a week later, Angie (my wife) and I called the embassy twice a week checking on the status, and were told each time to wait longer, nothing was sent, etc...On 12/04/2007, we find out through a phone call they "forgot" to send Angie the packet, and her interview was on 12/12/2007, so we really had to scramble to get everything together and all the papers in order. She picked up the packet on 12/04/2007, and in the meantime, the embassy sent her two packets that she received in the mail on 12/07/2007 and 12/08/2007. That is when we realized that the packet they gave her at the embassy was the wrong one (it was for the IR-1/CR-1 visa, with slightly different instructions and forms). She finished all the paperwork up on 12/10/2007. Because of their neglect and blunder, we almost had a world of problems with this, if it wasn't for us staying so proactive and on top of them. Not to mention they initially gave her the wrong visa packet. I give this part of the embassy process a flat "1" HORRIBLE!

The interview was a complete opposite. I obviously couldn't make it to Lima with only 7 days notice, so Angie had to do it alone, but she said it was a breeze. She got there around 7:30am with only a few people in line. They got everyone in after the security checks promptly at 9:15 as the appointment time on the letter stated. They took the OS-230, DS-156, DS-156K, I-134 and supporting documents, the visa payment receipt, all 3 police checks, and the medical exam. She waited about 1 1/2 hours and they called her into the interview room. The CO asked Angie if I spoke Spanish, and since I don't, he conducted the 15-20 minute interview all in English. He asked about 3 or 4 times how, when, and where we met and how we became engaged. He looked at some of our pictures and asked questions about them (i.e. where/when they were taken, what we were doing, did we have fun). He was really nice and even made some jokes at my expense about some of the pictures and some of the stories she told about me. He thanked her and apologized for the embassy screw up, and then told her she can get her passport and visa in 3 days from DHL. They didn't even ask why I couldn't be there or anything about my family. Angie said they seemed to be most concerned with reviewing my taxes for the last 3 years and checking her police records, neither of which was an issue at all. This part of the process gets a "5". Complete transition from earlier.
Rating : Moderate

Local US CIS Office Review: Charleston SC
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : September 18, 2007
Embassy Review : My I-129F was transferred from California to another USCISC office, and I wasn't getting any answers over the phone so I scheduled an appointment through Infopass to speak to them in person. Checkin was relatively quick and painless, sat there for about 15 to 20 minutes before the USCIS officer called me to the window. My whole point for going there in person was to ask some questions and get some honest answers. Initially, he was a little rude and touchy, but then he relaxed a bit and answered my questions really well and gave me some really good information and details on how they operate. He then gave me some good encouragement and said that all my stuff looked good and I should hear something soon, probably within a few weeks. I really didn't get the answer to my initial question on why my application was transferred again, but he insists that it is still at California and still pending and there were no problems at all with it. All in all, i'm glad I went and they were alright.
Harassment Level : Moderate

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