bolero_pa's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: A
Beneficiary's Name: C
VJ Member: bolero_pa
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2021-07-22
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Immigration Checklist for A & C:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2019-09-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2019-10-02
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2020-01-15
NVC Received : 2020-01-31
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2020-02-18
NVC Left : 2020-02-18
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2021-07-08
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2021-07-15
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments : March 8, 2020 we schedule interview for Thursday March 26, 2020, 07:35am

March 12, 2020 it was announced that Manila lockdown begins midnight March 15, 2020 until April 14, 2020

March 13, 2020 As a result of the lockdown we cancelled March 26 interview and rescheduled it for Thursday April 23, 2020, 07:35am
(Unfortunately, this appointment was also cancelled because Manila was in strict lockdown March 15, 2020 - June 1, 2020. By that time the embassy was no longer conducting routine K-1 visa interviews.)

June 2, 2021 Visa Expedite request emailed to and online at
(After patiently waiting a over a year, some concerns emerged and I had to submit a request for K-1 Expedite)

June 15, 2021 - Received email informing us an interview date of the first week of July 2021.

July 1, 2021 St Lukes - packet picked up next day.

July 8, 2021 Visa interview. VERY brief. Interview only lasted 2-3 minutes. Paperwork was in excellent order.

With basically every concern I regularly called the embassy in Manila. Actually it's the "US Visa and Information Services", some sort of call center, but they provide decent advice on what to do. They are open 6pm to 2am pacific time M-F (sort of like Sunday through Thursday our time)
US Visa and Information Services
Once connected you will hear a few messages, then press, 1, 2, 1, 2
Then you listen to about 8 minutes of music, then most of the time the call cuts off.
About 1 in 10 calls get through, but that's what I did about 500 times over the past 18 months. They were able to reassure me or inform me on actions I needed to take to keep the case in good standing. Lots of stress over the process uncertainties, but they usually were able to help keep me focused and calm.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 105 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 645 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 8, 2021
Embassy Review : VERY brief. Interview only lasted 2-3 minutes. Paperwork was in excellent order. They asked where she would live (with me). They asked if she had ever traveled abroad. They asked how we met. Maybe a couple more simple questions like that. There were about 30 interviewees in the waiting area for that 6:30am time slot. They invited them into the embassy at 6:10 am. There were only three consular people conducting interviews and each typically lasted 10 minutes.
Rating : Very Good

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