Zee Bee's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Zee
Beneficiary's Name: Inusah
VJ Member: Zee Bee
Country: Ghana

Last Updated: 2012-06-25
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Immigration Checklist for Zee & Inusah:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ghana
I-129F Sent : 2007-05-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-05-17
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-09-05
NVC Received : 2007-09-07
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-09-12
Consulate Received : 2007-09-17
Packet 3 Received : 2007-10-18
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2007-10-18
Interview Date : 2008-03-17
Interview Result : Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required):
2008-06-02
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2008-06-06
US Entry : 2008-08-07
Marriage : 2008-08-14
Comments : 05/14/07 - sent petition to VSC
05/15/07 - received at VSC
05/17/07 - NOA1 (online)
05/19/07 - touch
05/21/07 - check cashed
05/23/07 - hardcopy NOA1
09/05/07 - NOA2 (e-mail)
09/06/07 - touch (off to NVC)
09/07/07 - NVC received
09/10/07 - hard copy NOA2
09/11/07 - called NVC to check to see if they got our petition and was told it was on its way to the embassy in Accra; almost forgot to get new case number :)
09/17/07 - Consulate received approved petition
09/27/07 - Packet 3 mailed to Inusah :)
10/16/07 - called US embassy in Ghana because we did not get Packet 3. After much begging and pleading they said I should send Inusah to the embassy with a copy of the e-mail saying they had mailed him packet 3 so that he can pick it up.
10/17/07 - told to come back tomorrow
10/18/07 - Packets 3 & 4!!!!
10/19/07 - Packet 3 finally received in the mail...goodness.
12/27/07 - Medical @ Holy Trinity and Medlabs
12/28/07 - Apply for police certificate
01/09/08 - Police certificate and medicals results in hand
02/12/08 - Vaccinations @ Akai House
03/17/08 - Interview...told to bring letters to a 2nd appointment in June.
06/02/08 - 2nd appointment (praying we get the visa stamp)...good thing we are not getting married until August.
06/02/08 - VISA APPROVED!!!!
06/06/08 - VISA IN HAND!!!
08/07/08 - POE JFK...it was a breeze, got EAD stamp
08/14/08 - Legally married!!!!
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 111 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 305 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2008-08-07
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Waited in line for 20 minutes. We were sent to the back room where we waited for about 30 minutes. No issues.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Date Filed : 2008-08-29
NOA Date : 2008-09-04
RFE(s) : 2009-01-28
Bio. Appt. : 2008-09-25
AOS Transfer** : 2008-10-30
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-02-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-02-27
Comments : 08/21/08 - applied for SSN, got vacc transcribed onto I-693 ($25 in Philly)
08/27/08 - received certified copy of marriage certificate
08/29/08 - AOS packet sent
08/30/08 - received SSN
09/01/08 - packet arrived and signed for by R Mercae
09/04/08 - NOA for AOS/AP, rejection notice for EAD
09/06/08 - Check cashed
09/08/08 - Received NOA for AOS and AP, received rejection notice for EAD
09/09/08 - mailed new EAD form
09/11/08 - EAD packet arrived in Chicago
09/12/08 - Biometrics letter received
09/15/08 - NOA EAD
09/19/08 - received NOA for EAD
09/25/08 - Biometrics
09/25/08 - touched
09/26/08 - touched
10/30/08 - transferred to CSC
11/04/08 - transfer letter received
11/05/08 - arrived at CSC
11/06/08 - touched
11/07/08 - touched
01/12/09 - touched!!!!!!
01/26/09 - touched!!!!!!
01/29/09 - RFE notification by e-mail...boooooo
02/03/09 - received RFE in the mail
02/06/09 - new medical for AOS
02/09/09 - follow up appt and pick up results
02/10/09 - sent RFE to CSC
02/11/09 - signed for by V Semegi
02/12/09 - case processing resumed
02/13/09 - touched
02/18/09 - CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED
02/19/09 - notice welcoming new resident sent
02/20/09 - touched
02/24/09 - approval notice sent, welcome notice received in the mail
02/25/09 - touched
02/27/09 - card arrived :D


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-09-09
NOA Date : 2008-09-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-09-25
Approved Date : 2008-11-18
Date Card Received : 2008-11-28
Comments : 09/04/08 - rejection notice for EAD
09/08/08 - received rejection notice for EAD, used the wrong form.
09/09/08 - mailed new EAD form
09/11/08 - packet arrived in Chicago
09/12/08 - biometrics letter received for AOS (going to get EAD done same day)
09/15/08 - NOA EAD
09/19/09 - received NOA for EAD, touched
09/25/08 - Biometrics
09/25/08 - touched
09/26/08 - touched
11/18/08 - card production ordered
11/25/08 - APPROVED
11/26/08 - touched
11/28/08 - EAD received
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-08-29
NOA Date : 2008-09-04
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-11-17
Comments : 09/19/08 - touched
09/22/08 - touched
11/12/08 - APPROVED
11/13/08 - touched
11/17/08 - AP received
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 75 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-11-19
NOA Date : 2010-11-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-12-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-04-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2011-04-26
Comments : 11/19/10 - sent ROC packet to VSC
11/20/10 - signed for by D. Renaud
11/22/10 - NOA1
11/24/10 - check cashed
11/29/10 - NOA1 received
12/08/10 - Biometrics letter received
12/16/10 - Walk-in biometrics
12/23/10 - Original biometrics appt
04/20/11 - Card production ordered
04/23/11 - Received approval notice in the mail
04/26/11 - Received greencard in the mail


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Dover DE
Date Filed : 2012-04-03
NOA Date : 2012-04-05
Bio. Appt. : 2012-05-08
Interview Date : 2012-06-20
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2012-06-29
Comments : Biometrics was done in Dover but interview was in Philadelphia.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ghana
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 17, 2008
Embassy Review :

My fiance had his interview this morning. He got to the consulate at 7am, was given a number and was not called until 10am. He was asked for the DS 156K and his passport photos only, he paid the visa fee and had his fingerprints taken. Then he was told to sit until the CO called him over.

The CO called him over about 30 min later. He was asked questions like how we met, he was asked to talk about me, he asked about my parents and what they do and about my sisters. Then he asked for the I-134 and my tax returns from 2007. The CO glanced over my letter of employment but did not ask to keep it. He did not ask for my bank statements. Then he asked for our proof of relationship stuff. The CO said we had "overwhelming proof" but wanted to see pictures form 2006 (we only had some from my trip in 2007)and snail mail. He said that phone records do not prove that we talked (despite the fact that both our numbers are shown on the records).

My fiance explained to the CO that my purpose for Ghana was not to meet him. He explained that going to Ghana is something I do every year because I have family there. The only reason we met is because my aunt was having surgery and I went with her. He explained that, because it was just a chance meeting and I was not even aware of his existence at that point in time we did not take any pictures (I only saw him on and off for 4 days). It was only after I had come back tot he US that we decided to pursue a relationship (this is what I had put on our initial petition of proof of meeting in the last 2 years).

The CO also asked my fiance twice, at the beginning and end of the interview, when we planned to get married and he said July/August. The CO seemed to think that was a little too far out and said it would be better if the visa was issued closer to our intended wedding date. He asked my fiance what date in June would be best for him to come back and he picked June 2nd.

The CO said that was fine but to bring snail mail to our second appointment. He said that if we bring that we would be issued the visa. My fiance was very optimistic with everything and said the CO said if we bring the letters then he will be issued the visa

So, now we are waiting for another 2.5 months until we can go back and GET OUR VISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NB: I am rating them a 3 because the CO was nice and my fiance did say the interview was smooth and it went well. I just wish they would have said 'Approved, but come back for the visa at a later date'.
Rating : Moderate


POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-08-07
Embassy Review : We came through JFK together (around 5:30 PM)and were sent together through the "Visitors" line (ironically it was shorter than the "US Citizen" line. They took the brown sealed envelope and opened it and the customs official was asking me questions about why all my phone records were needed and I gave him a little tutorial on the K1 visa. He did not know how to process the K1 so we were sent to the waiting room. I asked him about the temp EAD and he had no clue about that. Total time in line: 20 minutes.

In the waiting room our file was at the front of the line but we were delayed because they were deporting someone (they actually questioned the individual and slapped cuffs on him right in front of us ). After that they called my fiance explained about the 90 days to get married, showed him his temp EAD and sent us on our way. If not for the poor dude getting deported we would have been out of there in 10 minutes. Total time waiting in the waiting room: 30 minutes.
Harassment Level : Low


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