C and J's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Josh
Beneficiary's Name: Cheryl
VJ Member: C and J
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2011-04-10
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Immigration Checklist for Josh & Cheryl:

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 : London, United Kingdom
Marriage : 2007-02-27
I-130 Sent : 2007-04-11
I-130 NOA1 : 2007-04-25
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-129F Sent : 2007-05-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-05-30
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-10-25
NVC Received : 2007-11-13
NVC Left : 2007-11-15
Consulate Received : 2007-11-27
Packet 3 Received : 2007-11-29
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-12-06
Packet 4 Received : 2008-01-08
Interview Date : 2008-02-01
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-02-05
US Entry : 2008-02-20
I-130 Approval : 2007-10-25
Comments : I-130 receipt number issued on 04/27 but receipt not received until many months later. Used receipt number (obtained from postal order receipt) to file I-129F.
Journey from filing to visa took 300 days.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 148 days from your NOA1 date.

Your I-130 was approved in 183 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 282 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2008-02-20
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Des Moines IA
Date Filed : 2008-04-04
NOA Date : 2008-04-10
RFE(s) : 2008-05-10
Bio. Appt. : 2008-05-05
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2008-08-19
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-08-19
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received:
Comments : Had interview 19th August 08. Had 3 pieces of proof of relationship: joint health insurance, joint bank account and letter from in-laws. Gentlemen said we were approved, baring anything in the file that would change that. Now the 10 day wait begins.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Des Moines IA
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-04-04
NOA Date : 2008-04-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-05-05
Approved Date : 2008-06-05
Date Card Received : 2008-06-11
Comments : Receipt of EAD was slowed due to missing information for I-485
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 62 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-06-04
NOA Date : 2010-06-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-07-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-09-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2011-09-24
Comments : Bah, postal service took from 06/04 to 06/14 to deliver the package.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K3 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 6, 2008
Embassy Review : Friday 1st Feb 08

I caught the train to London and arrived in Grosvenor Square at 8am... far too early for my 9:30 appointment but better early than late. Started talking to a man who was also waiting for 9:30 (he was applying for a tourist visa), we queued together at just before 9am and the lady asked us if we had any electronic items, if we did she gave out a plastic bag to put them in. I said no and she didn't say anything more, just sent me on my way. As I was making my way forwards in the queue, I noticed that a lot of people had keys in the bags and began to worry that maybe she should have given me a bag anyway. As I got to the front of the first queue, the line stopped. We had no idea why, but it was 45 minutes before it started moving again. The second queue is for the metal detector. Took off my watch and put my keys in the plastic container the guy held out to me. Then I walked into the embassy.

I was given number 5016 as I walked in and was pointed in the direction of the waiting area. The waiting area was relatively large but not as big as I imagined from reading other reviews. It reminded me of school assembly halls as a child. Along one wall were the interviewing windows, also not as I imagined them. There were 10 or so facing the waiting area and then a further set along the side out of the way.

I sat down for maybe 25 minutes before my number was called for the first time (there were 3 immigrant visa's in the queue before me and they seemed to be flying through the visitors visa numbers) and I went to window 14. I was greeted at the window by a very pleasant American man. He asked for my passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, police record and the passport photos. He told me to scan my finger prints: first the 4 fingers of my right hand, then the 4 fingers from the left and then the two thumbs together. Apparently the tips of my little finger on my left hand and my index finger on my right hand do not lay flat and I had to push them down with the other hand to get a proper scan.

I signed the 2 copies of the forms I mailed in, he asked for the affidavit of support and then he told me to go to a nearby window to pay. I paid the $131 in dollars and returned to the same window and he gave me my xray. He then proceded to tell me about the next part of the visa process (AOS) and I just nodded and listened even though I knew the next steps thanks to VJ After that, he gave me a pink form to fill in for the courier and asked me to return to the waiting room again.

20 minutes or so later, I was called up again. This time it was to window 15, where I was greeted by an american lady. She asked me to scan my fingerprints again to make sure it was still me and once she was happy she asked me to raise my right hand and swear that the information contained in the forms was the truth.

Once I'd done that, she asked me only 4 questions:

1) What was Josh's occupation
2) What was my occupation here (to which she replied "it should be easy for me to find work")
3) Was my mother in law my main sponsor
4) Were we going to live with my in-laws when I moved to the States.

No other questions asked, no evidence looked at (not even the photos). She said that the last thing I had to do was queue for the courier payment and then I was done for the day. Unfortunately, I didn't ask whether or not I was approved, so I didn't know for sure until my visa arrived on Tuesday.
Rating : Very Good

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