thejoz's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Drew
Beneficiary's Name: Amy
VJ Member: thejoz
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2009-03-06
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Immigration Checklist for Drew & Amy:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2007-07-18
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-07-23
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-11-28
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-12-05
Consulate Received : 2007-12-10
Packet 3 Received : 2008-03-04
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-03-07
Packet 4 Received : 2008-03-14
Interview Date : 2008-04-10
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-04-15
US Entry : 2008-05-12
Marriage : 2008-06-21
Comments : Our original Packet 3 was mailed on December 11, 2007. We never got it.

We got a second Packet 3 on January 14, 2008. We sent that in at the end of February...

...Only to get a third Packet 3 after that.

Thus, the dates of Received and Completed instructions reflect the 3rd, and hopefully final, Packet 3's that we got.

And holy crap! Not a full week after the embassy got our paperwork, we have an interview date!!! April 10th! Wow, what a turnaround time! =)

...And we were APPROVED at the Interview! Hurrah!!! Just awaiting the Visa to arrive via courier now!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 128 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 262 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2008-05-12
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Norfolk VA
Date Filed : 2008-07-31
NOA Date : 2008-08-04
RFE(s) : 2009-01-26
Bio. Appt. : 2008-08-27
AOS Transfer** : 2008-09-22
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-02-26
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-03-06
Comments : After complete BS of having to redo the Medical, we were approved for LPR status!

Green Card arrived 8 days after approval!!


Never saw that coming :)

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-07-31
NOA Date : 2008-08-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-08-27
Approved Date : 2008-10-20
Date Card Received : 2008-10-27
Comments : My wife got her EAD in wonderfully! Two months to the date of biometrics. We're thrilled, understandably.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 81 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-07-31
NOA Date : 2008-08-04
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-10-27
Comments : AP came with EAD. Only one more to go!
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 81 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 14, 2008
Embassy Review : Amy went to London to have her interview. She was interviewed by two different officers.

She showed them information such as my birth certificate, her police record, etc. She was asked questions like why she was moving to the US instead of me (the USC) moving to her, how long we'd known each other, how many times we've met, etc.

They only looked over my I-134, and did not keep my co-sponsor's information. They did not look at tax records, evidence of the ongoing relationship, photographs, or anything really.

She was told she was approved "barring anything coming back on the fingerprint scan" (IE: she comes back as a criminal, but we know she's not) and that she'll get her Visa in 3-5 business days, along with her passport back. This was on Thursday, April 10, 2008. She should have those items in a couple of days we imagine.

Even though I wasn't there, I think I'd rate this experience a 5. She had an interview at 9 am, and by 12 am BST she had called me to tell me she was approved. She knew sooner than that, but had to get back to her hotel or such I think. She didn't complain at all to me about it, she didn't say there were any problems.

After the long wait from NOA1 to NOA2, and the Embassy screw ups with Packet 3, this was the most painless part of the process yet! Quick, easy, and of course the desired result.
Rating : Very Good

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Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
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rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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