Bforbarree's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: ff
Beneficiary's Name: ds
VJ Member: Bforbarree
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2011-01-28
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Immigration Checklist for ff & ds:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2007-07-16
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-07-26
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-12-04
NVC Received : 2008-01-02
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-01-04
Consulate Received : 2008-01-10
Packet 3 Received : 2008-01-12
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-01-28
Packet 4 Received : 2008-02-13
Interview Date : 2008-03-03
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-03-06
US Entry : 2008-03-18
Marriage : 2008-06-06
Comments : On to AOS
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 131 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 221 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2008-03-18
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : JFK immigration was very crowded with long queues, very stressful when you have a connecting flight. Once it was my turn it took about 20 minutes to get thru...being that I had a visa I thought it would be easier and faster...maybe it was?
Went thru JFK to get EAD stamp, and after having done so, I would not recommend this route unless
1. JFK is a fairly convenient entry point
2.You already have a job lined most employers are not keen to hire someone that may have to stop working after 3 months for an indefinite period of time.

If you need to get back to work, in my opinion it's probably best to just get on the AOS papers EAD came thru in 90 days.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Seattle WA
Date Filed : 2008-07-18
NOA Date : 2008-07-23
RFE(s) : 2008-08-13
Bio. Appt. : 2008-08-14
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2008-12-10
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-12-10
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received:
Comments : It took over a month for the NOA on Greencard production...not sure why it has taken so long...really seems like a long time to me?

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-07-18
NOA Date : 2008-07-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-08-14
Approved Date : 2008-10-17
Date Card Received : 2008-10-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 91 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-07-18
NOA Date : 2008-07-23
RFE(s) : 2008-08-13
Date Received : 2008-10-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 91 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-11-02
NOA Date : 2010-11-12
RFE(s) : 2010-12-09
Bio. Appt. : 2010-11-26
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-01-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2011-01-28
Comments : Can't believe it is finally done, now we can breath for while before embarking on the next step!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 22, 2008
Embassy Review : I am the USC, I went with my SO and was present for the entire process, just showed my passport along with all the embassy appointment papers and they let me in with no problems. The actual interview/process was about 10 minutes max, with a few basic question, the rest was just waiting for them to call your number. After the second part of the interview they said the petition was approved upon results of the fingerprint check(?)and we got the visa 3 days later via courier.

Also, since I was in the UK (and had been for months before the I-129 approval)my Aff. Of Support was not notarized...I was nervous about this (as I would have prefered that everything was COMPLETE)but I was able to sign the Aff. of Support in front of the Consular (as it states you can/should do in the instructions, if you are not in the US) and there were no problems with this at all. This saved us a load of money as notaries in the UK are very expensive! So if anyone else out there is worried about this particular is my 2cents.

Rating : Very Good

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
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
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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