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  Petitioner's Name: Phuong
Beneficiary's Name: Ghailen
VJ Member: p&g
Country: Tunisia

Last Updated: 2022-01-26
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Immigration Checklist for Phuong & Ghailen:

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 : Tunisia
I-129F Sent : 2020-03-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2020-03-11
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2020-12-31
NVC Received : 2021-02-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2021-02-16
NVC Left : 2021-02-16
Consulate Received : 2021-02-22
Packet 3 Received : 2021-02-26
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2021-02-26
Interview Date : 2021-03-31
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2021-04-06
US Entry : 2021-04-09
Marriage : 2021-06-13
Comments : @NVC: the NVC created the case and electronically sent the petition to the Embassy in Tunis on the same day
@Embassy: the embassy confirmed that the petition was received, provided instructions for action items needed before the interview, and scheduled the interview date in the same email.
@Interview: the consular officer verbally approved the visa application at the end of the interview and advised that the passport with the visa stamp can be picked up after 6 days.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 295 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 385 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Boston
POE Date : 2021-04-09
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Boston MA
Date Filed : 2021-06-24
NOA Date : 2021-07-07
RFE(s) : 2021-07-08
Bio. Appt. : 2021-10-06
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2021-11-30
Approval / Denial Date : 2021-12-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2021-12-31
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Boston MA
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2021-06-24
NOA Date : 2021-07-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2021-10-06
Approved Date : 2021-12-21
Date Card Received : 2021-12-31
Comments : The EAD application itself still appears as pending, but I was advised that the approval of the green card confers work authorization.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 180 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Boston MA
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2021-06-24
NOA Date : 2021-07-07
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2021-12-31
Comments : The AP application itself still appears as pending, but I was advised that the approval of the green card confers re-entry benefits.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 180 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Tunisia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 4, 2021
Embassy Review : My fiancé’s interview was in March. He street parked and left his cell phone in the car.
His appointment was at 8:30 AM, and he arrived about 15 minutes early. There was some waiting and some paperwork collected before he met with the consular officer around 9:30 AM.

He was nervous and was sure that he came across that way. 
The consular officer started with yes/no and short answer questions from the I-129F and eased into questions that required more descriptive answers and spoke to the level of comfort and familiarity in our relationship.

Is your fiancée divorced?
Are you divorced?
When and how did you meet your fiancée?
How long after the first meeting did you meet with your fiancée again?
- How long was that visit?
- What were the dates of the visit?
Has your fiancée visited Tunisia?
What do you love about your fiancée?
Why do you want to get married in the US instead of Tunisia?
Do you have a problem with the age difference? (He said, “I see her like she’s 23”, to which the officer smiled)
What are your plans after you go to the US?
- (Answer encompassed other questions that the consular officer could have asked, such as):
- When and how do you plan on getting married?
- What will you do before you find work?
- When and what will you do for work?
- What does your fiancé do for work, and how long has she been with that company?

The interview lasted about 20 minutes. At the end, the consular office gave a verbal approval and advised that he would pick up his passport in 6 days.

In retrospect, my fiancé said that he’d still feel just as nervous even if he already had a play-by-play of his interview. We’d already seen some version of the questions. EXCEPT for the question about why we wanted to get married in the US versus Tunisia. 

The most important advice that he could impart is to speak from the heart.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Boston
Event Description
Entry Date : 2021-04-09
Embassy Review : Deplaning, customs, and baggage all took about 35 min at Boston Logan on a Friday at 6:30 PM. It seemed that this was the only flight in Terminal E at this time.
When my fiance got to Customs, there was only one person in front of him.
The tone was business-like and the pace was brisk.
They completed fingerprint biometrics in place, and they asked him three questions:
- What work did you do?
- What work does your fiancé do?
- When are you getting married?
He sailed on through baggage claim and was waiting at the curb before I even got to the airport! I thought it would take an hour and a half minimum, but it took him way less time than it usually takes me WITH Global Entry.
Harassment Level : Low

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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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