TBoneTX's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: T-Bone
Beneficiary's Name: Mrs. T-B.
VJ Member: TBoneTX
Country: Ecuador

Last Updated: 2013-01-23
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Immigration Checklist for T-Bone & Mrs. T-B.:

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 : Guayaquil, Ecuador
I-129F Sent : 2007-05-31
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-06-11
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-12-18
NVC Received : 2008-01-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-01-16
Consulate Received : 2008-01-23
Packet 3 Received : 2008-03-03
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-03-15
Packet 4 Received : 2008-03-28
Interview Date : 2008-04-29 Submit Review
Interview Result : Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required):
2008-06-27
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2008-09-01
US Entry : 2008-10-09
Marriage : 2008-10-31
Comments : All K-1 visas are "processed" (a loosely used term) by the BASTARD Immigrant Visa unit in the BASTARD Guayaquil consulate, not in the Quito embassy. When I post a review of the BASTARD consulate, expect your computer to explode. You MUST ATTEND your partner's FIRST interview, or you WILL either be DENIED or put through requests for more & more & more information that will never be enough!!! POE on 10/9/08 was the only smooth part of this entire infernal process. Courthouse marriage on Hallowe'en 2008; celebration party on Pearl Harbor Day. AOS approved 4/9/09 without interview. ROC approved 6/30/10 without interview.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 190 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 323 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2008-10-09 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Fiancee entered alone, in Visitors' line. While waiting for her flight to land, I called the IAH Customs & Border Protection line, asked to be transferred to Immigration, and asked how long today's wait would be. Although on weekdays around 2:15p the wait can be 1 to 3 hours, I was told "30 minutes." The actual was perhaps 45 minutes. Fiancee said that the lady CBP officer was efficient, asked several basic questions (when we planned marriage, when was the last time I [the fiance] visited, had she [the fiancee] been in the U.S. before), and spent most of the time filling out the internal CBP forms. Officer pointed out that 90 days would be 1/9/09. Zero harassment. At IAH, you can wait for your incoming loved one on the bottom level of Terminal E in the "International Arrivals" area (known on the airport's website as the "Customs meet & greet" area).


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Houston TX
Date Filed : 2008-12-18
NOA Date : 2008-12-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-01-20
AOS Transfer** : 2009-01-22
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-04-09
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-04-17
Comments : Transferred to CSC; no interview. "Welcome" letter dated April 9, rec'd. April 13... was in the mail to us over the weekend when we traveled to Mexico and had to wait 35 minutes for Customs to bumble through the processing of the Advance Parole! At least now we can frame the handsome souvenir copy of the AP. On-line case status was never updated. Green card came 4/17/09, just 8 days after the "welcome" letter's date.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-12-18
NOA Date : 2008-12-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-01-20
Approved Date : 2009-02-24
Date Card Received : 2009-03-06
Comments : On-line case status was never updated after biometrics in January 2009.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 68 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-12-18
NOA Date : 2008-12-24
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-03-04
Comments : On-line case status was never updated after biometrics in January 2009.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 68 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-01-24
NOA Date : 2011-01-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-02-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-06-30
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2011-07-07
Comments : No interview. "Congratulations" letter dated 3 years & 3 days after the HOSING at the BASTARD Guayaquil consulate. Take THAT!


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Houston TX
Date Filed : 2012-08-07
NOA Date : 2012-08-13
Bio. Appt. : 2012-09-12
Interview Date : 2012-12-10
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-01-23
Comments : See this thread: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/382775-mrs-t-b-the-citizenship-test/ for the full story, si man. --- More seriously, we are finished with the USCIS process. All that remains is to compose the after-visa complaint to the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the State Department about the bastard Guayaquil consulate, whose monkeyshines continue to this day.

Member Reviews:

POE Review: Houston
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-10-09
Embassy Review : Fiancee entered alone, in Visitors' line. While waiting for her flight to land, I called the IAH Customs & Border Protection line (281-230-4600), asked to be transferred to Immigration, and asked how long today's wait would be. Although on weekdays around 2:15p the wait can be 1 to 3 hours depending on number of flights arriving and how many passengers from earlier flights remain to be processed, I was told "30 minutes." It was perhaps 75 minutes, which included retrieval of luggage. Fiancee said that the lady CBP agent was efficient, asked several basic questions (when plan marriage, when was the last time I the fiance visited, had she the fiancee been in the U.S. before), and spent most of the time filling out the internal CBP forms. Agent pointed out that 90 days would be 1/9/09. Zero harassment.

At IAH, you can wait for your incoming loved one on the bottom level of Terminal E in the "International Arrivals" area (known on the airport's website as the "Customs meet & greet" area).
Harassment Level : Low


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