ikarus's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Marlon
Beneficiary's Name: Carla
VJ Member: ikarus
Country: Romania

Last Updated: 2009-05-08
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Immigration Checklist for Marlon & Carla:

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 : Bucharest, Romania
I-129F Sent : 2008-02-12
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-02-14
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-04-15
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2008-05-02
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2008-07-17
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-07-18
US Entry : 2008-10-19
Marriage : 2008-12-01
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 61 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 154 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2008-10-19
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : West Palm Beach FL
Date Filed : 2009-01-13
NOA Date : 2009-01-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-02-17
AOS Transfer** : 2009-02-11
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : did walk-in biometrics appt on feb 6

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-13
NOA Date : 2009-01-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2009-02-18
Date Card Received : 2009-02-23
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 36 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-12
NOA Date : 2009-01-26
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-02-14
Comments : expedited ap thru phone
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 32 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bucharest, Romania
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 18, 2008
Embassy Review : As reported by other members, you go in the consulate and you're in big room with seats around this booth, where you eventually get called up to get interviewed. That's probably the worst part, as everybody hears what you have to say...Now, for those interested---before you go in, they do take away umbrellas, mobiles, and anything else electronic or metal; if you're a female, you can retain your purse, and if you'd like, bring a book/magazine to read to pass the time. Once they call you up, they asked the following questions:
How did you meet your fiance?
When and how did you meet in person for the first time?
How many times have you met in person?
Has fiance visited Romania? How many times?
Has your fiance met your parents/family?
How do you keep in touch with fiance?
Be aware that the above questions are the ones asked, but as you respond, they probe for more specific details based on the file you submitted.... After the last question, the lady told me to take a seat; a few minutes later I was called again, and they said to come back and pick up the visa next day at 1130am.
So in short,this is the sequence:
Turn in papers, make payment, get fingerprinted, get interviewed, then wait for interview results.
I got there at 13:00; left by 15:00. Best wishes to everybody else going thru Bucharest! Not a bad experience at all!
Rating : Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-10-19
Embassy Review : I met my fiancée in London and we both flew into the usa arriving at JFK at 22:15. We made it to the custom section and the lady directing traffic saw the brown envelope in my fiancée's hand and told us to go to the 2nd visitor's line, which was open; another person was being processed and this lady took about 10 min or so as it seemed she hadn't filled out her entry form properly; she finally made it thru, and we were next. The officer had a very stern look in his face and we both didn't dare open our mouth. Like a robot, he tore the envelope opened, proceeded to stamp different papers, write numbers in forms, and didn't say a single word as he did all this. Finally he asked: 'when is the wedding.' At that moment I wasn't expecting the question and I stuttered..."November...november....the weekend before thanksgiving..." He immediately said, 'proceed to the office on your left." Right there and then I was horrified as I thought I screwed up answering the question, as I was also expecting for my fiancée to get finger scanned or have her pic taken, but none of that happened. We proceeded to the office as indicated, and there were 2 officers there talking about basketball; the first guy took the papers and told us to sit down. We waited about 10 min and finally he called my fiancée over, and asked her, 'i can't read this writing---what's your mother's name?' She answered, and he said, 'you can go back and sit down.' We waited another 5 min, and finally he said, 'you're done,' and handed my fiancee her papers. We proceeded to get our baggage and saw that there was an EAD stamp on the back of the i-94 form, and we were happy we finally 'made it through.' The whole experience was easy; but while you're standing there waiting for the officers to do their job, I must say I was a nervous wreck.
Harassment Level : Low

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