Slightly Bonkers's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Dave
Beneficiary's Name: Jo
VJ Member: Slightly Bonkers
Country: Ireland

Last Updated: 2009-02-20
Register or log in to follow this timeline


Immigration Checklist for Dave & Jo:

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 : Ireland
I-129F Sent : 2007-10-02
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-10-10
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-01-31
NVC Received : 2008-02-14
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-02-19
Consulate Received : 2008-02-21
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-04-28
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2008-05-22
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-05-23
US Entry : 2008-07-18
Marriage : 2008-08-22
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 113 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 225 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Date Filed : 2008-09-15
NOA Date : 2008-09-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-10-17
AOS Transfer** : 2008-10-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-02-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-09-15
NOA Date : 2008-09-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-10-17
Approved Date : 2008-12-05
Date Card Received : 2008-12-15
Comments :
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 : 2008-09-15
NOA Date : 2008-09-22
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-12-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 81 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dublin, Ireland
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 28, 2008
Embassy Review : Interview on 22nd May for K1 visa

Arrived about 20 mins early and went for a coffee (wanted a pint!) but probably should have waited cos when I got back there was a queue outside.

Got through security...
sat down
was called up to sign-in onto a list
was called up to hand in paperwork, very simple but glad I went by VJ guidelines, cos it didn't say in my packet 3 that I needed a DS 156K, but I had one.
was called up to pay
interview time

I was up there for about a minute, he asked
Where we met
how many years I'd gone on a J1
checked that I'd submited my Japanese police report
where we were going to live
if i liked american football
if i was going to get a cheese head (Go Packers!)
then he looked at my folder, and said "I'm sure you have some cute photos in there, so let me have a look at one so I look as though I'm doing my job"

and that was it!

He told me to wait for the hour to get my visa, but there was an issue and we all had to come back another day to collect it. I couldn't come back the next day because of work and they were very flexible about finding a time that suited.

Overall, kinda anti-climactic! But I prefer it that way!!
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Dublin, Ireland
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-02-23
Embassy Review : This was while making a mid-K1 visit (post NOA2, prior to receiving packet 3)

I'm from Dublin, so at least didn' have to deal with learning a new airport.
Joined the queue for immigration super early envisioning at least an hour being interviewed.
When I got to the top it went something like this.

Where's your husband? Double take... This was the first thing he said!... um he's my fiance and he's in the states
When's the wedding? Well we're hoping August but it depends on when we get the visa
Oh, he's american? Yup
How do your parents feel about that? Ok, they like him, and are excited about the shopping in the US
You'll be living in Ireland soon though? Maybe but only if something happens to those property prices
How long are you going for? 1 week
How long were you there last time? 3 weeks
What do you do? I'm a hospital administrator
Will the survive without you? I'm sure they'll manage
Ok have a good trip.

We weren't going to risk it.
I'm so so so glad we did.
I did have a folder full of 'proof' that I was coming home
And had been close to having a pint to calm my nerves before hand
But I was lucky and I got in!

Good luck y'all
Harassment Level : Low

Timeline Comments: None yet, be the first!

Register or log in to comment on this timeline

*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

vjTimeline ver 5.0