EatBulaga's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Vice
Beneficiary's Name: Pia
VJ Member: EatBulaga
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2022-07-02
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Immigration Checklist for Vice & Pia:

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 : Taipei, Taiwan
I-129F Sent : 2021-03-03
I-129F NOA1 : 2021-03-05
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2022-02-17
NVC Received : 2022-03-02
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2022-03-08
NVC Left : 2022-03-15
Consulate Received : 2022-03-17
Packet 3 Received : 2022-03-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2022-03-27
Packet 4 Received : 2022-03-29
Interview Date : 2022-04-25
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2022-04-30
US Entry : 2022-06-11
Marriage : 2022-06-28
Comments : 2022-06-13: I-94 electronic available online.

2022-06-14: Social Security Number applied.

2022-06-21: Social Security Card received by mail.

2022-07-01: Social Security updated to marriage name
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 349 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 416 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Taipei, Taiwan
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 30, 2022
Embassy Review : This interview review is based on what my fiancée told me since I was in the US at the time, and AIT-Taipei only allows the K1 visa applicant listed on the UStravelDocs Interview confirmation page to enter. Some of the details are blurry because she was emotionally overwhelmed with stress and happiness coming out of the interview.

Our interview appointment time was in the afternoon, and my fiancée was in and out of the consulate after a little over 1-hour. She submitted different forms to different stations of interviewers--maybe 3 to 5 different total interviewers. The forms are ordered in the list provided on the Interview confirmation page from UStravelDocs, and they did not even ask for the follow-up picture evidence. Since we have been in a long-term relationship for over 5-years and we were last physically together about a year before the interview with the last year being a long-distance relationship, each of the interviewers asked the same question along the line of "are you sure you have been together this long?" almost in disbelief why we weren't married earlier. Having to answer the same question over and over again was emotionally stressful for my fiancée.

She said that there were like 15-20 questions overall, most of which we practiced already like "how did we meet?", "when was the last time we saw each other?", "what do I do for a living?", "what does she do for a living?", and more. She was fortunate to have brought her Taiwan ID since some interviewers were surprised that a Philippines national was working in Taiwan and planning to marry a US citizen. Some interviewers kept asking her to pull down her facemask to verify her photos and IDs are her. All of these took a big emotional toll on her. After the last interviewer told her she was approved, they told her that they will send her visa in about 5 business days. Outside of the consulate, we video chatted and she was crying for about an hour overwhelmed with emotional release and happiness.

Looking back we think (and we may be wrong) that the consulate only got a copy of the I-129F form without all the supporting documents like the picture evidence, IMBRA waiver/disclaimer, etc. so the interviewers may not have all of our proof of long-term relationship. NVC did email us a pdf version of our marked up I-129F when they notified us that they sent the case to the consulate. Regardless, this has been a long and stressful process for us.

The only advice that we have for others facing K1 interviews is to build a bona fide relationship and at the interview, be sincere and truthful about your genuine relationship. If you have any doubts, discuss with a lawyer or other K1 experts. Don't bring the doubts with you to the interview or try to hide anything because the emotional stress from the wait may reveal suspicions to the interviewers. The consulate interviewers' job is just trying to verify your relationship in-person.

The only reason that I'm not rating a perfect 5 is that this was a fairly stressful process for both my fiancée and me. Maybe it's just the whole post-pandemic K1 process with the delayed backlogs that have been stressful? I do think the consulate can provide more interview dates to pick from. The K1 interview schedule available to us at the time was early April and then late April. Since I could not get her the paperwork in time for the early April date, we chose the late April date with the longer wait, which contributed to the stress. Overall, AIT-Taipei was very professional and more efficient compared to the other consulates with much longer wait times.
Rating : Good

POE Review: Atlanta
Event Description
Entry Date : 2022-06-11
Embassy Review : Port-Of-Entry at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson was pretty smooth for my K1 beneficiary. CBP agent only asked her "What is your name?", "What is your purpose for coming to the US?", "How much money did you bring?", "Did you bring any food?". Afterward, the CBP agents were very polite in explaining to her the 90-day K1 visa condition for marriage or leaving the US. The CBP agents then escorted my fiancee to the baggage carousel to claim her luggages, AND escorted her to the arrival area before I was able to arrive to pick her up. Overall, from landing to the passport line to the CBP check to baggage claim to the arrival area took about 1.5 hours.

If fact, my fiancee had more interrogating questioning from the airline boarding agents before her transfer flight from Japan to the US. In some situations, if the boarding agent is not familiar with the K1 visa process, they will ask to see a round-trip ticket. Fortunately, I pre-empted by calling the airline a few days before to ask them to make a note on her reservation that she has a US K1 visa and 1-way ticket since nowhere in buying the flight did the airline ask about the entry visa. The boarding agent ended by asking her "What is your name?", "Why are you going to the US?", "Who is your Petitioner?", "Which country did you exit from?", and "What did you do in that country? because she was a Philippines national working in Taiwan. She was also asked "How did we meet?", "What address in the US will you be living at?", "What is her emergency contact number in the US?". We had prepared these questioning for the POE, but did not expect the boarding agent to be more interrogating than the CBP.

Overall, 5-stars for the POE Atlanta
Harassment Level : Low

Timeline Comments: 3

EatBulaga on 2021-06-14 said:
blank avatar Jovy&Jerry on 2022-05-03 said:
Hi! We got close timeline with your case but we are still lost or no update by our lawyer if the NVC receive our approved petition from USCIS. Can I ask how to check the case after NOA2 or approved petition ? Our consulate is in the Philippines. Thank you and Godbless!
EatBulaga on 2022-05-03 said:
Unfortunately after NOA2, you have to wait for your case to be sent to the NVC and assigned NVC case number to use the CEAC tracker. You can maybe call USCIS or put in an inquiry with USCIS for an update? But if your lawyer doesn't know, then I don't think there is an update from USCIS end. Manila is one consulate with big backlog of delays which creates delays up the chain. We were fortunate that my fiancee was in Taiwan and interviewed in Taiwan. Good luck!
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