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Alex & Rachel's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Alex
Beneficiary's Name: Rachel
VJ Member: Alex & Rachel
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2011-10-14
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Immigration Checklist for Alex & Rachel:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2008-01-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-01-14
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-05-07
NVC Received : 2008-05-19
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2008-06-06
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-06-22
Packet 4 Received : 2008-07-14
Interview Date : 2008-08-14
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-08-22
US Entry : 2008-11-19
Marriage : 2008-12-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 114 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 213 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2008-11-19
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was relatively quick and painless. I did not have to go into a separate room nor did I have to wait any longer than any of the non-immigrants. I was asked a few questions, such as where Alex worked and when were we getting married, before being welcomed to the US and sent on my way.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Jose CA
Date Filed : 2009-01-28
NOA Date : 2009-02-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-02-28
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2009-05-20
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-05-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-06-27
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-28
NOA Date : 2009-02-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-02-28
Approved Date : 2009-04-10
Date Card Received : 2009-04-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 72 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-28
NOA Date : 2009-02-05
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-04-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 63 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-05-03
NOA Date : 2011-05-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-06-15
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-10-06
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2011-10-13
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 15, 2008
Embassy Review : My experience in London was exceptionally smooth and hassle-free.

I arrived at the embassy at 8.30 am for a 9.00 am appointment. It was a beautiful, sunny day and there were only about ten people in line. I had taken no electronic items or keys with me so there were no problems with security. I cleared security and received my ticket (number 5012) at 8.42 am.

I sat in the extremely large waiting room until 9.30 am which was when I was called to the window for the first time. It was window number 14. Here I spoke to a rather serious woman who took the fingerprints of both my hands and:

Affidavit of support
Updated letter of intent
1 original certified copy of my birth certificate + 1 photocopy
1 original police certificate + 1 photocopy
2 x American passport-sized photos
A copy of form DS-156

She also asked me a few basic questions including who Alex was (answer: My fiancé).

I was then asked to go to window 12 to pay for my visa and to then take a seat. By this time it was 10.00 am.

I was not expecting to be interviewed for another hour at least, but as it turned out I only had to wait 20 minutes. At 10.20 am I was called to window number 16. An extremely friendly American man greeted me; he turned out to have grown up in San Jose (Alex's home city). I had to have the fingerprints of my left hand taken again and then I had to take an oath. He handed back the original certified copy of my birth certificate and police certificate and then asked me the following questions:

1. Does Alex have any children?
2. How did Alex and I meet?
3. What did I like about Alex?
4. When did I make the first trip to San Jose?
5. Did I realise San Jose was really boring?
6. What did I plan to do in the US other than to marry Alex?
7. Had I been to Santa Cruz?
8. Does Alex have any brothers or sisters?
9. What is the age difference between Alex and his brother and his sister?
10. How many times have I been to America?
11. Has Alex met my family? When?
12. What does Alex do for a living?
13. How long has he been working there? (Asked twice because he forgot he asked me the first time!)
14. How did he propose? (The interviewer then related the story of his own proposal).
15. Where does Alex live?

That sounds like quite a few questions but they were asked in a very chatty, informal tone, so I did not feel at all like I was being interrogated or closely questioned.

I was not asked to submit any further evidence of our relationship.

After this he was all ready to hand me an approved letter, but he remembered at the last moment that my medical results had not yet been returned! So I was given a blue letter informing me that I am approved pending medical results. I was instructed to go and pay for the visa delivery near the embassy entrance, which I did, and I was out of the embassy by 10.40 am. Very smooth and pleasant experience in all!
Rating : Very Good

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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
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rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
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