Bassi and Zainab's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Zainab
Beneficiary's Name: Bassi
VJ Member: Bassi and Zainab
Country: Ghana

Last Updated: 2009-05-29
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Immigration Checklist for Zainab & Bassi:

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 : Ghana
I-129F Sent : 2007-06-18
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-06-22
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-12-02
NVC Received : 2007-12-04
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-01-11
Consulate Received : 2008-01-15
Packet 3 Received : 2008-02-27
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2008-02-27
Interview Date : 2008-06-24
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-06-27
US Entry : 2008-07-02
Marriage : 2008-07-09
Comments : AP at NVC from 12-4-2007 to 1-10-2008

Never received embassy letter in the mail to pick up packets 3 and 4.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 163 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 368 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2008-07-02
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : It was a 4 hour wait for a 4 minute process. That was sooooooo frustrating. It was also freezing. A lot of people missed their connecting flights, so don't book them close together. Give yourself at minimum a 5 hour layover at JFK cause they do not expedite you if you have a connecting flight. They kept telling people, you'll just have to get on the next available flight. We stood in line to see an immigration/customs agent at the booth. They took biometrics, checked the passport and visa and then sent us to a room to wait to see another agent. This agent asked how long he planned to stay, then told him to get married within 90 days, stamped his passport in and attached the temporary EAD card to the passport. Then we went on our way.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Albany NY
Date Filed : 2008-08-22
NOA Date : 2008-08-27
RFE(s) : 2009-01-29
Bio. Appt. : 2008-09-18
AOS Transfer** : 2008-09-25
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-03-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2009-04-03
Comments : Biometrics was very quick. Bassi's fingerprints wouldn't take on the computer so they took a paper and ink copy of his fingerprints. Two copies of it. It took about 30 minutes in all. Very quick and painless and the people friendly and courteous. No picture taking cell phones allowed in the building. Had to leave it in the car.

No notification received of approval. Two days ago, they couldn't confirm receipt of the RFE documents. Then the card arrived in the mail. I'd say it was odd if it wasn't USCIS.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-08-22
NOA Date : 2008-08-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-09-18
Approved Date : 2008-11-17
Date Card Received : 2008-11-22
Comments : Requested expedite on 11-12-2008 and received card production ordered on USCIS website on 11-13-2008. Whoo Hoo!!
Received a second notice stating that card production ordered on 11-17-2008. So, I guess we'll go with the later date and hopefully it doesn't change again.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 87 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-08-22
NOA Date : 2008-08-27
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-11-17
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 82 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ghana
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 29, 2008
Embassy Review : The hardest part of the process is getting past the guards. They refused me in entry that morning because I was an American. Told me to wait until 8:30, then they have no choice but to let me in. However, they let another American woman in with her fiance for his interview. No rhyme or reason to how they treat you. The woman at window 2 was not very pleasant to me. I thought she was nasty, Bassi thought she was doing her job. She refused to accept the DS156 and told me to fill it out again twice. Yes, twice. Why twice? I have no idea other than to be a wench. Then we waited and waited and waited. You aren't allowed to have food, or electronic devices. There is a tv there showing CNN so at least you can watch that. It's very cold inside because the air conditioning is up kind of high. So dress warm. After waiting for most of the morning an asian man at window 4 interviewed us. He asked only a few questions. How did we meet? When did we meet? What were we doing when we met? How many brothers and sisters we each have? Then he called me to the window and asked me the same questions to compare our answers. He didn't make Bassi sit down. We stood there together. Then he told us that we had a lot of proof and had brought a lot of evidence with us. He said that he felt our relationship wasn't fraudulent and that our visa would be approved. I almost screamed. Bassi stopped me and told me to be calm until we go outside. I struggled with that, but made it outside then did a little booty shake and Bassi laughed. Picking up the visa that Friday the place was packed. No where to sit and not much room to stand up either. No real system to handing out the visas. They just call names randomly. Then at the end of the day, they wanted to have a party (they were bringing food for their party) so they collected all our papers and then found all the corresponding passports and quickly handed them out. Why didn't they do this from the beginning? I really can only think it's job security. We were the very last couple to get our visas that day. But we didn't care as long as we got it. I asked if I could join the party and the woman smiled and told me that the food wouldn't fit in the little pass through under the window. They gave us a folder that contained the passport with the little bitty visa sticker (all of this for that little piece of paper) and the sealed envelope, instructions about what to do at POE and social security and his original birth certificate.
Rating : Moderate

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