MarJhi's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: J
VJ Member: MarJhi
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2023-03-25
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Immigration Checklist for M & J:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2021-07-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2021-07-26
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2022-10-27
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2023-01-31
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2023-03-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2023-03-23
US Entry : 2023-05-05
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 458 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 598 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 16, 2023
Embassy Review : She said she would give it 100 stars if she could. The whole process was 2 hours from start to finish for a 6:30 AM appointment. The pre-interview asked for NBI clearance, CENOMAR and VIsa fee receipt (all must be originals), envelop from SLEC, 2 visa (not passport) style photos and her passport. Then from there she went to biometrics, finger scanning. Then to the final interview that she said took maybe 5 minutes.

Questions asked:

What is your fiance's name?
How did you meet?
When did you meet?
When did he visit?
Why hasn't he visited since? (due to covid pandemic)
Do you have proof of communications since? She showed her copies of Whatsapp chats.

Then she gave my fiance a pamphlet about domestic violence, told her she was approved and she was good to go.

Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 11

MarJhi on 2021-08-07 said:
We are using an immigration lawyer for the process. Original application sent on July 10, 2021 but credit card payment was rejected for unknown reason. Used the same card (worked for them) to pay the lawyer the $535 fee and they wrote a paper check to USCIS. So the receipt for the NOA1 was on 7/27/21
MarJhi on 2022-11-02 said:
Petition approved on 10/27/22 after 458 days, about 15 months. Estimate when petition was filed was 8 months, no nearly double the time from the original estimate.
MarJhi on 2022-11-02 said:
MarJhi on 2023-02-18 said:
Complete silence after NOA2 until 96 days letter received the following message from NVC, "The National Visa Center (NVC) received your fiancé (e)’s/spouse’s approved I-129F petition from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). NVC will now forward the petition to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Manila, Philippines. Please note that the transfer process can take several weeks. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will contact your fiancé (e)/spouse when they are ready to process his or her petition."
MarJhi on 2023-03-06 said:
10 days ago our attorney was able to get our interview scheduled for March 9th, however we had to reschedule because that is actually too quick, the date my fiancé receives her NBI clearance and her medical appointment at St. Lukes is on March 9th and 10th. Our attorney canceled the original interview and today he emailed us with a new interview appointment for March 16th, one week after the medical. I know a lot of people on here don't believe in using an attorney, but ours seems to be on the ball! March 9th: Receive NBI clearance March 9th and 10th: Medical appointment at St Lukes March 16th: Interview at the Embassy
MarJhi on 2023-03-09 said:
My fiance arrived for Day 1 of her medical at St. Lukes about 2.5 hours early, which she said should have been maybe just an hour early. Overall day one was about 90% waiting and 10% actual testing, answering medical history questions and the drawing of blood. She said everyone was kind and friendly and helpful. Day 2 she will not show up so early now that she knows the traffic situation getting there for a 1PM appointment. Day one took about 3.5 hours. There are chairs outside but those belong to entrepreneurs who charge you to sit in them while you wait to go inside. Bring water!
MarJhi on 2023-03-10 said:
Day 2 of medical at St. Lukes was about an hour and a half total, mostly waiting. All they did was check vitals and give her shots that she didn't have records for and had her wait to be released. They gave her a cd and a sealed brown envelope, told her not to open either and take them with her to her interview and sent her home. Very easy 2nd day.
MarJhi on 2023-03-16 said:
Interview @ 6:30AM, approved!
MarJhi on 2023-03-23 said:
Visa received, 7 days after interview.
MarJhi on 2023-03-25 said:
Airline tickets are skyrocketing right now so went ahead and booked a flight for May 5th without the CFO appointment in place yet. Best/easiest flight available is from Manila to Honolulu with a 4 hour layover and then a 6 hour flight to here in Phoenix. Before May 5th that flight is nearly $2400, after May 5th its just under $1100. Should have the CFO done well before then and it gives her time to get things in order before she leaves the Philippines. There were cheaper options but it involved more layovers and layovers that were far too short or far too long. 4 hours and 5 minutes in Honolulu should be a reasonable amount of time to get through immigration and make her connection to Phoenix.
MarJhi 20 hours ago said:
CFO shenanigans causing a huge delay. If it wasn't for the CFO she would be here on 3/30 not 5/27. This is the worst part of the whole experience. She has her visa in hand but the CFO stupidity is adding more time to what an excruciating wait has already been.
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