william_wallace's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Lara
Beneficiary's Name: Gordon
VJ Member: william_wallace
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2011-07-03
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Immigration Checklist for Lara & Gordon:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2008-05-09
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-05-20
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-09-11
NVC Received : 2008-09-15
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-09-18
Consulate Received : 2008-09-22
Packet 3 Received : 2008-09-27
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-10-13
Packet 4 Received : 2008-10-27
Interview Date : 2008-11-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-11-20
US Entry : 2008-12-18
Marriage :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 114 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 182 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2008-12-18
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Was a very strange evening at JFK Airport. I was sitting waiting to be called. There was about 20 other people in the room, a lot of people looked nervous and on edge. Their names were called up and they stood at the front desk. Seeing people getting denied was probably the reason of the mood in the room.

A big bloke then came towards me and said my name. He told me to follow him, and I thought oh sh!t I'm getting deported. He walked me out of the room and started asking me normal questions. Soon as he said 'Welcome to the United States' I felt relaxed at ease.

He asked if I wanted the EAD stamp on passport and I said yes. Off I went happy as can be.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Charleston SC
Date Filed : 2009-03-10
NOA Date : 2009-03-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-04-06
AOS Transfer** : 2009-04-01
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-05-26
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-06-12
Comments : Nice, quick, easy and painless. Don't you just love the USCIS haha?


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Charleston SC
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-03-10
NOA Date : 2009-03-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-04-06
Approved Date : 2009-04-21
Date Card Received : 2009-04-29
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 42 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-03-25
NOA Date : 2011-04-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-04-26
Interview Date : 2011-06-28
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-06-28
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments : Arrived 10 mins before appointment. There was only 2 other people waiting which I thought was odd as I remember the first time I ever went to the office in 2009 it was jam packed.

I seen an immigration officer stare and me and my wife, and I have to say he didn't look happy. I thought please don't let it be him. About 20 mins another IO came through and he was very cheery. We both went in the office, put our hand up, you know the usual stuff lol.

He asked very basic questions eg-

Have you committed any crime?
Are you a spy?
What date were you married?

He asked if we filed the paperwork ourselves and I said yes, he pointed out the paperwork was spot on and professionally done. Then he asked for my passport, he stamped it and shook our hands and welcomed me to the United States.

This all only took about 7-10 minutes and we were both shocked on how easy the whole process from start to finish has been. The IO even sat back in his chair and chatted away with us as though we were in a pub. Extremely pleasant IO and made us very comfortable.

Thumbs up for the Charleston office.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 2, 2008
Embassy Review : I arrived in the pi$$ing rain at 830am, interview was at 900am so I was there in plenty time. The queue wasn't too bas so no complaints there. The security staff gave me a plastic bag to put in any coins, wallet etc in. I passed through the gates and was given the number 5007.

I went up some steps on the left and sat on my butt looking around at other people( I know i'm sad haha) After about 40 mins my number was called and went to a box with a pleasent looking woman behind the screen. She took my documents and finger prints then handed me a slip to pay the visa fee. I came back showing that I paid and was told to sit down and wait for to be called for my interview.

After another 20 or so mins I was called again for the interview, I took a big deep breath and off I went. I was met with a very cheerfull female immigration officer. She gave me back my documents. I was asked a few simple questions eg-

Where did you meet your fiance?
What is her occupation?
Has she met your kids?
What did they think of her?
Will your kids be travelling to the wedding

And that was it, she said I was approved and gave me a slip to pay for the visa to be delivered. I coundn't believe how quick and easy it was. She never asked for any other proof that I had with me. Off I went out the door, went to Leicester Square and have a good few beers then to Harrods to buy a Cuban cigar.
Rating : Very Good


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*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

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