shikarnov's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Zhenya
Beneficiary's Name: Ira
VJ Member: shikarnov
Country: Russia

Last Updated: 2012-11-15
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Immigration Checklist for Zhenya & Ira:

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 : Moscow, Russia
I-129F Sent : 2007-07-26
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-08-07
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-12-17
NVC Received : 2007-12-20
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-12-27
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2008-03-17
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-03-20
US Entry : 2008-05-05
Marriage : 2008-06-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 132 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 223 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2008-05-05
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Guard just took Ira's passport and other documents from the Embassy, and told us to sit and wait. Fifteen minutes later, we had our I94, and were on our way.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Dallas TX
Date Filed : 2009-07-10
NOA Date : 2009-07-14
RFE(s) : 2009-08-04
Bio. Appt. : 2009-08-13
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-03-15
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-03-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-03-25
Comments : Had our interview at the Dallas office. It took forever to actually get into the interview room, but once there it was a pretty simple process. The woman going through all the documents to make sure everything was there. And then she did some fact checking of what we had in our documents. "What's your social security number?" "What's your address?" "Phone number?" etc.

She only asked for the most basic of evidence. In spite of us having brought a stack of copies and originals and photography, she just glanced over our bank statements and wanted to see our marriage certificate. She checked our IDs, and took back Ira's employment authorization card.

Then she said, "And now I'm going to ask you some personal questions." At this point, I figured we were going to get into the horror story territory, but the questions were ridiculously impersonal. "Are you a terrorist or affiliated with any terrorist organization?" "Are you now or have you ever been a member of a communist party or organization?" etc. She didn't ask a single question that I would consider in any way invasive.

In the end we got approved for a 2-year Green Card (if we'd waited until the end of June, we could have gotten the 10-year card right then and there). It'll take 4-6 weeks to arrive in the mail.


Remarkably the Green Card arrived in 10 days. Everything about this process has taken at least twice longer than expected, but the card issuing was instantaneous by comparison. We're just shocked.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Dallas TX
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-07-10
NOA Date : 2009-07-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-08-13
Approved Date : 2009-09-09
Date Card Received : 2009-09-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 61 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Dallas TX
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-07-10
NOA Date : 2009-07-14
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-09-30
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 75 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-02-03
NOA Date : 2012-02-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-03-02
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-11-09
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2012-11-14
Comments : Conditions removed with no interview. :)

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Moscow, Russia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 25, 2008
Embassy Review : Aside from some inappropriate criticisms on the part of the consulate regarding Ira's relative youth, the interview went pretty smoothly. Documents were all in order, Visa was granted, and was delivered in under 5 days.
Rating : Not Rated

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