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greeneyedgirlfl's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Dawn
Beneficiary's Name: Darren
VJ Member: greeneyedgirlfl
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2011-02-05
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Immigration Checklist for Dawn & Darren:

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 : 2008-01-28
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-01-31
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-02-24
NVC Received : 2008-02-26
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-02-28
Consulate Received : 2008-03-06
Packet 3 Received : 2008-03-10
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-03-14
Packet 4 Received : 2008-04-01
Interview Date : 2008-04-25
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-05-13
US Entry : 2008-07-07
Marriage : 2008-07-11
Comments : I-129F has been delivered!!! Now the waiting game begins....

2/5/08 - touched
2/24/08 - touched
2/24/08 - NOA2!!!!!!!!
4/25/08 - Interview!!! Approved, but waiting for a new police certificate...grrr.

I can't believe this has been so quick; I feel guilty for those who have been here much longer. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 24 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 85 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2008-07-07
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : At the airport as soon as you tell check-in that you are not coming back and show them the visa, they will give you the WHITE I-94.
The staff at JFK were friendly and courteous. If there is someone there directing traffic, tell that person that you have paperwork for immigration. If there is no one else in line, the officer you see will look at the paper work and may ask a few questions. The questions that were asked of me were quite simple. After that, he will tell you to go somewhere else, and you will be directed by another officer. Give the paperwork to yet another officer, and he will tell you to take a seat. Unless he or she has to ask you more questions thats it. The I-94 should have a temp EAD stamp on the back. I wish all going through this all the luck, but if your going through JFK it really is a breeze.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Orlando FL
Date Filed : 2008-07-20
NOA Date : 2008-07-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-08-14
AOS Transfer** : 2008-08-12
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-11-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2008-11-25
Comments : touched - 9/23/08
APPROVED - 11/18/08

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-07-20
NOA Date : 2008-07-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-08-14
Approved Date : 2008-09-24
Date Card Received : 2008-10-03
Comments : They keep "touching" Darren's EAD and changing the date...wonder when it will arrive...

Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 66 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-07-20
NOA Date : 2008-07-25
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-10-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 66 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-10-09
NOA Date : 2010-10-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-11-22
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-02-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 25, 2008
Embassy Review : Darren arrived for his 9:00 AM visa interview at 8:20 AM. After a little miscommunication by the workers at the outside queue, ten minutes later he was in the building; he showed them his passport and received a number in the 5000's. He was called about 20 minutes later to the payment window to pay for his visa; after that, they sent him to another window where they checked his passport again, took his fingerprints, and checked his paperwork (police certificate). About 20 minutes after that, he was called up for his interview. They checked the fingerprints, administered the oath, had him sign the paperwork forms (DS-230), and they asked him two questions (1. Where did you meet? and 2. Why are you moving to the United States?)

Since he didn't have the correct police certificate (grrrrr...wish the webmaster would update the site), he didn't have to leave his passport. If you have the correct one, you would leave your passport to be sent with your visa and then pay for the courier. We have to send the new police certificate when it arrives through the courier with his passport for processing, and then we will get his visa, passport, and MBE (Mysterious Brown Envelope).

The people he encountered at the embassy were patient and helpful, and he was quite surprised that it took such a small amount of time for the process (That is the reason for the "4" rating. As everyone says, "It was a little anti-climatic."
Rating : Good

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