dbears's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Big Bear
Beneficiary's Name: Little Bear
VJ Member: dbears
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2012-09-17
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Immigration Checklist for Big Bear & Little Bear:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2008-01-29
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-02-01
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-03-18
NVC Received : 2008-03-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-03-24
Consulate Received : 2008-03-28
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2008-04-01
Interview Date : 2008-05-21
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-06-03
US Entry : 2008-09-04
Marriage : 2008-10-18
Comments : K1/K2 JOURNEY
01/29/08 : I-129F sent to VSC
02/01/08 : NOA1
03/18/08 : NOA2
03/21/08 : received @ NVC
03/24/08 : received letter from NVC
03/24/08 : left NVC
03/28/08 : received @ USEM
04/01/08 : called USEM for interview appt.
05/13-16/08 : Medical
05/21/08 : Interview
06/03/08 : K1 & K2 VISA RECEIVED
09/02/08 : leaving Davao
09/03/08 : CFO
09/04/08 : Flight to NC/POE Detroit
10/18/08 : Wedding day

2008-02-07; 2008-02-11; 2008-02-12;
2008-02-15; 2008-02-24; 2008-03-18; 2008-03-19
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 46 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 110 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2008-09-04
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Raleigh NC
Date Filed : 2009-01-12
NOA Date : 2009-01-20
RFE(s) : 2009-05-26
Bio. Appt. : 2009-03-16
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2009-05-26
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-07-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-07-13
01/12/09 : AOS/EAD sent to Chicago Lockbox
01/14/09 : AOS/EAD delivered (usps tracking)
01/20/09 : NOA1 for AOS/EAD K1&K2
01/25/09 : NOA1 hard copy received
01/29/09 : RFE (online- still waiting for the letter)
02/23/09 : Received Biometrics letter (FINALLY)
03/16/09 : Biometrics sched 9AM
03/09/09 : Received RFE cancellation(RFE satisfied by original submission) notice from USCIS
03/19/09 : EAD card production ordered
03/27/09 : 3 Interview letters received
05/26/09 : AOS Interview sched 8AM
05/26/09 : RFE on interview date- full medical for me and the kids (SHUCKS!!!)
06/23/09 : Submitted RFE reply
07/01/09 : Card Production Ordered
07/06/09 : Received welcome letter for me

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-12
NOA Date : 2009-01-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-03-16
Approved Date : 2009-03-19
Date Card Received : 2009-03-28
Comments : 03-28-09: EAD card received for me and my daughter.
03-31-09: EAD card received for my son
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 66 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-06-10
NOA Date : 2011-06-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-07-29
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-04-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2012-04-20
Comments : this is by far the most hassle laden and longest processing we have encountered.
06/10/2011....... I-751 packet Sent
06/13/2011....... Delivered at VSC
06/16/2011....... Check cashed
06/18/2011....... NOA 1 received.
07/29/2011....... Biometrics
04/13/2012....... I-751 finally approved
04/20/2012....... Received erroneous 10 yr GC (my data with my daughter's picture)
04/24/2012....... went for INFOPASS and left GC coz the officer tried expediting my GC replacement but she called later saying the supervisor from vermont can't do anything and that I just have to file I-90 form for card replacement.. still waiting for the GC again from the Raleigh-Durham office.
04/30/2012....... Received GC back from USCIS Durham office; then sent to AZ lock box with I-90 form (maybe I will receive the correct card a day before my oath taking ceremony)

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Raleigh NC
Date Filed : 2012-04-23
NOA Date : 2012-04-30
Bio. Appt. : 2012-06-20
Interview Date : 2012-08-07
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2012-09-28
Comments : N-400 04/23/2012...... N-400 packet sent to Lewisville, TX via USPS express mail 04/24/2012...... N-400 delivered signed for by J. Arthur; priority date according to NOA1 04/27/2012...... Check cashed 04/30/2012...... Received NOA 1 dated April 26, 2012 06/01/2012...... Received notice for biometrics dated May 29, 2012 06/20/2012...... Biometrics schedule (early bio June 05, 2012) 06/18/2012...... Email notification, N400 placed in line for interview 06/29/2012...... Email notification, N400 scheduled for interview 07/05/2012...... Interview Letter Received 08/07/2012...... Interview Schedule

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : June 7, 2008
Embassy Review : my interview experience was documented here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=129561&st=0&p=1868260&#entry1868260

over all it was a pleasant experience, no harassment, no mean people. I guess, it is also in the way you carry yourself, if you project an image of confidence then they will not be out to intimidate you... and of course, smile helps a lot.. not a smile that stops in your lips but a smile that is also reflected in your eyes and in your tone of voice.

Thank you so much for this site, this has been a big part of our K1/K2 experience and I am sure this will still be a big part of our POE and then AOS experience later on.

God bless you all always.

(updated on June 17, 2011)
Rating : Moderate

POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-09-04
Embassy Review : Arrived safe and sound after the long flight from Manila to Nagoya to Detroit. Had to lined up in the visitors line coz the Filipina lady assisting new arrivals insisted that fiancee visa holders and even new immigrants are still considered visitors... Lo and behold we were asked to transfer to another line after a few minutes of lining up. The immigration officer looked at our papers for awhile then asked a few questions then he told me to go to the special immigration section (the blue line- 3rd time lining up) where a few new immigrants were already lined up. When it was our turn, the immigration officer asked me why we were sent there and I told him the other officer told me it was for the re-verification of our packets. The new immigration officer browsed through our papers and then told me to go to a lady officer who in turn gave me a number to call so my kids could get new skin test and xray. After that she let us go and wished us well.

All in all, our travel had been ok, no hassles and we met a few good samaritans who helped us with our carry ons and also met a few filipinos who was so game to go with us and ride the detroit aiport tram (a small train inside the aiport that travels from one end to the other) just for fun innocent.gif .. I felt God has been holding us in His protective hands every step of the way. yes.gif
Harassment Level : Low

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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
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