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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Tanya
Beneficiary's Name: Anthony
VJ Member: Islandwoman
Country: Jamaica

Last Updated: 2009-05-07
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Immigration Checklist for Tanya & Anthony:

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 : Jamaica
I-129F Sent : 2008-02-28
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-03-03
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-04-15
NVC Received : 2008-04-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-04-24
Consulate Received : 2008-04-25
Packet 3 Received : 2008-06-05
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-06-26
Packet 4 Received : 2008-08-19
Interview Date : 2009-01-22
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-05-07
US Entry : 2009-05-13
Marriage :
Comments : My SO was in an accident while traveling to the interview -spent the day in the hospital instead of embassy. Now we wait for a new date....
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 43 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 325 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Jamaica
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 30, 2009
Embassy Review : I parked the car on the curb with these 2 guys having traffic stopped (NOTE: If you keep driving and turn around so the embassy is on your left - there is a big gated parking area there.)

There is a long line outside the embassy so I ran up to a security guard and asked where do we go for an immigrant visa interview. He points me to the ladies with the yellow shirts just outside the door. A’s still moving on JA time so I am dragging him up the sidewalk. While I’m talking to the yellow shirt ladies this guy is chirping in my ear about so cell phones, no cameras, no lotions, no water....I turn and said I know - thank you! Yellow shirt lady tells us to wait and she goes inside. She comes back out and said they have now closed those appointments - where did we come from. My mouth drops open so my SO said I came from Hanover - she came from New York. I said I understand we are late but we had a flat tire. She said go ahead.

We go through security with no troubles and they hustle us to a next room where we turn in our appointment letter. The guy there says “you’re late.” I said I’m sorry we had a flat tire. He asked for the passport photos and the police report. We gave the photo but said we didn’t have a police report. He said you don’t have a police report? No. Okay - gives the photos back, gives us a ticket and shoos us off to another room which is A - prescreening. It is now 9:38. The room is packed. I take the one empty chair in the back and my SO stands. And we waited and we waited. I was trying to listen to what was going on while we were chatting and laughing.

It was after 11:00 when we were called to the window by a pretty Jamaican woman. She asked who filed for him and he told her my name. And she said and who is Tanya? He looked at me and said she is. And she asked again - and who is Tanya? He gets it and said “She’s gonna be my wife!!”

She said you had an earlier appointment did you come or did you not get the letter? My SO told her he was on the way when the bus had an accident. He said some of my documents got messed up in the accident. At this point I explained the bus rolled over. She jumps and says Praise the Lord yuh not dead!! Papers can be replaced - not yuh life! At this point I breathed my first sigh of relief.... She collected all the papers that we did have and sent us down to B17 for fingerprints. They had to take them 2x and then told us to go back to wait in Section A. By this time we are the last people in this section - I told A at least it will be over soon cuz they are going to want to go to lunch at noon.

We got called back to another window in Section A by a nice American girl. She swore us both in and asked if either of us were married before. I said I was (I had already turned in my divorce decree to the 1st woman). She asked me how long I had been married, did I have any children, how old were they, had my children ever met A, how many times did I visit, and what did I do for work? She then asked how we met and when did our relationship turn from friendship to romantic? She also asked A if his father ever filed for him and what happened with that?

We explained again to her about the missing documents and she asked why we hadn’t just got a copy of the medical? I explained that we didn’t realize that stuff was missing until I was organizing the stuff the night before. A said he would go take the medical again and she said no, we can just get a copy so you don’t have to pay the fee again. She asked for the doc’s name and the approx date of the medical. I told her and she told us to wait a minute. She came back and said it would be here in a week. She told him not to worry about the non-impediment but that he did need to get another police report. She gave us a blue slip with a date of 2/11 to come back with the police report. She told him to make sure he brings the fee to pay DHL when he comes back on the 11th!!!! It was 11:48 when we walked out.

Most of the interviews were for families. I heard a lot that required DNA testing due to a time lapse, one didn’t have her father on her birth certificate even though he filed for her, and some approved. There was one girl who was blue slipped to have her fiancé return with her, and one couple who filed K1 but then got married in the meantime. The same girl we had explained that petition was now void and he would have to refile with the I130 which would take about a year.

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