aliya's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Joe
Beneficiary's Name: Ali
VJ Member: aliya
Country: Australia

Last Updated: 2010-11-06
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Immigration Checklist for Joe & Ali:

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 : Sydney, Australia
I-129F Sent : 2008-04-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-04-11
I-129F RFE(s) : 2008-07-25
RFE Reply(s) : 2008-07-26
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-08-13
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-08-22
Consulate Received : 2008-08-24
Packet 3 Received : 2008-08-28
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-09-10
Packet 4 Received : 2008-09-16
Interview Date : 2008-09-30
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-10-03
US Entry : 2008-11-08
Marriage : 2008-11-26
Comments : RFE was for a minor mistake on I-129f form - part C, question 2 - a 'yes' or 'no' answer was missing. RFE response mailed on 2008-07-26 and received by USCIS on 2008-07-30.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 124 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 172 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2008-11-08
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Long wait in queue but otherwise a painless experience - officer checked all the paperwork and did the various stamps - he reminded me that it was a once only entry and then welcomed me to America.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Tampa FL
Date Filed : 2009-01-02
NOA Date : 2009-01-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-03-14
AOS Transfer** : 2009-03-16
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-04-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2009-04-28
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-02
NOA Date : 2009-01-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-03-14
Approved Date : 2009-03-16
Date Card Received : 2009-03-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 73 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-02
NOA Date : 2009-03-05
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-04-16
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 68 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-09-10
NOA Date : 2010-09-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-11-17
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Returned biometrics appointment notice on 5th November with with request for rescheduling due to overseas travel.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sydney, Australia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 30, 2008
Embassy Review : Arrived about 45 minutes early for a 9am appointment having taken a lovely walk to the Consulate through Hyde Park from the hotel and I was asked to present my appointment letter and passport on arrival at the Consular 'checkpoint' on level 10. The security officer said I was a bit early and to come back at 8.30. I went back outside to take in the beautiful Sydney spring morning atmosphere. Back on level 10, a few others were there, we were security checked and escorted to the 59th level in batches. As I entered, a young woman who I'd seen going up earlier was leaving in floods of was a bit disconcerting! Once there I didn't wait too long (maybe 15 mins) for my number to be called and a friendly Australian lady asked for my appointment letter and packet 4 checklist, for my passport, photo, visa payment receipt and Express post envelope. Then she went through my paperwork, took my fingerprints, asked about my children (who are not going with me (they are 21, 19 and 16 and have their own lives here in Australia), asked what date I intended to travel to the US and said that everything looked in order. She asked me to sit down again to wait to be called for the interview. After about another 20 mins, I was called to another booth and a very sweet American fellow congratulated me on our engagement, asked me how Joe and I met, what he does and where we hope to be married. We chatted about the merits of Skype video conferencing (this formed the bulk of my evidence for an ongoing relationship)! He said congratulations again and that it sounded like we have some exciting plans and wished us a happy new life together. Then those magic words "Congratulations, your visa has been approved, it will mailed out to you within two working days"! He gave me a notice of approval with the tracking number from the express post envelope. All in all, nothing traumatic about the experience, and very pleasant people at the Consulate.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-11-08
Embassy Review : I waited in a long queue for quite a while but the officer was pleasant, checked through all the forms in my yellow envelope (while checking his own folder of paperwork - he said he hadn't done a K1 for a while!), asked me where I would be living and what Joe does...after stamping various things he reminded me that this was a once only entry visa and welcomed me to America.
Harassment Level : Low

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(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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