sunnybear's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Steph
Beneficiary's Name: Gareth
VJ Member: sunnybear
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2009-12-16
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Immigration Checklist for Steph & Gareth:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2008-01-17
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-01-22
I-129F RFE(s) : 2008-08-02
RFE Reply(s) : 2008-08-06
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-08-08
NVC Received : 2008-08-16
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-08-19
Consulate Received : 2008-08-21
Packet 3 Received : 2008-09-11
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-09-11
Packet 4 Received : 2008-9-21
Interview Date : 2008-10-16
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-10-18
US Entry : 2008-10-28
Marriage : 2008-11-18
Comments : November 2006- Met the boy through our tattooist ;)
Dec 2006-Present- Speak every day via computer or computer mics or telephone!
May 27th 2007-Last day we were together in person
June 2007- I moved back to U.S.
January 5th 2008-engaged
January 18th- I129F arrived in California
January 22nd 2008- NOA1 received (NOA1 hardcopy)
January 24th 2008- Moneyorder cashed
January 27th- I129F touched
June 13th- TOUCH (I called)
June 14th-Another TOUCH
July 11th- TOUCH (called today)
July 14th-Touch (oh PLEASE sweet Lord!)
July 16th-Letter is dated this from Congressman I contacted last week
July 17th- TOUCH (called today)
July 18th-TOUCH (COME ON!)
July 24th-TOUCH and NO call
July 29th-RFE
August 2nd-RFE hardcopy
August 3rd- TOUCH
August 4th-sent in stuff for RFE to CSC (overnighted!)
August 6th-TOUCH (email of receiving RFE reply)
August 7th- TOUCH
August 8th-TOUCH and APPROVAL email!
August 9th-TOUCH
August 12th-TOUCH
August 14th-Hardcopy of NOA2
August 16th-Called DOS and was given LND# she said to call back end of the week or begining of next week to see if it has been received in London! YAY!
August 20th- Date of NVC letter saying package was sent
August 21st-Date received by London due to DHL tracking
August 28th-Called DOS they said London only has Electronic file...
September 3rd-Packet 3 sent from London

September 11th-Packet 3 arrived

September 11th-Gareth sends reply via overnight delivery

September 16th-Called DOS and London has ALL to wait for interview date!

September 19th-Called DOS and interview has been set for 10/16!!!

Ocotber 16th- Visa Interview-APPROVED
October 28th- Gareth arrives in US
November 18th- We marry!
November 22nd- Our wedding reception
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 199 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 268 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2008-10-28
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Easy peasy! Even got an earlier flight from Detroit to hometown due to it going so quickly :)

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Detroit MI
Date Filed : 2009-01-09
NOA Date : 2009-01-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-02-06
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2009-05-06
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-05-06
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2009-06-23
Comments : January 9th- Sent off AOS packet via USPS with certified receipt
January 20th-NOA's received
January 26th-Received biometrics appt. for Feb 6th.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-09
NOA Date : 2009-01-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2009-04-23
Date Card Received : 2009-05-01
Comments : We did receive an RFE due to forgetting to sign one of the pages for this oops! So it was a bit delayed in getting approved.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 104 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-09
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-04-02
Comments : Didn't really keep track of dates exactly on these since we weren't that fussed over them but these are dates we got off papers or were very close.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 77 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 18, 2008
Embassy Review : Once again Gareth had wonderful treatment at the London Embassy (he had gone before for a 6 month visitor visa)

Well his appointment was at 8:30 am and I am certain he got called in at that time or before as he was out of there within an hour or two at most.

He said he went in got his number, got called up, handed the required documents over. Went for interview with American Woman. He said he made sure to make lots of eye contact while answering questions. Only questions asked were when we visited each other last (he told of attempted visit in December) said we were saving money so visits weren't too possible after the failed attempt.
She asked him when we met and last time we saw one another and wedding plans. That was it. She told him she hoped he had a better experience with US customs this time around!
Paid his money and visa and passport and envelope marked "Not to be Opened" arrived on Saturday which was not even 2 days later.
Rating : Very Good

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