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heatherritt's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Heather
Beneficiary's Name: Eben
VJ Member: heatherritt
Country: South Africa

Last Updated: 2012-05-27
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Immigration Checklist for Heather & Eben:

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 : South Africa
I-129F Sent : 2007-09-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-10-05
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-02-04
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2008-03-26
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-04-10
Packet 4 Received : 2008-04-24
Interview Date : 2008-04-29
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-05-08
US Entry : 2008-05-23
Marriage : 2008-06-30
Comments : It took lots of persistence and many polite calls to get a cancellation spot for our interview.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 122 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 207 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Denver
POE Date : 2008-05-23
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : The guy didn't seem to know what to do and had to ask whether or not they're supposed to keep the sealed envelope.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Denver CO
Date Filed : 2008-08-04
NOA Date : 2008-08-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-09-04
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2009-01-27
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-01-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2009-02-09
Comments : Everything went well. Short wait and then a very nice agent. Had the stamp later in the afternoon since we were going to Mexico the next day.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-08-04
NOA Date : 2008-08-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-09-04
Approved Date : 2008-10-14
Date Card Received : 2008-10-20
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 71 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-08-04
NOA Date : 2008-08-08
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-10-14
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 67 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-10-28
NOA Date : 2010-11-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-12-21
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-02-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2011-02-18
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Denver CO
Date Filed : 2012-01-28
NOA Date : 2012-02-01
Bio. Appt. : 2012-02-24
Interview Date : 2012-04-23
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2012-05-23
Comments : Interview was very simple. They didn't look at any of the documentation we provided or original documents. Took 20 minutes.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: South Africa
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 30, 2008
Embassy Review : Eben arrived at the consulate at 7:20 for his 9am appointment. There were a lot of people in line so they only let the people with 8am appointments in. He got in at about 8:30. Seems to me that for a 9am appointment there is no reason to get there too early. He rang the bell at window 7 and told them he was there for his interview with Vishan. Vishan called him up and asked him for all of the paperwork and took his fingerprints. Since they were so busy Vishan told him that rather than sitting around waiting he should go over to the mall across the street and have some lunch and come back around 2pm. When he went back he had his interview. They asked how we met and how our relationship progressed and Eben showed them pictures of us together since we originally applied. She said that everything was in order and congratulations. All they still had to do was check his medical and fingerprints. They gave him a slip to give to the DHL desk in the embassy so that they could arrange the return of his passport and visa and he was on his way!
The staff was courteous and friendly and even though he had to wait for a while he said there were no problems and everything went smoothly.
Rating : Good

POE Review: Denver
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-05-23
Embassy Review : Went through with no problems. They didn't give an EAD stamp. The guy didn't seem to know what to do witht he envelope. Took 10 minutes.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Denver CO
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : February 16, 2009
Embassy Review : We had a very good experience! We had our big wedding on the 24th of January and the interview was the 27th. I printed a couple of pictures from the wedding and a couple from last summer. Both had our families in them. I also took our cell phone bill, Bank Statement, Life insurance beneficiary statement, Maternity plan with my new name, Honeymoon itinerary with new name, and passport with new name.
We waited about 30 minutes at the office. The agent was very nice. We aited for her to ask us questions. The first series of questions were just to verify the information on the AOS application. We had used the advance parole so she changed some of the info on the app and then Eben resigned for the changes.
After that she asked what evidence we had of our relationship. I showed her the items above. I also told her that we were leaving the next day to go to Mexico for our honeymoon. She was very kind and told us we were approved and that she would have Eben's passport with the temporary green card stamp that afternoon.
She was glad we had pictures, but also happy we didn't bring more. She said it's great to see a couple, but too many gets monotonous.
All in all a very easy interview and a very pleasant experience!
Harassment Level : Very Good

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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.

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