toddandhien's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Todd
Beneficiary's Name: Hien
VJ Member: toddandhien
Country: Vietnam

Last Updated: 2013-05-07
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Immigration Checklist for Todd & Hien:

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 : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
I-129F Sent : 2008-08-23
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-08-26
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-01-14
NVC Received : 2009-01-16
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-03-09
Consulate Received : 2009-03-16
Packet 3 Received : 2009-03-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-03-23
Packet 4 Received : 2009-04-17
Interview Date : 2009-05-27
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-06-03
US Entry : 2009-06-07
Marriage : 2009-08-08
Comments : * Spent 52 Days stuck in AP at NVC
* POE SFO on 7 June 2009
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 141 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 274 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2009-06-07
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : 5 minutes. The guy was great and very friendly. It helped that I was with her, I'm sure.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Portland ME
Date Filed : 2009-09-02
NOA Date : 2009-09-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-09-30
AOS Transfer** : 2009-09-24
Interview Date : 2009-12-29
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-02-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-02-16
Comments : Transferred to CSC on 24SEP09; Transferred to local office on 04NOV09; First interview date on 10DEC09 but requested reschedule due to travel plans

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-09-02
NOA Date : 2009-09-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2009-10-15
Date Card Received : 2009-10-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 43 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-09-02
NOA Date : 2009-09-14
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-10-29
Comments : Traveled on AP to Vietnam and returned without any issues or delays.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 43 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-11-26
NOA Date : 2011-11-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-12-22
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-07-30
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2012-08-06
Comments : One year extension given in NOA.

No RFE, no interview.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Portland ME
Date Filed : 2013-03-07
NOA Date : 2013-03-16
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-26
Interview Date : 2013-05-07
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-05-17
Comments : Reading: "When is Columbus Day?" Writing: The answer to that question.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 29, 2009
Embassy Review : We arrived at the consulate at about 5:45 AM. Her interview slip said 9:30 but everyone can go in when they open the doors. At 6:30, the doors on the far right opened and she was first in line on the immigrant visa side.

She was interviewed by an american guy with a male VN translator. She was approved and back out on the sidewalk at 9:30 where I was waiting. Interview lasted between 10 and 15 minutes. The CO was very cordial and she was treated well throughout the whole process when inside the consulate.

She was not asked if she spoke English. They just launched into the interview in VN and without realizing it she was answering in VN. Halfway through, she realized she was speaking VN and switched to answering in English because many answers were easier to give in English. All the questions kept coming in Vietnamese through the translator, even when she answered in English. That was kind of good because it prevented any misunderstandings on her part and she did not have to have questions repeated.

First thing they asked for was pictures before any questions. She gave them ALL of our pictures. We had Dinh Hon pictures separated from other pictures together (in chronological order). He looked at the Dinh Hon photos but the other 100 pictures together he just fanned through with his thumb and then handed them all back.

He did not ask for ANY evidence that she brought with her. However, I had placed a notarized copy of our timeline in the package of info submitted at the beginning with the I-134, birth certificates, etc. She saw him looking at the timeline while he was interviewing her. I had also placed in the original package a notarized statement of my current residence and my ex-wife's, along with copies of bills showing that we live at separate addresses.

She can pick up her visa on June 3 (1 week wait). We will leave VN together on June 7 after a big Bon Voyage party at her family home in Hau Loc on June 6. POE SFO on June 7. OK, now the questions:

Interview Questions

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
May 27, 2009

1. What is your fiance’s name?
2. When did you meet him?
3. How did you meet him?
4. Was he married before?
5. How many times was he married?
6. Do you know why they got a divorce?
7. When did they get divorced?
8. How many children does he have?
9. What are their names?
10. How old are they?
11. Where do they live?
12. How often does he see them?
13. Where does he work?
14. How long has he worked there?
15. What does he do for work?
16. Where does he live?
17. Can you describe the town he lives in?
18. What are his hobbies?
19. Why did he come to Vietnam so many times? (I came several times for work and many more times to see Hien)
20. Is he working in Vietnam now?
21. Where do his parents live?
22. What are their names?
23. Does he live with his parents?
24. Where have you traveled together?
25. Do you have any pictures together outside Vietnam?
26. Do you have any family in the US?
27. What do you do for work?
28. What did you do for work before?
29. Where do you live now?
Rating : Very Good

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