Brad and Vika's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Brad
Beneficiary's Name: Viktoriya
VJ Member: Brad and Vika
Country: Ukraine

Last Updated: 2012-09-10
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Immigration Checklist for Brad & Viktoriya:

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 : Ukraine
I-129F Sent : 2008-06-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-06-16
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-11-05
NVC Received : 2008-11-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-11-12
Consulate Received : 2008-11-24
Packet 3 Received : 2008-12-03
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2009-01-12
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-01-14
US Entry : 2009-01-24
Marriage : 2009-03-15
Comments : Touched 6/19/08
Touched 7/8/08
Touched 7/9/08
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 142 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 210 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2009-01-24
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Louisville KY
Date Filed : 2009-03-27
NOA Date : 2009-04-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-05-06
AOS Transfer** : 2009-05-08
Interview Date : 2009-08-13
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-08-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received:
Comments : Officer interviewed us separately for about five minutes, then together. He cautioned Vika not to allow any one to register her to vote (it is apparently a deportable offense), and told us her GC was approved.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-03-27
NOA Date : 2009-04-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-05-06
Approved Date : 2009-06-05
Date Card Received : 2009-06-11
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-03-27
NOA Date : 2009-04-21
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-06-11
Comments : We never received any notice of AP approval, and the case number pulled up nothing on USCIS website. We just got it in the mail the day we received the EAD. No email notice either.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 70 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-05-14
NOA Date : 2011-05-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-07-25
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-02-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2012-02-22
Comments : We had to reschedule biometrics twice because Vika was in Ukraine. The biometrics appointment was 30 days later than it would have been.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ukraine
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 12, 2009
Embassy Review : Over all, a pretty good experience. We showed up early, and found it not necessary. At the appointed time, the K visa crowd (all 4 of us) were directed to join the immigratant visa queue inside. The wait inside was about 2.5 hours, and we actually met up with some one else from VJ doing her interview that day. The consular officer had zero questions for Vika, and only one comment for me - apparently I have some odd visa stamps in my passport. Approval in 2 minutes - then off to FedEx. Twelve days and we fly back!
Rating : Good

POE Review: Atlanta
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-01-24
Embassy Review : The US Border Control, Homeland Security, and Customs officers were all slow as molases. They knew nothing about the stamp authorizing work, or anything else. There was at least one officer for every immigrant waiting, but only one officer was working at any given time. The upside to this is that they only had one question. The last officer just asked me if I was aware that I had to marry Vika within 90 days. I fought the urge to tell him "yes, and that is the point of the K-1 visa, isn't it?".
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Louisville KY
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : August 14, 2009
Embassy Review : We had to reschedule the AOS interview, and the USCIS phone center was no help at all (big surprise there). We put in the request through the phone - but they couldn't tell us anything about the timing of the notice or appointment, only that it would be considerably later than the first. Vika was leaving three weeks after that date to visit Ukraine, so we could have been out to November (it is now August). We made an infopass appointment just to try and get some input into the process, and the staff at the field office were extremely helpful. They rescheduled us BEFORE the original appointment, and even produced the new appointment letter while we waited.

At the interview, the officer called me back first. He asked open ended questions about how we met, and how our relationship developed for about five minutes. Then he brought Vika back and asked the same things to see if our stories matched. He then told us the green card was approved, and told Vika to immediately destroy the AP and EAD documents when the green card arrives, as it is illegal to have both (EAD being a non-immigrant document, and GC being based on immigrant status). Vika was told that under no circumstances was she allowed to vote (duh), and that she should take care not to let the DMV register her when she gets her license, as this is a deportable offence and no waiver or appeal is possible. Then he warned us about the deadline for lifting conditions, and let us go. Total of maybe 15 minutes.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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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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