John NorCal's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: John
Beneficiary's Name: Niraporn
VJ Member: John NorCal
Country: Thailand

Last Updated: 2018-05-03
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Immigration Checklist for John & Niraporn:

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 : Bangkok, Thailand
I-129F Sent : 2008-04-16
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-04-21
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-03-06
NVC Received : 2009-03-23
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-04-16
Consulate Received : 2009-04-16
Packet 3 Received : 2009-05-17
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-06-08
Packet 4 Received : 2009-06-18
Interview Date : 2009-07-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-07-17
US Entry : 2009-08-07
Marriage : 2009-09-03
Comments : NOA2 was delayed by lengthy extra 6 mo "background check". 3wk delay at NVC. US Embassy delay in mailing Pkt 3(had to resolve via e-mail). Pkt 4 also rcd by e-mail. Difficulties during interview! Unnecessary requests for paperwork. Went back same day to resolve w/ success. Whew!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 319 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 450 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2009-08-07
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very easy.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Francisco CA
Date Filed : 2009-10-14
NOA Date : 2009-10-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-11-18
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-01-13
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-01-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-01-22
Comments : Did biometric walk-in 5 days earlier than scheduled apointment. (easy)
AOS questions were easy:
When did you meet? Where did you meet? How long have you known him? Who attended your wedding?
Most of the questions were in conjuction of looking at the photos that we supplied. Then the interviewer asked all of the "No" questions ie. are you a member of the communist party etc. They were very prepared & they had copies of previous documents in a large folder on the desk.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-10-14
NOA Date : 2009-10-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-11-23
Approved Date : 2009-12-15
Date Card Received : 2009-12-19
Comments : Processed at USCIS National Benefits Center Lees Summit, MO
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 62 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-10-14
NOA Date : 2009-10-22
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-12-15
Comments : Processed at USCIS National Benefits Center Lees Summit, MO.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 57 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-12-23
NOA Date : 2011-12-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-02-02
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2012-06-13
Comments : No interview required. 10 yr Green Card rec'd.

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : San Francisco CA
Date Filed : 2018-01-31
NOA Date : 2018-02-09
Bio. Appt. : 2018-03-01
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bangkok, Thailand
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 18, 2009
Embassy Review : Interview questions were initially easy. Where did you meet?, when?, how many times I visited? and then they started in on a really strange tangent and they asked for more information. a) documents for name change after a divorce and before the new Thai ID card was re-issued with her previous maiden name. b) Documents for my divorce.

Problem: a)Nat ID card name changes after divorce from married name back to maiden name can happen without std forms and receipts and thus are not available. b) I was never married! and thus I can't supply divorce papers! Amazing.

They gave us a white slip of paper stating the problems above (form 221) and said to come back next Monday between 1 and 3pm with these documents in order to receive an OK for the Visa.

Big Note: you don't have to necessarily wait for the next Monday or Wednesday. It is possible to go back on ANY Monday or Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm to resolve problems with paperwork. Form 221 states this also. Also Note: the original interview is with the Thai fiancee only...BUT follow up interview with the further proof required from 221 can be with BOTH BF/GF or Hsb/Wife. This can be a big help with these instances considering language and tag-team efforts.

I/we are very happy that we returned that same day instead of waiting for the next week. I really think that my stares of disbelief and stern furrowing of the brow helped convince them that they were crazy in assuming that I was married. In their defense I can say that their logic was: you have children, you are 48 yrs old, therefore you must have been married, right? They also said that I had a passport application somewhere in my history where I listed a spouce...however they could not and would not show me what the hell that was all about?!! Eventually I was able to sign a piece of paper in their presence that stated that I was not nor have I ever been married before and that made it all OK.

Again I don't think that if I hadn't been there, it would have been able to be least not for a few weeks and without possible legal intervention.

Overall I think that the BKK interview system is slipshod at best. Maybe they deny or request additional info in order to discover fraudulent bogus cases will drop out under extra scrutiny. (But in my case the extra scrutiny was bogus.)

I think that approx 16 interviews were scheduled on Wednesday morning. By early am 3 girls were absolutely denied...questions were asked but no figerprints and no request for extra info. We saw 3 girls who made it through the interview but recieved form 221 for more paperwork. And finally on the next Friday when approved K1/K3 visa were handed out @ 3pm, there were only 6 girls with visas. My fiancee was one of these 6!
Rating : Very Poor

POE Review: San Francisco
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-08-07
Embassy Review : Took about 1 hr including waiting in queue. Reviewed all documents in the sealed "brown pkg" and asked simple logical questions about most documents. (did not look at xray) Asked rudementry questions and figerprinted. Thorough, professional, very competent, and fair. Note: you can watch on a TV monitor from the reception area as the passengers clear the customs and walk towards the exit.
Harassment Level : Low

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