rsn's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: R
Beneficiary's Name: K
VJ Member: rsn
Country: Thailand

Last Updated: 2014-03-19
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Immigration Checklist for R & K:

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 : 2009-01-15
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-02-12
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-03-20
NVC Received : 2009-03-30
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-04-01
Consulate Received : 2009-04-16
Packet 3 Received : 2008-04-27
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-04-27
Packet 4 Received : 2009-06-02
Interview Date : 2009-06-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-06-23
US Entry : 2009-06-25
Marriage : 2009-07-19
Comments : NOTE: When the embassy told me they mailed packet 3 to my fiancee, they were going to use the address from question #2 in the I-129F instead of #15 for some reason, so I had to tell them to use her current address, good thing I asked!


07/19/2009 - Wedding ceremony - Madison, WI

06/25/2009 - POE - Chicago O'Hare

06/23/2009 - Visa in-hand (picked up at the Bangkok embassy)

06/18/2009 - Interview: approved. Visa pick-up scheduled for 06/23

06/02/2009 - Received packet 4 via email from the embassy.

04/27/2009 - Received packet 3 and mailed it back to the embassy w/ required docs

04/17/2009 - Embassy tells me they mailed packet 3 to my fiancee

04/16/2009 - Case confirmed received by embassy

04/01/2009 - Case sent to Bangkok by NVC

03/30/2009 - Case received by NVC and entered into computer system
03/26/2009 - Received NOA2 (even though my online status has not changed since 2/24, not even a touch)

2/28/09 - Received another replacement NOA1 (not requested) w/ new date & somewhat of an answer to some service requests I filed.

2/24/09 - touched

2/23/09 - Received replacement NOA1

2/19/09 - Still no NOA1, called, got receipt # from USCIS operator & discovered a message on website that seemed to indicate the original NOA1 was returned by USPS. I suspect because I had my mail forwarded at the time.

01/21/2009 - Application check cashed, waiting for NOA1

1/15/09: Mailed from Thailand

01/06/2009 - Officially engaged @ a ceremony in Bandung, Udon Thani, Thailand

11/01/2008 - Started to work on I-129F form and associated documents

03/07/2008 - Met each other while on vacation
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 36 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 126 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2009-06-25
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : see my review below


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Date Filed : 2009-08-08
NOA Date : 2009-08-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-09-23
AOS Transfer** : 2009-09-10
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-10-19
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2009-10-29
Comments : 10/29/09 - Received green card (may have arrived earlier but we were on vacation for a week)

10/19/09 - Received "Notice mailed welcoming the new permanent resident" USCIS email

10/19/09 - Received "Card Production Ordered" USCIS email for I-485

09/17/2009 - Received "This case is now pending at the office to which it was transferred" CRIS email

09/14/2009 - Case transferred to CSC according to notice received via USPS

09/10/2009 - Case transferred to CSC according to CRIS email notification

08/29/09 - Received ASC (Biometrics) Appointment Notice - scheduled for 9/23

08/17/09 - Received NOA1 w/ date of
08/14

08/10/09 - Delivered @ lockbox in the A.M.

08/08/09 - Mailed AOS packet to Chicago lockbox via priority mail w/ delivery confirmation


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-08-08
NOA Date : 2009-08-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-09-23
Approved Date : 2009-09-30
Date Card Received : 2009-10-08
Comments : NOTE: Filed concurrently with I-485 (AOS)

10/07/09 - Received "approval notice sent" email

10/05/09 - Received a second "card production ordered" email

09/30/09 - Received "card production ordered" email

08/29/09 - Received ASC (Biometrics) Appointment Notice - scheduled for 9/23

08/17/09 - Received NOA1 w/ date of
08/14

08/10/09 - Delivered @ lockbox in the A.M.

08/08/09 - Mailed AOS packet to Chicago lockbox via priority mail w/ delivery confirmation
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 53 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-08-08
NOA Date : 2009-08-14
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-10-07
Comments : NOTE: Filed concurrently with I-485 (AOS)

10/07/09 - Received AP w/out any emails from CRIS (although there were several touches)

08/17/09 - Received NOA1 w/ date of
08/14

08/10/09 - Delivered @ lockbox in the A.M.

08/08/09 - Mailed AOS packet to Chicago lockbox via priority mail w/ delivery confirmation
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 53 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-08-16
NOA Date : 2011-08-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-05
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-11-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Date Filed : 2013-12-05
NOA Date : 2013-12-09
Bio. Appt. : 2013-12-30
Interview Date : 2014-03-03
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-03-20
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bangkok, Thailand
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 23, 2009
Embassy Review : The interview was pretty short, 5 or 6 questions.

1.) When/where did you meet your fiance?
2.) Where were you working around the time when you met him?
3.) What happened after you met him? (did he come back? when?)
4.) What happened after that? (did he come back again? when?)
5.) When did you get engaged?

My fiancee said the lady who interviewed her did not smile and was pretty interested in moving things along, but was apparently respectful and not unkind. She lined up at 12:30 for a 1pm scheduled interview and was out with her white slip at around 2pm. I was told that I was not allowed inside of the building during the interview, so I decided not to rock the boat and waited at a big financial building across the street w/ lots of coffee shops inside. It was hot as hell outside today, so it's a good thing that air-conditioned building was near the embassy.

When she went to pick up her visa, she had it in her hands about 15 minutes after her scheduled pick-up time. The person who handed her the visa explained everything she needed to know for her journey to the U.S. They handed her a large brown envelope that is only to be opened at the POE by the immigration officer, and a while sheet of paper briefly explaining everything that happens next, up to and including AOS.
Rating : Good


POE Review: Chicago
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-06-25
Embassy Review : We lined up with everyone else and were directed to a special booth for K1/immigrant visa holders. The officer allowed me to stand with my fiancee while he looked at her documents & visa. They did a fingerprint scan, a photo, and asked her when we were going to get married. He explained to her that the docs in the brown envelope would be sent to the immigration officer nearest our place of residence. The officer was nice and helpful and the whole thing only took about 10 minutes.
Harassment Level : Low


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