star_dragon's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: me
Beneficiary's Name: him
VJ Member: star_dragon
Country: Morocco

Last Updated: 2009-10-13
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Immigration Checklist for me & him:

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 : Morocco
I-129F Sent : 2008-04-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-04-23
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-09-15
NVC Received : 2008-09-18
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-09-22
Consulate Received : 2008-09-26
Packet 3 Received : 2008-10-29
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2008-12-04
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-12-31
US Entry : 2009-04-06
Marriage : 2009-05-09
Comments : 12-18 Approved!
Received the call to pick up his passport and visa 12-31

Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 145 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 225 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2009-04-06
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : A painless process! We traveled home together and my fiance and I were both in the visitor's line. The longest wait was the actual line. Once we got up there, the officer started by joking when he saw the sealed brown envelope saying "What is all this!!!" and I said "Oh, you know...some important papers or something......" Haha. He stamped my passport and took care of that and then he opened the my fiance's brown sealed envelope and looked for what he needed, stamped his passport and attached the I-94. He took my fiance's fingerprints, told him to smile, asked when the wedding was, asked where we going to live (city) and that was it. I thought they would take him somewhere else to process, but they didn't. It took less than 5 minutes. We got our luggage and went through the line to scan it for customs, which took another minute.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2009-07-11
NOA Date : 2009-07-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-09-15
AOS Transfer** : 2009-08-05
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-10-06
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2009-10-13
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-07-11
NOA Date : 2009-07-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-09-15
Approved Date : 2009-09-15
Date Card Received : 2009-09-23
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 66 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-07-11
NOA Date : 2009-07-15
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-08-31
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 47 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Morocco
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 1, 2009
Embassy Review : My fiance's interview was going ok, until my fiance realized he forgot one crucial component - our photos! The interview seemed to go well, but when asked "Did you bring any photos of you and your fiance?" He said no and they didn't say anything. He had other evidences - copies of emails and chats, phone records, copies of my ticket stubs from my trips to see him, email correspondences regarding wedding plans, etc. He had the asian interviewer and he said she was very nice and friendly and asked several questions, such as "How did you meet your fiance?" "What does she do and where does she work?" "How many times has she come here, when were her trips and where did you go when she came here?" "What kind of things does she like". She also asked if he had any friends here. And she asked when we were planning on getting married. She asked what he loved about me. And also if we planned on having children (and he told her the names we have picked out).

Then she gave him a 221 (g) and told him that she wanted to review the evidence and she would call him. I freaked (naturally), but then from reading here on VJ, I saw that she tends to like to take the time to review the evidences. I received an email from them then next day telling me to let him know he will have a second interview 2 weeks later. It made me nervous, but we prepared for it with more evidence, including the photo album he forgot the first time! When he went back for the second interview, it wasn't really an interview at all. He was there 5 minutes, she just wanted to tell him he was approved and she kept his passport and told him to tell me I would have a good Christmas and would call him in a few days to pick up his visa They didn't even look at the photos which he had forgotten the first time! He did get another 221 (g) that said they would call him. And they did - only 12 days later! I'm sure if it weren't the holidays they would have called him sooner but they were closed for a few days.
Rating : Very Good

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