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  Petitioner's Name: MARM
Beneficiary's Name: MARM
VJ Member: MARM
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2013-08-10
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Immigration Checklist for MARM & MARM:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2008-08-18
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-08-19
I-129F RFE(s) : 2008-12-29
RFE Reply(s) : 2009-01-02
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-02-05
NVC Received : 2009-02-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-02-12
Consulate Received : 2009-02-17
Packet 3 Received : 2009-02-20
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-02-24
Packet 4 Received : 2009-04-29
Interview Date : 2009-05-12
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-11-10
US Entry : 2009-12-26
Marriage : 2009-12-29
Comments : Details:

*NOA1 hard-copy came later after requesting by phone twice.

*RFE:Part C of the I-129F (was left blank by attorney).

*Tracking of file from NVC to London:
DHL Tracking: EXP 11 FEB 2009A (KOKO signed).

*Packet 3 arrived at embassy on 2/25/2009: took one day total, sent registered first class (with a signature).

*Interview dates:
We were informed by DOS on 03/16/2009
that interview is scheduled for March 30, 2009. (Took two weeks from submitting packet 3 to get interview date).

We had to reschedule the interview two more times...final interview date was May 12, 2009. Every time we requested an interview date by email, London gave us a new one within 24 hours.Previous times the interview dates were scheduled, packet 4s arrived within ~4 days since dates were assigned. For our final May 12 date, packet 4 was sent April 24th and we received 5 days after.

04/24/2009: Medical-Bentick Mansions: Painless and successful

Went without the passport (because of the hell we dealt with, aka UKHO) Approved (pending passport). Given 221(g) for passport submission ONLY (no indication of AP/AR)

*Sent passport to London:
06/11/2009: SMS Courier service picked up passport for US Embassy
06/12/2009: Passport delivered to the US Embassy (SMS confirmed by phone & online tracking)
06/15/2009: DOS confirms that passport has been entered in embassy's system as of today

*Desperate attempts to figure out why my fiance's visa has not been issued: 07/13/2009- 07/23/2009: contacted London by phone, emails, post, congressman/senator inquiries initiated: We are finally told that fiance is in AP.

*London does phone investigation:
07/24/2009:CO-London called me-USA. 1/2 hour conversation: asked me same questions that my fiance was asked at the time of his interview.

07/25/2009: Congressional inquiry tells us that London is "verifying his qualifications for the visa".

08/01/2009: Senatorial inquiry tells us that "his case is under review by the Immigrant Visa Unit (London)" and they will "contact him directly regarding his visa".

08/06/2009: Emailed London with updated contact information and request to find out what is going on with AP. Also called SMS and updated contact information successfully.

*DOS: last update in system is as of July 28, 2009--can't tell me what the update is, but that is the last date of the case update in the system, so I initiated 2nd congressional inquiry to DOS/London.

*Email received from London:
08/18/2009:London finally emailed us saying they have updated the contact info in his file and that his case is still under review by a consular officer, there is no time frame on how much longer it is going to take (this email is in reply to our 08/06/09 email we sent them).

08/20/2009: We both sent separate emails to London informing of UK FLRS expiry in Nov 2009 and requesting expediting consular review of case.

08/26/2009: London replied to both our emails: He is in administrative processing,they will contact us when it is completed. They understand that we are pressed for time.

09/14/2009: DOS-Jessica made inquiry on my behalf (call back on Fri to ask for update) Also, emailed: First Lady, Vice President

09/15/2009: Mailed snail mail to DOS: Mrs. Clinton, Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary; Snail Mail to (London): CG & CG OMS. Congressman Roskam called me, initiated another phone inquiry to DOS for my fiance.


09/17/2009: DOS confirms that we are still in AP. Also, embassy requested some forms from my fiance as of Sept 15, 09...We emailed embassy asking what is going on/what forms?

09/18/2009: London replied to fiance's email: they want the DS-157 form, emailed as an attachment. He emailed a new DS-157 as an attachment today.

09/21/2009: Congressional inquiry sent to London. (The phone inquiry was forgotten.)

09/22/2009: DOS rep tells me that case has been approved and transferred to NIV unit, just waiting on completion of administrative process. Still need to find out whether DS-157 has been entered into the system...

09/23/2009: New DS-157 has not been entered into the system as of yet. Case in Administrative Processing...Received Letter#1 (Copy of Congressional Inquiry to DOS), staff worker worded the inquiry incorrectly, DOS misunderstood, but I called congressman's staff worker, she said that DOS replied that his case is still in Administrative Processing. Waiting for Letter#2 in my hands (reply to the inquiry).

09/24/2009: DOS says DS-157 still not in system yet! So will send one by post tomorrow! Also: Sept 16, 09 is the date when case was transferred from IV to NIV for printing and issuance!

09/25/2009: Sent DS-157 (again, but this time by post) via Royal Mail recorded, should get to the embassy by Mon, Tues the latest.

09/29/2009: DOS still says DS-157 is not in the system. Royal Mail shows that the postal DS-157 is still undelivered as of today. Faxed request for a detailed inquiry to Senator Durbin's office today.

09/30/2009: London calls my fiance, still no DS-157 received by them so requested to fax over one today. Fiance faxed over DS-157 to London today. Also, Royal Mail shows proof of delivery that DS-157 via post was also delivered in London today.

10/01/2009: Letter received (dated Sept 24, 09) from Public Inquiry Division-DOS in response to my letter (Sept 14, 09) to Assistant Secretary Janice Jacobs. (Saying the same old "Admin Processing" stuff that congressional/senatorial inquiries have stated before).

10/02/09: DOS says that London has received DS-157 and responded to senatorial inquiry (my fax to Sen. Durbin).

10/03/09: Letter from Sen. Durbin Received. DOS/London says that AP is complete, case is in NIV: mandatory AP in Washington.

10/06/2009: Call to DOS confirms that his case in in Washington in AP.

10/08/2009: The DS-157 shows up in the system TODAY. Also, received a letter via post by the Chief Consular Officer in London (in response to my letter I sent her a while back) saying Admin Review ended on Sept 24, 2009 and his case has been on Admin Processing since that date, and London is waiting on a response from DOS/Washington,DC (clearance) so that they can issue his visa.

10/14/2009: Received a letter via post from London (in response to my letter to Hilary Clinton that I sent on 9/15/09)It is dated Oct 05, 09 and says that my fiance's AR is complete but he has been put in mandatory AP, there is no time limit.

10/16/2009: DOS says embassy put a note about receiving the passport today in the system (although they have had it since June 12, 09) DOS sent an email note to London regarding this. Also received a letter (via post) from DOS dated Oct 02, 09 in reply to my letter to Deputy Sec. James Steinburg saying that my fiance is in AP ( this is in reply to my Sept 15, 09 letter to him).

10/27/2009: Initiated Senatorial inquiry request via fax to Senator Burris.

11/02/2009: DOS says the last note for an update is October 29, 2009. The note just says pending admin processing, nothing else.

11/03/2009: Called Sen Burris office, left message, no one called back.

11/04/2009: Called Sen Burris office AGAIN, left message, no one called back. Also mailed out 4 letters again for requesting answers to my questions to: Sec. Clinton, Assist. Sec. Jacobs, Deputy Sec. Steinburg, & Chief-CIU London.

11/05/2009: Faxed request for inquiry to Congressman Roskam. Still have not heard back from Sen. Burris Office! Also faxed letter to US Embassy in London with the same questions. I called Senator Durbin again, left a message, got a call back saying that she will contact DOS and ask about the exact procedure on how to transfer case from London to ISB.

11/06/2009: Received email from London IV unit (in response to our fax to London 11/05) saying they received clearance for my fiance and will issue visa shortly, it will be sent out with courier service within next few days. Confirmed this information twice with DOS. Also Senator Durbin's office called me back saying that she emailed London reminding them about his UK student visa expiring on Nov 30, 09 and she said this should push things along faster.

11/09/2009: DX Courier tracking confirms that visa is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow! Also fiance got a text msg from DX Courier Service as well!

11/10/2009: K-1 visa received in hand!!!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 170 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 266 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2009-12-26
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : Secondary inspection took 30 minutes, we entered separately in different lines although came in the same flight together.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2010-01-04
NOA Date : 2010-01-11
RFE(s) : 2010-01-25
Bio. Appt. : 2010-01-20
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-03-30
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-03-30
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-04-09
Comments : *I-693 Medical done by Physicians Immediate Care- Joliet, IL. $25 transcription charge for international (non CS) vaccination record transcribed to I-693, all vacc. up to date.

*Marriage Certificate: DuPage County Clerk's office, same day service walk-in for certified copies.

*Mailed AOS& EAD together to Chicago Lockbox via USPS Priority w/ delivery confirmation.

*Received biometrics appointment letter Jan 19, 2010 for an appointment on Jan 29, 2010, but completed biometrics early walk-in on: Jan 20, 2010.

*RFE (Initial Evidence) notice via text and email 01/28/10, RFE sent in mail on 01/25/10.We received it in the mail 01/30/10. They requested another copy of the BC even though we sent it the first time (guess they lose documents?!)

*Sent RFE response on: Feb 01, 2010
*RFE response received at Lees Summit, MO 64002 by 3:59 PM (USPS online Delivery confirmation).

*02/19/2010: Faxed congressman and both senators inquiring about RFE status!?!

*02/26/2010: Sen Durbin's office got us the reply the earliest: Both cases have resumed processing, also got a letter from USCIS the same date (notice date: Feb 23, 2010) for an interview date scheduled for March 30, 2010.

12/26/09: POE- Chicago
12/29/09: Marriage
01/04/10: Mailed AOS+EAD via USPS Priority to Chicago Lockbox
01/05/10: USPS online confirmed delivery of AOS+EAD at Chicago Lockbox
01/11/10: Received in mail: NOA1s for I-765 & I-485 (Notice Date: 01/08/10)
01/11/10: Check cashed (MSC date: 01/08/10)
01/19/10: Biometrics appt. letter for AOS & EAD received in mail for Jan 29, 2010
01/20/10: Completed biometrics for I-485 and I-765 (early walk-in)
01/21/10: "Touched" on both I-485 and I-765 (after biometrics I guess)
01/22/10: "Touched" on both I-485 and I-765 again
01/28/10: RFE (Initial Evidence) notices via text and email for I-485/AOS (Notice sent via mail 01/25/10)
01/30/10: RFE notice received in the mail: copy of BC requested (even though we sent it the first time!)
02/01/10: RFE response sent
02/03/10: RFE response delivered at 3:59 PM Lees Summit, MO (USPS Delivery Confirmation)
02/19/10: Faxed congressman and both senators inquiring about RFE status!?!
02/26/10: Sen. Durbin's office got the response to us the soonest, cases have resumed processing!
02/26/10: USCIS letter received in mail: Interview date assigned for March 30, 2010 (dated:Feb 23,'10)
03/04/10: Got a text & email at 9 PM?! AOS has been updated online/RFE received Feb 04
03/05/10: "Touch" on I-485
03/10/10: "Touch" on I-485
03/11/10: "Touch" on I-485
03/30/10: I-485 Interview a HUGE success! Approved!
03/31/10: Document Card Production ordered (email & USCIS website)
04/01/10: "Touch" on I-485
04/05/10: 2nd notice-GC Production ordered (email, txt, & USCIS website)
04/06/10: "Touch" on I-485
04/07/10: I-485 NOA2/"Welcome Notice" received!
04/08/10: 3rd notice-approval of I-485 mailed (email txt, & USCIS website) We already received this 04/07/10!
04/09/10: GC received in the mail (in hand)!
***Eligible to remove conditions January 2012***

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-01-04
NOA Date : 2010-01-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-01-20
Approved Date :
Date Card Received :
Comments : *Received biometrics appointment letter Jan 19, 2010 for an appointment on Jan 29, 2010, but completed biometrics early walk-in on: Jan 20, 2010.

*RFE letter from AOS said they will process the EAD within 90 days of receiving the response for the RFE for AOS.

04/14/10: "Touch" on I-765
04/16/10: "Notice of Decision" received in the mail stating that application for employment has been terminated since AOS has been approved.

***EAD terminated by USCIS since AOS process was completed in less than 90 days (GC issued in less than 90 days)***
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between March 1, 2010 and March 8, 2010*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-01-18
NOA Date : 2012-01-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-02-24
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-07-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2012-07-07
Comments : I-751 (Removal of Conditions) Timeline:
01-18-2012: Sent out I-751 via USPS Express Mail (no sig. req.) to CSC
01-19-2012: I-751 delivered 10:41 AM, received signature confirmation
01-24-2012: Check converted into EFT payment (check cashed) posted 01/23/12
01-26-2012: NOA1 received, dated 01/19/2012
01-30-2012: ASC Biometric Appointment (Feb 24) Notice received, dated 01/27/2012
02-24-2012: Biometrics completed!
07-03-2012: Received SMS & email notifications that new card production has been ordered (online status changed as well)
07-05-2012: Received letter in the mail stating to expect GC in mail and decision date listed as 07-02-2012
07-07-2012: 10-year GC received via USPS in the mail!!!

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2013-01-31
NOA Date : 2013-02-06
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-04
Interview Date : 2013-05-22
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-06-24
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 12, 2009
Embassy Review : My fiance arrived at the embassy for his 8:30 AM appointment at 7 AM sharp. He was the second person for immigrant visas to enter the embassy. At the security point outside, he was asked for appointment letter and passport: he showed his appointment letter and UK Resident Card, he was allowed in. After passing security clearance, he was asked for his passport and appointment letter again by the receptionist and he presented his UK Resident Card & appt letter. The receptionist asked him where his passport was and my dear fiance was ready to bust out his "Evidence of Why No Passport" folder especially for occasions like this, but the receptionist did not give him a chance to do that and gave him the go-ahead after hearing his reason and confirming with some people (IOs I think). Within 45 minutes of taking a seat, he was called to the first window for the initial document screening by an African American lady. My fiance gave her his UK Resident Card when she asked for his passport. She asked him, "What is this?" And he told her the whole story and she said ok hold on and she took the card along with a printout of the email we sent to the embassy regarding his "no passport situation" and said she would be right back. She came back and proceeded to tell my fiance, "Ok, you are fine" and then asked for b.c. and his p.c.s and he gave her each original one with a copy. Then she asked for the Affidavit of Support and my fiance handed her the whole stack (all prepared with little post-it stickies marking co-sponsor/sponsor/original/copies of all documents). She looked through the whole stack, took off the post-it stickies and put them in his file without a word and then told him to go pay at Window #13 (which was the window right next to the window he was at) and bring the receipt to her. Well, turns out the embassy's debit card machines are down so my fiance asked if he could go to the bank/ATM and come right back, he was given the go-ahead and was instructed not to wait once he came back inside but rather to stand at the same window and if someone was there, to wait until he/she finished. So my fiance dashed out of the embassy, came back with the money, was waved in by security after he showed him his ticket and appointment letter (that the lady at the window gave him to show for on his way back inside), went through security clearance again and back to the window. A person was being attended to so he waited 1-2 minutes and then the lady took his receipt, gave him his x-ray and told him to fill out the courier slip she handed him as well and wait for his # to be called again to a different window. And she said to him, "Good luck". So then my fiance sat down, filled out the courier receipt (even though he wasn't going to use it today) and within 10 minutes he was called to another window and faced a young American woman. This IO GRILLED him with at least 30 questions, sometimes asking repetitively in "clever ways" (as my fiance put it). She asked him a number of questions about how we met, why me, what he will do in the US, what he studies, when does he plan to leave, what do I study, when do I graduate, why did I only go to visit him instead of him come to the US, how we keep in touch, how we met (yes, again), confirmed dates with him about various trips, etc, questions about our engagement party, about his passport, the standard questions as well (have you been involved in any crime, etc) and whether he has traveled to any countries besides the UK and Pakistan. She did not ask for any evidence of relationship even though my fiance was ready with about 40 pictures and evidence of trips. Then she handed him a paper with 221g marked for "suspended until receipt of additional documentation" or something like that with "passport" written under it, and she also gave him a paper with the SMS courier information and instructed him to send his passport to the embassy once he receives it back from the UK Home Office. My fiance (who likes straight answers as we all do ) asked her, "So I can go now? Am I approved? Am I done for the day?" And the IO laughed and said, "yes you are done, just send in the passport via SMS once you get it back from the UK Home Office." So when my fiance called to tell me all of this, he asked me to confirm the results of his interview with DOS. I called DOS right away and was told by a heavily-accented lady that his case is suspended until they get his passport, and I (like my fiance) outright asked her, "So is he denied? Is he under Admin Processing? Or are we only waiting for his passport?". And the lady after a few moments of silence said, "They are waiting for his passport, when he sends in his passport, they will process the visa." So I said thanks and informed my fiance...and we are so thankful to God Almighty and so relieved that his interview has been a great success even though he did not have his passport, and now we just wait for the darn passport and he sends it via SMS to the embassy.
Rating : Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Chicago IL
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 30, 2010
Embassy Review : We arrived at 101 W Congress Parkway at around 7:45 AM for a 9:00 AM interview appointment. Screened through security, and up the escalators to the receptionist on the second floor, who took our interview letter and gave us a beeper/pager with a unique # and kept and wrote the same # on the interview letter. We sat down in a room that wasn't so full of people but did have the capacity to hold about 100 interviewees. At 8:08 AM, our pager buzzed and as we stood up to head for the door which led to the adjudicator's offices, the IO officer walked out with a sheet of paper in our hands and confirmed my husband's last name. Then instead of going through that door, she walked us toward the back, which was the "restricted entrance/exit" marked for personnel only. She led us both into her office and had us both swear an oath to tell the truth with our right hands raised before we sat down. Then we sat down and she immediately asked for our gov issued IDs and passports and my husband's I-94. We presented the documents to her and she shuffled through some paperwork in our huge, thick file (which I was surprised to see had all my husband's K-1 interview forms in it as well). She handed us an official copy of the appointment notice for our records (we already made a copy of the one we submitted to the receptionist beforehand, but gladly took it from her anyhow). It was silent for a while as she searched for some information, and then she asked only the following questions of my husband:
The formal "have you ever been..." questions (not all of the ones on the page, just 3) And then she asked my husband and I to sign and date a form.
Were you born in Pakistan?
Were you a resident of the UK?
When did you last enter the US?
Have you gotten your EAD? (no, he has not)
And then she asked a few more questions, not specifically directed at either one of us so we answered together:
So you met online?
Did you have a big wedding?
Do you have any children?
Who is first name, last name? (my mother, my husband's mother-in-law)
And after shuffling through some more paperwork, she asked of my husband, "So you had your medical done at the time of your visa application?" Which he did, but he had his vacc.s done later and transcribed here in the US by a CS. She thought she couldn't find the medical so she asked me for a copy and just as I was about to give her a copy of the medical I had brought with me, she found the medical in his file. So nothing to worry about.
Then after going through our file again, she asked, "Is there anything you would like to give me to add to your application?"
At this point my husband showed her our photo albums, but she merely glanced at one of them, she didn't take them into her hands at all, and she declined to take pictures out of there for our application when I told her she could take pictures out of there for our file. I proceeded to give her copies of our 2009 joint tax return, bank statements, safety deposit box accounts, living arrangements affidavit, and showed her proof of joint address (in the forms of letters addressed to both of us and my husband). She only took copies of the 2009 tax return, living arrangements affidavit and the bank accounts, safety deposit box accounts, nothing else.
Then she told us,"Today, I am approving your(my husband's) residency in the United States. Two years from now, you will be eligible to lift conditions. You will be able to apply for a new SS card once you get the green card in hand. Expect to receive your green card within two weeks at your home address. If you get the EAD document at home, send it back to us and you no longer will be needing it." And we said, "thank you" (We were so happy!) and she led us out back to the main waiting area.
The actual interview part took literally 5-6 minutes of time in total.
We were home by 9:45 AM

(updated on March 30, 2010)
Harassment Level : Very Good

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