kcoyclay1's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Stanley
Beneficiary's Name: Karen
VJ Member: kcoyclay1
Country: Jamaica

Last Updated: 2015-03-25
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Immigration Checklist for Stanley & Karen:

Dept of State Other Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

Other Visa
Event Date
NVC Received :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date :
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2005-06-28
Comments : Entered the US on a B1/B2 visa

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2009-01-15
NOA Date : 2009-01-28
RFE(s) : 2009-02-03
Bio. Appt. : 2009-02-19
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2009-04-29 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-04-30
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-05-11
Comments : RFE was for copy of proof of my spouse's citizenship which was mailed out the same day I received the RFE. Status is not updated on USCIS website, no touches yet.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-01-15
NOA Date : 2009-01-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-02-19
Approved Date : 2009-03-18
Date Card Received : 2009-03-27
Comments : Received card nine days after card production email from CRIS and two months after NOA1. Nice looking card. Applied for SS# immediately (office is three minutes walk from my home)
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 62 days.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2014-03-28
NOA Date : 2014-04-03
Bio. Appt. : 2014-05-08
Interview Date : 2014-09-24
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-10-28
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: New York City NY
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : May 15, 2009
Embassy Review : Hi guys, today I had my interview at 26 Federal Plaza, NYC. We were scheduled for 2:30 so my husband and I decided to get there long before time just in case of any delays in the subway. We got there about 12:35 and walked around a bit before going inside the building, where we had to take off our shoes and place all our belongings in a tray for scanning. We were allowed to take our cell phone with us but not allowed to use it. We got to the waiting room about 1:25pm and where about 5 couples already seated. We went to the appointment window and gave the lady seated there our interview letter and were told to sit a while and wait for our names to be called. About 5 more couples and their lawyers came after us. As we sat waiting we noticed that all the couples were being called and we were still seated; even those who came after us were called in and interviewed. We also noticed that each interview took almost an hour and I became quite concerned when I saw that it was four o clock and we were the only couple in the room.

About five minutes later a middle aged lady came to the door with another couple that she apparently just finished interviewing and call my name. She was pleasant and took us down a long hallway to her office where she swore us in.

She then told me to take out every original document I had with me including photographs. She then proceeded to ask questions based on the G-325A. As she asked me about where I lived I realized that she was doubting my answers as she couldn't find the answers I was giving her on the G-325A. She was stating incorrect dates and had missing information and it was then that I realized she was making notes on what seemed to be my husband's G-325A. I told her that she was using the incorrect G-325A to which she apologized and searched for mine.

She then asked my husband my birth date, where we met, how long we were dating before marriage, if he knew my parents and if they were at the wedding and why not, what is my favorite food and if he knew my family members and how many brothers and sisters I have. She asked him about his past marriage and why he got a divorce.

She asked me how many children my husband has to which I responded that they were all grown and he has three. She also asked me why I took so long to get at a divorce from my husband and I told her that we were separated for 14 years and had moved on with our lives, furthermore I was not interested in getting married until I met Stan. She asked if I have ever met Stan's parents to which I answered that they were deceased and she asked me what age was my husband when they passed. I told her I didn't know. Now these people died when I was 10 yrs old and I wasn't in a frame of mind to be calculating how old Stan was when they died. They didn't die together so I was not going to be racking my brain as to how old my husband was because they died in the 70's, so I told her I do not know how old he was. She asked me how long I lived at each address stated on the G-325A and why did we move to our last address ( stupid question) I told her the place was too small. She asked me what is my telephone number and my last address and when I told her address she proceeded to tell me that it was incorrect. I found out that she was looking at the Landlord's address with the big word LANDLORD written beside it. I had to point out her mistake yet again to which she apologize again and made a note of our address. She truly sounded confused.

So as not to bore you let me cut to the chase. She asked my husband if he was employed and he responded that he was receiving monthly pension and social security. She told us that we might need a sponsor as she didn't not know if that would be considered usable income. I told her that the amount is well above the poverty guideline but she said that she had to make sure it was ok to approve that type of income as affidavit of support. I read somewhere in the USCIS site that pensioners can use their income. I thought that as it was SURE income then that would not be up for question but she didn't seem to know for sure. She then asked me to give her the copies of our birth certificate, passport, social security card, lease, pension, will, joint lease etc and she looked at my EAD.

She finally asked me all the questions on the application to which I answered "No" or "definitely not" then she wrote on my I-94 and took some pictures from my album, wrote in my passport " the date of the interview, my A #, her office room #., 485 pending/sec 245 and something that looked like ISO CONDIT". She told me that after she reviewed the documents she will make a decision and let us know if she needed more evidence, if we were approved or denied. To which I I made sure to inform her that we have been married for 2 years.

After thinking about the interview I realized that the IO was not confused as she led us to believe. I discovered that it is how they conduct the interview to see if we are not just married on paper but that it is bonafide. They will ask and re-ask the same questions in different ways to prove if you are living together and have a real marriage. All the best to you guys awaiting your interview.
Harassment Level : Good

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