RUSSandRACHEL's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Russell
Beneficiary's Name: Rachel
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2010-12-12
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Immigration Checklist for Russell & Rachel:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2009-07-07
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-07-10
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-11-04
NVC Received : 2009-11-09
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-11-12
Consulate Received : 2009-11-16
Packet 3 Received : 2009-11-27
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-12-02
Packet 4 Received : 2010-01-06
Interview Date : 2010-01-25 Submit Review
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2010-05-31
Marriage : 2010-06-27
Comments : Packet 3 recieved at London 2009-12-04
Medical booked for 2009-12-21

Can't wait to marry my sweetheart!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 117 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 199 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2010-05-31 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very simple quick and easy. Officer was very pleasant and knew exactly what he was doing. Only took about 15 mins in total from standing in line to leaving the airport!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Date Filed : 2010-08-17
NOA Date : 2010-08-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-09-28
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-11-22 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-11-22
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-12-04
Comments : Finally! Ahhh! Now to relax for 2 years! I'm exhausted but it was worth it!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-08-17
NOA Date : 2010-08-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-09-28
Approved Date : 2010-10-13
Date Card Received : 2010-10-22
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 57 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-08-17
NOA Date : 2010-08-23
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-10-22
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 59 days.

Member Reviews:

POE Review: Newark
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-05-31
Embassy Review : A very simple, quick and easy experience. I was really quite nervous about this part as I always am when arriving to see my fiance on the VWP. I was also very concerned for our labrador, Honey at Cargo, waiting for us.

This time however, we arrived in Newark together and after reading other peoples experiences went straight to the Citizens line. The officer was very pleasant yet professional. He tore open my file and looked at my visa in my passport. Then we were escorted through to a lift and down one floor to sit in secondary passport control. As the initial officer saw us off he patted my fiance on the back and gave us a smile, which was really nice!

At secondary, there were only about 5 or so other people waiting with us. We were only sitting waiting for about 5-10 mins before I was called up and asked to complete the white I-94 card again. I told the officer that I'd already done it and the other guy must still have it so he politely apologized and asked me to fill it in again. I did so and then he just asked me when we're getting married and whether I knew what to do next. I told him 'get married within 90 days and then file for AOS'. He seemed pleased that we knew what we were doing and wished us good luck.

All in all, a far less daunting than I'd imagained and it only took abpout 15 mins from stepping off the plane to leaving the airport! Another 30 mins later we were reunited with our lab who was so happy to see us. A very stressful day in all, but I'm so glad we got through it!
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Newark NJ
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : November 23, 2010
Embassy Review : I read through the recent reviews for Newark and thought we were in for an easy ride but it was a bit tougher than anticipated!

So here's how it went... We drove into Newark about 45 minutes early for our appointment at 2.30pm and parked at a nearby parking lot (which was $11 for 2 hours). It was a 2 minute walk to the CIS Office and once we arrived, we went through security which was fine. Then we went up to the 13th floor where we were asked for ID and the appointment letter by a guard. She directed us to a room full of people and told us to go to window number 1. The lady there took the letter and directed us to another waiting room next door where there were only about 5 couples waiting. Everyone seemed to be going through quickly and coming in and out every 10 minutes or so.

I had read the reviews about everyone going in on time so expected us to be called at 2.30pm. However, we were kept waiting intil 3.00pm before a young asian lady called us in. If you have her, be warned, she doesn't smile at all and is very direct. But hey... Anyway, she took us through to her desk and asked us for ID, marriage & birth certificates. She then proceeded to ask my husband (the US citizen) a few questions about my family in England. She didnt ask for copies of the ID or certificates and no mention of bills or photographs either! Then, she said that everything's in order apart from my medical! And apparently this is because I hadn't had the skin test! So I explained to her that I'd had the full medical as instructed by the Embassy in london within 12 months and therefore it wasn't required. I had to be really persistent and went through it again 2 or 3 times before she agreed to ask her collegue for a 2nd opinion. Then we were told to wait outside for her descision. 2 minutes later she called us again and said that everything was fine and that I'd recieve my green card soon! Yay!!!! We got a tiny smirk of a smile out of her as we left and by that time everyone had gone through and left! All in all we were out at about 3.30pm. A very stressful day but well worth it in the end!
Harassment Level : Moderate

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(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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