alex and astrid's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Alex
Beneficiary's Name: Astrid
VJ Member: alex and astrid
Country: Australia

Last Updated: 2014-01-16
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Immigration Checklist for Alex & Astrid:

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 : Sydney, Australia
I-129F Sent : 2009-08-03
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-08-05
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-10-27
NVC Received : 2009-10-30
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-11-04
Consulate Received : 2009-11-09
Packet 3 Received : 2009-11-12
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-11-19
Packet 4 Received : 2009-11-23
Interview Date : 2009-12-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-12-17
US Entry : 2010-01-27
Marriage : 2010-02-20
Comments : Yay we're married! How our whole K1 process worked out was perfect.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 83 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 132 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2010-01-27
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : CBP officer was very friendly and knew exactly what he was doing. Stamped my passport and wished me luck!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2010-03-09
NOA Date : 2010-03-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-03-29
AOS Transfer** : 2010-04-01
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-04-22
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2010-05-01
Comments : Originally scheduled to do biometrics 4/9/10, but did a walk in on 3/29.

37 I'm amazed!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-03-09
NOA Date : 2010-03-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-03-29
Approved Date : 2010-05-18
Date Card Received :
Comments : EAD approved and document production ordered nearly a month after my AOS was approved.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-03-09
NOA Date : 2010-03-16
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments : EAD approved and document production ordered nearly a month after my AOS was approved.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 70 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-01-23
NOA Date : 2012-01-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-03-22
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2013-09-04
NOA Date : 2013-09-09
Bio. Appt. : 2013-10-03
Interview Date : 2013-12-18
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-01-14
Comments : Naturalized 1/14/14 in Los Angeles

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sydney, Australia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 15, 2009
Embassy Review : Interview appointment time was set for 8am. Went up to level 10 at 7.30, handed over my handbag and sat down in the second row of chairs. We all got called up to the lift, and me being sneaky, let everyone in ahead of me so I could be the first one out when we got to level 59. This is where it got a bit strange.

I was the first out the lift, went right to security, and the guard could not find my name on the list. She double checked my letter and let me in anyways. Got ticket number one, and barely sat down when I was called to the first window. The man made small talk with me, took my prints, and then went to grab my file...which he came back and said he could not find. Cue me having an instant panic attack. He asked me if I was already married, to which I said no, I was pursuing a K1. He checked with me what Alex's full name was, went looking again, and then finally found my file. Have to say it was pretty nice to see our file again! He looked through it, took my passport, receipt and platinum post envelope, and got me to check some things off that I had missed on one of my forms. He said that everything looked good to him, and to enjoy the view and take a seat for the CO interview. And yeah, the view is amazing. Lucky buggers.

It was another five minutes or so before the CO called me forward for my interview. I took the oath and she asked me if I had been to the states, how long was my longest visit, what degree did I get while I was studying in the states, explain my living situation with Alex during the time I was in the states, did my parents like Alex and what kind of wedding were were planning. And as I mentioned earlier, she referred to Alex as my boyfriend a few times, which each time in my response I corrected her as him being my fiance. She did not ask to see my big folder of additional evidence, or my ring, or anything, just asked questions related to the original petition. I think the CO asked me so many questions because she had a woman from another immigrant section with her, maybe doing some training, as she was explaining her thought processes to her as she was typing my answers into her computer. She then made a comment to the woman who was listening in about the I-134 which I found interesting. The CO mentioned that the Affidavit is not even needed, and they do not really look for a certain dollar amount to be reached by the petitioner (meaning, the 125 percent of the poverty level), though she did mention the poverty level was around 17,000. So I guess, when she is adjudicating, she just wants to see that they make more than the poverty level, though not always the 125 percent marker. I don't know if she was just talking about what she looks for, or what Sydney looks for in general. It just piqued my curiosity, since we all are sticklers for that on VJ!

She chatted more to her coworker about some other points of Adjudication, and I was just standing there for a few more minutes, so I asked "What should I tell Alex about the interview when I leave here?" and she said "Oh, you're approved." and handed me the letter saying how I would get my visa. So I thanked her, and got myself downstairs as quick as I could to get my phone to tell Alex! I didn't cry like I thought I would, I just had a massive sense of relief that the hard part was over and the uncertainty was gone. And Alex was just as relieved, and went on facebook while we were talking to let everyone know we were a success. Ah, youth and technology

So that was it really. Was in MLC for pretty much an hour, but only spent 20 or so minutes within the consulate. All in all, a quick and easy experience.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-01-27
Embassy Review : Disembarked the plane, through immigration and out of the airport in 50 minutes. Longest wait was getting off the plane! Went through Tom Bradley Terminal at 8am, was not too busy. Waited about 20 minutes for a CBP officer to be available. He opened my Mysterious Envelope, stamped my passport, but was not able to give me a temp EAD stamp. Bugger. Asked me when the wedding was, and pointed out when my 90 days were going to be up, told me I looked like I knew what I was doing! Was very, very friendly and gave me no hassle at all. Was very sweet when he first saw I was coming in on a K1, wished me luck for my wedding. The easiest POE I've ever had coming into the US (one of VWP, two on F1 visa, and this one).
Harassment Level : Low

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