Nik+Heather's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Heather
Beneficiary's Name: Nik
VJ Member: Nik+Heather
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2015-07-15
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Immigration Checklist for Heather & Nik:

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 : 2009-01-24
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-01-29
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-03-13
NVC Received : 2009-03-27
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-03-31
Consulate Received : 2009-04-02
Packet 3 Received : 2009-04-13
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-04-28
Packet 4 Received : 2009-05-13
Interview Date : 2009-06-04
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-06-09
US Entry : 2009-10-02
Marriage : 2009-10-11
Comments : No RFEs. (Followed the guides)
NOA2 dated Friday, Mailed Monday, Received Thursday (6 days later).
Medical April 28, 2009.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 43 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 126 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2009-10-02
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : The usual extra inspection where they open the envelope and warn you about marrying within 90 days. Just some admin stuff which takes a little extra time. No extra questions or searches. So glad to not have to worry about being let in on VWP any more!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Phoenix AZ
Date Filed : 2009-12-17
NOA Date : 2009-12-23
RFE(s) : 2010-01-11
Bio. Appt. : 2010-01-25
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-03-15
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-03-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-03-27
Comments : Interview notice received Feb 11, 2010.

Biometrics originally scheduled for Feb 1, we did an early walk in on Jan 25.

RFE was non-sensical. Sorted it out with a congressional inquiry.

The CS signed part 6 instead of part 5. RFE was issued at interview, promptly returned and swiftly approved.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-12-17
NOA Date : 2009-12-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-01-25
Approved Date : 2010-01-25
Date Card Received : 2010-02-01
Comments : We did an early walk in biometrics ASAP after getting the notice, and were approved on the same day!

Card is valid from the date of the congressional inquiry (Jan 22)
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 39 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-12-17
NOA Date : 2009-12-23
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-01-28
Comments : Approved on the same day the NBC rep who responded to the congressional inquiry looked at our case.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 36 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-03-01
NOA Date : 2012-03-08
RFE(s) : 2012-09-04
Bio. Appt. : 2012-04-06
Interview Date : 2013-01-08
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-01-08
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received :
Comments : NOA actually received a week later! No G1145 notifications either. :(

RFE sent in 11/30, interview scheduled just a couple weeks after that for January. Fast work. Interview CO said there was nothing wrong with the original submission. *eye rolling*

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 4, 2009
Embassy Review : Well, it sounds like Nik's interview was a lot like all the others except that the computers were down, so they need to "run a few more checks" before the big approval. BUT they kept his passport, so...we aren't really upset.

Security took 10-15 minutes (he says loads of people didn't get the "NO PHONES!" memo), and his 5009 sticker said it was issued at 8:03 for his 8:00 appointment. He was out around 11:15 - 11:30

Documents taken:
- Tax Transcripts 2006-2007
- Tax Return 2008
- Employment Letter
2 US passport photos
Birth Cert (+ Copy)
Police Cert (+Copy)
Appt Letter

Tall, young American guy interviewed him "pretty friendly"
Questions asked:
"Please write down your fiancee's full name, and sign" Nik says this was at the bottom of the DS156K. The interviewer joked that this is his "little test" as he checked he got my name right. Nik says he passed. smile.gif
Then he was sworn in.
- How did you meet?
- Who asked who when you got engaged?
- Where did you get engaged?
- Have you lived abroad (he didn't care about the under teenage years in Germany)
- How long was your longest visit to the States?
- How many times have you stayed for 3 months in the States?
- When are you likely to travel to the States?

I had told Nik about the card machines being down lately, so he brought and paid with cash, so we don't have an update on that front.

Anyway very short. We feel pretty confident despite the computers down situation preventing us from the official approval, and will be looking for the passport with the visa sometime early next week!!! biggrin.gif

Heather lobbied for a 4 star rating due to the computer issue, but Nik didn't feel bothered enough to knock it down.
Rating : Very Good

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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
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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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