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DND2009's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: DJ
Beneficiary's Name: DK
VJ Member: DND2009
Country: India

Last Updated: 2013-10-13
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Immigration Checklist for DJ & DK:

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 : Mumbai, India
I-129F Sent : 2009-05-04
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-05-08
I-129F RFE(s) : None
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-09-18
NVC Received : 2009-09-24
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-09-30
Consulate Received : 2009-10-03
Packet 3 Received : 2009-10-12
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-10-13
Packet 4 Received : 2009-10-13
Interview Date : 2009-11-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-11-20
US Entry : 2009-12-11
Marriage : 2009-12-18
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 133 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 194 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2009-12-11
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very easy, gave EAD stamp on I-94 form without asking, was in business class so was was in the front of the line at immigration, so total process took 20 mins.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2010-01-14
NOA Date : 2010-01-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-02-08
AOS Transfer** : 2010-02-10
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-05-10
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-06-01
Comments : BioMetics appt was 2-17, however completed early with a walk-in.

Greencard is dated 5-05-10.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-01-14
NOA Date : 2010-01-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-02-08
Approved Date : 2010-03-22
Date Card Received : 2010-03-30
Comments : BioMetics appt was 2-17, however completed early with a walk-in.

Received a text/email at 11:00pm ET on 3/22 (DAY 56 from NOA) - the VJ timeline predicted was 18-25 March, so it was on target. Received same text/email on 3/25 when AP was approved.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 67 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-01-14
NOA Date : 2010-01-25
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-03-30
Comments : Received a text/email at 4:00pm ET on 3/25 (DAY 59 from NOA)- the VJ timeline predicted was 10-17 March, so was longer than predicted.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 70 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-04-10
NOA Date : 2012-04-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-05-24
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-12-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2012-12-14
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2013-02-06
NOA Date : 2013-02-12
Bio. Appt. : 2013-02-26
Interview Date : 2013-08-16
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-10-04
Comments : At the interview, the Immigration Officer asked for updated Tax Transcripts in addition to more proof of marriage such as 2 years of bank statements, ulitities bills, and deed name. Was easy to put together and delayed the approval by 1 month.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 10, 2009
Embassy Review : See Packet 3 experience: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=222888

After getting the interview letter and Packet 4 information from the Mumbai Consulate without any problems for our K-1 visa, the journey to completing PCC was a little bit harder.

We did not use an agent because many were on holiday and told us they didn't go to the Passport offices to do much work during Diwali time (which is when we were in the process of the PCC). This caused many, many, many trips for my fiancee to the Commissioners and Passport offices in Surat, but in the end all her hard work paid off and she got it completed in 3 weeks. From what I have read and messaged others about, you can use your NOA2 letter to get the PCC process started if you use an agent, so that is another option if you don't want to wait for the interview date letter and do a lot of the running around yourself. If we had known that, we could have began the PCC process nearly one month earlier and done less trips ourselves. Note, that the type of police certificate required, various per person - this site has more info on that http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/ivpolicecertificates.html).

We were fortunate that the Medical Exams were done in Surat so my fiancee didn't have to travel for that. (Medical Exam locations: http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/media/pdf-visas/panel_phy_mumbai_09.pdf). They required her to bring a copy of the interview date letter, the actual passport, two passport pictures, and fees totaling about Rs 6000 with the vaccinations charges payable in cash. At the hospital there were many others getting the immigration exam so the staff were familiar with what needed to be done. After the exam, she was told it would be ready later that day. She received a sealed envelope later that evening to take to the VFS.

Then as required in India she went 8 days (should go 7-10 days) before the interview to the VFS in Mumbai (Other VFS locations: http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/uploads/x6/Pf/x6Pf6FOVO4Oo-gX_BNnyLw/VFS_Office_Add.pdf). Here is the official VFS website with information on the process for P4: https://www.vfs-usa.co.in/ApplnForms/ImmVisasWestEast.aspx. However, this page is a little confusing because on their list they don't clarify what is need for the type of visa you are applying i.e. K1, K3, etc ) and so say they require I-864 (which is not needed for K-1).

She took the following documents to VFS (I came up with this list based on Mumbai Consulate website - http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/ivforms.html and K-1 P4 instructions - http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/media/pdf-visas/info_k1_packet4.pdf)

1. Original passport and complete copy of each page
2. Two passport size photos (http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/media/pdf-visas/photo_inst_packet4_k1.pdf)
3. Application forms (DS-156 - signed and DS-156K - unsigned, DS230 Part II - unsigned,)
4. Birth Certificate (original and photocopy)
5. Proof of Relationship (Same as what we submitted in I-129F and then adding recent emails, pictures, etc since I-129F submission)
6. Police Report
7. Affidavit of Support (I-134 completed and signed by Petitioner, Petitioner's US Passport copy, Petitioner's personal 2008 US Tax Returns, recently dated intent to marry letter by Petitioner)
8. Medical Report
9. Courier fees Rs 387 (Payable in cash)
10. NOA2 letter
11. Interview date letter

AT Mumbai VFS she arrived at 10:30 in the morning and was given a number and sat in the waiting area until her number was called. She went up to the window and gave all the documents to the representative. They took the following documents: copy of passport, two passport photos, DS-230, DS-156, DS-156K, Birth Cert., Proof of Relationship, Police Report, Affidavit of Support, Medical Report. And they gave her a receipt for the documents that they took and courier fees being paid. My fiancée asked about the K-1 Visa fees, and they said to go to Medical office the night before the interview to find out the exchange rate and created a bank draft payable to 'American Consulate General, Mumbai' to the interview.

She plans to take with her to the interview a complete copy set of I-129F application that I sent here in the US, Packet 3 documents she submitted, and a complete copy of Packet 4 documents. I'll post again on our interview experience...
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