H&V's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: H
Beneficiary's Name: V
VJ Member: H&V
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2013-02-20
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Immigration Checklist for H & V:

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 : 2008-10-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-10-29
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-02-18
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-02-27
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2009-03-13
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-03-16
Packet 4 Received : 2009-03-30
Interview Date : 2009-05-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-05-20
US Entry : 2009-07-08
Marriage : 2009-08-30
Comments : Medical 2009-04-03
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 112 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 198 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Washington DC
POE Date : 2009-07-08
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : It was a breeze, entered on K1, told to get married within 90 days. Had a look through my file and asked a few questions but nothing difficult. Was not sent to secondary or anything. 5 minutes max!
UPDATE: when filing AOS I realised they'd stamped the wrong date (one day earlier) which meant sending in further proof such as boarding pass, ticket etc for date of entry in case of a query


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Washington DC
Date Filed : 2009-08-31
NOA Date : 2009-09-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-10-08
AOS Transfer** : 2009-09-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-11-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-11-10
Comments : Early walk-in biometrics 2009-09-22 at Alexandria, VA.
No interview.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-08-31
NOA Date : 2009-09-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-10-08
Approved Date : 2009-10-08
Date Card Received : 2009-10-17
Comments : Early walk-in biometrics 2009-09-22 at Alexandria, VA.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 38 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-08-31
NOA Date : 2009-09-08
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-10-19
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 39 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-08-05
NOA Date : 2011-08-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-09-15
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-05-23
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2012-06-02
Comments : Early biometrics on 2011-08-24 at Alexandria, VA.
No interview.


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center (Military Filing)
CIS Office : Washington DC
Date Filed : 2012-08-30
NOA Date : 2012-09-11
Bio. Appt. : 2012-10-12
Interview Date : 2012-12-14
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-02-20
Comments : Initially applied 90 days before 3-year GC anniversary, but it was returned and told to wait until 3-year marriage anniversary. Early biometrics on 2012-09-21 at Alexandria, VA. Was offered same-day oath but declined due to planned travel and needing to get a passport in time. Oath letter was emailed.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 15, 2009
Embassy Review : Approved! Just waiting for the visa to be delivered now....

I got to Bond Street tube station just before 7.15am, walked to Gould's Pharmacy to store my bag and electrical items (they insisted on doing them separately so they could lock the electrical items away - so it was £5 x 2, but still good value!)

Walked the short way to the embassy and joined the line around 7.30am. Moved through the stations showing appointment letter and passport, and had to put my watch into a plastic bag. Then it was through the x-ray machines and into the embassy proper. I was in at 7.55am and issued immigrant ticket #5004.

They started calling the 5000+ numbers at 8.15 and I was up at 8.45. I gave the lady my appointment letter and passport and then had to go pay £86 at another window. Back to the first window and she took my photos, birth certificate, police certificate, and I-134 with evidence. She asked me a few questions like if I had been married before, been denied a visa before, done military service etc. etc. Basically she had this checklist on the inside of a folder which she went down ticking or n/a depending. She gave me back my x-ray from the medical, took my fingerprints, gave me the courier form to fill in then told me to sit down again and wished me luck! This all took about 15-20mins.

Back to the waiting area and I was called again about 9.25am. Had a young American chap interviewing me, seemed friendly, when he took my fingerprints and he said he liked my engagment ring Then I had to hold up my right hand and listen to the whole 'do you swear to tell the truth' etc. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to say something equally epic like 'I do' at the end of it but I settled for 'yep'!

So then it was the interview - it went very quick, must've been 5 minutes max I think, although the questions were coming fairly fast. I was asked about 10 questions that I can remember:
-What countries have you lived in since you were 16?
-What do you do for your company?
-Does your company do projects in the US or UK?
-What's the longest you've been in the US?
-What was the purpose of that trip?
-Was that when you met your fiance?
-Have you ever been in trouble with the police?
-What is your fiance's job?
-Who does he work for?
-What are the chances of him getting recalled? (my fiance is also in the military reserves)
-When and where are you planning on getting married?

I answered all these, and he said it was all ok, gave me my orginial birth and police certificates back and told me to go and pay at the courier desk. I paid £34.75 for a delivery before 8am. They said 5 working days, but I've heard there have been delays recently so we'll see!

I was out of there at 9.45am on the dot. Not bad!!
Rating : Good


POE Review: Washington DC
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-07-08
Embassy Review : It was a breeze, entered on K1, told to get married within 90 days. Had a look through my file and asked a few questions but nothing difficult. Was not sent to secondary or anything. 5 minutes max!
Harassment Level : Low


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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
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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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