Lisa and Ian's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Lisa
Beneficiary's Name: Ian
VJ Member: Lisa and Ian
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2013-03-04
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Immigration Checklist for Lisa & Ian:

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 : 2009-04-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-04-07
I-129F RFE(s) : NONE
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-07-20
NVC Received : 2009-07-29
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-09-01
Consulate Received : 2009-09-03
Packet 3 Received : 2009-09-14
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-09-23
Packet 4 Received : 2009-10-10
Interview Date : 2009-10-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-10-27
US Entry : 2009-11-01
Marriage : 2009-11-29
Comments : Other events
9-14-2009: P3 issued (per DOS)
9-24-2009: P3 arrived at the embassy (Royal Mail receipt)
10-1-2009: London has logged in our P3 documents
10-3-2009: Interview date received! (via DOS)
10-5-2009: Medical completed
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 104 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 197 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Minneapolis/St Paul
POE Date : 2009-11-01
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Omaha NE
Date Filed : 2009-12-07
NOA Date : 2009-12-14
RFE(s) : 2009-12-31
Bio. Appt. : 2010-01-13
AOS Transfer** : 2010-01-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-02-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-03-05
Comments : Returned RFE request on 1/13/2010. We didn't send in a correct DS3025 initially (see an actual DS3025 in my profile photos!) and were asked to get an i-693 form from a Civil Surgeon.
01/30/2010 Recd notice that USCIS California has recd the transferred case!

1-20-2010 acknowledgment of receipt of requested evidence @ USCIS MO.

Touch 2/1/10

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-12-07
NOA Date : 2009-12-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-01-13
Approved Date : 2010-01-28
Date Card Received : 2010-02-01
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 52 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-12-07
NOA Date : 2009-12-14
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-01-30
Comments : Received two copies. We think it's funny that they stamped and signed it on the opposite side from where they were supposed to, but oh well! :)
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 52 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-11-22
NOA Date : 2011-11-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-03
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2012-06-13
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Omaha NE
Date Filed : 2012-12-03
NOA Date : 2012-12-11
Bio. Appt. : 2012-12-26
Interview Date : 2013-03-04
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-03-04
Comments : Keep all your originals and photocopies handy, because you have to bring them to the interview.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 22, 2009
Embassy Review : My fiance attended his KI Interview on October 21, 2009. He stayed overnight at the Marble Arch Hotel, so he wouldn't have to worry about catching the train to arrive at 7:30am. He arrived at the embassy after dropping his things off at Gould's Pharmacy.

During the security scan, the officer found something metallic that caught his attention. It was one of those Hallmark cards with the music chip in it. Leave that sort of evidence at home!

Ian handed his paperwork to the lady at the counter who ensured everything was there, then handed him a pink slip. While he waited for his number to be called, he paid the courier, which he later realised was a bit out of order.

When his number was called, he went to talk to the CO. Ian informed him that he mistakenly paid the courier already, and verified that was not a problem (he said "no", but you can do it in the opposite order, just to be safe)

The CO asked questions like "Where did you meet?", "How did you propose", etc... 4 general questions in all, then told Ian he was "good to go". Ian asked, "Do you mean I'm approved?" and the officer confirmed he was.

That was it. He mentioned the staff at the embassy were quite friendly and professional and it was really a non-event with a good result!

Ian's tip: Make sure you have all your paperwork and that your paperwork is organised.. use folders or post-it notes to mark everything.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Minneapolis/St Paul
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-11-01
Embassy Review : POE Minneapolis = piece of cake

The packet was reviewed by the immigration officer, they gave my fiance the low-down on the getting married within 90 days bit, and off he went. No questions asked at all.

Harassment Level : Low

Timeline Comments: None yet, be the first!

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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