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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Tony
Beneficiary's Name: Chanel
VJ Member: tulum
Country: Trinidad & Tobago

Last Updated: 2012-08-10
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Immigration Checklist for Tony & Chanel:

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 : Trinidad & Tobago
I-129F Sent : 2009-01-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-01-24
I-129F RFE(s) : 2009-04-22
RFE Reply(s) : 2009-04-24
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-05-26
NVC Received : 2009-05-28
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-06-17
Consulate Received : 2009-06-22
Packet 3 Received : 2009-06-24
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-06-26
Packet 4 Received : 2009-07-08
Interview Date : 2009-07-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-08-04
US Entry : 2009-09-07
Marriage : 2009-10-10
Comments : finally approved! Thank GOD! did alot of praying on interview day. still it wasnt a walk in the park. will post the embassy experience in a forum. good luck to all.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 122 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 178 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2009-09-07
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : It was a breeze. the officer opened the sealed packet and ask 4 questions. basically what I were asked @ the visa interview. Sent me to sit asked Tony the said questions. Called me back with both of us standing and said welcome to America!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2010-04-13
NOA Date : 2010-04-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-05-25
AOS Transfer** : 2010-05-12
Interview Date : 2010-08-26
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-08-26
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-09-13
Comments : just a note to anyone filing- make sure all your paperwork is done correctly and when you send the money, have separate checks or money orders for the I-485 and travel and work documents. at first i sent one money order for the total amount. they sent it back asking for the correct amount. so i had to send 2 separate money orders- one for $930 and one for $80. simple mistake - so learn from my mistake and save some time. biometrics was simply easy no questions! just a form to be filled out, fingerprints and picture taken. as for the AOS interview it was a breeze, trivial questions. more or less chatty for 30mins.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-04-13
NOA Date : 2010-04-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-05-25
Approved Date : 2010-04-21
Date Card Received : 2010-07-09
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 8 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-05-13
NOA Date : 2010-05-21
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-07-01
Comments : got AP on date above but due to immigration mistake with my year of birth as 2009 we had to send it back for the necessary amendments to be made. so i actually got the AP back on the 27th august 2010. the day after i had my AOS interview. although it wasn't our mistake please double check all your documents before submitting. because when we called and notify them of the mistake they said if it was on us we would have to pay and refile over again.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in -22 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-07-05
NOA Date : 2012-07-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-08-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Trinidad & Tobago
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 6, 2009
Embassy Review : okay, going to try to recount Chenelle's interview appointment. as usual, she had to get there early, no cel phones allowed so we were cut off. im here sweating bullets for her, wishing i could be there for support even if they wouldnt let me in the interview. First, some lady starts going thru the documents in not such a nice way [ she was a local- non american ] she started asking questions to my fiancee [ not her job to do ] questions like;
1 are you sure you want to marry him? he's been married before and has a kid
2 arent you going to miss your country?
she got an attitude because she had to sift thru the papers. im sorry she had to do her job! anyway the general attitude of the workers was that they were doing you a favor and not their job=power trip. finally she got to talk to the consulate officer- she was American, with a nicer personality.
still all didnt go smooth. when i finally heard from her, she said she was told that we needed my 2008 taxes and to bring the info back the next friday. she was discouraged. i was more optimistic. just paperwork- get it , send it. so i fedex ed it down asap. [ i filed our case in early Jan before i had filed my 2008 taxes, and it slipped my mind to include them when i took her the paperwork in May. i actually thought they would have used 2007 tax forms, due to the time i filed ] here's where things get cloudy-as in bad. in 2008 i was unemployed for a few months. the company i was working for in Trinidad had laid off its American workers and owed us money. they had us on hold for months, waiting for pay and to see if we would be called back, which never happened. of course i wanted to be called back so i could be close to Chenelle again. i was upset but working for that company made it possible for me to meet Chenelle- catch 22! anyway, no job for several months=not a very good tax return- didnt make as much money as i normally would have. in short my 2008 taxes sucked and it showed on the return. so when the consulate officer looked at it, she said we needed a joint sponsor. Another trip back to the embassy and she has to take a taxi each time roundtrip-frustrating. When she told me that , she was really discouraged and talked about giving up [ something she didnt mean- just the stress talking ] i scrambled to get a joint sponsor, which took about a week, did the forms/info, sent it back fast via fedex. she got it, took it in to the embassy and the visa was approved. she is picking up her passport and visa even as i type this. we are so glad this part of the journey is over. i know we have stuff to do when she gets here-BUT she will be HERE and we will be TOGETHER to go thru it. so now, im working on the plane tickets and come Labor Day weekend, i will go to bring my bride home. Thanks to everyone for their best wishes and congrats. Good luck and best wishes to everyone on this journey/
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