leash5's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: mike
Beneficiary's Name: lisa
VJ Member: leash5
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2013-08-09
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Immigration Checklist for mike & lisa:

Dept of State Other Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

Other Visa
Event Date
NVC Received :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date :
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2010-07-01
NOA Date : 2010-07-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-08-12
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-09-21 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-09-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2010-10-01
Comments : Walk-in biometrics 2010-07-28

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-07-01
NOA Date : 2010-07-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-08-12
Approved Date : 2010-08-24
Date Card Received : 2010-09-03
Comments : Walk-in biometrics 2010-07-28
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 54 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-08-18
NOA Date : 2012-09-04
RFE(s) : 2013-05-02
Bio. Appt. : 2012-10-12
Interview Date : 2013-07-15
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-08-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-08-08
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: New York City NY
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : July 16, 2013
Embassy Review : Had my i-751 interview today in New York City. It was scheduled for 1pm and we got called in by a very friendly officer around 1:20.

She swore us in and the first thing she asked was, "I have read your file a bit, what is your situation?" I told her straight out, "we are legally separated." And that was all I said about that. I had all these plans to explain and I completely clammed up, I was pretty nervous.

After that she asked our addresses and dates of birth. She asked when we met. Then she asked to see originals of any joint assets or co-mingling of finances. I stated that we didn't have much from the present as we had a separation agreement and had severed financial ties, but I gave her the very few things we did have from the past. I felt awkward as we had already got an RFE about this and I really hadn't been able to dig much up. I had a Macy's card with some charges on it, and then leases, life and health insurance and an IRA. We explained we had not owned a house (not uncommon in NYC). We said we had had a car that my spouse's parents gave us, but we had kept it in his name.

She asked us a bit about our wedding. I showed her a folder of wedding receipts but she didn't want to look at them, or any wedding photos. I also offered affidavits (12!) but she didn't want to see them either. I showed her a letter from our marriage counselor, from the past, and she asked if we were currently in counseling. We said no.

I could kick myself for not going into any helpful detail about anything she asked! I also could kick myself for not bringing out the huge binder of 6 years of photos of us together at every single occasion, cards from both of our parents, photos of our parents together, travel receipts, etc. I WISH I had asked if there was anything we could explain that would help to clarify our case. I felt like we said barely anything, and I prepared so much!

Anyway, then she printed out a piece of paper which had a bunch of choices on it with boxes beside them, basically: "we request more information," or "you are scheduled for another interview," etc. Our box said our case was being held for review and that we would be advised on a decision in 60 days. During this time they might request more information and we should respond in a timely matter, if so.

So, I felt that we left having explained nothing further about our case, thanks to my nerves. I GUESS the fact that we were not scheduled for a 2nd interview or denied outright is good. However, I am frustrated that after all that, we are still waiting. I hope a decision comes very soon!

In summary, the officer was very nice and we only waited 20 minutes to go in. I think all in all we were in the interview about 25 mins. The experience with the office was very good. It was my on nerves that screwed up!
Harassment Level : Very Good

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