souljah4christ's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Michael
Beneficiary's Name: Leanne
VJ Member: souljah4christ
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2013-03-16
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Immigration Checklist for Michael & Leanne:

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 : 2009-05-26
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-05-28
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-08-21
NVC Received : 2009-08-31
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-09-07
Consulate Received : 2009-09-16
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-11-28
Packet 4 Received : 2010-01-09
Interview Date : 2010-02-04
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-02-12
US Entry : 2010-04-10
Marriage : 2010-04-14
Comments : Called DoS November 2, 2009 to inquire about never receiving packet 3, and they stated that the London Embassy prepared packet 3 to send on September 16, 2009. They said that we should have received it by now, and that the next step would be to call the embassy which would cost $16.00 for the call (or 120p/minute within the UK only)!

We never called and proceeded to send in the DS forms and checklist anyway.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 85 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 252 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Philadelphia
POE Date : 2010-04-09
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Bernadino CA
Date Filed : 2010-07-06
NOA Date : 2010-07-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-08-02
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-09-20
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-09-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-10-01
Comments : Sent I-485 7-6-10, delivered 7-8-10 to Chicago. Check cashed 7-14-10,
received text & email that app. was received 7-15-10

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-07-06
NOA Date : 2010-07-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-08-02
Approved Date : 2010-08-26
Date Card Received : 2010-09-04
Comments : applied with I-485
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 51 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-07-06
NOA Date : 2010-07-14
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-09-04
Comments : applied with I-485
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 56 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-07-27
NOA Date : 2012-07-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-08-31
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-03-12
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-03-16
Comments : petition sent priority mail with delivery confirmation delivered 7/28/12 11:18am...approved with no interview or rfe

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 1, 2010
Embassy Review : Our interview was issued on the 4th of january 2010 for the 4th of february 2010. We booked a room at the kensington rooms hotel for 3 nights for the price of £225 "breakfast" included. We were put in a quiet room so there wasnt much noise from the streets or rooms around us.

We took the train from Skipton to Leeds then to Kings Cross London Station (£176 super off peak return for 2 adults), then took the picadilly line underground 10 stops away to Gloucester Road. The hotel was only about a 10 minute walk away from the underground.

The morning before, we decided to take the bus to the embassy to see how long it would take to get there. The bus stop is right across from the hotel, and we took bus #74 to marble arch. The embassy is about a 10 minute walk from the bus stop. From there we walked down South Audley Street and found a nice tea room for breakfast about 2 minutes away on the left side. Right next door is a pharmacy where we got my 2 passport pictures for £7.

The morning of my interview, we arrived outside the embassy at 7:30am for my 9:00am interview. It took about 30 minutes to get through the line and security into the embassy. There are about 3 different lines.. 1st they check your letter and passport, and they ask you to put anything metal in a bag (make sure you dont have any electronics or music greeting cards), next we waited in another line where they checked our passports and interview letter again, finally we waited in a 3rd line to be called into the security booth. There they scanned our bags and made us walk through the scanner as well.

We entered the building, where they checked our letter once again, gave us a number, and asked us to take a seat to be called. About 45 minutes later they called our number. The man at the window took my passport, took my fingerprints and asked for my birth certificate and police clearance plus copies. Since my police clearance said "no live trace", he asked for documents showing exactly what was on my record. I handed him my subject access form, and he said "It is just a 'drunk & disorderly' then?", to which I replied "Yes, just a caution". He was satified with that, and handed the subject acces form back to me along with my X-rays from my medical and told me to carry that with me when entering the US. He then asked me to pay for my visa at another window. After handing him back the receipt, I signed 2 of my DS forms and he gave me a courier form to fill out and asked me to have a seat and wait for my number to be called.

About 30 minutes later, we were called to another window where a nice American lady greeted us and made me take an oath promising to tell the truth. She checked my fingerprints before that, and then proceeded to ask me how and when we met, and how our relationship had progressed from then (when we had met in person, how many times & how often we had visited each other..). She asked about my caution (I told her I was attacked and retalliated out of self-defence), asked about our wedding plans and date, our engagement, and asked my fiance about his job (what he does, how much he earns, how long he has worked there...). She asked where I stayed when I was visiting him, asked him if he stil lives there, and if that is where we planned on living after I arrive in the US. She then asked me more about my caution (if the other party was arrested also), she also asked if I had ever been in any trouble with the law anywhere else at any other time during my life, and if I had ever had trouble entering the US. She then asked when I was planning on entering the US, and advised me that I cannot enter the US on the visa waiver program in-between now and using my visa to enter (cluing us in that we were approved).

She then showed me an envelope and said that I will get that along with my visa and passport, and not to open the seal and take it with me to hand to the US at the point of entry. She said that if it was unsealed, they might not let me enter. She said I was approved for my visa and to take the form to the courier to pay for the service to send me my visa.

We thanked her and walked off hand-in-hand, smiling and very relieved that it was over! Then we went to the same tea room down the street again for our celebration breakfast lol
Rating : Very Good

Local US CIS Office Review: San Bernadino CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : September 22, 2010
Embassy Review : We took the stuff it said on the letter and a bunch of supporting evidence, along with all of our stuff from the visa interview, and copies of the entire K-1 petition and AOS package.

Our guy was hard to understand, had a heavy asian accent and was pretty stern and straight forward. Made us swear to tell the truth, asked us immediately for id\'s, if i was a US citizen, and asked me how we met. I described how we met and how our relationship evolved until we decided to marry, and then he asked if we had any joint accounts or insurance together. That is when I pulled out my big file of supporting evidence which I sorted out with a table of contents and gave it all to him. I had another copy for myself along with all the originals (I had given him all the copies).

He went through it all, gave us back the 40 pictures and wedding invitation without even looking at them. Asked if my dad was still working (my dad was our main source of household income), asked me our address, then proceeded to ask Leanne if she had ever been arrested ...she told him about that, then he asked if she was a member of any, if she had ever been deported, how long she was in the US for her last (and only) visit, when we got married, and asked her our phone number. The whole time he was flipping through our AOS package page by page. Then he told me to take back the pictures he didnt look at and that he was approving us, and that she should get her green card in 10 days. he explained how we will need to file for removal of conditions in 1 year and 9 months, and that was it!

I will copy the table of contents that I made that shows all the supporting evidence we gave him:


1. Check from joint checking acct., box the checks came in (addressed to Leanne at our address), copies of both of our ATM Visa cards, copies of past 3 bank statements and last 2 envelopes they came in
2. Escrow & Title information, Grant Deed, Loan Documents
3. MasterCard account in both of our names (copy of both cards)
4. Health insurance documents showing Leanne & Michael together on Michaelís insurance through his job at Seccion Amarilla:
- Insurance Election form dated 02-22-2010 showing Leanne as the sole beneficiary on Michaelís life insurance policy as his fiancťe
- Front and back copies of healthcare membership cards, with Michael and Leanneís name together on each card
- Healthcare Coverage Status showing coverage dates for Michael & Leanne on the same policy
- Healthcare statement 08-18-2010 showing claims, deductibles and maximums for Michael & Leanne on the same policy
- Healthcare Dental Reimbursement document showing Leanne on Michaelís policy
- Two Laboratory bills showing balance due after healthcare deductable was paid
- Healthcare continuation coverage election form showing Michael & Leanne together as qualified beneficiaries
5. Current automobile registration showing Michael & Leanne both as registered owners of the same car
6. Current automobile insurance showing Leanne as a designated person on Michaelís policy
7. Copy of Verizon wireless account showing Leanne as Account Manager of Michaelís phone
8. Letters from friends and family members confirming that Michael & Leanne have a genuine relationship and a happy, loving marriage
9. Correspondence sent to Michael & Leanne as a couple
10. Wedding invitation, thank-you card, RSVP cards from attendees at the wedding, wedding cards from family & friends
11. Recent cards given from Michael & Leanne to each other
12. Various photographs (40) of Leanne & Michael together and with friends and family

(updated on October 1, 2010)
Harassment Level : Moderate

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