Stephen + Elisha's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Stephen
Beneficiary's Name: Elisha
VJ Member: Stephen + Elisha
Country: South Korea

Last Updated: 2012-11-01
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Immigration Checklist for Stephen & Elisha:

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 : Seoul
I-129F Sent : 2009-03-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-03-27
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-08-27
NVC Received : 2009-08-31
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-09-22
Consulate Received : 2009-09-29
Packet 3 Received : 2009-10-01
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-10-01
Packet 4 Received : 2009-10-05
Interview Date : 2009-10-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-10-09
US Entry : 2009-10-10
Marriage : 2009-11-25
Comments : Last touch before NOA2: 2009-04-01
AP @ NVC since 2009-08-31
Out of AP per supervisor 2009-09-21

Applied for SSN 2009-10-29 (approved)
Social Security card received 2009-11-06
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 153 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 193 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Washington DC
POE Date : 2009-10-10
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Breezed through: no secondary, waved through customs.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Washington DC
Date Filed : 2009-12-08
NOA Date : 2009-12-14
RFE(s) : 2009-12-31
Bio. Appt. : 2009-12-31
AOS Transfer** : 2010-02-05
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-03-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-03-23
Comments : Biometrics appointment letter received 2009-12-30 with appointment date of 2010-01-13, but walked in the next day (New Year's Eve) and were in and out in 10 minutes!
RFE for vaccination record

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-12-08
NOA Date : 2009-12-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-12-31
Approved Date : 2010-02-05
Date Card Received :
Comments : EAD never arrived; service request filed 3/12/2010
No longer needed since green card received
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 59 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-12-08
NOA Date : 2009-12-14
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 59 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-01-17
NOA Date : 2012-01-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-03-01
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-10-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2012-10-22
Comments : Approved without interview

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Korea
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 12, 2009
Embassy Review : Great experience all around, minus a few minor communication issues. The immigrant visa unit staff were very helpful in expediting our interview after our 22-day holdup in AP @ NVC. We got the Packet 3 email on October 1, returned it the same day, and received the Packet 4 interview email on October 5 with an October 6 interview date—all this, mind you, with an intervening holiday weekend (Chuseok)!

The interview process was very straightforward. Intake now begins at 8 am, with doors opening at 7:30. We were first in line and took number 1 from the dispenser. We were called right around 8 to submit our documents through the window, then waited around quite a while to be called for fingerprinting (a consular officer came out to explain that the delay was due to computer issues). About 20 minutes after fingerprinting, we were called up for the interview. A very friendly African-American female CO swore us both in, then asked Elisha a couple quick questions (How did you meet? When did he propose?). She told us we were approved pending the clearance of final checks which normally take about 24 hours.

Sure enough, per my calls to the embassy, the fingerprint checks cleared October 7, the visa was printed and sent October 8, and we received it October 9.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Washington DC
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-10-10
Embassy Review : POE couldn't have been easier. The new International Arrivals facility at Dulles is bright and airy. Officer Cosme was extremely friendly and efficient: he told us we should have come straight to the US Citizens line (we waited around in the Non-US citizens line per instructions from airline personnel), quickly went through the contents of the sealed envelope from the consulate, handed back the chest X-ray envelope ("I don't need that, just hold onto it and submit it if they ask for it when you apply for AOS"), asked us when we're getting married, reminded us about the 90 day requirement, and sent us on our way. No secondary, and waved through customs as well.
Harassment Level : Low

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