Bsze's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: J
Beneficiary's Name: T
VJ Member: Bsze
Country: Malaysia

Last Updated: 2018-02-22
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Immigration Checklist for J & T:

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 : Malaysia
I-129F Sent : 2009-09-18
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-09-22
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-12-16
NVC Received : 2009-12-22
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-12-23
Consulate Received : 2010-01-05
Packet 3 Received : 2010-01-09
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-01-12
Packet 4 Received : 2010-01-27
Interview Date : 2010-02-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-02-12
US Entry : 2010-05-05
Marriage : 2010-06-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 85 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 142 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2010-05-05
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Saint Paul MN
Date Filed : 2010-08-23
NOA Date : 2010-09-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-09-27
AOS Transfer** : 2010-09-27
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-11-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2010-11-08
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2010-08-23
NOA Date : 2010-09-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-09-27
Approved Date : 2010-10-22
Date Card Received : 2010-10-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 60 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-08-23
NOA Date : 2010-09-01
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-10-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 60 days.

Event Date
Service Center :
CIS Office : Saint Paul MN
Date Filed : 2017-07-10
NOA Date : 2017-07-10
Bio. Appt. : 2017-08-03
Interview Date : 2017-02-20
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2018-02-20
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Malaysia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 20, 2010
Embassy Review : We (my fiance was here for the interview) arrived at the embassy at 9am to submit documents. There were a lot of people waiting and only one counter was serving immigrant visas. (Technically, the K1 is a non-immigrant visa but the embassy places them in the same category as immigrant ones just for speedier processing and to ease the burden of officers servicing non-immigrant visas). The officer who attended to us was friendly and helpful. He was surprised that we knew to show up at 9am because when he looked at our appointment letter, he realized that that part was missing. We explained that through corresponding with the embassy staff, we were notified of this. He was very apologetic and thanked us for being understanding. The document submission was quick because we had our stuff organized. We got to the counter at 9:20am (paid then too, before the actual interview) and was done by 9:30am. We were told to come back at 1:30pm for our interview.

We got back to the embassy by 1:15pm, and there were 3 cases before us. It took a long time to get to us, we were called to the counter at 2:45. There, another officer told us that she only wanted to speak to me, and told my fiance to take a seat. She swore me in (tell the truth etc) and had me sign my forms in front of her. She then asked me 2 questions: how did we meet and how did our relationship became serious. After that, she told us that our visa was approved and to pick it up at Wisma MCA the next day. The whole interview lasted all of 5 minutes. It was quick, easy and we were very pleasantly surprised.

That said, a caveat: My fiance was there with me so this might have affected our interview. As we were sitting in the embassy for quite some time, the officer had a lot of time and opportunity to observe us. This may or may not have affected her questions or decision. However, the US embassy in Malaysia does not really have a reputation for being difficult.

All in all, a 5 for our embassy experience.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: San Francisco
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-05-05
Embassy Review : I arrive in San Francisco early in the morning (8:15am), so there wasn't a lot of people there yet. I was told to go to the visitor's counter and was served by an immigration officer in 5 minutes. He was very professional - polite and courteous. He took a look at my packet, asked a few questions and sent me on my way. There was no harassment at all.

Customs was the same too. Again, a very nice and helpful officer.

All in all, San Francisco was a pleasant experience.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Saint Paul MN
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : February 22, 2018
Embassy Review : This review is actually for the new USCIS facility on Marquette Ave at Minneapolis, MN.

My interview was on 2/20 at 9:45am. I had my husband drop me off because parking is hard to find, unless you are lucky enough to find street parking.

There was a decent line going through security but it moved pretty quickly. You had to show security your appointment letter. Without one, you cannot enter the office. People were allowed to bring family members to wait with them in the lobby, but not to the interviews or to the counter for INFOPASS appointments. There were 5 counters on the right hand side of the lobby.

After security, I checked in at the counter and was given a letter/number. I assume that the different letters denote the purpose of your visit. My number was called right at 9:45am and I was led through a locked door to left of the counters, back to the individual offices for the IOs. My IO was J Suarez. He was very warm and friendly. Even before I sat down in his office, he said "when" I'm done with the interview, that we would do the oath today and that I would become a citizen today.

We went through the English test portion very quickly. Then we moved onto the Civics portion - I got the first 6 answers correct. He congratulated me and said he would print out my Oath Ceremony letter right now. He told me that this field office did oaths in-house now, and that they try to do a few of them every day in order to keep things moving. He said that there would be one in about an hour and asked me to wait in the lobby till then.

All in all, the whole interview took 15 minutes.

After waiting in the lobby for half an hour, however, another IO came out to speak to me. She explained that only North Dakota residents were allowed to do these "administrative oaths", and that as a Minnesota resident, I had to do the oath in front of an actual judge (judicial ceremony). I was a little confused as to why this wasn't caught earlier, because I had to confirm my address with the first IO. But it seemed like these in-house oaths were a new development. They felt really bad about the inconvenience and said they called a District Judge to set up a ceremony today for the few of us MN residents interviewing today. She apologized several times and asked me to wait while they generated a new letter.

About 10-15 minutes later, another IO showed up with my letter. He apologized again and said that it looked like no one else could make this ceremony later today, so I would do it by myself with the Judge in his chambers.

Later on, while talking to Judge, he explained that the ND courts have given the Minneapolis field office the authority to conduct these administrative oaths to relieve the burden on the courts. He explained that the Minnesota courts have not done the same, and that he felt that it was a privilege to swear new citizens in and that new citizens deserve the time and respect of the courts.

In short, it was an easy interview experience, minus the oath ceremony hiccup. Even then, it wasn't a big deal to me and it was only a minor inconvenience. They were apologetic and worked to fix the problem right away, which I really appreciated. MN nice!
Harassment Level : Very Good

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