thongd4me's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: P
Beneficiary's Name: J
VJ Member: thongd4me
Country: Thailand

Last Updated: 2013-01-17
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Immigration Checklist for P & J:

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 : Bangkok, Thailand
I-129F Sent : 2009-08-24
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-08-27
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-10-14
NVC Received : 2009-10-15
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-10-16
Consulate Received : 2009-10-20
Packet 3 Received : 2009-10-31
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-11-16
Packet 4 Received : 2009-11-18
Interview Date : 2009-11-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-11-30
US Entry : 2009-12-29
Marriage : 2009-12-31
Comments : All components indexed w/key on cover letter; They sent me NOA1 case# same day as I got USPS receipt for my I-129F.
NOA2 in near-record time, 48 days!
Packet3: 31 Oct - Happy BKK Halloween and my last day in Thailand! We both met the mailman who delivered packet3. Interview 24 November 2009; near record 92 days (3 months) from sending I-129F;
She was first in line at Wireless Road but last to get interviewed; US entry 29 December 2009, married 31 December!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 48 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 89 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Anchorage
POE Date : 2009-12-29
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : Had to get I-94 re-done in JFK (NYC)
because they spelled her family name wrong in Anchorage. - went to the
"Deferred Inspections Unit" at the
American Airlines terminal.
When she asked about the EAD she got
a smarmy remark "isn't he going to
support you?"

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2010-03-29
NOA Date : 2010-04-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-04-28
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-07-20
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-07-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2010-08-02
Comments : AOS sent 3 months after POE-just in time
2010-04-13 - $1010 check cashed
AOS, EAD & AP NOA1 email notifications came with 2 duplicates for each (6 extra emails) on April 13, 2010.
Hard copies arrived April 19.

=>>Biometrics appt was May 7, but did it earlier on April 28 (with doc's note) because she will have to take it easy after foot surgery on May 4.
20/07/2010 - 26 Federal Plaza - interview - only 10 minutes, got I-551 stamp!
GC arrived 08/02/2010 - 13 days after approval!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-03-29
NOA Date : 2010-04-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-04-28
Approved Date : 2010-06-16
Date Card Received : 2010-06-28
Comments : Social Security Office gives NO information, even if they toss your application - what a bunch of F-ups!
Will have to re-apply when EAD is approved..."Denial" letter from SSA for W-7 (temporary tax ID for my wife) was necessary, until AOS/EAD.
EAD is moot now because she'll be going to Thailand for son's graduation until she has to come back for the interview.
Hope she can get social security number before the interview.
EAD production ordered 06/22/2010,
arrived in mail 06/28/2010, the day
of her departure for a 3-wk visit
to Thailand.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 79 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-03-29
NOA Date : 2010-04-13
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments : Infopass scheduled on 24 June to try and get AP earlier.
Not successful, because AP production ordered 06/18/2010; it was in our mail
BOX on 24 June, the same day as the infopass IO told us it was in the mail.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 79 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-05-16
NOA Date : 2012-05-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-06-27
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-01-10
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-01-16
Comments : Received postal receipt for application to lift conditions on 5/24/2012
Got Noa1 letter in the mail on 5/29/2012
Biomentrics - 2012-06-27 at 3PM
Never called 4 LOC interview ==>(in 7 months since biometrics)
Got notice of approval of LOC dated 10 Jan. 2013 on 14 Jan. 2013 by mail
GC arrived by mail on 16 Jan. 2013; will be eligible for US citizenship application in April
but probably will wait a little longer for that.

From filing date to receipt of the new
10-yr Permanent Resident Card took exactly 8 months.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bangkok, Thailand
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 25, 2009
Embassy Review : The interview went great. The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of 5 is
because she got up at 3AM, arrived at Wireless Rd. at 4:30, got in the
doors at 7AM but had her interview at 12:30PM, lasting only 5 minutes!
She was THE first in line I believe but they just called names and it
APPEARED to be in random order. Possibly the order had been pre-determined
by the CO group according to which case would be more difficult or had
documentation problems. If they are interviewing people for a couple of
hours I think they would want to tackle the problem issues first and
leave the ones that had already been decided to the end. She was called
The CO was a young woman (USC) who also did tourist visa interviews.
She made her very much at ease and said "your paperwork is perfect."
When did you meet your fiancé?
When did your fiancé come to see you last?
When did you (she) divorce ?
She admitted to forgetting the exact date; she knew mine but not hers
and the CO just read from the document and said that forgetting was no problem.
Mine was July 13 09 and hers was a few years ago that that was OK.
How many children do you have?
Did you have sex with ex-husband?
- I won't tell her exact answer to that but it was a good one.
She met some of the other fiancée visa ladies & exchanged cards
but didn't meet them after because she was the last one out of
the building.
When she got home she played scrabble in English and one of her opponents
complained that she wasn't playing fair because she was blocking his moves!
Blocking is totally within the realm of fair play and the best players do it.
I introduced her to the internet scrabble club (ISC.RO) and we play from time to time. It's little known outside of scrabble circles that Thais are world-famous for playing scrabble in English and she gives me a good game whenever we play.
Rating : Good

POE Review: Anchorage
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-12-29
Embassy Review :
The immigration officer was very nasty and refused the temporary work document
saying "your husband is going to take care of you, no?"

Moreover, he screwed up the I-94 entry document by leaving out ONE character
in her name and hustling her on her way before she could check it.

Would have rated it 3 without the spelling mistake, but I'll give it a 4
because that means we have to go to JFK to get the "Deferred Inspections
Unit" to issue her a new I-94.

What a bunch of clowns.
Harassment Level : Moderate

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