Sandro&Lamia's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Lamia
Beneficiary's Name: Sandro
VJ Member: Sandro&Lamia
Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Last Updated: 2016-05-10
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Immigration Checklist for Lamia & Sandro:

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 : Bosnia/Herzegovina
I-129F Sent : 2009-07-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-07-31
I-129F RFE(s) : None
RFE Reply(s) : None
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-09-29
NVC Received : 2009-10-01
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-10-06
Consulate Received : 2009-10-09
Packet 3 Received : 2009-10-17
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2009-10-27
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-11-20
US Entry : 2009-11-28
Marriage : 2009-12-14
Comments : AP took 24 days after visa approval.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 60 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 88 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Washington DC
POE Date : 2009-11-28
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Pittsburgh PA
Date Filed : 2009-12-29
NOA Date : 2010-01-06
RFE(s) : 2010-03-19
Bio. Appt. : 2010-01-27
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-05-25
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-07-22
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-08-04
Comments : We passed the interview on the day of the interview and next day we received a welcome letter and then the following day another letter saying that the decision was being reconsidered. Finally approved 7/22.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-12-29
NOA Date : 2010-01-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-01-27
Approved Date : 2010-04-19
Date Card Received : 2010-04-22
Comments : RFE dated 1/19/10 we received 3/22. RFE letter was "undeliverable" for unclear reasons- we did not move.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 111 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-05-01
NOA Date : 2012-05-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-06-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-11-19
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2012-11-26
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Salt Lake City UT
Date Filed : 2014-10-16
NOA Date : 2014-10-17
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2015-05-11
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2016-02-19
Comments : Not approved nor denied after passing the citizenship test. USCIS: "delayed due to ongong background checks". After months of waiting and attorney fees we received an approval.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 3, 2009
Embassy Review : Overall the interview experience was pleasant. The entire process took no longer than 10 min. I was asked only a few questions regarding how we met, when we met, and what I was planning on doing once I move to the U.S. I was congradulated on my approval and told to pick up the visa the following day at 4pm.
At that point we reserved a plane ticket thinking this was a done deal. The next day we were unpleasantly surprised that there was no visa. I was told to go home and wait - time period was not defined. We called the embassy and found out they needed time for additional processing with no further explanation. 24 agonizing days later I received a phone call from the embassy that the visa was ready to be picked up.
It would have been nice if we were told after the interview that there was going to be additional wait time. Not knowing how long the "AP" was going to take was heartbreaking. This is the only negative part of the whole interview experience.
Rating : Good

POE Review: Washington DC
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-11-28
Embassy Review : After a 10 hour flight from Vienna we landed in Washington D.C. After passing many convoluted hallways we entered an area where one needed to choose the lane for U.S. citizens vs. visa holders. We were together and both entered a visa holders lane. There literally bwere hundreds of people in both lanes. It was suffocatingly hot. After 1 hour we inched our way to the glass booth where officer Stanley King greeted us. We were allowed to stand there together. He was very pleasant and professional and didn't ask any additional questions about us. He only opened the packet and looked for some forms. He entered some numbers into the computer and took the fingerprints and than the picture. The entire procedure took 2-3 minutes. Then we were free to take our bags and move on. At this stage beware of the department of agriculture dogs and do not take any fruit with you from abroad!
Harassment Level : Low

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