Montana + Joseph's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Montana
Beneficiary's Name: Joseph
VJ Member: Montana + Joseph
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2018-07-12
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Immigration Checklist for Montana & Joseph:

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 : 2009-11-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-11-16
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-02-10
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-02-19
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2010-03-04
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-03-18
Packet 4 Received : 2010-04-15
Interview Date : 2010-05-25
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2010-06-20
Marriage : 2010-07-09
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 86 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 190 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2010-06-20
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My wife (Montana, the American) recieved some personal harrassment - nothing formal. Joseph on the other hand, had a very pleasant, informal talk with his customs person. Montana's conversation went something like this (regarding the k1 visa, her age and Joseph):
Customs dude - "you're only 18, right Montana?"
Montana - "yep"
Customs dude - "are you sure we're not going to find you stuffed in a trunk anytime soon?"

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2010-08-27
NOA Date : 2010-09-02
RFE(s) : 2010-09-17
Bio. Appt. : 2010-10-04
AOS Transfer** : 2010-10-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-11-30
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2010-11-22
Comments : Forgot to include W2 for cosponsor and the USCIS requested a tax return for the petitioner, who did not have any tax returns because in the state of WI, you aren't required to file tax returns if you earn under a certain amount of money

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-08-27
NOA Date : 2010-09-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-10-04
Approved Date : 2010-11-02
Date Card Received : 2010-11-02
Comments : There was a typo on the EAD card. We contacted USCIS who then requested we send the original card back with two forms of evidence (passport/birth certificate etc) proving that my (applicant's) middle name was "Benjamin" and not "Be-B-jamin".
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 67 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-08-29
NOA Date : 2012-09-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-09-26
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 18, 2010
Embassy Review : I was absolutely terrified of my interview at the US embassy in London. I travelled via train from Canterbury that morning and was there an hour or so early. I lined up outside the embassy with my appointment letter and passport, this was inspected and then I was taken through security. Security were pleasant and quick. I then entered the embassy and was given a number. I sat down in the first side (all UK staff) and waited for my number to be called. Temporary visas (e.g. for camp america volunteers) were very popular and I must have seen 50-60 of these get called before a single immigration visa was called. The first set of windows are all UK staff and here you simply present your evidence/documents for inspection. I then had to pay the embassy processing fee and wait to be called for the second side (US staff) of the embassy interview. This took around an hour of waiting by which point I was a nervous wreck. The massive anti-climax however was just how charming and approachable the US staff seemed. I was interviewed by a middle aged gentleman who spoke quite informally and calmly about the petition process/asked a few questions in a seemingly conversation style rather than an interrogation. After this I was told he was going to approve the petition and "Welcome to America"

In total the interview took 2 and a half hours and for anyone approaching it, the only advice I can offer is to try and not be so nervous about it. The London US embassy seems to be a pretty nice place compared to the experiences of other VJ members at other embassies.
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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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