charandivan's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Charnelle
Beneficiary's Name: Ivan
VJ Member: charandivan
Country: Jamaica

Last Updated: 2012-06-01
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Immigration Checklist for Charnelle & Ivan:

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 : Jamaica
I-129F Sent : 2009-08-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-08-28
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-10-06
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2009-11-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-12-02
US Entry : 2009-12-04
Marriage : 2010-01-16
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 39 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 : Atlanta
POE Date : 2009-12-04
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Atlanta GA
Date Filed : 2010-02-02
NOA Date : 2010-02-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-02-26
AOS Transfer** : 2010-02-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-02-02
NOA Date : 2010-02-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-02-26
Approved Date : 2010-04-02
Date Card Received : 2010-04-11
Comments :
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 : 2010-02-02
NOA Date : 2010-02-09
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-04-11
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 59 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2012-05-14
NOA Date : 2012-05-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Jamaica
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 29, 2009
Embassy Review : Arrival
We arrived to the Embassy around 8:15 am for our 8:30 appointment. We approached a long line at the front of the embassy and was greeted by a consulate officer. She checked our paperwork and highlighted the areas where corrections needed to be made. She then asked us to go to the front of the line and show the security officer our paperwork. We then entered the building and had to go through the medal detectors. They do not allow cell phones, so the only items we had with us were keys and paperwork. I would also suggest that you bring a pen because we had to borrow one on several occassions.

Entering the Main Building
After we made it through the medal detectors we had to stand in line for the main entrance. There were applicants for visitor and other types of visas sitting on both sides. They were allowing about 5 people into the building at a time. We had to step out of the line to make the corrections to our paperwork, however, we were allowed to get back in place after this was complete. After we entered the building, we stood in a line to give the consulate officers our DS forms and in return we received a number. We were then asked to enter the building and sit on the right side.

Part 1
After about 20 minutes our number appeared and we approached the window. We were asked for his birth certificate, non-impediment, police certificate, and his paasport. The Jamaican officer was very rude and it was very difficult to understand what she was saying. She was asking for my 2008 paperwork, but I wasn't sure exactly what she wanted. I had bank statements, employment letter, etc. so I wasn't quite sure what she wanted. She got so frustrated that we didn't understand her that she made us stand to the side for over 10 minutes while she helped someone else. As we were standing to the side, my fiance eventually translated what she was asking for. We stood patiently and she eventually called us back to the window. I then provided her with the I-134 form, employment letter and 2008 W-2s and tax returns. She then asked us to go to Window 17 for fingerprinting.

Part 2
After fingerprinting, we returned back to the right side to wait to be called back for the interview. During our wait, we saw over 5 people receive blue slips. We could not totally understand everything, but most of the blue slips were for family-related visas and they seeemed to be due to a lack of paperwork. After our friends, Eric and Jew made it through their interview with an approval, we felt a little more optimistic. We were eventually called to the window by the blonde officer. She looked through our paperwork and asked the following questions:
1.) When did we meet?
2.) How did we meet?
3.) How many times had I visited?
4.) When did I know I wanted to marry him?
5.) Have I met his family?
6.) Has he met my family?
7.) What was my occupation?

She never divided us up and all of the questions were asked as we both stood at the window. She then looked through our pictures that were provided in original application and asked if they were all from the same visit. We told her no and indicated that they were from my visits in June and August. She then handed my pictures to me because she said that we may not see them again. She then told us that he was approved and told us to go to the DHL window. She also told us that we had 90 days to get married upon his arrival to the US. We thanked her and he went to the DHL counter to setup shipping arrangements.
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