Jenn and Fuat's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jenn
Beneficiary's Name: Fuat
VJ Member: Jenn and Fuat
Country: Turkey

Last Updated: 2013-10-13
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Immigration Checklist for Jenn & Fuat:

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 : Ankara, Turkey
I-129F Sent : 2009-09-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-09-24
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-10-19
NVC Received : 2009-10-23
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-10-27
Consulate Received : 2009-11-02
Packet 3 Received : 2009-11-06
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-11-18
Packet 4 Received : 2009-12-01
Interview Date : 2010-02-23
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-02-26
US Entry : 2010-03-21
Marriage : 2010-03-30
Comments : So far, the actual interview has been the easiest part of this whole process!

POE Was no problem. Got through quickly.

"Legal" Marriage on 3/30/2010.. Family "Wedding" on 5/1/2010
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 25 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 152 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2010-03-21
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Norfolk VA
Date Filed : 2010-04-29
NOA Date : 2010-05-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-06-01
AOS Transfer** : 2010-05-27
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-07-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-07-24
Comments : Case was transferred to CSC. Approved without an interview. No stamp put in Passport. EAD was approved 10 days before Green Card approval came. Received Green Card in mail 10 days after approval letter... It's been 20 days since EAD approval still no card.. but now we don't need it :)

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-04-29
NOA Date : 2010-05-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-06-01
Approved Date : 2010-07-09
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 71 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-04-29
NOA Date : 2010-05-06
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-07-17
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 71 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-04-26
NOA Date : 2012-04-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-06-19
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-01-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-01-10
Comments : So slow... should have only taken about 3 months. Took 9 months!

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Norfolk VA
Date Filed : 2013-04-15
NOA Date : 2013-04-17
Bio. Appt. : 2013-05-14
Interview Date : 2013-08-19
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-09-18
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ankara, Turkey
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 23, 2010
Embassy Review : Arrived at the Embassy at 8:00am,got in line with everyone else outside the embassy and the 8:30am interviews were called in at 8:15am. I was originally denied entry with my fiance, and had to talk to two different guards before I could get someone to look at the email I had, from the Embassy, stating I was allowed to attend the interview with the beneficiary.

Once inside, everyone was very friendly. Got inside at 8:45am, finger printed by 9:15am and called to the interview window at 9:50am. Woman was very friendly, but did seem a bit surprised to see me there with him. I definitely think that went in our favor. After she said hello she said, "I've seen the emails, I've seen the photos, so... tell me how you met your fiance." Once he answered that question, she looked at me and said, "and passport shows you've been to Turkey several times to see him." then she asked him what he intended to do once he was in the US..once approved for EAD, he will work in my company until he can find something else.. so then she asked me how business was in the Amusement park industry with the state of the economy.. we talked about that for about one minute and she said, "I've seen all I need to see.. take this to the UPS counter and you will have your Visa by Friday." That was it.

Very fast, friendly.. and a good out come

Definetly recommend getting an email from the Embassy, stating you can enter, if you plan to attend the interview with the beneficiary. If I didnt have that email.. I wouldn't have gotten past the front sidewalk.

I did have to email the embassy, 5 times, before I could get a response saying I was allowed to attend.. dont wait until the last minute to send an email to them. It took weeks to get a response.
Rating : Very Good

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