MikeInWyoming's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Mike
Beneficiary's Name: Beth
VJ Member: MikeInWyoming
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2013-05-18
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Immigration Checklist for Mike & Beth:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2009-04-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-05-12
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-07-17
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-08-03
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2009-08-22
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-08-24
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2009-09-09
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-09-18
US Entry : 2009-09-20
Marriage : 2009-09-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 66 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 120 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2009-09-20
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : No problems. Quick and courteous.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Casper WY
Date Filed : 2009-10-09
NOA Date : 2009-10-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-11-04
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-02-23
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-02-23
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-03-06
Comments : Casper, WY seems to be a black hole - taking far longer that other officers and all those who do file in the Casper area must go for an interview - expect a four month wait.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-11-26
NOA Date : 2011-11-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-12-22
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-05-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2012-06-16
Comments : Filed 89 days before Expiration.

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Casper WY
Date Filed : 2012-11-26
NOA Date : 2012-11-30
Bio. Appt. : 2012-12-17
Interview Date : 2013-03-04
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-05-13
Comments : Great day. Done and filing for Passport!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 15, 2009
Embassy Review : I have written extensively in my blog (http://lieberman.blog.netwright.net:7080/) about our experiences with the Embassy and the call center. While the CIS portion so far as been well done - the Embassy was riddled with problems. From the first Embassy (Air 21 delivered) letter we did not get (and we are not the only one who had this problem), to the matter of what constitutes a valid NBI form - and "fixing" one, to the run-around on picking up our Visa, to continual misinformation from the call-center, to the person (at Window 44) who while acknowledging the approved visa had not been processed - told me in the same breath that the request to expedite, submitted a week earlier and after we were notified the visa was approved, had previously been approved. Everyone was nice - but the system was incompetent.
Rating : Poor

POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-09-20
Embassy Review : Smooth! Allowed me (US Citizen) to accompany my fiancee and her daughter through the visitors line. The Immigration officer was new and had to seek a bit of guidance, but the guidance was provided quickly. The officer asked nice questions to our 11yo and smiled as she welcomed my new family to the USA. Great experince.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Casper WY
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : February 25, 2010
Embassy Review : Pro: All personnel were nice. The Interviewing Officer was pleasant and truly decent. He asked the questions he needed to, but did so in a comfortable manner and the whole process was pleasant.

Con: There is a time frame problem in this office. It seems to take over four months between the NOA and the Interview for all who must use this office. Plus the Officer at the interview claimed it might take another 90 days to get the final approval even though there were no problems with our case and no paperwork missing. We are downgrading the rating from 5 to 4 because of the timing issue only.

Weird: The address for the office is "East B" Street. But there is no "East B". There is an "East A" and a "East C". The office is between East A and East C on Durbin. It is behind the post office which fronts on Wolcott.
Harassment Level : Good

Timeline Comments: 1

MikeInWyoming on 2018-09-06 said:
It has all changed in the over nine years since I first started the process. I now live in the Philippines with my wife of nine years. And I have a sister-in-law who is now just starting the process, but the process is very different now.
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predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
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