MrTee12's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Terrance
Beneficiary's Name: Karen
VJ Member: MrTee12
Country: Dominican Republic

Last Updated: 2020-08-09
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Immigration Checklist for Terrance & Karen:

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 : Dominican Republic
I-129F Sent : 2009-12-03
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-12-04
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-03-17
NVC Received : 2010-03-19
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-03-23
Consulate Received : 2010-03-25
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2010-05-06
Interview Date : 2010-06-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-06-18
US Entry : 2010-06-24
Marriage : 2010-09-10
Comments : Arrived at Newark Liberty. Processed everything in less than 10 minutes.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 103 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 188 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2010-06-24
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Arrived at Newark Liberty. Processed everything in less than 10 minutes.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Date Filed : 2010-09-20
NOA Date : 2010-09-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-10-29
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-12-21
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-12-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-12-31
Comments : Interview went very well!


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-09-20
NOA Date : 2010-09-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-10-29
Approved Date : 2010-11-22
Date Card Received : 2010-12-02
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-09-29
NOA Date : 2012-10-02
RFE(s) : 2013-04-16
Bio. Appt. : 2012-11-05
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-07-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Date Filed : 2019-10-08
NOA Date : 2019-10-09
Bio. Appt. : 2020-01-21
Interview Date : 2020-07-08
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2020-07-08
Comments : Original Date of Naturalization Interview was 3/25/20. Covid Delayed Interview Until 7/8/20.Overall Smooth process. Interview and Ceremony were done on the same day.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dominican Republic
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 10, 2010
Embassy Review : We arrived at the U.S. Embassy at 5:25am. We stayed at Jardines Del Teatro (wonderful place and great hospitality) which is 1 block from the Embassy. As soon as got near the Embassy, buscones were calling to us asking us if we needed anything (we were well-prepared and its best to ignore them because many are scammers). There was several dozen people in line. We found our correct line to get in for residency visas. We got inside at 6:05am and went through security and sat down to wait for my fiancee's name to called. We got called to Window #16 and 7:50am and we turned her Visa documents. The CO (who was very serious, very professional but personable older man) asked her a few questions about our relationship and for her documents.
-Have you ever been married?
-Do you have any children?
-Does your US fiance have any children?
-Do you have children together?
He asked my fiancee these questions while I went to pay the rest of the Visa fee ($219 taxes included) and I returned to the window. He asked us more questions and told us to be prepared for \"any type of question\" because sometimes they can ask tough questions. He joked with us about Philadelphia and eating cheesesteaks and wished us the best and gave us ticket #833.
At 8:40 she was called to have her fingerprints done and we continued to wait until we were called for our interview. While waiting we ate something and got tired because of the heat. We were finally called at 11am to window 22. There was a young (maybe 30\'s) American guy who was very friendly and easy to talk to. He swore us both in and he asked us several questions.
-How did we met?
-When did you met?
-So you already have a travel?
-So you have been to USA to visit? (to fiancee)
-What dates?
-Have been to any other countries?
-Have you been in any trouble here or in the USA? (to fiancee)
-What are your plans for the wedding?
-Were you in Philly or Washington DC during the snowstorm?
-What place has the best cheesesteaks?

Then he said there is no problem in your paperwork, then my fiancee signed one of the Visa forms (DS-156k). WE WERE APPROVED
and she would get her visa in 1 week. The interview was no longer than 5 minutes. We paid the DOMEX fee ($16) and left.

Note: They never asked me for any of my financial forms (I had both my I-134 and I-184 completed with employment letters, paystubs, recent tax forms, etc).
-We had tons of evidence that was never asked for (50 photos, calling cards, travel documents, phone records, internet messaging records, receipts, etc)well kept in a plastic seal-able organized folder.
But it's best to be prepared because they look for organization and how well you interact with your partner (who must be there).
-There are cameras there (and I think they watch how you couples interact with each other) so be aware of that.
-Despite the many fans and water fountains, it gets hot in there and a bit uncomfortable. There is a cafeteria where you can buy food and drinks which is good.
-Dress appropriately...Suits for a K1 Visa are probably not necessary and you will be hot. I seen people who were very formal but I don't think its necessary. Business-casual is fine.


(updated on June 11, 2010)
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Newark
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-06-24
Embassy Review : My fiancée arrived at Newark Liberty. Processed everything in less than 10 minutes. She was fingerprinted, her documents were taken, and she was asked several questions.

-What's your fiancé's name?
-Is he here waiting for you?

Smooth
Harassment Level : Low


Local US CIS Office Review: Philadelphia PA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : December 22, 2010
Embassy Review : The interview went very well. Arrived with my wife; we had to wait for a little over an hour. Called back by officer. We were swore in and he asked us both questions like: (how we met, how many trips did my wife take to visit me, did we have any children, etc). He talked to us about a few things. Towards the end he congratulated us and complimented us on how well organized we were and how he was excited to see a real couple show real love. He was a great officer and he was very passionate about "real couples" doing well here in America.
Harassment Level : Very Good


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