SC & HS's US Immigration Timeline

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Beneficiary's Name: HS
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Country: India

Last Updated: 2013-05-13
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Immigration Checklist for SC & HS:

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 : New Delhi, India
I-129F Sent : 2010-01-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-01-08
I-129F RFE(s) : N/A
RFE Reply(s) : N/A
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-03-31
NVC Received : 2010-04-08
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-04-15
Consulate Received : 2010-04-19
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-04-23
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-07-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-07-21
US Entry : 2010-07-27
Marriage : 2010-08-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 82 days from your NOA1 date.

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

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2010-10-06
NOA Date : 2010-10-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-11-16
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-02-01
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-02-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-02-09
Comments : USCIS doesn't provide any clear guideline whether to perform medical exam again in the USA for AOS final interview.

However, if someone had a medical exam in the home country and AOS interview date falls within 1 yr from the original K1 interview date, then it is not required to redo medical exam in the USA agian.

However, please check with USCIS to ensure that your home country sent all the documentation back to USA.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-10-06
NOA Date : 2010-10-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-11-16
Approved Date : 2010-12-22
Date Card Received : 2010-12-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 77 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-10-06
NOA Date : 2010-10-18
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-12-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 72 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-11-13
NOA Date : 2012-11-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2013-05-10
Comments : Green Card received

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: New Delhi, India
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 17, 2010
Embassy Review : My interview was scheduled on 15th July, 2010. I was told to report at 8 a.m. I reached the US embassy at 7.15 a.m. After the security check, I was given a token number. Waited in a hall where immigrant and non-immigrant interviews were to be taken and got my finger print done.

Then I had to wait patiently for my turn. I went to the counter when my token number was displayed. An Indian lady took my papers and went through them.

She returned me few papers such as:
Call logs, emails, greeting cards,
Documents showing my fiancés visit to India (boarding pass, hotel and restaurant receipts)
Birthday gift receipts, original date of birth certificate,
I-134 supporting documents (bank statement, investment details, 2008-tax return) and X-ray report.

Finally, she told me to deposit the fees and informed me that K1 visa fees had increased to $350 US dollars. I submitted the bank draft and returned her 2 copies of the receipt. You can check exchange rate from the embassy’s website. Also, it is better to call or email them upfront to get the correct exchange rate.

I had to wait for the final interview which was to be taken by the Consulate Officer who was an American lady. I was asked the following questions.

1. Who was sponsoring me?
2. How did we meet?
3. Was it an arranged match or other arrangements?
4. I previously visited US on J1 visa (Exchange visitor visa) and the Consulate officer wanted to know for what purpose my previous visit?
5. Whether I had gone to US for studying or whether I was working there?
Consulate officer asked for J1 waiver document (Two year foreign residency requirement documents)
6. When did I return from the US?
7. What is my qualification?
8. When did I get engaged?
9. Asked to see few snaps/picture?

Finally, the Consulate Officer told me I should get my passport/visa within a week.

I was out of the consulate office by 9:30 AM.
TIPS for folks who visited US on J1 visa and applying K1/K3 (fiancé or Spouse visa):
Please ensure that you get the J1 waiver (Two year residency requirement) first before applying for any K1/K3 visa. Without the waiver the consulate officer will not issue K1/K3 visa. Also, getting J1 waiver from India is a real painful task, so start working on it upfront.

(updated on July 17, 2010)

(updated on July 17, 2010)
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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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