wildewood's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Katie
Beneficiary's Name: Terry
VJ Member: wildewood
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2010-09-27
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Immigration Checklist for Katie & Terry:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2009-10-30
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-11-09
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-02-04
NVC Received : 2010-02-08
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-02-10
Consulate Received : 2010-02-22
Packet 3 Received : 2010-02-24
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-02-26
Packet 4 Received : 2010-03-12
Interview Date : 2010-04-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-05-06
US Entry : 2010-05-09
Marriage : 2010-05-29
Comments : Letter from Consulate was dated 22nd of Feb 09. 2 weeks exactly from it leaving NVC till pkt 3 arrived on my doorstep.
I received packet 4 in 14 days from sending back pkt 3. Apt date 6 weeks from sending pkt 3. VISA was slightly delayed as I needed a new passport before they would giveit to me. I had to get a new passport on the one day service as my passport was slightly damaged. That was expensive but necessary. I then had to send the passport back to the embassy using the DX courier. With volcano problems etc and the courier not seeming to be able to handle N. Ireland applications without melting down it took 3 weeks for me to get my visa in the post. Very close run thing as my flight was leaving 2 days later!! Apart from this hiccup which was largely my fault the process was staightforward and quicker than expected and the embassy staff were great. Just dot your i's and you'll be fine.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 87 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 157 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2010-05-09
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : 20 minutes and I was in. No hassle and pleasant officer. He seemed genuinely pleased to have a k1 cross his path. Probably relieves the monotony for them. He looked v closely at my brown envelope contents (basically your original application) but didnt quiz me much. Very decent guy and warm welcome

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2010-06-14
NOA Date : 2010-07-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-08-03
AOS Transfer** : 2010-08-02
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-09-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2010-09-27
Comments : I received the card in the mail same day as the letter telling me I was approved (letter said it would be 3 weeks later!). If your case is txfrd to California its good news. Faster + prob no interview. 4 months for AOS to Green Card!!!!!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-06-14
NOA Date : 2010-07-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-08-03
Approved Date : 2010-08-27
Date Card Received : 2010-09-02
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 74 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 18, 2010
Embassy Review : I arrived 40 mins before my interview. I got off the tube at Bond Street station which is about a 3 minute walk from the embassy. I didnt know that you could leave your phone and stuff at goulds pharmacy just up the street for £5, or would have done so. It took 1/2 hour to get in. It took 2 hours to see the first guy who was all business and handed over my docs to him. He asked me to pay the visa fee and come back with the receipt.

I shuffled 3 feet to the left to the cashier window to find that Janice was on her teabreak. Whilst waiting for Janice I read her (extremely well adorned) wall and learned that Janice has been cashier of the month since time began and that she knows how to smile in a picture. What a cashier does to be cashier of the month escapes me. She also had a certificate from the secret service about contribution to the US security. Maybe she doesnt accept cheques from Mr O.B. Laden. Anyway when Janice came back from tea she turned out to be the most grumpy cashier I've ever met. She wasn't cashier of the month today and isn't near as smiley in real life. Maybe she didnt make April.
She said 3 words; "Card" Pin" and "Receipt". She didnt even say goodbye.
I was sent back to wait (for another hour). Contrary to myth there was no coffee or snack counter. I was called and saw a pretty decent lady who made me swear not to tell porkies and asked me how I met my fiancee and when I was getting married. I'll get my visa when I get a new passport and send it to them via DX, as mine was a bit tatty and she wasn't happy. Maybe she and Janice are related. Its over, thats all that matters.
Rating : Good

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Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
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