kennym's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Kenneth
Beneficiary's Name: Maritza
VJ Member: kennym
Country: Colombia

Last Updated: 2013-07-17
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Immigration Checklist for Kenneth & Maritza:

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 : Bogota, Colombia
I-129F Sent : 2010-04-19
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-04-22
I-129F RFE(s) : 2010-06-18
RFE Reply(s) : 2010-06-28
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-07-26
NVC Received : 2010-07-28
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-07-29
Consulate Received : 2010-08-05
Packet 3 Received : 2010-08-14
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-08-18
Packet 4 Received : 2010-09-02
Interview Date : 2010-10-07
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-10-20
US Entry : 2010-12-02
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 95 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 168 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Antonio TX
Date Filed : 2011-03-02
NOA Date : 2011-03-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-03-19
AOS Transfer** : 2011-03-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-06-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-06-14
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-03-02
NOA Date : 2011-03-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-03-19
Approved Date : 2011-04-27
Date Card Received : 2011-05-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 56 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-03-02
NOA Date : 2011-03-10
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-05-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 56 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-05-24
NOA Date : 2013-06-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-06-26
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bogota, Colombia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 8, 2010
Embassy Review : Our Interview at the Bogota Embassy was on Oct 7th 2010.

Maritza and I arrived in Bogota on Sunday, 3 Oct. We spent Monday - Wednesday doing the Exams and Vaccines, as well as a visit to DAS to pick a document that was waiting for her since about 3 weeks ago.

Thursday was the interview. We truly felt blessed with the weather, since it had rained all week and was cold all day long for the past 4 days. This day was warmer than we had seen all week, and the sun was out..

Maritza and I arrived at about 5:45 am. There was already about a dozen people lined up. We were soon asked to move to an area closer to the Embassy Gate where a women came out and started giving instructions over a PA System. They first separated the Line by Visa Type. K Visas were moved to line 3. They then started giving out instructions about what items to have in your hand.. The Items they were looking for were Beneficiary Passport, 4 Passport Photos, DS-156, Interview Lettter from P-4, and my Job Letter (Original).

After confirming your passport and Interview Letter, we passed through Security Gate..

Once inside the Embassy, we were directed to a Desk where documents were confirmed. All Applicants were givin a folder with instructions taped on the inside cover of the folder explaining which documents to place in the folder..

The things they asked for was DS156, DS156K, Passport, Passport photos, DAS police certificate, DAS Carta Migratorio (Sealed Envelope from DAS), Birth Certificate (Original), Job Letter, and my 3 past years Tax Returns.

Once those items were assembled, you were again required to return to the desk where your documents were inspected. We were then directed over to windows 30 - 35 waiting area. we sat for about 2 hours. Maritza was called. I went up with her but was told to sit down. The lady went throught Maritza\'s documents and asked her how we met.. We were then directed over to an area near windows 2-7 where we wainted again for about 90 minutes.. Maritza was called and agian went alone to the window. She was asked 2 questions about my last trip to Visit her and How we met. Maritza told me the lady was friendly and smiled at her and told her her documents looked very good and was approving the VISA...

my main suggestions is to take the time to prepare ahead of time. Make sure you start early getting your tax documents in order and have your fiancee start gathering her required document early.. You can do much of this while waiting for NOA2..

We had all the normal evidence of our relationship, but they asked for nothing. I was never interviewed.

I can\'t get over how simple and painless the Embassy Experience was and how the Approval was given.. We had tons of evidence, but the didn\'t aske for any of it..

Maritza and I spent most of the day wondering if it was really over and our approval was real or had we dreamed it...

The US embassy is once of the nicest I\'ve seen, the do sell food, drinks inside and the restrooms are clean.. Great Experience overall..

(updated on October 8, 2010)
Rating : Very Good

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