Malissa + Roberto's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Malissa
Beneficiary's Name: Roberto
VJ Member: Malissa + Roberto
Country: El Salvador

Last Updated: 2013-04-07
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Immigration Checklist for Malissa & Roberto:

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 : El Salvador
I-129F Sent : 2010-09-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-09-27
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-03-30
NVC Received : 2011-04-07
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-04-12
Consulate Received : 2011-04-19
Packet 3 Received : 2011-04-29
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-05-03
Packet 4 Received : 2011-05-11
Interview Date : 2011-06-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-06-17
US Entry : 2011-07-03
Marriage : 2011-08-29
Comments : ˇEn Fin! My fiancé and I both attended the interview at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador. At first, they would not allow my entry. I waited outside the embassy for 3 hours. When it was my fiancé's turn for the interview, the consular sent for me. He separated us and asked all the basic questions - scars, family names, what type of work we do, where we met. The consular made sure our answers matched up, approved us, and sent us on our way. It took all of 15 minutes.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 184 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 256 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Washington DC
POE Date : 2011-07-03
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My fiance's flight landed at 2am, so maybe airport security was too tired to harrass him. He said it went pretty smoothly. Even though he can't speak English, he went through Immigration and Customs in less than one hour. No problems at all.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Pittsburgh PA
Date Filed : 2011-09-13
NOA Date : 2011-09-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-13
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-11-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-11-03
Comments : Less than 2 months for adjustment of status - that part went well even though it cost way too much and my husband had to wait nearly 6 months since he arrived before he could work legally. How does the government expect a family to survive without giving a work permit to the fiance upon his arrival in the US?

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-09-13
NOA Date : 2011-09-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-13
Approved Date : 2011-11-03
Date Card Received : 2011-11-03
Comments : It was a little pointless to apply for the EAD and Advanced Parole because his green card arrived at the same time.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 51 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-09-13
NOA Date : 2011-09-21
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-11-03
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 51 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: El Salvador
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 14, 2011
Embassy Review : This Embassy is HORRIBLE.

A) To start, they sent us the WRONG version of Packet 3.

B) After the Embassy told us to schedule our interview, we contacted the Visa Customer Service phone number 10 times to schedule the interview but were constantly told that we were not authorized. After $80 of phone calls and waiting an ENTIRE MONTH, we finally received an interview date. A few days later, the embassy e-mailed us with an entirely different interview date! Absolutely horrible.

C) I scheduled a flight to El Salvador to be present at the interview, but the Embassy refused to let me enter for my fiancé's interview. They made me wait outside the Embassy for 4 hours while my fiancé waited in line inside the embassy. When my fiancé's interview started, the consulate told him to go get me so he could conduct a dual interview. The consular officer grilled me for 15 minutes about my fiancé, his family, his work, how many scars are on his body. Then he sent me away and grilled my fiancé about my family, my work, the wedding, etc.

We passed and it's over!! Thank God! What a horrible experience!
Rating : Very Poor

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