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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Brian
Beneficiary's Name: Sarah
VJ Member: DukeOfYork
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2017-02-15
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Immigration Checklist for Brian & Sarah:

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 : 2010-02-02
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-02-04
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-03-10
NVC Received : 2010-03-12
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-03-16
Consulate Received : 2010-03-22
Packet 3 Received : 2010-03-25
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-04-07
Packet 4 Received : 2010-05-26
Interview Date : 2010-06-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-06-16
US Entry : 2010-07-06
Marriage : 2010-07-25
Comments : She got through just fine. She found out three different Alien numbers were assigned to her. We hope this doesn't snag us up!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 34 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 127 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2010-07-06
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : The only glitch was having the A# one number off on her visa. The border agent crossed it off the visa, wrote what he thought the be the correct number (added a 0 this time and left a number off), then scratched it off, THEN wrote the same second WRONG number on the back of the I-94.

We are using the one that came on the K-1 NOA2. So far 2 of the 3 NOA1s for AOS, EAD and AP had the correct A#. My wife called the I-131 office to correct and they did with no problem.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2010-08-25
NOA Date : 2010-09-07
RFE(s) : 2010-11-03
Bio. Appt. : 2010-10-13
AOS Transfer** : 2010-09-29
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-11-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-11-24
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-08-25
NOA Date : 2010-09-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-10-13
Approved Date :
Date Card Received :
Comments : They never got around to approving this!
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between December 8, 2010 and January 1, 2011*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-08-25
NOA Date : 2010-09-07
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments : I wonder if they ever even really looked at this application!
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your AP may be adjudicated between January 5, 2011 and January 24, 2011*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-08-20
NOA Date : 2012-08-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-10-11
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-03-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2013-03-22
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Phoenix AZ
Date Filed : 2016-08-08
NOA Date : 2016-08-11
Bio. Appt. : 2016-09-02
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 11, 2010
Embassy Review : I am writing this review on behalf of my fiancee. I will do it in the 1st person as if she were writing it.

I started my day at 4:30 this morning as I couldn't sleep any longer. I stayed at the Lancaster Court Hotel, but I wouldn't recommend it. The continental breakfast is tea, coffee and toast, I was in the 4th floor in the attic. The room was clean, but very shabby and run down. The windows didn't even meet in the middle when I tried to close them and the toilet was down the hall.

I asked them to book me a taxi to the London Embassy in order to avoid the morning rush hour in the Underground. I thought it would be a regular London cab, but it was a private company that ended up charging me 18 quid. I said, "you must be joking, we only went a mile!" He rang his boss who told him to charge me the amount, but he ended up charging me 15 quid instead. Lesson learned, never use a private cab in London!

I arrived to the embassy at about 7:40, went to Gould's Pharmacy and put my phone in the locker. This cost me £3 and then I walked the short distance up the road to the embassy. There were about 30 people queuing already. I put my keys and purse in a clear bag that they gave me and then waited my turn to until the security card brought me forward. He wanted to see my passport and my appointment letter. Then I went into another queue and got taken into another office. I wasn't searched, but I had to take my belt and jewelry off and into a tray, everything got x-rayed and I went through a metal detector. I followed the arrows on the big VISA signs, up the steps to the receipt, where I gave them my passport and appointment letter. The receptionist printed out a ticket with a number on it. Mine was I-903.

At about 8:15 I finally got to the main room. From the reception I went up a second set of stairs and through the main doors into a huge waiting area. There probably fifty people already waiting. The waiting room has booths 1-11 and around the corner are booths 12-25. That's where the photograph booth is if you need to get passport sized photos. They only cost £4 (I paid £10 back home!). I sat and waited for my number to be called for about an hour. I went to booth 13, where a young, business-like English gentlemen asked me for my birth certificate and photocopy, police certificate and photocopy, passport, affidavit of support and the tax returns. My fiancee gave the last three years, he only took the last year's transcript. He also asked for my divorce certificate and that was it. He took my fingerprints, left hand first, then right and then thumbs. He asked for my two photographs, gave me a green piece of paper and told me to take it to booth 12 to pay for the visa. I went to pay for the visa with my debit card and they charged me the new $350 fee. They said they would charge it in dollars and my bank would take out the equivalent in pounds. Then I went back to booth 12, he gave me the pink form and told me to sit down and fill it out.

My number was called at about 9:45 and went to either booth 15 or 16 got a really nice American guy. He gave me my x-rays from the medical on a disc in a sello taped envelope. I assume I can't open it. I had to print my fiance's name on one of the forms and then sign and date it (I think that was the DS-230). Then I held up my right hand, swore that the information I gave was true, then he asked me some questions: How did we meet, I told him on a Christian dating website at the end of July last year. Then I told him that he flew over in September to meet. He was smiling as I told him the story. Then he asked if I had been over to the States. I told him I went over for Thanksgiving for two weeks. He got all excited and said he loved Thanksgiving. He asked if I met his parents and friends. I told him I spent Thanksgiving with his family and met his friends. Then he said to me, "I've had a good look through your files and I'm pleased to say I'm going to approve your visa". I smiled and said thank you. If there wasn't bullet proof glass between us, I'd have kissed him on the forehead!

He didn't ask me for any other evidence, photographs, emails or anything else. He told me my visa would arrive in a packet and showed me what it looked like. It would come in a brown envelope and told me "DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE" or the border patrol would not be happy. He then told me to take the pink form to the courier desk in the main waiting room. I handed it to the lady behind the counter, she asked me to confirm my name (you can't pay cash!) The passport will be delivered within 3-5 working days. Someone has to sign for it and will have to have a form of ID with my name on it, like a bank card, driving license or a bank statement.

I tried reading, but it was so noisy, I couldn't concentrate. There was a snack bar in the back, but I didn't get anything. There are only two toilets for everyone waiting.
Rating : Good

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