Travelbugs's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: John
Beneficiary's Name: Susanne
VJ Member: Travelbugs
Country: Germany

Last Updated: 2013-04-04
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Immigration Checklist for John & Susanne:

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 : Frankfurt, Germany
I-129F Sent : 2010-03-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-03-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-04-29
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2010-05-17
Packet 3 Received : 2010-05-19
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-05-25
Packet 4 Received : 2010-07-02
Interview Date : 2010-07-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-07-28
US Entry : 2010-12-28
Marriage : 2010-12-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 45 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 128 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2010-11-28
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : A matter of 5 min.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Diego CA
Date Filed : 2011-02-14
NOA Date : 2011-02-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-03-15
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-04-26
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-04-26
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-05-12
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-02-14
NOA Date : 2011-02-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-03-15
Approved Date : 2011-04-07
Date Card Received : 2011-04-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 52 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-03-06
NOA Date : 2013-03-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-04
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Frankfurt, Germany
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 21, 2010
Embassy Review : Very, very good experience all in all. Super friendly case workers and CO. I felt extremely comfortable and well taken care of (which helped my excitement and nervousness a lot ;-)).

My appointment was scheduled for 8:00 am, but I got to the consulate one hour early (thank lord, since I had forgotten to take my iPod out of my purse --> was able to put it in storage at a nearby kiosk). Anyways, once inside the consulate - W-number in hand- I was waiting to be called to window 23 (Immigrant visas) where I was briefly walked through the process and was handed a shit which told me how to organize BC, PC, and Affidavit of Support. The lady was super nice and right when I got to the window she said: "It looks like I have everything I need from you on file." The only thing missing were two passport pics which I had brought with me. For a sec, she wasn't sure whether they would accept them since I was wearing glasses on the pics, but talked to her supervisor and got the OK (they were frameless and almost not visible).
I was asked, then, to take a seat again and wait to be called up to the next window.
A couple of minutes later, I was called to window 21, where a very nice and helpful case worker, gave me more details on my upcoming interview and made sure I had handed in all docs and supporting material necessary. she went over my DS-156 to check off that all data is still correct, and, we also made sure the Affidavit is correctly filled out. The only thing that startled her was the black pen that John had used to sign ( I had told him to use blue ink!!! ;-)) - it looked like a photocopy. But after holding it against the light and double-checking, she gave her OK...yahooo!!
After we were done, she offered me to answer any questions that I might have and made sure that my travel plans were in agreement with the 6-months window of the visa and reminded me to NOT open the envelope that I'm getting sent once the visa is approved.
After sitting down for another 10 minutes, the CO called me to the window where all my fingerprints were taken. She was super friendly and I had already hope to be interviewed by her from afar. She simply appeared very pleasant. Anyways, it went on with her asking me the following questions:
"How long have you known your fiance?"
"How did you guys meet?"
About John's military career and what he's doing now after having got out of the Navy in April.
And if I had ever visited him in Hawaii while he was stationed there...
oh yeah, since we were also using a friend of mine as joint sponsor, she wanted to know how I knew Andrea.

That was it :-). And she just said that we're finished and that I should expect my visa in the mail within the next two weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOOOO :D

All in all, a very good experience.
Rating : Very Good

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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
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