mike101's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: MC
Beneficiary's Name: KH
VJ Member: mike101
Country: Colombia

Last Updated: 2010-12-18
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Immigration Checklist for MC & KH:

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 : 2009-12-26
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-12-28
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-03-26
NVC Received : 2010-04-02
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2010-04-05
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-04-20
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-06-09
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 88 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 163 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Dallas TX
Date Filed : 2010-09-11
NOA Date : 2010-09-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-01-05
AOS Transfer** : 2010-10-15
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bogota, Colombia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 10, 2010
Embassy Review : Interview Date
June 9, 2010

We started the day by calling a taxi at 6:00am. Our apartment (www.welovebogota.com) was close however we did not have much luck with calling for taxis as it was hit or miss with them. The taxi arrived at 6:10am and got to the US Embassy at about 6:20am. We waited in line 3 which is right outside of the Embassy walls and the ladies in the hot pink vests verified our appointments and let us in the Embassy. We did not get the appointment letter so they had to call and verify our appointment before letting us in.
We then processed through security which is very similar to a security checkpoint at an airport. I’d also like to say that they don’t allow cell phones with cameras, cameras, mp3 players and a lot of other electronic devices in the embassy and you will need to check them in if they find them.
We then went to line 40 or immigrant visas and were given a folder to organize our documents. The items I this folder included the
2 copies of DS-156 & DS 156k forms
Birth Certificate
Baptismal Certificate
DAS Judicial Records
DAS Immigration Records
I-134 & Supporting documents (Employment verification letter, W2 & Tax return from previous years, letter from bank stating balances on account)
Medical exam results in sealed envelope
Two passport style pictures

We waited in this line for about 40 minutes, got the folder, organized our documents and were told to move to the waiting area near the Domesa line.
About 30 minutes later we were called to window 32 to submit the documents in the folder. The lady reviewed the document, asked my fiancée a few questions.. Where did I live? Where did I work, was I married? The then told us to go wait by windows 2 – 6 for the immigrant visa interviews.
We waited here for about 2.5 hours before being called for our interview and it was a bit depressing because most people we saw were not approved. Most non approvals were because o problems with documents and were told to set up another appointment. We were eventually called to window 4 for out interview an it was a man of what appeared to be Indian decent.
He asked my fiancée two question that were how long did she know me? where did I live? And then asked to speak to me.
He asked me the following question:
How did we meet?
Where do you work?
When did you propose and did she accept?
Did she you give her a ring?
When do you plan on getting married?
What type of wedding will you have?
What was her religion?
He then asked to see pictures and e-mails and I passed them through the window. I explained they were from my last visit in March.
He then told me that the application looked good but that he was uncomfortable with my nervous body language. I explained that I indeed was nervous because we have invested a lot of time, money and emotions in this process and our future depends on this interview.

He then requested to speak with my fiancée again and asked here the same questions. About 2 minutes later he requested to speak with me again and told ME and not my fiancée that the visa was approved. He told us to pay the Domesa fee so we did and walked out the door at about 12:18pm.
Also to my surprise the consular asked me about 70% o the questions in the interview..
Tips for others.
They are very picky about the documents so make sure they are all the correct documents they requested an that everything is filled out properly. I cant stress this enough because most of the non-approvals were because of people missing documents like the DAS forms, W2 forms, employment verification letter etc…
Again.. Read the instructions in packet 4 and become familiar with the requirements. Again they will not approve your visa if you don’t submit all the requirements. This the most important thing you can do before the interview.

Make every effort to attend the interview with your fiancé(e)
Im 100% sure that she wouldn’t have been approved I I wasn’t there because our relatively short time knowing each other. It also shows the officers that you are serious about your relationship. Of the few approvals I witnessed, the petitioner was there with the beneficiary. I can only remember one woman who was approved who was there by herself.
I hope this helps someone prepare for the interview!
God Bless
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