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  Petitioner's Name: Sara
Beneficiary's Name: Rafael
VJ Member: sorchaine
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2017-01-27
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Immigration Checklist for Sara & Rafael:

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 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I-129F Sent : 2010-04-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-04-19
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-06-21
NVC Received : 2010-06-25
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-07-01
Consulate Received : 2010-07-06
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2010-07-15
Interview Date : 2010-08-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-08-30
US Entry : 2010-09-15
Marriage : 2010-10-10
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 63 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 : 2010-09-15
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 10
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Des Moines IA
Date Filed : 2011-02-16
NOA Date : 2011-02-23
RFE(s) : 2011-03-03
Bio. Appt. : 2011-03-28
AOS Transfer** : 2011-03-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-05-31
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2011-06-10
Comments : Walk-in biometrics done 03/04/2011

No interview done for AOS.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-02-16
NOA Date : 2011-02-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-03-28
Approved Date : 2011-04-08
Date Card Received : 2011-04-16
Comments : Walk-in biometrics done 03/04/2011
Received 2nd Card Production Ordered 04/13/2011
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 51 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-02-16
NOA Date : 2011-02-23
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-04-16
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 51 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-05-13
NOA Date : 2013-05-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-06-12
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-08-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2013-09-14
Comments : USCIS office closed on biometrics date, was completed on 6/14/2013.

No interview done for ROC.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Raleigh NC
Date Filed : 2016-08-31
NOA Date : 2016-09-07
Bio. Appt. : 2016-10-06
Interview Date : 2017-01-13
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2017-02-03
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 24, 2010
Embassy Review : Arrived at the consulate in Rio de Janeiro at 6:40 AM and was the 2nd in line for the “K1”. The line was made by the Santa Luzia Street (the short side of the consulate), while at the same time a larger line started to form on the other side, by Mexico Street for the tourists applicants. Around 7:10 AM a lady wearing a green vest (specific for the K1 applicants) came, and asked us to hand out the passport, case number and pictures. She checked while outside the pictures of everyone and gave us a number (also this same lady speaks Portuguese and English). Around 7:25 AM (10 minutes late of the time listed in Packet 4 schedule) we were asked to enter the consulate, go through the security, leave our cell phones with the security, a simple paper with our names, address, phone, and phone model.

Heading to the second floor, the same lady gave us 2 papers, the first one to fill out our case number, name, address, phone number, petitioner address and phone number. The second paper was a document with the list of the correct order the forms should be put in. Then she started to call us by numbers.Two people got to talk to a consulate officer before everyone else, but they didn’t have the right papers, e.g., pictures 3x4 instead of 5x5, Visa fee missing. On this day we had about 9 K1s, not like other reviews, today was split half had their fiancé/es with them and have were alone. After filling the first document out with our information and petitioner information as well as putting the documents in the right order, the lady checked the order and started to send us into a room. She would call the number, we would go in, another lady (a bit more old, and not very nice) checked all the documents, very fast and told us to go back.

So now starts the waiting, a big mess around with some couples that didn’t have tax returns, other didn’t have a clue about their paperwork, many had to get the forms inside the consulate and fill them out with a pen. No longer are you called by the consulate officer by your arrival and how fast/organized your documents are, it’s random and he will decide. I was, if I’m not wrong, the 5th person to be called. The consulate officer was nice and polite. As soon as I entered the interview room I decided to start to talk with him in English without waiting for him to ask me if I would mind to do the interview in English or in the language my fiancée and I speak in. Note: the employees outside said that the consulate officer didn’t speak Portuguese very well. As soon as I got in I said “Hello, good morning,” and started the finger printing process. After that he handed me 2 documents to sign and then I asked if he would like to see the evidence (a full evidence folder with pictures, emails, phone calls – bills, email list from the past months, chat history) and he said that was not needed at that time.

The questions I was asked were:

How did you meet your fiancée? (I gave a short answer, I asked if he would like more background and complete history, he said it was not needed.)

Your fiancée came twice to Brazil right? (Short answer, from X month to X month and X month to X month.)

What does your fiancée do for a living? (Short answer, just told the place.)

What do you plan to do when you arrive in the US? (I did a more complete and long answer, by the middle of it he was done writing I guess and was looking at his computer.)

At this point he handed me my original birth certificate, police records, and the Visa fee client version, explained that my visa should be done in 10 days and I should go back and talk to the first lady that helped us with the forms order, and etc. He told me “Good luck and work hard,” (which was funny by the way). The lady filled out a green paper, gave it to me, and explained how the package would arrive at my house, inside would contain 2 folders, one with my passport with the visa and another sealed folder with a big paper on the top saying “Do Not Open,” that should be used at the arrival at the US. On the first floor I filled out the little form of TNT (company that will deliver my passport with visa), paid R$30.00 for delivery and was done. The receipt already had my case number and another code that they lady on the 2nd floor had wrote on the green paper.

The interview took about 4-5 minutes and no evidence was checked at all. So about 80 papers and 40 pictures of evidence, had no use. Overall a good interview, nice consulate officer, easy and simple questions. He just wanted straight forward answers, no trick questions, just the basic. I was there until 11:00 AM. So a total of about 4 hours from the time I arrived in the line early in the morning until the time I was walking out the door to leave.

I am rating it 4 out of 5 due to the bad intercom system that they have and that it is not comfortable when having to stay there for hours.

(updated on August 24, 2010)
Rating : Good

POE Review: Chicago
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-09-15
Embassy Review : My fiancé entered the US yesterday on his K-1 in Chicago. The CBP agent he was dealing with was very rude to him making him feel embarrassed. The officer opened up the brown package and started to read everything inside. He told my fiancé that since I am still a student he should not be allowed to enter the US until I had graduated and was working. Said my co-sponser made ###### money. Read our emails to himself and then proceeded to take them around and read them to other officers. Asked my fiancé how much my family was being paid to marry him, all sorts of rude and insulting questions. He even went to other officers trying to get my fiancé denied entry into the US. Luckily another officer told this rude one that the USCIS decides who can enter on the visa and if they issued it then he can't be denied at the POE. The officer finally filled out his I-94 reluctantly. After filling out the date (90th day) he told my fiancé, "see this date? Not married by then we'll send you back to your country." Then laughed as he handed the passport back to him.

Harassment Level : High

Local US CIS Office Review: Des Moines IA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 4, 2011
Embassy Review : Walk-in Biometrics for AOS/EAD

Original appointment was for March 28th, but decided to try to walk-in on March 4th. Arrived at 9:25 AM. **Despite letter saying it was room 949, it's actually room 101 on the 1st floor** Went up to the security guard and gave him the appointment letter and passport. He went to stamp the letter and stopped then asked why we were coming in almost one month early. Told him to get it over with and thought we would see if we could get it done now. He said he had to check with the lady in the back first. He was very nice. He went to speak to her and came back and told us that she would go ahead and do it since no one else was there. He said that they used to allow walk-ins, but are more strict now with them.

He gave my husband the paper to fill out and he brought it back up, gave it to the lady and she called him over. Took fingerprints of all his fingers twice then his photo. Said that his EAD would arrive soon, but she couldn't tell us when. Then she had my husband fill out a comment card and that was it!

There was another gentleman who came in while I was waiting for my husband. He was helped by another lady. She was not as friendly and nice as the other one or the security guard. The gentleman told her that he was in town and wanted to see if he could get his biometrics done early, his appointment was for March 10th. She told him that they prefer if you reschedule your appointment if you can't make it on that day and that they don't normally accept walk-ins, but she would accept him this time.
Harassment Level : Good

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