Moomin's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Stephen
Beneficiary's Name: Luna
VJ Member: Moomin
Country: Denmark

Last Updated: 2012-07-25
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Immigration Checklist for Stephen & Luna:

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 : Denmark
I-129F Sent : 2010-10-10
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-10-20
I-129F RFE(s) : 2011-03-17(email) 2011-03-22(mail)
RFE Reply(s) : 2011-04-08
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-04-18
NVC Received : 2011-04-25
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-04-29
Consulate Received : 2011-05-02
Packet 3 Received : 2011-05-05
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-05-06
Packet 4 Received : 2011-05-06
Interview Date : 2011-06-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-06-08
US Entry : 2011-07-21
Marriage : 2011-09-10
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 180 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 224 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2011-07-21
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Read POE review.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2011-12-08
NOA Date : 2011-12-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-17
AOS Transfer** : 2012-01-26
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-07-19
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2012-07-25
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-12-08
NOA Date : 2011-12-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-17
Approved Date : 2012-02-15
Date Card Received : 2012-02-24
Comments : Bio-metrics app. in Michigan city. Needed to bring marriage certificate as proof of name change(had it with me in case they'd ask). Didn't do a walk-in however they allow it. Received 4 email updates (approved, card production, EAD sent, EAD delievered). You don't receive a NOA2 for this, just the card from USPS.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 69 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-12-08
NOA Date : 2011-12-27
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2012-02-24
Comments : Status went to post decision activity after being approved, it never updated after that however I followed the EAD status instead (combo card). You don't receive a NOA2 for this, just the card from USPS.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 69 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Denmark
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 9, 2011
Embassy Review : I was there half an hour too early - the guards won't let anybody in until 10-15 minutes before time so I went down to the lakes for a bit. After showing passport and app. letter they ask for your electronic devices which I had already put in one bag. Was told to please take a seat until a lady at window 4 called my name. She's the one taking care of all the documents, asking you to sign ds-156k and looking through the paperwork, doing fingerprints and explaining the process. They scan your picture(the one you brought along) so make sure ears and eyes are clearly exposed - and picture size 2 x 2". She was very kind, and asked if I had any problems with the guidelines and instructions(packet 3 only consists of one paper with a link to all forms). They don't specifically mention the i-134 in the instructions as a requirement at Cph but make sure you bring it and all supporting evidence.

It took around 20 minutes, then she asked me to have a seat until I was called to window 5(which is the one with the door). A male interviewer greeted me and asked me to raise my right hand, then on with the actual interview. I cannot remember all the questions but he mostly focused on what my fiancé and I did in US when meeting, and then the affidavit. He even provided me with info on future kids and how he and his wife met. All in all there were only a few "bumps" regarding my fiancé's son. Then he looked down saying, then up and smiled, "Well Luna.. I'm gonna approve, I think it's important you get to see your fiancé soon!". He asked if I had any questions. I asked if I was allowed to happydance. He cracked and said as long as it wasn't in front of the guards : )

Btw if you're getting to and from Cph by plane I'd suggest to use SAS on the way back; they accept a copy of your passport and sygegsikringsbevis as proper ID. It can be a hassle with both Norwegian and Cimber.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Chicago
Event Description
Entry Date : 2011-07-21
Embassy Review : Arrived during rush hour in Chicago O'hare but everything went well, found a DoS guy right outside the airplane and was guided though the procedure and congralutated(hehe). Went to the table with the blank I-94 records and filled one out to hand in. They're not handed out on the airplane.

Stood in line, gave them brown envelope(which was white btw) and 5 minutes later after no questions or being pulled aside I was on my way to pick up my dog, suitcases and reunite with my eternal ray of sunshine, again with a "congratulations" and the CBP doing the fingerprint/scan and picture.

I checked and double checked the I-94 and everything was correct. However, a week later when applying for SSN it turned out that DoS had mispelled my last name when typing it into their system. SSA tried to correct it but reminded me to always check official papers in mail to make sure it would stay that way.

Harassment Level : Low

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(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
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
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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