ZedbraGuy's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Karen
Beneficiary's Name: Gavin
VJ Member: ZedbraGuy
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2014-06-12
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Immigration Checklist for Karen & Gavin:

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 : 2010-10-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-10-07
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-03-10
NVC Received : 2011-04-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-04-15
Consulate Received : 2011-04-18
Packet 3 Received : 2011-04-28
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-04-30
Packet 4 Received : 2011-05-27
Interview Date : 2011-06-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-06-16
US Entry : 2011-07-01
Marriage : 2011-08-08
Comments : It's been fairly painless going through the process, but you have to really follow the guides, be careful and check everything twice. And be prepared to WAIT!! and wait and wait some more.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 154 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 246 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2011-07-01
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Easy enough, they knew their stuff which was great, didn't have to go into a seperate room or anything, but travelling on independance day weekend probably wasn't the best move.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Fresno CA
Date Filed : 2011-08-27
NOA Date : 2011-08-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-09-26
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-12-01
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-12-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2011-12-09
Comments : AOS interview was easy, 15-20 minutes
Easy questions and no evidence of the relatinship required in the end.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Fresno CA
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-08-27
NOA Date : 2011-08-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-09-26
Approved Date : 2011-10-26
Date Card Received : 2011-11-04
Comments : No touches between cheque being cashed and approval, then a bunch of touches before recieving the card
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 60 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Fresno CA
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-08-27
NOA Date : 2011-08-30
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-11-04
Comments : No touches between cheque being cashed and approval, recieved combo card
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 60 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-11-14
NOA Date : 2013-11-18
RFE(s) : 2014-04-08
Bio. Appt. : 2013-12-13
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-06-05
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2014-06-12
Comments : RFE for additional evidence of bona fide relationship was rather unwanted, but they responded pretty quick

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 10, 2011
Embassy Review : So today was the day of my interview, I'd heard that you can't get in if you turn up more than 30 minutes before your time, and if you arrive after your time they won't let you in. So I planned to get there half an hour early. It's a short walk from Bond Street tube.
I'd expected the embassy to be very brash and in your face with a great many flags flying. But although the building is huge and surrounded by a great many armed policeman with sub-machine guns I entirely missed it.
I soon realised the error of my ways and joined the line. I didn't go to the pharmacy as I'd left all my electrical items at home. Just had my wallet, some change for the phone, my house keys and my watch.
They checked my appointment letter and then made sure the name on it matched my passport and soon I was going through security with all my belongings in a clear plastic bag.. including my watch. But at least unlike the airport I didn't have to take off my shoes.
You walk around the outside of the embassy but inside of the fence and then go back inside on the oppsoite side of the building.
Another line to join, and then they checked my appontment letter again and I was given a number and sent upstairs.
I had taken me 20 minutes to get through security so not too bad, and I looked up at the screens to see three types of visa numbers. N for non imigrant, I for imigrant, which included my K1 visa and E which I assume is for employment visas. There were very few E numbers, loads of N visas and I was only five I numbers from the guy being processed as I entered the waiting room.
I thought (wrongly) that this meant a short wait. But it was in fact a good hour plus before I arrived at the first window. I was seen by a very quiet but entirely friendly short woman.
She took copies and originals of my police certificate and police certificate. My passport, my proof of financial support and two passport size photographs.
Just before my interview (2 days prior) I'd recieved a letter asking me to fill in the packet three forms. And at my time at the first window I discovered why, because the embassy had lost the. So as annoying as it is too take a huge binder full of every piece of evidence you can think of, it's worth it just in case; as it was for me.
She asked me a few questions about when I'd be going to America and told me some information about the visa, like the fact you have to use it on your next visit to America or it becomes invalid. She said as I had no criminal record, no prior marriage or anything like that it made my case nice and simple.
Soon I was back in the waiting area waiting for my number to be called a second time. As the numberous N visa people were called up and i saw those that arrived at the embassy before me finishing it because a little frustating, but you just have to ignore that the best you can.
AFter an hour and a half of waiting my number was finally called. I was seen by a very nice lady. She asked me a number of questions, and we had a nice calm chat after I took an outh to say all my forms and statements are true.
She asked me:
Where we first met
Where we first met in person
Where she goes to school, and what she studies
Whether I'd met her parents
What I do for a job
Why do I want to move to America
What job do I want to do when I move to America
Once she was satisifed she had me right my fiancee's name on the forms and sign below. And said 'this all seems fine' and reminded me that i need to adjust status after I get married and sent me to pay for my courier. As no courier means no visa.
I paid for the courier and was soon on my way home.
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