efc's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: David
Beneficiary's Name: Candice
VJ Member: efc
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2014-05-20
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Immigration Checklist for David & Candice:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent :
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-02-12
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-05-04
NVC Received : 2010-05-12
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-05-15
Consulate Received : 2010-05-18
Packet 3 Received : 2010-05-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-06-10
Packet 4 Received : 2010-06-23
Interview Date : 2010-07-26
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-08-12
US Entry : 2010-08-26
Marriage : 2010-10-30
Comments : My case had to be suspended at the interview as I had the incorrect birth certificate (needed long form) - took a few days to order it then have it couriered to the embassy and wait for it all to come back to me.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 81 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 164 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2010-08-26
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : So quick and easy! Was very surprised, just a few questions and that was it!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Atlanta GA
Date Filed : 2010-11-01
NOA Date : 2010-11-03
RFE(s) : 2010-11-22
Bio. Appt. : 2010-11-08
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-03-03
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-03-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-03-11
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Atlanta GA
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-11-01
NOA Date : 2010-11-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-11-08
Approved Date : 2011-01-24
Date Card Received : 2011-01-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 84 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-02-20
NOA Date : 2013-03-01
RFE(s) : 2013-07-12
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-25
Interview Date : 2014-05-01
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-05-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2014-05-20
Comments : Applied Feb 2013 and 5 months later got RFE, said our docs were not enough, so we sent more. Then heard nothing and GC was expiring in March 2014, so I scheduled an infopass. They could tell us nothing but stamped passport for a 1 year extension. Then got another biometrics notice in April 2014 but I wrote back and said I'd already had it in March 2013 and we are still waiting to hear from July RFE! About a week later we got the interview notice for May 1st.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 27, 2010
Embassy Review : My appointment was at 9.30am, I arrived about 9.00am, the line was quite short.
Well actually I arrived at 8am as I had gone early to get photos and store my phone at Gould's. I knew that was too early so went to Starbucks nearby.

The lady at the front of the line checked my letter and passport and asked me to take off my watch, bangles and belt. Then I went in the security room where my bags were scanned. I drank some of my water to prove it was safe. The people in there were very nice.

Once in the main door they gave me a number, and I sat down in the big waiting room nervously waiting for my number to pop up on the screen. I initially waited for 1 hour til I was called to a window. The woman was very unfriendly and made me feel uncomfortable immediately. What does it cost to smile???
She asked for my passport, passport photos, birth certificate (where the fun starts...) My birth certificate was the wrong version. She was very rude and said something like 'I hope you have got another birth certificate, you can't get a visa with this' Well my heart sank immediately and I wasn't sure if I would burst into tears or throw something at her! Anyway, I managed to remain calm, and apologized and said I didnt know there was another type (long form) she said they will continue with the interview, and the consular officer will infom me about the birth certificate later.

Then it was fingerprint time.
This was the moment I shed tears as she was so rude (again)
When it came to my thumbs she wasnt getting a good enough reading (my fingers were sweaty)
It took 6-7 attempts. She was telling me to move them up further, I was like 'I cant my thumbs are short!) Then she told me to clean my hands, Iwiped on the shirt loads, still didnt work. I then used sanitizer and she shouted at me saying 'what are you doing that is goin to make it worse'
Anyway got there in the end.
I know everyone has bad days at work but seriously, if you work with the public you gotta be nicer!

So then she asked for the I-134 Affidavit of Support. This caused a problem as my fiance had signed it in black permanent marked (not intentioanl at the time) so when she wet it it didnt smudge. Again, very rudly, she said to me 'I need the original' I told her it was, and gave her another copy that I had with me. She was then probing, finding out how I got it. I told her I was there visiting my fiance when he signed it. FYI...use a pen that smudges!
You could tell the original easily as the paper was thicker than the copy.
Anyway, then she asked for evidence to go with it. I gave her letter from his bank and employer. Then she asked for wageslips and then his tax info and W2.
Then she told me to take a seat and wait to be called by the consular officer.

I waited about another 45 minutes to be called back.
The consular officer was much nicer than the 1st lady. (female, american)
She first asked when we met and how, and how we had progressed from when we met to where we are now. She asked how many times we have seen each other, and when he proposed. Then she asked what his job was. I think that was it, no evidence asked for, so I carted around 2 huge photo albums for no reason! Anyway, she said 'all in your case looks good, we just have the birth certificate problem'
She gave me an address to get it from, and then a blue form saying my case has been suspended until documents are recieved. It also had a phone number on it to call when I get the certifiacte I call it and the courier will come get it.
So hopefully all willbe ok and I don't have to go back there.

A very bad day, but glad it's easily rectified. If it hadnt been the birth cert issue i would still be upset at the first lady's attitude to me.
The embassy was much quieter than when I was there a couple years ago. Not too hot, not too cold. I had taken my own drink and snack but there is a place to buy sandwiches etc from. Take a book as you will be waiting a while! Although you dont really concentrate on it as your head is constantly bobbing up and down looking at the screens!

Good luck everyone!
Rating : Very Poor

Local US CIS Office Review: Atlanta GA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 11, 2011
Embassy Review : Our interview was at 7.15am. We arrived just a couple minutes before, there was a line of about 8 people in front of us. First we had to go through 'security' (xray machine) with the usual burly and unfriendly security folks, and show our IDs.
Then we went to a desk who checked our letters and IDs and syamped it and gave us a ticket print out with a number on, then told us to go upstairs.
After about 45 mins approx our number was called and we went into an office with an interviewer. She was ok, very poker face, slightly intimidating but not as scary as I had thought.
She asked very basic questions, wedding date, where do we work and live. That was about it. The only issue that arose was about my previous J1 visa, but that was rectified easily as I had all the appropriate paperwork etc.
She didnt ask any relationship or family questions, didnt even ask for wedding photos or evidence of us living together, she just flicked through the file she had to get our marriage certificate, xeroxed my passport and said 'you will hear something in 30-60 days'
She didnt say if we had been approved or not, so I asked, and she said 'I dont see any problems, so you should get a letter from us with a decision, unless they want more evidence'
Then when I got home I got an email from USCIS saying my card was in production!
Overall a straightforward interview and experience.
Harassment Level : Good

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