LDG's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: L G
Beneficiary's Name: Xue
VJ Member: LDG
Country: China

Last Updated: 2011-03-04
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Immigration Checklist for L G & Xue:

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 : Guangzhou, China
I-129F Sent : 2010-03-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-03-16
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-05-12
NVC Received : 2010-05-20
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-05-21
Consulate Received : 2010-05-25
Packet 3 Received : 2010-05-27
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-05-29
Packet 4 Received : 2010-06-24
Interview Date : 2010-07-26
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-07-29
US Entry : 2010-09-17
Marriage : 2010-09-20
Comments : Unbelievable journey. Full of stress and emotion, but in the end fulfilling. We spent countless hours preparing for the interview and making sure there was plenty of backup evidence and all documents correct. In the end, my fiancee was only asked 3 questions and given the pink slip with a smile. Thank God.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 57 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 132 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Las Vegas
POE Date : 2010-09-17
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : All went well. She waited in the Non-US citizen/visitor queue until it was her turn, after which the officer led her to a separate room. Waited 15-20 minutes there until another officer reviewed her packet from the embassy. She was left with a sealed envelope addressed to USCIS (i'm guessing shot records from the China clinic). If I had known better then, I would've had her ask for her notarial birth certificate/white book back. But they kept it all and we'll be submitting a copy of it for AOS.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Las Vegas NV
Date Filed : 2010-11-03
NOA Date : 2010-11-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-12-08
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-02-23
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-02-23
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-03-03
Comments : My wife and I have been very blessed during this entire journey. We haven't had any negative experiences along the way. I think it's saying alot, coming from a high fraud country, etc. K1 interview was a breeze. AOS interview was a breeze.

10 minutes interview. We arrived at 10:10, appointment at 10:30. She was called promptly at 10:30 and we were outside by 10:45. I couldn't believe it.



The IO was a nice younger woman, very courteous. She asked us not to sit just yet and first put us under oath not to lie. Then she explained she would ask questions regarding the application for green card. Which is pretty much what she asked about, my wife's parents names, her birth date, some other personal info and then had her answer those nasty questions again about terrorism or prostitution to which all were NO of course.

After this she had us show her any evidence we brought, we had plenty, but she just took our utility bills and bank statement, joint credit card, and our photo album and took some copies of the photos. She said "I have no problem with your marriage and will approve your application" and she went on to explain the 2 year conditional status and how to remove that later.

Very good experience.



Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-11-03
NOA Date : 2010-11-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2011-01-14
Date Card Received : 2011-01-20
Comments : Initially received approval notice for EAD on 1/14/2011 and notified it was going to card production. But on 1/18/2011 received another notification that EAD was approved, this time not showing under card production. Regardless, got card on 1/20/2011
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 72 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-11-03
NOA Date : 2010-11-08
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-01-18
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 72 days.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guangzhou, China
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 26, 2010
Embassy Review : Oh what a happy day! I can't believe my fiancee will now be able to fly back home with me after my next visit in September. Thank you to all you VJ members that gave excellent support and advice. Without all the great information on this site i'm not sure we would have been so sucessful.

I was not able to be in Guangzhou. It was a difficult time for my SO, alone in this big city without any friends or close family. (Until an encounter with another VJer's fiancee whos interview is upcoming. Good luck you two!)
Not having me there was difficult for her, but we managed to keep calm and collected and used the last couple of days to practice questions and such.

My only real concern was I only visited China 1 time. Another minor concern was my fiancee's English skill, it's decent but not great. However we had plenty of good evidence we communicated every day and quite well.

As per my fiancee, 6:45 walks out the hotel (Yang's), there is the big line up to enter the consulate, she did not have time for breakfast and lined up. Inside and submitted the required P4 documents and financials. Given a number and later fingerprinted. She was then called to the interview window where an older white lady awaited.

-Good morning!
-Good morning.
-What is your petitioner's name?
-Gave name and said 'here is a letter from him for you, please see'
She handed VO my EOR letter briefly explaining our timeline and how we communicate, our future plans and some lovey dovey stuff. She reads the whole thing.
-When did you two meet?
-In February we met in Qingdao. Last year we met on internet, MSN.
-Oh cool.
-You want to see our chat samples and pictures?
-Yes! (VO takes evidence of chat and webcam pictures, notices our mutual parents meeting and smiling, also briefly looks at phone records and some emails)
-Here are our pictures together in Qingdao. (VO looks at pictures, smile)
-(In Mandarin) Does your fiance speak Chinese?
-Yes, very good. I have letter from his university Chinese professor, you look.
-Wow, good. Welcome to the U.S.!

I can't believe it was that easy. Just 3 quetions, about 10 minutes. I think being well prepared was definitely the key, EOR letter probably helped too. And a little luck on getting an awesome VO. My fiancee mentioned 2 other VOs were giving out blues and greens (not sure what green is).

Good luck to you all.
Rating : Very Good


Local US CIS Office Review: Las Vegas NV
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : February 23, 2011
Embassy Review : My wife and I have been very blessed during this entire journey. We haven't had any negative experiences along the way. I think it's saying alot, coming from a high fraud country, etc. K1 interview was a breeze. AOS interview was a breeze.

10 minutes interview. We arrived at 10:10, appointment at 10:30. She was called promptly at 10:30 and we were outside by 10:45. I couldn't believe it.



The IO was a nice younger woman, very courteous. She asked us not to sit just yet and first put us under oath not to lie. Then she explained she would ask questions regarding the application for green card. Which is pretty much what she asked about, my wife's parents names, her birth date, some other personal info and then had her answer those nasty questions again about terrorism or prostitution to which all were NO of course.

After this she had us show her any evidence we brought, we had plenty, but she just took our utility bills and bank statement, joint credit card, and our photo album and took some copies of the photos. She said "I have no problem with your marriage and will approve your application" and she went on to explain the 2 year conditional status and how to remove that later.

Very good experience.

Harassment Level : Very Good


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