HappyRs's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Muffin
Beneficiary's Name: Boo-Boo Bear
VJ Member: HappyRs
Country: Romania

Last Updated: 2013-06-10
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Immigration Checklist for Muffin & Boo-Boo Bear:

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 : Bucharest, Romania
I-129F Sent : 2010-05-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-05-14
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-07-19
NVC Received : 2010-07-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-07-26
Consulate Received : 2010-07-29
Packet 3 Received : 2010-08-02
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-08-06
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-08-17
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-08-17
US Entry : 2010-09-14
Marriage : 2010-09-22
Comments : smooth process; approved in 98 days from filing!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 66 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 95 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2010-09-14
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : it was easy-breezy! definitely a non-event. when I got there, O'Hare was probably the busiest place on Earth :D, so it took me about 2 hours to go through Immigration, security, recheck the luggage etc.

I was interviewed on the spot (not in a different booth or anything) and it was more like a conversation, not an interrogation... The officer was a nice, professional guy, he knew exactly what to do, asked the usual questions (where we met, how many kids he has, when we have the wedding planned)and I was done in 10 minutes...

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Omaha NE
Date Filed : 2010-11-19
NOA Date : 2010-12-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-12-20
AOS Transfer** : 2011-01-18
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-02-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2011-03-02
Comments : approved at CSC without interview!
noticed error on GC (residency/expiration dates); have to send the GC back + supporting documents :-/

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-11-19
NOA Date : 2010-12-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-12-20
Approved Date : 2011-02-10
Date Card Received : 2011-02-18
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 83 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-11-19
NOA Date : 2010-12-01
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-02-17
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 83 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-12-06
NOA Date : 2012-12-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-01-11
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-06-05
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2013-06-11
Comments : no interview!!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bucharest, Romania
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 17, 2010
Embassy Review : My appointment was for 1 pm and I got there at 12.30. We were in at 1 and were guided towards window 5 where the Romanian pre-screener took my passport and told me to wait. After a few minutes I was called for fingerprinting and then again at window 5 to leave all the needed docs: the affidavit, the supporting documents, proofs of relationship etc. At this stage, I was done in less than 1 hour.

2 windows were open for interviews, but suddenly, around 3 pm, a new window opens up and my name is called. It was the same Consular Officer that had granted me the tourist visa last October and I could tell he was called especially for my interview, as after I was done he closed the window and the rest of the people were interviewed at the 2 windows that were originally open.

I felt the CO was prejudiced about our case, which intimidated me a bit. He kept asking me if I \"can explain THAT\", \"THAT\" being the age difference between my fiance and I, the fact I have a job that pays my bills, but my studies are in a total different field, last year\'s trip to US etc. etc. To his questions I answered smiling that \"yes, I can explain THAT\" and, truth be told, he allowed me to give the needed explanations, even if my voice was shaking. I had tons of evidence of a real relationship and I knew he had checked everything out, even if not in front of me. In the end, he told me to have a sit, as my visa was approved and I would receive it in 30 minutes (which I did). I was out by 3.30 .

All in all, it was not a traumatic experience, but be ready to give explanations if needed. The staff are kind and they are not keen on denying visas. Nobody with bonafide relationships/marriages should have any problems. Good luck to everyone!

(updated on August 18, 2010)
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