Going Green's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Lexi
Beneficiary's Name: Nick
VJ Member: Going Green
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2011-04-13
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Immigration Checklist for Lexi & Nick:

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 : 2010-04-19
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-04-22
I-129F RFE(s) : 2010-07-20
RFE Reply(s) : 2010-07-28
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-08-02
NVC Received : 2010-08-06
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-08-10
Consulate Received : 2010-08-12
Packet 3 Received : 2010-08-25
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-08-25
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-10-27
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2010-11-05
Marriage : 2010-11-20
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 102 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 188 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Date Filed : 2011-03-03
NOA Date : 2011-03-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-04-25
AOS Transfer** : 2011-04-13
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-03-03
NOA Date : 2011-03-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date :
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between July 30, 2011 and August 8, 2011*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-03-03
NOA Date : 2011-03-08
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your AP may be adjudicated between July 30, 2011 and August 7, 2011*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 9, 2010
Embassy Review : Hey All,

Just thought I'd post a summary of my K1 interview experience in London. Had it on the 27th Oct at 9am.

Lexi, my fiancee, was over so was able to attend with me. She certainly helped to organise and calm me down. For some reason, even though we knew there was really nothing they could refuse us on, I was a total bag of nerves and terrified of the Entry Clearance Officer giving me a stern and incontestible "Denied."

As the trains were a total rip-off, we opted to catch the National Express coach from Leeds to London at midnight. At that time it takes 6 hours to get there, with 10 stops along the way. Sure, it saved us a LOT of money, but neither of us managed to get any sleep, so we were pretty groggy when it arrived at Victoria Coach Station. We then strolled up towards Hyde Park and Marble Arch. It was pretty weird to wander around a pre-dawn London. The streets were virtually deserted, even outside Buckingham Palace.

After getting some much-needed breakfast (and taking a much-needed leak) at McDonalds on Oxford Street, we made our way to Grosvenor Square. We soon came to the famous Gould Pharmacy, where we handed over our electronic gizmos for storage and got my passport photos taken. Clearly, they get tons of business from visa applicants as they really had their stuff in order and fixed us up in 5 mins. So, then it was round the corner to the embassy to join the snake line of interviewees outside the security booth. Even just before 8am there were a good 30 people in front of us.

The line moved pretty fast. The officers were pleasant enough and going through was just like going through an airport security check. I hadn't called them to say Lexi was going to be attending, but it was no problem. They checked to make sure she was on my docs as my fiancee, looked at her passport, scribbled her name on my appointment letter, then waved us on.

Inside the embassy foyer, I handed the receptionist my letter and she gave me a number. We then entered the waiting area, which was far more pleasant than I expected. I guess I thought it'd be like a hospital waiting room, but it was more like a hotel lounge, albeit with no tables, only chairs, and a dozen windows off to the side behind which the staff sat. We took a seat and stared like everyone else at the screens, waiting for our number to be called to whatever window.

We were fully prepared for a wait of up to 5 hours, but we were fortunate. Things moved fast and after about an hour our number came up.

A word of advice: make sure you have your interview letter, birth/adoption certificate, police certificate and affidavit(s) of support ready to go. You don't want to be fumbling around in your files and peeving the person behind the glass off. Thanks to my super-organised girl, I was able to give the guy just what he asked for. No questions at this stage; he was just fingerprinting, processing and checking. He was British and very officious. Not rude, just kind of abrupt. Anyway, the only other thing I had to do was pay the $300 fee at the next window, which I did in a couple of minutes by Debit Card. After I handed over the receipt, he told me to return to the waiting area til I was called again.

It took about another hour before I was called again. This time we knew it'd be the interview. Maybe it was lack of sleep or getting step one done, but I didn't feel too nervous at that point. I wandered round, files in hand, to another window where a very friendly American chap took my fingerprints again, made me swear to tell the truth and asked me some questions:

How did you two meet?
When did you first meet in person?
What do you do for a living?
What does she do?
Where are you going to live?

This all sounds like an interrogation and very cold, but this guy was so nice it was like a chat and I wasn't nervous at all so the answers just flowed out freely and accurately. Then he told me that our case was extremely straightforward and we were approved. He gave me a pink form to complete so the courier could send my passport and immigration package to me then sent me on my way with a smile.

I was beaming. I'd have skipped down that corridor had I not been loaded down with coats, drinks and my forms! I told Lexi the good news and we wasted no time in completing the form and handing it over at the DX Courier counter at the back of the hall. We opted for 3-5 working day delivery before 10am. It cost £25. It took a couple of days for my item to appear on their website, but it's there now and scheduled to be delivered on Monday (3 working days).

So yeah, it was surprisingly swift and painless. Walking out of there, I think we both felt a massive weight had been lifted.

We spent the next few hours enjoying the sights of London. Unfortunately, we had a 'mare getting home as there was a crash on Park Lane that brought the traffic everywhere to a near-standstill. The coach was delayed by an hour and took 5 hours to get us home. We arrived home absolutely shattered, but, hey, it's a small price to pay. Now we can finally be together.

Hope all you guys have as easy an experience as us, and a positive outcome.

Rating : Good

POE Review: Chicago
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-11-05
Embassy Review : Hi Guys,

I came in at Chicago O'Hare, following a direct flight from Manchester.

It was wonderfully quiet. Guess it was a dead time for travel. Even the plane had loads of spare seats (don't you love it when there's no-one sat next to you?) After the familiar looooong walk from the gate to immigration control, I took my place in the queue, unopened immigration envelope, my passport and even my medical CD in hand.

Unfortunately, the officer I was directed to was your classic joyless, stoney-faced, thickly-accented wiseguy. There was me, all smiles at nearly being across the victory line, and here was this fella who looked like someone (possibly from Britain) had just run over his dog.

He barely acknowledged me, just grumpily asked me why I was coming to the country. I told him and passed over my envelope. He didn't take it, just asked me if I'd filled in a little rectangular white form. Nobody at American Airlines had given me one, so I said no. I swear he looked like he was about to call me a dumbass, but instead he handed me one over and told me to go "oer there", fill it out and come back. He also told me to open the envelope to "save us some time". We all know it's a no-no to open that and that you can be denied entry if you do, but I wasn't about to argue, so I did what he said.

While I was filling out the form at a neighbouring unoccupied booth, another officer came over and asked me what I was doing. I told him and looked up to see the first guy had vanished. I honestly thought I'd be reprimanded for apparently opening the envelope on my own volition. Fortunately, old stoney-face returned and everything was OK. He took the papers from the envelope, that all-important white form (which I'm still not convinced I had to complete since I had a visa), took my prints, told me I was "good to go" and that was that. He didn't need my medical CD, so I have that for posterity.

After a desperate visit to the loo, I returned to find my bags waiting for me, then passed customs and gave my fiancee and her little boy a monster hug.

So yeah, I was sweating for a bit, but it all worked out. My advice: if you're coming in through O'Hare, try to avoid Mr. Stoney-Face's booth and if you're asked to open the envelope make sure the officer doesn't disappear on you!
Harassment Level : Moderate

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Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
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rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
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