kaboom's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: John
Beneficiary's Name: Alina
VJ Member: kaboom
Country: Russia

Last Updated: 2014-07-30
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Immigration Checklist for John & Alina:

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 : Moscow, Russia
I-129F Sent : 2010-04-03
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-04-05
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-06-08
NVC Received : 2010-06-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-06-15
Consulate Received : 2010-06-17
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-09-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-09-06
US Entry : 2010-10-04
Marriage : 2010-10-25
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 64 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 149 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2010-10-04
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chula Vista CA
Date Filed : 2010-11-22
NOA Date : 2010-12-01
RFE(s) : 2010-12-29
Bio. Appt. : 2011-01-05
AOS Transfer** : 2011-01-14
Interview Date : 2011-03-08
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-03-08
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2011-03-16
Comments : Everything was pretty cool besides the fact that GC arrived with mistake in dates (2010 instead of 2011). I had to send it back with I-90 for replacement.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-11-22
NOA Date : 2010-12-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-01-05
Approved Date : 2011-02-11
Date Card Received : 2011-02-16
Comments : Status appeared in Case Portfolio on USCIS.gov only on Feb 12. There was nothing before - had to call USCIS customer service to check the status.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 81 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-01-30
NOA Date : 2013-01-31
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-04-18
Comments : 2013-02-04 Check cashed by CSC FIELD OFFICE PAYMENT 148


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Chula Vista CA
Date Filed : 2014-03-17
NOA Date : 2014-03-21
Bio. Appt. : 2014-04-17
Interview Date : 2014-06-24
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-07-30
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Moscow, Russia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 3, 2010
Embassy Review : Overall - very good experience: the officer was really nice. It is really OK if the package hasnt been delivered in time - you can come w/o it.

Some things that can frustrate but are not worth it:
- fiance visa page at embassy official web site (http://moscow.usembassy.gov/fiancee.html) doesnt say it really clear about DHL airbill paid - just visit any DHL office before interview and tell you need passport delivery from US embassy, they know what it is)
- at the entrance you need to tell security staff that purpose of your visit is immigration visa interview - they have look up in special list, different from common (not immigration) visa interview list.
- cashier desk opens at 8:30 am (that makes a line of people who have migration interview at 8 am and who have to to pay the fee before interview has started. Cashier doesnt accept credit cards, but is fine either with rubles or usd)
- Help Center really replies on emails you send them but sometimes write weird things (i had my interview date changed due Moscow wildfires in Aug 2010 to Sep 2010 - when embassy contacted me via mobile they said time was 8 am, but email reply stated 10 am - anyway all interviews are at 8 am)

Actually interview went all smooth and easy - took 2 h overall (entered embassy at 7:40 am, left 9:40 am) but only 10 min of actual interview.
Rating : Good


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