* Kristin *'s US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Kristin
Beneficiary's Name: Richard
VJ Member: * Kristin *
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2015-04-19
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Immigration Checklist for Kristin & Richard:

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 : 2010-08-30
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-09-02
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-01-27
NVC Received : 2011-02-04
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-02-07
Consulate Received : 2011-02-11
Packet 3 Received : 2011-02-14
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-03-02
Packet 4 Received : 2011-03-08
Interview Date : 2011-03-22
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-03-25
US Entry : 2011-06-09
Marriage : 2011-08-27
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 147 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 201 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2011-06-09
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2011-09-23
NOA Date : 2011-10-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-18
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2012-02-01
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-02-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2012-02-10
Comments : Successful walk-in biometrics in Santa Ana, CA on 10/18.

Filed change of address December 2011... new local office is Los Angeles, CA.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-09-23
NOA Date : 2011-10-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-18
Approved Date : 2011-12-23
Date Card Received : 2011-12-27
Comments : Successful walk-in biometrics in Santa Ana, CA on 10/18
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 91 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-09-23
NOA Date : 2011-10-10
RFE(s) : 2011-10-10
Date Received : 2011-12-27
Comments : AP rejected first time due to signature in incorrect space.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 91 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-12-09
NOA Date : 2013-12-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-01-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-04-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2014-04-22
Comments :


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 22, 2011
Embassy Review : My fiancé arrived at the Embassy around 7:00 a.m., for an 8:00 a.m. interview. He was one of the first individuals there.

Upon his arrival, one of the women working at the embassy told him he needed four forms – interview letter (which we didn’t have), passport and letter confirming the fee had been paid and DS-160. He explained how he never got his interview letter, but that the Department of State had confirmed his interview time. At first, the woman couldn’t find his name on the list, but then realized he was applying for a K1 visa. Apparently those appointments are kept on a different page. The woman said to disregard everything she had said (which is a good thing, because the DS-160 thing really put him off, and told him to go stand in line.

Upon arrival into Security, our packet of papers kept setting off the metal detector. One of the cards that I had originally sent him talked… so he had to give that card up! The security folks were very appreciative that he didn’t have any keys or anything – apparently a lot of people tried to walk through with their keys still on them.

The waiting part was fairly painless.

Tell the person at the front desk straight away that you are there for a K1. The woman started to discuss another visa with him - one that required having the DS-160 in hand. Anyway, the woman fianlly collected all his documents. Note: She would have preferred them as one bundle – passport, support info, birth certificate, etc. He kept handing them to her one-by-one – oh well! Make sure you have photocopies of ALL documents as the woman wanted the real doc and a copy of the doc. The copy will go in their file for you, which is thicker than the Bible ;-)

Once all the paperwork had been handled over and reviewed, he was given a number and told to sit down and wait.

As it has been stated before, it seems like everyone else is going quicker but it's because the other visa types are quicker to process.

At the window, you need to present your passport, ticket number and proof of payment. The interview gentleman he spoke with once his number was called asked three simple questions:
· Where did you and your fiancée meet?
· What does she do for work?
· What’s Mission Viejo like (the city where I live)?

Totally painless – they said congratulations and best of luck in America!

After that - it was a quick trip to the courier at the back of the room to pay for the delivery of your passport and brown envelope. :-)
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2011-06-09
Embassy Review : Richie, my finace, arrived at LAX this afternoon at 14:20 on a direct BA/AA flight from LHR to LAX. We were a bit worried in that we hear people sometimes get taken aside and questioned a lot, etc.; however, it was nothing like that.

When approaching the queue to see the immigration officers, there was a 10 - 15 minute queue. When he got to the border control person, he asked the following questions:
* Where we met (told him we met in a bar in London, he chuckled - and said most people meet online)
* When we were getting married

The chap was generally very friendy and very efficient. Knew exactly what to do with the paperwork, brown envelope, I-94, etc. Very professional, very quick - absolutley wonderful!! Couldn't have asked for a better experience!!! Wonderful!!
Harassment Level : Low


Local US CIS Office Review: Los Angeles CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : February 21, 2012
Embassy Review : My husband and I had his adjustment of status interview scheduled for 7:15 a.m. on February 1, 2012.

We arrived around 7:00 a.m. to find a line of people already outside. Yikes. The building wasn't actually open then, so it was literally a queue of people, not moving. The security guards outside were extremely rude. They were shuffling us + others like cattle.

Eventually, we made it inside through the metal detectors and up to the floor & room for interviews. Make sure you have your appointment letter handy.

When you get into the waiting room, you will drop your appointment letter in a tray by the front, where the clerk will stamp it. And then you wait.

By the time we got to the room, it was probably around 7:45 a.m. We waited just over a half hour before we were called.

As for the interview itself: wow. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but definitely something more than what we had.

The interviewer took our our file and asked us yes & no questions like:
* Is your full name __ __ __?
* Is your birthday ___?
* Is your mother's name ___?
* Did you used to live at ___?
* Did you used to work at ____?
(He asked those to my husband, who is the one receiving the green card)

He then asked us to confirm our address. He had our old address on file, even though we had filed a change of address several months ago, but he simply copied down our new address.

He then asked us for joint documentation. We provided:
* Joint bank statements (checking & savings) from two different banks from August 2011 - present. He only took the first and last months.
* Joint credit card statements from two separate credit cards. Again, only took first and last month.
* Receipt from a financed mattress that we bought together in both our names.
* Joint lease from November 2011 - present.

He then said: "Great. That's all in order. We have something new this year where you need to have your vaccination records put on a U.S. form. If you go onto the USCIS web site, you will see the form that you need. I only want the vaccination records. Just the last page of this document."

We had the option to either bring it back or send it in.

I was a bit frustrated, as I thought we were going to need to come in for ANOTHER interview, since we didn't actually get asked any questions. Alas.. no!! That simple bit was our entire interview!

We went to get the vaccines transcribed that morning (found a doctor who would do it for $25!!!). Husband went back the next day and dropped the form off. There are no interviews on Thursdays, so the interviewer was available. He took the form from my husband and said to wait. He tried to call the doctor to confirm that he did the transcribing but couldn't get through. Interviewer told my husband he could go and they would 'put his case forward' now.

We received his green card in the mail a few days later. The approval notice was dated February 2, 2012!




Tips:
* Local area parking is $8 / day. Some places are cash only.
* Arrive early. People start lining up!
* You have to go through metal detectors. You can bring phones but just bear that in mind!
Harassment Level : Good


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