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  Petitioner's Name: J
Beneficiary's Name: A
Country: Jamaica

Last Updated: 2020-09-13
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Immigration Checklist for J & A:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? Texas Service Center on 2013-08-09
Consulate : Jamaica
I-129F Sent : 2013-06-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-06-14
I-129F RFE(s) : None
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-09-18
NVC Received : 2013-10-04
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-10-23
Consulate Received : 2013-10-24
Packet 3 Received : 2013-10-25
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-10-25
Packet 4 Received : 2013-11-12
Interview Date : 2013-12-17
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-01-16
US Entry : 2014-02-02
Marriage : 2014-04-19
Comments : *Transferred from VSC to TSC On August 9, 2013

* NVC hold my file for 19 days before they shipped it to the embassy.

*I129F In Transit on October 23,2013

*Case update "READY" via CEAC website October 24,2013 ( when the embassy had received the I129F)

*Case update "READY" again October 25,2013 (when the Embassy responded with the links to the forms-partial packet 3)

*Case update "READY" again October 28,2013 (when the Embassy told me they are in receipt of my DS230)

*Case update "READY" again November 4,2013 (when the Embassy replied with complete packet 3)

*Case updated "READY" again November 7,2013 (when the Embassy schedule my interview appointment for December 17,2013-DOS confirm date)

*Case update "READY" again November 12,2013 (when the Embassy email me packet 4) that is my last update for now.

*Case update "READY" again November 18,2013 (Embassy email duplicate copy of packet 4).

*Received hard copies of packet 3 & 4 in the mail on November 21,2013.

* Case update "READY" again December 17,2013 (During Interview)

* Case update "ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING" January 9,2014

* Case update:Visa "ISSUED" January 10,2014

* DHL email waybill number January 14,2014 (Visa awaiting pickup)

*****Medical appointment schedule for December 3,2013 @8:00am at Andrew's Memorial Hospital*************
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 96 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 186 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Philadelphia
POE Date : 2014-02-02
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Everything went smoothly than I anticipated. We waited less than 10 minutes. We were ask if we have a set wedding date yet? And if we were aware that we should get marry within 90 days?

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Pittsburgh PA
Date Filed : 2014-04-29
NOA Date : 2014-05-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-06-04
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2014-09-25
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-09-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2014-10-04
Comments : The interview was painless.The officer ask to see our ID's,marriage certificate,then prove of co-mingle..we showed 1 bank statement,1 bill and about 30 wedding photos.

The questions that were ask to me:
What's my name?
What's my address?
What's my phone number?
Then the officer ask about 3/4 security questions,that i replied no to.

Then he ask my husband,what is my date of birth?
and that was pretty much the end of our interview.He explain about the green card and gave additional info on future upcoming.

Overall the interview lasted 5 minutes.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-04-29
NOA Date : 2014-05-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-06-04
Approved Date : 2014-07-17
Date Card Received : 2014-07-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 79 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-04-29
NOA Date : 2014-05-06
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-07-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 79 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2016-08-26
NOA Date : 2016-08-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-10-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-09-06
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2017-09-23
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Jamaica
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 18, 2013
Embassy Review : I had a 9:30 am interview appointment on Tuesday December 17. We (my fiancé, my sister and I) arrived at the embassy 8:00 am but it was too early so we park in the parking lot that said U.S embassy (a pay lot) across the street from the embassy. We waited there until it was 9:00am and then went over to the embassy. There was a short line outside when I got there. The greeter collect the DS156, DS156K, DS157, passport pictures and appointment letter. She then stapled two (2) of the passport pictures to the forms and handed them back to me. My fiancé had to wait outside, then I went through the security checkpoint. They told him that because of past problems they do not let anyone into the courtyard of the embassy. Then after that I went to the actual embassy interviewing building and was issued a number. I waited for my number to be called. A gentleman at the window collected the DS156, DS156K, DS157, No-impediment (letter), police record, medical report, 4 passport photos, my birth certificate, both my fiancé and I divorce decrees, he took my passport but give it back, I handed him a clear plastic folder with the I134 affidavit of support that also includes my fiancé’s Employment letter, paystubs, W2’s, bank statement and retirement info. He pull the folder apart and only took the I134 out. They never asked for the letters intent, nor my fiancé’s birth certificate or any other proof of financial support other than the I134 at any time. While he was requesting the documents from me he was asking questions that the interviewer would ask. He then ask me to make payment at another window the sum of $240 US. I return back to him, he took his copy of receipt and told me to seated and wait for my number to call again. I was the last person there and I was called up at 12:30pm. I was asked the following questions in no particular order.

1. When was my divorce?
2. What is my ex-husband's name?
3. Do you know anything about your fiancé ex-wife?
4. Tell me everything about your fiancé ex-wife
5. Why didn't you get married in Jamaica?
6. Do you have family in the U.S, where are they from, have they talk about filing for you?
7. When is the wedding? Who will attend?
8. When/how and where did you meet your fiancé?
9. Is that your engagement ring, how did you get it?
10. How many times did your fiancé visit, what are the dates of each visits? He ask this multiply times in trick questions, switching up the dates of when we first met and continuous visits
11. Where did you got engage? What date was it?
12. How does my family feel about my relationship/me marrying him?
13. How does your family feels about me moving to the U.S?
14. Do you think the U.S has more opportunities?
15. What are his interests?
16. What kind of house he lives in, who lives with him, what are his pets, what type of dogs are they and what are their ages?
17. Isn’t he older than you, how many years older than you? Is that okay for you? He also commented on his girlfriend being 12 years younger than him
18. Where does he live?
19. What kind of work he does? He ask twice at different times.
20. Have you met his family?
21. Has he told you anything about West Virginia? What is it like? He ask if I know the Jamaica motto and then he quoted it and said out of many one people and then he ask me if I know the motto of WV and if I wanted to know what is was? This is where I picked up that he already approved me (just a gut feeling).
22. Why do I Wanna be with my fiancé?
23. He showed two of the photos my fiancé submitted with the I129F and ask who they were? He then told me that’s not how he does it, he look through the photos and handed them to me and said they no longer need them. But I have better use for them.
24. What I do for work?
25. Does your fiancé has kids, do you have kids?
26. What is your age?
27. Have you ever been to the U.S before or ever live outside of the U.S before?
28. Have I ever been arrested?
29. He ask if my fiancé was outside.
30. He ask if I register for DHL. Then he said I was good to go.

Some of the questions were ask after he had given me the green slip/card. During the first round of questions, when I thought he was finished with me. He told me the reason why he’s asking the questions is because a lot of people who came through the embassy for K1 visa is fraudulent.
At the end of my interview he (CO) complimented on my relationship and told me that my relationship is the most real one he saw came through the embassy.

He said all the paperwork we submit were great and my answers are good, so he didn’t need to speak with my fiancé. He gave me a green slip/card and told me to use it to track my passport and that the visa will be issued within couple of weeks. He also explained why he couldn’t tell me a specific date of visa issuance. After the interview was finish and I went outside the gate hugging my fiancé. The CO was passing by and told my fiancé good luck and smiled at me.

Overall despite the tons of questions. I had a good experience. The interviewer was very friendly and nice. We laugh couple times during the interview. I felt he asked so many questions even after given the green slip is because he couldn’t believe I knew so much about my fiancé.

Rating : Very Good

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