jalie's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Carlo
Beneficiary's Name: Julia
VJ Member: jalie
Country: Italy

Last Updated: 2011-04-30
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Immigration Checklist for Carlo & Julia:

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? No
Consulate : Naples, Italy
I-129F Sent : 2010-02-28
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-03-03
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-05-25
NVC Received : 2010-06-10
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2010-06-18
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-07-07
Packet 4 Received : 2010-07-08
Interview Date : 2010-09-07
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
2010-09-22
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-10-22
US Entry : 2010-11-03
Marriage : 2010-12-11
Comments : Naples consulate is quite quick. Packet 4 states to give them a week before I can call them for my interview appointment. It took me quite a while to contact them back to fix an interview date due to the super slow system of the Italian registrar's office in issuing birth cert. It took 3 months for the document to arrive by mail.
I was called for a second interview due to some discrepancies. At the end of the interview I was handed back my passport and was told that my case will be sent back to te US. I was not issued though any denial form or refusal sheet.
October 12, 2010, got an email from IVNaples telling me that they can now process my case to completion. And yesterday the 22nd of October my visa finally got delivered.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 83 days from your NOA1 date.

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


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2010-11-03
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : The POE officer who worked on my file was so slow, but he was very gentle, asked a couple of questions and apologized for the delay.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Houston TX
Date Filed : 2011-02-03
NOA Date : 2011-02-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-03-02
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-04-20
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-04-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2011-04-29
Comments : IO was efficient. She was nice and easy to get along with. Interview was the standard, oath taking and businesslike Q and A portion. Done in about 20 mins. ( My 17 yo daughter too was there with me for her interview).


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-02-03
NOA Date : 2011-02-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2011-03-30
Date Card Received : 2011-04-08
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 55 days.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Naples, Italy
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 1, 2011
Embassy Review : Review
US Consulate, Naples
Tues., 07/09/2010

8:30 AM, arrival at the fortress. Appointment was 9:00 o’clock. There was a queue, majority were the same persons who did the medical the day before. Guard was only letting one person/one family component at a time. Once inside the gate applicants and bags were screened by detectors and told to leave electronic gadgets at the guards’ post. Me and my daughter were handed a number, 23.
Instructed to proceed right ahead to the first floor. There were applicants already seated and waiting for their turn. The clock went on… tik tak tik tak…t’was about eleven when my number and name was called. I approached the window partitioned by a glass and said my courtesies. The consular employee(a petite, serious looking but nice and well mannered black) initially talked to me in Italian, asked for the forms and supporting documents. Then all of a sudden she was conversing to me in English. She asked for my BNL (Banca Nazionale del Lavoro) receipt and told her I got none. She explained I have to pay a fee of $350 per head at the cashier and get back to her to submit the receipt. I went to another window in that same room which is designated for that purpose and got back to her. She took the receipt and told me to go have a seat and wait for my name to be called.
As the clock was ticking and tacking, my pulse was crazily going wild. A migraine was at the horizon and I felt that a stroke was on its way. It went worse when my name was not called after the person who was in line right before me. And it was worst when those two applicants ahead of me were denied and it took sooooooooooo long for the interviewing officer to call my name.
One o’clock past, that particular name was called finally. The standard formalities. Then the overused, too popular phrase, “ raise your right hand blah blah and blah…”. The younger- than- me( by 15 yrs perhaps) interviewing officer started with a question, “how did I meet my fiancé”, followed by when did I meet him in person, If he by then have preferred to stay for good, what kind of work he does, how do we communicate. I said we skype /ym in the morning and in the evening and we talk on the phone in between and added that I prepared our chat logs to show it to him. Handed him the prints and while he was checking I was contemplating on which of those dozens and dozens of proof will I hand him next ( I had more than 10 kg of it). He seem not to be interested. Then finally he asked if we have photos and I eagerly gave shots of our first and second meeting.
I was thrown off balance thrice in a row. First he asked me if my fiancé still lives with his ex-wife. (WOW!!! He seem to know more than me) I said no. He said how can I be sure of it. I said I made a detective job of finding out who he really is before I even started chatting seriously to him and added that the ex (I mentioned the name) is long gone before we met. Second, when he asked me about my family background. I did not expect him to have knowledge of it. I was taken aback as I have already forgotten about the B-2 visa I filed 4 years ago and it was from there where he was basing his questions. Thirdly was about my unthumbprinted police clearance from my home country.
The IO seemed to be so confused (more than me I think). He issued me a Refusal Worksheet checking Section 221(g) of the INA wherein I have to submit Police Certificate from the Philippines.
I asked if he’s gonna issue me a visa If I get to submit what he is asking. He sez yes. I asked, how long? Couple of days. Well, after a long wait of 8 days I receive an email from IV Naples informing me they got my police cert but they want me to send my old passports too. And when they got hold of those passports they emailed me to schedule for an additional interview.
I went back in Sept. 22 for a second interview but like the first I was not issued a visa. I was told that my case will be sent back to where it came from and that they will notify me in a couple of weeks. They never did!!!
The rest of my story is featured here on VJ, under K-1 discussion, “Contacting a Congressman” & “Two Interviews and still Inconclusive”, Sept. 25,2010.

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