Mike & B's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Mike
Beneficiary's Name: Brodi
VJ Member: Mike & B
Country: Australia

Last Updated: 2013-08-06
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Immigration Checklist for Mike & Brodi:

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 : Sydney, Australia
I-129F Sent : 2010-04-16
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-05-10
I-129F RFE(s) : 2010-07-31
RFE Reply(s) : 2010-08-16
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-08-19
NVC Received : 2010-08-24
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-08-26
Consulate Received : 2010-08-30
Packet 3 Received : 2010-08-31
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-09-29
Packet 4 Received : 2010-10-08
Interview Date : 2010-10-19
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-10-21
US Entry : 2010-11-12
Marriage : 2010-11-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 101 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 162 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Kansas City MO
Date Filed : 2011-03-28
NOA Date : 2011-03-30
RFE(s) : 2011-07-14
Bio. Appt. : 2011-04-21
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-10-06
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-10-06
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : My husband and I were both interviewed, my 3 children were asked to wait outside. The officer asked for our birth certs and other i.d. asked us a few questions then said that everything looked good, he was going to go through everything and if all is well, we should expect the green cards in the mail within 30 days.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-03-28
NOA Date : 2011-03-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-04-21
Approved Date : 2011-07-29
Date Card Received : 2011-08-26
Comments : We had terrible problems with the employment card, when we received the card, it was incorrect. It had my details on it but with my son's photo. I had to send it back and never heard a response since. Since then we have had our green card interview which means the employment card isn't necessary anymore and becomes irrelevant.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 123 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-03-28
NOA Date : 2011-03-30
RFE(s) : 2011-07-14
Date Received : 2011-08-26
Comments : Travel parole comes with the employment card and as listed in the above comments, we had trouble with that.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 126 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-07-30
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sydney, Australia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 19, 2010
Embassy Review : My three sons and I flew to Sydney the night before our interview and stayed at the Travelodge Phillip Street (recommended by a fellow VJ) and it was fabulous. Its literally around the corner from the MLC building and so convenient. My appointment wasn't until 11am the following day but I spent that night dreaming that I'd missed the interview (not a nice feeling...lol).
I'd previously read on the reviews that many applicants go early to their appointments so we arrived at the MLC building around 10.20am. There was a gentleman that sits at the top of the esculators and I told him we had an appointment with the US Consulate, he headed us in the right direction toward the back of the building for the lifts to level 10.
We followed the signs to the US Consulate and lined up to go through the security check. They asked for our passports, the letter of appointment and to put all our belongs onto the scranner. They then gave us a ticket for our bags and told us to just take the documents we needed and my wallet incase we needed to make payment of something whilst there. We then sat on the first row of seats and waited. One of the officers came and me if we were here to apply for a visa, I was a little nervous and replied yes, and she said, "you all look so lovely and well presented"..LOL I thought presentation was important!
Another staff member then guided us to the lifts and sent us to the 59th floor where they checked our passports again and allowed us through another security door. Inside we took a ticket and sat down.
Within seconds an officer called our number and asked for the documents that were listed in Packet 4 and she asked us to take our seats again. My sons had a look out the goregous view whilst I waited paitently to be recalled. I'd noiticed the officer stamping alot of our documents and then saw the big red 'approved' stamp and thought, YES...we're through, thats wonderful.
The officer called me up again and asked me to sign one of my sons forms that I must have forgotten to sign previously and then asked me "So you're marrying Mike?" and I said yes, thinking it was one of the many questions that she was about to ask me but then she said, I have family that know your fiance, please give him our love!!! So surprised yet relieved,it was so nice to hear and took so much of the anixousness away. She asked me to be seated again and wait but by this time my boys were becoming restless.
She finally called us up again and said that all the paperwork is correct and looks good, to take a seat in the next room and wait for the interviewer to call us. I thought...there's more to come, I was hoping she just approved it there but no.
Another 15 or so minutes passed and our name was called, my youngest son (6years) was over it by then and did not want to co-operate....poor thing was fed up waiting. The interviewer said she wouldn't keep the kids for long and just asked them one question "Are you looking forward to going to America?" and they replied yes. Then she asked them to take a seat.
She then asked me these questoins-
How did you meet
How did you communicate being so far away from eachother?
Have you been to American before
Have you met his family
How were they with you
Has he met your family
What made you decided to get married
When do you plan on flying over to the US
When do you plan on getting married

Then she said, everything looks good, you're approved and we'll received our passports and visas in the mail within 5-7 workings days.
I was so relieved. And so were my sons by this time....lol! Everyone was wonderfully kind and very nice at the consulate. The whole experience was very pleasant, we went in around 10.20am and we were out by 11.45pm. Pretty good considering there were 4 of us to process. I happily give a rating of 5.
Rating : Very Good

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