hnubno's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Bao
Beneficiary's Name: Mao
VJ Member: hnubno
Country: Laos

Last Updated: 2019-11-13
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Immigration Checklist for Bao & Mao:

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 : Laos
I-129F Sent : 2011-04-15
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-04-19
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-07-07
NVC Received : 2011-08-01
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-08-01
Consulate Received : 2011-08-15
Packet 3 Received : 2011-08-16
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-08-23
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-10-06
Interview Result : Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required):
2011-10-28
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2011-11-02
US Entry : 2011-11-06
Marriage :
Comments : - Medical Exam:
Had his medical exam in Udon, Thailand. Everything went well. He said exams cost about $400 but you need money for bus to thailand and back plus food. If they find something you may have to buy medicine and that's extra.

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- Fiance Interview:
He had a Hmong interpreter. There were two CO there that day, a female and a male. He said the male CO is friendly and only asked like 4 questions then either approves or request for more stuff or denies. the female CO (the one he had) isn't as friendly and asks a lot of questions. He was asked 14 questions and was able to answer 13 of them. The CO also kept asking him if we were introduced to each other, implying that we weren't legit. We weren't denied or approved but got a 221(g), requesting for more information. After which we would be given a decision.

He also said there were two other K1 there that day and they didn't get approved right away either. One needed police certificate and the other had to have her petitioner rewrite a more detail explanation to how they met.

- Quesitons from Interview:
Where I work
When we meet
Where meet
With whom when met
What do I do in America
What do I do on my free time
Who I live with
When did we get engaged
Are our parents related (my mom and him has the same last name)
Who introduced us
Does he have relatives in America and their addresses
What school did I go to (he didn't know this one)
Where do I work
Was I taken to his house to see his house and family

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- My Interview:
On Monday October 10, 2010; the CO (and translator who did the talking) in Laos called me on my cell phone and did a over the phone interview with me. it was at night about 9:30pm. They very briefly interview me and then starte the interview. They asked me:

When did i go to laos
How we met
Who i was with when we met
Have i been to his house
Who approached who when we first met
What did we talk about when we first met and what did we do that first day
When did we get engaged
What did we do after our engagement (days following engagement)
When did i go home after engagement
Did my mom and his parents meet
Are we related (because my mom and my fiance have same last name).

after the questions they said thank you and bye. it was basically the translator talking/asking in hmong.

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the embassy in Laos called and interviewed me three times, they also interviewed my mom and my fiance's uncle. i don't know how they got his uncles phone number but it must be in their system or the interpreter knew it. they pretty were questioning whether our relationship was real. they called him to the embassy on friday with his passport then they ask him how many relatives he had in america again.

after all that we were approved. we were approved on friday and he picked up the visa on tuesday the following week.

he said that there were 5 guys (including him) that came back for on that friday. 4 were approved and 1 was denied.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 79 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 170 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2011-11-06
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : We paid extra to have someone help my fiance whenever he was in the airport because he doesn't speak much english. When he arrived in San Francisco International Airport, they had someone there who helped him find the way to his connecting flight. The person helped him get his luggage, find the right line (for immigration), and then he was on his own. when it was his turn he gave them the folder and they asked him a question. he said he didn't speak english so they looked through the folder and told him to pass through. somewhere along there they looked through his luggage too. after that he went to find his connecting flight but got a lost a little; luckily there was a filipino guy who helped him. the filipino guy thought he was filipino too and he does kind of have the look.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Date Filed : 2012-04-19
NOA Date : 2012-04-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-05-25
AOS Transfer** : 2012-05-11
Interview Date : 2013-06-13
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-06-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2013-06-21
Comments : Had interview on Thursday June 18, 2013, at 8:00am. We parked in the many public parking spaces that they have near downtown area for $2 for 2 hours. We arrived and and put our apointment paper in the slot in door #1.

We arrived 5 mintues early and waited 5 minutes and they called us in. We had a male african american IO with a very straight face look and personality, a no-nonesense type of person. He called me in first and ask a couple of questions (will list them below). He then walked me out to the waiting room and had my husband go in with him. My brother went with my husband as an interpreter. Also the IO had me leave my belongs in the room that he was interviewing us while i waited in the waiting room. He asked my husband the same questions as he asked me but less direct to see if my husband could answer with similar answers as mine. Afterwards the IO came back to the waiting room to ask me to go back into the room with my husband. The IO asked if we had any documents that showed co-mingling or joint accts (will put a list below). After that he walked us out and we thanked him.

From the minute we arrived there to leaving it only took 20 minutes.


Questions IO asked:
1. When did we meet and who were we with when we did
2. Where do we live
3. What floor do we sleep on and does it have a bathroom
4. Who lives with us and give a description of them (appearance, work, personality, hobbies)
5 Where is my father and what is he doing now (it was because my father past away so he wanted to see if my husband knew that)
6. Where do I work and what is my position
7. What's my work schedule
8. What did I do this past weekend?


Evidence for AOS
- Copy of joint filing of income tax (which we forgot to give to IO)
- Copy of my husband's name on electric bill (our company only lets one name on it)
- Copy of both our credit cards that showed same card number (did not have a statment with both names on it yet)
- Copy of my life insurance with my husband as beneficiary
- Copy of our health insurance cards with both name on it
- Copy of statements of our joint bank saving and checking accounts
- Copy of letters we sent each other before we married
- Copy of phone records before marrying (but we forgot to bring these and the IO asked for it)

Oh an fyi, we were able to bring cell phones but just had to turn them off.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-04-19
NOA Date : 2012-04-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2012-06-20
Date Card Received : 2012-06-28
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 62 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-04-19
NOA Date : 2012-04-25
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2012-06-28
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 62 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-03-31
NOA Date : 2015-04-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Evidence:
- Copy of petitioner passport
- Copy of drivers License (petitioner and spouse)
- Copy of birth certificate (daughter and spouse)
- Copy of credit card front and back (petitioner and spouse)
- Copy of joint income tax, tax transcript for 2012, 2013, and 2014
- Copy of all statements of savings and checking account from 2011 to current
- Copy of rental lease agreement and renter insurance (with both names)
- Copy of spouse life insurance with petitioner as beneficiary
- Copy of health insurance card and statement showing petitioner and daughter under spouse's insurance

[UPDATE]
No interview and was sent the greencard when they were done reviewing the paperwork. No RFEs either.


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center :
CIS Office : Milwaukee WI
Date Filed : 2018-10-15
NOA Date : 2018-11-01
Bio. Appt. : 2019-01-04
Interview Date : 2019-05-22
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2019-06-11
Comments : Evidence - Spouse's birth certificate - Copy of spouse US passport (First two pages) - Copy of applicant green card (back and front) - Copy of applicant birth certificate - Copy of applicant passport (all pages) - Birth certificate of all children - Marriage certificate - Copy of joint renter's agreement (all years together) - Copy renter's insurance under both names - Three recent years of tax transcript

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Laos
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 6, 2011
Embassy Review : - Interview:
He had a Hmong interpreter. There were two CO there that day, a female and a male. He said the male CO is friendly and only asked like 4 questions then either approves or request for more stuff or denies. the female CO (the one he had) isn't as friendly and asks a lot of questions. He was asked 14 questions and was able to answer 13 of them. The CO also kept asking him if we were introduced to each other, implying that we weren't legit. We weren't denied or approved but got a 221(g), requesting for more information. After which we would be given a decision or possibly put on adminitrated processing.

He also said there were two other K1 there that day and they didn't get approved right away either. One needed police certificate and the other had to have her petitioner rewrite a more detail explanation to how they met.

- Quesitons from Interview:
Where I work
When we meet
Where meet
With whom when met
What do I do in America
What do I do on my free time
Who I live with
When did we get engaged
Are our parents related (my mom and him has the same last name)
Who introduced us
Does he have relatives in America and their addresses
What school did I go to (he didn't know this one)
Where do I work
Was I taken to his house to see his house and family

*questions ask to the other two K1*
What will you do during the summer in America
How old is your fiance
What are the ages and name of your fiance’s kids
Rating : Not Rated


Local US CIS Office Review: Milwaukee WI
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : June 22, 2013
Embassy Review : Had interview on Thursday June 18, 2013, at 8:00am. We parked in the many public parking spaces that they have near downtown area for $2 for 2 hours. We arrived and and put our apointment paper in the slot in door #1.

We arrived 5 mintues early and waited 5 minutes and they called us in. We had a male african american IO with a very straight face look and personality, a no-nonesense type of person. He called me in first and ask a couple of questions (will list them below). He then walked me out to the waiting room and had my husband go in with him. My brother went with my husband as an interpreter. Also the IO had me leave my belongs in the room that he was interviewing us while i waited in the waiting room. He asked my husband the same questions as he asked me but less direct to see if my husband could answer with similar answers as mine. Afterwards the IO came back to the waiting room to ask me to go back into the room with my husband. The IO asked if we had any documents that showed co-mingling or joint accts (will put a list below). After that he walked us out and we thanked him.

From the minute we arrived there to leaving it only took 20 minutes.


Questions IO asked:
1. When did we meet and who were we with when we did
2. Where do we live
3. What floor do we sleep on and does it have a bathroom
4. Who lives with us and give a description of them (appearance, work, personality, hobbies)
5 Where is my father and what is he doing now (it was because my father past away so he wanted to see if my husband knew that)
6. Where do I work and what is my position
7. What's my work schedule
8. What did I do this past weekend?


Evidence for AOS
- Copy of joint filing of income tax (which we forgot to give to IO)
- Copy of my husband's name on electric bill (our company only lets one name on it)
- Copy of both our credit cards that showed same card number (did not have a statment with both names on it yet)
- Copy of my life insurance with my husband as beneficiary
- Copy of our health insurance cards with both name on it
- Copy of statements of our joint bank saving and checking accounts
- Copy of letters we sent each other before we married
- Copy of phone records before marrying (but we forgot to bring these and the IO asked for it)

Oh an fyi, we were able to bring cell phones but just had to turn them off. At the door, the securities asked for ID and the appointment letter.



Harassment Level : Moderate


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