David And Katie's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Katie
Beneficiary's Name: David
VJ Member: David And Katie
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2012-01-05
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Immigration Checklist for Katie & David:

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 : 2010-09-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-09-20
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-02-08
NVC Received : 2011-02-09
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2011-02-25
Packet 3 Received : 2011-03-04
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-03-16
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-06-03
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-06-09
US Entry : 2011-07-29
Marriage : 2011-08-13
Comments : POE was a breeze. The CBP agent asked me a few questions, stamped my K1 visa void, and told me I had to get married before October or I'd be deported. She said "Good luck" and I left to pick up my bags.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 141 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 256 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2011-07-29
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2011-10-14
NOA Date : 2011-10-21
RFE(s) : 2011-10-31
Bio. Appt. : 2011-11-08
AOS Transfer** : 2011-11-02
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-01-05
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : Got an RFE notice on email but nothing in the mail, then case was transferred to CSC.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-10-14
NOA Date : 2011-10-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-11-08
Approved Date : 2011-12-15
Date Card Received : 2011-12-29
Comments : Biometrics was a breeze
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 62 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 4, 2011
Embassy Review : K1 Visa Interview...

To sum up:
Lots of waiting, but interview was over in minutes. Dead Easy! Read on for the details.

My appointment was for 9am on a Friday. I took the 0505 Virgin Trains from Manchester to Euston. I decided to hop on the tube from Euston to Bond Street (Victoria line, then change at Oxford Circus for the central line) for £4 - note to anyone else travelling by Virgin Trains - get the "tube add-on" to your VT ticket - it would've been a lot cheaper than a standard single fare.

Walked from Bond Street to Grosvenor Square (dead easy) then to Gould Pharmacy. It's a tiny shop up N. Audley street but easy to find. You tell someone sitting at a tiny desk that you want to drop off your electronics and he runs through what you're not allowed to take in with you. £3 for the day. Then I had my photos taken. I only needed TWO pictures for the Embassy, but I opted for FOUR at £7.50. Reasonable I thought.

I then walked to the queue at the embassy. It wasn't all that long, and be prepared to see all the armed coppers (policemen). The security people are brusque and have a major sense of humour failure. I wasn't quick enough putting my folders in my bag before being x-rayed, and he told me off... So be prepared. The security kiosks have VERY heavy doors, so be prepared for that too if you're not strong, you will need help.

Then you're sent through a metal detector arch way and if you have water in your bag, you will have to drink some. Through another heavy door you're led around to the side of the building up some steps and then to an initial reception. Hand her your interview letter and she puts on a sticker (I was I912).

Walk up some steps to your left and you go into the already very busy waiting room. There are 20 rows of 10 chairs, so seating for 200 people. There were free chairs when I got in (around 8:45) but later on it was full, so you get the idea.

There are 8 TV screens with an Argos style "now serving..." screen. You WILL get a sore neck looking at them, because even though a voice reads them out, you always look at the screen every time. Be prepared for a long wait for the "I" visas. Lots of N's and E's were called up and I probably waited a good hour before I was called up for my initial paperwork.

I went to Window 14 where a really nice British bloke called Mike took all my paperwork, my fingerprints and asked me my fiancťe's name. He then gave me back Katie's 2008 and 2009 tax transcripts and they were not needed. He took my visa photographs (two of) and stapled them to my forms. We had a bit of a chat while he was doing all this (really nice bloke like I said) and then gave me "the pink form" which you hand to the courier services at the end. He then said "your paper work is all fine, just go back and wait to be called for your interview". Oh, he also handed me my chest x-ray on a CD-R and told me to give it to immigration.

So, another long wait (probably not all that long, but 30-45 minutes seems about right) I was called to window 16. Another really nice guy but American this time. Asked me how I was and got the pleasantries out of the way. Asked me to hold up my right hand and swear to tell the truth etc.

This out of the way he asked me some really simple questions that anyone in a genuine relationship will know. How did we meet? When did we meet? When did we first meet in person? Has she flown here? No? Why not? (crappy job). What does she do for a job? What do you do? Where will you live? etc. etc.

After these he smiled and said your paperwork is all fine and correct, and I'm pleased to say your visa is approved. At which point I had a great big cheezy grin on my face He said my passport + visa would be mailed to me etc.

He didn't mention "the big brown envelope" though like other people have, so I assume he just forgot that. (another thing to worry about? .

So from there I went back to the two friends I'd made while in the queue and told them I passed (they were waiting for N visas) and wished them good luck.

Went to the courier desk and paid my £14.80 (NO CASH!!! Card only and NO AMEX) and she said 5-10 working days and it will HAVE to be signed for and they need to show my ID in order to hand it over.

That was it, left through the security kiosk again but its just a straight walk through the blast proof doors.

Rating : Very Good

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