Max1gk's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Maria
Beneficiary's Name: Massimo
VJ Member: Max1gk
Country: Italy

Last Updated: 2015-02-23
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Immigration Checklist for Maria & Massimo:

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 : 2011-03-24
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-03-30
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-07-18
NVC Received : 2011-08-01
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-08-03
Consulate Received : 2011-08-05
Packet 3 Received : 2011-08-18
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-08-18
Packet 4 Received : 2011-08-25
Interview Date : 2011-09-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-09-13
US Entry : 2011-09-18
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 110 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 167 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2011-09-18
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : The officer was a wacko; no harassement and neither questions but messy with the paperworks inside the yellow envelope. I was send to the secondary room to wait few minutes to get my passport back

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Date Filed : 2011-10-12
NOA Date : 2011-10-19
RFE(s) : 2011-12-15
Bio. Appt. : 2011-11-16
AOS Transfer** : 2011-11-04
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-01-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2012-01-09
Comments : RFE was about proof of immigration status of Household member sponsorship (form I-864A)

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-10-12
NOA Date : 2011-10-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-11-16
Approved Date : 2011-12-14
Date Card Received : 2011-12-23
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-10-12
NOA Date : 2011-10-19
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-12-23
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 63 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-12-15
NOA Date : 2013-12-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-01-29
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-05-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2014-05-07
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Date Filed : 2014-10-06
NOA Date : 2014-10-15
Bio. Appt. : 2014-11-13
Interview Date : 2015-02-23
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2015-02-23
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Naples, Italy
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 14, 2011
Embassy Review : This is my K-1 visa experience in Naples between sunday 11th and tuesday 1th3:

Me and my Dad(let someone accompany you if you can) at the B&B Napulč (Riviera di Chiaia 92),just 200 meters from the consulate in Piazza della Repubblica therefore in a PERFECT position for anyone who has to go through this 3 days journey in Naples. The owners are very nice and professional and will do the outmost to help you for any problem you might have; they also know a lot about the visa process since the majority of their hosts are Visa Applicant at the US General consulate. If you're one of those concerned about Naples and robbery in can trust these people with your life,It's a family run B&B..they live there too.

ok let's talk about the real stuff now:

Day 1: MEDICAL VISIT AT ISTITUTO VARELLI: Valeria,one of the owners, reserved a taxi for us the day before and at 6:25 I was on my way there where I got at 6:35,25 minutes before the Varelli opening time. Needless to say that I was the very first one lol . At the entrance a secretary registers your name on the computer and takes your passport and then invite you to seat down on the right side of the hall where there's a line of yellow chairs. After a while I was called for the blood test to check for HIV or other highly infective transmissive illnesses. After this is done you go take a seat again and wait for another doctor that will call you to pay the fee and check your vaccination history..they seem to really care only for Trivalente and Tetano. Then wait again but on the left side of the hall (again yello chairs) and you will have the main visit which consists in reviewing your DS-3026 medical history sheet,blood pressure check,lymph nodes check under your armpits,your eyes sight (la vista),your lungs and hearth with a stenoscope..nothing invasive basically. The last step will be the chest X-ray,after that you're done..they will not give you any package or evenlope,they will bring everything to the consulate so don't worry I was out at 10:40 so It does take a while. Btw If you don't take a cappuccino and a sfogliatella at the Illy bar in front of the Varelli after your're crazy!

They will tell you to be at 2 o'clock at the Consulate gates for fingerprinting,which will take place in the same place (second floor) where you will have your interview the day after.It's very quick and then in the afternoon you're free

One little tip: to go back to Piazza della Repubblica from the Istituto Varelli,there's a bus the C18 who goes from Viale Traiano and stops right near the consulate..It's a perfect alternative to taking a taxi on the way back.

Day 2 INTERVIEW DAY: The appointment is at 7:30,time at which the gates open but I got there at 6:30 to be sure I was number 1. Around 7:35 the guard began collecting all passports and let everyone in one by one. Leave your turned-off cell phone to them and you can pick it up after you'll be done. The guard will give you your number for the interview (Guards are all Italians btw) and you proceed inside the consulate at the second floor where It's pretty much like the inside of a post office with a waiting room and windows desk on its left side. They began calling us almost right away and I was asked for the following documents:

- DS-230 Part I (SIGNED) and Part II (UNSIGNED)

- TWO UNSIGNED copies of the DS-156

- ONE UNSIGNED copy of DS-156K (bring another one just in case,even if they wanted only one)

- payment receipt from BNL of 263 Euros with a stamp "pagato" on it,that is very important..without the stamp they will make you go at the nearest BNL branch to get one.

- I-134 forms

- evidences of support: TAX RETURNS and most recent PAY STUBS


- Casellario Giudiziale Generale AND Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti. My suggestion is make sure these two docs aren't too a general guideline at least no more then 3 months old. The Certificato dei Carichi Pendenti is NOT mentioned in Packet3 and It's the NUMBER 1 Reason of delays in the visa process. They will NOT issue the visa on your interview day if you don't have BOTH these docs..really important!

The lady will then give you back your medical worksheet report which you will need for your AOS in the United States, your sealed envelope with your x-ray results and a flier of the MBE office where your supposed to pick up your visa later on in the late afternoon.

After this first part is done,you go take a seat again and after a while (1 hour in my case) I was called again by surname and I had my interview with the Consule in person. Very nice and laid out guy,but speak in English with him.

He told me to swear with my right hand raised that everything I submitted was the truth,only the truth,nothing but the truth and then I was only asked how me and my fiancče met and what does she do..that's it,no pictures,no further questions! he told me to go pick up my Passport with the Visa after 5 o'clock at the MBE office at Via Andrea D'Isernia,less then 10 minutes walk from there. At 9:10 AM I said hello to some of the people I became friend with there and got out from the consulate!

Now instead I would like to talk about the visa pick up part. The chances that your visa will not be ready the same day aren't dim at all cause almost one third of us didn't get it the first day;I was among the lucky ones. I believe that being among the very first ones in the morning does play a role. In case your visa will not be ready or you have to leave Naples earlier,you can go there at the MBE and tell them to ship it home; It should cost you around 25 euros in that way. If instead It's ready and you pick it up on the spot you will have to pay 6,40 euros. Do not go at 5 ,go earlier cause there's gonna be a line there too and they will give you a number to wait your turn.

I'm giving the general experience a 4,cause It took too much time for the consulate to send me packet3 after they got my petition from the National Visa Center.

I hope this can help you and good luck
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