advocator's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Cheryl
Beneficiary's Name: Graeme
VJ Member: advocator
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2014-08-22
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Immigration Checklist for Cheryl & Graeme:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2010-09-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-09-23
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-03-31
NVC Received : 2011-04-08
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-04-12
Consulate Received : 2011-04-14
Packet 3 Received : 2011-04-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-06-03
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-07-05
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-07-11
US Entry : 2011-07-18
Marriage : 2011-08-28
Comments : Medical on May 6. Packet 3 sent on April 27 and lost in the mail. Resent June 3.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 189 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 285 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Philadelphia
POE Date : 2011-07-18
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : flew from Manchester to Philadelphia, so went from rainy wet England to very hot US. First CBP officer was not intreasted, took my brown envolope and passport, took my finger prints and picture handed me a RED folder with everything in it and told me to go to secondary imigration, this took about 15min. Went into secondary imigration where I handed my folder to the officers and sat down and waited. After 13minutes a female CPB officer called my name and she asked when I was getting married, which I told her she said this visa is valid until October and welcome to America and that was it! total time from getting off the Aircraft to collecting my bags was 30 minutes. Fantastic


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Baltimore MD
Date Filed : 2011-09-28
NOA Date : 2011-10-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-11-04
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2012-01-12
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-01-12
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2012-01-21
Comments : Interviewed in Baltimore. IO was very polite and easy-going. Brought lots of evidence with us, but IO basically didn't need to see anything. We convinced her to look at pics and take some copies of marriage evidence. She liked my wedding dress! Whole process was 10-15 minutes tops. We received email notice that approval letter was on the way the day of our interview!


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-09-28
NOA Date : 2011-10-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-11-04
Approved Date : 2011-11-30
Date Card Received : 2011-12-09
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-09-28
NOA Date : 2011-10-04
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-12-09
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 63 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-11-04
NOA Date : 2013-11-14
RFE(s) : 2014-08-22
Bio. Appt. : 2014-05-15
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 6, 2011
Embassy Review : stayed at the Marble arch inn which is just a short walk from the embassy, only 10 minutes and really easy to get to from the underground. Arrived at the embassy at 7am and there was a few people already waiting. First thing to do is check appointment letter and then remove watches and belts and wait in the second line, this was very quick. Went through security and then into the embassy. Collect ticket with your number on it and wait in the large room.
Only a short wait, only 10 - 15 minutes then my number was called so with sweaty hands and knocking knees I had my first interview. This lasted for 45 minutes and was mainly going through all the paperwork and giving orginal documents. This was done by an English woman who then said that a consulate officer would review it all and then I would be called to a different window and to keep checking the screens.
I then had an hour and a half wait, where I spoke to GOD and any body else who I thought would help. My number was called and got a really nice American consulate lady. She went through a few things in the paperwork mainly about the CIMT and asked a few questions about how we met and kept our relationship going and then said the MAGIC word APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rating : Very Good


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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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