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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Jace
Beneficiary's Name: Lindsay
VJ Member: Blob18
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2017-12-06
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Immigration Checklist for Jace & Lindsay:

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 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I-129F Sent : 2010-09-30
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-10-06
I-129F RFE(s) : None
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-03-14
NVC Received : 2011-03-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-03-22
Consulate Received : 2011-03-28
Packet 3 Received : 2011-04-25
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-04-25
Packet 4 Received : 2011-04-25
Interview Date : 2011-05-17
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-05-20
US Entry : 2011-05-30
Marriage : 2011-07-09
Comments : Sao Paulo Medical (Dr. Celso Rodrigues Fava) - 350 reais

No Packet 3 for Brazil. Only Packet 4 which is the confirmation letter for your interview.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 159 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 223 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Washington DC
POE Date : 2011-05-30
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : See review below for more info.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Baltimore MD
Date Filed : 2012-03-19
NOA Date : 2012-03-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-05-18
AOS Transfer** : 2012-03-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-11-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2012-11-19
Comments : Transfered to California on March 23, 2012. Biometrics in May. No touches since March 23, no interview, approved November 14.

Did not file for EAD or AP.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 19, 2011
Embassy Review : The interview from start to finish just took around 3 hours. (7:15am -10:30ish am)

I arrived about 1 hour before scheduled time of 7:15am. Tourists line up on Rua Mexico while K-1s line up on Rua Santa Luisa (basically, K-1s line up at the back of the Consulate). Around 7:00, 2 guards turned into 50. A lady in a green vest came out and checked photos and gave us our number in which we would be called into the interview. We were let it, went through the metal detector and lead upstairs to a waiting room. Once there the lady spoke in Portuguese and explained what to do and how to organized your papers, which you can have done already by visiting the consulate website. After that she calls you to the back of the room to a desk where she checks your papers. Then you go to either room 1 or 2 when told and another person checks papers. We had an older lady, who was serious but kind. Once she put everything in order, she had my fiancee sign 1 or 2 papers and then we were finished with her. We then went back to the room and waited for our number to be called.

We were the 3rd called. Questions were: How did you meet, Plan to do in the US (asked twice to see if he would get the same answer), 5000 questions about my dad and his job since I mentioned he worked for State Department during my explanation on how we met, Why we want to get married in the US, Would her parents go to live in the US once she is there and why we wanted to get married so young. He tried to say "Oh you guys are just friends aren't you" and me and my fiancee both said "No", I pretty much growled that at him.

The Consular didn't look at any of the evidence I brought, which was a ton (many new photos since the petition was submitted, Skype call logs, Phone call logs, Webcam screenshots etc). Basically asked the above questions and thumbed through the 50 or so photos I provided with the original packet to USCIS. After that he said "Your visa is approved" and it was over.

If the petitoner attends, they will ask you questions, as the consular directed most towards me.

Not sure about the others there (was abou 10 other K-1s with me) but the first 2 were approved and mine was also. Once approved you go back to the lady in the green vest and tell her you were approved and she fills out the final number/password sheet (you get 3 attached to eachother and they rip them off at different parts during the process). You then go downstairs to pay for the visa.

*Note*- A lot of tourist visa people will be in line paying as well, just show one of the helpers (blue vests) your password paper and she will move you directly to the front. As she told my fiancee "You have priority".

If you live in Sao Paulo State, it only costs $R66.20 reais to get 1-2 day shipping for the visa once it's complete.

Overall the interview was a lot easier than I expected and it didn't take that long.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Washington DC
Event Description
Entry Date : 2011-05-30
Embassy Review : POE was at Dulles.

Got off the plane and went to the immigration area. Line was pretty short (both Citizen and Visitor). Fiancee went with me through the U.S. Citizen line.

When I walked up to the CBP Officer I told him that she has a K-1 visa. He then took her fingerprints and photo, opened the packet, thumbed through it. Did some stuff on the computer etc. Added her to my Customs Declaration form which was nice, stapled the bottom part of the I-94 onto her passport opposite the visa and we were on our way (no secondary inspection).

Whole thing took maybe 10 minutes max.
Harassment Level : Low

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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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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