CANbirdUSman's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: R
Beneficiary's Name: R
VJ Member: CANbirdUSman
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2015-06-01
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Immigration Checklist for R & R:

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 : Vancouver, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2011-11-16
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-11-20
I-129F RFE(s) : 2012-04-11 **(2012-05-04 ** RFE information sent & Received by USCIS)
RFE Reply(s) : 2012-05-10 APPROVED (via USCIS site. ---2012-05-15--Notice arrived via mail.
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-05-10
NVC Received : 2012-05-31
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-05-31
Consulate Received : 2012-06-05
Packet 3 Received : 2012-06-07
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-06-12
Packet 4 Received : 2012-06-14
Interview Date : 2012-07-20
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-07-24
US Entry : 2012-11-01
Marriage : 2012-11-16
Comments : Wedding Date: November 16th, 2012

MEDICAL EXAM: Woking Medical; July 11, 2012
Easy, friendly & fast. (no longer in service)
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 172 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 243 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Vancouver
POE Date : 2012-11-01
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE @YVR relaxed, easy.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Honolulu HI
Date Filed : 2012-12-28
NOA Date : 2013-01-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-02-05
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2013-04-16
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-04-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2013-04-25
Comments : Sent AOS packet out 2012-12-28.
Email from USCIS received 2013-01-06.

Original interview date March 21.
Rescheduled: APRIL 16.

Super easy interview.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Honolulu HI
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-12-28
NOA Date : 2013-01-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-02-05
Approved Date : 2013-03-05
Date Card Received : 2013-03-15
Comments : EAD/AP Combo Card

Valid 1 year from 02/28/2013 -02/27/2014
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 67 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Honolulu HI
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-12-28
NOA Date : 2013-01-04
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-03-15
Comments : EAD/AP Combo Card (see above)
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 67 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-01-13
NOA Date : 2015-01-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-02-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-05-26
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 20, 2012
Embassy Review : VANCOUVER: Consulate General U.S.

Very good experience, with the exception of rain. Dress appropriately. Umbrellas are okay.
*You'll be standing outside for a bit, but it's covered*

Carried items for the interview in a 'sturdy cloth shopping bag'. Personal 'legal' items carried in a small purse. (Purses 12 x 10 x 6 in. and smaller will be permitted).

10 am appt.: Arrived at 9:30 am. Thank goodness for the VJ site... kind of knew what to expect.
CHAOTIC lineup OUTSIDE. Approached security type person; explained why I was there (k1-interview @10 am) directed to 'lady-with-list' near PODIUM. "PASSPORT & sealed MEDICAL RESULTS please". Handed these over, checked in. 'B' was scribbled on my MEDICAL envelope, for K-VISA .

Directed to 'security check' 1 (still outside) Cell phones are NOT allowed, but they do have tiny lockers (post-office-box size). They give you a little wrist-band with the key. Normal checking of the purse. I can''t even remember if they looked in my bag? I'm sure they did. Watches are fine, but I didn't wear one.

Passed though that, then lined-up with the rest. They point; you go. Easy. I was moved from the BIG line to a SMALLER line, because I had a 'B' on my envelope. Then FINALLY after 1/2 - 45 mins, waved inside. They point; you go in & up the stairs on the left.

INSIDE! Once up the stairs, you are now at 'security 2'. Wait, and you'll be instructed. Mostly like security at the airport. "DO you have any other items in a sealed envelope, besides your medical?"
They asked that... don't bring other sealed envelopes, they will need to open them. Any who, they look through everything, as you can imagine. Had to take my belt off, jacket, put in wooden bins. All my interview items & bag & purse in bins too. Stuff goes through x-ray, you walk through metal detector.
Just like at the airport. Done that, directed to the elevator. GO TO THE WASHROOM if you need it!!

ELEVATOR: 20th floor... going up.... *NO WASHROOM on this floor* back down you go....

20th Floor: Meet by security. They looked at my 'B' envelope, directed to GO left, to window 'B'.
(These are booths, like when you buy a movie ticket. That's what it reminded me of). Follow the instructions posted; "flick a switch for help". Help comes to you. Hand over all your required documents for the interview. PASSPORT, sealed MEDICAL... they'll tell you what they need. No particular order really. All required documentation gathered, and put into a folder. (mine was pink)
Sealed MEDICAL was opened in front of me. Couldn't read any of the examiners notes. Given my 'K' number, and told to wait in another area around the corner. They call your number, you go to the designated booth. Fingerprint, oath, interviewer reviewed file, asked a few simple questions.
The actual interview portion took less than 10 minutes. I was NEVER asked for additional evidence.
RESULTS: "Okay then, looks like your VISA will be issued no problem. You're APPROVED" Instructed to sit again, name would be called by 'B' window person.

B Window: They explain what happens next. Email from courier, with WAYBILL #. Print receipt & pick-up Passport with VISA & BIG sealed envelope. 'DO NOT OPEN' it's just everything you've filed. When you are ready to enter the USA... hand over that VISA & BIG envelope to immigration. They open it, and will give you the GET MARRIED in '90 days' stamp. That's my interpretation.

*Off-Topic: 'B-Window' Complimented me on how organized my paperwork was. THANKS VJs !!
And the interviewer was amused that my fiance & I had met in person, and not on a 'gaming-site', like most K1 applicants. "Face-to-face meetings seem to be a rarity these days". * lol

That's ALL for now...

(updated on July 20, 2012)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Vancouver
Event Description
Entry Date : 2012-11-01
Embassy Review : POE easy process. Check-in, security scan, customs, secondary & through.
No line ups, no bags pulled during the secondary check.

*I got to my US destination, but none of my luggage did. It came the following day, and several pieces had been searched by TSA. (Transportation Security Administration) No big deal.
I'm living in paradise now; hard to ruffle my feathers.

Aloha & Mahalo javascript:emoticon('')

Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Honolulu HI
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : February 28, 2015
Embassy Review : Aloha,

I wanted to share my experience, as it may be helpful to others that go to the USCIS in Honolulu. Especially those from inner-islands.

***FYI: This was my ROC BIO appt. However, some of this information may be useful for other USCIS visits***

#1) The BIO appt letter says NO CELL PHONES.... I went to my appointment early to ask about this, and the guard said, "oh that's okay, just turn it off, don't use it when your in the room.

#2) Going earlier to your appointment: Honolulu USCIS said, YES ... as long as you have your letter, you can go early. Even DAYS earlier! However, they can't guarantee you'll get in, as it may be busy.

#3) From another island? Take THE BUS!: I'm a huge fan of public transportation, and THE BUS was great. For $2.50, I rode one bus (#20 or #19) from the airport to the USCIS building! It took a 1/2 hr. Of course, riders beware, always always give yourself plenty of time.

#4) Food & Drink: Available at the USCIS location, aka "Restaruant Row". I went to Starbucks (I like their oatmeal, internet & music) 10 min walk, east of USCIS.*Ala Moana & Coral St.

#5) Shopping: Why not! 20 mins. east of USCIS, Ala Moana & Ward.
More restaurants & there's a Ross.

#6) Travel FLYING & other: From Maui to Oahu, this trip I tried Island Air, for the first time and was very satisfied with their service. I usually fly Hawaiian Airlines, but the cost was way more than Island Air. So I got a great deal, their holding areas are awesome; TONS of outlet towers to charge your electronic devices. Once you land in HNL, walk over to the Interisland Terminal (Hawaiian Airlines), 2nd Level, to catch THE BUS. Stop is on the median, far end, 2nd Level. $2.50 have exact change. #19 or #20 to Waikiki hotels. On the way back, take the #19 or #20 Airport.

I hope this info is helpful.

(updated on April 20, 2015)
Harassment Level : Very Good

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(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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