Gina & Dan's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Dan
Beneficiary's Name: Gina
VJ Member: Gina & Dan
Country: Honduras

Last Updated: 2012-08-15
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Immigration Checklist for Dan & Gina:

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 : Honduras
I-129F Sent : 2010-12-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-12-17
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-05-06
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2011-07-11
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-08-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-08-17
US Entry : 2011-09-21
Marriage : 2011-10-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 140 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 242 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2011-09-21
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Buffalo NY
Date Filed : 2012-01-08
NOA Date : 2012-01-09
RFE(s) : 2012-03-01
Bio. Appt. : 2012-02-01
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-08-10
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : RFE for translated birth certificate

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Honduras
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 15, 2011
Embassy Review : Our interview was very much the same as the others. Arrived at 6:30 and stood outside. There are 2 lines and the security gaurd was patrolling the lines to ensure everyone was in the correct place.

1. You cannot take bags or cell phones inside so they will give you a ticket with a number and you will need to leave it with security. Pass through the metal detector (if your shoes have metal they will make you remove them) and enter.

2. Once inide the first lobby area is a person to the right of the door. They review your letter and issue your number.

3. A gaurd was placing people into the seats of tne next lobby area, in the order they entered. I found it comical how serious he was sbout his job. You cannot leave empty seats beside the person next to you.

4. My fiancee was first called to the small interview room where they took her fingerprints and reminded her of the documentation she will need.

5. Next they began the pre-interview pieces. When our number was called we both approached the counter. (This pissed me off) The woman said to us that we needed to pay first (she lied). After I walked away she told my fiancee she would need to have her parents approval which really confused my fiancee. Until she informed the woman she is 32 not 16. Rather than looking at the birth certificate or asking her age, she lied to send me away. Not sure of all the questions that were asked but basically she collected our forms, documents, and evidence.

5.5 This is for my piece of step 5. Without knowing what exchange rate they are using that day, you need to guess what the exact amount is. Since i sent the money to my fiancee in advance. Our only choice at this point was limperas. My advice take a variety of small bills. I did not have the exact amount requested. The difference was like 20 limperas, so i said I will just pay the extra, nope not permitted now I ask where can i get change. She told me the shipping company in the office, No luck there either. Fortunately at that time a snack vender entered the lobby. So i purchased a rice crispy treat and handed to a child that approached with his mother.

6. Next phase was the actual interview. This was a surprisingly young lady that was very respectful and nice. She asked Gina some basic questions for where we met, what I do for a living. My kids names, and if we will have kids. When is the wedding, where we will live. We prepped for these so it was very easy. Then she asked me a huge question so I will quote "I have never seen somene so well prepared for the documents and interview. How did you do it?" With a big smile I gave the props to Visa Jouney and its community as my primary source. She thanked me wrote down the site, and said she will be refering people her in the future. Then she said we were approved and to come the next day for the visa.

7. After we returned to where we were staying my fiancee's phone rang. It was the woman from the interview saying we needed another form. Totally confused I jumped on visa journey and used the template and completed it. It was the green card application. Which confused me even more, but we found a place to print it out.

8. Returned to the embassy with the approval paper and our newly printed form. The embassy made the mistake, I did not need the form after all. They handed us the folder of documents her passport with the visa in it.
Rating : Good

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