killing distance's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: her
Beneficiary's Name: me
VJ Member: killing distance
Country: Albania

Last Updated: 2015-08-23
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Immigration Checklist for her & me:

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 : Tirana, Albania
I-129F Sent : 2010-11-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-12-02
I-129F RFE(s) : 2011-05-09
RFE Reply(s) : 2011-05-13
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-06-14
NVC Received : 2011-06-27
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-06-29
Consulate Received : 2011-07-01
Packet 3 Received : 2011-07-09
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-07-11
Packet 4 Received : 2011-08-05
Interview Date : 2011-09-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-09-08
US Entry : 2011-09-13
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 194 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 273 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2011-09-13
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : asked for work authorization stamp on pass but he said couldn't do it.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Date Filed : 2011-10-08
NOA Date : 2011-10-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-11-18
AOS Transfer** : 2011-11-03
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-12-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-12-23
Comments : approved in California. no interview. i did not include I-693 in my AOS.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-10-08
NOA Date : 2011-10-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-11-18
Approved Date : 2011-12-13
Date Card Received : 2011-12-21
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 66 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-09-19
NOA Date : 2013-10-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-10-24
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-02-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : just received letter from VSC saying that they have transfered my case to CSC.and Quote "CASE TYPE" CRI89 APPROVED REMOVAL CONDITIONS

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Date Filed : 2015-02-07
NOA Date :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2015-06-17
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2015-06-17
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Tirana, Albania
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 3, 2011
Embassy Review : hi all. i had interview September 1 2011.
should be there at 7 in the morning. passing controls (no mobile phones allowed) you get inside the walls in some sort of waiting space. metal chairs very uncomfortable, some heating device and ceiling fans, potable water and toilets are available. lcd screen goes on repeating the same video where people of different races says "i am American" and you see some procedures that are waiting for you inside. all this... while you see other people they see you and paranoid thought are twisting your mind about - will i get the visa or not. while waiting there is a Albanian Courier employee that make you fill a coupon in case you get the visa, you will not get your pass that day. the embassy send passports with visa inside to this Albanian Courier and they call you after some days, you go to Rr Mine Peza TR and get your pass in hand. 400 lek te reja if from TR. 600 lek if from any other city.
they call your name you go in at number 4. she makes you pay the visa fee. 350$ in my case. finished that and go to digital fingerprints. go back to sportelo 4 and gave all docs of support for ongoing relationship and pass. sit down while you wait for your interview. after some 10 min the interviewer she or he (there were only two americans that speaks albanian with american accent) call your name. interview starts. in my case it was very short. 3 questions: when did you first meet? what does she work in US? have u been living outside albania for more than 6 months and where? thats all. than she goes - "well it seems all your docs are ok, now you should wait for the courier to call you on your mobile and go to pick up your pass with visa" i asked - "do u know how long it will take" she answered "a week max". i went out and took a deep breath, told my brain not to produce adrenaline anymore and headed home while texting to my fiancee the good news.javascript:emoticon('')

that day we were around 30 people. i saw all people that were CR1/IR1 marriage cases get turned down cause of missing docs and specially affidavit of support issues. just a girl and me were approved that day. they are very strict for docs. you should have everything they ask. so email them or do your home works with NVC or here at VJ should be a good advise. if they turn u down they will say mostly get this doc too and get back at us. so not everything is lost. but in order to not get delayed you should do your docs precisely like they ask you.
as for K1 fiance visa this is very easy. follow the packet 3 exactly and gather all those docs for good!!!

i wish this help someone else and best of luck to all.
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