GDHB's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Gideon
Beneficiary's Name: Fiona
VJ Member: GDHB
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2011-07-18
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Immigration Checklist for Gideon & Fiona:

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 : 2010-07-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-07-23
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-01-31
NVC Received : 2011-02-04
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-02-08
Consulate Received : 2011-02-14
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-02-23
Packet 4 Received : 2011-03-12
Interview Date : 2011-03-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-03-29
US Entry : 2011-04-05
Marriage : 2011-04-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 192 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 244 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Manchester NH
Date Filed : 2011-05-04
NOA Date : 2011-05-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-05-24
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-07-11
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2011-07-16
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Kansas City MO
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-05-04
NOA Date : 2011-05-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2011-07-05
Date Card Received : 2011-07-16
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 62 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Kansas City MO
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-05-04
NOA Date : 2011-05-10
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-07-16
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 62 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 31, 2011
Embassy Review : I'll start at the end – the consular officer we spoke to was charming and pleasant as others have described. He asked very few questions (How did you meet your fiancée? Not much else) and then helpfully explained the remainder of the process, since the visa was approved.

The consular office was clearly an educated professional with a relaxed pleasant outlook who appeared to enjoy meeting people.

The administrator we spoke to an hour earlier was also pleasant and helpful. She assembled the package of documentation and included the material we brought (copies of birth certs, police report, the CD from the doctor, I-134 etc). She played down an initial moment of confusion recognising it as nervousness. It was just confusion over terminology (applicant/petitioner/beneficiary, who was who). She was kind and reassuring and non-confrontational.

There was a moment of confusion over the Affidavit Of Support. I (the USC) was present and when she asked for the Affidavit I said I have the original documents and a copy. She replied “I don't need a copy”, and took the originals including my W2. When we finished I said that she still had the original W2 and she agreed. I asked if she could accept a copy instead and she said she could – I said I'd need the original for my tax return and she was quick to respond with an apology. I had the impression that she'd seen many W2s but didn't understand that they are sometimes needed for tax returns. I got the original back in exchange for a copy.

Note to interviewees – they may not realise that the W2 originals need to be returned in the same way that birth certs etc are returned.

A few words now about the security staff at the entrance to the Embassy. I'm sure it's a lousy job, especially in bad weather. They don't do a job that requires much thought or creativity and I expect that their managers are pretty strict with them. They were loud and assertive, issuing instructions that were at times confusing and at times contradicting themselves and each other.

As an interviewee, you only need one thing from the security staff; safe entry to the building. If this requires that you appear to accept and be impressed by their knowledge and authority, so be it. You will be inside the building on the next step in a wonderful journey and your experience of meeting them will be behind you.

Take things to read. You will need plenty to occupy your mind.

If you need to bring one or more children – there are absolutely no facilities to provide children with something to occupy a young mind. Be aware of that.
Rating : 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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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