Immigration Timeline

 

Home
Baby Pictures
Cathy Before Tom
First Trip to Cebu
Friends and Family
Immigration Timeline
Life in Houston
Links
Reviews
Second Trip to Cebu
Third Trip to Cebu
Tom Before Cathy
Trip to Grand Canyon
Trip to Niagara Falls
Wedding in Cebu
Wedding in Houston
What's New?

Cathy came to America on a K-1 Fiancée Visa.  The story of how Cathy came from the Philippines to America is a long and complicated one.  The entire visa process was complicated and often very frustrating for both Tom and Cathy.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service: INS) web site contains detailed requirements for filing the K-1 Fiancée visa.  In addition the Houston District Office of the USCIS maintains the current status for the processing of various forms.  The following table shows how long it took for various events related to the K-1 Fiancée visa to occur:

K-1 Fiancée Visa Processing

Event

Date

Day Number

Tom sent I-129F form (Petition for Alien Fiancée) to INS. Mar. 18, 1999 0
Tom received approval letter from INS. Apr. 19, 1999 32
Cathy received 1st notice from U.S. Embassy in Manila. May 11, 1999 54
Cathy attended C.F.O seminar in Cebu City. May 20, 1999 63
Cathy received 2nd notice from U.S. Embassy in Manila. Jun. 25, 1999 99
Cathy received Taiwan police clearance. Jul. 10, 1999 114
Cathy passed medical exam at St. Luke's Medical Center. Aug. 5, 1999 140
Cathy passed interview at U.S. Embassy in Manila. Aug. 12, 1999 147
Cathy picked up visa at U.S. Embassy in Manila. Aug. 17, 1999 152
Cathy flew from Cebu City to Houston, Texas. Sep. 7, 1999 173

 

 

 

The following table shows how long it took for various events related to the processing of permanent residency (i.e., the green card) in Houston to occur:

Processing of Permanent Residency in Houston

Event

Date

Day Number

Cathy sent I-485 form ($245) and I-765 form ($100) to INS. Nov. 3, 1999 0
Cathy sent letter to INS inquiring about her EAD. Feb. 8, 2000 97
Cathy received 1st EAD (Employment Authorization Doc). Feb. 24, 2000 113
Cathy applied for Social Security card (SS-5 form). Mar. 1, 2000 119
Cathy received her Social Security card in the mail. Mar. 29, 2000 147
Cathy sent letter to INS inquiring about her I-485 status. May 10, 2000 189
Cathy applied for renewal of her Philippines passport. Jun. 13, 2000 223
Received INS letter: I-485 processing takes 36-40 months. Jun. 30, 2000 240
Cathy received new passport (name changed to Marking). Jul. 7, 2000 247
Cathy sent I-765 form ($100) for renewal of EAD. Sep. 25, 2000 327
Cathy sent I-131 form ($95) for advance parole. Nov. 6, 2000 369
Cathy received 2nd EAD (I-688B); expires 1/31/02. Dec. 13, 2000 406
Cathy received advance parole (I-512); expires 12/18/01. Dec. 22, 2000 415
Cathy sent I-765 form ($100) for renewal of EAD. Oct. 7, 2001 704
Cathy received 3rd EAD (I-688B); expires 1/31/03. Dec. 17, 2001 775
Tom and Cathy requested help from their Congressman. Jan. 22, 2002 811
Our Congressman informed us that an INS notice for Cathy's fingerprinting sent on 8/15/01 was undeliverable by the Post Office.  The INS never followed up for 6 months. Mar. 1, 2002 849
Cathy received her INS notice for fingerprinting to be done on 4/12/02. Mar. 14, 2002 862
Cathy had yet another medical exam from an INS approved doctor.  The cost was $332. Mar. 16, 2002 864
Filled out and notarized yet another affidavit of support (I-864).  This is the third one we've done. Mar. 21, 2002 869
Cathy was fingerprinted at the INS ASC (Application Support Center). Apr. 12, 2002 891
Cathy received notice for the Adjustment Of Status interview to be held 5/28/02. May 10, 2002 919
Cathy passed Adjustment Of Status interview.  Received stamp in passport labeled "processed for I-551 ... permanent residence".  The stamp expires on 5/27/03. May 28, 2002 937
Cathy received NOA (Notice Of Action) from INS Texas Service Center in Mesquite, Texas.  The NOA was for "Creation of Record of Lawful Permanent Residence". Jul. 3, 2002 973
Cathy received her Permanent Resident Card (i.e., green card) in the mail.  It expires on 6/28/2012.  Hurray!!! Jul. 8, 2002 978

 

 

 

The following table shows how long it took for various events related to the processing of citizenship (i.e., naturalization) in Houston to occur:

Processing of Citizenship in Houston

Event

Date

Day Number

Cathy sent N-400 form ($390) to USCIS Texas Service Center. Mar. 1, 2005 0
Cathy received I-797C Notice of Action indicating that the N-400 application was received.  The priority date is Mar. 2, 2005. Mar. 19, 2005 18
Cathy received the notice for fingerprinting originally scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2005.  She rescheduled it for Saturday, May 7, 2005. Mar. 28, 2005 27
Cathy was fingerprinted at the USCIS ASC (Application Support Center). May 7, 2005 67
Cathy received the notice for her naturalization interview scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2005. May 31, 2005 91
Cathy passed her naturalization interview at the Houston District USCIS office.  She answered 10 out of 10 questions correctly on the civics/history test. Jul. 8, 2005 129
Cathy received her notice for the naturalization oath ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2005. Aug. 4, 2005 156
Cathy attended her naturalization oath ceremony and received her certificate of naturalization.  Cathy is now a citizen of the United States! (2,357 days after Tom first sent the petition for the fiancée visa) Aug. 30, 2005 182