Here’s our complete timeline from 2011 meet-up and long distance relationship journey with B1/B2 Tourist Visa up to 2014 application for K1 Fiance Visa (with K2) and then 2015 application for AOS, EAD and AP. We received our Green Card last May 20, 2015. This timeline article will always be updated until RoC Application for year 2017 up to being a US Citizen.
This timeline also comes with the active links from USEM, travel.state.gov and USCIS as a guide on how to apply for B1/B2 Tourist Visa, K1 Fiance Visa, AOS, EAD and AP and RoC. And will continue to update the links as new version comes in.
Note as well that this timeline is not in expedite mode and took almost a couple of yearsss before we get married. I was busy working during our LDR and would like to spend more time for my self and my family and make sure both of us are prepared psychologically and emotionally. As the saying goes, there’s always a perfect time for everything.
You may want to shorten your timeline – is depend on how fast you work on it and most specially how prepared you are physically, emotionally and psychologically.
♥ Meet-up and Long Distance Relationship Journey with B1/B2 TOURIST VISA ♥
- July 2010 – My fiance (now my husband) and I worked together at the same Company as an Engineer, he is in US R&D office and I am in Philippine R&D office exchanging e-mails and conference calls. That’s when we first knew and interact each other as a co-workers. (No Romantic involve yet)
- Jan 2011 – Became friends on facebook
- Feb 2011 – began exchanging personal e-mails every week, and then became every day.
- Mar 26, 2011 – Met each other personally at work in Philippine R&D Office
- Mar 28, 2011 – He went back to US
- July 15 to 20, 2011 – He goes back to Philippines for a vacation. This is the time we became together.
- Dec. 2011 to Jan. 2012 – Spent New Year Celebration at Estrella de Mendoza Laiya Batangas together with my family.
- March 2012 (Holyweek Vacation) – I applied for B1/B2 Tourist Visa (10 yrs. Multiple Entry) and went to the San Diego CA to know more about him, met his family and basically wanted to see the world where he lives. Click here on How I applied for Tourist Visa and Tourist Visa Interview Experience.
- Reference: How to apply B1/B2 US Tourist Visa
- March 2013 (Holyweek Vacation) – I went again to US using Tourist Visa to meet his side of the family in Northern CA. This time we got bored of our 2 yrs LDR and discussed about our wedding and K1 Fiance Application for the next yr 2014, then went back again to Philippines. It’s good to go on the proper route and follow the procedure so we won’t have any problem in the long run.
♥ K1/K2 FIANCE VISA JOURNEY ♥
- Dec. 14, 2013 – My Fiance filed Form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance, K1 Visa with a K2 dependent for my son. Click here for K1 Process Step by step ~ Courtesy of USCIS.gov
- Dec. 30, 2013 – My fiance received NOA1 Form I-797C, Receipt Notice of Action with USCIS Receipt Number. On this NOA, need to check the information if correct for example, Name and Birthday to avoid problems along the way of K1 Visa process.
- Jan 31, 2014 – Fiance received NOA2 Notice of Approval! I started tracking my case at CEAC Tracker
- Feb. 14, 2014 – I started gathering requirements such as NBI Clearance, NSO Birth Certificates, CENOMAR, DS-160 etc. though the NVC Letter haven’t arrived yet. here’s requirements during the time of our application → K1/K2 Visa Required Documents, this is almost still the same now a days though the visa fee may change.
- Know more about Fiance Visa
- Mar 2014 – Paid K1 and K2 Visa Fee at BPI, $240 each applicant total of $480, this is the fee at the time we applied our Visas. Check here the latest amount and conversion at BPI Visa Types and Applicable Fees.
- May 15, 2014 – Received NVC Letter with a copy of NOA2 from US Embassy Phillippine. I am almost finished with my requirements and already scheduled a medical and interview.
- May 26, 2014 – Medical Examination at St. Luke’s Extension Medical Clinic. Medical Examination should be 1 week before the interview. I registered first at their website http://www.slec.ph/us/registration/ and brought the printed copy of SLEC Registration, NVC Letter and Passport on the day of medical exam. Fee is $245 for 15 yrs and older and $185 for 15 yrs old and below. Always check the latest fee at their website. Click here for the link.
- June 6, 2014 – K1 Visa Interview at US Embassy (together with my son as K2). Approved.
- June 11, 2014 – Received Passport with K1 and K2 Visa packet
- June 16, 2014 – Attended Seminar at CFO. Click here to schedule appointment. Online Appointment System
- July 17, 2014 – Flew to US through LAX Port of Entry and left the K1 and K2 Visa Packet to the Officer.
- Sep. 24, 2014 – Our Simple Wedding and Reception.
♥ AOS and EAD/AP APPLICATION ♥
- Dec 06, 2014 – Sent AOS, EAD and AP Package to USCIS via USPS to obtain Green Card and EAD/AP Combo Card. Reference: USCIS Green Card for a K Nonimmigrant.
- Dec. 08, 2014 – Mail was Delivered to Chicago Lockbox
- Dec 24, 2014 – Received e-mail from USCIS with Receipt Number regarding AOS application and USCIS Link where I can check the status of the case using My Case Status → Case Status On-line. Tips on how to track AOS and EAD/AP Application effectively, click here.
- Dec 31, 2014 – Received Actual Form I-797C Receipt Notice of action for AOS, EAD and AP application. Note: One receipt per Form Application.
- Jan 10, 2015 – Received Biometrics Schedule
- Jan 22, 2015 – Biometrics Done. . Ref Link: USCIS Biometrics Appointment Requirements
- Feb. 12, 2015 – Received notification from USCIS that my EAD/AP Combo Card was ordered to be produced.
- Feb. 20, 2015 – Combo card was mailed.
- Feb. 21, 2015 – Received EAD/AP Combo Card
- Mar 10, 2015 – Application of SSN through K1/K2 Fiance Visa.
- Mar 16, 2015 – SS Cards arrived through mail.
- Apr 8, 2015 – Received Interview Schedule for Green Card on May 12, 2015 both for K1 and K2 through e-mail and text notification.
- Apr 11, 2015 – Received Interview Notice on actual mail for K1 and K2.
- Apr 27, 2015 – Had another Physical Exam Form I-693 at the Civil Surgeon accredited by USCIS.
- Apr 28, 2015 – Updated my son’s vaccine through his PCP
- Apr 29, 2015 – Went back to Civil Surgeon for Tuberculin Skin Test.
- Result: Negative, therefore no chest x-ray performed.
- May 12, 2015 – AOS Interview. Approved!
- May 13, 2015 – USCIS status received: Registered Permanent Resident Status and Welcome Notice was mailed.
- May 18, 2015 – Received I-797 NOA: Notification about application for permanent residence has been approved and green card should be received within the next 3 weeks.
- May 19, 2015 – USCIS Status received: Card was mailed both for K1 and K2
- May 19, 2015 – on the same day the status was changed to: Card Was Picked Up By The United States Postal Service
- May 20, 2015 – Received Green Card (Conditional Permanent Resident Card) both for K1 and K2.
- Note to myself: Between 02/12/2017 and 05/12/2017 – 90 days before expiration of GC – Need to apply Removal of Conditions on Permanent Residence Based on Marriage using Form I-751..
- Jun 27, 2015 – Submitted Report of Marriage (ROM) without notary to Phil. Consulate General in Los Angeles via mail. Result: REJECTED
- Nov. 21, 2015 – Filed ROM via Outreach Program. Result: Approved!
- Oct. 28, 2016 – Applied DMV Learner’s Permit. Written Test Result: Passed!
- Oct. 30, 2016 – Filed ROB via Outreach Program. Result: Approved!
- Jan. 20, 2017 – Behind the Wheel Test – How to Pass your driving test.
♥ ROC (REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS) APPLICATION ♥
- Jan. 21, 2017 – ROC Notification Letter from USCIS arrived via USPS reminding that we need to file Form I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence within 90 days prior to 2nd year anniversary of the Green card.
- Feb. 6, 2017 – Started organizing required documents for ROC Petition/Application
- Feb. 9, 2017 – Requested my mother-in-law and brother-in-law to make an affidavit sworn for us and agreed to submit one.
- Feb. 15, 2017 – My Brother-in-law mailed the notarized affidavit sworn.
- Feb. 17, 2017 – My mother-in-law had her Affidavit Sworn notarized.
- Feb. 24, 2017 – Reviewed and Finalized ROC requirements together with Brent.
- Feb. 25, 2017 – Mailed the ROC via USPS Mail Priority. See this link on How to Prepare ROC?
- Mar. 2, 2017 – Received Green Card Extension Letter for 1 yr.
- Mar. 10, 2017 – Received Form I-797C NOA Biometrics Appointment Letter.
- Mar. 21, 2017 – Biometrics appointment at the Application Support Center USCIS San Diego.
- May 12, 2017 – 2 yr. Green Card Expired.
- Status as of Nov. 2017: No RFE Received so far. Waiting for Update via USCIS on-line Case Status System to go “Approved” and “New Card is being Produced”.
- Status as of Jan. 17, 2018: Follow up with USCIS via phone call, I was told I am still in normal processing time. Wow! It’s almost 1 year since the last time I submitted my papers and still no green card yet.
- Jun 6, 2018: USCIS Status – “Case was transferred to another USCIS office”. They sent notice why they moved our case to another office.
Required Action: Waiting for NOA to arrive.
- June 11, 2018: Received Notice of Action letter from USCIS – “Transfer to Texas Service Center”
- July 11, 2018: USCIS Status – “Card was mailed to me”
- July 12, 2018: Got our 10 yr green card in our mail box! Yeheyyy!!!
♥ Form N-400 (NATURALIZATION) APPLICATION THRU ON-LINE ♥
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- Jan. 29, 2019: Filed N-400 through on-line application using this link
- Feb. 2, 2019: Received biometerics appointment notification thru online.
- Feb. 4, 2019: Received Form I-797C NOA Receipt thru mail.
- Feb. 5, 2019: Biometrics Appointment Document became available at documents tab
- Feb. 19, 2019: Biometrics Appointment 8:00AM
- March 5, 2019: USCIS E-mail Notification – You do not need to do anything at this time. We will let you know if we need anything else from you as we continue to review your application.
- March 28, 2019: Interview Scheduled for May 7, 2019
- May 7, 2019: Naturalization Interview
- June 19, 2019: Naturalization Oath Ceremony
- Aug. 01, 2019: US Passport Application
- Aug. 23, 2019: Received my US Passport and my son’s application result (need more info) letter