Wednesday, January 4, 2012
My green card processing timeline
As I mentioned earlier, once I had obtained my K1 Fiance visa, there wasn’t much of a rest before I arrived in the USA, gotmarried and began the next phase of the immigration procedure which included more form filling, appointment attending and evidence gathering for the USCIS. As the green card processing went on over a period of months, I thought it might be useful to write a summary of it as a chronological list - so here is my green card processing timeline.
IMPORTANT: Be aware that not everyone’s application follows quite the same pattern as my own. I have read various accounts and the time delays can vary considerably, as can the order of events (for example, unlike me, many people receive their temporary work and travel permits before they get their green card).
January 14th – My wife and I got married. This fulfilled the requirements of my K1 fiance visa. To become a permanent resident and obtain the necessary documents for getting work, however, I needed to apply for a green card next.
February 2nd - I received my social security card after applying for it at a social security office 10 days earlier. Although it is not essential to the process of getting a green card, doing anything official can be difficult in the USA without a social security number, which is used as a form of I.D. proof, as well as for tax purposes. The card had written across it that I could only work with DHS authorization.
January and February - My wife and I make up a list of everything that we would need as evidence and began gathering it together for my green card application.
February 25th - Attend a medical and get my I-693 form filled out (confirmation of my vaccine records by a US doctor).
March 14th - Put in the application for greencard (I-485), along with applications for a temporary work permit (I-765) and travel permit (I-131), all our evidence, a check for the fee, and a green receipt card for the USCIS to stamp and return to me.
March 18th – Received the green receipt card I sent with package back, stamped by USCIS Chicago.
March 25th - Received notification that my forms and fee money had been received (including receipts for the temporary work [I-765] and travel [I-131] documents as well as the green card) – but also informed that I’d forgotten to include payment for the biometrics appointment and I needed to send them the money before my case would proceed.
April 3rd - Received confirmation that they’d received the money for the biometrics and that they would send me a date for my biometrics appointment in due course.
April 17th - Receive a “Transfer Notice”, informing me that they have transferred my case to the California Service Center to speed up the green card processing.
June 30th - Invited to attend a biometrics appointment on July 20th.
September 18th - Receive notification that my green card application has been accepted and they will send me a green card shortly.
September 20th - Received my green card in the mail.
Now that the green card process was complete and I had my green card, I requested that my social security card be changed to remove the writing on it that stipulated I could only work with DHS authorization. Received my replacement card on September 26th.
I can take a breather now regarding immigration bureaucracy until my green card runs out in 2 years time and I have to replace it.