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My visa was shipped from Montreal after 7 PM EST last night and arrived in Winnipeg at 0641 AM Central Time this morning. I went to Loomis this afternoon and the man at the counter was really nice, but he said they changed their process. He took my driver's license, and then he opened my package. He told me that they are required to take a photocopy of the visa in the passport and of the photo ID presented at the time of pickup. Then I had to sign it (of course!). I don't know what was done in the past, but I was surprised when he just opened up the package in front of me. I am assuming with Loomis taking over DHL, they just wanted enough checks and balances in place to make sure no mistakes are made.

Anyhoo...I sure didn't mind what was going on, I was just happy to have that package finally in my hot (well, not really) little hands! :dance:

The page in my passport is valid from 17 Feb 2015 until 03 Aug 2015, and the paper they sent with the envelope states that you MUST pay the visa fee BEFORE you leave to enter the US. I don't know if this is new or what, but we will pay it next week. Now to start the countdown until I can leave at the beginning of April!

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ROC

01/18/2017   Sent in I-751

01/26/2017   Check cashed

01/28/2017   Received NOA dated 01/20/2017

02/16/2017   Biometrics done

10/24/2017   Traveled to Minneapolis for I551 stamp

02/26/2018     Case received by Field Office - S. Paul

05/012018     Case transferred to another USCIS office for processing 

N-400

02/02/2018    Filed N-400 online

02/05/2018    NOA online - NOA letter 02/09/2018

02/21/2018     Biometrics walk-in

 

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Congrats on getting the Visa. Looks like you were "lucky" and it only took 10 days and not like a month as some people.

If I were you I don't know if I could wait till April! I mean I am sure you have reasons and I am sure I will too when I finally get my Visa to wait (packing, getting things in order, etc)

But I would be like "WHERE IS THE BORDER!!". Especially after all that waiting.

Brent

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USCIS

Spoiler

 

2015-02-02: Sent I-130

2015-02-04: USCIS Received and transferred to NSC

2015-02-06: NOA1

2015-06-19: NOA2 Email. 133 days between NOA1 and NOA2

2015-06-26: USCIS update that case was sent to NVC

 

NVC

Spoiler

 

2015-07-02: Case received by NVC

2015-07-14: Case number assigned when calling on 2015-07-20 but couldn't give emails as case was locked still

2015-07-27: Called and was able to give emails

2015-07-27: Submit DS-261

2015-07-27: Pay AOS Fee

2015-08-25: Receive IV bill

2015-08-26: Pay IV Fee

2015-09-05: Submit DS-260

2015-09-07: Sent AOS and IV package via EP

2015-10-11: Resubmit via EP after being told to do so on 2015-10-09 as it looked like our original emails were lost

2015-10-16: Received email for scan date of 2015-10-12. Told that basically nothing can be done and we need to wait 30 days from 2015-10-12 (30+ days lost because they lost our emails)

2015-10-26: Told case is basically complete but that they are building my electronic file. Told there is no timeline for this.

2015-10-30 & 2015-11-13: Still told no update. Building electronic file still and no timeline.

2015-11-17: Case Complete

2015-12-03: Receive packet 4

2015-12-15: Medical

2015-12-18: Medical picked up results

2016-01-12: Interview - Approved!

2016-02-03: POE

 

 

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Congrats!


K1 VISA APPLICATION

10.28.14 - Package Sent

11.06.14 - NOA1

11.21.14 - NOA2

12.10.14 - NVC Received

12.15.14 - US Consulate General Vancouver Received

12.22.14 - Packet 3 Received

01.24.15 - Packet 3 Sent

01.27.15 - Packet 4 Received

02.17.15 - Medicals

03.03.15 - Interview - Approved

03.14.15 - See you California. Thank you Lord.

03.28.15 - Civil Wedding 

05.12.15 - Church Wedding 

SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

04.02.15 - Applied (brought with me completed SS-5, I-94, passport and original marriage certificate)

04.07.15 - Card Received (under married name)

11.13.15 - SSA Requested Removal of Restriction

11.20.15 - New SS Card without Restriction Received

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS & EAD

04.02.15 - Package Sent (EAD & AOS)

04.04.15 - Package Received (Chicago Lock box)

04.06.15 - NOA1 (EAD)

04.07.15 - NOA1 (AOS)

04.17.15 - Biometrics Notice (via Post mail)

04.29.15 - Biometrics schedule

04.22.15 - Successful Walk In for an Early Biometrics

06.19.15 - Approval (based on the card date - EAD)

06.26.15 - EAD Card Received

07.27.15 - NPIW

09.19.15 - Online status approval

09.25.15 - Green Card Received. Thank you Lord!

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS  (CSC)

06.23.17 - Application sent

06.26.17 - Received

06.29.17 - NOA

07.10.17 - Biomentrics Notice (via Post mail)

07.17.17 - Biometrics schedule

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the new loomis process and the new site probably caused delays in issuing and sending out visas. Glad you got yours!


USCIS

January 8th 2014 - NOA1

July 10th 2014 - NOA2

NVC

July 17th 2014 - Case shipped to NVC

July 30th 2014 - Case received by NVC

August 13th 2014 - Case number and IIN received by email

August 13th 2014 - DS-261 Form Completed

August 14th 2014 - AOS Fees Invoiced and Paid

September 17th 2014 - IV Fees Invoiced and Paid

September 19th 2014 - DS260 Completed

October 6th 2014 - AOS and IV Packages Received

November 28th 2014 - AOS and IV Checklist (4 items in total. 3 for documents they lost. Called on December 9 and a rep said no checklist for IV....go figure)

December 8th 2014 - Checklist scan date.

December 30th 2014 - Case Compl........NOT. So after not having an interview date yet, I called again on Jan 30th and apparently its in final review with a supervisor.

February 6th 2015 - Case Complete: Supervisor called from NVC to confirm everything has been completed now.

March 27 2015 - Interview Date

March 27 2015 - Approved!

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D2B, you have hijacked at least 3 threads by other people with your posts. This is not appropriate posting behavior on VisaJourney. Your ONE thread that you're allowed on your topic is now here:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/537544-whats-the-status-of-my-visa-cambodia-split-topic/


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Congrats on getting the Visa. Looks like you were "lucky" and it only took 10 days and not like a month as some people.

If I were you I don't know if I could wait till April! I mean I am sure you have reasons and I am sure I will too when I finally get my Visa to wait (packing, getting things in order, etc)

But I would be like "WHERE IS THE BORDER!!". Especially after all that waiting.

Brent

Thanks Brent! I totally get you, especially when he only lives 4 hours away! Unfortunately I have employment obligations and financial loose ends that need to be tied up. Also packing up my whole life to move it south is more daunting a task than I anticipated. It's okay though, as my husband is on the road anyway. By the time April rolls around things for him will have slowed down some so he can come and get me.


ROC

01/18/2017   Sent in I-751

01/26/2017   Check cashed

01/28/2017   Received NOA dated 01/20/2017

02/16/2017   Biometrics done

10/24/2017   Traveled to Minneapolis for I551 stamp

02/26/2018     Case received by Field Office - S. Paul

05/012018     Case transferred to another USCIS office for processing 

N-400

02/02/2018    Filed N-400 online

02/05/2018    NOA online - NOA letter 02/09/2018

02/21/2018     Biometrics walk-in

 

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It's always said you have to pay it before entering but you don't. Since absolutely nothing can happen until you POE regarding the green card, there's no rush.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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If I remember correctly they also did this when mine were picked up. My dad picked up on my behalf and I was so adamant that he not open the packages he was worried when the DHL guy pulled our passports out for verification.


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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It's always said you have to pay it before entering but you don't. Since absolutely nothing can happen until you POE regarding the green card, there's no rush.

Thanks NLR. I sort of remember reading this somewhere but my brain is addled now...and will be until April! :rolleyes:


ROC

01/18/2017   Sent in I-751

01/26/2017   Check cashed

01/28/2017   Received NOA dated 01/20/2017

02/16/2017   Biometrics done

10/24/2017   Traveled to Minneapolis for I551 stamp

02/26/2018     Case received by Field Office - S. Paul

05/012018     Case transferred to another USCIS office for processing 

N-400

02/02/2018    Filed N-400 online

02/05/2018    NOA online - NOA letter 02/09/2018

02/21/2018     Biometrics walk-in

 

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If I remember correctly they also did this when mine were picked up. My dad picked up on my behalf and I was so adamant that he not open the packages he was worried when the DHL guy pulled our passports out for verification.

Ah..so it's not a new thing. I was sort of taken aback when he ripped the package open, but he seemed to be very familiar with the process. He was telling me horror stories of opening the packets and finding the actual visa "Do Not Open" packet open. He has had women in tears at his desk. He said that all he did when this happened was to write a letter for the person to give to the CBP officer at POE explaining who he is, what happened, and his contact information in case CBP wants to contact him. He has never received a call from them, but has received calls from a couple of people this has happened to, saying that the officers at POE accepted the letters and allowed processing to proceed.

Nice to know that there are nice guys like that at Loomis that will do that in order to prevent a lengthy hold up at the tail end of a grueling process such as this. It's also nice to know that there are CBP officers out there who are willing to be flexible. :)


ROC

01/18/2017   Sent in I-751

01/26/2017   Check cashed

01/28/2017   Received NOA dated 01/20/2017

02/16/2017   Biometrics done

10/24/2017   Traveled to Minneapolis for I551 stamp

02/26/2018     Case received by Field Office - S. Paul

05/012018     Case transferred to another USCIS office for processing 

N-400

02/02/2018    Filed N-400 online

02/05/2018    NOA online - NOA letter 02/09/2018

02/21/2018     Biometrics walk-in

 

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