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arrowI-129F recieved!
May 27, 2016, 7:55 pm Last comment by FOSSLGRL

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Hi all,


Very excited to receive an email today indicating that our I-129F package was received and the 1st NOA is in the mail on it's way to us.


Figured this was a good time to create an account and timeline, since I have been doing a lot of reading here over the last several months.


I really did not want to be apart from him, I had stayed with him for about 8 months in the US on a visitor visa... yes I realize I overstayed. We were going to get married down there earlier this year and file an I-130, but when he went to obtain a copy of his divorce decree from his first marriage, he found out that his ex wife lied to him about their divorce being finalized, and even went as far as foraging a divorce document several years ago when she left him!


So after contemplating what to do I finally made the decision to come back to Canada until things get figured out. I needed car insurance and had other business to take care of in Canada and it was just too risky for me to stay.


This caused a lot of stress for us obviously. Not only did I have to deal with the stress of immigration, but now we had a divorce to finalize. It took a few months but their divorce FINALLY got finalized last Friday and our K1 paperwork was in the mail on Monday lol. I had prepared it all before I came back up to Canada.


Checking the timelines, an average of 203 days to get the interview? Would certainly be the best Christmas present this year, to get an interview date and be able to join him again as we enter the new year. I'm guessing realistically we are looking at late January. But the moment that Visa is in my hand, I pack up my car and drive back to him.


I currently live with my grandmother and it is a less than idea situation. My (Canadian) parents recently became US citizens and I want nothing more than just to go back home to Nashville and join everybody again.


Anyways that's my story in a nutshell. It's great to be part of the VJ community.





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arrowInterview date issued! Need help
May 27, 2016, 4:03 pm Last comment by RazorFrazer1

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Hey guys,


Couple questions. My interview is in Montreal, wondering how long will it take after (hopefully) approval that I will get my passport back ? Do I have to stay in montreal until then ? Or will they mail it to me ? Wondering for travel plans it is very hard to plan for this. 


Also, how many days before the interview would you book the medicals for ? I was thinking of booking my medicals 3-4 days before the interview (in toronto), then driving to montreal after I got them back. Is this cutting it too short? Thanks !!

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arrowConcerned after Interview
May 27, 2016, 2:01 pm Last comment by rdsv

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Hi everyone.


Apologies for the long post -- I'm a little stressed after this interview because it brings back memories of being denied years ago for my green card and having a long appeal process, or that even worse, they'll now retroactively decide the green card shouldn't have been approved. Apologies for the long post, I want to give as much relevant detail as possible. Thanks.


I had my naturalization interview at the local office here in L.A. on May 24th. I've been a permanent resident for 3 years and applied for citizenship now based on my marriage to a US citizen. The interview went well. My attorney was present and the immigration officer was very bubbly and joked around a lot. I passed the exam at 6 questions.


Then the officer asked if I had ever been arrested. I said yes, for possession of a tiny bit of marijuana in 1996 back in Canada. I paid a small fine and a few years later applied for a Canadian pardon which was granted (see more details below).


At this point, the officer said that my case file (a massive folder) was disorganized and that she needed to take a closer look later. My attorney said it was all there, including the appeal board's decision, etc, etc. The officer looked at me and said, "You seem worried. Don't be, I just have to organize this and get a closer look." Then she said you'll hear back soon, even though she has to officially say it can take 90 days. We thanked her and left.


Today I checked the case status and it said "On May 24, 2016, we mailed a request for initial evidence for your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The request for evidence explains what we need from you. We will not take action on your case until we receive the evidence or the deadline to submit it expires. Please follow the instructions in the request for evidence."


My lawyer said she doesn't think they're requesting evidence, that she's seen it before where it was under review but then a few weeks later the oath notice came. She says "request for evidence" is the only way the officer can code it.


Does anyone have any similar experiences or any thoughts on my case?




(Some more backstory: My initial green card application based on my marriage was denied by the USCIS because they couldn't determine if the amount of marijuana fell within the USCIS's accepted guidelines to waive. My court records were so old they couldn't find my case, only a summary of the charge. I had to appeal the USCIS denial with a letter from a prosecutor in Canada who vouched that because of the fine I paid, it was likely that the amount of marijuana fell within the USCIS's accepted guidelines. After a 2 & 1/2 year wait, my appeal was approved, and a few months later, I got my green card.)

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arrowDelay after case complete - nvc waiting (again) for NZ police certificate
May 27, 2016, 1:40 pm Last comment by NLR

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Ok, this is kind of a long story, and my timeline is not fully completed (I don't have all the dates with me), but here is our background:


My husband, Tim, is the petitioner, and is a USC.  I am a Canadian citizen, and we have been married for 8 years, with two kids aged 2 and 5.  Until February of this year we were all living in New Zealand, and that is where we filed from (priority date July 20, 2015).  In order to satisfy the domicile requirement my husband got his job transferred from New Zealand to Seattle, where he moved to in March 2016.  The kids and I are staying with my parents in Vancouver, Canada (so my husband can come up on weekends).


Ok, about our case.  After sending all the documents to the NVC, received on January 6, 2016, we received an RFE on March 15, 2016.  They asked for my birth certificate and our marriage certificate (both which were included in the original packet), as well as my New Zealand police certificate.  I had applied for the New Zealand police certificate in December, and the US embassy in Auckland told me they sent it to the NVC in December.  I called the NVC and was assured that because I don't get the certificate, and I had put through the application to Auckland, it was ok.  I express resent the BC and marriage certificate copies to the NVC


Second RFE sent on April 20, 2016, again asking for the NZ police certificate.  I contacted the Auckland embassy, they re-sent the background check, called the NVC and they referred it to a supervisor.  I received a case complete on May 2nd.  In my communication with the Auckland embassy, they said I needed to do the medical 2-3 weeks before the interview.  Since I am caring for my children in Vancouver, this period of separation is not tenable, so on May 10th, I requested a change in embassy to Montreal.  On May 13th, they gave me a Montreal case number.  


May 16 I call the NVC, to make sure that everything is sorted, and they assured me my case was complete and I was just waiting for an interview slot.


This morning, I called the NVC again (seeing that some May case complete already had interviews scheduled on VJ), they said that the case was no longer complete, and that they were waiting on my NZ police certificate.  The woman I spoke to referred my case to a supervisor, but said it may take six weeks for a supervisor to look at it.  


I've applied for an expedite because my 5-year old needs to start school in late August, in Seattle, and this prolonged separation is creating financial and emotional hardship on our family and my children.  I realize this is a weak reason, but I am hoping that they have some pity on us.  Is there anything else I can do at this point?

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arrowWhat paperwork to keep after becoming a citizen?
May 26, 2016, 5:53 pm Last comment by NLR

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Does anyone have any ideas or recommendations on what paperwork we should keep after becoming a citizen?  I have so many papers from K1 through to N400 and it's ridiculous.  Do we really only need our citizenship certificate or US passport for proof of citizenship?  Am I required to keep any of the forms and whatnot?  I'd rather not hold onto this stuff the rest of my life!  Thanks for any information!

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