VJ Member Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Chris
Beneficiary's Name: Diana
VJ Member Chris and Diana:
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Last Updated: 2013-08-07


Immigration Checklist for Chris & Diana:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2012-06-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-06-13
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-12-19
NVC Received : 2013-01-02
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-01-04
Consulate Received : 2013-01-08
Packet 3 Received : 2013-01-17
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-01-22
Packet 4 Received : 2013-01-30
Interview Date : 2013-04-16 Submit Review
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-04-22
US Entry : 2013-04-28
Marriage : 2013-05-10
Comments : My fiance and I arrived at the US Embassy/Consulate at around 6:30a.m. - super early, but we wanted to be one of the first people in and out.

I believe at around quarter to 7:00a.m. another couple showed up, who was also applying for the K1 Visa. They're also on Visa Journey and we chatted for a while as more people continued to show up and line up behind us.

Just after 7:30a.m., the doors opened and they started letting us in. A lady to our left asked for our passports and my LOOMIS reference/confirmation number. She put a sticker on the back of my passport, wrote down my LOOMIS courier reference number on it and handed back our passports and directed us towards the door to the security area. We walked up about 4 steps and opened the door.

There, we went through security just like in the airport - all our items, jackets, watches, belts, etc. in the box to go through the scanner and we walked through the metal detector.
(The only difference is they didn't make us take off our shoes!)

We then gathered our items and was directed to the next door, which led to flight of stairs going down into the area where we sat and waited for the elevator.

Around 8:00am, the security guard came down and had us line up for the elevator. We crammed in as many people as we could and went up (based on other forums, I believe it's floor 19). When you get in, make sure you face the back of the elevator because it is the back door that will open once you get to the 19th floor.

When we got there a security guard was there and he directed us to go line up in front of wicket 14. We waited for a while and when someone finally showed up, they started calling everyone up one by one and gave us a number. My fiance and I were C-2. We went and sat in the "immigrant visas" waiting area in front of the electronic boards.

It didn't take long before our number was called to a window. At the first window, we were asked for the following documents:

1. Passport
2. Birth Certificate (original and copy)
3. Medical Exam
4. My fiance's letter of intent
5. I-134 Affidavit of Support and supporting documents
6. Original Police Certificate

Then my fingerprints were taken and we were asked to go sit down and wait for our number to be called again.

By now it was around 8:20a.m. We waited for almost half an hour when we were called to window 8. This is the interview window. We got the famous interviewer, who I believe some of the Visa Journey-ers call "dreads". She was very nice. The first thing she did was kindly ask my fiance to move a chair that was in the way.

She then checked my fingerprints and swore us in. She went through all of our paperwork, gave me back my original Birth Certificate and had me sign form DS-156K and she commissioned it.

She then proceeded to ask me a few questions;

1. How did we meet?
2. What does my fiance do for a living?
3. How did the relationship progress?
4. Where does my fiance live?
5. When did we decide that we wanted to get married?
6. Then she turned to my fiance and asked him how he proposed.

These are the only questions I remember...All I remember is that it was quick and only took about 5-10 minutes. She then gave me a piece of paper that said "Welcome to America" and said that she is approving my Visa and that I should receive my passport with the Visa in about 5 days.

As we left, we waved goodbye to the lovely couple we met earlier and wished them luck. We exited the exact same way we came in. It was just after 9:00a.m. when we were done.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 189 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 307 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2013-04-28 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments : Crossed through Peace Bridge. It was very simple, just a little bit of waiting as they processed the paperwork. I also imported my Canadian vehicle at the same time.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2013-05-23
NOA Date : 2013-05-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-06-26
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-05-23
NOA Date : 2013-05-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-06-26
Approved Date : 2013-07-20
Date Card Received : 2013-07-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 58 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-05-23
NOA Date : 2013-05-29
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-07-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 58 days.

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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