VJ Member Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Mr. Lumpia
Beneficiary's Name: Ms. Kimchi
VJ Member KimchiLumpia:
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Last Updated: 2017-12-05


Immigration Checklist for Mr. Lumpia & Ms. Kimchi:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2016-11-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2016-11-22
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2017-02-07
NVC Received : 2017-03-03
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2017-03-08
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2017-03-09
Packet 4 Received : 2017-03-09
Interview Date : 2017-04-19
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-04-28
US Entry : 2017-05-28
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 77 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 148 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2017-08-19
NOA Date : 2017-08-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-09-19
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2017-08-19
NOA Date : 2017-08-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2017-11-20
Date Card Received : 2017-12-04
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 93 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2017-08-19
NOA Date : 2017-08-30
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2017-12-04
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 93 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 19, 2017
Embassy Review : ***** I would like to start this review off by saying: Make sure to tell the person that scans your DS160 at the front door of the Embassy that you are there for a K1 Visa Interview. And make sure you receive your laminated K1 Visa checklist sheet and interview number at the front door from that same person who scanned your DS160 ******

I will explain why in my review.

So like many others, my fiance and I read many of the VJ reviews of the K1 Visa interview process in Montreal.

My fiance (Canadian citizen) and I (US citizen) had our interview at 7:45am. We arrived at 7am, and saw no line. There is a Starbucks on the opposite corner of the Embassy, so we decided to grab a coffee and wait. At about 7:30am, we noticed several people with plastic file folders walking in-front of the Embassy. So, we decided to make our way to the Embassy front door.

There was one gentleman in line ahead of us, as we were second in line. The security guard opened the doors at 7:35am, and asked what time was the gentleman's interview - he said 8am. He then asked my fiance and I - we said 7:45am. The security guard let us in first. Awesome! First in line!

As we entered the building, a lady in a red vest asked my fiance for her DS160, appointment email confirming the time/date of our appointment, and her passport. We gladly gave them to the lady in the red vest, she evaluated them, scanned my fiance's DS160, checked my fiance in, and returned my fiance's documents and passport. I told the lady in the red vest I was the US Citizen and was accompanying my fiance to the interview. The security guard asked if I had brought my US passport, which I did, and was able to accompany my fiance.

As noted in other member's reviews, we were ushered through an Airport type security screening process, then directed down a flight of stairs into a large basement waiting area with several chairs, a passport photo booth, and an elevator. As recommended by VJ members, we sat in the chairs nearest the elevator.

After 5-6 minutes, more people started to come down the stairs and wait for the elevator as well. At this point, I recall other VJ members mention they received a laminated K1 Visa checklist sheet with an interview number on it. We were waiting in the basement and wondering when we'd receive this checklist and number. No one made mention of anything.

After 10 minutes total, a security guard gentleman directs everyone into the elevator and presses the button to the 19th floor.

As we get off the elevators onto the 19th floor, the space is very similar to a Department of Motor Vehicles waiting room. There are several numbered window counters, several chairs, a plasma TV on the wall, vending machines with snacks and drinks, and a beautiful view of downtown Montreal.

Being first in line out of the elevator, another lady in a red vest greeted the group and directed us to her. She asked to view my fiance's DS160 and passport, then directed us to window #2 to be processed. At window #2, the woman asked my fiance for her DS160, passport and laminated checklist sheet with interview number on it.


We told the woman at window #2 we never received a laminated checklist sheet or interview number. She looked confused as well, and stated the lady in the red vest who was at the entrance of the Embassy and initially checked us in was to give us our laminated checklist sheet and interview number. The lady at window #2 apologized for their error. However, we were instructed to take the elevator back downstairs, return to the entrance and get the laminated checklist sheet with interview number, take the elevators back up, and return in line.

So we returned to the Embassy's entry down the elevator as instructed. Our hearts dropped as we noticed several more people enter the embassy and a line starting to form outside. We discussed with the downstairs entry guards and security personnel the mistake that was made on their part. The staff at the entry apologized, and after finishing checking-in a family of 4, the lady in the red vest at the entry gave my fiance her laminated checklist sheet with interview number. Fortunately, they didn't make us go through security again. Although, this took another 10 minutes to correct.

We took the elevator back to the 19th floor, only to be greeted by a line about 12 people long. From being the first in line, to now having to wait behind a long line of people - we were pretty upset at this. Fortunately however, the 19th floor greeter remembered us and ushered us to the first available window!

YAY no additional wait!

I was able to accompany my fiance to the processing window, and it was very similar to other VJ member's experiences. The gentleman took my fiance's finger prints, asked for her DS160, copy of her passport biographic page, the passport itself, birth certificate original and copy, police certificate, I-134 form, and my 2016 tax transcript. We were then instructed to take a seat, and would be called up to interview.

After about 5 minutes, my fiance was called up to window #7 for her interview. Of course, I was not allowed at the interview window.

My fiance said the female interviewer was very friendly and asked the same questions as other VJ members stated:
* How did you meet?
* What does he do for work?
* When did you get engaged?
* What is his favorite food?
* What types of activities do you both do in your spare time?
* Etc

After these questions, the interviewer said everything looked in order and my fiance was approved. The interviewer returned my fiance's original birth certificate, gave her the "Welcome to America" information letter, and said the passport with K1 Visa inside will be mailed with-in 2 weeks.

Even after their mistake with the laminated K1 Visa checklist and interview number, total time in and out only took 45 minutes.

It was a very quick and pleasant process. All the staff was very helpful. Like others have said - if your paperwork is in order, your relationship is true, and you are coming to the US in good faith, your process should be easy as well!

Good luck!

(updated on April 21, 2017)
Rating : Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2017-05-28
Embassy Review : I'm from Seattle Washington and my fiance is from Vancouver BC, which is about a 2.5 hour drive. We drove down from Vancouver into the US via the Peace Arch Boarder Crossing in Blaine.

We have read many of the VJ posts and reviews regarding Canadian entry into the US via vehicle. We had nicely boxed and loaded all my fiance's belongings into my pickup truck and made a detailed list of contents

Driving up to the border window booth, we were instructed to go inside of the immigration office to process my fiance's K1 Visa paperwork.

There were about 5-6 CBP officers working with no wait in line. We were called up rather quickly.

The CBP officer asked for my fiance's passport and sealed K1 Visa brown envelope. After processing her paperwork, he confirmed that we must get married with-in 90 days of entry and wished us luck and congratulations.

We paid a $6 USD fee for processing, and was on our way within 15-20 minutes.

As my vehicle was parked outside in one of the inspection bays, I am not certain if they had inspected our load while we were inside. I had the truck keys with me the entire time, but, was not asked to hand over the keys at any time. Even though they did not ask for a content list of my fiance's belongings, I would still make one just in case.

All in all, the process was very efficient, and the CBP officers were very helpful and friendly.

It made my fiance's experience entering the US very welcoming.
Harassment Level : Low

*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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