VJ Member Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: K
Beneficiary's Name: R
VJ Member eastcoastgroove:
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Last Updated: 2017-12-16


Immigration Checklist for K & R:

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 : 2017-02-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-02-16
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2017-05-19
NVC Received : 2017-06-06
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2017-06-20
NVC Left : 2017-06-21
Consulate Received : 2017-06-29
Packet 3 Received : 2017-07-31
Packet 3 Sent : 2017-07-18
Packet 4 Received : 2017-07-19
Interview Date : 2017-08-09
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-08-14
US Entry : 2017-09-06
Marriage : 2017-09-12
Comments : POE- I went through Toronto and had a 2 1/2 hour connection in the early afternoon. I got through security and customs in less than half an hour. The agent who talked to me was really nice.

****For those going through Canada and wondering - my CEAC tracker first showed ready on June 29. I sent packet 3 EVERY time I saw them update the date on this (I checked daily) for a total of five times (as I didn't receive a response after sending it for the first time on the 29th). My final time was on July 18 (5th time sending it) and I received packet 4 the next day.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 92 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 174 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Dallas TX
Date Filed : 2017-09-28
NOA Date : 2017-10-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-10-26
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-09-28
NOA Date : 2017-10-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2017-12-11
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 74 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-09-28
NOA Date : 2017-10-04
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 74 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 25, 2017
Embassy Review : I had my interview on August 9 and had a great experience. As others have mentioned, I took the 747 bus to and from the airport and for $10 (24 hour pass) and less than an hour of travel time, it really is the best way to get downtown. I came the day before to be sure I was there on time and got an airbnb 15 min walking distance away. Montreal is a very easy city to walk and get around, so don't worry about getting a place too close to the consulate. I did a practice walk the evening before to make sure everything went smoothly the next morning.

My interview was at 8am and I got there at 735 and was let in. No Starbucks for me, since I have a tiny bladder lol (there was a washroom upstairs though for anyone with the same worry). The woman to the left immediately after entering, looked at my interview confirmation I had printed, put a sticker on my passport and gave me a laminated sheet.. After that I went through the scanners and they stored my phone for me (I wanted to have it so I could call my fiance right away when I finished). Just as an FYI, They will turn it off before storing it. After this I was sent to the waiting area by the elevator. At this point they want you to organize your documents according to the laminated sheet they give you (you will have time upstairs too). I had read the order they list on the sheet, is not the order they ask for each item, so personally, I just left my paperwork as is. I had it organized in a plastic folder that had 13 labeled slots so I felt I would be able to find it much faster that way. After about 15-20 min, a guard brought us all upstairs. I overheard another girl saying her interview was scheduled for 7:30 and I would say they only started the interviews at about 8:15-8:30.

Once we got upstairs they had 2 windows open and began calling each number to pass in the documents.. I was number 7 so I had to wait awhile. The man at the window I was called to was business-like, but not unfriendly. He took all my documents and did my fingerprints. He asked for my fiance's address and phone number, so make sure you memorize that or have it written down somewhere where you can easily find it. After he was done, I asked if he wanted my divorce certificate, which he did take and then asked if my fiance was divorced. I am not sure if this would have delayed the visa if they went through my paperwork again and realised it had not been seen by anyone. They took my original, didn't need my photocopy and gave me back the original at the next window, so it may not have made any difference at all, but I thought I would point it out anyways. For anyone wondering (as I was) they did not ask for my marriage certificate from my first marriage. It was listed in the list of documents to bring, and although I knew the list was used for the CR-1 visa as well (when you are married and would need to show it), I had still ordered a certified copy JUST IN CASE they asked (since in Canada they keep the copy you send it when going through the divorce process). For the I-134, they only wanted my fiance's W2 and the tax transcript we had gotten off the IRS website. They never asked for the bank letter, pay stubs, employer letter or proof of domicile. They didnt ask for evidence of our relationship either, but from other reviews I knew they wouldn't so I didn't go too crazy preparing any. I brought plane tickets, a few photos and some screen shots of texts but that was it.

After I was done at the first window, I went back to my seat and waited. When I was finally called to window 8, I was greeted by a very friendly woman. I can't even say what questions were asked exactly, as the interview was more like a conversation. From what I remember though, I was asked 1) how we met 2) how did the relationship progress 3) how many times had we seen each other 4) what were our wedding plans 4) if he was divorced (I had mentioned I was) 5) if we had any kids/ pet 6) what did he do for work and 7) if I had ever had trouble at the border. This took no more than 5 minutes. She then told me I was approved and told me my rights as an immigrant and that I would have my visa in 2 weeks, but probably faster. (I received it the following Monday). I left smiling and called my fiance to tell him the great news!! Including my early arrival, I was probably there for about 2 hours, maybe a little less.

I hope this helped ease some people's minds and good luck to everyone on their interviews!!!

Rating : Very Good

*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.

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