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Or: Get Thee Behind Me, Medical!

Part One: You drag around both copies of the xrays through hell's half acre, even though you don't think you'll need them at the interview, but just in case ... you avoid mangling these large, floppy, pain in the ### envelopes, TWO of them, for the whole time. You're done, approved, on the bus leaving from MTL heading home to Toronto and an hour into your ride you look down at your bag beside you and suddenly wonder ... where are your xrays?

I'd left them at the MTL bus terminal. :girlwerewolf2xn:

The bus driver called MTL, yelled at people in french for 15 minutes, then said they will put them on the express to Toronto at midnight, I can pick them up the next day (aka today). I double-check with TO's people when I get there, to let them know, they will call my host's number when they get it at 6:30 am.

No call. I call them, no envelopes. I call MTL, they say, no envelopes. I let them know what they are for, the ask around ... turns out some dipshit saw that one of them (the OLD one, no idea if the new one is there or not) had a label from the Dr. in London. So they sent them to London! :girlwerewolf2xn: I call London, who said they would have to be shipped from TO to London anyway, so whussup with that, but that they wouldn't be there yet anyway. I'll have to try again tomorrow. Please tell me the AOS doesn't actually need the xray.

As for my errant medical, lost by Canada Post, it brings me to Definition of Irony part 2:

Getting the medical delivered to your house a week late and a half hour after you've already been dropped off to catch the bus. :girlwerewolf2xn:

I was able to find a solution to the medical issue which I cannot get into, but suffice to say that it was legit.

Onto the review:

I stayed at the La Tour, which was clean but cold, despite me cranking the heat. To be fair, I suspect that had more to do with my deathly illness as I'd cranked the heat to 29 and was still shivering, but some spare blankets would have been nice. They were very gracious and accommodating in the odd requests I'd had, including reassuring me that they'd take care of my bag if I was unable to get back before my noon check-out. My bag was fully packed and ready to go anyway, but it was nice of them to agree when I asked. Also, my room had it's own little kitchen! If I had known, I would have brought something like microwavable food or something I could have whipped up there.

The consulate is right down the street from the hotel, but down this little ghetto side street, and it's not clearly marked. If you are coming from the La Tour, stand directly in front of the hotel and look across the street, you will see this giant historic-looking building recessed in quite a ways from the street, flying a bunch of Canadian and Quebec Flags at the sidewalk. To the left of that building is a big fancypants corporate/hotel/bank-ish looking building (the Felix Something Or Other) which goes all the way to the end of the block, if I recall properly. Go down the street to the light so you can cross, so you will be at the corner of a tiny side street and the Felix building (Hey, google says it's Place Felix-Martin 455 Rene Levesque Blvd. West and it does deal with stocks. Woot!) and go down the little dodgy side street, because the Consulate set into the Felix's side that faces said dodgy street.

Hilariously, I had no idea where I was going and in my desperation went into the Felix and asked "Excuse me do you know-" "Where the Consulate of America is? On the side of the building." I think my xrays were a dead giveaway, I bet he gets to answer 85% of his daily questions that way. :lol:

I was the 3rd K applicant waiting, the first was Jess from VJ, who is the cheerfullest person at 7:00am in the bloody cold I have ever met. She's also as cute as a button and will no doubt be cementing Canada's reputation as the land of really nice people everywhere she goes in the US. Her Fiance was also a very nice young man who kindly gave the 2nd woman waiting $40 USD in exchange for her $40 Cdn (exchange rate notwithstanding) because she didn't know about VJ and only brought $100 USD with her.

We did the usual drill of security, waiting, elevator, waiting, called up to the windows, and paperwork handing over, where I learned to my surprise that I I needed to bring a photocopy of the frontpage of my passport. I also didn't have the photocopy of my birth cert either, but the nice older man made copies of both. When he looked at my FFIL's 1-394 co-sponsor info, he asked what he did for a living, which I answered. A lot of the stuff in duplicate he didn't need and gave back to me.

He then gave me the paper I took to the cashier's window number 14 and she took my $131 USD and gave me a receipt, he'd told me he was going to go work on my case and would call me up again for my fingerprints and to give him the receipt then, although some people were told to bring it back right away. He took my fingerprints and then sent me away to wait to be called for the interview and to which room.

I got the Nice Guy Who Looks Like a College Sports Hero, and my whole interview must have lasted three minutes, if that. Half of that time was spent shop-talking about my thesis, because who knew that Mr. NGWLLACSH was a fellow Uber-Geek who has a degree in Ancient Greek?! :o (Rock on, Brotha!) He then said something I didn't catch and "You'll get it in about a week."

Me: "Say what? Does that mean I am approved?"

NGWLLACSH: "Yep."

Me: *sputter* "That's it? Don't you have to ask me skill-testing questions?"

NGWLLACSH: "Not in clear cases like yours. We save the difficult questions for the people who are *impression of iffyiness*"

Me, in a moment of utter ####### WAS I THINKING CHRIST ON A POGO STICK: "Well, with Canadians I guess it's obvious we'd only be going for love"

Me: *OMG DID I JUST INSULT THE USA TO THE FACE OF THE MAN WHO IS APPROVING ME TO GO THERE?! :bonk:*

Me, trying to backpaddle my foot out of my mouth: "I mean, it's not like we're from a war-torn country or something ... "

NGWLLACSH: "Exactly, Canadians don't have 'Motivation' to immigrate."

Me: *refrains from openly wiping forehead, rattles off a tons of thank-yous, and skedaddles*

Me and my big mouth.

When I came out (Jess was the first approval of the day, I was the second) and I gave the thumbs up and the two women who were in the first set of 4 with us asked if I'd got it and I said "Approved!" and did a little dance of glee a whole bunch of people there waiting clapped and cheered for me ... it was really strange? :blink:

A girl behind me was talking about VJ when we were waiting, right before I left I asked her about it, and we had a moment of "Thank god for VJ!" I referred the other two women to VJ for their AOS.

The 2nd woman in our group hadn't been called for her interview yet when the 4th girl was called, and she was convinced it meant that she was going to be rejected. I told her at the time that it was probably because she was divorced and they had to go through extra paperwork, but looking back I think it was because she was an Italian Citizen even though she'd been a Resident of Canada for over 30 years. I wonder what happened to her ... also the 4th girl in our group apparently got The Nasty Lady, because I overheard her giving the girl #### for her pictures of her "Engagement Ceremony".

Now, call me Canadian, but I am aware that other cultures have formal traditions such as engagement ceremonies, and not to be racially profiling anyone (Sorry second Jessica if you are reading this, I do not mean it in anything but an indication of how dumb this woman was being!) but it wasn't a huge jump to picture this girl from a culture that may have such traditions. If there were fancy outfits involved, I fail to see how it is different than any other engagement party thrown by a family for the impending couple. The fact that she was being given ####### about it looking like a 'wedding' and refused to accept her explanation seemed pretty unpleasant to me. If I had an engagement party in his parent's backyard in the summer and wore a white sundress, would I be getting the Spanish Inquisition?

Anyhoo, off I went, left a voicemail on my fiance's cell because it was 8:30 am his time, and went back to my hotel room and slept until noon. Hung out in the cafe attached to the hotel while I had lunch, and then headed off to the bus terminal, which is only a $6-7 cab fare away. Woot!

Yeesh this was long. If you lasted this long and still have questions, fire 'em my way.

APPROVED!!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Edited by Galateia

K-1

03/09/2006: Sent I-129F

22/11/2006: NOA2 - APPROVED!

31/12/2006: 1 year anniversary

22/12/2006: Package received from Montreal

18/01/2007: Packet 3 delivered to Montreal Consulate

02/02/2007: Medical Exam in London, ON- Wonderful Doctor/Office

30/05/2007: Package 4 received from Montreal

05/07/2007: Interview date - Canceled by request, [promised a Dec date b/c was 6+mo in advance, note on file

Screwed up my interview date, given NOVEMBER, fixed, promised Dec or Jan

06/02/2008: Interview date, medical now expired! APPROVED!

23/01/2008: New Medical done, WHERE THE @#$%! IS IT, DID THE MAILMAN LOSE IT?! (It arrived 30 min after I left for MTL, 1 week overdue. KISS MY LEFT FOOT, AFTER IT'S BEEN WEDGED UP YOUR HINEY AND LOST IT'S STILETTO, CANADA POST!)

14/02/2008: VISA IN HAND!!

18/05/2008: POE - Harassed by ignorant and incompetent Customs Official who grilled me until I answered that the reason why I broke up w/ my Ex was not to date my USC but b/c he was "impotent from a porn addiction". He also insulted my husband's motives for talking to me, dismissed our 2 years together as "not enough to get married", and otherwise trotted out the Spanish Inquisition.

22/05/2008: Ceremony of cohabitation (Legally allowed to get bizz-ay!)

AOS/AP/EAD

02/07/2008: Filed for AOS/AP/EAD

14/07/2008: Received NOA1

09/09/2008: Transferred to CSC

29/09/2008: EAD arrives in mail w/out notice, AP following week

18/11/2008: Email notice letter has gone out, card ETA: 60 days

25/11/2008: GC arrives in mail! TWO YEARS OF RED-TAPE FREEDOM! WOOT!

When you know, you know!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Jordan
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Congrats :dance:


بســــم اللـــــه الــــرحمـن الــــرحــــيم

My N-400 timeline, I hope it will help - Local Office (Chula Vista Field Office - San Diego)

10/01/2010: Application was sent.

10/04/2010: Application was received.

10/06/2010: Email received "Application has been received" & Noticed Date.

10/07/2010: "Touch"

10/08/2010: "Touch" & Check was Cashed

10/09/2010: NOA1 Received via mail.

10/22/2010: Status Changed Online "Request for evidence" It was for Biometrics.

10/25/2010: Request for evidence recieved "Biometrics Notice".

11/18/2010: Biometrics date ==> 11:00AM. Biometrics was taken On time.

12/03/2010: "Yellow Letter" Received.

12/06/2010: "Touch" Case Moved to "Testing and Interview".

12/08/2010: Interview Letter received via mail.

01/13/2011: Interview Date. Done, " Thanks To ALLAH, I Passed the Test.

01/18/2011: Oath Letter was Sent.

01/20/2011: Oath Letter Recieved via mail.

01/28/2011: Oath Date. ==> Done, I am a U.S. Citizen

01/31/2011: Applied for a U.S. Passport Book, And, U.S. Passport Card.

02/25/2011: Passport Book's Received.

02/26/2011: Passport Card's Received.

02/28/2011: Certificate Of Naturalization's Returned.

Game Over.

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I love your Journey! LOL!

Congratulations!


I-130

07/29/2007---began process

01/24/2008---I-130 APPROVED (email)

I-129F

11/2007-------sent I-129F - VSC

02/17/2008---touched (at Vermont)

...I'm CR1 now--IV bill shows CR1--oh well

NVC

02/12/2007---at NVC

02/25/2008---received DS-3032 and AOS bill

03/10/2008---received IV Bill ($400!!)

03/24/2008---mailed DS2032

10/10/2008---approved at NVC

11/06/2008---interview (more evidence)

02/17/2009---2nd interview- PASSED!!!!!

04/01/2009---He finally landed on US soil. (no joke)

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Or: Get Thee Behind Me, Medical!

Part One: You drag around both copies of the xrays through hell's half acre, even though you don't think you'll need them at the interview, but just in case ... you avoid mangling these large, floppy, pain in the ### envelopes, TWO of them, for the whole time. You're done, approved, on the bus leaving from MTL heading home to Toronto and an hour into your ride you look down at your bag beside you and suddenly wonder ... where are your xrays?

I'd left them at the MTL bus terminal. :girlwerewolf2xn:

The bus driver called MTL, yelled at people in french for 15 minutes, then said they will put them on the express to Toronto at midnight, I can pick them up the next day (aka today). I double-check with TO's people when I get there, to let them know, they will call my host's number when they get it at 6:30 am.

No call. I call them, no envelopes. I call MTL, they say, no envelopes. I let them know what they are for, the ask around ... turns out some dipshit saw that one of them (the OLD one, no idea if the new one is there or not) had a label from the Dr. in London. So they sent them to London! :girlwerewolf2xn: I call London, who said they would have to be shipped from TO to London anyway, so whussup with that, but that they wouldn't be there yet anyway. I'll have to try again tomorrow. Please tell me the AOS doesn't actually need the xray.

As for my errant medical, lost by Canada Post, it brings me to Definition of Irony part 2:

Getting the medical delivered to your house a week late and a half hour after you've already been dropped off to catch the bus. :girlwerewolf2xn:

I was able to find a solution to the medical issue which I cannot get into, but suffice to say that it was legit.

Onto the review:

I stayed at the La Tour, which was clean but cold, despite me cranking the heat. To be fair, I suspect that had more to do with my deathly illness as I'd cranked the heat to 29 and was still shivering, but some spare blankets would have been nice. They were very gracious and accommodating in the odd requests I'd had, including reassuring me that they'd take care of my bag if I was unable to get back before my noon check-out. My bag was fully packed and ready to go anyway, but it was nice of them to agree when I asked. Also, my room had it's own little kitchen! If I had known, I would have brought something like microwavable food or something I could have whipped up there.

The consulate is right down the street from the hotel, but down this little ghetto side street, and it's not clearly marked. If you are coming from the La Tour, stand directly in front of the hotel and look across the street, you will see this giant historic-looking building recessed in quite a ways from the street, flying a bunch of Canadian and Quebec Flags at the sidewalk. To the left of that building is a big fancypants corporate/hotel/bank-ish looking building (the Felix Something Or Other) which goes all the way to the end of the block, if I recall properly. Go down the street to the light so you can cross, so you will be at the corner of a tiny side street and the Felix building (Hey, google says it's Place Felix-Martin 455 Rene Levesque Blvd. West and it does deal with stocks. Woot!) and go down the little dodgy side street, because the Consulate set into the Felix's side that faces said dodgy street.

Hilariously, I had no idea where I was going and in my desperation went into the Felix and asked "Excuse me do you know-" "Where the Consulate of America is? On the side of the building." I think my xrays were a dead giveaway, I bet he gets to answer 85% of his daily questions that way. :lol:

I was the 3rd K applicant waiting, the first was Jess from VJ, who is the cheerfullest person at 7:00am in the bloody cold I have ever met. She's also as cute as a button and will no doubt be cementing Canada's reputation as the land of really nice people everywhere she goes in the US. Her Fiance was also a very nice young man who kindly gave the 2nd woman waiting $40 USD in exchange for her $40 Cdn (exchange rate notwithstanding) because she didn't know about VJ and only brought $100 USD with her.

We did the usual drill of security, waiting, elevator, waiting, called up to the windows, and paperwork handing over, where I learned to my surprise that I I needed to bring a photocopy of the frontpage of my passport. I also didn't have the photocopy of my birth cert either, but the nice older man made copies of both. When he looked at my FFIL's 1-394 co-sponsor info, he asked what he did for a living, which I answered. A lot of the stuff in duplicate he didn't need and gave back to me.

He then gave me the paper I took to the cashier's window number 14 and she took my $131 USD and gave me a receipt, he'd told me he was going to go work on my case and would call me up again for my fingerprints and to give him the receipt then, although some people were told to bring it back right away. He took my fingerprints and then sent me away to wait to be called for the interview and to which room.

I got the Nice Guy Who Looks Like a College Sports Hero, and my whole interview must have lasted three minutes, if that. Half of that time was spent shop-talking about my thesis, because who knew that Mr. NGWLLACSH was a fellow Uber-Geek who has a degree in Ancient Greek?! :o (Rock on, Brotha!) He then said something I didn't catch and "You'll get it in about a week."

Me: "Say what? Does that mean I am approved?"

NGWLLACSH: "Yep."

Me: *sputter* "That's it? Don't you have to ask me skill-testing questions?"

NGWLLACSH: "Not in clear cases like yours. We save the difficult questions for the people who are *impression of iffyiness*"

Me, in a moment of utter ####### WAS I THINKING CHRIST ON A POGO STICK: "Well, with Canadians I guess it's obvious we'd only be going for love"

Me: *OMG DID I JUST INSULT THE USA TO THE FACE OF THE MAN WHO IS APPROVING ME TO GO THERE?! :bonk: *

Me, trying to backpaddle my foot out of my mouth: "I mean, it's not like we're from a war-torn country or something ... "

NGWLLACSH: "Exactly, Canadians don't have 'Motivation' to immigrate."

Me: *refrains from openly wiping forehead, rattles off a tons of thank-yous, and skedaddles*

Me and my big mouth.

When I came out (Jess was the first approval of the day, I was the second) and I gave the thumbs up and the two women who were in the first set of 4 with us asked if I'd got it and I said "Approved!" and did a little dance of glee a whole bunch of people there waiting clapped and cheered for me ... it was really strange? :blink:

A girl behind me was talking about VJ when we were waiting, right before I left I asked her about it, and we had a moment of "Thank god for VJ!" I referred the other two women to VJ for their AOS.

The 2nd woman in our group hadn't been called for her interview yet when the 4th girl was called, and she was convinced it meant that she was going to be rejected. I told her at the time that it was probably because she was divorced and they had to go through extra paperwork, but looking back I think it was because she was an Italian Citizen even though she'd been a Resident of Canada for over 30 years. I wonder what happened to her ... also the 4th girl in our group apparently got The Nasty Lady, because I overheard her giving the girl #### for her pictures of her "Engagement Ceremony".

Now, call me Canadian, but I am aware that other cultures have formal traditions such as engagement ceremonies, and not to be racially profiling anyone (Sorry second Jessica if you are reading this, I do not mean it in anything but an indication of how dumb this woman was being!) but it wasn't a huge jump to picture this girl from a culture that may have such traditions. If there were fancy outfits involved, I fail to see how it is different than any other engagement party thrown by a family for the impending couple. The fact that she was being given ####### about it looking like a 'wedding' and refused to accept her explanation seemed pretty unpleasant to me. If I had an engagement party in his parent's backyard in the summer and wore a white sundress, would I be getting the Spanish Inquisition?

Anyhoo, off I went, left a voicemail on my fiance's cell because it was 8:30 am his time, and went back to my hotel room and slept until noon. Hung out in the cafe attached to the hotel while I had lunch, and then headed off to the bus terminal, which is only a $6-7 cab fare away. Woot!

Yeesh this was long. If you lasted this long and still have questions, fire 'em my way.

APPROVED!!!! :dance::dance::dance:

Thanks for relating your experience at Montreal. :thumbs: You got approved, that's all that matters and you got MG (movie voice guy) who does indeed look like a movie version of a sports hero or resembles Matthew Modine, depending on who you ask. Mom calls him the Mormon guy because he looks like what everyone's idea of a Mormon looks like. :lol: Since you were getting approved, MG figured you could b*tch about the US, just like a real resident. :lol: Special thanks to you for the extra info on MG's education, you can bet all those VJers going for their interviews in the satrapy of Canada :innocent: will start memorizing Anabasis as soon as possible. :lol: I wonder if MG knows the distance to the Metro in parasangs. :lol: You lucked out. B*tch de Torquemada has screwed over too damn many people for it to be coincidence. :angry: Congrats!!!!!! :thumbs:

BTW, Have you remembered to give thanks to Saint Lenina? :lol:

Edited by IR5FORMUMSIE

IR5

2007-07-27 – Case complete at NVC waiting on the world or at least MTL.

2007-12-19 - INTERVIEW AT MTL, SPLIT DECISION.

2007-12-24-Mom's I-551 arrives, Pop's still in purgatory (AP)

2008-03-11-AP all done, Pop is approved!!!!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Congrats!

I hope we get Movie Guy too! he he he


Our Timeline:

K-1 Visa

I-129F Sent : 2007-03-06

I-129F NOA1 : 2007-04-03

I-129F NOA2 : 2007-08-07

Packet 3 Received : 2007-09-10

Packet 3 Sent : 2007-09-12

Interview Date : 2008-02-13 Montreal U.S. Consulate APPROVED!

Visa Received By Mail : 2008-02-20

Moved: 2008-03-01 The long drive from Canada to Florida!

Applied for SSN : 2008-03-12

Received SSN by mail: 2008-03-21

Wedding Date : 2008-05-03

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AOS, EAD & AP

Sent in AOS, EAD & AP Applications : 2008-05-09

AOS, EAD & AP Applications received by UCIS: 2008-05-12

AOS, EAD & AP NOA1 : 2008-05-16, received in mail 2008-05-20

AOS, EAD NOA2 : 2008-05-21, received in mail 2008-05-27

AOS Case transferred to CA: 2008-06-03

AOS Case being processed: 2008-06-09

Biometrics Interview: 2008-06-11

AOS & EAD touched: 2008-06-11

AOS & EAD touched: 2008-06-12

AOS touched: 2008-06-19

AOS Card production ordered: 2008-07-11

AOS Notice mailed welcoming the new permanent resident: 2008-07-14

AOS touched: 2008-07-16

AOS touched: 2008-07-17

U.S Resident's Card recieved in mail!!!!: 2008-07-18

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Congratulation,love your twist on the interview. I hope you get your x-rays with no more problems. I'm sure your glad you didnt get Debbie the ####### of Montreal who I'm sure the the girl with the engagement photos got, she is one lady that should not be in the position she is in. For those yet to go through Montreal Debbie is or was the slightly heavyset, caucasian blond woman with as you read above with an attitude when I went through there.

Ron


09/20/2006 - Sent I-129F

09/22/2006 - Received at NSC
09/28/2006 - NOA-1 (1-797C date )

10/02/2006 - Cheque cashed

10/02/2006 - NOA 1 (I-797C recieved in the mail)

12/08/2006 - NOA-2 in 79 days

12/13/2006 - NOA-2 hard copy recieved

12/26/2006 - Package recieved by NVC

12/30/2006 - Received by Montreal

01/22/2007 - Received Packet 3

04/16/2007 - Returned Packet 3

08/02/2007 - Received medical documentation

08/07/2007 - Received Interview date Aug. 9th

08/09/2007 - Received I-601 and 212 (not approved yet)

02/17/2008 - I-601 approved 212 abandoned

06/2?/2009 - New medical and passport and doc sent to Mtl

07/22/2009 - Recieved request for DS-221 and notarized letter of intent

07/31/2009 - Montreal recieves thier final requested doc.

09/01/2009 - Visa approved and mail out today

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congrats!!


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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Thanks for relating your experience at Montreal. :thumbs: You got approved, that's all that matters and you got MG (movie voice guy) who does indeed look like a movie version of a sports hero or resembles Matthew Modine, depending on who you ask. Mom calls him the Mormon guy because he looks like what everyone's idea of a Mormon looks like. :lol: Since you were getting approved, MG figured you could b*tch about the US, just like a real resident. :lol: Special thanks to you for the extra info on MG's education, you can bet all those VJers going for their interviews in the satrapy of Canada :innocent: will start memorizing Anabasis as soon as possible. :lol: I wonder if MG knows the distance to the Metro in parasangs. :lol: You lucked out. B*tch de Torquemada has screwed over too damn many people for it to be coincidence. :angry: Congrats!!!!!! :thumbs:

BTW, Have you remembered to give thanks to Saint Lenina? :lol:

I suppose bribing him with some drachmas wouldn't fly, either. You could try letting out a 'pheu, pheu' here and there if you really want to sound pitiful, I guess. ;)

I honestly wasn't trying to knock the US, just rationalize why my interview was over before I had the chance to prove anything. He also remarked that my guy is a 'smartie' when I answered what my guy is doing his PhD on. I didn't preen, I swear ... okay, maybe a little. :whistle: He asked how we met, and I had to explain why he filed from TX though I stayed with him in KY (prompting the school question), and where I was planning on working in the US. I explained that I'm working at a call centre now to pay off my loans during this process, and that since I'm finishing my second month in a row at the top of my team, I don't foresee any issues with getting hired at the call centre down the street from our apartment. Then I'll be looking for a better paying job once my thesis is submitted, that prompted an explanation on how I'll graduate at a distance once it's in. He asked about marriage plans, I gave him the May 1st goal we're shooting for, including our court house marriage so we can get cracking on the AOS and worry about a full-out wedding later when we can afford it.

I also never got to mention that my guy is going to be working for the Air Force, I'm sure that would have scored us some brownie points, but I guess it wasn't necessary. I think the fact that his dad was our co-sponsor also helped our case, because his family has obviously met me and approve of the relationship as his dad is putting himself on the line for us.

What boggles my mind is that I didn't need any of the proof we had of our ongoing relationship, as it's been over a year since I got packet 3 due to all the interview delays. Here I was all psyched to build our case and ... some chit chat about chorals delivered in song later and I'm out the door, already approved. :blink:

I'm dying to know what happened to the second Jessica and whether the Nasty Lady decided to claim cultural intolerance and block her due to that engagement ceremony. I hope she comes here and lets us know.


K-1

03/09/2006: Sent I-129F

22/11/2006: NOA2 - APPROVED!

31/12/2006: 1 year anniversary

22/12/2006: Package received from Montreal

18/01/2007: Packet 3 delivered to Montreal Consulate

02/02/2007: Medical Exam in London, ON- Wonderful Doctor/Office

30/05/2007: Package 4 received from Montreal

05/07/2007: Interview date - Canceled by request, [promised a Dec date b/c was 6+mo in advance, note on file

Screwed up my interview date, given NOVEMBER, fixed, promised Dec or Jan

06/02/2008: Interview date, medical now expired! APPROVED!

23/01/2008: New Medical done, WHERE THE @#$%! IS IT, DID THE MAILMAN LOSE IT?! (It arrived 30 min after I left for MTL, 1 week overdue. KISS MY LEFT FOOT, AFTER IT'S BEEN WEDGED UP YOUR HINEY AND LOST IT'S STILETTO, CANADA POST!)

14/02/2008: VISA IN HAND!!

18/05/2008: POE - Harassed by ignorant and incompetent Customs Official who grilled me until I answered that the reason why I broke up w/ my Ex was not to date my USC but b/c he was "impotent from a porn addiction". He also insulted my husband's motives for talking to me, dismissed our 2 years together as "not enough to get married", and otherwise trotted out the Spanish Inquisition.

22/05/2008: Ceremony of cohabitation (Legally allowed to get bizz-ay!)

AOS/AP/EAD

02/07/2008: Filed for AOS/AP/EAD

14/07/2008: Received NOA1

09/09/2008: Transferred to CSC

29/09/2008: EAD arrives in mail w/out notice, AP following week

18/11/2008: Email notice letter has gone out, card ETA: 60 days

25/11/2008: GC arrives in mail! TWO YEARS OF RED-TAPE FREEDOM! WOOT!

When you know, you know!

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Hilarious review...congratulations!


Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)

Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

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amazing review! LOL I loved the read.

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (F)


Let's Keep the Song Going!!!

CANADA.GIFUS1.GIF

~Laura and Nicholas~

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Met online November 2005 playing City of Heroes

First met in Canada, Sept 22, 2006 <3

September 2006 to March 2008, 11 visits, 5 in Canada, 6 in NJ

Officially Engaged December 24th, 2007!!!

Moved to the U.S. to be with my baby on July 19th, 2008 on a K1 visa!!!!

***10 year green card in hand as of 2/2/2012, loving and living life***

Hmmm maybe we should move back to Canada! lol smile.png

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Congrats Galateia!

I do hope your x-ray gets found and taken care of and back in your hands soon.

You sure made me laugh about your COs background and all that nervous conversation. Ha!

AS for traditional engagement parties, had both my sweetie and I lived in Montreal my Greek-Canadian parents would have thrown a doozy.

That's just what they do.

It is as big as a wedding and full course meals and dancing and et al.

Thank goodness we got off with a smaller "let's go out to a nice resto" with some of their friends and only ate and drank until we couldn't move anymore.

"Garcon! Wheelchair, please." :lol:

Why would she be getting shite from her interviewer about it?

Was she jealous she had never even hear of such magnificent things?? Hmmmm....


SpiritAlight edits due to extreme lack of typing abilities. :)

You will do foolish things.

Do them with enthusiasm!!

Don't just do something. Sit there.

K1: Flew to the U.S. of A. – January 9th, 2008 (HELLO CHI-TOWN!!! I'm here.)

Tied the knot (legal ceremony, part one) – January 26th, 2008 (kinda spontaneous)

AOS: Mailed V-Day; received February 15th, 2007 – phew!

I-485 application transferred to CSC – March 12th, 2008

Travel/Work approval notices via email – April 23rd, 2008

Green card/residency card: email notice of approval – August 28th, 2008 yippeeeee!!!

Funny-looking card arrives – September 6th, 2008 :)

Mailed request to remove conditions – July 7, 2010

Landed permanent resident approved – August 23rd, 2010

Second funny looking card arrives – August 31st, 2010

Over & out, Spirit

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Great review Galateia and congratulations :)

Me, in a moment of utter ####### WAS I THINKING CHRIST ON A POGO STICK: "Well, with Canadians I guess it's obvious we'd only be going for love"

Me: *OMG DID I JUST INSULT THE USA TO THE FACE OF THE MAN WHO IS APPROVING ME TO GO THERE?! *

:lol:

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You know Im so happy for you!! Hows your finger?!..LOL.. wonderful review! and so glad you got Movie Phone Voice Guy!..LOL...I still dont understand why they even say to bring the darn Xray, it is a pain in the booty! I think were gonna frame my husbands and put it in his office..just for the heck of it..LOL

Congrats my friend!


Kimmbo (Las Vegas,NV,USA)

Barry (Brampton,ON,CANADA)

Im an American married to a Canadian, I have no kids, yet Im a grandmother, I can pick things up off the floor with my toes

I-130

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Feb/26/07 Sent I-130 (VSC)($190 US)

March/2/07 Rcv'd at VSC

March/5/07 NOA-1

July/23/07 NOA2(147 days)

I-129F

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March/16/07 Sent I-129F (Chicago) ($170 US)

March/21/07 Received in Chicago

March/22/07 NOA-1

April/10/07 Transferred to VSC

April/23/07 Email from USCIS (case pending at VSC)

July/23/07 NOA2(129 days)

July/28/07 Rcv'd at NVC

July/31/07 NVC sent to Montreal

Aug/3/07 Montreal Rcv'd

Aug/8/07 Packet 3 Received

Aug/10/07 Packet 3 Sent

Aug/13/07 Packet 3 Received in Montreal

Oct/17/07 Medical Scheduled (Dr Seiden)

Jan/25/08 INTERVIEW MONTREAL...APPROVED!

Feb/6/08 Montreal sends Visa, finally!

Feb/8/08 Received Visa (14 days)

April/18/08 Moving Day/POE Sarnia

AOS/EAD

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June/21/08 AOS/EAD package sent ($1010)

June/23/08 Received in Chicago

June/30/08 Check cashed

July/01/08 Received NOA's for I-765 & I-485 (dated June 27th)

July/02/08 Touch

July/07/08 Received Biometrics letter (dated July 1st)

July/18/08 Biometrics appt 8am

Aug/30/08 EAD card received (approval dated Aug 26th)

Sept/04/08 Applied for SSN

Sept/15/08 Social Security card received

Jan/23/09 letter received with interview date

March/10/09 INTERVIEW 9:30am...APPROVED!!

March/19/09 Welcome Letter received

March/23/09 GREENCARD RECEIVED, DONE WITH USCIS UNTIL 2019!

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