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OK, we've managed to surprise just about everyone we're going to surprise this time through, so time to give you guys the story...

We'd been telling folks Yvonne wasn't moving until May, which is still true. But in an effort to get her paperwork (SSN, etc.) going sooner, she packed up a bunch of stuff and I brought her down from Toronto last Saturday night to the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge for port of entry, and to surprise the family when she showed up for Easter dinner. :D

Since she's still going to be living and working in Canada for another month, she didn't bring a lot of clothes, but a bunch of shoes, CDs, cookbooks and other random stuff got piled into the back of my car and we took off from Toronto at about 7PM Saturday night. A quick restroom and snack stop at the duty free shop, then we crossed the bridge, pulled into the first booth at about 8:40-8:45-ish, and declared we wanted to activate her CR-1 visa. After some questions about what all was in the car, where we were moving to and such, plus some quizzical questions about the $19K bank draft she had with her (she had a car in mind from a used dealer I trust in town here), we were directed to the parking area to the left, and advised to stop inside at Customs before moving on to Immigration.

We lucked out on some customs paperwork according to the officers at the first desk, since, as I had not yet endorsed the bank check, it didn't count as a "monetary instrument" for purposes of the over-$10K declaration, and we moved on to the next desk. The first officer we talked to there (Yvonne thinks she recognized him from her previous bus trips through customs at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo) explained the process of what was going to go on during POE, including how the CR-1 conditions work (which we were already well aware), and asked us to take a seat while he went over the packet.

A few minutes later, we were called up to another area of the immigration counter, where Yvonne gave a right index fingerprint and signed a form, and we both signed a page acknowledging we had to apply in two years to remove conditions on her green card. He checked over a few other forms, and said that the rest of the paperwork was his to do, and we didn't really need to hang around for that. He stamped her passport visa, explained that it acts as a temporary green card until the real one arrives, and wished her good luck. We were prepared for a nearly-hour-long process, like we usually hear about, but we were in and out in less than half that, at around 9:15. Really smooth process all around.

We did ask before we left about the social security number process, but he didn't seem to know how it worked, and suggested applying at the SSA office right away, not knowing or caring that we'd checked the box on the form to have one issued. Since Yvonne isn't going to need to work for a month anyway, that should give SSA plenty of time to issue her a number if they're going to do so, and time enough to go apply for one later if it doesn't work out.

I'd called Mom and clued her in ahead of time (since she'd have to have food available for Yvonne, who's vegetarian and wouldn't be able/willing to chow down on the normal ham and sausage feast Mom makes for Easter), but no one else knew she was coming. Apparently Mom told Dad that I was coming down, and he'd said earlier in the morning, "it's good Paul'll be here for Easter... too bad Yvonne can't make it..." :lol: He was quite happy to see his daughter-in-law, and my siblings their sister-in-law for the first time since the wedding back in 2008. :)

Yvonne's taking the bus back to Toronto tomorrow morning (I gotta be at work :() and will be moving permanently in early May. :D


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All the best wishes for your life together!


Nadine & Kenneth

Our K-1 journey

02/06/2006 filed 129F

07/01/2007 recieved visa via "Deutsche Post"

08/27/2006 POE Dallas

->view my complete timeline

AOS, EAD and AP

12/6/2006 filed for AOS & EAD

1/05/2007 AOS transfered to California Service Center

2/26/2007 EAD recieved!

7/20/2007 filed for AP

8/20/2007 AP recieved

01/16/2008 letter to Congressman

03/20/2008 card production ordered---no interview!!!

03/24/2008 Welcome letter arrived

03/27/2008 my GREENCARD arrived!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!! No more USCIS for about two years!:-))

Removal of Conditions

02/02/2010 filed I-751

02/19/2010 check cashed

02/22/2010 NOA1

05/15/2010 touched

06/10/2010 online update:card production ordered

06/17/2010 approval letter in mail

07/01/20010 Greencard arrived

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Awesome. Kind of tempted to do something similar once we have my boy's CRBA.


Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Montreal, Canada

Marriage : 2009-05-09

I-130 Sent : 2009-05-26

I-130 NOA1 : 2009-06-03

I-130 Approved : 2009-08-21

NVC Received : 2009-09-01

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 2009-09-09

Pay I-864 Bill 2009-09-09

Return Completed I-864 : 2009-09-15

Return Completed DS-3032 : 2009-09-13

Receive IV Bill : 2009-09-24

Pay IV Bill : 2009-09-25

Case Completed at NVC : 2009-11-06

Consulate Received : 2009-11-14

Packet 3 Sent : 2009-10-16

Packet 4 Received : 2010-01-22

Interview Date : 2010-03-11

Interview Result : Approved

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Very nice, what a great Easter you all must have had. good.gif


K-1 journey, AOS/EAD and ROC in my timeline

2011 March 31 - Sent off Naturalization pkg overnight to Texas

2011 April 1 - Arrived in Texas at 10:21 am

2011 April 1 - NOA (rec'd via snail mail April 8)

2011 April 7 - Cheque cashed

2011 May 5 - Biometrics (letter rec'd via snail mail April 15)

2011 May 9 - Placed in line for interview scheduling

2011 June 13 - Rec'd yellow letter (no change in status online)

2011 June 23 - Rec'd text that my case has been scheduled for interview

2011 August 1 - Interview (rec'd via snail mail June 27) PASSED

2011 August 3 - Rec'd email that my case has been scheduled for Oath

2011 September 1 - Oath ceremony (rec'd snail mail Aug 5)

2011 September 1 - All done, yeah.

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Congrats


Removal of Conditions: 12/09/2011

ROC check cashed 12/15/11

NOA1 12/13/11

Biometrics 1/6/12 Complete

RFE 9/13/12

RFE package sent back 10/17/12

Card Production Ordered 12/04/12

10 year card arrived in mail 12/10/12

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Very nice :). I'm glad everything went so well and you obviously had a lovely Easter.


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Good to hear everything went smoothly. How nice for both of you to finally be able to travel back and forth without worry. :D


USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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Pauley-Congrats on your wife's "sneaky" POE, and thanks for sharing about that here on VJ! :thumbs:

What a nice Easter surprise it must have been for you and your family, indeed!

Welcome to America and welcome to NYS too! :star:

Good luck with the rest of the journey and in her getting her gc and ssn soon too.

Ant

P.S. If you don't mind me asking, why did you choose the Queenston/Lewiston over the Peace Bridge? Just curious....

OK, we've managed to surprise just about everyone we're going to surprise this time through, so time to give you guys the story...

We'd been telling folks Yvonne wasn't moving until May, which is still true. But in an effort to get her paperwork (SSN, etc.) going sooner, she packed up a bunch of stuff and I brought her down from Toronto last Saturday night to the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge for port of entry, and to surprise the family when she showed up for Easter dinner. :D

Since she's still going to be living and working in Canada for another month, she didn't bring a lot of clothes, but a bunch of shoes, CDs, cookbooks and other random stuff got piled into the back of my car and we took off from Toronto at about 7PM Saturday night. A quick restroom and snack stop at the duty free shop, then we crossed the bridge, pulled into the first booth at about 8:40-8:45-ish, and declared we wanted to activate her CR-1 visa. After some questions about what all was in the car, where we were moving to and such, plus some quizzical questions about the $19K bank draft she had with her (she had a car in mind from a used dealer I trust in town here), we were directed to the parking area to the left, and advised to stop inside at Customs before moving on to Immigration.

We lucked out on some customs paperwork according to the officers at the first desk, since, as I had not yet endorsed the bank check, it didn't count as a "monetary instrument" for purposes of the over-$10K declaration, and we moved on to the next desk. The first officer we talked to there (Yvonne thinks she recognized him from her previous bus trips through customs at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo) explained the process of what was going to go on during POE, including how the CR-1 conditions work (which we were already well aware), and asked us to take a seat while he went over the packet.

A few minutes later, we were called up to another area of the immigration counter, where Yvonne gave a right index fingerprint and signed a form, and we both signed a page acknowledging we had to apply in two years to remove conditions on her green card. He checked over a few other forms, and said that the rest of the paperwork was his to do, and we didn't really need to hang around for that. He stamped her passport visa, explained that it acts as a temporary green card until the real one arrives, and wished her good luck. We were prepared for a nearly-hour-long process, like we usually hear about, but we were in and out in less than half that, at around 9:15. Really smooth process all around.

We did ask before we left about the social security number process, but he didn't seem to know how it worked, and suggested applying at the SSA office right away, not knowing or caring that we'd checked the box on the form to have one issued. Since Yvonne isn't going to need to work for a month anyway, that should give SSA plenty of time to issue her a number if they're going to do so, and time enough to go apply for one later if it doesn't work out.

I'd called Mom and clued her in ahead of time (since she'd have to have food available for Yvonne, who's vegetarian and wouldn't be able/willing to chow down on the normal ham and sausage feast Mom makes for Easter), but no one else knew she was coming. Apparently Mom told Dad that I was coming down, and he'd said earlier in the morning, "it's good Paul'll be here for Easter... too bad Yvonne can't make it..." :lol: He was quite happy to see his daughter-in-law, and my siblings their sister-in-law for the first time since the wedding back in 2008. :)

Yvonne's taking the bus back to Toronto tomorrow morning (I gotta be at work :() and will be moving permanently in early May. :D


**Ant's 1432.gif1502.gif "Once Upon An American Immigration Journey" Condensed Timeline...**

2000 (72+ Months) "Loved": Long-Distance Dating Relationship. D Visited Ant in Canada.

2006 (<1 Month) "Visited": Ant Visited D in America. B-2 Visa Port of Entry Interrogation.

2006 (<1 Month) "Married": Wedding Elopement. Husband & Wife, D and Ant !! Together Forever!

2006 ( 3 Months I-485 Wait) "Adjusted": 2-Years Green Card.

2007 ( 2 Months) "Numbered": SSN Card.

2007 (<1 Months) "Licensed": NYS 4-Years Driver's License.

2009 (10 Months I-751 Wait) "Removed": 10-Years 5-Months Green Card.

2009 ( 9 Months Baby Wait) "Expected": Baby. It's a Boy, Baby A !!! We Are Family, Ant+D+BabyA !

2009 ( 4 Months) "Moved": New House Constructed and Moved Into.

2009 ( 2 Months N-400 Wait) "Naturalized": US Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization. Goodbye USCIS!!!!

***Ant is a Naturalized American Citizen!!***: November 23, 2009 (Private Oath Ceremony: USCIS Office, Buffalo, NY, USA)

2009 (<1 Month) "Secured": US Citizen SSN Card.

2009 (<1 Month) "Enhanced": US Citizen NYS 8-Years Enhanced Driver's License. (in lieu of a US Passport)

2010 ( 1 Month) "Voted": US Citizen NYS Voter's Registration Card.

***~~~"The End...And the Americans, Ant+D+BabyA, lived 'Happily Ever After'!"...~~~***

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P.S. If you don't mind me asking, why did you choose the Queenston/Lewiston over the Peace Bridge? Just curious....

I-190-to-I-290-to-I-90 is the quickest way back to Rochester, and the closest to Smoking Joes on the Tuscarora reservation where I stop for inexpensive fuel during my trips to Toronto. We'd considered doing the Peace Bridge when we thought about making it just a day trip, but when we decided to extend it to a long weekend, we just decided to go L-Q.


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I-190-to-I-290-to-I-90 is the quickest way back to Rochester, and the closest to Smoking Joes on the Tuscarora reservation where I stop for inexpensive fuel during my trips to Toronto. We'd considered doing the Peace Bridge when we thought about making it just a day trip, but when we decided to extend it to a long weekend, we just decided to go L-Q.

Pauley-Ahh...Ok..That makes sense...:)

Yeah, why go south and then back north when you don't need too...lol...

Hmmm..I haven't been to smoking joe's or the reservations up north...Though I've seen the Smoking Joe commercials..lol..

But yeah, I know what you mean about cheap gas on the reservations...(we do that too...especially when we're driving past the Salamanca, NY area, where the reservations in the south are....lol...definitely cheaper for gas!)

Regardless, glad your wife made it to NYS on the L-Q bridge!......Welcome to America! :star:

Ant

P.S. Lol..Since you talked about buying cars...lol...Reminds me of those silly Billy Fuscillo commercials...

Tell Yvonne that Billy Fuscillo is like Mel Lastman...;) Then she'll see the real comparison there..lol....


**Ant's 1432.gif1502.gif "Once Upon An American Immigration Journey" Condensed Timeline...**

2000 (72+ Months) "Loved": Long-Distance Dating Relationship. D Visited Ant in Canada.

2006 (<1 Month) "Visited": Ant Visited D in America. B-2 Visa Port of Entry Interrogation.

2006 (<1 Month) "Married": Wedding Elopement. Husband & Wife, D and Ant !! Together Forever!

2006 ( 3 Months I-485 Wait) "Adjusted": 2-Years Green Card.

2007 ( 2 Months) "Numbered": SSN Card.

2007 (<1 Months) "Licensed": NYS 4-Years Driver's License.

2009 (10 Months I-751 Wait) "Removed": 10-Years 5-Months Green Card.

2009 ( 9 Months Baby Wait) "Expected": Baby. It's a Boy, Baby A !!! We Are Family, Ant+D+BabyA !

2009 ( 4 Months) "Moved": New House Constructed and Moved Into.

2009 ( 2 Months N-400 Wait) "Naturalized": US Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization. Goodbye USCIS!!!!

***Ant is a Naturalized American Citizen!!***: November 23, 2009 (Private Oath Ceremony: USCIS Office, Buffalo, NY, USA)

2009 (<1 Month) "Secured": US Citizen SSN Card.

2009 (<1 Month) "Enhanced": US Citizen NYS 8-Years Enhanced Driver's License. (in lieu of a US Passport)

2010 ( 1 Month) "Voted": US Citizen NYS Voter's Registration Card.

***~~~"The End...And the Americans, Ant+D+BabyA, lived 'Happily Ever After'!"...~~~***

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Awesome Easter celebration for you guys then! Grats on her semi move and hope she has a safe move in May!


Finally married... and still married... ;)

Green card received: March 18, 2011

Removal of Conditions:

GC Expiration: March 11, 2012

Documents sent: December 13, 2011

NOA-1 received: December 15, 2011

Check cashed: Red said yes when asked

Biometrics: January 25, 2012

Letter approving 10-year GC: September 7, 2012

Production of 10-year GC: September 15, 2012

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I miss Smokin Joes!! great prices!! Lewiston is a friendly crossing too. (Boy I sure miss Canuck Benson & Hedges)

Glad to hear you had a great Easter


June /09 visit to my long time friend in usa during vacation

June/09 us old folks eloped

Dec 11/09 I485+130 filed to chicago lockbox

Dec 18/09 I-797's (NOA)

Dec 24/09 letter for biometrics appt

Jan 11/10 biometrics appt

Jan 29/10 request for interview (I-485)

Mar 9/10 interview for I-485] APPROVED

Mar 10/10 emails and updates - card production ordered

Mar 17/10 welcome letter rec'd

Mar 19/10 green card rec'd

Mar 29/10 applied in person for SSN

Apr 3/10 rec'd SSN

done for 18 months whew

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I bet it was fun to surprise your family like that! Hope the actual move goes as smoothly!


Married: 01/02/09

I-130 filed: 11/06/09

NOA1: 11/13/09

NOA2: 02/11/10

NVC received: 02/18/10

Case complete @ NVC: 04/14/10

Interview @ Montreal: 07/13/10 - Approved

POE: Sweetgrass, MT, 08/07/10

Filed for ROC: 07/20/12

Biometrics appt: 08/24/12

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