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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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So we had our interview yesterday morning in Montreal. We were first in line at 6:45am and received the sacred letter "A" upon entry at 7:30. Security, instruction sheet, taken downstairs to little waiting room for about 10 minutes. Guard comes down from elevator, takes us all up to 19th floor with great views. Waited another 10 minutes, called back to window 10. Had everything ready and gave the following to very nice lady in no set order.

  • Original DS230
  • Original + copy of Marriage certificate
  • Original + copy of Birth Certificate
  • Original Police Certificate
  • Original I864 + financial docs. (I included 2009 tax returns and pay stubs since 1/1/2010)
  • Sealed Medical Results
  • 2 Passport photos
  • Xpress post envelope

She thanked us for being so organized and ready too.

Sat back down for 10 minutes, lots of people started shuffling in for the non immigrant side. There were only maybe 6 other couples on our side waiting for immigrant visas.

Called back again for finger prints to same window, same lady. Sat back down.

Waited about 20 minutes and called to room 8. Opened door, very nice lady with longer hair, probably mid 40's. She was very chatty and smiley. Asked us how we met, when we got married, what I (USC) did, what my wife did, and does she plan to do this in the states. Then said she hoped we had brought the police certificate for S. Korea to which we said it's a country we do not have reciprocity with and therefore we were unable to obtain it and that the interview docs specifically stated that we didn't need to bring it. I also had emailed Montreal months prior asking if we needed it and had the return email from one of their employees stating we didn't need it. She was polite (we didn't panic as we knew we were correct) and said let me check here and looked in her computer and then said, yes, you are correct and we don't need it. Then said, well everything looks in order here so I'd like to welcome you to the United States. Said visa will be in mail within two weeks and we left. Had tons of pictures, phone records, plane stubs, etc., but never asked to see any of that. She also mentioned our case was one of the fastest she had ever seen as we mailed the I-130 Aug 24th of 2009 and were done with no RFE's by 1/13/10 and we did EP (electronic processing) too.

Walked out and was back at the hotel by 8:45 am, no joke. The actual interview was maybe 5 minutes total.

I would have written a review of the medical too which we did on Monday 4/12 at Dr. Seidens on L'assomption blvd, but that was really uneventful. We were there for maybe 2 hours most of which was waiting and then wife was called back twice. Once for questions and x-rays, second time for blood. Doc was pretty boring she said, poked her a couple times, went down a list of questions ultra fast and marked "no" for everything before she could even answer and then said "you are very healthy young woman". Picked up results on Wednesday afternoon. Stayed at the Hotel Dauphin which was superb in location, comfort, and service.

Just glad to be done. For all the exhaustion and work this was, the end was very uneventful, but Montreal was very beautiful and we saw many things including the Tiffany Glass exhibit at the fine art museum which was well worth it. Anyways, we couldn't have done this so easily if it wasn't for this forum and I thank everyone here with all my heart and wish everyone the best on their visa journey's and lives. Namaste. Thank you!

Jason


Married July 5th, 2009, Laguna Beach, CA

USCIS:

I-130 package sent - 8/14/2009

NOA1 (hardcopy) - 8/25/2009

NOA2 (hardcopy)- 9/24/2009

NVC:

NVC Received : 10/7/2009

Pay AOS Bill : 10/26/2009

OPTED IN for EP/Submitted DS-3032: 10/27/2009

Confirmation of EP Returned: 11/10/2009

Return Completed I-864 : 11/10/2009

Receive IV Bill : 11/13/2009

Pay IV Bill : 12/27/2009

Return Completed DS-230 Package : 12/29/2009

Case Completed at NVC : 1/13/2010

Medical in Montreal : 4/12/2010 passed!

Interview in Montreal: 4/15/2010 passed!

POE at Coutts/Sweetgrass MT: around 5/8/2010

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Congrats on a short and sucessful interview, Jason! Mine's coming up in a week and a half.

How was the weather in Montreal?


08-31-07: MARRIED!

USCS JOURNEY

04-18-08 : Mailed I-130

05-28-08 : Received NOA2

NVC JOURNEY

08-26-08: Mailed Choice of Agent (DS-3032)

09-19-08: DS-3032 received. Notice to pay IV Application Processing fee

06-08-09: Paid $400 IV fee and $70 AOS fee

12-21-09: Mailed AOS and IV package

12-28-09: Failed Login

01-07-10: Case complete!!!

MONTREAL EMBASSY JOURNEY

03-31-10 : Medical exam

04-27-10 : Interview date

11-12-10 : Received Visa

03-06-11 : USA entry

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Way to go! Your interview experience sounds like the dream scenario - talk about painless!

Congratulations and best of luck :D


Summer 1997 - met for the first time :)

04/2010 - reunited

12/18/09 - engaged

01/14/10 - I-129F mailed to CSC

01/19/10 - I-129F NOA1

02/22/10 - I-129F NOA2

03/01/10 - NVC sent along to Montreal embassy

03/09/10 - Embassy mailed packet 3

03/10/10 - Called NVC, spoke to an operator, received case number, verification of delivery to MTL

03/11/10 - Packet 3 Received from MTL embassy

03/19/10 - Packet 3 Mailed in

04/12/10 - Medical in Toronto

04/12/10 - Packet 3 Logged

04/23/10 - Packet 4 Received

06/11/10 - Interview Date! - Passed!

06/18/10 - Receive visa

07/14/10 - Enter USA

07/30/10 - Wedding Day

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

Great review! Congratulations on your approval. :dance:


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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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

YIPPIE! Congrats :thumbs:


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Congrats to you guys :thumbs:

You wrote that you brought pay stubs in from Jan 1 onward. Did you only bring paystubs for this year as of last one you mailed in with the I 864 or regardless did you bring paystubs showing work right up to the interview date?

Thanks.


2007 Nov 30: Met in Las Vegas, Nevada

2009 Jul 13: Proposed/Engaged in Sedona, Arizona

2009 Dec 26: Married in Tucson, Arizona

USCIS

2009 Dec 30: Filed I-130

2010 Jan 02: I-130 delivered

2010 Jan 07: NOA1 - email - CSC

2010 Jan 11: Received NOA1 hardcopy

2010 Mar 24: NOA2 - email & text - NVC

2010 Mar 29: Received NOA2 hardcopy

I-130 was approved in 76 days from NOA1 date

NVC

2010 Mar 30: NVC received - case# assigned - emails given to NVC

2010 Mar 30: Opted in - DS3032 emailed to NVC

2010 Mar 31: Received AOS bill & DS3032 - paid AOS

2010 Apr 05: Online payment portal confirms paid AOS(Apr 2 processing date)

2010 Apr 05: Sent I-864 package

2010 Apr 15: EP confirmation email

2010 Apr 15: IV bill generated & paid

2010 Apr 15: Email confirmation - receipt of DS3032

2010 Apr 16: IV bill confirmed paid - sent DS230 package

2010 Apr 19: NVC operator confirms I864 & DS230 documents have been received

2010 Apr 21: AVR confirms all documents received Apr 19th

2010 Apr 23: Email from NVC: case complete - confirmed by NVC - sign in fail

Completed in 24 days

CONSULATE

2010 May 27: Email from NVC - consulate received file - interview Montreal Jul 27th

2010 Jun 16: Medical @ Woking Medical Centre, Vancouver, Canada - APPROVED

2010 Jul 27: Interview @ US Consulate in Montreal, Canada - APPROVED

Your interview took 201 days from your I-130 NOA1 date

2010 Aug 13:POE Washington - APPROVED

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

2012 May 14 - mailed I-751

2012 May 16 - delivered @ CSC

2012 Jun 18 - I 551 stamp

2012 Jun 28 - biometrics appointment NOA notice date Jun 7

2012 Dec 20 - approved

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JaJo08-Congrats on your approval. :thumbs:

Good luck with the rest of your journey and with your POE coming up too!

Welcome to America! :star:

Ant

So we had our interview yesterday morning in Montreal. We were first in line at 6:45am and received the sacred letter "A" upon entry at 7:30. Security, instruction sheet, taken downstairs to little waiting room for about 10 minutes. Guard comes down from elevator, takes us all up to 19th floor with great views. Waited another 10 minutes, called back to window 10. Had everything ready and gave the following to very nice lady in no set order.

  • Original DS230
  • Original + copy of Marriage certificate
  • Original + copy of Birth Certificate
  • Original Police Certificate
  • Original I864 + financial docs. (I included 2009 tax returns and pay stubs since 1/1/2010)
  • Sealed Medical Results
  • 2 Passport photos
  • Xpress post envelope

She thanked us for being so organized and ready too.

Sat back down for 10 minutes, lots of people started shuffling in for the non immigrant side. There were only maybe 6 other couples on our side waiting for immigrant visas.

Called back again for finger prints to same window, same lady. Sat back down.

Waited about 20 minutes and called to room 8. Opened door, very nice lady with longer hair, probably mid 40's. She was very chatty and smiley. Asked us how we met, when we got married, what I (USC) did, what my wife did, and does she plan to do this in the states. Then said she hoped we had brought the police certificate for S. Korea to which we said it's a country we do not have reciprocity with and therefore we were unable to obtain it and that the interview docs specifically stated that we didn't need to bring it. I also had emailed Montreal months prior asking if we needed it and had the return email from one of their employees stating we didn't need it. She was polite (we didn't panic as we knew we were correct) and said let me check here and looked in her computer and then said, yes, you are correct and we don't need it. Then said, well everything looks in order here so I'd like to welcome you to the United States. Said visa will be in mail within two weeks and we left. Had tons of pictures, phone records, plane stubs, etc., but never asked to see any of that. She also mentioned our case was one of the fastest she had ever seen as we mailed the I-130 Aug 24th of 2009 and were done with no RFE's by 1/13/10 and we did EP (electronic processing) too.

Walked out and was back at the hotel by 8:45 am, no joke. The actual interview was maybe 5 minutes total.

I would have written a review of the medical too which we did on Monday 4/12 at Dr. Seidens on L'assomption blvd, but that was really uneventful. We were there for maybe 2 hours most of which was waiting and then wife was called back twice. Once for questions and x-rays, second time for blood. Doc was pretty boring she said, poked her a couple times, went down a list of questions ultra fast and marked "no" for everything before she could even answer and then said "you are very healthy young woman". Picked up results on Wednesday afternoon. Stayed at the Hotel Dauphin which was superb in location, comfort, and service.

Just glad to be done. For all the exhaustion and work this was, the end was very uneventful, but Montreal was very beautiful and we saw many things including the Tiffany Glass exhibit at the fine art museum which was well worth it. Anyways, we couldn't have done this so easily if it wasn't for this forum and I thank everyone here with all my heart and wish everyone the best on their visa journey's and lives. Namaste. Thank you!

Jason


**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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Thank you for all the congrats and again I can't say enough how helpful these forums have been for getting through this process. Anytime I was unsure of anything, I just asked here and always received the correct answer. I feel the main reason our case was so fast was due mostly to these boards with all the kind and knowledgeable people and my meticulous nature of course :). Everything we sent in was always clear, complete and tip-top.

To answer some of the questions, the weather in Montreal was pretty nice. About 15 most days, but a bit chilly on our last day as it was 9.

Zenaxe-

I brought the original paystubs that I had sent with the original I864EZ submission which were six months worth from the date I sent it in. I also brought all paystubs since 1/1/2010 just as an added plus even though I had my 2009 W2 and full tax return as well. I did not bring any more from the gap between when I sent the I864EZ and the new year. I didn't have any other financial docs since I solely used my income from my employer as the support. Hope this helps.

Good to luck to everyone.


Married July 5th, 2009, Laguna Beach, CA

USCIS:

I-130 package sent - 8/14/2009

NOA1 (hardcopy) - 8/25/2009

NOA2 (hardcopy)- 9/24/2009

NVC:

NVC Received : 10/7/2009

Pay AOS Bill : 10/26/2009

OPTED IN for EP/Submitted DS-3032: 10/27/2009

Confirmation of EP Returned: 11/10/2009

Return Completed I-864 : 11/10/2009

Receive IV Bill : 11/13/2009

Pay IV Bill : 12/27/2009

Return Completed DS-230 Package : 12/29/2009

Case Completed at NVC : 1/13/2010

Medical in Montreal : 4/12/2010 passed!

Interview in Montreal: 4/15/2010 passed!

POE at Coutts/Sweetgrass MT: around 5/8/2010

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so happy for you both!!! congrats!!!


-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

Kenyth & Maggie

VSC:

I-129F Sent - Sep. 11th, 2009

I-129F Received - Sep. 15th, 2009

NOA1 - Sep. 20th, 2009

NOA2 Email - Oct. 22nd, 2009

NVC Received - Oct. 27th 2009

NVC Sent to Consulate - Oct. 27th, 2009

Consulate Received - Oct. 29th, 2009

NOA2 Hardcopy - Oct. 30th, 2009

NVC Letter Received - Nov. 09, 2009

Montreal Sent Packet 3 - Nov. 09, 2009

Packet 3 Received: Nov. 16, 2009

Packet 3 Sent: Dec. 01, 2009

Packet 3 Received by Montreal: Dec. 09, 2009

Received Interview Date from DOS: January 25th, 2010

Packet 4 Received: Feb. 1st, 2010

Trip to Montreal: March 31, 2010

Medical: April 1st, 2010 (Medisys)

Medical: APPROVED - April 6th, 2010

Interview Date: April 8th, 2010

Interview: APPROVED

Visa Received: April 15, 2010

POE - Maine: April 18,2010

Wedding: April 25th, 2010

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

AOS Process

Date Filed AOS & EAD: December 16, 2010

NOA Date AOS & EAD: December 21, 2010

Bio. Appt.: January 20, 2011 (Indiana)

AOS Transfer to CSC: January 24, 2011

Approval EAD: February 15, 2011

Approval AOS: February 22, 2011

EAD Received: February 25, 2011

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Filed: Other Country: Canada
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Congrats! :D


AOS/AP/EAD Timeline

Package sent to Chicago Lockbox: 06/16/2010

Chicago Lockbox received: 06/18/2010

Received e-mail notification from Chicago Lockbox: 06/24/2010

Hard copy NOA1 received: 06/28/2010

Touch!: 06/28/2010

Received biometrics letter in the mail: 07/16/2010

Attempted walk-in biometrics @ Salt Lake City office -- DENIED: 07/16/2010

2nd attempt at walk-in biometrics @ Salt Lake City office -- SUCCESS!: 07/28/2010

EAD card production ordered!: 08/09/2010

AP approved!: 08/09/2010

2nd EAD card production ordered e-mail: 08/12/2010

AP arrived!: 08/16/2010

3rd EAD card production ordered e-mail: 08/16/2010

EAD arrived!: 08/19/2010

Received interview letter in the mail: 09/13/2010

Green card interview -- APPROVED!: 10/15/2010

Green card received: 10/25/2010

The whole AOS process took almost exactly 4 months ... not too shabby!

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Thank you for all the congrats and again I can't say enough how helpful these forums have been for getting through this process. Anytime I was unsure of anything, I just asked here and always received the correct answer. I feel the main reason our case was so fast was due mostly to these boards with all the kind and knowledgeable people and my meticulous nature of course :). Everything we sent in was always clear, complete and tip-top.

To answer some of the questions, the weather in Montreal was pretty nice. About 15 most days, but a bit chilly on our last day as it was 9.

Zenaxe-

I brought the original paystubs that I had sent with the original I864EZ submission which were six months worth from the date I sent it in. I also brought all paystubs since 1/1/2010 just as an added plus even though I had my 2009 W2 and full tax return as well. I did not bring any more from the gap between when I sent the I864EZ and the new year. I didn't have any other financial docs since I solely used my income from my employer as the support. Hope this helps.

Good to luck to everyone.

Ok , great, thanks. Hmm people have mentioned this I 864EZ. I think we just used the regular I864 form, scanned it and emailed it. Is there a difference?


2007 Nov 30: Met in Las Vegas, Nevada

2009 Jul 13: Proposed/Engaged in Sedona, Arizona

2009 Dec 26: Married in Tucson, Arizona

USCIS

2009 Dec 30: Filed I-130

2010 Jan 02: I-130 delivered

2010 Jan 07: NOA1 - email - CSC

2010 Jan 11: Received NOA1 hardcopy

2010 Mar 24: NOA2 - email & text - NVC

2010 Mar 29: Received NOA2 hardcopy

I-130 was approved in 76 days from NOA1 date

NVC

2010 Mar 30: NVC received - case# assigned - emails given to NVC

2010 Mar 30: Opted in - DS3032 emailed to NVC

2010 Mar 31: Received AOS bill & DS3032 - paid AOS

2010 Apr 05: Online payment portal confirms paid AOS(Apr 2 processing date)

2010 Apr 05: Sent I-864 package

2010 Apr 15: EP confirmation email

2010 Apr 15: IV bill generated & paid

2010 Apr 15: Email confirmation - receipt of DS3032

2010 Apr 16: IV bill confirmed paid - sent DS230 package

2010 Apr 19: NVC operator confirms I864 & DS230 documents have been received

2010 Apr 21: AVR confirms all documents received Apr 19th

2010 Apr 23: Email from NVC: case complete - confirmed by NVC - sign in fail

Completed in 24 days

CONSULATE

2010 May 27: Email from NVC - consulate received file - interview Montreal Jul 27th

2010 Jun 16: Medical @ Woking Medical Centre, Vancouver, Canada - APPROVED

2010 Jul 27: Interview @ US Consulate in Montreal, Canada - APPROVED

Your interview took 201 days from your I-130 NOA1 date

2010 Aug 13:POE Washington - APPROVED

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

2012 May 14 - mailed I-751

2012 May 16 - delivered @ CSC

2012 Jun 18 - I 551 stamp

2012 Jun 28 - biometrics appointment NOA notice date Jun 7

2012 Dec 20 - approved

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