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Filed: Country: Canada
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I am new to the forum and my boyfriend Mike and I have been together 5 years and are planning on getting engaged soon. I am American and he is Canadian but I am a Permanent Resident in Canada and we are currently living together in Calgary, Alberta. The plan is to move to Grand Rapids, Michigan once we are married to be closer to my family. I have no clue where to start. My mom suggested joining a forum because that's what she did in order for us to immigrate here. I need all the help that I can get!!! Do I start by filling out forms? Do I go visit the American Consulate here in Calgary for information? I am so lost.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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I think Direct Consular Filing is the route for you.

Read the guide at the beginning of this forum for starters:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/82-direct-consular-filing-dcf-general-discussion/

Good luck! :thumbs:



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Filing based on 3yrs/USC Spouse. 3 year residency anniversary is in August 2014. Filed immediately after the 90-day early filing mark (May 2014)


05/06/2014 - Mailed N-400

05/15/2014 - Check cashed

05/12/2014 - NOA Date

06/11/2014 - Biometrics Appointment

09/15/2014 - Inline for interview scheduling (was stuck in "Initial Review" for over 3 months!)

10/27/2014 - Scheduled for interview

12/01/2014 - Interview

12/19/2014 - I AM A US CITIZEN!


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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You would file DCF, your interview would be in Montreal Quebec.

http://www.visajourney.com/content/dcf


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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You would file DCF, your interview would be in Montreal Quebec.

http://www.visajourney.com/content/dcf

Inky, does that mean the DCF interview location is different than the K1 location? My fiancee is in Calgary also and we hear the K1 interview would be in Vancouver because he is in Western Canada.

SallyandDave welcome! I grew up near Chicago, have lots of ties to Michigan and Calgary too. I will be up to Calgary to visit for a week very soon.


K1 Process:

NOA1 17 Sept 10

Touched 3 Oct 10

Placed Service Request 25 March 11

NOA2 4 April 11

Left NVC 15 April 11

Packet 3 letter dated 19 April 11

Packet 3 response sent 6 May 11

Interview 26 May 11

K1 received 1 June 11

Entered US 26 June 11

Married 6 August 11

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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All spousal visas go through Montreal

Good luck


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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I believe, that DCF is only available to SPOUSES not fiance's. And yes, in that case it would go through Montreal.


Invictus..

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Inky, does that mean the DCF interview location is different than the K1 location? My fiancee is in Calgary also and we hear the K1 interview would be in Vancouver because he is in Western Canada.

SallyandDave welcome! I grew up near Chicago, have lots of ties to Michigan and Calgary too. I will be up to Calgary to visit for a week very soon.

As the others said.

Spousal Visas are ONLY processed in Montreal.

K-1 visas are processed in Vancouver or Montreal. Dependant on the location the Canadian resides in.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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ARG.. I tried to edit my response... here is a more indepth reply

The OP is engaged, this makes them ineligible for DCF, it is only available to USC who are married to a foreign spouse, for the most part application is the same as for a regular I-130, and it does appear to be a little bit faster than regular applications. I believe since it is a "spousal visa" and therefore it would have to go through Montreal.

A quick email to the USC services branch at the Calgary consulate will be able to point you in the right direction. As it stands now though, you will have to be married before you can go that route.

Also there are a few ground rules. The USC will have to have lived in the foreign country for 6 months prior to the application

Good luck though! :)


Invictus..

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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Filed: Country: Canada
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ARG.. I tried to edit my response... here is a more indepth reply

The OP is engaged, this makes them ineligible for DCF, it is only available to USC who are married to a foreign spouse, for the most part application is the same as for a regular I-130, and it does appear to be a little bit faster than regular applications. I believe since it is a "spousal visa" and therefore it would have to go through Montreal.

A quick email to the USC services branch at the Calgary consulate will be able to point you in the right direction. As it stands now though, you will have to be married before you can go that route.

Also there are a few ground rules. The USC will have to have lived in the foreign country for 6 months prior to the application

Good luck though! :)

As I stated, we aren't planning on moving to Michigan until after we are married because we know that it will be easier to do it then rather than when we are engaged. Thanks everyone for the responses! I feel so much better about it now and I really appreciate the help, more than you know!

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You are welcome! Thats what we are here for :)

I find the Calgary consulate VERY helpful in supplying information. They practically held my hand and step by step guided me through getting my daughters US citizenship organised.


Invictus..

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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Good luck and welcome to VJ


November 5, 2010 Interview 7am APPROVED!!!!!! (6months 4weeks 1day) THANK YOU LORD!!!!!

(look at my about me page in my profile if you want to see my entire k1 journey)

AOS Journey:

Feb.4, 2011 Mailed AOS packet

Feb. 7, 2011 Pkt delivered in Chicago

Feb. 10, 2011 Received txt and email of NOA for AOS, EAD, and AP

Feb. 11, 2011 Check cashed for AOS

Feb. 12, 2011 Touched

Feb. 14, 2011 received hard copy of NOA for AOS, EAD& AP

Feb. 18, 2011 received appt letter for biometrics

Feb. 28, 2011 biometrics appt @10am

Feb. 28, 2011 received txt/email AOS case transferred to csc

Mar 1, 2011 AOS Touched

Mar 3, 2011 received hard copy of AOS transfer to csc

Mar 4, 2011 AOS Touched

Mar 28, 2011 Received txt/email saying card production has been ordered. (1month 3eeks 3days)

Mar 28, 2011 Received 2nd txt/email saying we have registered this customer permanent residence status

Mar 29, 2011 Received 3rd txt/email says card production has been ordered.

April 1, 2011 greencard and welcome letter in hand!!

April 5, 2011 received txt/email EAD card production ordered

Will Start Removing Conditions Dec 2012!!!!

Dec. 26, 2012 mailed ROC paperwork

Dec. 28, 2012 NOA for ROC paperwork

Jan. 7, 2013 received bio appt letter

Jan. 24, 2013 bio appt.

June 22, 2013 10yr green card received

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