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******IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL THOSE WHO FILLED ONLINE THE DS-260********

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This is really good info for anyone who is having an interview soon. :)

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- This is a new concept to the consulate that has been implemented. The man behind the counter admitted that they still are not used to this new online VISA immigration form. BRING THE CONFIRMATION PAGE AND ALL THE PAGES ALONG WITH YOU.

I did not have the confirmation number with me as I was told by the NVC that the consulate would have received it since it was submitted online. NOT TRUE. Bring the conf number!!! They made me and others fill out the DS-230 page by hand. I suggest you do this at home, so you can have it ready when they ask. This was reallllly stressful, because I had no cellphone to make a call to my husband to ask for him to find this confirmation number. I was allowed to make a payphone call thank God. Found the number and gave it to the man. It all worked out finally.

After he collects all your documents, you are asked to go back to the waiting room until your name is called. Once your name is called, you are asked a few questions, but first must raise your right hand and pledge allegience to the USA and attest that you will answer honestly. This whole process took literally 5 minutes. A few basic questions like, where my husband lives, what he does for work, if I have kids, what my father-in-law does for work, where I live now, and where I work now. That was pretty much it - but this will depend case by case.

You then take one more fingerprint. If the agent finds everything to be accurate then, he then says "based on the information provided, I can approve your visa, WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES!!" He then gives your a welcome letter. Then you need to find out about your DHL pick up for your visa and passport.

The agent I had was SOOOOO nice and funny and made me feel really relaxed despite my intense nervousness and stress about the DS-260 ordeal.


10/10/09: Married in Hamilton, Ontario :)

04/01/2010 : I-130 Sent

04/16/10 : NOA1 Issued (Hard Copy)

09/02/2010: File Touched Fingers Crossed

09/24/2010: NOA2 Approval!!!


  • 161 Days since NOA1 - NOA2
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    NVC Received File - 10/04/2010
    10/07/2010 Received Case #/Opted into Electronic Processing

    • OPT IN EMAIL CONFIRMATION INTO ELECTRONIC PROCESSING RECEIVED 10/25 TOOK 18 DAYS FROM INITIAL EMAIL SENT
    • DS3032 Sent Following Electronic Proccessing Formats

10/15/2010: I-864(AOS) fee ($88) payment Received

10/18/2010: I-864 (AOS) PAID

10/20/2010: AOS package Sent via Email for Electronic Processing

10/22/2010: IV Bill Invoiced

10/22/2010: IV Bill Paid (Shown Paid Status 8/25/2010)

10/27/2010:DS Forms Emailed Via Email for Electronic Processing

01/06/2011: Sign in Failed

11/23/2010: AOS package review completed

01/05/2011: IV package review completed

01/06/2011: Case Completed (Received case complete Email VIA Electronic Processing)

01/07/2011: Consulate Interview Scheduled

Consulate

02/15/2011: Medical

03/04/2011: Interview

U.S

03/07/2011: POE South of Montreal US-CDN border

03/07/2011: Welcome Letter

03/24/2011: Green Card

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Its in the instructions from Montreal that you must bring the confirmation page as well as a print out of the questions.


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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.

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You had to pledge your allegiance to the US before you had the interview and before you were approved for permanent residency? I've never heard of anyone having to do that before the citizenship oath. Swearing to tell the truth, yes, but pledging allegiance to the US when you are not a citizen or a permanent resident? Wow.


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It isnt in my instructions to bring the DS2260 confirmation


10/10/09: Married in Hamilton, Ontario :)

04/01/2010 : I-130 Sent

04/16/10 : NOA1 Issued (Hard Copy)

09/02/2010: File Touched Fingers Crossed

09/24/2010: NOA2 Approval!!!


  • 161 Days since NOA1 - NOA2
    ------------------
    NVC Received File - 10/04/2010
    10/07/2010 Received Case #/Opted into Electronic Processing

    • OPT IN EMAIL CONFIRMATION INTO ELECTRONIC PROCESSING RECEIVED 10/25 TOOK 18 DAYS FROM INITIAL EMAIL SENT
    • DS3032 Sent Following Electronic Proccessing Formats

10/15/2010: I-864(AOS) fee ($88) payment Received

10/18/2010: I-864 (AOS) PAID

10/20/2010: AOS package Sent via Email for Electronic Processing

10/22/2010: IV Bill Invoiced

10/22/2010: IV Bill Paid (Shown Paid Status 8/25/2010)

10/27/2010:DS Forms Emailed Via Email for Electronic Processing

01/06/2011: Sign in Failed

11/23/2010: AOS package review completed

01/05/2011: IV package review completed

01/06/2011: Case Completed (Received case complete Email VIA Electronic Processing)

01/07/2011: Consulate Interview Scheduled

Consulate

02/15/2011: Medical

03/04/2011: Interview

U.S

03/07/2011: POE South of Montreal US-CDN border

03/07/2011: Welcome Letter

03/24/2011: Green Card

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I think that's a bullshit interview. I had mine last week..no DS260..nothing. I didn't even sign my Ds230...that's why they take the digital thumb print. They didn't even ask for the TWO passport pictures that I brought with me. I could see my picture digitized up on the computer screen. My interview consisted of asking me about my son/previous relationship..two questions. My two denied entries into the US and she asked me a few questions off the DS260. 10 min total..mostly me yacking because I was nervous.

Maybe my interview was a little short lived or less intrusive because I had a previous visa and had left the USA and moved back to Canada in March 2010. I'm not saying preferential treatment..but I was already there before and on their radar. Hope that helps.

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