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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada

We just brought my fiance over through his Port of Entry (from Victoria, BC to Port Angeles, WA) on Saturday and it was unbelievable how smoothly it went. I was with him (I helped him pack and move) for his entry interview. They pretty much just breezed through his packet, asked a few questions related to forms they still had to fill out, printed him, and then joked around with us. I think it helped that I was a former police officer because once they found that out, we ended up having conversations about police work, the training of rookies (which I related to since I was a field training officer who trained rookie cops) and use of K9's in law enforcement (which I also used to do). So perhaps that connection is what made things go so smoothly--I am just guessing.

We were completely exhausted and in intense physical pain from the move (both my fiance and I are disabled due to work related back injuries) but we knew we faced the inspection with U.S. Customs once our ferry arrived in the states (in Port Angeles, WA). My fiance was up ahead of me and driving the big U-haul while I was driving his vehicle (which we knew we needed to import). As I exited the ferry and drove up to customs, I didn't see the U-haul anywhere! I fully expected that they would be opening it up and examining everything and that we might be there for a few hours. We were very careful to NOT bring over any fruit, vegetables, alcohol, or plants in soil and we had made a VERY detailed inventory list of every boxed item that we were hauling. But here's how my fiance's entry went:

U.S. Customs Officer: "What is your citizenship or reason for entering the country?"

Fiance: "I'm a Canadian citizen, I've been approved for my K1 visa, and I am moving my belongings into the states."

U.S. Customs Officer: "What do you have in the U-haul? Is it just personal household items?"

Fiance: "Yes."

U.S. Customs Officer: "OK, go on through, have a good night."

Fiance: "Wait a minute! My fiance is behind me and is driving my Ford Explorer. They said we need to import it?"

U.S. Customes Officer: "Oh, well she can pull over and come into the office over there and fill out the paper work."

Needless to say, we were amused that my fiance was WAVED THROUGH and that I (the American citizen) WAS THE ONE who got pulled over into the U.S. Customs office! But after giving them my driver's license and filling out a form, we were on our way. It was beyond anything we expected--even easier than the times we've been grilled coming across the border on visits or the time we transported a "suspicious farmer sausage" that resulted in an hour-long delay and meeting with an agriculture officer to get it approved.

The icing on the cake was that the same day that my fiance got moved into our new home was the same day that my team, the San Francisco Giants (baseball) won the World Series. We truly have been blessed and we look forward to our upcoming wedding, set for Friday November 30th. I just want to encourage those out there who are on their own visa journey to HAVE HOPE! Good things DO come to those who wait!!

"Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength" (Isaiah 40:31)

4/27/2011 - Met online via ChristianMingle.com

6/4/2011 - Met in person (yippie ki yay!)

12/27/2011 - He proposed to me on China Beach (Vancouver Island) and was nearly swept away by a big wave!

12/30/2011 - Filed I-129

1/5/2012 - NOA1 text received

1/7/2012 - NOA1 letter received

6/15/2012 - NOA2 approval letter received

7/?/2012 - He got packets and sent them in (sorry...I didn't document the dates!)

8/16/2012 - He took his medical

8/30/2012 - Paid MRV fee - Consulate interview (Vancouver) will be on 10/1/2012

10/1/2012 - Approved for K1 Visa (after very brief interview)...HAPPY DANCE!!

10/27/2012 - POE (Port Angeles, WA)- Zipped through with ZERO problems!

10/28/2012 - Got fiance moved & U-haul unloaded...THANK YOU GOD!!

11/30/2012 - Wedding date set for Nov 30th...counting the days!

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Filed: Country: Ukraine

Congras :thumbs:


03/29/2012 - I-130 Sent

04/1/2012 - NOA1 Received

06/25/2012 - NOA2 Received (88 Days)


07/31/2012 - Case arrived at NVC (36 Days from USCIS to NVC)

08/16/2012 - Received case #, IIN, gave e-mail addresses

08/18/2012 - E-mailed DS-3032

08/23/2012 - AOS bill invoiced & PAID

08/27/2012 - AOS bill appears as PAID

08/24/2012 - AOS Package sent

08/XX/2012 - AOS/I-864 accepted

08/23/2012 - DS-3032 accepted

08/28/2012 - IV bill invoiced & PAID

08/30/2012 - IV bill appears as PAID

08/28/2012 - IV Package sent

09/07/2012 - REF Forgot bar code cover sheet in AOS packet

09/08/2012 - Mailed REF will be there Monday Sept.10th

09/25/2012 - Case Complete

10/30/2012 - Medical in Kyiv....All good

11/27/2012 - Interview date

In AP.

01/15/2013- Call from Emb####

02/20/2013 -Denied

04/18/2013- Application sent to State Department.

08/23/2013- Talked to USCIS the application is back at USCIS and "might" review it by December.....

08/23/2013- Pissed off.

03/14/2014- Recivied notice from USCIS. Reply due 04/16/14

04/12/2014- Reply mailed 300+ pages.

04/23/2014- Reply from USCIS they received the packet.

07/07/2014- Called my Congressman to check on progress.

07/08/2014- Got a call back from Congressman aid "USCIS is working on it".

07/09/2014- Got email from USCIS that my address change had gone through. I never requested an address change. Call Congressman and USCIS. Was an error an no address change...

07/10/2014- Received email from USCIS. We are approved again. I think the call to my Congressman helped.

08/04/2014- Application received from USCIS and forwarded to Kyiv.

08/19/2014- Interview Sept.19,2014

09/19/2014- Interview Approved.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China


Please take the time to post your POE review in your timeline.

Good luck on your immgration journey.

Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca




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