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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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We got our package 4 instructions on Nov 20th and we've been checking for an available appointment but it says there are none. Is this normal? How long did you have to wait for one?


Met 2008. Moved in together 2010. Married 2015. Baby Z joined us 2017 . :wub:

AOS Timeline 350 days

 

May 31/15 - Sent AOS/EAD/AP to USCIS

June 4/15 - Email and text notifications they were recieved

June 10/15 - NOA1 for AOS/EAD/AP Dated June 1

June 17/15- Change of address confirmation

June 22/15- Biometrics appointment received

July 1/15- Biometrics appointment done(5 minute appointment, 8 hour round trip drive <_< )

August 5/15 - Change of address submitted for new location

August 8/15 - Mobile/E-mail notifications for approved EAD/AP :)

August 17/15 - Change of address confirmation after calling in

August 17/15 - EAD/AP Combo card mailed out(To the wrong address, and then lost by USPS)

September 3/15 - Contacted USCIS and was told to re-apply with a new application and fees?! Put in a service request online for lost card, and a complaint

September 8/15 - USPS found & returned card to USCIS

September 15/15 - Ombudsman contacted USCIS

September 17/15 - Card mailed back out

September 19/15 - EAD/AP Combo card finally in hand

September 22/15 - NPIW letter received, dated September 9/2015 estimated 6 month wait

October 13-21/15 - Traveled using AP to visit parents & ship the rest of our belongings out west

November 27-30/15 - Traveled using AP

December 28/15- RFE hard copy, waiting on documents from Canada

January 31-February 7/16 - Traveled using AP

February 10/16 - Sent in RFE, delivered Feb 16

April 16/16 - Service request filed, RFE was never updated online

May 12 - Approved email and status update dated May 10. Service request never was assigned or solved, though.

May 14 - Greencard in hand!

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Oh no, I hope ours doesn't take that long. :clock:


Met 2008. Moved in together 2010. Married 2015. Baby Z joined us 2017 . :wub:

AOS Timeline 350 days

 

May 31/15 - Sent AOS/EAD/AP to USCIS

June 4/15 - Email and text notifications they were recieved

June 10/15 - NOA1 for AOS/EAD/AP Dated June 1

June 17/15- Change of address confirmation

June 22/15- Biometrics appointment received

July 1/15- Biometrics appointment done(5 minute appointment, 8 hour round trip drive <_< )

August 5/15 - Change of address submitted for new location

August 8/15 - Mobile/E-mail notifications for approved EAD/AP :)

August 17/15 - Change of address confirmation after calling in

August 17/15 - EAD/AP Combo card mailed out(To the wrong address, and then lost by USPS)

September 3/15 - Contacted USCIS and was told to re-apply with a new application and fees?! Put in a service request online for lost card, and a complaint

September 8/15 - USPS found & returned card to USCIS

September 15/15 - Ombudsman contacted USCIS

September 17/15 - Card mailed back out

September 19/15 - EAD/AP Combo card finally in hand

September 22/15 - NPIW letter received, dated September 9/2015 estimated 6 month wait

October 13-21/15 - Traveled using AP to visit parents & ship the rest of our belongings out west

November 27-30/15 - Traveled using AP

December 28/15- RFE hard copy, waiting on documents from Canada

January 31-February 7/16 - Traveled using AP

February 10/16 - Sent in RFE, delivered Feb 16

April 16/16 - Service request filed, RFE was never updated online

May 12 - Approved email and status update dated May 10. Service request never was assigned or solved, though.

May 14 - Greencard in hand!

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I am in the same boat (which seems odd to me because my friend got his packet 4 the day after he submitted his ds-160 and then was given many options to choose from (this was a week and a half ago).

What worries me most is that on the original petition there is a section on the top left corner that says the petition is valid for 4 months. For us that means the middle of December. Does anyone know if that date applies to the next step or the whole process?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

I am in the same boat (which seems odd to me because my friend got his packet 4 the day after he submitted his ds-160 and then was given many options to choose from (this was a week and a half ago).

What worries me most is that on the original petition there is a section on the top left corner that says the petition is valid for 4 months. For us that means the middle of December. Does anyone know if that date applies to the next step or the whole process?

I also got Packet 4 immediately after sending Packet 3 and I was also able to chose from tons of options. I don't know WHY that happened to me since I've heard of so many people waiting months for an open day. I was expecting a long wait so when I saw the open calender I picked one immediately before talking to my fiance or my dad (who was my ride out there) ... And just hoped and prayed they were good for that day because I thought for sure if I waited, nothing would be left. I was picking the interview date at the beginning of October, so maybe it helped it was the beginning of the month. I think at the beginning of the month they open more appointments but once they are full you have to check every day and hope someone had a cancellation.

The petition "expiration" date you're talking about is nothing to worry about... as long as you're actively working towards the progress of the visa.. it's my understanding they can extend it at the interview? Like, it's sort of just a time frame/guideline that it should take from the NOA2 to the interview date but it's not like if you pass that date then you're SOL and you need to start over again. I can't remember what I read about it though, but I know it isn't anything to worry about


I-129F Process:

 

05/03/2014 I-129F Sent
05/09/2014 NOA1

05/12/2014 Alien Registration Number Changed

09/17/2014 NOA2 (OMG!!!!) 

09/23/2014 Case forwarded to NVC
10/01/2014 NVC Received

10/06/2014 NVC forwarded case to Montreal Consulate 

10/07/2014 Montreal Consulate Received

10/08/2014 Sent Packet 3

10/09/2014 Received Packet 4

10/22/2014 Medical Appointment

11/12/2014 Interview  APPROVED 

11/24/2014 Visa in Hand!!!!

12/28/2014 POE - Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls
01/12/2015 Applied for SSN

01/31/2015 The day I married my best friend 

 

 AOS Process:

 

03/14/2015 Sent AOS Package

03/23/2015 Email confirmation, case accepted & routed to USCIS
04/15/2015 Biometrics taken
06/03/2015 75 days since receipt date on my EAD application, called USCIS for a service request  

06/09/2015 NOA2 for AP & EAD ^.^ (arrived in the mail on June 15th!!! finally!!!!)
06/17/2015 AP/EAD Combo card in hand!
06/22/2015 Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case
09/27/2015 AOS  APPROVED
10/03/2015 Received Green Card in the mail!!!

 

ROC Process:
06/26/2017 Sent ROC Package

06/30/2017 NOA / 1 year extension 
08/04/2017 Biometrics taken

04/09/2018 Case was received at my local office

 

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Pretty normal for K1. IR1/CR1 is priority at Montreal, unlike most embassies. But that's as it should be IMHO. Once you pick a date however, you can easily keep logging in to pick a quicker one as needed.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Thanks for the updated responses. I was very concerned about the expiry date so I am pleased to hear that Soapies.

On another note, I am curious as to why one would think that ir1/cr1 should take priority. I am not trying to be argumentative but the comment kind of got my back up because we could chose what was supposed to have been the fastest method, regardless of the higher cost. We could have just as easily gotten married first. Maybe the comment got my back up because I am getting stressed which really is wasted energy. :)

If it isn't obvious, there are still no appointments available in Montreal that I have come across. Same with you S2BMZ?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Yeah, very disappointed that there are still no appointments. Our petition date is until Feb 22,2015, so I'd really like to get one booked soon, just so we can have it done easily. I don't want to have to worry about the expiry dates. We were also hoping to be moved by March 1.

I partially agree with NLR said, because many IR-1/CR-1 couples are married and living separately. I know I wouldn't want to be separated from my fiance(we live together already) especially if we were married.


Met 2008. Moved in together 2010. Married 2015. Baby Z joined us 2017 . :wub:

AOS Timeline 350 days

 

May 31/15 - Sent AOS/EAD/AP to USCIS

June 4/15 - Email and text notifications they were recieved

June 10/15 - NOA1 for AOS/EAD/AP Dated June 1

June 17/15- Change of address confirmation

June 22/15- Biometrics appointment received

July 1/15- Biometrics appointment done(5 minute appointment, 8 hour round trip drive <_< )

August 5/15 - Change of address submitted for new location

August 8/15 - Mobile/E-mail notifications for approved EAD/AP :)

August 17/15 - Change of address confirmation after calling in

August 17/15 - EAD/AP Combo card mailed out(To the wrong address, and then lost by USPS)

September 3/15 - Contacted USCIS and was told to re-apply with a new application and fees?! Put in a service request online for lost card, and a complaint

September 8/15 - USPS found & returned card to USCIS

September 15/15 - Ombudsman contacted USCIS

September 17/15 - Card mailed back out

September 19/15 - EAD/AP Combo card finally in hand

September 22/15 - NPIW letter received, dated September 9/2015 estimated 6 month wait

October 13-21/15 - Traveled using AP to visit parents & ship the rest of our belongings out west

November 27-30/15 - Traveled using AP

December 28/15- RFE hard copy, waiting on documents from Canada

January 31-February 7/16 - Traveled using AP

February 10/16 - Sent in RFE, delivered Feb 16

April 16/16 - Service request filed, RFE was never updated online

May 12 - Approved email and status update dated May 10. Service request never was assigned or solved, though.

May 14 - Greencard in hand!

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The K1 visa process is so much faster as it is, people like me appreciate that kind of sentimentality from the K1 peoples. :) Thanks!

We were married in May and didn't live together until June the following year, and my journey was super fast!


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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No problem, NLR :)

On packet 4; I'm not sure, I forgot to state that in my email and they sent it to me the next morning via email anyways. I'd email them with your case number at the top and try asking :)


Met 2008. Moved in together 2010. Married 2015. Baby Z joined us 2017 . :wub:

AOS Timeline 350 days

 

May 31/15 - Sent AOS/EAD/AP to USCIS

June 4/15 - Email and text notifications they were recieved

June 10/15 - NOA1 for AOS/EAD/AP Dated June 1

June 17/15- Change of address confirmation

June 22/15- Biometrics appointment received

July 1/15- Biometrics appointment done(5 minute appointment, 8 hour round trip drive <_< )

August 5/15 - Change of address submitted for new location

August 8/15 - Mobile/E-mail notifications for approved EAD/AP :)

August 17/15 - Change of address confirmation after calling in

August 17/15 - EAD/AP Combo card mailed out(To the wrong address, and then lost by USPS)

September 3/15 - Contacted USCIS and was told to re-apply with a new application and fees?! Put in a service request online for lost card, and a complaint

September 8/15 - USPS found & returned card to USCIS

September 15/15 - Ombudsman contacted USCIS

September 17/15 - Card mailed back out

September 19/15 - EAD/AP Combo card finally in hand

September 22/15 - NPIW letter received, dated September 9/2015 estimated 6 month wait

October 13-21/15 - Traveled using AP to visit parents & ship the rest of our belongings out west

November 27-30/15 - Traveled using AP

December 28/15- RFE hard copy, waiting on documents from Canada

January 31-February 7/16 - Traveled using AP

February 10/16 - Sent in RFE, delivered Feb 16

April 16/16 - Service request filed, RFE was never updated online

May 12 - Approved email and status update dated May 10. Service request never was assigned or solved, though.

May 14 - Greencard in hand!

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Thanks for the updated responses. I was very concerned about the expiry date so I am pleased to hear that Soapies.

On another note, I am curious as to why one would think that ir1/cr1 should take priority. I am not trying to be argumentative but the comment kind of got my back up because we could chose what was supposed to have been the fastest method, regardless of the higher cost. We could have just as easily gotten married first. Maybe the comment got my back up because I am getting stressed which really is wasted energy. :)

welcome!

I also felt the same way when I read that comment. Everyone thinks their case is the most important one. I think they are all equally as important. Whether or not CR1 visas are priority at Montreal I have no idea. But the argument that "married" couples are more affected by being apart... lol, yeah ok.

But anywho.

Any luck? :/


I-129F Process:

 

05/03/2014 I-129F Sent
05/09/2014 NOA1

05/12/2014 Alien Registration Number Changed

09/17/2014 NOA2 (OMG!!!!) 

09/23/2014 Case forwarded to NVC
10/01/2014 NVC Received

10/06/2014 NVC forwarded case to Montreal Consulate 

10/07/2014 Montreal Consulate Received

10/08/2014 Sent Packet 3

10/09/2014 Received Packet 4

10/22/2014 Medical Appointment

11/12/2014 Interview  APPROVED 

11/24/2014 Visa in Hand!!!!

12/28/2014 POE - Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls
01/12/2015 Applied for SSN

01/31/2015 The day I married my best friend 

 

 AOS Process:

 

03/14/2015 Sent AOS Package

03/23/2015 Email confirmation, case accepted & routed to USCIS
04/15/2015 Biometrics taken
06/03/2015 75 days since receipt date on my EAD application, called USCIS for a service request  

06/09/2015 NOA2 for AP & EAD ^.^ (arrived in the mail on June 15th!!! finally!!!!)
06/17/2015 AP/EAD Combo card in hand!
06/22/2015 Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case
09/27/2015 AOS  APPROVED
10/03/2015 Received Green Card in the mail!!!

 

ROC Process:
06/26/2017 Sent ROC Package

06/30/2017 NOA / 1 year extension 
08/04/2017 Biometrics taken

04/09/2018 Case was received at my local office

 

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I was engaged and lived apart and I was married and lived apart. I can tell you in my experience there was a difference, even though I give very high priority to being engaged. In my mind, once you are engaged, you should be willing to get married that very minute and many choose a long engagement merely to have a big wedding. Many people on this forum purposely pick the K1 route because they do not want to live apart after marriage. So the K1 may be faster but it may not work for everyone. It really did not work for us. It was not cost that was a factor because in the end I spent more money because I had to interview in Montreal and I was living in Alberta. I feel really bad for all the K1 who are no longer able to interview in Vancouver because it was a huge positive for the K1 visa.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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No problem, NLR :)

On packet 4; I'm not sure, I forgot to state that in my email and they sent it to me the next morning via email anyways. I'd email them with your case number at the top and try asking :)

Thank you so much!!! :) hopefully I hear back soon but I'll try and send another email and thanks again

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I also lived apart while engaged and married. The 4 months we were apart while married were harder than any other...not that any of them are easy. Married people are supposed to live together, but many engaged people don't live together...there's just not that same expectation.

I don't know if there's really a priority or not...if there is though CR1/IR1s have to wait longer to be reunited than K1s, if they do get priority at the consulate stage they've already been waiting longer....maybe that's why and not because one relationship status is more worthy than the other.


Started dating (online) June 2007

Met November 2007

Engaged August 2008

Married January 2009

He moved to Canada May 2009

Had a baby December 2011

USCIS

Mailed I-130 form-12/28/2013

Cheque cashed- 1/10/2014

NOA1- 1/15/2014

Priority date- 1/07/2014

Email saying our address was changed (we did not change it) 7/4/2014

NOA2-7/7/2014

NVC

NVC Received Case- 7/28/2014

Case number and IIN- 8/11/2014

DS-261 Completed- 8/11/2014

AOS Invoiced- 8/12/2014

AOS Paid- 8/18/2014

AOS and IV packages sent to NVC (EP) 9/12/2014

AOS Scan Date 9/12/2014 or 9/15/2014 (depending on the agent)

IV Scan Date 9/12/2014 or 9/16/2014 (depending on the agent)

DS-261 Accepted and IV Invoice- 9/19/2014 (One week after the price increase :ranting: )

IV fee paid 10/02/2014

DS-260 completed-10/03/2014

CASE COMPLETE- 11/06/2014

Medical- 12/9/2014

Interview- 12/18/2014-APPROVED!

Passport picked up from Embassy by Loomis- 12/19/2014

Passport ready for pick up at Loomis office in Ottawa- 12/22/2014

POE (easy peasy) - 1/3/2015

SS Card Arrived 1/14/2015

Green Card Arrived- 1/31/2015

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