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Hello everyone!

I'm new to the forums, so I thought I would introduce myself. I'm Michelle - I am a Canadian citizen and my husband is an American citizen currently on a visitor visa with me in Canada.

We got married in Canada and we were going to do the Canadian Sponsorship program, but I unexpected lost my mother and truly have nothing worth 'keeping' me here in Canada anymore.

Therefore, I want to start my life in America with my husband!

I'm really overwhelmed right now because I got so used to the Canadian Sponsorship Program that I don't know where to start! I want to enter the US without any issues when we are ready to move.

From what I understand, I need to complete the I-130 and G-325A form?

Then we will receive a receipt in the mail, saying Immigration received it?

From there I can apply for a I-129F that would allow me to stay in America while it's being processed? But I'm wondering if I need this, if I am applying from Canada?

How long does the I-130/G-325A take to process/approve typically?

I will be here until the summer/fall of 2016 as I need to sort out my mother's estate and taxes before leaving the country.

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USCIS Process:

Sent I-130 (via Canada Post): Feb 29, 2016

NOA1 hardcopy received: March 16, 2016

NOA2 approval text & email: June 9, 2016

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NVC Process:

Case number and IIN Assigned: July 5, 2016

Choice of Agent (DS-261) completed: July 6, 2016

IV application (DS-260) completed: July 12, 2016

Sent AOS & IV packets (Electronic Processing): July 14, 2016

CC: July 20, 2016

Medical: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 19, 2016 APPROVED!

POE: October 31, 2016

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ROC Process:

Submitted I-751 (USPS Overnight): August 2, 2018

Application received at VSC : August 3, 2018

Payment cashed (personal check): August 9, 2018

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Welcome!

You'll chase the Cr/Ir-1 visa.

http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide1

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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Thank you so much canadian_wife!

So I just file the I-130 and G325A Forms? with approval/possible interview, they grant me a visa?


USCIS Process:

Sent I-130 (via Canada Post): Feb 29, 2016

NOA1 hardcopy received: March 16, 2016

NOA2 approval text & email: June 9, 2016

-------------------------------------------------------

NVC Process:

Case number and IIN Assigned: July 5, 2016

Choice of Agent (DS-261) completed: July 6, 2016

IV application (DS-260) completed: July 12, 2016

Sent AOS & IV packets (Electronic Processing): July 14, 2016

CC: July 20, 2016

Medical: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 19, 2016 APPROVED!

POE: October 31, 2016

-------------------------------------------------------

ROC Process:

Submitted I-751 (USPS Overnight): August 2, 2018

Application received at VSC : August 3, 2018

Payment cashed (personal check): August 9, 2018

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there's 3 major 'things', aye?

1. uscitizen files a petition, seeking an immigration benefit for you - that's the I-130.

2. if/when USCIS approves the petition, the beneficiary then applies for a visa to the National Visa Center, usually a CR-1 or IR-1 designation.

3. Once the doc intake / fees are finished up at NVC, the casefile gets to the Immigrant Visa Unit in Montreal, and the beneficiary will have an interview.

How long? figure 11 to 18 months, depending on caseload at the uscis service centers and backlogs at NVC and scheduling issues at Montreal IV Unit,.


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

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Thanks so much for the response Darnell,

So receiving an approval for the I-130 doesn't mean I receive a visa to grant me access?

Should I apply for the I-129F after I receive the receipt of the I-130 to allow me to complete my application within the US?

My husband called the USCIS line and they told him he just needed to complete the I-130 and get that approved in order for me to enter the US legally.


USCIS Process:

Sent I-130 (via Canada Post): Feb 29, 2016

NOA1 hardcopy received: March 16, 2016

NOA2 approval text & email: June 9, 2016

-------------------------------------------------------

NVC Process:

Case number and IIN Assigned: July 5, 2016

Choice of Agent (DS-261) completed: July 6, 2016

IV application (DS-260) completed: July 12, 2016

Sent AOS & IV packets (Electronic Processing): July 14, 2016

CC: July 20, 2016

Medical: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 19, 2016 APPROVED!

POE: October 31, 2016

-------------------------------------------------------

ROC Process:

Submitted I-751 (USPS Overnight): August 2, 2018

Application received at VSC : August 3, 2018

Payment cashed (personal check): August 9, 2018

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Stop calling USCIS, they are not immigration officials. They are typically customer service reps who are unfamiliar with the process.

The I130 is not a visa, it is a petition. So an approved petition simply allows you to chase a visa (after some other steps).

It sounds like you have some reading to do to familiarize yourself with the process. Start with the link I provided. Then move to the instructions pages for each of the forms.

The I129F is useless, it will likely be closed.

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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Thanks so much for the response Darnell,

1. So receiving an approval for the I-130 doesn't mean I receive a visa to grant me access?

2. Should I apply for the I-129F after I receive the receipt of the I-130 to allow me to complete my application within the US?

3. My husband called the USCIS line and they told him he just needed to complete the I-130 and get that approved in order for me to enter the US legally.

1. No. What did he petition for? He petitioned for the permission for you to apply for a visa. Once he's granted this permission, then you are allowed to apply for a visa. The Doc Intake for the 2nd stage is not trivial.

2. I would suggest no, as usually any human chasing a K-3 visa finds that:

__a. I-130 and I-129F approved same day at USCIS then

__b. The I-129F gets administratively closed at NVC, cause there is no further basis for a K-3, an unapproved I-130 petition. NVC is really good at closing these approved I-129F petitions, and then

__c. The beneficiary is on the CR-1/IR-1 path anyway, a superior visa.

3. Alas, you got wrong info. Sorry !

What to do, going forth? Get on a PC with internet access, and click through the link provided to you back in post #2, that's the Guide for Stuff that you two need to do. Study it. Print out all of the forms. Study the forms, study the instructions. Take copious notes..

Edited by Darnell

Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

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You will need a visa BEFORE you can move to the USA. They do not allow for internal processing like Canada does unless you were already here (visiting, working, or attending school.) I think that one point is messing you up.


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Thanks NLR!

Yeah, I did do a lot more reading and although USCIS said I could be in America while it's processed, I'm seeing otherwise from the forums here.

So I'll file the I-130 and the G-325As to get us started, and go through the things for the next steps while we wait (like tax return documentation, etc),

Did you have to do your interview in Montreal, NLR? Did you send all the documents following your I-130 to the Chicago location, or does the US Embassy in Montreal deal with all that afterwards?


USCIS Process:

Sent I-130 (via Canada Post): Feb 29, 2016

NOA1 hardcopy received: March 16, 2016

NOA2 approval text & email: June 9, 2016

-------------------------------------------------------

NVC Process:

Case number and IIN Assigned: July 5, 2016

Choice of Agent (DS-261) completed: July 6, 2016

IV application (DS-260) completed: July 12, 2016

Sent AOS & IV packets (Electronic Processing): July 14, 2016

CC: July 20, 2016

Medical: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 19, 2016 APPROVED!

POE: October 31, 2016

-------------------------------------------------------

ROC Process:

Submitted I-751 (USPS Overnight): August 2, 2018

Application received at VSC : August 3, 2018

Payment cashed (personal check): August 9, 2018

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All Hail The National Visa Center ! All Hail!


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

-=-=-=-=-=R E A D ! ! !=-=-=-=-=-

Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

2mzcunl.gif

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[please review post #4]


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

-=-=-=-=-=R E A D ! ! !=-=-=-=-=-

Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

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Also to note, the only place immigrant interviews take place in Canada is in Montreal.

That is incorrect though, I had my interview in Vancouver

The only place do interview is in Vancouver or Montreal


K1 Visa Journey:

Engaged: January 26th 2013

Filed I-129F Petition (K1 Visa): April 14th 2015

NOA1 Hardcopy: April 17th 2015

I-129F (RFE): June 17th 2015

I-129F (Respond): July 22nd 2015

NOA2 Hardcopy: August 3rd 2015

Vancouver Embassy Received: September 9th 2015

Packet 3: September 16th 2015.....Packet 3 (Emailed): September 21st 2015

Packet 4: October 1st 2015

Medical Appointment: October 19th 2015

Interview: November 10th 2015 (Approved!!!)

Visa Received: November 16th 2015

POE To Dallas, TX: November 25th 2015

AOS Journey:

Married: January 7th 2016

Filed I-485/I-765/I-131 (AOS/EAD/AP): February 2nd 2016

Package Returned For Wrong Cheque Amount (USCIS Error): February 24th 2016

Re-Filed I-485/I-765/I-131 (AOS/EAD/AP): February 25th 2016

NOA1 (Email + Text x3) I-485/I-765/I-131: March 3rd 2016

NOA1 Hardcopy I-485/I-765/I-131: March 7th 2016

Biometrics Letter: March 18th 2016

Biometrics Appointment: March 28th 2016

Case Status: Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview: April 4th 2016

I-765/I-131 (EAD/AP) Approved: May 4th 2016......I-765/I-131 (EAD/AP) Hardcopy: May 9th 2016

EAD/AP Combo Card Received: May 12th 2016

Email Notification: Scheduled Interview: October 17th 2016......AOS Scheduled Interview Hardcopy: October 24th 2016

Actual AOS Interview: November 17th 2016......Approval Date: November 18th 2016

2 Year Green Card Received: November 30th 2016

ROC Journey:

Filed I-751: November 10th 2018

NOA1 (Email + Text): November 15th 2018

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That is incorrect though, I had my interview in Vancouver

The only place do interview is in Vancouver or Montreal

CR1/IR1 interviews are only done in Montreal. K1 interviews -- like yours -- may be done either through Montreal or Vancouver. I defer to NLR on this one if I'm incorrect, but this is my understanding.

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CR1/IR1 interviews are only done in Montreal. K1 interviews -- like yours -- may be done either through Montreal or Vancouver. I defer to NLR on this one if I'm incorrect, but this is my understanding.

I spoke to someone there that was doing the spouse visa interview but who knows if that changed


K1 Visa Journey:

Engaged: January 26th 2013

Filed I-129F Petition (K1 Visa): April 14th 2015

NOA1 Hardcopy: April 17th 2015

I-129F (RFE): June 17th 2015

I-129F (Respond): July 22nd 2015

NOA2 Hardcopy: August 3rd 2015

Vancouver Embassy Received: September 9th 2015

Packet 3: September 16th 2015.....Packet 3 (Emailed): September 21st 2015

Packet 4: October 1st 2015

Medical Appointment: October 19th 2015

Interview: November 10th 2015 (Approved!!!)

Visa Received: November 16th 2015

POE To Dallas, TX: November 25th 2015

AOS Journey:

Married: January 7th 2016

Filed I-485/I-765/I-131 (AOS/EAD/AP): February 2nd 2016

Package Returned For Wrong Cheque Amount (USCIS Error): February 24th 2016

Re-Filed I-485/I-765/I-131 (AOS/EAD/AP): February 25th 2016

NOA1 (Email + Text x3) I-485/I-765/I-131: March 3rd 2016

NOA1 Hardcopy I-485/I-765/I-131: March 7th 2016

Biometrics Letter: March 18th 2016

Biometrics Appointment: March 28th 2016

Case Status: Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview: April 4th 2016

I-765/I-131 (EAD/AP) Approved: May 4th 2016......I-765/I-131 (EAD/AP) Hardcopy: May 9th 2016

EAD/AP Combo Card Received: May 12th 2016

Email Notification: Scheduled Interview: October 17th 2016......AOS Scheduled Interview Hardcopy: October 24th 2016

Actual AOS Interview: November 17th 2016......Approval Date: November 18th 2016

2 Year Green Card Received: November 30th 2016

ROC Journey:

Filed I-751: November 10th 2018

NOA1 (Email + Text): November 15th 2018

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