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Unfortunately, there is never a guarantee that the visa will be granted at the interview, so the by-the-book safest answer is that you should wait until after your interview to buy the ticket. If everything does go smoothly in the interview, the visa will probably reach you in about 2 (that was our experience in China anyways, maybe someone else can comment for Canada specifically). Once again, though, never any guarantees with anything in this whole process, even for visa shipping times.



12/18/2015- NOA 1

1/29/2016- NOA 2

2/18/2016- Letter from NVC saying they're forwarding to Guangzhou

3/4/2016- Received P3, returned it about a week later

3/22/2016- P4 email

5/12/16- Interview. Approved!

5/16/16- After a few days saying administrative processing, CEAC now says issued!

Additional snafu: my fiancé came over on his visa, but just a month later (and the day before we were going to get married) he had an emergency that necessitated him returning to China.  I contacted the Guangzhou consulate via their email system, provided the requested documents/proof, and he was granted a second interview for "reissuance."  He had to re-do the medical, redo the interview (bringing yet another copy of all of the things he had to bring the first time) and we were approved again!  He received what looked like a new visa in his passport, but the original 90 day countdown for marriage was still ticking.  He came back to the US and we got married right away!

8/22/16- Married!



9/30/16- Filed for AOS, EA, AP

10/6/16- NOA 1 for AOS, EA, and AP (USCIS case status website says case was received on October 4th)

11/9/16- Bio appointment

12/13/16- EA and AP approved!

no news... case status on website still says "fingerprint fee received..."

4/11/16- submitted online service request for case out of normal processing time (over 6 months)

5/2/16- USCIS website updated to "My card is being produced!"

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two weeks for me, I had to pick it up


AOS Timeline:

2016-11-21 Filed AOS, AP, EAD

2016-12-19 NOA1 Hardcopy received

2016-12-23 RFIE notification, hardcopy received 12/30/2016 (I-864)

2017-01-03 Biometrics letter received (Jan 12th)

2017-03-09 EAD and AP approved

2017-09-15 Green card approved without interview!

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it took 6 business days for me but I am from PI. However, it is not advisable to buy your ticket until you have the visa (in case of a 221g..)

But if you still want to buy ticket early, I guess 2-3weeks after interview is okay (if there are no delays)


03.22.2016: 129f sent
03.28.2016: 129f received
04.01.2016: NOA1
06.15.2016: NOA2

07.14.2016: NVC#

07.25&27.2016: Medical PASSED!

08.04.2016: Interview APPROVED!

08.12.16: Visa ready for pickup

08.23.2016: CFO

08.29.16 : POE LAX

09.03.16: Wedding


10.19.2016: AOS, EAD& AP sent

10.20.2016: delivered

11.02.2016: NOA1 emails& texts

11.03.2016: Check cashed

11.08.2016: NOA1 hard copies

11.12.2016: Biometrics Notice received

11.22.2016: Biometrics appointment (Las Vegas)

12.05.2016: Case is ready to be scheduled for an Interview

07.03.2017: AOS Interview scheduled for August 3, 2017

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People not from Canada are commenting.

They're correct in that one should never presume the granting of the visa, in timely fashion or at all.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Hubby got his visa almost 2 weeks to the date from Montreal (Feb 2016, not sure if visa turn around has increased/decreased since). As much as we wanted to buy the plane tickets the moment we got the "approved" at the interview, like everyone has said, don't. You never know if for some reason they stick you in AP.

However, if you & your fiance want to reduce the financial burden of the flights (because crossing the border automatically increases your flights), I would suggest that you drive across the border, and fly out from the next closest airport. My hubby lived in the GTA, so he drove across the border and flew out of Buffalo. This works really well if you can get a ride across the border - also then you don't have to worry about missing your flight because you got stuck at customs in pre-clearance. It took him about 35 min to cross the border. Just a thought for flight alternatives since Canada is fairly unique in this aspect.

Good luck at your interview!

K1 Visa Process Canada --> USA

09/16/2015 - Sent I-129F

02/03/2016 - K1 Interview - APPROVED!!

02/27/2016 - POE at Peace Bridge (CDN-USA Border)

04/09/2016 - Married <3

AOS (Local CIS: JAX)

04/29/2016 - Sent AOS, EAD, and AP forms

08/04/2016 - GREEN CARD APPROVED & getting produced [Day 95]

08/08/2016 - Green Card Mailed [Day 99]

08/10/2016 - Green Card Arrived [Day 101]


06/19/2018 - I-751 Sent

06/21/2018 - Arrived and signed at CSC

I am the USC

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~Inquiry about case status~

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

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca


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