Sim.Arnold's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Michael
Beneficiary's Name: Rachel
VJ Member: Sim.Arnold
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2020-03-18
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Immigration Checklist for Michael & Rachel:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Vancouver, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2015-11-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-12-03
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2016-01-09
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2016-03-07
Packet 3 Sent : 2016-04-27
Packet 4 Received : 2016-04-28
Interview Date : 2016-05-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-05-19
US Entry : 2016-07-05
Marriage : 2016-07-20
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 37 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 159 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2016-09-09
NOA Date : 2016-09-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-09-28
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2017-03-24
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-03-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2017-04-02
Comments : Interview date received 2017-02-21

Card in production 2017-03-24

Card in mail 2017-03-29

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-09-09
NOA Date : 2016-09-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-09-28
Approved Date : 2016-11-04
Date Card Received :
Comments : Card being produced 2016-11-04
Card in mail 2016-11-16
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 56 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-09-09
NOA Date : 2016-09-12
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments : NOA received 2016-11-10
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 56 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2019-03-15
NOA Date : 2019-03-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-08
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-03-18
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : NOA Notice Date 2019-03-20
NOA received 2019-04-01
Card in production 2020-03-17

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 19, 2016
Embassy Review : My interview was at 9 am on May 10th. I arrived just after 8:15 and was asked to wait. I don't have a cell phone (and they're not allowed anyway), but I was chatting with some other people waiting outside who told me at 9 am. Don't expect the security officers to let you know what time it is, bring a watch.

At 9, I was let through to the first security check outside, where they went through my whole bag and asked if I had any sealed envelopes besides my medical exam. I did (a police check), so I opened it in front of him. I had a granola bar I had to eat too. I thought you'd be able to bring sealed food in, but you can't.

Inside I was sent through a metal detector and my bag was checked again. I was told to use the bathroom if I needed to, since there isn't one upstairs. I had just used the bathroom before arriving at the consulate, so I didn't. I wish I'd tried though, the wait upstairs can be really long and I had to go badly when I got out.

Upstairs, I was sent to window B, where a woman took my name and asked me to wait on some chairs in front of the interviewing windows. I probably waited less than 20 minutes before I was called to window B. She checked I had all the appropriate forms: my birth certificate, took my sealed medical exam, my police certificates, and our Letter's of Intent. She asked me if I or my fiancÚ had ever been married before, and if I was sure. Then she sent me to wait in line for the interview.

After maybe 30 minutes I was sent to the interview window. The officer had me raise my right hand and swear that everything I was about to say was true and that I will marry my fiancÚ within 90 days of arriving in the US. He asked me to explain, in my own words, how my fiancÚ and I met and how we got to this point. He asked me about his employment -- where and for how long, how much money he makes. He asked a couple clarifying questions about our timeline, and again if either of us has ever been married before. Then he said that the interview was over and to return to his colleague at window B. She asked me to sit and wait for her to call me again.

The last wait was the worst, because I wasn't sure if I'd been approved or not. Finally a security guard sent me back to window B. The woman told me I'd been approved and went over the visa, the entry process, how long to wait for my passport, etc. By the time I got out, I really had to pee, so I went straight to find a bathroom and then returned to the hotel to email my fiancÚ.

I got back to my hotel about 11:45, so the whole thing was about 2.5 hours. Overall, everyone was very polite and helpful. It's a bureaucratic process, so of course it's a bit of a pain, but everyone involved was as nice and friendly as you could possibly expect.
Rating : Good

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