CAdreamer's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: A.
Beneficiary's Name: K.
VJ Member: CAdreamer
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2016-04-15
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Immigration Checklist for A. & K.:

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 : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2011-08-03
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-08-10
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-01-12
NVC Received : 2012-01-20
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-01-24
Consulate Received : 2012-01-31
Packet 3 Received : 2012-02-01
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-02-06
Packet 4 Received : 2012-02-17
Interview Date : 2012-04-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-09-24
US Entry : 2012-09-26
Marriage : 2012-10-02
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 155 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 258 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2012-09-26
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Crossed by car at Sarnia/Port Huron, MI.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Jose CA
Date Filed : 2012-11-05
NOA Date : 2012-11-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-12-14
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2013-01-31
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-01-31
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2013-02-09
Comments : San Jose, CA office was fantastic! Interview was pleasant and easy going.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-11-05
NOA Date : 2012-11-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-12-14
Approved Date : 2013-01-11
Date Card Received : 2013-01-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 67 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-11-05
NOA Date : 2012-11-20
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-01-19
Comments : Combo card received for me. Paper copy of I-512L received for the kids. All arrived the same day.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 67 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-11-05
NOA Date : 2014-11-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-12-01
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-04-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2015-05-01
Comments : Eligible to file ROC on 11-1-14.
Completed in 157 days, no interview, no RFE.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 9, 2012
Embassy Review : Montreal was good, overall. So much easier than I anticipated. As long as you have all the documentation on the checklist, you will be just fine. ...and if your kids are anything like mine, take change for the vending machines to keep them happy.

1 word of warning -- Google maps lies. I booked a room at the Holiday Inn Midtown, which Google said was about a 10 minute walk from the consulate and 15 minute walk from the train station. Maybe if one was an Olympic level race walker, but not otherwise. We ended up taking cabs everywhere. Holiday Inn was on the expensive side, but had an indoor pool, which the kids loved! Spending the afternoon in the pool totally made up for me getting them up and out the door at the crack of dawn for the interview. The consulate was a $5 cab ride from Holiday Inn, and the train station was a $10 cab ride.

The reviews for Montreal are spot on. I don't have too much to add to what has already been said here. We got to the consulate at 6:50 and were first in line, first off the elevator and got number C1.

One note -- the document/interview windows are totally cramped. There is no space to put your paperwork down while trying to get the papers they ask for, and it's just as bad for the employees on the other side. The woman at the first window was complaining about how cramped it was, and that they had recently changed the work area and everyone hated it.

They asked for the custody documents first, and they will keep the originals (except I asked for my original separation agreement back and got it -- they kept the original agreement for immigration their dad signed though). They asked for originals and copies of all of our long form birth certificates and my divorce certificate. They keep the original police check too. And they kept everything I gave them for the I-134. They only needed 1 copy of the I-134, by the way. I had done 3 copies in case 1 was needed for each kid too, but they only asked for 1.

The questions are not difficult and apparently you just need to try. They asked me when my fiance got his citizenship (he is not originally a USC). I had no idea! I made a guess, and stated that it was a guess. I was off by 10 years! Oops. They also asked how old the kids are. I said my daughter is 9. She was standing beside me and was so disgusted "mom, I'm 10!"... ugh. I just laughed and said her birthday was on Saturday and it had been a rough couple of days. So, I got my kid's age wrong and my fiance's citizenship information wrong, but they still approved the visas!
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 09-26-2012
Embassy Review : We crossed at Sarnia/Port Huron, MI. We arrived about 9:30 am and there was hardly any wait time -- less than 5 minutes. Everyone was very friendly and nice, but none seemed to really know what they were doing. We had 3 different officers helping us through the process (all with their own versions of pocket "cheat sheet" instructions) and heard "we don't get many of these" about 10 times! It took a bit more than an hour to process my K1 and two K2s. We paid our $6 for each and got our I-94s.

All in all, an uneventful crossing.

I would feel a bit more confident that things will go smoothly from this point on if I thought that the POE officers were doing their part correctly, but we'll just have to keep fingers crossed that all of our paperwork will end up where it should.

On the plus side, I have already applied for my SSN, (within 1 week of crossing) and they had no trouble finding me in the system, so that's a good sign!
Harassment Level : Low

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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