torontogal4388's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Thelan
Beneficiary's Name: Georgia
VJ Member: torontogal4388
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2014-12-25
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Immigration Checklist for Thelan & Georgia:

USCIS DCF I-130 Petition:      
Dept of State IR-1/CR-1 Visa:    
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-07-16
I-130 Sent : 2011-11-16
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-11-17
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-03-19
NVC Received : 2012-04-18
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-04-18
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-04-19
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-04-24
Submit DS-261 : 2012-04-18
Receive IV Bill : 2012-04-23
Pay IV Bill : 2012-04-24
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2012-04-26
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-05-08
NVC Left : 2012-05-11
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2012-05-11
Interview Date : 2012-06-28
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-07-03
US Entry : 2012-07-09
Comments : I entered on July 9th at Lewiston. Arrived with a trailer at 9:00 a.m. At gate they asked how much $$ I was bringing with me and what was in trailor. I said personal household good. Was directed to park and go inside. Took 2 and a half hours for full process. They never did ask about or check the contents of the trailor. Have NEVER seen so many smiles and joking at Lewiston LOL, so early Monday is a great time to POE at that port of entry.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 123 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 224 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2012-07-09
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Blew me away how happy all the CBS folks were. Could not have been better and very quick to help me fix a problem with chains dragging on my trailor. All in all I was shocked at how cooperative they all were.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-04-10
NOA Date : 2014-04-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-05-27
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-12-05
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2014-12-24
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: FB-1
Event Description
Review Date : July 5, 2012
Embassy Review : My interview was scheduled for June 28th at 8:00 a.m. I drove from London, Ontario and all was fine except my GPS identified the wrong street for the hotel and I ended up driving around for quite sometime before a man I accosted in a mall helped me reprogram it for the right location. I pre-booked a room at the Travelodge on Boul. Rene Levesque Ouest. When I arrived there was no real place to park while I checked in - difficult to say the least. They also had no parking available late in the afternoon so I had to park at a government spot several doors down the street and at a cost of $27 for the night. The room was fine but the bed was rock hard. In the morning I was up at the crack of dawn and at 5:00 a.m. was unable to get hot water in the shower after running the water for 20 minutes or so. I finally gave that up. They also have no restaurant except a cafe that operates from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.n. for breakfast only. I would not recommend the Travelodge except that it is only a couple of blocks from the Consulate.

I arrived at 6:09 a.m. and was the first there. The next person to arrive came at 6:15 - nice guy, married to a woman in New Jersey. Sorry, really can't remember his name but he is a VJ member. Slowly people arrived and we all had a good time chatting until 7:30 when security opened the doors. Having carefully read all the instructions and reviews written on Montreal, I had everything in order and was quick to get checked in. Waited right by the elevator until we call all go up. Wished everyone all the best and remarked that the one thing we all had in common was the fact we were here because we loved someone. That's a lovely thought to keep in mind while all are so nervous.

Got off the elevator and was assigned C-1, sat down and waited to be called. As you all know these are not called in order so a few calls later I went to window one where a lovely lady took all my documents and fingerprinted me. Smooth as glass - thanks to all the VJ reviews.

Later I was called to booth 9 and was sworn in by the lovely fellow with the bow tie. Had a great conversation with him including what my husband did, how we met, how I had run into some trouble crossing once because we misunderstood the difference between a VISA admission to the US and being there only under a passport. I don't remember any other questions he asked but the time went quickly and he then handed me my Welcome to America letter. You have no idea how exciting that moment is!!!

I was finished and out of the Consulate by 8:25 a.m.

As my interview was on the Thursday, followed by the long July 1st weekend, I received my Loomis documents on the Tuesday. Please note, on their website my waybill tracked my documents through several locations starting with Dorval. When they arrived in London the site repeatedly said "undeliverable". This worried me seriously so I phoned and found out that means the documents are there you just have to go and pick them up. I wish the site said "ready for pick-up" instead of "undeliverable". I have visions of the documents being sent back to Montreal because London wouldn't clear receipt of them LOL. So, if yours get to your city and it shows undeliverable - go pick em up!

I am sorry this is not more detailed but so many others have provided every minute detail that it seems redundant to do so here. What I must say is that if you read several months worth of reports, follow all the help and advice on this website you will sail through all processes without one single problem. VJ and the VJ members are absolutely the best friends you could ever hope for and I will continue to help others in my turn through this process. I trust the next several processes over the coming years will also go as smoothly as this whole experience has been. THANK YOU VJers! I am eternally grateful.
Rating : Very Good

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