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NikLR's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Hugh
Beneficiary's Name: Niki
VJ Member: NikLR
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2017-01-22
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Immigration Checklist for Hugh & Niki:

USCIS 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 : National Benefits Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2012-10-13
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-10-17
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-02-15
NVC Received : 2013-03-06
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2013-03-22
Pay AOS Bill : 2013-03-22
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2013-04-04
Submit DS-261 : 2013-03-21
Receive IV Bill : 2013-03-28
Pay IV Bill : 2013-03-28
Send IV Package : 2013-03-31
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2013-05-01
Case Completed at NVC : 2013-04-15
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2013-05-01
Interview Date : 2013-06-03
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-06-04
US Entry : 2013-06-10
Comments : Used EP.

P4 letter same day as interview scheduled

Visa sent out same day as interview.

Green card received 2013-07-13
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 121 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 229 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2013-06-10
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : One fingerprint on form which ended up being on the green card. One signature too. Easy as pie. :)

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-04-27
NOA Date : 2015-04-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-06-09
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-10-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2015-10-14
Comments : A local office adjudicated and sent a typed letter for the approval vs official letterhead.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 4, 2013
Embassy Review : I had a great experience.

If you follow the pictures provided and all the information in the reviews you're pretty much golden. Some people were turned away for bags (although some lady was allowed her purse but she was much older) and even when we left a lady was really angry because she couldn't bring a bag in.

One at a time through the door and through the security. Down the stairs and right to the elevator. Up to the 19th floor, out the elevator, to the left and window 14 A/B. Then you just sit in the waiting room waiting for you number to be called to windows 1-4. I was C2. They called the first 3 in order, then some out of order. Went up to window 2 and a nice lady took my fingerprints and asked for my originals and photos, including the I-864EZ. She gave me a form to read about domestic abuse and my rights.

Sat back down and waited to be called to an interview window (some of which are little rooms and others which are windows.) I went up to window 10 and there was a nice gentleman there. He checked over all my documents and handed them back. He then proceeded to ask me quite a few questions. I was surprised at the amount since most people only get 1-3. It started with how we met (he did write it all down btw) to how much time we spend together, how often we see each other, how we keep in touch because it's only every 3 months (We skype every day and even sleep with it on, which he said prompted a question in his head he said was a little personal... LOL) He asked why we married in BC instead of AB and who was at the wedding. Asked if my husband's family was there and why not when I said no. Asked me what I was planning on doing in the USA and then after a minute of typing he closed my file and said your visa is approved. He handed me the Welcome to the United States letter and said to expect my visa in about 5 days via DHL.

All in all I was really happy with the experience. I met some fellow VJ members there and even a lurker who knew who I was. HAHA!
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2013-06-10
Embassy Review : Honestly one of other easiest thing I've done in the process. We pulled up to Coutts AB / Sweetgrass MT land border and pull in with our 14' uhaul. The officer at the window asks us for our ID (my husband was driving) and then asks my husband where he works. Hubs tells him and then mentions I'm immigrating. Guy asks for my packet then instructs us to park just around the corner and come in. After we're inside another officer has me practice doing my index fingerprint then gets it and my signature on both sides of a special form. He walks away to another desk where I see a guy stamping. We're kinda bored waiting around for a few minutes. Other officer hands back our passports and says you're good to go. Stamping officer comes up and explains how to explain the stamp being my green card to others and what CR1 meant. He got that wrong but I wasn't about to correct him! (Hubs says the best way to deal the the govt is pretend to be stupid and let them think its all their idea. He works for the govt so... Lol) Officer says I can work right away. Also says my green card will be there in 6-8 months (I think he meant weeks.) We get back in the uhaul and drive away; they didn't ask for my manifest or peek inside.
Harassment Level : Low

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