JedNik's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: JS
Beneficiary's Name: NF
VJ Member: JedNik
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2013-07-13
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Immigration Checklist for JS & NF:

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 : 2012-07-27
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-07-31
I-129F RFE(s) : 2013-02-23
RFE Reply(s) : 2013-02-25
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-03-04
NVC Received : 2013-03-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-03-14
Consulate Received : 2013-03-20
Packet 3 Received : 2013-03-20
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-03-20
Packet 4 Received : 2013-03-27
Interview Date : 2013-04-08
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-04-10
US Entry : 2013-04-11
Marriage :
Comments : Took a lot longer than we expected because we went through a less busy border and the guy hadn't seen a K1 visa before. Plus his computer was acting up! 2 hours later, a lot of frustrations (on his side) and laughter, we were in!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 216 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 251 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Helena MT
Date Filed : 2013-06-10
NOA Date : 2013-07-09
RFE(s) : 2013-07-15
Bio. Appt. : 2013-07-16
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 9, 2013
Embassy Review : Had my interview today and it was SUPER easy!!

I am not from the Vancouver area, so had my grandma drive me into the dr appmt in Surrey/Delta. (One side of the street is Delta, one is Surrey!)

I had to give them my passport and my vaccinations records, and the letter. Now in the 'medical checklist' you get with package 4, it says to bring the letter in, which I didn't really know what it was. Basically its the letter from the vancouver consulate with your case number. Make sure you bring the one that is the letter, and not you asking them a question, with the written case number on it! I had brought the wrong letter so the lady brought me behind her desk and I opened up my emailed and printed it off!
She was super friendly. I only waited maybe 10 minutes before a nurse/receptionist weighed me and measured my height and then I sat in the room and waited for Dr. Cheema.

He was also very friendly. He did the normal questions; smoke, pregnant, drugs, heart issues, etc. And then he checked my heart rate for a short time, got me to close one eye, and read the chart he held in front of me and then the other eye. With both eyes, I just read like the first two letters and thats it! He then shines a light in your eyes, checks the mouth. And then a female receptionist comes in the room to while he checks to make sure I didn't have any lumps or bumps on my stomach area!
That was basically the jist of it there. Then you head up the street, 12 blocks, and wait for an xray and blood work. Same building, different floors. You wait longer than the actual xray/blood work itself! The whole medical took maybe 2 hours? Including waiting, and driving! Depends on what time of the day you go I guess!
You come back the next day typically to get the results. Easy Peasy.

INTERVIEW: (make sure you have a small bag, and NO electronics (phone, camera, etc) we stored our backpack at Quiznos across the street for the steep price of $10 for the day)
My fiance and I took the skytrain from Surrey up to the consulate on W. Pender. About a 40 minute ride.
We arrived just around 9:30. We were the only white people in the outside area, and immediately the guy called my name, knowing who we were and what we were there for! They just make sure the electronics aren't going in, and is the first security. He writes something on your sealed envelope from the medical exam. They send you inside, upstairs for more security. When all security is done, they directed us to go inside a door and around the corner to flick the light at wicket B.
We had a super nice man help us. They ask for the passport, birth cert. medical results, police cert. ds 156, ds156k, the two passport photos(ONLY 3 WERE EVER NEEDED! One for the medical, two for the interview!) and the i134. He just said to give him whatever they'd asked for so I just gave him all that and he didn't ask for anything else.
My fiance is self employed, and he asked him if he works for his dads business (we don't know where he got that from!) but he said no, its mine! And he was just making conversation and flipping through. I had been denied entry at the US border back in Oct, and he stated that i'd been denied, and that basically its normal. But in fact that they normally let you across unless you have too much stuff. He didn't care that i'd been denied, but rather was just making conversation with that! He later on told us that we should be fine, and he sees no reason for me to be denied, and gave us a number for us to go wait to be called. That whole process was MAYBE another 10 mins?

We sat on the chairs for 2 hours and waited. They were at #65 when we got our #125. Long wait. People came after us and left before us. So it seemed there was no real rhyme or reason! We were pretty bored by the end of it! Finally our number was called and we went to the wicket, and I got fingerprinted and said an oath and my fiance sat on the chair behind me, at the wall like 4 feet away only, because its My interview
She asked us where we met, what we were doing there (we met in Ecuador), what my fiance does for work, when was the last time we saw each other, how we kept the relationship going, and maybe another one which I don't remember. She typed it all up as I answered. Then she flipped through our ENTIRE K1 application! And just made sure she had everything? And we had sent more photos in with our RFE and asked all about the photos (only like 5 of them) and then I saw her write that our visa was issued and she told me and told us to go back to that wicket B.
At wicket B he told us that it would take one to two weeks for them to issue the visa. (On the website it says 3-5 business days) We were kind of taken back by that, especially since I live 14 hours away from the area, my fiance is taking time off work, and that would mean more time waiting, again! We asked if it can be any quicker as I have all my stuff with me and we're planning on leaving asap for the states. He said he'd ask the lady who interviewed me, and came back and said she's on her lunch but it should be ready by Wednesday (two days later!!) unless we hear otherwise, which we haven't so far! SOO. If they try and pull that one on you, it CAN be done quicker. How hard IS it to actually issue it?! (I've gotten a visa for a different country, had my interview and everything and he issued it on the spot!) Not THAT hard!

With all that being said, the interview is NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING to stress and worry about if you have all your things ready, and nothing to hide! They never asked for any evidence, my fiances bank statements, tax forms, Nothing other than the forms, passport pics, birth cert. etc, the normal things!
The employees all tell you where to go, leave it simple for you and if you do make a wrong turn, trust me, security is Right there! Just be prepared to wait just a little bit longer in that waiting room! Bring a book, or a pillow to nap on
Rating : Very Good

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