candiizz's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Lance
Beneficiary's Name: Candace
VJ Member: candiizz
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2018-04-03
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Immigration Checklist for Lance & Candace:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2012-11-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-11-15
I-129F RFE(s) : 2013-05-15 (text) 2013-05-17 (hardcopy)
RFE Reply(s) : 2013-05-21
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-06-07
NVC Received : 2013-06-17
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-06-19
Consulate Received : 2013-06-25
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-06-27
Packet 4 Received : 2013-07-12
Interview Date : 2013-08-26
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-08-28
US Entry : 2013-09-09
Marriage : 2013-11-30
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 204 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 284 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Toronto
POE Date : 2013-09-09
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Arrived at Pearson 2.5 hours early to allow myself enough time. Huge line at customs. When I finally got to the front of the line I advised the CBP agent that I was entering on a K1 visa. He took my fingerprints, asked me if I had the folder. I gave it to him and he put it in a yellow folder and directed me to secondary. I gave the folder to the desk and was advised to take a seat and wait for my name to be called. The waiting room was full and there is no privacy. I heard someone get denied entry for a previous arrest for possession of narcotics. Must have been embarrassing since everyone else can hear too. Once I got called up she did some paperwork and reiterated that I need to get married in 90 days. Asked if I had any dependents, I advised I didn't. She put a stamp on the visa page of my passport where the K1 Visa was and sent me on my way. As soon as I got to my gate we were boarding the plane. PHEW. I'd advise to arrive 3-4 hrs early to be on the safe side...

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Denver CO
Date Filed : 2014-01-28
NOA Date : 2014-02-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-03-03
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2016-08-16
NOA Date : 2016-08-19
RFE(s) : 2018-01-19
Bio. Appt. : 2016-10-13
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Rec’d RFE late January. Submitted evidence March 20,2018. Was approved on March 23, 2018! Waiting on card in mail.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 26, 2013
Embassy Review : The Hotel

I arrived in Montreal Sunday night and checked into the hotel. I chose the Days Inn Downtown on Boul. Rene-Levesque. I chose it because it was decently priced and the reviews that I read were better than the Travelodge, although it was about a block further.
I took a "practice walk" that night to make sure I could find it in the morning to avoid any delays. SUPER EASY. Take a right out of the hotel and walk straight down Boul. Rene-Levesque until you get to St-Alexandre. The consulate is on that corner. It was about a 10 minute walk

The Morning Of

Woke up at 6am, was ready by 7am. I left everything in the Hotel room (including purse, cell phone, etc.) with the exception of my paperwork. I put it all in a plastic bag to protect it since it was a rainy morning. I left the hotel at about 7:15am and arrived at the consulate at 7:30am for my 8:00am appointment. There was already a line of about 10 people when I got there, but in the grand scheme of things that doesn't really matter all that much.
When the guard opened the door he lets you in to see a lady right beside the door that checks your passport and Loomis Ref Number. She put a sticker on my passport with the Ref number and handed it back to me. Then directed me to the second set of doors which is security. Much like airport security, put everything in bins, walk through the scanners. A few people with me had backpacks, which are not permitted inside the embassy and were sent away to put them somewhere (they will not hold backpacks). Cell phones are also not permitted, but security will hold it for you if you bring it from what I saw. After security, they direct you to go down the stairs and sit in the waiting room.
As per everyone's GREAT advice on VJ, I sat right near the elevator in the waiting room. The waiting room filled up fast. We were only waiting about 10 minutes before the guard let us on the elevator. I listened to everyone again and went directly to the BACK of the elevator. We went up to floor 19 and the back door of the elevator opened up and directed us to a receptionist where she again checked our passport and appointment confirmation. I ended up being THIRD in line.
She directed us to the window to wait in another line to get our numbers. I got C3. I just sat down when I got called. No waiting at all. At the 2nd window she asked for paperwork and took fingerprints. Birth certificate, photocopy of birth certificate, police check, affidavit of support, etc. This admin. process took about 5 minutes tops. She then told me to take a seat and wait for my number to be called again.
My number got called within 5 minutes of me sitting down. I was directed to a private room where I took an oath and she took my fingerprints again to make sure I was the same person they just fingerprinted. She asked the usual questions: How did we meet? When did he propose? How often do we see eachother? Have I met his parents? Has he met my parents? What do I do for a living? What do I intend on doing for a living in the US? What does he do for a living? Why am I moving there as opposed to him moving here?
She then stated "I have approved this Visa." And handed me a "Welcome to the United States of America" paper that had further instructions on how I was going to get my passport. She was really nice and we were able to laugh and joke around during the questioning. My waist belt broke and she offered me a safety pin hahahha. I was out of the embassy by 9:30am.
Got back to the hotel, packed up, and headed off on the 7 hour drive home. By the time I got home my Visa status already says Issued!!! Kudos to MTL for making this quick and easy.
Rating : Very Good

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