floridaboundcanuk's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Darby
Beneficiary's Name: Jon
VJ Member: floridaboundcanuk
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2018-11-05
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Immigration Checklist for Darby & Jon:

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? Texas Service Center on 2013-08-15
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2013-07-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-07-10
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-09-27
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2013-10-10
Packet 3 Received : 2013-10-23
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-11-19
Packet 4 Received : 2013-12-11
Interview Date : 2014-03-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 79 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 254 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Jacksonville FL
Date Filed : 2014-07-03
NOA Date : 2014-07-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-08-04
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-05-12
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2015-05-23
Comments : Took 10 months after interview waiver

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Jacksonville FL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-07-03
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2014-09-13
Date Card Received : 2014-09-22
Comments : Remember to go to SS Office to get card.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 72 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-03-10
NOA Date : 2017-03-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-04-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-10-08
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2018-11-01
Comments : No interview necessary. The notice and green card just randomly came in the mail.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Jacksonville FL
Date Filed : 2018-04-03
NOA Date : 2018-04-06
Bio. Appt. : 2018-04-24
Interview Date : 2018-11-05
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments : The local USCIS office never received my file. Now I have to wait for it to arrive and go back. I'm disappointed and upset.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 22, 2014
Embassy Review : After what seemed like forever, I finally had my interview at the Montreal consulate. Here is my experience, skip to the middle for the actual consulate if that's all you're interested in -

Having never been to Montreal, I flew in from Toronto on a westjet flight the day before my interview. I used the onthefly app on android to find a combination of tickets that were actually cheaper than a round trip ticket and decided that was a better and faster way to get there instead of taking the train. I left around noon on a Thursday and was walking off the plane by 1:15p - I took a cab downtown, there is a flat $40 rate without tip. I just brought two $50's for the two trips I would take. I ended up staying a block from the consulate at the Le Square Phillips Hotel. It's very upscale, bellhops, etc... and the room you'll get is enormous. Seriously I was awed. Euro-style, you get a full kitchen with heated tile floors, two flat screen tv's and waterfall shower-head. They also include breakfast but if you're going to the consulate the next day you'll never use it as they serve during the time you'll be interviewing. My room was $165 but if that's too pricey there are other hotels in the area. I thought it was a huge bargain though as most hotels in my area at home are $300 and up a night for a nice place equivalent.

From my room to the front door of the consulate was less than a 5 minute walk. Around the area is a French Shoppers Drug Mart, Tim Hortonís, Burger King and a bunch of other restaurants and bars. This is where my own opinion will chime in Ė to put it bluntly, I was shocked at how much of a dump Montreal is. Seriously, it looks like Detroit. There is graffiti tagging EVERYWHERE, old crumbling buildings with no maintenance done to them and most of the restaurants in that area were as run down as everything else. I went to an Irish pub for dinner and realized as I ate my dried out burger that the only thing Irish in there was the Guinness they were serving. I wish I had gone to Burger King. I know a lot of people come early and stay after their interview because they want to sight see, but I wouldnít recommend it if youíre going to put out more money to do it.
As for the consulate, I showed up with my folder of documents at 6:45a. I was the first in line and was alone in the bitter cold and snow until about 7:10a. All of the first people in line were couples either wanting K1 visas or other family based documents. The line really started to grow around 7:30a and thatís when the security guys flipped on the lights and started to unchain the door. Once this is done, you get let in ONE AT A TIME. You MUST have your passport, DS-160 confirmation print out and Loomis Confirmation printout with number to get in. There was a very lovely girl who forgot to bring her Loomis confirmation and they wouldnít let her in the building, she had to literally run to a copy center or something to print it out and come back. When you are let up into the security area itís just like at the airport, take off half your clothes and whatnot, then go through and put them back on. However, you donít do it at the station, you must take your bin down a very long and narrow set of stairs down below street level where there is a very claustrophobic room and a roped off elevator. Sit as close to the elevator entrance as you can. After about 20 minutes of waiting the room was full of people, mainly happy to be there and talking to themselves when the security guard from upstairs appears to open and gate and call the elevator. You proceed inside, face the back of the elevator and wait until itís full. Note that it probably took 4 trips to get everyone upstairs and your interviews are on a first come first serve basis. Your appointment is just to hold your slot, so itís important to show up early and be first. There was one nutbar woman in the whole group that didnít seem to understand this even after people in line, security and officials explained it to her.

When you get off the elevator youíre immediately greeted by a table with a lady who gives you a number and tells you where to sit. I had A1, as I understand it A8 is the last one of the day. After sitting and chatting with fellow applicants for probably half an hour I was called to a window to give my documents. A very nice lady took everything that was required in my specific case. I had maybe 8 documents to present since most of them my lawyer had already sent in when the original petition was filed. I also presented her with a new criminal background check without her asking as I already knew mine had been expired. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO GIVE even though they might not ask for it, volunteer. People can make minor mistakes. She also took my long form birth certificate and my passport, then we did my fingerprints which is done from a mechanical USB attachment box that is embedded into the wall. After that is done, you go and sit down again.

When I got back from my interview the girl who forgot her paperwork was sitting there as she actually managed to get what she needed and ran back. It was actually kind of impressive. She drew A8, the last of the day. After maybe 15 minutes of chatting I was called up for my interview. When I got there I was greeted by a really nice lady who typed a few things on her computer and then asked me to chat about my fiancťe. I basically just stuck to the answers I had written on my declaration letter. Some of the questions were how and when did you meet? What does she do for a living? Where are you going to live? Do we have kids? Been Married? Been arrested? All very text book questions. It was all very easy going. All in all she never actually did tell me the words ďyouíve been approvedĒ, she just treated it like it was a given. She told me it could take two weeks to get my passport back. I mentioned to her the time that I was planning on leaving, etc.. and she understood and typed some notes about it on her computer and told me it should be plenty of time. After that was done, I was free to go. Before I did I went over to the group that came in with me and wished them all good luck. I never did see how the girl did, but I hope it was good news. To leave you go back down the same elevator you went up on and then you just walk back up and out the front door. I was out and done by about 9am.
I packed up, went to the airport and flew out by the afternoon. As a final note, if you have a Nexus card take it with you and use it as your ID at the airport. There is a Nexus only security lane which will let you skip the insane security line (two hours long) at the Montreal airport.

As long as you have your documents in order, get there early and plan ahead, there should be nothing to worry about.
Rating : Very Good

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