templeton's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Ta
Beneficiary's Name: Je
VJ Member: templeton
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2021-02-24
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Immigration Checklist for Ta & Je:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? California Service Center on 2013-10-02
Consulate : Vancouver, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2013-09-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2013-10-02
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2013-11-19
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2013-12-17
Consulate Received : 2014-01-02
Packet 3 Received : 2014-01-08
Packet 3 Sent : 2014-01-14
Packet 4 Received : 2014-01-02
Interview Date : 2014-06-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-06-20
US Entry : 2014-07-06
Marriage : 2014-07-11
Comments : Didn't actually take 254 days to interview. I could have interviewed months sooner if I had wanted to. We decided to postpone the interview until June on our own accord.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 48 days from your NOA1 date.

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

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2014-07-06
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Took about 20 minutes to do the paperwork. No issues.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Buffalo NY
Date Filed : 2014-07-14
NOA Date : 2014-07-21
RFE(s) : 2015-05-13
Bio. Appt. : 2014-08-12
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-05-28
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : Got an RFE for immunization records. They were provided by me to the Panel Physician. Obviously they should have been included with the rest of the medial records in the sealed envelope. Sent a copy of a sheet I had, which did the trick. Luckily it didn't seem to add any significant time - welcome letter was mailed a week later.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-07-14
NOA Date : 2014-07-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2014-09-15
Date Card Received : 2014-09-22
Comments : Everything went smoothly. Card mailed to me almost exactly 2 months after NOA date.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-07-14
NOA Date : 2014-07-21
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2014-09-22
Comments : Everything went smoothly. Card mailed to me almost exactly 2 months after NOA date.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 63 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-03-01
NOA Date : 2017-03-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-04-03
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-02-19
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2018-03-17
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Charlotte NC
Date Filed : 2020-03-06
NOA Date : 2020-03-06
Bio. Appt. : 2020-03-27
Interview Date : 2021-02-04
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2021-02-04
Comments : Originally scheduled Biometrics appt date cancelled. As of 9-28-2020, there has been no reschedule or update. Update: Received notification on 12-10-2020 that previous biometrics would be used. Interview and Oath on Feb 4, 2021.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 13, 2014
Embassy Review : If you have the option, take the Sky Train to the Consulate, which only costs a few of dollars and drops you just a block or so away. So much easier and cheaper than worrying about a vehicle in the middle of downtown Vancouver. They won't let you line up to go in until 15 minutes before your appointment. Hang out for a little bit if you get there early...walk around, try to relax, and enjoy the experience for what it is.

Once it's time, you'll get in line and make your way up to the primary security checkpoint. Here they verify your identity and appointment, and give your belongings and documentation a quick once over.

Things to remember:
-Backpacks and purses are not allowed. Bring a document holder or something similar, but nothing more. To put it simple, just leave anything that you don't absolutely need, otherwise you could have headaches.
- Cell phones, key fobs or anything else that is electronic and can transmit is apparently not allowed. HOWEVER, I had a key fob for the apartment I was staying (it didn't use normal keys so I had to bring it), so prior to my lineup time I approached security about it to see where I could put it, and he told me it was okay to bring it in. If you're not so lucky, apparently at the Quizno's across the street they have lockers you can rent.

Once you get past there, you're on to the secondary security point. This is more like airport security where you're putting everything through a scanner and walking through a medal detector.

After that, it's more waiting than anything, and the interview process not at all as intense as I expected. I had envisioned being sat down and interviewed across a desk in some sort of office-type setting, but instead you'll simply be directed to station similar to a cashier wicket. The person there will take your paperwork and make sure you have everything, then they'll have you sit down again until your name is called to proceed to another similar wicket where you'll provide fingerprints and an oath, and answer a few rudimentary questions about your fiance(e) and relationship. That person will hopefully then inform you that your visa is approved. You'll head back to the original window where they go over a few details about how to receive your passport and track the shipping. You stand the whole time.

That's it. All done! Head back down the elevator and exit. Go back to your accommodations and pour yourself a strong drink. It's been a long and stressful process...you've earned it! javascript:emoticon('')

In the end, like the medical, each stage of the process isn't as big of a deal as we imagine it might be. Of course it's still stressful. Despite double and triple checking everything, you still worry you forgot some crucial piece of paper, or something will go missing. And there's always that feeling of helplessness that goes with any situation when you're entirely at the mercy of someone else's decision. But everyone I dealt with throughout my time in Vancouver was helpful and polite, and it all went smoothly.
Rating : Very Good

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