nightingalejules's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Adam
Beneficiary's Name: Julia
VJ Member: nightingalejules
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2018-11-20
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Immigration Checklist for Adam & Julia:

USCIS DCF 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? Vermont Service Center on 2014-03-12
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2013-08-05
I-130 Sent : 2013-10-07
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-10-09
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2014-03-24
NVC Received : 2014-04-07
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-05-09
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-05-12
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2014-06-08
Submit DS-261 : 2014-05-21
Receive IV Bill : 2014-06-23
Pay IV Bill : 2014-06-24
Send IV Package : 2014-06-24
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2014-08-15
Case Completed at NVC : 2014-07-31
NVC Left : 2014-08-15
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2014-08-15
Interview Date : 2014-09-19
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-09-25
US Entry : 2014-11-07
Comments : We did our POE at the Pacific Highway border crossing in BC. Completing some courses and my current work contract in Canada, visiting (and bringing boxes) frequently, will be completely moved by June!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 166 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 345 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2014-11-07
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2016-08-10
NOA Date : 2016-08-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-10-14
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-03-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2018-03-22
Comments : Early biometrics walk-in 2016-10-05

After almost 19 months, contacted my Senator, who got my file transferred to my local office (Tucson, AZ) - Got a phone call from an officer saying I was approved!

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Tucson AZ
Date Filed : 2018-02-08
NOA Date : 2018-02-08
Bio. Appt. : 2018-02-26
Interview Date : 2018-11-02
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2018-12-14
Comments : Yes, so I had my interview at 8am today. Traffic was bad and ate up all my "wiggle room" and I got to the Tucson office at 7:55. It wasn't busy though and I was through security and checked in at the window by 8. (The guy at the window was the same poor guy who had to try to sort out why I got 2 green cards (and since then, a third!)) He took a photo and my 2 index finger fingerprints and then sent me to sit in the chairs and wait. Sat around for about 15 minutes and then was brought back to a nice office by the immigration officer. The first thing she told me was that she'd actually been the person who responded to my Senatorial inquiry - so she was also the person who approved my I-751! Small world; small USCIS office, at least! Ok, so she said she'd start with the test - get it out of the way. She apologized and told me that USCIS was trying to update their systems, so the reading and writing part of the test would be taken on an iPad that was in a stand on the desk. It's an awkward position to write in. But it was the same question: Read out loud: Who was George Washington? Print the answer on the screen: George Washington was the first president. They tell you the answer and you write it down. Then the civics questions: 1. What is the ocean on the east coast of America? - Atlantic 2. When do young men in America need to register for selective service? - 18-26 3. When was the constitution written? - 1787 4. What does "freedom of religion" mean? - The freedom to practice any religion or not to practice any religion at all. 5. How many Senators are there? - 100 6. Name one state that borders Canada? - I said Montana. Since I'm from Canada, I can also tell you: Alaska, Washington, Idaho, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Then I had to swear to tell the truth on the next questions - all the ones about whether I qualified - am I applying through marriage (yes), has my husband been a citizen for at least 3 years (yes). are we still married (yes) do we owe any money to the IRS (no) and all the questions about whether I've ever been in trouble with the law or a bad person (no). Then I had to ok a change on the iPad - I've changed addresses since I applied, so I had to approve the new address, and then approve the spelling of my name and my birthdate and all the stuff that would be on the naturalization certificate. She gave me the form that said I was approved, and on the way out I got another leaflet about preparing for the oath ceremony. She said they'd mail me the notification of my ceremony. In and out in probably about 15 minutes - and didn't ask to see any of my paperwork (except my green card), not even this year's taxes or the letter from the IRS saying that our payment plan from 2016 was all paid off.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 22, 2014
Embassy Review : Everything went great!

I arrived at about 7:30 for an 8:30 appointment, and there was already quite a long lineup. Checked in at the side door - the security guard was quite helpful when I was having trouble with my purse, documents binder and empty coffee cup. (8:30 eastern felt like 5:30am given that I'd arrived from Vancouver the day before)

Checked my keys and cellphone at the security desk and headed upstairs. I didn't feel like forcing my way through the crowd, so I was near the front of the second elevator to go up. There were a lot of people but almost all of them were there for non-immigrant visas, so the girl at "reception" gave me #4 for immigrant visas, and told me to sit in the waiting area farthest from the interview windows.

The laminated card with your number on it has a list of things you will need to provide at the first window: Interview Letter, Passport, Pictures, and Medical report, so I had those all ready. If you did EP, the first window is also where you'll provide them the originals of all your documents (birth cert, marriage cert, I-864(s) etc)

Had a nice chat with another couple, who had #3, and we waited to be called. When they called #4 to window 2, I went there and provided all the necessary documents (I had them well organized in order at the front of my binder and the woman at the desk smiled and said "Wow! Someone's prepared!"), had my fingerprints taken (all my years of piano lessons made me do it wrong at first... put your whole fingers flat on the glass, not just your fingertips) and then sent me back to wait to be called to window 7 (a bit more private but you still don't get to sit down).

I saw the couples with #1 and #2 get called in and then come out smiling, which put me a bit more at ease - I was a bit worried about the domicile requirement, which everyone says is tough at Montreal, but it looked like the officer was in an approving mood!

Finally got called to window 7 and the woman there was very friendly and put me at ease. She asked me how long ago we met, and then asked if we'd been dating all that time (I said, "Well, we started hanging out as friends, which then developed into dating, and so on... and we got married last summer"). Then she asked for my address, and my husbands, and I said he lived in Vancouver with me. She asked where we'd be living in the US, and I gave her the address, and told her it was his Mom's house, where we'd be living until we got our feet under us.

She asked about what he'd be doing for work, and I told her that he had joined the Portland local of the Musicians' Union which also registered him as a music teacher (she seemed impressed by that - I guess a union makes it seem more like a "real job") and then asked what we had done to plan our move to the US, and I told her we were planning on selling most of our furniture and just moving our belongings, and we'd gotten a quote from U-Pack for the move. She asked to see the quote, and I showed it to her.

Then she said I was approved, gave me the "Welcome to America" letter, and told me they were going to keep my passport and send it back to me in 5-10 business days!

Later I checked on the CEAC website, just to see where it said "ISSUED" - boy did that feel good!
Rating : Good

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