ridley's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Rachel
Beneficiary's Name: Scott
VJ Member: ridley
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2009-06-26
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Immigration Checklist for Rachel & Scott:

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 : 2005-12-02
I-129F NOA1 : 2005-12-14
I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-03-11
RFE Reply(s) : 2006-03-15
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-03-28
NVC Received : 2006-04-04
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-04-11
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2006-04-20
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-04-21
Packet 4 Received : 2006-04-27
Interview Date : 2006-05-30
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-06-19
US Entry : 2006-06-20
Marriage : 2006-07-15
Comments : Our interview was successful, but Scott had a name hit. He had to be fingerprinted, and his fingerprints had to be sent off to Washington. That delayed the receipt of the visa by about three weeks.

He's home now, though, and we're very happy!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 104 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 167 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2006-06-20
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was Calgary - not on the list of options. The line was long, but aside from asking a few questions, the officer was very pleasant.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Antonio TX
Date Filed : 2006-08-23
NOA Date : 2006-08-29
RFE(s) : 2006-09-07, 2007-02-02
Bio. Appt. : 2006-10-25
AOS Transfer** : 2006-10-18
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-02-23
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2007-03-02
Comments : Our original biometrics date was Sept. 14, but we had to reschedule because of a conflict.

Our original RFE response wasn't received, so we resent the packet a month later.

Our application was transferred to the CSC on 10/18/2006.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-01-20
NOA Date : 2009-01-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-02-17
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-05-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2009-06-24
Comments : no interview.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 4, 2006
Embassy Review : Don't bother going early for interviews at the Vancouver consulate. They won't let you in until about 9:45 for your 10 AM appointment.

We had our interview on May 30th. The interview itself was fine -- I attended with my fiance, and they were curt but polite as they took our forms and asked questions about how we met and got to know one another. They never asked for any supporting evidence of a relationship.

Just as the interview was about to end, the CO asked my fiance, "How tall are you? How much do you weigh?" It turns out, they'd found a name hit (my fiance has a very common name) on the U.S. database of criminal activity. So we had to come back to the consulate later in the afternoon to have fingerprints done (at an additional cost of US $85.) These had to be sent off to Washington, D.C., and the officers indicated that we'd have the results in about 2 weeks.

Sigh. Weren't they supposed run name checks and investigate any hits way back at the original service center?

Other than that, the officers were pleasant enough to us. The only other person there at the time interviewing for a K visa ran into some trouble for not having all the paperwork she needed for her children. As others have advised, be prepared and organized, and you should be fine -- barring any surprise name check results.
Rating : Moderate

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-06-20
Embassy Review : POE was Calgary - not on the list of options. The line was long, but aside from asking a few questions, the officer was very pleasant.
Harassment Level : Low

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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