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  Petitioner's Name: Jacqueline
Beneficiary's Name: Jeff
VJ Member: jfgk1987
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2021-08-09
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Immigration Checklist for Jacqueline & Jeff:

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? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2014-01-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-01-16
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-06-26
NVC Received : 2014-07-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2014-07-21
NVC Left : 2014-07-24
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2014-07-27
Packet 4 Received : 2014-08-05
Interview Date : 2014-08-29
Interview Result : Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-10-06
US Entry : 2014-10-12
Marriage : 2014-11-05
Comments : Update 7/27/14: Didn't bother waiting for Packet 3 from Montreal because they're slow; had it ready and sent it in advance of the consulate receiving our petition.

Update 8/05/14: Got Packet 4, success!

Update 8/09/14: Medical.

Update 8/29/14: Interview. Apparently my fiance didn't understand what an original certified copy of a birth certificate was and he thought a photocopy would suffice, we have a 221G until he fixes that.

Update 9/15/14: We got a new 221G for a "Certified" translation for the birth certificate. I guess they did not like my fiance's father's translation...

Update 9/30/14: Case changed from AP to READY! (update 2 hours later: eep! back in AP. Consulate sent email to say they are working "as fast as possible" to review our case).

Update 10/01/14: VISA ISSUED!!

Update 10/03/14: VISA SHIPPED!!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 161 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 225 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2014-10-12
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : We had a really lax CPB officer at the Peace Bridge on the Canada/New York border. He took my fiance's fingerprints and then he took a photo of him. He asked my fiance where he would be living, stamped the approval on the paper, and then we were done!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2014-11-19
NOA Date : 2014-11-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-12-15
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-10-23
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2015-10-26
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-11-19
NOA Date : 2014-11-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-12-15
Approved Date : 2015-01-31
Date Card Received : 2015-02-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 73 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2014-11-19
NOA Date : 2014-11-24
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2015-02-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 73 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-07-30
NOA Date : 2017-08-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-09-07
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-12-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2018-12-12
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2020-09-30
NOA Date : 2020-10-06
Bio. Appt. : 2021-02-23
Interview Date : 2021-08-05
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2021-08-25
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 2, 2014
Embassy Review : My fiance (beneficiary) and I (petitioner) went to the interview together. Our interview was at 7:40 am on 8/29/14 but Montreal is first come, first serve so the time means nothing! We got there at 7:15 am, there was no one else on line at the time but many people showed up shortly after. Around 7:45 a guard came down to open the door and let everyone in. When we got inside to the immediate left there was a woman that needed to see Canadian identification, the DS-160 barcode page, and the interview confirmation page. She also wanted to see my U.S. Passport.

We turned around and we were greeted by a guard who wanted to see both of our IDs, then he lead us to the metal detector. We knew we couldn't bring any bags, cell phones, or car keys with a remote so we had nothing in our pockets except IDs and money. We put those in the bin with the folder of interview stuff I brought and we went through. After that we were led into a vast waiting room with a lot of chairs, we walked all the way to the end to take seats right next to the elevator. For people who forget to take passport photos there's a photo booth for you to take last minute photos, I think it costs $10.

We waited for what seemed like forever (I think 25 minutes?) for the room to fill up with people. A guard came down and told everyone to line up in front of the elevator and people went nuts! We got pushed around a lot until the doors opened, then everyone made a mad dash inside. My fiance and I got to the back corner by the other set of doors. We were squeezed in pretty good, there were at least 30 people in with us, no joke. When we got up to the 19th floor and the doors opened this old couple shoved us and got to the reception desk first, I had quite a few choice words for them!

My fiance had to show the reception lady his confirmation stuff and I had to show my passport, then we were given ticket "A-2" and we took a seat to wait. Waited about 20 minutes and then we were called to Window 2. We were greeted by a nice guy, he looked at our IDs, took my fiance's police certificate, verified my address (just mine, not my fiance's), then he took my fiance's finger prints. He took my I-134 and then we were told to go have a seat to wait for the actual interview. Ten minutes later we were called, we were greeted by a not-so-pleasant woman who told me I could not be with my fiance so I went to sit back down.

The interview lasted maybe 10 minutes, my fiance came back with a 221G for an original birth certificate (I warned him NOT to bring a photocopy and he did it anyway, ugh!). He said the woman was rude and spoke too fast, he had a difficult time understanding the interviewer and that apparently annoyed her. English is not my fiance's first language but he can speak it pretty much perfect. He told me basic questions were asked* and that the interviewer kept confusing dates of certain events (like when we met and when he came to Canada from Korea, and other stuff) I guess to trip him up? I don't know because *I* wasn't there, however the couple that went after us got to stay together! WTH!?

Overall it was an okay experience I guess.


"When is your fiance's birthday?"
"Where does she live?"
"Does she live alone?"
"What does she do?"
"Was she ever married? Any kids?"
"When did you meet? How did you meet?"
"Where do you intend to live in the US?"

Rating : Good

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