kellyh's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Tony
Beneficiary's Name: Kelly
VJ Member: kellyh
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2018-04-14
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Immigration Checklist for Tony & Kelly:

USCIS 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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2016-07-09
I-130 Sent : 2016-09-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2016-09-08
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2017-03-22
NVC Received : 2017-04-01
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2017-04-10
Pay AOS Bill : 2017-04-10
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2017-05-11
Submit DS-261 : 2017-04-10
Receive IV Bill : 2017-04-18
Pay IV Bill : 2017-04-18
Send IV Package : 2017-05-11
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2017-05-18
Case Completed at NVC : 2017-05-16
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2017-05-11
Packet 4 Received : 2017-05-18
Interview Date : 2017-06-27
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-02-05
US Entry : 2018-02-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 195 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 292 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 2, 2017
Embassy Review : Had my interview on Nov 28th (Appt 9:30) . Total time from entry until exit was approximately 1.5hrs.

Entry (Entrance is on the side, across the street is a Starbucks)
- Came at 8:50, was turned away and asked to return at 9:15.
- Ensure all your documents are placed in a bag and not a laptop bag (mine was in those reusable grocery bags, a gentlemen came with a laptop bag and was turned away.)
- Returned at 9:05, was asked for Passport (I renewed mine, so new passport did not match, hence had to provide old passport).
- I was given a sheet of paper with a number (#23) along with list of documents that I had to put in order for easy access later.
- Advised to go through security.

Security Check
- Same as airport, remove jackets, coins, boots. Put everything in the tray for them to scan. YOu walk through a detector and the guys did a scan on me both back and front.
- They kept my cell phone, gave me a ticket with a number to retrieve later.
- Advised to go downstairs, take elevator up to 19th floor (only floor available), take a seat and wait for number to be called.

Room full of chairs and people waiting.
- Take a seat and wait... while you wait you should arrange your papers.

- Valid Passport
- Two recent passport size photographs on white background
- Medical exam from one of our panel physicians in Canada as instructed on your appointment letter
- Original Birth Certificate (version with your parents’ names)
- Original Marriage certificate
- Original Divorce certificate
- Original Police certificate
- Original Affidavit of Support with W2

10:10AM - they called for my number 23 to go up to window #4.
Nice lady, asked me for the above documents. Once done, she gave me a pamplet regarding domestic violence and asked me to take a seat and that my number would be called again.

10:25AM - They called for my number 23 to go to window #8.
Lady inside asked me a few questions.

1. Have you ever been married?
2. Have you ever had trouble with the law? (Said no, but remembered one incident when I went to the US, where I had a mandarine in my bag and did not declare when crossing the border.. I was given a warning)
3. Have you ever lived outside of Canada?
4. Where did you meet?
5. How long have you known each other?
6. Have you met in person?
7. When did you meet in person?
8. Where did you meet? Why?
9. How long was the visit?
10. How many times have you met each other?
11. What is your home address?
12 What is the address in the USA?
13. Whom does your spouse live with?
14. What does your husband do?
15. When did you get married?
16. Where did you get married?
17. Do you have any pictures? (flipped through 2 pages and asked who attended)
18. Have you signed for courier?

Please put your finger prints on the screen, this will confirm that everything that you've said is true.
Lady then gave me 2 sheets of paper, one that says "Welcome to the United States of America", the second is regarding pick-up of Visa.
"You're good to go."

And that was it... Didn't say I was approved or anything. Had to ask and hear it from her that I was approved.
The entire interview probably took about 5 minutes.

I was out of there before 11AM.

It was a crazy week, had to organize all my papers as I kind of left it hanging after I found out i needed to re-schedule my interview (due to pregnancy).
I sorted pictures, bought with me one album of 50+ pics. From when we met, wedding ceremony, wedding reception and new baby girl's pictures.

I was totally screwed by the time zone... my phone reminded me that I had to be at the airport 1 hour prior to flight. My calendar had the time for PST while Montreal was EST. I rushed to the hotel, made a quick call home to check on my baby girl, checked out and ran towards the bus 747 to the airport. Ran to check-in, printed the boarding pass and that was when I relized my flight wasn't until 4+ hrs later.. SIGHH.

If you've got time and do not want to spend taxi fares, and you happen to stay somewhere in Downtown. I highly recommend taking the bus. The pass is $10 for 24hrs, take bus 747 and it takes you directly to Downtown Montreal. I managed to save at least $80 in taxi fare to and from hotel/airport. (Just ensure when you purchase the ticket, you grab 2 cards, one is the receipt and the second is the actual ticket... I ran off with the receipt, and has to run back when bus driver told me it was the receipt I was holding... )

Well, that's the summary of my interview. I had a great experience.

Relax, be patience and positive! Wish everyone luck!
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