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Leafgal's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Cheese
Beneficiary's Name: Mac
VJ Member: Leafgal
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2011-09-02
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Immigration Checklist for Cheese & Mac:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2006-05-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-06-12
I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-06-19
RFE Reply(s) : 2006-07-10
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-08-03
NVC Received : 2006-08-03
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2006-08-23
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-09-01
Packet 4 Received : 2006-11-03
Interview Date : 2006-11-16
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-11-17
US Entry : 2006-11-24
Marriage : 2006-11-27
Comments : Montreal was great, all the staff are very nice. Drive to VA was without incident (Uhaul) ha ha.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 52 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 157 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2006-11-25
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Took a long time to clear as they were very busy and it being a holiday weekend. Once they took my paperwork I was out of there within 15 minutes (after paying my $6.00 entry fee). Didn't even ask for list of contents of the Uhaul or look inside.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Norfolk VA
Date Filed : 2008-02-21
NOA Date : 2008-03-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-03-20
AOS Transfer** : 2008-03-20
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-06-12
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2008-06-19
Comments : CSC rec'd case March 26/08 & touched on March 27/08.

Welcome to America letter rec'd June 16/08.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Norfolk VA
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-02-21
NOA Date : 2008-03-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-03-20
Approved Date : 2008-04-29
Date Card Received : 2008-05-07
Comments : Lawyer mailed.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 68 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-03-15
NOA Date : 2010-03-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-04-19
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-06-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Mar 19 - Cheque cashed
Mar 22 - NOA1 in the mail
Apr 19 - Biometrics
Apr 19 & 20 - Touched ROC
June 2 - Card production ordered

Event Date
Service Center : Dallas/Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Norfolk VA
Date Filed : 2011-03-31
NOA Date : 2011-04-01
Bio. Appt. : 2011-05-05
Interview Date : 2011-08-01
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2011-09-01
Comments : Mar 31 - Mailed off overnight to Texas.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 18, 2006
Embassy Review : Everything seems to have changed. Got there at 7 am, security is tight so take as little as possible to help speed up the process of getting through security. They only let 2 interview people in to pass through security at a time. Then as they will instruct you, take a seat in the waiting area to wait for security to let you in the elevator (if you try to stand near the elevator they will tell yo through the intercom to take a seat). Once in the elevator, of course you still go directly to the back. When you get off the elevator head to Window 6, which is straight ahead out of the elevator and then turn left and go down the hall. They will ask you for your interview letter, then they will call you up to give your documents. Then they will tell you to go to window 12 to pay (that window wasn't open until 8:15) then take the reciept back to window 6 (someone else was there when I went back so another window asked me to drop in the reciept to her). Then you have to go out to main waiting room to wait for them to call your name (no numbers for the K1 visas). When they call your name you will be instructed which room to go in for your interview. When I got called in was asked how we met each other, was I planning on working in the US, and when I was planning on leaving, then he gave me my card to enter the Consulate the next day to pick up the visa. I was finished at 8:45 am.

Everyone was very nice at the Consulate. I forgot to give the taxes and and employment letter when I gave all the other paperwork so I offered those up and my interviewer said he was going to ask for them and he only looked at 2005 and then went and copied it and gave me back the original.

When I went back for the Visa it was all very organized once again. Arrived to pick up the visa at 2 pm, they didn't let anyone in until 2:20 (and then through security again), and was out of there with the visa by 2:50, again everyone very nice.

I do suggest walking to the consulate the day before so you don't have any problems finding it since it is not marked. It is on the corner of St. Alexander and Rene Levesque, entrance in on St. Alexander. I also suggest when coming back to get the visa take as little as possible to get through secuity quicker. There is no guard to take you up to the 19th floor to pick up the visa so the quicker you clear security the quicker you get upstairs.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-11-25
Embassy Review : Took a long time to clear as they were very busy and it being a holiday weekend. Once they took my paperwork I was out of there within 15 minutes (after paying my $6.00 entry fee). Didn't even ask for list of contents of the Uhaul or look inside.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Norfolk VA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 26, 2008
Embassy Review : Went in for Biometrics on March 20, 2008. Very professional staff, everyone was very nice and helpful. The lady taking my prints and photo was especially funny and makes you feel at ease.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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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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