Carlawarla's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Gene
Beneficiary's Name: Carla
VJ Member: Carlawarla
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2009-09-03
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Immigration Checklist for Gene & Carla:

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 : 2006-05-15
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-05-18
I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-06-30
RFE Reply(s) : 2006-07-20
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-08-18
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-09-05
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2006-09-22
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-09-26
Packet 4 Received : 2006-09-29
Interview Date : 2006-11-17
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-11-17
US Entry : 2007-01-22
Marriage : 2007-04-07
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 92 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 183 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Minneapolis/St Paul
POE Date : 2006-01-22
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My POE was Minneapolis/St.Paul's airport. Was a breeze. Was taken up to the booth, first in line, package taken, passport stamped, fingerprint scan done, Welcome to America...all in five minutes!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Saint Louis MO
Date Filed : 2007-04-19
NOA Date : 2007-04-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-05-21
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-08-21
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-08-21
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2007-08-29
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-06-11
NOA Date : 2009-06-15
RFE(s) : 2009-08-13
Bio. Appt. : 2009-07-27
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-08-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2009-09-03
Comments : Had RFE because computer generated fingerprinting was not to their satisfaction. They requested I get police check at local police. Sent out few days later. RFE documents received at CSC on a Tuesday and I was approved on that same week on a Thursday for 10year GC which was delivered to me exactly one week later.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 18, 2006
Embassy Review : I went by the Consulate last night, to see where I'd have to go. Got there about 9:45 a.m. today, for my 10:00 a.m. interview. The line up was incredible. But of course, I went to the head of the line, to give the security guard my Consulate interview letter. He ushered me inside. It's much like airport security. Take off your coat, empty your pockets, belt if you have one...then walk through a security screen booth. The guard was friendly, and said it's smooth sailing now, that this is the "easy part". ha
Was told to go upstairs, where a lady ushered me into an elevator and up to the 20th floor. Again, same security situation there. After passing through the security booth, I was given a K-1 visa document sheet, and told while I was waiting to put the following forms in this order for my interviewer.

I was ushered to the K visa interview area, which is really only 4 chairs (ripped vinyl) in front of teller like windows numbered 1-5 with just barely squeezing room in between. There was one lady at the counter, and another lady sitting beside me.

I organized my papers in the order stated. I waited while the other two ladies were taken care of. One didn't have all the papers? The other lady, they told her, her name/case was being "checked", and they didn't know how long that would take, and they'd contact her. Yikes...looked to me like they weren't giving out visa's today??

Then my name was called. I gave all the information to a lady, who thanked me for filling out the DS-156 on-line like I was asked to. She affixed my picture to the form, and gave it back to me with a paper with the visa fee on it, and directed me to the cashier.

Going to the cashier was an experience. I mentioned earlier about the line up's outside? Gosh, there must have been 100 people out there. Inside it was wall to wall people. People sitting, waiting, babies crying. I had to walk the gauntlet to the cashier's office. My application was marked "paid" and I was given a receipt.

Back through the gauntlet to the K visa wickets. (K visa waiting area is adjacent to the other area where all the other people are). By this time, the lady was waiting for me, returned the x-ray to me, a couple of duplicate papers I had given her, and took the "paid" application with her. I waited about 15 minutes and then a man called my name and asked for my forefinger fingerprints.

About another 10 minutes later, a man came and called my name, and while looking at my papers asked me how Gene and I had met. He seemed very interested, but in a nice conversationalist way. He asked me when I was planning to move to St. Louis, and I said ..mid to late January, and he said, oh, well, you'll be kind of rushed then, because you have to get married and use this visa in 3 months.

I said huh??? (Well, I didn't say the word huh??) I just LOOKED like I was saying huh. hehe I said, I'm SURE it's for 6 months, the visa. One entry,90 days after I enter I have to be married....he said, hmmm. I don't think so. My heart by this time was pounding. I mean I'm thinking wtf??? Have the changed the process and I didn't know about it???

He said he'd go check. I felt kind of dizzy at that point. He came back and said, when were you planning to get married? I said, the 7th of April? He said, well, you're right, it IS for six months. Just remember you have to get married before 90 days after you enter. Phewwwwwwwwwwww

He said, just let me see what time you should come back and get the visa this afternoon....when the other lady comes up and said...if you don't mind waiting, I'll do your visa up right now, and you don't have to come back. WOW!! how nice eh? So of course I said yes. With tears streaming down my face too btw.

So I waited about 15 min. and then I was called to the window again, and given my passport back with the visa inside. Oh, it looked so wonderful! I was then given the envelope I'm not supposed to open, and then the lady went on telling me about ajustment of status, advanced parole....I was just nodding at this point, don't know how much I was really hearing either. Then she said, good luck!

I should mention, they requested no additional information at all from me. I came armed with bills, hotel receipts, itineraries, boarding passes, telephone bills, engagement ring receipt, cards, letters, correspondence, and pictures of us together, with familes etc. They asked for nothing. Although I should mention we sent in some of these things with our initial package.

I followed the exit signs out to the street and rushed back to the hotel to phone Gene where he was anxiously awaiting my phone call. I was shaking so bad, I had to dial the number several times before I got it right!

We're so relieved and happy that this day has finally arrived. Our journey began 3 years ago, when we met for the first time in person after chatting for 18 months. My kindred spirit and I will finally be man and wife on April 7, 2007.

Hope any or all of this information is of benefit to others going through this journey,particularly those of you waiting for your interview in Vancouver!

Rating : Very Good

POE Review:
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-01-22
Embassy Review : My POE was Minneapolis/St.Paul's airport. Was a breeze. Was taken up to the booth, first in line, package taken, passport stamped, fingerprint scan done, Welcome to America...all in five minutes!
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Saint Louis MO
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : August 22, 2007
Embassy Review : Just wanted to write a short review on my AOS interview. It went extremely well. The AO was very nice. We showed up about 15 min. early, but had to wait until our appointment time at 2:00 p.m. We swore an oath, then sat down. Questions were directed at both myself and Gene, with some specific questions all pertaining to what sounded like a list of questions like... have you ever trafficked in a controlled substance, have you ever used false documents to gain entry into the US...they were rapid fire questions, so that's why I think there was a list of them. She looked like she was checking them off as I responded.

She then asked for any documents I brought. I had a very nicely stacked pile that included our marriage license, bills, bank account information, credit card information, health benefit information, etc. She flipped through these briefly. She advised she didn't need any of the copies. I offered wedding pictures, about 6 or 7 of them. She looked through them, and then made photocopies of a few.

She then asked us some very general questions about how we met, when I resigned from my work in Canada, when we got married. She asked me about my children, how old they were and confirmed they still resided in Canada.

That was about it. She then had us sign a photocopied statement saying I was granted conditional resident permit, and that I understood that 90 days preceeding the expiry date of my 2 year green card, I had to apply to lift those conditions, otherwise my conditional residency would expire and I would be deported. We said we understood and she had us both sign.

She then presented me with a short letter, two paragraphs, basically saying I was a now a conditional resident, and with dates of when it expired, when I had to apply for lifting of those conditions.

She advised that I would get a "Welcome to America" letter and my Green Card in the mail anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month from today and that the card was coming from Missouri. She asked me if I'd been back home since I moved here and I told her no, and that I had not applied for AP. She then took out my I-94 receipt, a stamp, and pad, and gave me a I-551 stamp on my passport! It's good for one year. As she was stamping it she said, this would allow me to go back to Canada if I wished before I got my greencard in the mail. I thanked her.

That was about it! We were out of the office at 2:15 pm. I'd say with how things went, and her familiarity with our file, that she had reviewed all the information beforehand, and was just looking for supporting documentation.

Harassment Level : Very Good

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