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  Petitioner's Name: Dave
Beneficiary's Name: Julia
VJ Member: together2love
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2009-06-25
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Immigration Checklist for Dave & Julia:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Vancouver, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2006-04-10
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-04-13
I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-07-05
RFE Reply(s) : 2006-07-13
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-08-10
NVC Received : 2006-08-24
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-08-28
Consulate Received : 2006-08-31
Packet 3 Received : 2006-09-07
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-09-07
Packet 4 Received : 2006-09-18
Interview Date : 2006-09-27
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-09-27
US Entry : 2006-10-29
Marriage : 2006-12-30
Comments : Was transfered to CSC on June 1/06
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 119 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 : 2006-10-29
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 10
Comments : Don't go through the Oroville, Washington Border - they have NO idea of what they are doing and are rude about it!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Portland OR
Date Filed : 2007-01-16
NOA Date : 2007-01-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-02-13
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-04-24
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-04-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2007-05-07
Comments : Stamp valid for 60 days. But got the card within 2 weeks! Great interview and journey experience for my AOS!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-01-16
NOA Date : 2007-01-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-02-13
Approved Date : 2007-04-03
Date Card Received : 2007-04-07
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 77 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-01-16
NOA Date : 2007-01-23
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2007-04-07
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 72 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-02-17
NOA Date : 2009-02-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-03-14
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-04-22
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2009-06-25
Comments : Waited 2 months while they updated the card machine but the greencard expires 10 years from June 16th - the day they created the card, not the approval date. Works for me.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 30, 2006
Embassy Review : So, I have finally reached the end of the K1 paperwork and stress :dance: I had my interview in Vancouver this past wednesday and it was eventful to say the least. My fiance came with me and good thing he did! I was a wreck the morning of the interview but once I stepped into the consulate, I was back to calm (for the most part) :whistle: . My fiance was all worried that all the people lined up outside waiting to get their turn through security were going to beat us up when we just trotted right up to the front without waiting in line :lol:. But because VJ kept me one up in the game I knew we were good to go with cutting in and heading right to the front with my interview letter!

We were going through the second security station and I was joking to the fellow inspecting our folder of contents that we are probably over prepared for our interview with all our evidence. The 2 guys started laughing at me and one of them lifted up my folder and said it was only 4 lbs - around 10 lbs is the norm for people :blink: :lol:

I was the last of 3 of us to be interviewed. The 2 other ladies were all stressed out when they were giving their forms to the lady behind the plexiglass window. THe lady was not impressed to say the least with the outdated forms and lack of original documents that she was getting from them. And the worst part was that both had went through lawyers at a cost over $3000 :o When I was called to submit my forms she was so impressed with how organized i was and said to keep my lawyer - when I told her that we had done this ourselves she was so surprised. The girls right away wrote down the VJ website for their reference!

THe only glitch I had with my paper work was that the doc from Saskatoon didn't completely fill out the forms that were in the sealed envelope! The lady at the counter was so annoyed at the doctor and said that she would hound him to fax in the filled forms! But of course it was noon hour in Saskatchewan at that time so she couldn't get a hold on him!! So MAKE SURE that when you go to see Dr. CHau in Saskatoon that you ask him over and over if everything is filled out fully - he chats alot during the medical and probably just got side tracked but that almost costed me my visa!

My interview questions were:

How did you meet?
How often do you see eachother?
He asked my fiance what he does for a living
When did we get engaged?
Do we have any pictures to show?

And then he asked me about what type of visa I had for the 2 summers that I was in Oregon. That is about all. my fiance had a surprisingly larger part in the interview about explaining how we met (I interned at his work place 2 years ago), so good thing he was there. I would have had troubles explaining about the details of the company. They told me to come back at 1:30 to pick up the visa (assuming that she would get the fax from the doctor by that time). When I came back they had just got the fax and were waiting for the interviewer to sign off before generating my visa and package.

I asked her what was in the brown envelope. She said everything we have ever submitted to the USCIS and everything we gave at the interview. She congratulated me and said that as long as I am as organized as i was for this visa I should have no problems adjusting status after. She also said that she tried to get my fiance's attention from where he was pacing outside the consulate to give him the thumbs up that we had the visa :lol: She was great, but i think only because i was so organized - ah, good old VJ! :thumbs:

Hope that was long enough explaination :P Thanks to VJ for your help and for saving me alot of $$ that would have went to a lawyer :D !! Good luck to all the rest of you!
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-10-29
Embassy Review : Don't go through the Oroville, Washington Border - they have no idea of what they are doing and are rude about it!
Harassment Level : High

Local US CIS Office Review: Portland OR
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : April 25, 2007
Embassy Review : Hi All,

Well, everything went smoothly yesterday. We showed up at 10am for our 10:30am interview. There are bathrooms at the end of the hall, so that was nice in comparison to the Vancouver embassy! And they seemed to allow purses and electronics (I saw alot of people talking on their cells and listening to music while waiting). The guards in the front are nice and didn't want to see anything for id except our folders to put through the scanner. We then went into a waiting room that had a basket for interview letters outside the door (to the left side of the door) - make sure you put your letter in the basket or else you will be waiting for nothing (alot of people forgot to put their letter in).

Waited until 11:10 to actually be called. We were sworn in, asked to verify name, addie, ssn. We had a really friendly lady who asked then to see all the joint information that we had to give her. So I just gave her a bunch of copies of everything I had as major proof. She didn't ask any q's about any of it. She did ask when we opened our joint acct, how we met in detail, and how many people (and who) were at our wedding, where our ceremony was. She then said that my name check had went through so she could stamp my passport today. She crossed out the "1 year" part of the stamp and made it only for 60 days so that in that time I should be getting the real card and if not, to come see them through infopass! So it sounds like Portland still gives out the stamp.

Thanks to ALL for all your help - looks like all the couples there had lawyers and we just waltzed right in with a couple folders and away we went with a bunch more $$ saved and a greencard stamp in hand!
Harassment Level : Very Good

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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.

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