mozplay's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Monique
Beneficiary's Name: David
VJ Member: mozplay
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2013-09-16
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Immigration Checklist for Monique & David:

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 : 2006-08-12
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-08-16
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-09-07
NVC Received : 2006-09-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-09-14
Consulate Received : 2006-09-15
Packet 3 Received : 2006-09-25
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-10-03
Packet 4 Received : 2006-11-14
Interview Date : 2007-01-17
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-01-19
US Entry : 2007-01-28
Marriage : 2007-03-07
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 22 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 154 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2007-01-28
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : I used the Ambassador Bridge crossing (not the Tunnel) and got the EA stamp no problems. Call ahead to ensure that they are still giving it.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Baltimore MD
Date Filed : 2007-02-26
NOA Date : 2007-03-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-03-27
AOS Transfer** : 2007-03-29
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-07-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2007-07-26
Comments : Our file was transferred to CSC on March 29, 2007
CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED email on July 18, 2007
Card valid from July 17, 2007

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-02-26
NOA Date : 2007-03-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-03-27
Approved Date : 2007-05-21
Date Card Received : 2007-05-25
Comments : No RFEs ... thank goodness! When I received the card it was dated valid from the 16th - 5 days before I received the "Card Ordered" email.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 84 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-05-04
NOA Date : 2009-05-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-06-11
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-09-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2009-10-03
Comments : We had no idea that a I-865 was necessary so filed it along with the I-751 and thank goodness, received a NOA for it within a week with no additional penalties.

The approval notice was received Sept. 21/09.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Buffalo NY
Date Filed : 2012-11-27
NOA Date : 2012-12-04
Bio. Appt. : 2012-12-18
Interview Date : 2013-02-13
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-05-09
Comments : Interview done in Buffalo but oath taken in Rochester (closer to home).

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 25, 2007
Embassy Review : Well, at 6:00 a.m. (ok.. 6-ish) when the guy at the hotel's front desk said it was -30 outside I decided not to go line up by 7:00 a.m. as planned. To hell with it - I'm not a penguin after all!

So at 7:15 I left the safety of the nice warm hotel room and walked the 50 steps or so over to the consulate with my scarf wrapped around my head like an old Italian granny. I was the first person there and by the time they unlocked the doors and invited me in at about 7:25, I truly began to question whether this visa was actually worth standing outside in the freezing cold for. Ok.. not really, but I did consider just coming back later.

Then the doors were opened and all was forgotten. It was definitely more pleasant than going through airport security. I did not have to take my shoes off and the guards/officers were very nice. After the security check, I was given a chit which read "A - window #9". The guard told me not to lose it cause it meant I was first in line. I was shown downstairs to the waiting/elevator area. Two other girls joined me. At exactly 7:45 a guard came down and took us up to the 19th floor. At window 9 we gave up our passports and interview letters. By 8:00 I had already been called up to window 12 (first and by name) to hand over all the necessary documents and then directed to pay at window 14 when it opened at 8:10 and leave the receipt at window 12 when I was done.

By 8:30 I was called into interview room #8 to (of course) be interviewed. The guy was very nice, in fact everyone was very nice. He asked me how we met, what first attracted me to David, what David does, what my plans are for work in the US and then whether I had any convictions or problems crossing the border. When I told him that I'd never been prevented from crossing, but pulled into secondary last August, he waved it off, calling it 'special attention' and saying it was common and not held against us.

He then took my index prints for the extra screening that they are doing, which consists of name checks and FBI checks mostly to look for overstays and law trouble in the US. Strangely enough he mentioned that part of this was already done. I can't remember if it was the name or FBI check. He told me that my case was cut and dry and that they'd probably be mailing my visa out today or tomorrow and that I'd get it either tomorrow, or by Friday or Monday for the latest.

I confirmed that I was good to go once the security checks came back and he said yes and wished me luck. And that was it. I said goodbye and left. I left the embassy by 8:50 and by that time there was quite a lineup waiting to clear security. After seeing that I was glad I decided not to be a big baby and stick out the 10 mins I had to wait in the cold earlier. Of course I was so hyped by this point that I forgot to wrap up like an old Italian granny again and by the time I got back to the hotel I really did think I'd never be able to feel my ears again. Damn Montreal was cold!!!!!
Rating : Moderate

POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-01-28
Embassy Review : I used the Ambassador Bridge crossing (not the Tunnel) and got the stamp no problems. Call ahead to ensure that they are still giving it.
Harassment Level : Low

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