AstroCanada's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Ian
Beneficiary's Name: Matt
VJ Member: AstroCanada
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2020-03-30
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Immigration Checklist for Ian & Matt:

USCIS DCF 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): 2016-04-28
I-130 Sent : 2016-05-14
I-130 NOA1 : 2016-05-20
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2016-10-21
NVC Received : 2016-11-08
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2016-11-18
Pay AOS Bill : 2016-11-18
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2016-11-30
Submit DS-261 : 2016-11-18
Receive IV Bill : 2016-11-23
Pay IV Bill : 2016-11-23
Send IV Package : 2016-11-30
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2016-12-06
NVC Left : 2016-12-16
Consulate Received : 2016-12-19
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2016-12-15
Interview Date : 2017-01-23
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-01-25
US Entry : 2017-01-30
Comments : Visa issued 1/25 and received 1/27
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 154 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 248 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2018-11-02
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-03-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Washington DC
Date Filed : 2020-02-02
NOA Date : 2020-02-02
Bio. Appt. : 2020-02-25
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 1, 2017
Embassy Review : Overall we had a very straightforward interview experience. The night before the interview, we stayed at the Courtyard Marriott down the street. Nice hotel, highly recommended for easily getting to the interview. They were more than happy to let us have a late checkout.

Our interview was scheduled at 9:30 and we arrived shortly after 9:05. Security was fast but thorough. No water, electronics, etc. The elevator is slow and we were upstairs 5-10 minutes after arrival. Sit in the center section for immigrant visas where everyone appears to be served first-come, first-served. You're handed a laminated piece of paper with instructions to sort your documents in their desired order.

After about 10-15 minutes my partner was called to window 1 to hand over the documents. This was the most time-consuming part of the process. The woman took some financial evidence but didn't want more than 2 years of tax transcripts for example. This part took longer than the actual interview. They were calling immigrant visas to 3 or 4 different windows, so at some point they even had called people before they were up the elevator.

It was maybe another 10-15 minute wait before my partner was called to Window #7 for the actual interview. He got the super-friendly guy. The guy asked for "his story", if he'd ever be in trouble or had problems at the border. Our case was pronounced "cut and dry" and he was handed a "Welcome to the USA" letter. The interview couldn't have been longer than 5 minutes. He was told he would have the visa in 1-2 weeks. All together, we were out of the office about 45-50 minutes from arrival!

Just because I haven't seen it posted, here's the timeline for after the interview.
1) That afternoon, CEAC status turned to "Issued" status with the description below "Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing.
2) 2 days later CEAC status turned to "Issued" with the description below "Your visa is in final processing" with some text that says it should be received within 5 days.
3) On the 3rd day after the interview, we received the tracking number from the appointment registration website.
4) On the 4th day after the interview, the visa and packet were in hand in Toronto!

Altogether, aside from the expense and time of traveling to Montreal, this part was definitely the smoothest and fastest.
Rating : 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.

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