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SJ1024's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: S
VJ Member: SJ1024
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2018-02-07
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Immigration Checklist for M & S:

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 : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2017-04-29
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-05-03
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2017-10-10
NVC Received : 2017-10-26
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2017-11-03
NVC Left : 2017-11-09
Consulate Received : 2017-11-14
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2017-11-27
Packet 4 Received : 2017-11-28
Interview Date : 2018-01-31
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-02-07
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 160 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 273 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : February 7, 2018
Embassy Review : Accommodations
I stayed at Le Square Phillips Hotel. Admittedly it is a little on the pricey side, but location-wise it is a 5 minute walk to the consulate.

I arrived earlier then expected on Tuesday and since my room was ready, they let me check in. They also gave me a later checkout the next day so I could rest after I got back from the interview. The hotel itself is quite nice, and the staff is very accomodating. There are also some nice added bonuses (including complimentary continental breakfast, as well as a gym and a pool).

The Interview
I had collected all of documents listed
for Packet 4. I also brought my DS-160 confirmation, copies of my fiancés ID, 2015 tax returns/W2, and some evidence of our ongoing relationship (none of these things were asked for).
I placed each document in a clear sleeve with a label, and used a binder to hold all of the sheets. I brought a small recyclable bag with me to hold the binder, my medical envelope, a small wallet and my phone.

I left the hotel and walked to the building. I arrived at 7:30 am (my appointment was for 8:00). It was VERY cold outside and I wanted to get there early, but at the same time not stand outside for too long given the weather. I was worried when I walked up to the building as I saw no one standing outside - I expected a line based on previous reviews. Regardless, the security guard motioned for me to come inside. I asked if I was too early/late for an 8:00 appointment and he said I was good.

Things proceeded pretty much as others have said. They checked my passport, placed a sticker on it, and gave me a laminated sheet with a number on it. I went through security, my phone was secured and I was given a ticket to pick it up later. I had my coat and small recyclable bag still with me.

I went down the stairs as directed and waited for about 10 minutes before a security guard let us into the elevator up. There were only 3 other people there when I was. I noticed everyone was dressed pretty causally. I wore a nice shirt and blazer.

I organized my paperwork according to the laminated list, but didn't take anything out of the clear sheets as I didn't want to fumble and drop stuff. Sure enough, when I was called up for document verification, the order was slightly different than on the sheet. I was asked for one document at a time and it didn't feel rushed. Things were pretty straightforward here. I was only asked for clarification about my middle name - it's written as initials on all of my ID, so the lady wanted to ask what the initials stood for. The document verification took about 10 minutes.

I sat back down for another 15 minutes before being called for my interview. My interviewer was quite friendly. I was asked:

Whose petitioning for me
What my fiancé does
How we met
When we met in person for the first time
Was it our first marriages? Kids?
Any issues with law or entering the US in the past
How often we see each other
Who visits whom more

After that, I was given the pink approval paper. My interviewer told me to call my fiancé and tell him the good news. I explained he was probably sleeping, but she said I should wake him up anyway lol.

Overall, the experience was positive. As long as you are prepared with your documents and honest with your answers you should be in good shape
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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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