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Tinker's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: J.W.
Beneficiary's Name: Tinker
VJ Member: Tinker
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2007-10-25
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Immigration Checklist for J.W. & Tinker:

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 : 2006-11-29
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-12-12
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-02-22
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-03-06
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2007-03-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-03-27
Packet 4 Received : 2007-08-16
Interview Date : 2007-09-12
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-09-19
US Entry : 2007-10-08
Marriage :
Comments : Applied to the TSC, case moved to CSC. NOA2 approved a month earlier then expected!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 72 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 274 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2007-10-08
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Only problem was the back up. Sarnia/Port Huron. The sign on the 401 said Windsor/Detroit was backed up 1 hour, and Sarnia was moving well. Guess everyone went the same way as we did.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 12, 2007
Embassy Review : I took the train to Montreal. I came off the train and got lost, even with all my googled maps. If you take the train, look for the exit that says Rene Levesque.That's the one I took. It'll take you right up. I stayed at the La Tour Centre Ville. Everyone told me to take a cab, but I came out the wrong door and no cabs. It's a 5 minute walk to the left when you come out of the station. Tim Horton's a block down and on the other side of the street.
In the morning I brought my bag down and they put it behind the counter, wished me luck (told me no one has ever came back crying ) and I did the one minute walk to the consulate at 7:30am. There was one person outside but when I got closer to the doors, there were already people lined up in the vestibule.
Take note on that one, go in the line to the left. They were letting one person in at a time. Security guys were very nice. I was given the number E (window #9) and told to go downstairs and wait for the elevator.

The security guard came down and called the elevator, and asked that only the people from A-E come with him. 3 couples, a woman and I. I went right to the back, got off first, but someone was VERY PUSHY and they got to window 9 before me.BTW window 9 is down the hallway on your right, then at the end and to your left there's a small room with 3 windows.We were told to go sit in the big waiting room back near the elevators and wait for our names.

Everyone else that came after us was given a letter and a number,and told to go wait at window 14 (cashier) At 9:30 I was finally called up to window 12 (in the back room again), they were going from A-E. The lady gave me a slip and told me to leave my stuff and go pay at window 14, then come back.(everyone who had been waiting at window 14 was now done and out of the way ) I went back with the reciept, she asked for my birth certificate, divorce certificate , police certificate, and affadavit of support, asked if my daughter was still coming. No. Told me to sit while she put me in the system, came back and had my fingerprints scanned. I was told to go back to the big waiting room.

I was sitting with D,and they told me their appt. was at 7:45. Which doesn't make any sense at all since the notice on the doors said they didn't open till 8:30, anyhow At 10:05 they went up and went to door number 7....came back about 5 minutes later with big smiles and said they were going home. Finally at 10:15 I was called to door 7, younger man, dirty blonde hair, sounds like a game show host. He scanned my thumb print again. Asked how we met. Asked me if I was going to continue in the same line of work. Asked me about Jim's chopper than told me he'd have the visa sent to me and congratulations. More talk about the bike then anything. I got out, went across the street, grabbed my bag and was at the train station getting an earlier train in 10 minutes.

Okay, if your not in the first 5, your going to wait a long long time. I got really lucky and like I said, I was there at 7:32am. They weren't going by Visa types. The waiting room was full, the capacity says 139 people. I don't see how they can process everyone the same day. Everyone I dealt with was very nice and I felt very comfortable with them.
Rating : Good

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