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IndigoFlowers's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: B
Beneficiary's Name: J
VJ Member: IndigoFlowers
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2021-12-06
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Immigration Checklist for B & J:

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 : 2018-02-09
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-02-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-08-21
NVC Received : 2018-09-06
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-09-06
NVC Left : 2018-09-18
Consulate Received : 2018-09-25
Packet 3 Received : 2018-10-05
Packet 3 Sent : 2018-10-16
Packet 4 Received : 2018-10-18
Interview Date : 2018-12-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-12-13
US Entry : 2019-02-12
Marriage :
Comments : Port of entry was in Winnipeg, MB at the airport. It was effortless (I went to the airport 3 hours before my flight and it was not busy at all). I approached US Border & Customs, talked to the main officer there who saw my packet. I told him I was coming in on a K1 visa, he asked me when we plan on getting married and reminded me of the 90 day rule. He took my packet, my boarding pass, and passport. He then walked me to secondary which is an area to the left behind glass doors. Inside, he brought me to another officer and instructed him to do my K1 admittance. I was instructed to sit down on some chairs that were away from the desk. During this time the officer opened my packet and filled out forms. I did not get to see anything of what was in my packet (I was curious!!). All that I was asked of me from this officer was when I planned on getting married, how many checked bags I had, and if I had any food to declare. He stamped my passport with my admittance stamp, and asked me if I had any questions. I had a couple questions about minor details and he answered each one. He then took a photocopy of my visa and told me that was everything! Easy peasy! Everyone was friendly and courteous. I checked my I-94 record 10 minutes later and it was already updated with my K1 entry!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 187 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 294 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Orlando FL
Date Filed : 2019-04-15
NOA Date : 2019-04-23
RFE(s) : 2019-06-20
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-16
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2020-01-28
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-01-28
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2020-02-03
Comments : Had my interview at the Orlando, FL office and it went very well. We arrived about 15 minutes early and were called in around the time we were supposed to be. The interviewer was a nice lady and immediately got straight to the point.She asked me for my ID, social security card, and EAD/AP card. She requested my husband to give her his ID - he gave her his drivers license. She then asked how we met and asked the time line from how we met until now - we just gave a very brief summary as we have been with each other since 2011. She asked for all proofs of relationship. I handed over 1 joint bank statement, 4 joint credit card statements, joint health insurance documents, joint phone bill from January with January's call/text log included (I highlighted all the calls and texts between my husband and I). She then wanted photos of the wedding and photos with family members - I had about 12 photos printed from the time I arrived in America until now, so I gave them all to her and she kept them all in our file. She asked if we had taken any trips together, and we had gone to New York back in September. So, I gave her our Airbnb receipt and our flight itinerary from the trip - and we had photos on the Brooklyn Bridge. We are also going away this April, so I gave her the itinerary for our upcoming trip. She asked about a joint lease, joint ownership, or car insurance, etc... we didn't have any of that as my husband had purchased his house and car before we got married and never added my name to anything. That was okay and did not cause a problem. Then she asked me if I came to America to commit any crimes (and listed a summary from the questions on the i-485) and I said no.
She then spent the rest of the time explaining the green card, when to apply for removal of conditions, naturalization, etc. She mentioned that instead of printing individual photos, that we should make to a collage of them on a word document and label each one with the day, location, and who is in the photo instead of printing individual photos (which I had done for the K1 application, so I don't know why I didn't do that for this interview!) . Since I was adjusting from a K1 visa, I DID NOT do a new medical. I'm glad that the interview is done and went so smoothly!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2019-04-15
NOA Date : 2019-04-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-16
Approved Date : 2019-10-11
Date Card Received : 2019-10-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 179 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2019-04-15
NOA Date : 2019-04-23
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2019-10-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 183 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Potomac Service Center
Date Filed : 2021-11-01
NOA Date : 2021-11-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2021-11-30
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Nov 9, 2021: Credit Card Charged
Nov 17, 2021: Received NOA
Nov 30, 2021: Biometrics WAIVED

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 6, 2018
Embassy Review : Arrived at the consulate at approximately 7:05 am for my 7:30 am appointment. There were already 5 people ahead of me. At 7:25 am, the lights to the entrance of the consulate turned on. At 7:30 am a security guard came outside and started letting people in two at a time. Once inside you hand your passport and appointment letter to the person at the door, who then sticks a sticker with your name on the back of your passport. This person also hands you a sheet with a number on it and a list of the documents you need in the order they want. After this, you are instructed to go through security where you take off your coat, take everything out of your pockets, and go through a metal detector. After, you are instructed to go downstairs and wait.

My number was #6, and when downstairs I had more than enough time to arrange my documents. Then a security guard comes, and instructs everyone to get in the elevator and he sends you up to the 19th floor. On the 19th floor you sit and wait for your number to be called. It was around 8:15 by the time I was called for the first time. This was to hand over all the required documents and get finger printed, which takes about 5-7 minutes. The woman was very friendly, confirmed my Canada contact info, as well as my USA information. When it came down to financial documents, she asked for the I-134 and the most recent tax info. I had both the IRS tax transcripts and my fiance's entire tax return from last year. I told her I had both, and she said she would take both of them. She asked if I had anything else for financial documents and I had two bank statements from my fiancé from Sept & Oct, as well as a document from his bank saying when he opened his account (I was not able to get an official letter from an officer of the bank with the total amount deposited in the last year but this didn't seem like a problem). She asked about W2's but my fiancé is self-employed and owns his own business so he doesn't have any, and this was not a problem. For the police report part, I told her I had a bunch of them with me (privacy act, name check, and finger prints for "the purpose of immigration"), but handed her the privacy act one and she said "Yes this is good", so I kept all of the other ones and didn't hand them over.

After handing in the documents I went and sat down, and waited about another 30-40 minutes to be called for the interview portion - for some reason this time flew by though. The view from the 19th floor was beautiful, but the security guards are a bit prickly so I didn't want to stand to admire it in case they got upset with me. The interviewer was a very pleasant man who was friendly and warm. It was a bit difficult to hear him but the interview went great. He asked the following questions
1. Fiancé's full name
2. City and state my fiancé lives in, and if that is where we will live together when I move there
3. How my fiancé and I met
4. Asked me about my fiance's business and what he does (he actually referenced the fact that I told the first lady who took my documents that my fiancé had his own business!)
5. What my longest stay in the USA was (I said "About a month and a half" and that was sufficient)
6. If I had lived anywhere other than Canada
7. If I had left North America in the last 5 years
8. If this was my fiancé and I's first marriage

During this process he also took time to explain the rights of an immigrant in case of any abuse occurs during the relationship. After all of this he said that the interview was done, handed me the pink slip, explained how the entry with the K1 visa will work and asked if I had any questions. Can't wait to get my visa in my hands!!

Great experience. One note, make sure you have photocopies of birth certificates & passport bio page!!! One family was told to leave to go down the street to photocopy their documents and then come back - which took them 45 minutes!
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 11

blank avatar Back2real on 2019-06-21 said:
Hello, what did you get an Rfe for on the green card i485? That seems quick for Orlando.
blank avatar IndigoFlowers on 2019-06-21 said:
Hi there! I’m still waiting for the letter with the explanation! Just got notified about it yesterday. I agree, I wasn’t expecting to hear about my I485 for awhile with the Orlando office.
blank avatar Back2real on 2019-06-21 said:
Ok well good luck and keep us posted!
Kologun on 2019-12-11 said:
Hey has your interview been scheduled ? My Pd is April 30th
blank avatar IndigoFlowers on 2019-12-11 said:
Yes! I JUST got an email notification this morning that my interview has been scheduled. I have to wait for the letter in the mail to get here to see what date it is for though. I am surprised to have an interview this quick, especially with the Orlando office.
Shawn_Lock on 2019-12-11 said:
When did you get married? If you are at least 2 years, you’ll get a 10 year card.
blank avatar IndigoFlowers on 2019-12-11 said:
We got married in April so it hasn’t been a year yet! Thank you for the info though :)
Kologun on 2020-01-29 said:
Hey just saw you had your interview and glad it went well for you . Did she approve you on the spot ?
blank avatar IndigoFlowers on 2020-01-29 said:
Yes she did, thank you! My status changed to "New Card is Being Produced" last night!
Kologun on 2020-01-30 said:
So happy for you ! Was going to ask you did th Reid your medical right ? Because I was hearing different stories if your medical form expired you have to get the updated form that cake out last summer . I really don’t want to pay to redo
blank avatar IndigoFlowers on 2020-01-30 said:
Thank you! I didn’t do a new medical and my interviewer even said “you don’t need to do a new medical because you’re adjusting from K1 and have already done one” and then looked at the medical I did back in Canada last year. I was SO relieved! I didn’t want to have to pay again for another one.
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