telitty's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Michael
Beneficiary's Name: Talissa
VJ Member: telitty
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2018-12-16
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Immigration Checklist for Michael & Talissa:

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 : 2018-02-06
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-02-13
I-129F RFE(s) : 2018-08-30
RFE Reply(s) : 2018-09-06
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-09-24
NVC Received : 2018-10-01
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-10-05
NVC Left : 2018-10-16
Consulate Received : 2018-10-24
Packet 3 Received : 2018-11-09
Packet 3 Sent : 2018-10-31
Packet 4 Received : 2018-11-01
Interview Date : 2018-12-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-12-14
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 223 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 296 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 6, 2018
Embassy Review : Well my interview was initially booked for December 5th at 7:30 AM. Because of President Bush's funeral, Trump declared all federal buildings to close on the 5th. So I was sitting in my hotel room and got an email at 9 PM on Monday - the same email that you get when you book your appointment and pay your visa fee that has your date on it. Well I looked at it and it said December 6th at 7:30 AM. So I was confused and was just going to go to the consulate on Wednesday like I was originally booked to do so. Then at 10:30 PM I get another email that says that my appointment was cancelled and moved, and "sorry for the inconvenience". While I had my return flight to Saskatchewan booked for Thursday at 9 AM. My appointment is now Thursday at 7:30 AM. So I had to fight with Air Canada to get a different fight and several emotional breakdowns later I get a new flight. I was unsure as how long the process was going to take as they were fitting half the people scheduled on Wednesday in with all the people who were scheduled Thursday. I was also trying to figure out what I could do with my luggage if I was there late (as my checkout time was 11 AM). I ended up having to take my luggage to the hotel companies main office 2.2 km away. (This whole process of rescheduling was an absolute mess, I'm sure none of these things would occur if your appointment didn't get changed keep in mind. But I would recommend booking with Sonder Montreal - really great cheap condo (70 bucks a night, was there for 9 days and it's like 800 meters away) and they helped me out trying to figure out my luggage situation). ANYWAYS, on to the actual interview.

I got there around 6:45 (as I dropped my luggage off at 6:30 and just took an uber right to the consulate). There was one person who had just got there before me. If you're going in the winter, DRESS WARM. They didn't open the doors until 7:30. So I was out there freezing my ass off in the snow for 45 minutes. But coming early was beneficial. I stood to the right of the doors while a bunch of the other people including the guy in front of me were lined up to the left. When the security guard opened the doors he directed everyone to stand behind me and another couple. I did however let the guy who was there before me, stand in front of me - as he was there first. One at a time we were directed into the door where a women stood at a podium. She asked for your passport and your appointment letter. It was fine that my letter said the 5th, as I was still on their list. She handed me a laminated sheet with "#2" on it and told me to follow the K-1 instructions. Walked up a few stairs to security. Took my jacket off, my binder with all my papers in it and put through a scanner. They took my phone and gave me a little card with a number on it. Walked through the metal detector thing and was fine. Grabbed my things and was directed to the door on the right. Go down the stairs into a big room with chairs all along the walls. Sat there and gathered all my papers

- Proof of payment
- Passport and copy of passport
- Birth certificate and copy of birth certificate
- Criminal Records (I had one from my local police station, the RCMP visa immigration, and the RCMP privacy act one) they took all 3.
- Letter of intent from petitioner.. I gave her one from myself as well but she handed it back.
- 2 coloured passport pictures (make sure they are USA size and not Canada passport size)
- Medical exam (I had a sealed envelope, a chest x-ray on a disk and a paper with my immunization stuff the nurse went through. They only took the sealed envelope.
- Affidavits of support

Security comes into the room and says "you have plenty of time to organize papers once we are up there". And pushes the button for the elevator. About 15 of us pile into the elevator up to the 19th floor. There is a bunch of chairs, bathrooms, some vending machines and different desks with numbers from 1 - 20 (I believe). I sat there and pulled all my papers out of their protectives sleeves and within 5 minutes I was called up to #2 window.

The woman was a b.... to say the least. Very rude and condescending for no reason. Had to do finger prints on both hands. She took all my things and organized them into a big file that had my 129F, and everything we sent in with it (i.e proof of relationship, pictures). She told me to go sit back down. About 10 minutes later she calls me back up to a different window. She says "Sorry I called you back up, I forgot to ask for the affidavits". I gave her my fiancé's as well as 2 co-sponsors (we decided to do co-sponsors just to be safe). She took the affidavits of support, employment letter, and most recent tax return for each sponsor. We had bank stuff from 2 of the 3 and she did not want them. I went back down and within 15 minutes I was called to room #8.

A pleasant woman greeted me and asked my address and the address of my fiancé/where i'd be moving. Asked how we met, and how long we've been together. Looked through the pictures of us that were in our package and asked a few questions (about our proposal pictures). She then gave the pictures back to me. Looked at my birth certificate and handed me the original back. Did some typing on the computer. Asked me about our wedding plans, and if I've ever stay for longer than 6 months in the states, what was the longest I've stayed (1 month) and when the last time I was there (May). She then smiles at me and says well congratulations, your visa has been accepted! Heres the information on how to track it and it'll take up to 2ish weeks! You leave the same way you came in - very easy.

The actual interview was 5 minutes, maybe. I walked in at 7:30 as the second person and walked out at 8:45. Overall it was a good experience, minus the woman taking my documents at the window being an asshole.
Rating : Good

Timeline Comments: 1

blank avatar Hook_Grapp on 2018-12-26 said:
well congrats!
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