Emancipation's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Brent
Beneficiary's Name: Michelle
VJ Member: Emancipation
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2012-09-10
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Immigration Checklist for Brent & Michelle:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2006-08-31
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-09-05
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-10-03
NVC Received : 2006-10-10
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-10-13
Consulate Received : 2006-10-20
Packet 3 Received : 2006-10-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-10-23
Packet 4 Received : 2006-12-27
Interview Date : 2007-01-16
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-01-18
US Entry : 2007-02-05
Marriage : 2007-02-09
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 28 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 133 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2007-02-05
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My fingerprints/photographs were taken on a POE at JFK earlier in August.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Hartford CT
Date Filed : 2007-02-22
NOA Date : 2007-03-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-03-21
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2007-06-01
Comments : Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr - That's all I got for the prep-paperwork!

Approval Notice 05-21-07


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-02-20
NOA Date : 2007-03-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-03-21
Approved Date : 2007-05-17
Date Card Received : 2007-05-24
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 86 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-02-27
NOA Date : 2009-03-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-03-31
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-07-28
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2009-08-25
Comments :


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Hartford CT
Date Filed : 2012-08-20
NOA Date : 2012-09-08
Bio. Appt. : 2012-09-21
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 17, 2007
Embassy Review : Well.. I'm home, and we have passed that "last" test. Our apt. was at 2:30pm and we attempted to get into the Consulate around 10:30am, but were denied entry due to our interview being in the pm. They said "go to the mall - come back at 2pm". After 3-4 hrs at the mall (which is down under the Hyatt - on St. Catherine St. 2 blocks away), we were ready to get this thing UNDERWAY!! After we prayed, we went back to the consualate and were 2nd in line. We had emptied EVERYTHING out of our pockets in our car and only took paperwork (in an accordian file which was marked by tab for each thing on the checklist), and got through ahead of the couple before us (except Brent's key fob (remote access) - that is considered "electronic"). They gave us a claim ticket for it and sent us to the 19th floor. I paid the cashier and got a number to go to a wicket (there seemed to be confusion between the cashier and the paperwork taking lady -not sure which way that's supposed to be done). The lady at the wicket took my paperwork easily, and I had signed my 2 copies of DS-156 - she just used corrector tape and had me re-sign with the interview date - no biggie (this MAYBE took 10 min to fully complete). I waited 5 min and then got sent to a room where a younger, nicely dressed, calm man was waiting. He allowed Brent to stay in the room, and when i went to sit down said "no.. this won't take long, just stay standing". He asked me if I had relatives in the US, and if they lived in my province, what Brent did for a living, why we applied for K-1 so quickly after having met (2 months), seemed okay with my answers, and said "nothing here gives me a red flag - you will have your visa on Friday (I supplied the xpress envelope). VERY easy, VERY low stress, in and out in less than 45 min total (including security). Security seemed the most "jumpy" and the least "in the loop", just don't bring ANYTHING you don't need to the interview, that's my suggestion!! AND don't stress.. it's exactly like applying for a bank loan, read VJ - get your checklist TOTALLY completed, and VOILA!!

Oh and a note about the x-ray. The woman at the wicket saw mine and said " those x-rays are for your new US Dr. Give them to him so he has something to compare with if another x-ray is ever done". That makes sence to me!!

*sigh.. Montreal Consulate gets thumbs up from me!!
Rating : Good


POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-02-05
Embassy Review : My fingerprints/photographs were taken on a POE at JFK earlier in August.
Harassment Level : Low


Local US CIS Office Review: Hartford CT
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : January 11, 2013
Embassy Review : My Naturalization interview lasted just over an hour. I think I was surprised as to the depth of scrutiny my documents received. I shouldn't have been but this was the only interview aside from the one for k-1 that I had received in the process. The officer was polite but firm and I never knew until the very last second that things were okay and I was to be approved, then he warmed up considerably and his countenance changed, My oath date was assigned to me that day for the following week.

Bring extra evidence to support your cohabitation. . I needed it. He asked specifically to see our health cards that listed our address and us on the policy together. I didn't have it but I did have car insurance papers and the registration to our car which he accepted.

The only other note I'd add was to make sure you leave extra time for parking. The nearest garage I could find was in the financial one building a few blocks away and I had to park on the 8th floor. Allow for extra time to get there- there is a dunkin doughnuts across the street should you need a place to kill time (as well as the public library).
Harassment Level : Very Good


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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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