sweethrtt's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Scott
Beneficiary's Name: Tiziana
VJ Member: sweethrtt
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2020-02-25
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Immigration Checklist for Scott & Tiziana:

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 : 2018-07-30
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-08-06
I-129F RFE(s) : 2019-01-10
RFE Reply(s) : 2019-01-24
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-01-31
NVC Received : 2019-02-28
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-03-04
NVC Left : 2019-03-19
Consulate Received : 2019-03-21
Packet 3 Received : 2019-04-17
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-04-02
Packet 4 Received : 2019-04-03
Interview Date : 2019-05-22
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-05-24
US Entry : 2019-06-14
Marriage : 2019-07-01
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 178 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 289 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2019-06-14
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was a breeze. I went through the Lewiston/Queenston Bridge in Buffalo. I drove up in a uHaul truck with all my belongings and went into Secondary with my unopened visa packet, passport, packing list and documents related to my Dog. It was a busy day so the wait was a little long. The woman who had activated my K1 was very kind and we chatted a bit about random topics, even had one of the other CBP officers coming in on the chat. She hadn't activated a K1 in a while asked me a couple of questions about my fiance and where I was planning on living. She asked me about my previous withdrawal of application for admission from 2011 merely out of curiosity (her words) it didn't create any issue for me and she said she was happy to see that I was 100% honest throughout the entire process (she wished more people were that honest, it would make her job easier) and from there she moved on and mentioned how super organized I was and thanked me for making the process a little smoother for her. After she took my fingerprints she gave me another pink slip and reminded me I have 90 days to marry. I asked about importing my Dog and was told they no longer need to see the Rabies Vaccination. I asked if they wanted to check the uHaul and they declined. After about an hour I was sent on my way with a big "Welcome to the USA!". Very happy experience and recommend this land crossing!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Albany NY
Date Filed : 2019-07-09
NOA Date : 2019-07-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-08-05
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2020-03-24
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Albany NY
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-07-09
NOA Date : 2019-07-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-08-05
Approved Date : 2019-10-23
Date Card Received : 2019-10-29
Comments : EAD was expedited with pending job offer
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 106 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Albany NY
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-07-09
NOA Date : 2019-07-15
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2019-10-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 106 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 22, 2019
Embassy Review : This is going to be long and detailed review, but since my situation was slightly unique, I figured this might help someone in the future.

The hotel was Le Square Phillips Hotel & Suites. I can’t rave enough about this Hotel. The rooms are HUGE (literally the size of a giant Condo, two bathrooms and the concierge was a sweetheart and upgraded us to two Queen sized beds, also the US is me and my mom she came to keep me company in Montreal and to offer moral support) super clean and very quiet. They offer continental breakfast during the week from 6:30am-9:30am, they have valet ($25.00 a day), an indoor pool and a gym. The location is amazing lots of restaurants and touristy things to do. The best part of the hotel is how close it is to the Consulate, it is literally a two-minute walk!

My day started by getting to the consulate at around 6:40am for my 7:30am appointment time. There was one other person already there (from Visa Journey) so I was 2nd in line and we chit chatted until more people started to show up (this is where more of the awesome fam from visa journey showed up and it was so amazing to get to meet the people you’ve been chatting with over the past few months.. they are all top notch in my books!). The line grew significantly and then by 7:30 am they opened the door and let us in one at a time. **Note that no petitioners can accompany you inside the building**. You go through the doors and present your passport and payment confirmation to the young lady at the desk and she will place a sticker on your passport and give you a laminated sheet with a number on it (#2) along with directions on how to place your documents in order. From there you are asked to place your belonging in a bin to be scanned and step through the machine. Once you are in the clear you go to the left, down the stairs into a waiting room where you can organize your documents (as mentioned in other posts, this part is kind of redundant because the lady who takes the documents will ask for them out of order, but nonetheless, it’s best to make sure that you have everything you need). After that your asked to line up and get into the elevator which brings you up to the 19th floor. You take a seat and wait for your number to be called with the number of the desk you are to go to.

Once I heard “Number 2 please go to desk 2” I got up and went over. The lady behind the glass asked me for:

1. Laminated sheet with number
2. Passport
3. Copy of Passport
4. Payment Confirmation page
5. Birth Certificate (Long Form)
6. Copy of Birth Certificate
7. Letter of Intent to Marry (from petitioner only)
8. I-134 and all contributing documents (I provided 2018 Tax Return with all W-2’s, Copies of Bonds with current value, Job Letter, and Banking Info)
9. 2 Passport Sized photos
10. Medical report (she returned the CD with the X-Ray to me)

As she is asking for the documents she is recording your conversation (I noticed her click on this machine on the wall, which I’m assuming is to record the conversation). She asked me three questions: 1) who is the petitioner? 2) What is your relationship with the petitioner? 3) What is your current home address and phone number? 3) Where will your residence be in the United States?. She took my fingerprints of both my left and right hand and then asked me to be seated and wait.

After a very short time I heard the following “Number 2 please go to desk 9”. This was the part that I was super worried about THE INTERVIEW. I was greeted by the most pleasant lady. She was so courteous, and kind and I was completely relieved and my nerves settled. She made the whole interview feel like more of a conversation that an actual interview. She flipped the switch on the machine (to record, I presume) asked me to raise my right hand and read out the oath to which I replied "I Do", she then grabbed my immigration file and began with her questions:

1. When did you meet your fiancé?
2. How often do you guys see each other?
3. Have I ever visited the united states and what was the longest I stayed?
4. Have you ever been arrested/convicted of any crime in any country?
5. What does my fiancé do for a living?
6. What places have you traveled to within the last 5 years?
7. Have you lived in any county, other than Canada, for more then 6 months?

Now we get to the part that was causing me much stress, my dreaded I-275 from 8 years ago. She noted that I was stopped at the border due to admitting to marijuana use, and that I was given the option to withdraw my application for admission. I agreed and also apologized for the entire situation and noted that I was young and naïve and have since grown up and never made another mistake like that. She went on to reassure me that this type of issue was not a hard inadmissibility and that at that time (2011) I was inadmissible however as of today that is no longer the case. She never asked about any current drug use (which is obviously NO WAY). As she was talking my eyes started to water that’s when she reached over and grabbed the infamous PINK SLIP and said “Welcome to the United States” that’s when the water works started I was so genuinely happy while also apologizing a million times for crying like a bumbling baby. She laughed and said not to worry, congratulated me one more time and to enjoy the move and my new life in America and also to enjoy the beautiful weather in Montreal, and then I was on my way.

Leading up to this over the course of 10 months I was stressing about this issue to the point where I would lose sleep and my appetite. I thought for sure I was going to get denied or need a waiver. She treated me like a human who had made a mistake in the past and was able to see that I had changed for the better. She gave me a chance and it made me feel so much better. It was honestly the most pivotal point in this whole process, and she seemed to really care less about this minor issue. I am indebted to her for being so kind to me.
So for any of you out there possibly worrying about the same situation this is my advice “BE 10000000% HONEST, NEVER EVER EVER LIE… being truthful will get you so much farther, at the end of the day it is up to the IO, but I will tell you the more open you are about the situation the more likely you are to cross over the hurdle with flying colors. You will stress about it, no doubt about that, but everything will fall into place” (if only I was good at taking my own advice lol).

All in all, it took 1 hour and 15 minutes. I was out the door going back to my hotel to enjoy a much-needed celebratory breakfast! Now just to wait to get the Visa in the mail!

(updated on May 24, 2019)

(updated on May 27, 2019)
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 27

blank avatar Lori Johnson on 2019-03-25 said:
Just noticed your timeline is almost the same as ours. So happy finally things are moving along!
Sweethrtt on 2019-03-25 said:
Same here!! Still extremely nervous about the interview...I hope and pray we both don't have any issues!!!
blank avatar Lori Johnson on 2019-03-25 said:
I’ve read several posts regarding interviews and it seems like if everything appears above board and no red flags the interview is the easiest part of the entire process.
Sweethrtt on 2019-03-25 said:
That's the thing for me. I've made a couple posts about it but 8 years ago I got a Withdrawal of Application for Admission at the Peace Bridge Border they found a small leaf that tested positive for marijuana and I had been honest and said I had experimented with marijuana 3 hours prior to attempting to visit (stupidest mistake I ever made but I was young and naive)... many people have said I should have no problem because it was so long ago and I am being 100% honest ... but it is still wrecking havoc on me mentally. I guess this could be considered a Red Flag?... so I'm super nervous and freaked out... trying to keep myself calm but it isn't the easiest situation to be in. I'm just praying that a stupid incidence from my past will not ruin my future with my future hubby bear :(
blank avatar Lori Johnson on 2019-03-25 said:
I wouldn’t worry about it. If that’s the worst thing you’ve done, especially in this day and age of legalization. If it was cocaine then maybe you would have cause for concern. My take is if you’ve gotten this far there shouldn’t be an issue. They wouldn’t have let it go past the first stage at USCIS.
Sweethrtt on 2019-03-25 said:
Oh God I could never and have never ever touched any of those "hard" drugs the thought of it absolutely terrifies me lol. Thank you for the kind words honestly you've actually made me feel so much better about it! My sentiments exactly, if it was a huge huge problem, I would assume they would have caught it at the I-129F phase. Pray for me and I shall pray for you for a speedy return to our loved ones!!! Side Note: I booked my medical for May 6th as well! Are you in Ontario?
blank avatar Lori Johnson on 2019-03-25 said:
Yes. I’m from Windsor marrying a guy from Metro Detroit area. We are only 45 minute drive apart so I’m over all the time. I booked with Dr Katzman in Vaughan.
Sweethrtt on 2019-03-25 said:
OMG! I also booked with Dr. Zatzman!! My appointment is at 11:15... maybe we'll cross paths! That would be really cool :D I am also pretty close to my love about 5 1/2 Hours drive (honestly better than having to fly lol). I am actually here as we speak I came down as we are watching the Women's NCAA games this coming weekend! Big hugs to you and yours and hopefully we'll both be here before we know it!!
blank avatar Lori Johnson on 2019-03-25 said:
My appt is 11:30!!! Too funny. I’m sure we’ll see each other! Are all your immunization up to date? I have all mine and records from family doc. Looking forward to going to amp treat. Neither of us have been there. Probably spend a couple days there and then go to Quebec City for A few. No sense rushing back since I’ll have to wait for passport to be mailed. We both just retired - I’m 59 and my fiancé is 63. Enjoying not working so much. Plan to move to Florida in the next year or two then come back here for summer.
Sweethrtt on 2019-03-25 said:
Oh that is awesome! We will definitely see each other!! Yes I got my vaccinations records from Public Health and am also going back to my doctor for another round of vaccinations as I am due for a few because I haven't gotten them in 10+ years. Montreal is great, go and look at old Montreal absolutely gorgeous with all the cobblestone roads and nifty little stores.. it's well worth the visit! Also Rue St. Catharines is a great place to find restaurants and I find its very cultural. That's great I too look forward to retiring one day (I'm 30, fiance is 35) but we have a long ways for that lol. Looks like I'll be seeing you May 6th!!!
blank avatar Lori Johnson on 2019-03-25 said:
For sure! Have a great day.
Sweethrtt on 2019-03-25 said:
You too!
blank avatar Lori Johnson on 2019-03-27 said:
Hi. Have you got your police clearance yet? I called RCMP in Windsor who referred me to private company. I’ll be going in the next couple of weeks to get it, but just wondering what you have done. I also checked our file late today and it still states “in transit”. I understood from NVC that it left last week. Does it just take awhile for them to change status after receiving? Did yours change yet?
Sweethrtt on 2019-03-27 said:
Hi Lori I got my police clearance about a month ago. I went to the Commissionaires office and asked for a Privacy Act RCMP police check. They took my fingerprints and sent the form to the RCMP. About a week later I received my letter in the mail (no criminal record, if you have a criminal record it can take up to 180 days). From reading posts in Visa Journey Montreal is a tad slow on entering our files into their systems and could take at the most 2 weeks. I just checked CEAC today and it states "In Transit" still :(.
blank avatar Lori Johnson on 2019-03-27 said:
Thanks! I called the Commissioners office today and they told me exactly that. It seems like the more I read the more I start second guessing my understanding of all the processes. I am not happy tiurbfike is still in transit too, but gives me hope mine left the same day as yours and should be changing soon. I sent NVC an email last week to change my address. They responded on Monday stating they no longer had my file, so I guess the Consulate is just behind. Hopefully any day (minute!) the status will change!
blank avatar Lori Johnson on 2019-03-27 said:
Are you planning on taking your car and registering it in the US? I just found out that a letter is required from the US manufacturer stating your Canadian vehicle meets the US safety standards. I had to provide my VIN on a form and send a copy of my registration so they can check the specs and provide the letter. I think I am ok from the conversation I had. Just one more pain to deal with!
Sweethrtt on 2019-03-27 said:
I keep checking it daily as well and just want the status to change so I can start being on the lookout for Packet 3! I'm trying to have patience but it's driving me mad lol As for my car I was actually going to sell it. The winters in Johnstown get pretty bad and I drive a tiny little fiat so for safety my fiance was like lets just buy you a truck of some sort, and I'm definitely not going to complain about getting a new car!
Paigedempsey1997 on 2019-04-03 said:
Your timeline makes me excited!! I'm hoping to do my interview by june and the NVC sent out my petition to consulate yesterday. Was your date the soonest available? Thanks in advance
Sweethrtt on 2019-04-03 said:
Hey there! Yes that was the earliest available date when I went online to book it. Just a heads up once you see "Ready on CEAC" send in packet 3.. it is much faster than waiting for Packet 3 to arrive.
Paigedempsey1997 on 2019-04-06 said:
Thanks! Mine says ready today but i heard if you send it in too soon theyll deny it. should i at least wait a week? thanks!
Sweethrtt on 2019-04-06 said:
My “ready” status changed twice once on April 1(when it actually changed to ready) and then again on April 2 so after that I sent in all the p3 stuff (April 2 8:00pm) and the next day around 3:00pm p4 came in!
Sweethrtt on 2019-04-06 said:
My “ready” status changed twice once on April 1(when it actually changed to ready) and then again on April 2 so after that I sent in all the p3 stuff (April 2 8:00pm) and the next day around 3:00pm p4 came in!
Paigedempsey1997 on 2019-04-06 said:
That’s awesome! Mine didn’t leave the NVC until April 2nd and then on April 5th it said ready but for you there was like 12 days from when it left NVC so I wonder for me if it’d be too soon
Sweethrtt on 2019-04-07 said:
Mine took a while to change to ready lol but as soon as I saw the two dare change I sent P3 in... I don’t thinks it’s too soon! You haven’t got anything to lose, even if they do reject it. I say do it! But of course it’s your call 😁
blank avatar Purem4g1c on 2019-05-15 said:
YEEEEEEEP! I'm excited asf I just went to my medical yday, so hyped haha
blank avatar Purem4g1c on 2019-07-09 said:
Congrats on the marriage and filing! :)
Sweethrtt on 2019-07-09 said:
Awhhh thank you!! Congrats to you too!!!! :D :D :D
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