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Lana&Ivy's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Ivy
Beneficiary's Name: Lana
VJ Member: Lana&Ivy
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2022-12-31
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Immigration Checklist for Ivy & Lana:

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 : 2018-08-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-08-28
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-01-22
NVC Received : 2019-02-12
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-02-14
NVC Left : 2019-03-05
Consulate Received : 2019-03-08
Packet 3 Received : 2019-04-01
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-03-22
Packet 4 Received : 2019-03-22
Interview Date : 2019-05-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-05-23
US Entry : 2019-06-19
Marriage : 2019-06-26
Comments : Visa was issued May 21, and delivered to my Toronto post office on May 22. I couldn't pick it up until the 23rd.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 147 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 260 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2019-07-17
NOA Date : 2019-07-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-08-14
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2019-10-30
Approval / Denial Date : 2019-10-30
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2019-11-06
Comments : 2019-09-25 "Ready to Schedule Interview"
2019-09-25 "Interview was Scheduled"
2019-09-30 Received Interview Letter in the mail
No RFEs no Expedites.
2019-10-30 AOS interview, got verbal approval at the interview. Bypassed the EAD/AP altogether.
2019-10-30 New Card is Being Produced
2019-10-31 Case is Approved
2019-11-01 Card Has Been Mailed To Me

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-07-17
NOA Date : 2019-07-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-08-14
Approved Date : 2019-10-30
Date Card Received :
Comments : No approval. By-passed EAD and went straight to AOS interview.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 105 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-07-17
NOA Date : 2019-07-25
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments : No approval. By-passed AP and went straight to AOS interview.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 105 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2021-08-02
NOA Date : 2021-08-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2022-04-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2022-05-03
Comments : 2021-08-01: start of 90 day window
2021-08-02: mailed package via FEDEX
2021-08-03: package signed for by E. Quintana
2021-08-05: received text notification (WAC#)
2021-08-06: check cashed
2021-08-07: received NOA in the mail
2022-01-05: Biometrics Letter (biometrics waived)
2022-01-08: case updated to show fingerprints were taken
2022-04-26: new card being produced
2022-04-27: case was approved
2022-05-03: new card arrived in mail

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2022-08-03
NOA Date : 2022-08-03
Bio. Appt. : 2022-08-03
Interview Date : 2022-12-14
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2022-12-29
Comments : 2022-08-03: Biometrics waived
2022-11-09: Interview was Scheduled
2022-12-14: Interview Date
2022-12-14: Oath Ceremony Will Be Scheduled
2022-12-16: Oath Ceremony Notice Was Mailed
2022-12-29: Oath Ceremony Date
2022-12-31: Certificate of Naturalization was Issued

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 15, 2019
Embassy Review : I flew into Montreal from the Toronto island airport on Tuesday, May 14th. From the Montreal Airport I took the 747 bus to my hotel The Courtyard Marriott Downtown. The signs and machines in the airport to purchase bus tickets are clearly marked. I do not speak French and had no problems figuring it out. Some people have said that you can transfer to the metro at the first bus stop and it will get you where you’re going faster. I chose not to do that because minimizing transfers and hub bub minimizes anxiety for me. I was on the bus from 2:30pm to about 3:15pm, it was fine and honestly, only an additional 10-15 minutes or so from that first stop. I easily checked into the hotel which was less than a block from the bus stop (Jeanne-Mance St stop) Nice big clean room. Very pleasant staff.

Wednesday, May 15th, I arrived at the consulate at approximately 6:45am for my 7:30am appointment. I was the first person there. Slowly people began to arrive as we approached 7:30. The doors opened at 7:30am on the nose. I was asked for my appointment letter and my passport. I was given the laminated sheet with #1 written on it and my passport with a sticker on the back. I went through security, did not have my phone, a bag or a belt or watch with me so it was very fast and easy. They directed me down the stairs to wait for further instructions. I organized my paperwork in the order on the laminated sheet. My documents were all in an accordion folder and easily re-arranged.

After a few minutes a guard herded us all onto the elevator to the 19th floor. There I waited less than 5 minutes before my number was called. I went to the document window (#3) I was asked for:

• Passport
• Laminated sheet with my number
• Receipt for visa purchase
• Medical results (the do not open envelope)
• Letter of intent
• Registration of Live Birth (I had the other Ontario long form BC as well and he did not want it)
• Privacy Act Police certificate (I had the other 2 kinds as well and he did not want them)
• 2 passport photos
• Divorce certificate (he didn’t want the Divorce order that goes with it)
• I-134
• 2018 tax return (I had a bank letter, W2s, and previous year tax transcript and he didn’t want any of that) He only took maybe one page from the 2018 tax return and gave me the rest back

I was NOT asked for:

• DS-160 confirmation page
• Bank letter or supporting documentation other than 2018 tax return
• IRS transcripts
• Evidence of relationship
• P4 letter
• Appointment letter (only downstairs at the front door)

He confirmed my fiancé and my addresses and phone numbers and fingerprinted me. Then I was sent to go sit down again. I waited maybe another 7-10 minutes, and then was called to interview room number 7. They returned my original Birth Certificate and Divorce certificate - not the original police certificate. I took an oath with my right hand raised. My interviewer was training another staff member during my interview. I was asked the following questions.

• How did my fiancé and I meet
• When did we meet
• When did we decide to get married
• What does he do for a living
• Where does he live
• Do I intend to live with him in the United States
• Do I have a criminal record
• Have I ever been fingerprinted in the United States

Then she told her trainee that there are seemingly no issues and everything is fine. And she told me that my visa is ready to be issued. She gave me the hot pink “Welcome to the United States” letter, reminded me I must be married within 90 days of entering the US, and sent me on my way. Visa Approved!

I was back in my hotel room by 8:30am. Now I will wait for my 12pm check out, catch the 747 bus back to the airport (bus stop is across the street) and go back to Toronto.

Everyone was friendly and the process was painless. Being incredibly organized with my documents and knowing the process backward and forward because of VJ reviews made me cool as a cucumber. No nerves, just excitement!
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 9

Paigedempsey1997 on 2019-04-05 said:
your packet 3 was sent before being received? is that correct?
blank avatar Lana&Ivy on 2019-04-05 said:
Yes. Correct. If you read the Nov/Dec and Jan/Feb threads, you'll see how people do that for Montreal. :)
blank avatar Lana&Ivy on 2019-04-05 said:
In the Canada forum!
blank avatar Mrs Clarke on 2019-05-15 said:
Reading this makes me so happy for you my interview is tomorrow am very nervous hope everything will end fine....have everything in order also thanx to VJ...wish you all the best for the rest of your journey
blank avatar Mrs Clarke on 2019-05-15 said:
Reading this makes me so happy for you my interview is tomorrow am very nervous hope everything will end fine....have everything in order also thanx to VJ...wish you all the best for the rest of your journey
blank avatar Lori Johnson on 2019-10-30 said:
Any tips on AOS interview? Mine is in 2 weeks. Congratulations and thanks in advance for any info you think is helpful!
blank avatar Lana&Ivy on 2019-10-30 said:
I really don't have any tips. I was caught off guard a lot, and our officer asked questions and prioritized things I hadn't anticipated. Nothing on visa journey prepared me for it except the confidence of knowing what is "expected".
LaSeñoraBaez on 2019-10-31 said:
Congratulations Lana & Ivy!!!
Paigedempsey1997 on 2019-11-22 said:
Very exciting to see how quick you got your green card. I’m also in Los Angeles, I filed at the end of September for AOS. I hope mine is this quick. Congratulations
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