Vans's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: N
Beneficiary's Name: V
VJ Member: Vans
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2019-05-04
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Immigration Checklist for N & V:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? California Service Center
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2018-03-30
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-04-02
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-10-12
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2018-11-28
Consulate Received : 2018-11-29
Packet 3 Received : 2019-01-07
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-01-07
Packet 4 Received : 2019-01-11
Interview Date : 2019-02-13
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-02-21
US Entry : 2019-03-06
Marriage : 2019-03-08
Comments : 11-18-2018 - Emailed NVC to request status update (30+ days of NOA2)
11-27-2018 - NVC responded saying they sent our case to Consulate this day
12-17-2018 - Requested to provide proof of Canadian citizenship (I'm foreign born)
12-31-2018 - Consulate acknowledged receipt of proof
01-23-2019 - Medical exam in Surrey
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 193 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 317 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Vancouver
POE Date : 2019-03-06
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Done in 10 minutes. Gave sealed envelope and original DS-3025 with x-ray CD and did not get them back.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Nashville TN
Date Filed : 2019-04-16
NOA Date : 2019-04-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-17
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : 04-18-2019 - AOS delivered (USPS)
04-23-2019 - Texts received
04-24-2019 - Cheque processed
04-27-2019 - NOA received in mail
05-03-2019 - Biometrics received in mail

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-04-16
NOA Date : 2019-04-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-05-17
Approved Date :
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between October 11, 2019 and November 12, 2019*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-04-16
NOA Date : 2019-04-23
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your AP may be adjudicated between October 4, 2019 and November 6, 2019*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 13, 2019
Embassy Review : We arrived at 7:20 our 7:30am appt. The night before an email was issued by the Consulate stating that despite severe weather, visa services will remain open but staffing may be limited/delayed. There were roughly seven people before us in line. At 7:30, the CBSA officer let us in one (couple) at a time. Inside a lady at a podium checked our passports and put a sticker with my name and appt time on the back of mine. She also gave me a laminated sheet with #8 on it that listed the order our documents should be in.

After the podium, we went through security one at a time, shoes on. Then we walked downstairs into the elevator waiting area where we organized our documents but the elevator arrived pretty fast so we only organized half. A security guard sent us (10-ish people) to the 19th floor where there are more chairs and counters to organize papers. The chairs on the side closer to the elevator are for immigrant visas (K-1s). Another security guard was very polite and helped people find seats when it got crowded. We finished organizing our documents here.

Due to heavy snow, staffing was limited to one window until a second one opened up after 9:00. The first person approved (#2) left around 9:00. I was called to the documents window at 9:15. The man there asked for my documents similar to the order of the laminated sheet. He also took my biometric signature on a fingerprint scanner. He put my documents in a folder and said I could sit down and wait for my number to be called again. I sat down at 9:25 and got called to the interview window at 9:30.

The interviewer there made me hold up my right hand and agree to tell the truth. Then he asked questions like:
- How old were you when you moved to Canada? (I am a Canadian citizen not born in Canada)
- How/when did you meet your fiance?
- When did you meet in person?
- Where does your fiance live?
- What does your fiance do for work?
- Ever have problems crossing the border or with the law?
Afterwards, he said you're approved and gave me a pink approval sheet and mail info sheet. We left around 9:45, after 2h 25m.

- If staying overnight in Montreal, stay close to the Consulate. We stayed at Le Square Phillips (3 min walk, flat land = easy in snow).
- Bring photocopies of everything. They might take original documents.
- Don't bring any electronics (phone, car keys, USBs) or bags -- makes security so much easier.
- Listen carefully for your number. Staff announcing aren't always articulate.
- Stand closer to the window to hear the staff because it's hard to hear them through the glass.
- All vending machine snacks and drinks are $2 CAD each so bring toonies or exact change if you want them.
- Sweaty fingertips are good for the fingerprint scanner.
- It's better to bring more than not have what they request. Some people were complaining that it's a waste to bring stuff that isn't listed (proof of relationship, petitioner domicile) but this is your earliest chance to prove your case, so might as well be prepared!
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Vancouver
Event Description
Entry Date : 2019-03-06
Embassy Review : Got to YVR at 9:30am three hours before my flight. Checked in luggage and went through security screening like usual which took about half an hour. At CBP where the attendant tells you where to line up, I told her I'm entering on a K1 visa and she directed me to a separate line that was empty. I went up to the next available officer and said I was entering on a K1 visa and gave him my passport with the sealed Do Not Open envelope. He reacted a little surprised but seemed to be familiar with the K1. Perhaps YVR doesn't see a lot of K visa entries... anyways he took my fingerprints just like at the Montreal interview. Then he led me to the secondary screening room and said to wait for my name to be called. You can't use your phone in this area (there's a sign) or they will scold you. After 5 minutes, the lady at the podium called my name, which I thought was interesting because all the other staff were behind counters. She asked for my boarding pass and the address I'll be staying at in the US. After typing on the computer, she mentioned that I have to get married within 90 days of entering. I agreed and she returned my passport and boarding pass and led me out the door. Whole thing was probably under 10 minutes. The best part was hearing other people being interrogated for bringing weird things.
Harassment Level : Low

Timeline Comments: 10

blank avatar Joan58 on 2019-02-03 said:
Congrats! We have our Montreal Interview on the same day
Vans on 2019-02-04 said:
Thanks, congrats to you as well! Maybe we'll see each other.
blank avatar Joan58 on 2019-02-04 said:
blank avatar Joan58 on 2019-02-13 said:
Whoohoot! Were you #3? Lol Congrats💖
Vans on 2019-02-13 said:
Thank you! Congratulations to us! :) I was #8. Were you the first one out?
blank avatar Joan58 on 2019-02-13 said:
Lol..yes..clicking my heels🤣😂
Vans on 2019-02-13 said:
Haha that's awesome! Good luck with your upcoming move!
blank avatar Joan58 on 2019-02-13 said:
You too
blank avatar Joan58 on 2019-02-21 said:
Waiting patiently for mine to make it to Vancouver Island 😂😂 Happy yours has arrived💖
Vans on 2019-02-21 said:
Thank you! I'm sure yours will come soon!
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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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