MarissaKyler's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Kyler
Beneficiary's Name: Marissa
VJ Member: MarissaKyler
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2019-09-16
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Immigration Checklist for Kyler & Marissa:

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 : 2019-02-28
I-129F NOA1 : 2019-03-07
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-05-16
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2019-06-14
NVC Left : 2019-06-25
Consulate Received : 2019-06-27
Packet 3 Received : 2019-07-08
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-07-15
Packet 4 Received : 2019-07-16
Interview Date : 2019-09-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-09-16
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments : Medical Exam Aug 26/19
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 70 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 188 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 11, 2019
Embassy Review : My appointment was scheduled for 830 and I showed up to the consulate around 8. I expected there to be a long line based on what I read in other reviews but there was nobody outside and one other person had just gone in so I headed inside.

The lady before security was friendly; took my passport and looked at the copy of my appointment confirmation. She put a sticker on my passport, handed me a laminated paper and told me to arrange my documents in that order and proceeded me to security. The security guards were alright. I tried to make conversation asking how their morning was going... they told me it had actually been a pretty quiet morning but didn’t really engage in anything more which was fine.

After getting through security I headed down to the basement where I organized my documents in the requested order and then headed up to the 19th floor. I sat and waited for probably 30 minutes before I was called up to a first window. This woman was super nice and conversational, took my documentation (in a completely different order than the paper requested so I really don’t know what the point of doing that was...), and took my fingerprints. She opened my medical results and gave me back the CD of the X-ray for my own medical records. She confirmed addresses and phone numbers for both my fiancé and I and had me go back to take a seat.

I waited for about an hour before I was called to another window for the actual interview. I was totally expecting some very official in-uniform immigration officer and was met with a very friendly looking woman not in uniform. This definitely put me at ease.

She gave me back my birth certificate and had me take an oath as well as re- fingerprint my right hand (not sure if everyone had to do this or maybe my previous scan just wasn’t clear enough??) and asked me the following questions:

1) Will this be the first marriage for both you and your fiancé? (This was also asked at the first window so I guess she was just confirming..?

2) How often do you two visit each other?

4) Where does he live?

3) How did you meet?

4) Do you have any wedding plans?

She then said she noticed I had previously had trouble crossing the border and that it had something to do with a boyfriend? I clarified and said that I had previously dated anther American and the border had stopped me and didn’t believe I would be coming back to Canada. They denied me and told me to go home and collect documentation to prove my ties to Canada, wait a few weeks and then try again. They ended up denying me again anyway. She asked what year that happened and I told her (it was almost 5 years ago), and then she asked if I had any problems crossing since. I said not at all.

She then said “Alright! Well we are ready to go ahead and issue your visa! You should receive it within two weeks.” And passed me the pink “Welcome to the USA” paper!

Overall it was a great experience and I was definitely WAY more nervous than I needed to be. Appointment time was 830 and I was leaving the building at 945! Much better than I expected and the interview itself lasted no more than 5 minutes long.
Rating : Very Good


Timeline Comments: 8

blank avatar KenandBina on 2019-07-16 said:
Hi! Question... our package was sent to and received by the Montreal embassy same day as yours. We haven’t received our p3 yet. What is the email address it comes from, I am wondering if we missed it in our inbox? Sabrina
MarissaKyler on 2019-07-25 said:
Hey Sabrina! Sorry for the late reply. It came from Montreal-IV-DV@state.gov
blank avatar ThisisPainful on 2019-09-12 said:
let us know when you get it!! congrats
blank avatar ThisisPainful on 2019-09-12 said:
also do you have wedding plans? did you get the feeling that you should answer that no?
blank avatar KenandBina on 2019-09-12 said:
I have my interview soon. Yes we have plans, no I think you should answer that you do... you need to be married within 90 days of crossing the border. What are your thoughts?
blank avatar ThisisPainful on 2019-09-12 said:
Ours is on the 25th so us too. We have plans too, I just wonder if they will frown on wedding plans since every letter we have gotten says don't quit your job or make any sort of plan until you have the visa in hand (which is unrealistic).
blank avatar Jana32 on 2019-09-12 said:
Hi! I had my interview yesterday morning as well, I was #8. Approved as well! And I completely agree with your notes and experience, exact same for me. Best of luck with the next steps!
blank avatar KenandBina on 2019-09-12 said:
It is unrealistic. We originally applied August 31 2018. It’s been a long journey, planning our wedding has actually kept me sane. We booked it for March 2020 back in December 2018, thinking we had a lot of buffer time. Like you said it is unrealistic, when you get engaged you plan lol Fingers crossed it’s not an issue.
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