Ptitchou's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: JZ
Beneficiary's Name: JB
VJ Member: Ptitchou
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2021-02-17
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Immigration Checklist for JZ & JB:

USCIS I-130 Petition:      
Dept of State IR-1/CR-1 Visa:    
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Potomac Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-05-24
I-130 Sent : 2019-07-22
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-07-27
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-03-25
NVC Received : 2020-03-25
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2020-03-25
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-03-26
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-04-05
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2020-03-25
Pay IV Bill : 2020-03-26
Send IV Package : 2020-04-08
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2021-01-18
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-05-22
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2021-02-08
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2021-02-17
US Entry :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 242 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 562 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 8, 2021
Embassy Review : Feb 8, 2021 - Approved đŸ„°

Had my interview at the consulate this morning for 8:45. Arrived a few minutes before and they let me in, asked the run of COVID questions, then did the x-ray scan of my coat, wallet, and folder. Kept my phone and gave me a key. Directed to go to Floor 1, Window 7 and gave them my passport.

Waited around for maybe a half hour and then was called to window 5 to provide my documents. They asked for the originals (not copies) of my birth certificate, marriage certificate, both my and my husband's divorce decrees from our previous marriages. Then they told me my medical had arrived (it was emailed by the doctor 4 days ago) and to have a seat and wait to be called.

Maybe another half hour or so went by (the clock is still broken!) and I was called up to Window 1, met with a nice middle aged man with greying hair. Swore the oath, did the fingerprints, answered how we met, when we married, any kids, addresses. He asked me for my husband's divorce certificate and asked if I had a copy (I did). Not sure why they needed it again, since I had submitted it previously but ok. 2019 taxes (1040) were brought as well and they kept the copy I brought.

I kept everything in a portable file folder and had tiny tab stickers labelling everything. He said he was really impressed and almost thought he was looking at their files with how well I organized it. He said he appreciated the clear labelling.

He asked if I was given the pamphlet on domestic violence at the other window (I was not) and he was surprised. So he gave me one and explained what it was. Then he said he was going to go ahead and approve me, handed me the Welcome letter, and that I can expect my passport with the visa to be returned within 3-4 weeks.

- Dress in layers. The thermostat in the waiting room was set to 24C and with how warm I dressed for the frigid Montreal weather, I was sweating buckets indoors.
- No hand sanitizer at the counters by the fingerprint readers (ew), but there is a giant jug of it at the security guard's desk.
- bring a paper book, crossword, or something to keep your sanity

Rating : Good

Timeline Comments: 9

Flowergirl 737 on 2020-08-10 said:
No update on your case? is still at NVC ?
Ptitchou on 2020-08-10 said:
Unfortunately, yes. Montreal consulate isn't scheduling interviews still. It's gonna be a long wait.
Flowergirl 737 on 2020-11-21 said:
Hey guys no word yet ? What are you doing for the holidays?
Ptitchou on 2020-11-21 said:
Still nothing yet. We don't expect to hear anything until maybe Feb or March, if we're lucky. Spending the holidays quarantined together at least.
Flowergirl 737 on 2020-11-21 said:
oh that is nice !!!! All the best !
Ptitchou on 2020-11-21 said:
Thanks, you too
Flowergirl 737 on 2021-02-09 said:
Congratulations, and thank you for the detailed rundown of your experience. Do we need the original birth certificated of our spouse or just ours?
Ptitchou on 2021-02-09 said:
Just need the birth certificate of the beneficiary (yours, if you're the immigrant). I had a copy of my husband's passport but they didn't ask for it.
Flowergirl 737 on 2021-02-10 said:
Thank you
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