~Nini~'s US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Benjamin
Beneficiary's Name: Nicole
VJ Member: ~Nini~
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2011-01-18
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Immigration Checklist for Benjamin & Nicole:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Vancouver, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2007-04-03
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-04-14
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-04-25
NVC Received : 2007-05-03
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2007-05-16
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-05-31
Packet 4 Received : 2007-06-04
Interview Date : 2007-08-07
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-08-08
US Entry : 2007-10-11
Marriage : 2007-10-19
Comments : Interview date was picked three months in advance so that Bee could travel to Vancouver for it.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 11 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 115 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Vancouver
POE Date : 2007-10-11
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very prompt service, only waited about five minutes in the secondary waiting room before I was buzzed in by a CBP officer. The processing took about 15 minutes in total. The officer who processed my visa was very thorough in discussing the requirements of my visa to me.

Found out six weeks after POE that the officer who processed my visa incorrectly put me in the system as a "Y1". I had to get an Infopass appointment with a USCIS immigration officer to get it sorted out. We ended up going to the CBP office at the Philadelphia International Airport so that they could fix the processing error.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Date Filed : 2007-11-07
NOA Date : 2007-11-12
RFE(s) : 2007-12-03
Bio. Appt. : 2007-12-13
AOS Transfer** : 2008-03-10
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-10-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2008-10-10
Comments : We encountered unusually long delays during the AOS process. As noted in my POE experience, my K1 packet was processed incorrectly and some time was spent sorting that out.

Our first RFE was for my missing medical examination. We opted to speak to our local representative at this point, and after a few weeks, they discovered that my entire K1 packet had gone missing. After some time, it was recommended that I go in for another medical while USCIS searched for my missing medical. Two hundred dollars later, we sent back the RFE and the results from the second medical. Shortly thereafter, our local representative informed us that our fiancee packet had been found; however, both USCIS and YVR's CBP office denied that there had been any processing error on their part leading to these events.

USCIS then spent another few months trying to process my fingerprints - we went to the office twice prior to the approval of my EAD and AP. A visiting agent from the FBI supervised the entire process during my second visit.

Our case was transferred to CSC shortly afterwards; however, we received an RFE months later, requesting that I go to my local law enforcement office for a criminal record letter. This was requested on the basis that USCIS was unable to process my fingerprints.

After all that, we're extremely surprised that our case was approved without an interview at the local office. I think the fates decided that we'd been through enough. :)

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-11-07
NOA Date : 2007-11-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-12-13
Approved Date : 2008-03-17
Date Card Received :
Comments : Re-took biometrics 1/09/08 after the first fingerprint card wasn't approved by FBI.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 131 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-11-07
NOA Date : 2007-11-12
RFE(s) : 2007-12-03
Date Received : 2008-03-20
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 131 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-09-04
NOA Date : 2010-09-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-10-18
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-01-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2011-01-18
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 13, 2007
Embassy Review : We were allowed into the consulate at 12:45pm for our interview at one o'clock. After passing through two security checks we went into the waiting room. At about one o'clock one of the consular officers called us up to present our documents so that they could be prepared for the interview. He opened my medical results and commented on the way they had stapled all over my passport photo. After checking my birth certificate with the photocopy he returned the original, and took everything else. He said that the evidence could be presented at the interview which was to be held at two o'clock.

At about two o'clock we were called around the corner to have our fingerprints scanned, then my fiance and I were called up to the booth for our interview. The consular officer who interviewed us was extremely friendly and it was like a very friendly conversation. After asking us how we met (online) and where we had first met in person he asked me whether I had felt nervous or intimidated flying across the continent to meet someone online - he also asked whether our families approved of each other and why I was the one to move to the US.

Overall it was a very good interview process, and not nearly as stressful as I thought it was going to be. While I was slightly confused as to the long wait times, I assume it was because of the summer hours.

A more lengthy review can be found here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=82939
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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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