Z&D's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: D
Beneficiary's Name: Z
VJ Member: Z&D
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2019-10-08
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Immigration Checklist for D & Z:

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 : 2019-03-04
I-129F NOA1 : 2019-03-07
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2019-05-14
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2019-06-25
Consulate Received : 2019-06-27
Packet 3 Received : 2019-07-16
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-07-17
Packet 4 Received : 2019-07-18
Interview Date : 2019-09-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-09-16
US Entry : 2019-09-18
Marriage :
Comments : The visa was issued and picked up by Canada Post on Friday 13th September, and delivered by Xpresspost to a pickup point in St Catharines early Monday morning. The weekend throw things off.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 68 days from your NOA1 date.

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

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Toronto
POE Date : 2019-09-18
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very smooth process at the airport in Toronto. Took about 30 minutes for the CBP to add all the information to the database during which time I was just sitting down. Only asked for address in the US and then said congratulations.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Norfolk VA
Date Filed : 2019-10-02
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2019-10-02
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date :
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between March 5, 2020 and March 8, 2020*.

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 : September 16, 2019
Embassy Review : My appointment was scheduled for 7:30 am on Sep-11-2019. I got to the consulate around 6:50 am, and there were only two other people ahead of me. Waited until 7:30 for the consulate to open, went through security - only had my folders with me, no bags or phones. The people at security were professional but nice, didn't really exchange pleasantries just said hello . I was handed a laminated sheet with my line number and the order in which the documents were needed.

After getting through security, I was instructed to wait in the basement with the others where we had the time to organize the documents in the order they were listed on the laminated sheet. About 10 minutes later, another security guard came and herded us into an elevator and told us to go to the 19th floor. We sat and waited for 15 more minutes and then one-by-one we were called up to windows 1-3, in our line order. The documents were requested in a totally random order, so I don't know why they asked us to organize them in a certain way, lol! At this time, we also did fingerprints.

After handing our documents in which took about 5 minutes, we waited again for another maybe 15 minutes till about 8:20 am and were called for our interviews. The interview itself was very quick and there was a really sweet woman conducting the interview. She first made me take an oath to tell the truth, and then retook my fingerprints (of the right hand). She handed my back some of my original documents and then asked me:

How did you two meet?

Are your parents acquainted?

How often do you meet? How many times have you met in the last year?

Will this be both of your first marriage?

What is the longest you have stayed in the United States? (after clarification this meant after 18 and not including my time as a student)

When did you become a Canadian citizen?

Do you have any wedding plans?

What countries have you visited in the last five years?

After that, she said that everything looked good, congratulated me and told me I was approved. She also took some time to explain my rights in the US as the spouse/fiance of a US citizen. The interview portion lasted approximately 5 minutes.

The next day I checked and my visa had been issued. On Friday, I got the email notification from Canada Post that I should expect my package by end of day Monday. And today (Monday) at 8:30 am I had an email saying that my package was ready to be picked up.

Overall, a relatively simple and smooth process, endlessly grateful for everyone's help!

P.S. They require to see Proof of Payment at the appointment.
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 9

blank avatar ThisisPainful on 2019-07-10 said:
Pretty quick! A day between leaving NVC and Consulate received?
blank avatar Z&D on 2019-07-12 said:
I could be wrong but I am basing this on the date of the letter I received and when the case was updated on CEAC right after.
blank avatar ThisisPainful on 2019-07-18 said:
You received packet 3!??
blank avatar ThisisPainful on 2019-07-18 said:
blank avatar Z&D on 2019-07-28 said:
Thank you, hope your process runs smoothly!
blank avatar ThisisPainful on 2019-09-12 said:
let us know when you get it!! congrats
blank avatar Z&D on 2019-09-13 said:
Thank you so much! And definitely will update as soon as I get it!
blank avatar ThisisPainful on 2019-09-17 said:
Congrats! how did you track your package? by email?
blank avatar Z&D on 2019-09-30 said:
Thanks - I tracked it on the ceac website and when the visa had been issued and picked up by Canada Post - the consulate sent us a tracking number we could use on the Canada Post website!
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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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