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L_n_O's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Oliver
Beneficiary's Name: Lizelle
VJ Member: L_n_O
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2016-08-05
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Immigration Checklist for Oliver & Lizelle:

USCIS I-130 Petition:      
Dept of State IR-5 Visa:    
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

IR-5 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Potomac Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2008-01-07
I-130 Sent : 2016-01-07
I-130 NOA1 : 2016-01-13
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2016-03-18
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill : 2016-04-15
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 : 2016-04-13
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill : 2016-04-15
Send IV Package : 2016-05-05
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2016-06-30
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2016-08-05
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 65 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 205 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2008-02-13
NOA Date : 2008-02-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-03-15
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2008-05-24
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-02-13
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2008-04-17
Date Card Received : 2008-04-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 64 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-02-13
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-04-26
Comments : AP used May 17th without issue
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 64 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 4, 2007
Embassy Review : So, I arrived via cab ($32 chez aunt) at the Consulate @ 6:49 am. Good thing too because I obtained 1st *prize* by 2 mins! It was crazy cold and my legs were shaking for the 40ish mins I was outside (jeans are not a smart idea in the cold). So I lined up on the left side of the front doors and like clockwork they opened at 7:30 am sharp. They looked through my little purse, my jacket pockets and everything really well. Got the letter *A* which guaranteed that I'd be the first one up!

Waited at the bottom of the stairs while security got everyone into the place. Then the guard came up and took all of us with Letter cards into the elevator to the 19th floor (walked to the back of course). Sat in the waiting room for a few mins then heard a name called on the PA system. Turns out, it WASN'T my name!! The girl who was next in line after me got called 1st (and it sounded similar) so I went!! innocent.gif . That got cleared up after a few mins so I had to switch to the other booth (hehe). Handed the paperwork into attendent. She then asked me to go back and pay the $100 US. Did that. Then waited some more....... Then got called back to the booth to show her my receipt and she had a form for me to sign and confirmed that Ol's address hasn't changed (which it had!) so she busted out her white-out and passed it over for me to edit that.

So then we return to waiting in the main area. It was daunting at first cuz you started hearing names getting called on the PA system in a really low voice!! And we were all like, WHAT WAS THAT>>!??##. Well, it was all french names (we became convinced that they're seperating the french and english speaking people) cuz whenever it was and *english* name, it was loud and clear (does help to sit in the front row though).

At 9:00am, I heard my name "Liz, please come to room #7" in that Welcome to Moviephone voice.. biggrin.gif Took me a sec to figure out where that was! blink.gif From all the reports that it's a closet, i was expecting a super tiny room.. which it really wasn't.. think more decent/big sized walk-in closet. The CO was very friendly and apparently just talks in that moviephone voice continuously... (pretty amusing really). He asked me to raise my right hand and swear that everything I was about to say was true. He asked me questions about my family and why we moved from the middle east to canada. He then asked me how I met Ol (told him that was through my cousin in NJ, they used to be roommates). He then asked what I plan to do in the US and what Ol does. And then with a great smile said "You're approved!"

So that's it folks! At 9:05am I was done!! tongue.gif

The other two girls I was hanging with in the waiting room (K1'ers) also got approved.

I move in 11 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(ps. didn't need the x-ray, plane tickets, wedding invitations, phone bills or photographs of us)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2007-11-13
Embassy Review : Alright folks!

So, Oliver and I rented a U-haul (14'). Came to about $470 Including 867 miles (plus gas only). Gas costed us about $250 for the trip from Toronto to Pennsylvania (his parents house to pick up a loveseat) to Virginia. We got super lucky at the Oakville U-haul dealership cuz we got a 2007 truck with only 14,000 miles on it.

At the border, when you're driving your truck towards customs, DO NOT FOLLOW THE SIGNS THAT SAY "TRUCKS THIS WAY"!!!!!!!!!. As a person moving your stuff to the US in a truck, you are still NOT A "TRUCK". Those signs mean commercial trucks!!!!!!!! Well, obviously we followed those signs and got into a little bit of doo-doo for it. The guy at the booth who takes your passport and package didn't know what the f- to do with them. He took them anyway though cuz we couldn't back up and go back and sent us to the yard to park with all the other semi's. yay. In our attempt to do that, we went into kinda the wrong area and a female CO yelled at Oliver :unsure: a little and then told us to get out of the truck cuz now she's going to x-ray the truck! I think she was just pissed at us and that's why she did this. more yay. Finally get to the right area and had to wait in a waiting room to get our stuff processed. Got my I-94 stamp for $6. However, the guy told us that I could go back to Canada before we wed and come back with it but just make sure to take the I-94 paper out of my passport or else the airport will confiscate it and then I'll be screwed.. I don't know what the f- he was smoking or talking about but we just nodded and said sure! (ya, not doing that). But he didn't ask for the list of what was in the truck or anything. The border took about an hour and a half-ish.

From there on.. it was just a smooth drive but bloody long.

We had left Mississauga/Toronto at 11 am, arrived in Pennsylvania at 9:30pm (had dinner with his folks and packed the loveseat in the truck) and didn't get into Virginia til 3 am. We were in bed at 4am.

Next day we picked up the pup at 9:30 am and unpacked til about 2am today.

Oliver's at work now and I just setup the computer and got all my 16 bags of clothes to still put away. :blush:

It's weird though. I don't feel like I live here yet, feel like I'm still here on a "trip" even though we unpacked all the 27 boxes yesterday of my stuff....... Think it'll take some time..
Harassment Level : High

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