Hoffmaya's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Chaya
Beneficiary's Name: Bruno
VJ Member: Hoffmaya
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2021-02-22
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Immigration Checklist for Chaya & Bruno:

USCIS DCF 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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2018-07-28
I-130 Sent : 2018-10-16
I-130 NOA1 : 2018-10-25
I-130 RFE : 2019-10-28
I-130 RFE Sent : 2019-11-14
I-130 Approved : 2019-11-22
NVC Received : 2020-01-11
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2020-01-11
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-01-14
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-02-04
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2020-01-11
Pay IV Bill : 2020-01-14
Send IV Package : 2020-02-04
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-04-14
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2021-01-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2021-01-18
US Entry : 2021-02-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 393 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 811 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Vancouver
POE Date : 2021-02-26
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 22, 2021
Embassy Review : Details on Jan-13's interview at 8:45am:

I arrived at 8:40am and the security officer asked for my name and time of interview. He did not ask for the IL since he had a list of individual names and times with him.

He let me in and I went through security clearance (similar to the airport). I only had a binder for my docs (no bag) and did not bring any cell phone with me.

I was asked to use the hand sanitizer dispenser, take the elevator and go to 1st floor - window #6. At the window, an officer only asked for my passport. I gave my passport and was told to sit down and wait for my name to be called.

Please note that the room is Covid friendly and individuals are spaced out accordingly. Masks must be worn at all time (I was never asked to remove it even during the interview). There is one security guard on-site. There are 2 bathrooms, a water fountain and one hand sanitizer dispenser near the security guard. No vending machines.

After 15 minutes, I was called to window #3. The other officer took my fingerprints. I was asked to provide the following docs: Original marriage certificate, true-copy of birth certificate along with certified translation, police certificates (from Canada and country of birth along with certified translation), 1 passport photo (which was scanned and returned to me), signed copies of 1040 forms.

The officer did not ask for the following: I-864 (there was no change since last time it was submitted), DS-260 confirmation page, petitioner photocopy of birth certificate or US passport.

Please note that I did not have W2 since my petitioner lives, works and files taxes in Canada.

The officer confirmed they did receive the report from the medical exam, and gave me the pamphlet to read (domestic violence & sexual assaults and legal rights in the US). I was told to sit down and wait for my name to be called for the interview.

After waiting approx. 1 hour, my name was called to window # 4 for the interview. The officer asked me to take an oath and took my fingerprints again. He asked if I read the pamphlet and wanted me to summarize its content. The following questions were asked:

- Who is the petitioner? What is your spouse's job?
- What do I do for a living?
- Where do we live?
- Where do we intend to move and live in the US?
- Do we intend to keep our current jobs in the US? We actually do as we both work remotely and our companies have US presence.
- Since the petitioner lives and works in Canada, I was asked to provide info on foreign assets/income? We just went through the US federal tax return and I had the FBAR form with all the details.
- How and when did I meet my spouse?
- When did we start to live together?
- Where did we get married? Did we have both families?

The officer said everything was in order and he approved my IR-1 visa. He gave me the "Welcome to the USA" letter and another paper with info once your visa is approved (check document status, what to do with tracking number, requesting home delivery).

He kept my passport and 1040 forms and informed me that these will be returned to me in a week or so. He also confirmed that I have until Jun-16, 2021 the latest to activate my permanent residency (6 months from the date of medical exam). He stated that it'll most likely take 1 hour at POE.

The interview lasted about 15 minutes. It was quite straight forward and easy. The officer was very pleasant and friendly.

Hope this helps. Should you need further info/details, do not hesitate to reach out. I'll update the thread once I receive the tracking info for the passport. I opted for the premium delivery service ($20) via Purolator.

Update: I received the tracking number for my visa on Jan-15.

Please note that the tracking is displayed on the AIS site and I also received an email notification.

- Interview: Jan-13 (IR-1 visa approved)
- Tracking number: Jan-15
- Visa delivery scheduled on Jan-18 (home delivery via premium service)
- POE (land border crossing) is scheduled to Feb-26
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 4

Lois K on 2021-01-16 said:
Hoffmaya on 2021-01-16 said:
Thanks! It was a long road but worth the wait ;)
Flowergirl 737 on 2021-02-23 said:
Congratulations!!! Are you allowed to cross into USA by land driving ?
Hoffmaya on 2021-02-23 said:
Absolutely. There are no restrictions for US citizen and permanent resident.
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