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mam521's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Stephen
Beneficiary's Name: Melissa
VJ Member: mam521
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2023-05-01
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Immigration Checklist for Stephen & Melissa:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2018-03-31
I-130 Sent : 2018-06-12
I-130 NOA1 : 2018-06-14
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2019-04-17
NVC Received : 2019-07-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2019-06-06
Pay AOS Bill : 2019-06-06
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2019-06-06
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2019-07-17
Pay IV Bill : 2019-07-17
Send IV Package : 2019-07-23
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2020-02-11
Case Completed at NVC : 2019-10-11
NVC Left : 2020-02-11
Consulate Received : 2020-02-11
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2020-03-09
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-03-13
US Entry : 2020-04-01
Comments : Still waiting on our physical green cards to arrive. I've sent a request through MyUSCIS. I received a note back saying they'd send a request to the office looking after our cases. After 30 days with still no response, I called. The lady was quite pleasant to deal with and said she was opening a request for service and to call again in 30 days if we've not been provided any updates.

2020/09/25 - One myUSCIS email, one 48 minute wait on the phone with USCIS and 177 days from POE and we finally received our physical green cards!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 307 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 634 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2020-04-01
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE - Coutts/Sweetgrass POE (Alberta/Montana). We had no issues with the Border agents. They were kind and reasonably laid back despite covid border closure. They took our passports, headed to another desk (one agent hadn't done a GC visa activation previously), found our packages online. Visas stamped and a wave good bye and we were off, trailer in tow.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Houston TX
Date Filed : 2023-01-03
NOA Date : 2023-01-04
Bio. Appt. : 2023-01-26
Interview Date : 2023-04-10
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2023-04-27
Comments : We filed under the 3 year minus 90 days spouse of a USC. I front loaded the petition pretty heavily.

Biometrics was quick and painless. The drive to the facility actually took longer than anything!

The interview letter instructed me on what to bring. My interviewer didn't look at anything other than my driver's license and passport! Apparently front loading the petition was a good thing and everything was preverified.

The Oath Ceremony was in person at the Gears Rd facility. Make sure you have your greencard and interview letter. The ceremony was a bit informal to what I would have expected.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 13, 2020
Embassy Review : We arrived about 10 minutes early and the security guard allowed us in (others reportedly have had to wait until 5 minutes before their scheduled time). There is airport style security screening now. While our jackets were being scanned, a girl took our passports and put stickers on them. We were handed 2 number tags which were our call numbers once in the Consulate. Many people had wallets and purses, so maybe they are less strict about it with the security scan? We didn’t bring anything with as per previous instruction, so it wasn’t an issue.

We took the elevator to the 1st floor as instructed. We waited about 20 minutes until we got called to the first window. The children were able to go sit while I provided documents to the clerk. She did mine first, followed by the children. She scanned our passport photos and gave them back. She gave me back my CD of my chest X-ray. I was asked for hubby’s W2 (we didn’t have our 2019 return back yet). I was NOT asked for the 5440 at all. I was handed the abuse pamphlet to review and went to sit.

After that, I was called for fingerprints and for whatever reason, 2 out of the 3 photo scans didn’t save correctly to our files so the clerk rescanned them.

About an hour and 45 minutes in from our original arrival, we got called for our interview. I raised my right hand for the oath. The interviewer asked the following:
- have you visited China or Iran recently?
- have you been married before?
- has your husband been married before?
- what does he do for a living?
- have you ever stayed in the US for longer than 90 days?
- have you lived anywhere beside the US and Canada?
- where do you intend to live in the US?

I was then asked if I had a permission letter from my children’s father allowing me to immigrate with them, which I did (lawyer notarized). She took a copy and noted to scan it into everyone’s file. She then asked if I was fine with one welcome letter and told us she was approving our visas. She talked about checking the status online and tracking our passports. She also explained that the packet is electronic and it will take more time at the point of entry and to make sure and pay the $220 Green card fee online.

So, all told, 2 hours.

The new consulate location has washrooms and water fountains. You will still need to bring a book and/or activities to keep your children occupied if they are attending the interview with you.
Rating : Good

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