marybill07's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: William
Beneficiary's Name: Mary
VJ Member: marybill07
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2010-03-31
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Immigration Checklist for William & Mary:

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 : 2006-08-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2006-08-15
I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-11-14
RFE Reply(s) : 2007-01-08
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-01-17
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2007-02-06
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-03-01
Packet 4 Received : 2007-07-21
Interview Date : 2007-08-15
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-08-17
US Entry : 2007-11-11
Marriage : 2007-12-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 155 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 365 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2007-11-11
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Crossed at the tunnel at 7:00 AM. My fiance and I were the only people in the office at the time and there was no tunnel traffic. No hassle either. Very smooth and painless! :)

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Detroit MI
Date Filed : 2007-12-07
NOA Date : 2008-01-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-01-30
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2008-05-07
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-05-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2008-05-15
Comments : Interview was at the Detroit USCIS office. It was easier than I expected.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-12-07
NOA Date : 2008-01-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-01-30
Approved Date : 2008-03-04
Date Card Received : 2008-03-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 88 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-12-07
NOA Date : 2008-01-10
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-03-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 88 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-02-09
NOA Date : 2010-02-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-03-16
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-03-28
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received :
Comments : When they say you have to apply to lift conditions within 90 days of your green card expiration, they mean it. I sent my I-751 4 days before the 90 day period and they mailed it back to me saying I sent it in too early.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 3, 2007
Embassy Review : My interview couldn't have been better!

My appt was for Wednesday, August 15, 2007. My US fiance decided to accompany me at the interview. We arrived at the Consulate at 7:15 AM and nobody was there yet waiting to get in. The security guards were in the building though with doors locked. A couple of minutes later, a young lady showed up and then a couple of minutes after that, another young lady showed up. Then at about 7:30, security unlocked the door and let the three of us in. Once we cleared security, we were given, letter B, window 9. The other ladies receive A and C respectively.

We then waited in a lobby on the first floor. They conveniently have a photo booth in there, in case you forget your photos. About 5 minutes later, the security guard took us up to the 19th floor. Window 9 was to the right of the elevator.

We arrived at window 9 and spoke to a lady. She fired off the list of items she needed - my medical exam (she didn't need the x-ray), photocopy of and original birth certificate, passport, Xpresspost mailer, photos, police certificate and affidavit of support. We had a co-sponsor complete an affidavit of support and the lady asked who this person is and Bill explained that it was his step-mother. Then she sent me to the cashier to pay my fee. The cashier was not open earlier.

Then we sat and waited. I was then called to take fingerprints. I had issues with that! My fingerprints were not coming up clear, so I had to redo them repeatedly. The lady finally told me to go to the washroom and wash my hands with cold water and dry them. That did the trick and my fingerprints were taken.

Then we waited again. After a while my name was called and I was asked to go in an interview room. I forget what number it was. All of the interview rooms are numbered. My fiance and I went in together. The room is slightly larger than a closet. First, I had to get my index finger finger printed. Then he asked how we met. Next question was, "where do we plan on living." Third question was "what do I do for a living." Then he asked if I plan on doing this in the United States and I answered "yes." He then asked Bill what he does for a living. He's a funeral director, so then we had some conversation about his job. Lastly, the interviewer asked if I had ever been stopped at the border or committed any crimes. I explained that I was denied entry to the US a week ago due to the fact that Bill and I own a car together in the US and because of this it may have appeared as though I live in the US which I do not. He didn't seem bothered by this at all.

Then he said "congratulations, you're approved for a visa." Then he gave us some informational pamphlets and we were on our way out. We left the building at approximately 10:00 AM. So we spent about 2 hours total at the consulate. Mind you, we were the first ones there and the first ones interviewed. When we left, the waiting room was really busy. Made me wonder how long those people had to wait.

Two days later, my Passport arrived with my visa in it along with two sealed manila envelopes full of documents that I am not to open. I have to hand these in at the US border when I cross. So make sure you get the correct size Xpresspost mailer (314mm x 349mm) to hold all those documents.

Good luck to the rest of you!
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