rae_and_scott's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Rachel
Beneficiary's Name: Scott
VJ Member: rae_and_scott
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2008-11-03
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Immigration Checklist for Rachel & Scott:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2007-07-12
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-07-18
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2007-11-29
NVC Received : 2007-12-03
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2007-12-05
Consulate Received : 2007-12-10
Packet 3 Received : 2007-12-13
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-03-13
Packet 4 Received : 2008-05-13
Interview Date : 2008-06-02
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-06-09
US Entry : 2008-06-16
Marriage : 2008-06-20
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 134 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 320 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2008-06-16
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. We were told we got the EAD stamp but we did not; the guard didn't know what he was talking about (and we didn't know what to look for).

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2008-06-25
NOA Date : 2008-07-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-08-02
AOS Transfer** : 2008-07-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2008-09-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2008-10-04
Comments : biometrics originally scheduled for 07.25.08 but we had to reschedule.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-06-25
NOA Date : 2008-07-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2008-09-03
Date Card Received : 2008-09-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-06-25
NOA Date : 2008-07-07
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-09-07
Comments : no updates via email or online with this one.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 62 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 2, 2008
Embassy Review : We got to the consulate at 6.45; earlier than we'd intended, but there ended up being no traffic at all. So we sat in the car until 7 (it was raining), then walked up to the entrance. The signs there said they didn't open till 8.30 so Scott got kind of annoyed with me b/c we were there so early (first in line, no one else there yet). I assured him I knew what I was doing b/c of my good friends on VJ and that the doors would open at 7.45.

Actually, they let us in before 7.30. We went through security and then downstairs to a waiting room. We were given the lovely letter A. I do like being first (competitive nature). :lol:

After a short wait the guard took letters A-D into the elevator and up to the 19th floor. (The consulate actually has a gorgeous view of the city, btw.) We went to a window where we were asked for our appointment letter and passports. We sat and waited a bit longer. Then we were called up again and asked for our paperwork. The woman asked us for things in the order they were on the checklist; birth certificate, police certificate, affidavit of support. Plus the medical, but I forget if that was first or what. She asked us for the original plus a copy of the birth certificate, but Scott hadn't made a photocopy of it so we only had the original. She gave us a very annoyed look, then went and copied it for us. After that she was friendly again though, so it was all good.

Our lawyer had advised me to ask for a copy of the vaccination report once they had opened the medical. I did, and the woman said we should have already been given a copy of it, so to look in the x-ray. I wasn't sure if it was okay for us to open it, but she said go ahead. It wasn't in there though, so she copied that for us too.

We sat and waited some more, then were called to another window to pay the fee, then sat and waited some more (fun). Then we were called up for his fingerprints, after which we again sat and waited (more fun). Finally we were called for the interview. The man very extremely nice and friendly. He asked how we met and what each of us does for a living. He commented that our paperwork was very organized and asked who was responsible for it. Scott gave me credit but really it was our lawyer. He went over a few of the photos from our original application and asked where a few of them had been taken. And that was it! He said our financials looked good, Scott was in good health, and everything was in order, so we were approved. He said we should get our visa in plenty of time for our wedding (which is in less than 3 weeks). We were out of there at 9.20.

Oh and a side note: everyone says how you're not allowed to bring in all these things, and there's a list outside of what not to bring in, like even a purse. We saw lots of people there with bags and purses that had been let in, even someone with a stroller! But I'm glad we went prepared.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-06-16
Embassy Review : Our POE was at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. The guard told us we got the EAD stamp but we didn't; seems he didn't know what he was talking about. We were there for about an hour, so, not too bad.
Harassment Level : Low

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(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.

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