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~Laura and Nick~'s US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Nicholas
Beneficiary's Name: Laura
VJ Member: ~Laura and Nick~
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2012-02-03
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Immigration Checklist for Nicholas & Laura:

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 : 2007-12-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2007-12-11
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-03-03
NVC Received : 2008-03-05
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-03-07
Consulate Received : 2008-03-10
Packet 3 Received : 2008-03-31
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-04-01
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2008-06-20
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-06-27
US Entry : 2008-07-19
Marriage : 2008-08-02
Comments : Our journey went so well, so smooth and quickly...I can't believe it.

:) Thank you to all of VJ for your support and love!!!!

We both cannot wait for the next chapter!!!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 83 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 192 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2008-07-19
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Pretty painless, got through in about an hour.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Date Filed : 2008-09-26
NOA Date : 2008-10-02
RFE(s) : 2008-10-25
Bio. Appt. : 2008-10-31
AOS Transfer** : 2008-11-10
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-07-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2009-07-16
Comments : Touched November 3rd, 2008
Touched November 6th, 2008
Touched January 12th, 2009 *yay*
Touched January 13th, 2009 *woo*
YAY Approved today, July 13th, 2009!!! YAYAY!!
Done with USCIS until 07/07/11!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-09-26
NOA Date : 2008-10-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-10-31
Approved Date : 2008-12-11
Date Card Received : 2008-12-22
Comments : Touched November 3rd, 2008
Touched November 6th, 2008
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 76 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2008-09-26
NOA Date : 2008-10-02
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2008-12-20
Comments : Touched November 6th, 2008
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 76 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-05-14
NOA Date : 2011-05-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-06-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-01-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2012-02-02
Comments : YAY!!! All done for 10 years!!! :)

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 27, 2008
Embassy Review : My mom and I left on Thursday morning, bright and early. The train ride wasn't that bad, we got great seats and I got some great shots along the way. Mostly I just wanted to get there and get it over with!!!

I woke up bright and early (5:45am) on Interview day and made the 4 or so block walk to the Embassy. There weren't many people on the streets, it was cool and a nice enjoyable walk. I couldn't believe how calm I was...not one bit of nervousness.

The embassy is on 1155 Rue St. Alexandre which is on the corner of Rue St. Alexander and Rue LeBlanc O, it's a tall gray building.
If you are coming off of Rue. St Catherine street like I was (The huge shopping street) There is a pharmacy on the corner, turn right there and the embassy is on your left on Rue St. Alexandre.

I got there around 6:40am and waited for them to open the doors.

They let me in around 7:30 with no appointment letter (I never got one), just asked if I had a cellphone and I handed over my email from Montreal confirming my date and they also asked for my passport. Then we walked up a few steps to a glass wall with two doors, they let you in one at a time. The man asked me to put all my stuff in the container to be scanned (Just like an airport) and then to walk through the metal detector. They never made me empty my file folder (Thank GOD!) Nothing went off (yay me) and then they made me spread em so I could be scanned with the wand thingy. I made my way through the door on the right (Which is on your left when you come in but is on your right when you are through the detectors) Then you go down a set of stairs and go into another waiting room.

At around 8am, a very nice but quiet man came down the elevator about 5 minutes later and escorted us up to floor 19, he made sure that we were the ones with the letters, anyone else in the waiting room who didn't have a letter was not allowed on.

We got up to the 19th floor....WOW!! What a view!!! Wish I could have brought my camera!!! They called me first to window 14 (Which is down a hall and into another little room) and the very kind lady asked for:
My email from the consulate (in replace of my appointment letter)
My birth certificate and a copy
My medical
My passport and 2 pictures
My divorce paper and a copy
The I-134 and the letter from Nicks employer (They didn't even want his tax, pay stubs or bank stuff)
Nick's letter of intent (not mine! what a waste of paper!)
My express post envelope.

Then she gave me a slip of paper and asked me to go and pay at the cashiers. (You go out and turn left and walk to the end on the left and pay) I did and went back and sat down.
Shortly, she called me back and did the fingerprints (Stand back and put your arms straight out when you do the thumb part, it's easier) and she also took the copy of the receipt, showing I had paid.

Then I sat back down and waited to be called for my interview.
Literally 10 minutes later a man called me to window number 8.

When I walked in I was instantly greeted with a huge smile by honestly the kindest man I have EVER met. His name was Gregory. He welcomed me and we talked casually about how Nick and I met, what the video game we met on was all about (he seemed pretty interested in that) and he asked me a bit about New Jersey. Then he said "Oops! I forgot to turn on my computer and log in!!!" He said he was retired and only did this part time and it was his first day there!! LOL He seemed kind of embarrassed but I just said "That's okay!!!" and we laughed and talked casually about how dependent we are on computers these days. We talked a bit about my work at Lowe's and what I may be doing when I move down. It didn't feel at ALL like an interview. We talked a bit about how long my process took, he asked when we got approved and I told him rather quick, like 3 months. He said he didn't understand why it took some people so much longer since they were the ones making the final decision!!! LOL It was weird. Then he asked me to put my finger on the little scanner to make sure it was me. He asked for my middle finger and said "Yep, that's definately you!!!" I said "Oh thank Goodness!!!" and we laughed. He asked me to raise my right hand and swear everything I had stated was the truth and that I intended to Marry Nick. I did. He asked me when we were getting married.

He slid the DS156K back under the glass and had me sign the bottom. Then double checked through my file to make sure I had signed everything so he didn't have to have me come all the way back to Montreal (he was joking and we laughed)

He then casually said "So, no kids for you guys yet?" I said "not yet, we want to be together just us for a bit first" He said "Good plan"

He then said "Well Laura....I am very pleased to say you are approved! I'm very impressed with your application, very organized! I wish you both much luck, Congratulations!!!"

I told him I wanted to give him a big hug and thanked him very very much.

He gave me back my divorce certificate and my birth certificate back and told me they would be mailing my visa off either that day or Monday. He told me about how the visa would look in my passport and talked about how the POE would be, etc. He talked to me about not leaving the States without authorization. I said "Advanced Parole?" He said "wow, you've done your homework!" LOL I said "I sure have!!"

That was it...and it was only 8:55am.

Montreal was lovely and the whole experience was so stress free.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-07-19
Embassy Review : Went early on a Saturday morning (duh) to the Lewiston Bridge near Niagara Falls.

It was quite busy but we got through in less than an hour.

The officer was friendly. We pulled up in the 17 foot uhaul we had rented and presented our passports and said we were activating my K1 visa. He asked why we decided to do it on a Saturday...we laughed and replied...."I don't know!" He asked what was in the uhaul and Nick replied "All her stuff" The officer laughed.

He asked us to pull to the side and to go inside.

We parked and went inside. It was very busy and there were many people. We waited for about 20 minutes and a nice lady called my name. We went up to the counter and she asked us when we were getting married. We told her August 2nd but that may change. I told her I knew we had to get married within 90 days. She said "good".

She asked us to sit back down and wait to be called. Another 20 minutes went by and she called us back up. She handed us our passports and wished us luck and welcomed me to the U.S.
She said we had to be married by October 19th.

I asked her about the EAD stamp and she had no idea as to what I was talking about.

She handed us a piece of paper that would allow us out of the parking lot. We handed it to a gentleman outside and we were free to go. They didn't even look in the uhaul.

Overall it was extremely painless and easy.

Harassment Level : Low

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