wowswift's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Paula
Beneficiary's Name: Shane
VJ Member: wowswift
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2012-03-09
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Immigration Checklist for Paula & Shane:

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): 2007-12-29
I-130 Sent : 2008-03-28
I-130 NOA1 : 2008-04-08
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2008-07-14
NVC Received : 2008-07-18
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2008-07-30
Pay AOS Bill : 2008-07-24
Receive I-864 Package : 2008-08-01
Send AOS Package : 2008-08-13
Submit DS-261 : 2008-07-24
Receive IV Bill : 2008-08-20
Pay IV Bill : 2008-08-05
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2008-08-29
Case Completed at NVC : 2008-09-09
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2008-11-04
Interview Date : 2008-11-26
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-01-07
US Entry : 2009-01-16
Comments : emailed DS-3032
Paid AOS and IV Bill online
Called NVC -RFE sent on 08/28
11/26 - No visa yet, requested to send proof of domicile.
12/2 - domicile goodies sent
12/19 - approved
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 97 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 232 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2009-01-16
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : crossed in Houlton, ME on probably the coldest day ever. The border guards are not mean, but are very serious. They didn't know what they were doing as far as activating the visa, but got it done but checking their instructions with 4 other people. but they knew how to import a car, so got that done too. they didn't look in the uhaul, but we did have a list of everything in it.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-11-30
NOA Date : 2010-12-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-01-10
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-03-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2011-03-10
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Sacramento CA
Date Filed : 2011-12-13
NOA Date : 2011-12-22
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-17
Interview Date : 2012-03-09
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2012-03-09
Comments : Oath ceremony same day as interview. Pretty quick and easy. Finally done!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 1, 2008
Embassy Review : Interview date Nov 26, 2008. All the other reviews are pretty accurate. Showed up at 7am and waited for them to open the doors at 7:30 to go through security. Then you go down the stairs and wait for the elevator to take you up.
Upstairs is a bit more waiting, but we were first so your name gets called to go back and talk to the first person and give them your passport pics and mailer and she just asks a few questions, how long have you been married? visits etc. Then you go sit a bit more then called back to do fingerprints to the same person.
After that you wait again then called to the closet room for the actual interview, get sworn in. She didn't ask too much, we have a domicile issue, so that was most of that everything was about. She did ask him if he was ever arrested anywhere in the world, told him she didn't need to see the x-ray and can basically forget about it and told him is medical is all good. Had a little chat then the domicile thing came up. Had some proof, just bank statements and a voting pamphlet thing that Cali sends, but she didn't want to see it. Told to fax or mail it in. Had the option to leave the passport but didn't trust her 2 week promise so took it. She wasn't so bad though, I was a bit upset, husband looked down, but she wasn't mean and told us what to do. She did also give back our marriage certificate and his birth certificate. So all in all, it wasn't so bad. Just a downer but our case was a bit different than most.
It was all fairly fast, we were out of there before 9am. Could be because they were only working a half day that day. The parking available down there, the meters don't charge till 9am so we paid the 15 dollar paid parking around the corner. Lots of construction going on down there, so watch out for falling objects lol.
Rating : Good

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