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  Petitioner's Name: Kiko
Beneficiary's Name: Mandie
VJ Member: happilycontent
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2013-10-30
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Immigration Checklist for Kiko & Mandie:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent :
I-130 NOA1 :
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2007-06-21
NVC Received : 2007-07-24
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill :
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date :
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-03-04
US Entry : 2008-03-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2008-03-06
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Peach Arch Blaine, WA. Very friendly customs officer, and really helpful with all our questions. He opened the infamous envelope in front of us, went through all the papers said everything looked great, said "welcome to America", and we were on our way..

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-01-12
NOA Date : 2010-01-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-02-25
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-03-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2010-04-03
Comments : quick, and easy.

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2013-05-30
NOA Date : 2013-06-03
Bio. Appt. : 2013-06-19
Interview Date : 2013-09-16
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-11-15
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 1, 2008
Embassy Review : :thumbs: I'm extremely happy to announce that I was approved, :dance:YAY !
So this is how it all went down..
Our flight arrived in Montreal from Vancouver at 4:30pm. We rented a car from Thrifty a little yaris nothing special since we were only planning to stay for 2 days. My husband is so cute, us Canadians KNOW that everything in Quebec is going to be in French, but he seemed so overwhelmed that nothing was in English.. He had a lot of fun trying to pronounce the words, but everything ended up having a Spanish accent. I swear he kept saying Je m'appelle over and over again, and Sortie, the entire plane ride since it's posted in the plane at all the exits (guess that's what started the whole thing :lol: ).
Anyhow, so we checked into our hotel (La tour centre ville), which was perfect because we weren't picky, and it was very conveniently located directly across the street from the US Embassy. Oh, and there's no parking on the street, so we had to pay the $16 for the underground hotel parking, that was probably the only thing I didn't like about the hotel, but no big deal..
We spent the rest of the day shopping, and eating, and driving around the city to see what else the biggest city in Canada had to offer.. OMG, Vancouver does NOT get as cold as it was in MTL. As I recall we couldn't really stand outside for more than 2 minutes without getting frost bite I kid you not and that's with a big winter jacket on. My advice is to bring gloves/ear muffs/toques/scarves!!
Any who so we double checked all of our stuff to make sure we had everything in order, and went to sleep at midnight.
I was too excited/nervous so I woke up every 2 hours. I had 2 alarms set for 5:30am.. :lol: (I was paranoid that the hotel alarm might not work properly)
So.. the day of the interview.. We lined up at 7am.. There was nobody in sight, it really wasn't what I expected. The sign on the door stated doors open at 8:30am, but I read somewhere on here 7:30am, so we thought better safe than sorry, because I didn't want to wait in a huge lineup.
so 7:30am rolls around and there's 2 other couples standing behind my husband and I. This guy comes and opens the door, and says "are you the first person in line?" (Our line was more like a circle B) ) I said yes and he asked to see my appointment letter then pointed me up the stairs.. There we had to remove everything out of our pockets, and place jackets and belts into the tray just like at the airport, and walk through the metal detector. Then he handed me the letter A with #9 on it, said go through that door, and go downstairs and wait in the waiting room. Something neat is that they had a little photo booth down there I guess that was for people who might have forgot to bring passport photos with them.
After 10 minutes an officer came down and took us up in the elevator, and I proceeded to window #9. I handed in my appointment letter, passport, expresspost envelope, 2 passport photos and medical results. They didn't need the xray. Then we were told to go back to the waiting room. Everything went by really quickly, I thought we'd be waiting there for hours..

10 minutes later a lot more people were coming into the waiting room from downstairs they all looked so lost and confused. I was called back for fingerprints, and sent back to the waiting room. and waited for another 5 minutes, THEN I was called into an interview room. We were greeted by this man from behind a glass, kinda like the ones where you buy your ticket from at the movie theater. He looked so happy as did we, we were sworn in, he handed back my original documents, he asked me 3 questions, and told me I was approved, and would get my visa in 5 days. The interview lasted about 40 seconds, I'm not kidding. I was so happy that I cried, we thanked him and went on our way hand in hand, smiles and all. I waved goodbye to the nice lady I met in the waiting room.. and we left. The End. :D In total we were there for one hour.
But I will add as we were leaving the building after I'd been approved, the line up was all the way out the door and it was about 8:45am. Go early people, it's worth it, oh! and there's a cafe you can wait in, in the same building but it's on the front side of the building facing boulevard rene-levesque.

I'd give the whole thing 5/5, it went very smoothly.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-03-06
Embassy Review : Peace Arch - Blaine, WA.
Very friendly customs officer. He was really helpful with all our questions. He opened up the yellow envelope, looked through all the papers in front of us, said everything looked great, took my fingerprints, and said "welcome to America", and we were on our way. He never checked the car, it took about 20 minutes..
Harassment Level : Low

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