snapcracklepop's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Drew
Beneficiary's Name: Ing
VJ Member: snapcracklepop
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2011-07-31
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Immigration Checklist for Drew & Ing:

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 : Vancouver, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2008-02-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-02-25
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2008-07-14
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2008-07-23
Consulate Received : 2008-07-25
Packet 3 Received : 2008-08-08
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-09-05
Packet 4 Received : 2008-09-15
Interview Date : 2008-10-21
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-10-22
US Entry : 2008-11-08
Marriage : 2008-12-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 140 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 239 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Vancouver
POE Date : 2008-11-08
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Entered at Blaine, Truck Crossing.
Phoned ahead to confirm that they provide the EAD stamp.
The guy on the phone said yes.
The guy who actually processed my paperwork said no.
No EAD stamp received.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Seattle WA
Date Filed : 2009-02-01
NOA Date : 2009-02-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-03-10
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2009-06-25
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-06-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received:
Comments : The Seattle Office is very friendly. A great way to 'end' this visa journey.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-02-01
NOA Date : 2009-02-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-03-10
Approved Date : 2009-03-30
Date Card Received : 2009-04-09
Comments : OMG I can't believe I'm finally allowed to work!
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 57 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-02-01
NOA Date : 2009-02-06
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-04-06
Comments : I used my AP to return to the US from Canada - a land border crossing - literally days after receiving it. We had no problem at all. It took about 20 minutes to get officially 'paroled' (a new I-94 stapled into my passport)
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 57 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 24, 2008
Embassy Review : Friendly overall, but quite daunting when things don't work quite right.

Our interview was at 1pm and we made sure to only bring the allowed items. Security was friendly yet serious. Got whisked up to the 20th floor where we waited about 20 minutes and then got called up to the first window. A very friendly lady took our papers and told us to sit down.

After 1 hour and 20 minutes we got called up to the second window. The first task was to get my fingerprints read. That didn't go so well - it's super finicky and after about 4 tries and she got quite annoyed!

After that, she asked when we met, where we met, when we got engaged and when we plan to marry. Also asked if I'd met his parents etc. My fiance's parents wrote us a very touching letter of support that she glanced at. She also asked for photos and you could tell she enjoyed this part of her job.

Got approved and picked up the visa at 12:30 the next day.

Couple of pointers:
Eat well before going up. No food or drinks are allowed.

The amount of people in the room does not dictate how long you wait: We were 3 people and it took well over an hour for us to be called up.

There's no loo in the waiting room area. You go thru various security checks to go down to the 2nd floor and back up again, and risk not being back by the time they call your name.

You can leave your cellphone at the cigar shop across the road. It costs $1 and he puts it in a ziplock bag behind the counter.

Bring something to read. There's nothing there.
Rating : Moderate

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