MissDinaDee's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Myke
Beneficiary's Name: Nadina
VJ Member: MissDinaDee
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2015-01-09
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Immigration Checklist for Myke & Nadina:

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): 2010-12-11
I-130 Sent : 2011-06-27
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-06-29
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2011-12-21
NVC Received : 2011-12-26
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-01-13
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-01-13
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-01-17
Submit DS-261 : 2012-01-12
Receive IV Bill : 2012-01-26
Pay IV Bill : 2012-01-26
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2012-01-27
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-01-31
NVC Left : 2012-02-13
Consulate Received : 2012-02-15
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2012-02-13
Interview Date : 2012-03-20
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-03-23
US Entry : 2012-06-11
Comments : Touched: July 2, 2011

5 month mark and no decision:
November 29, 2011

Called USCIS December 2, 2011 and was informed that petitions submitted on June 16, 2011 were currently being reviewed and to call back in 13-15 days if a decision on our case has not been reached.

Called USCIS December 16, 2011 and were given the same information as our previous call two weeks earlier.

Contacted the following regarding delay on a decision from USCIS:

Senator Benjamin Cardin
Request Sent: December 2, 2011
Response Received: December 5, 2011

Senator Babara Mikulski
Request Sent: December 7, 2011
Request Received: N/A

Congressman Heny Stoyer
Request Sent: December 7, 2011
Request Received: December 8, 2011

Signed up for electronic processing at NVC for Montreal Consulate. Forms completed as follows:
DS-3032 = DS-261
DS-230 = DS-260
I-1864EZ (not available online)

NVC - Spoke to Operator, Frank, today (25-JAN-2012) and he requested that I email my DS-261 in to them again for processing. Originally submitted electronically 12-JAN-2012.

MEDICAL @ Woking Medical Clinic
Wednesday march 7, 2012 6:30AM PASSED

Welcome Letter Received: June 22, 2012
Greencard Received: June 27,2012
Went to SSA Office: June 29, 2012
SS Card Received: July 5, 2012
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 175 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 265 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2012-06-11
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Entered the US at the "Truck Crossing" in Blaine, WA. Officer was pleasant but official. Processing took approximately 45 mins and we waited in line at the border for 15-20 mins. All in all, this was the easiest and most painless part of the process.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-06-10
NOA Date : 2014-06-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-07-16
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-01-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2015-01-09
Comments : So... I sent my paperwork in to the Vermont Service Ctr the day before my GC expired... Way to be on the ball!

Cheque Cashed: June 13, 2014
Received NOA (Dated June 11, 2014): June 16, 2014
Received Biometrics Letter: June 26, 2014
Biometrics Complete: Alexandria, VA Office (Was in & out in 35 minutes. The lady who assisted me was very nice and quick. She let me look at my picture prior to her completing the process).
Case Transferred: October 29, 2014
Letter Received Case Transferred to CSC: November 4, 2014
Approved: January 3, 2015
Card Production: January 7, 2015
Post Office P/U: January 8, 2015
Approval Letter Received: January 9,2015
Green Card Received: January 9, 2015

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 7, 2009
Embassy Review : Arrived 15 mins early without electronics with me. Had all paperwork in order. Showed my appointment letter and went through security. Security was a little rude and not very nice. Went up the stairs was let into the elevator and went to the 20th floor. Went through security again and was let into the 'interview' area. Was first to arrive and within 10 mins I was called up to the window. Thanks to VJ my paperwork was beyond organized and it only took a few minutes to sort everything out, they were impressed that I had copies of originals already made for their files. Was asked to sit down again... waited about 20-25mins and was called up to do fingerprints then asked to take a seat and wait for my interview. Much to my surprise my interview was done at a window similar to a the bank! I was called up again after another 20 mins. Woman asked me about 5-7 questions, very easy, and told me I had been approved. I was very calm through the whole process as at that point there was nothing else I could do to change the outcome, but upon hearing of my approval I was super excited and very happy, of course! I was asked to take a seat and wait to be called again to receive instructions on picking up my visa. I knew that it would be a 2 day turn around but unfortunately I had some travel issues and was not going to be able to pick up my visa at the specified time. At that time I was told that I could come back the next day and it MIGHT be ready if not they would tell me specifics on a prepaid envelope to bring in. I came back the next day and the visa was ready and in my hand. THANK YOU!!! Everyone I dealt with regarding paperwork/fingerprints/interview was very nice and friendly made the experience way less stressful than I had anticipated!
Rating : Very Good

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