Wishing's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Andrew
Beneficiary's Name: Christine
VJ Member: Wishing
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2017-02-26
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Immigration Checklist for Andrew & Christine:

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 : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2010-02-10
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-02-12
I-129F RFE(s) : None
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-03-31
NVC Received : 2010-04-05
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-04-06
Consulate Received : 2010-04-08
Packet 3 Received : 2010-04-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-04-22
Packet 4 Received : 2010-06-28
Interview Date : 2010-08-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-08-25
US Entry : 2010-08-31
Marriage : 2010-09-25
Comments : Case updated on 3/31/2010 in afternoon, text message received 11pm PST. Case approved 3/31/2010.
Called NVC 4/5/2010, received pkg
Called NVC 2/7/2010, delivered pkg via DHL
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 47 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 185 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Fresno CA
Date Filed : 2010-10-11
NOA Date : 2010-10-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-11-12
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-01-11
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-01-11
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-01-21
Comments : Interview went well straight forward. Asked basic questions such as address, original documents verified against file and collected all evidence documents. Process took 20 minutes. Waiting for green card in mail!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-10-11
NOA Date : 2010-10-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-11-12
Approved Date : 2010-12-21
Date Card Received : 2011-01-04
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 71 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-10-11
NOA Date : 2010-10-20
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-01-04
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 71 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-11-01
NOA Date : 2012-11-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-11-30
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-05-28
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-06-14
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Fresno CA
Date Filed : 2016-07-29
NOA Date : 2016-08-01
Bio. Appt. : 2016-08-25
Interview Date : 2017-03-14
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 18, 2010
Embassy Review :
We got in front of the consulate by 6:50AM. There were 5 people in front of us 1 couple and a family. Around 7:05 AM it started raining…light at first then POURING. We all gathered around the small alcove and luckily we had an umbrella. Regardless our pants and shoes were soaked. Security guards started letting people in right at 7:30AM…a few in line with backpacks were told to come back when they did not have them and that they had until 11 AM to come back. The security guard also said there were lockers at the Eaton Centre for people to leave stuff. We were given letter D and went through security. Then it was down the stairs through a door to the left of security down a short hallway to sit in front of the elevators. Waited around 10 minutes then they sent our group up. Seated on the 19th floor enjoying the view by 7:50AM. Waited until our letter was called to Window 10 around 8:20 AM. A nice man with brown-blond hair and glasses greeted us and asked us for documents…nothing out of ordinary there…although for the DS-160 he asked me a few times if I had filled it out more then once online, it seemed to take longer to pull up in his system or something. Then gave us a slip to go pay our fee and was instructed to go to window 14A (yup the basically just go to the short Cashier line). Paid the fee lady was nice, paid in cash. Went back to window 10 where we gave the slip back got a receipt of payment then stood in front of his window while he did some paperwork stuff, asked us a few questions. To note he only took the most recent years (2009) tax receipts, did not want the 2007/2008 ones. We were not asked for any evidence of domicile nor any evidence of continuing relationship. Once the DS-160 pulled up he verified the information on there…to note for the question where it asks you how long you intend to stay in the US I had put 90 days, as others had because that is the length of the K1. He verified this with me to which I said “I plan to stay indefinitely but for the form I thought it was the length of the visa” so he placed in the notes to the document that I corrected my response to indefinitely.
Then we were instructed to go sit back down and wait for our name to be called for the interview…he said we would be called to either Window 7 or 8. Waited approx 20 maybe 30 minutes and we were called to Window 7, or as I like to now call it Box 7. You open a door and there is a tiny room with a chair and the CO behind the plated glass. She greeted us, had short graying hair and glasses, very pleasant. She started up her computer asked us to be patient as she was trying to do this in the new system. She asked a colleague to come in and help her navigate the old/new system for our verification. The colleague also greeted us and soon I was asked for my thumbprint. Then the lady started to flip through our I-129F petition and asked us each a couple questions about our history. She asked my fiancé how he managed to attend high school in Canada…what type of work he did now. She asked us if we were ever married before, was pleasantly surprised we had known each other for 13 years and were now getting married. She flipped through a few of the photos in the I-129F petition and commented on how nice they were. As she questioned us she was typing a few things into the computer. At one point when she was typing the man came back in to give the CO some papers for another petition sitting on her desk and she did not hear him coming behind her so she jumped up in surprise and we all laughed. Before we knew it she was saying “well that’s it, let me get you a sheet of paperwork with a little information…you should receive the visa by the end of the week!”. We smiled ear to ear thanked her and left! We were out of the consulate by 10AM. Went to Eggspectations just down the street (at Hyatt Hotel) for some real breakfast food. Was a great experience and as others have said by sure to enjoy the view…you can see lots of downtown Montreal from up there, plus the thunderclouds that were present for us!

Rating : Very Good

POE Review:
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-08-31
Embassy Review : Just thought I'd post a brief POE review! Got to the Ottawa airport at 4:30AM (our flight was leaving around 7AM). Checked in (had 2 bags each) and proceeded through security. Got to the customs line around 5:00 AM was waiting to see which of the 5 or 6 officers that would be so happy to process us. (Last time I did a visa at a border (TN) the officer was like "Oh, no you don't want to do that to me today!?" in a mockery tone.

In any case we got this POE officer who spoke so softly that we had to ask him to repeat himself, or he would just gesture with a beckoning hand for my fiance's passport etc. with no words. So wasn't quite sure how to read him at first. Also he was chewing bubble gum...and blowing bubbles, I am not kidding you. :hehe: He looked quite young. In any case once he opened our packet and saw everything was in order he seemed to relax a bit. Did a bit of paperwork stuff at the booth then took us both back into secondary, mentioned in passing "we know about the 90 days?" Replied "yes". He did some more paperwork then we all went into a small office with a desk and computer. This is how it went. He typed some stuff on the computer while we just waited quietly. Then he turned to me and asked "You know what you need to know?" I replied "Uh yeah I think I know what I need to know". He's like "Alright good". Asked us what time our flight left (It was 5:30AM by this point) and said we were good to go. Stamped by I-94 stapled stuff in and sent us on our marry way! Overall quite stress free and easy. Just stood and sat around waiting for him to do his stuff and just replied to his very brief and very few questions! :star:
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Fresno CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : January 13, 2011
Embassy Review : We arrived just on time for our interview, security on the ground level checks your interview letter and ID and you go through a metal detector. Then elevator to the 3rd floor. We placed our letter in a basket by a window and then sat down waiting to be called. Only a few minutes went by before we were called by a female IO and led into her office. She instructed us to remain standing in front of our chairs and we swore an oath (true testimony etc.). Then we sat down, she had our file on her desk and started flipping through it. Asked my husband his name, address, birth date, parents names etc. Then asked me the same questions. Asked us for our original birth certificates, marriage license, social security card...and perhaps a couple other things. She reviewed the I-485 paperwork questions and verified some answers on my forms (like POE I had put Chicago but in fact the POE was in Ottawa, Canada with pre-clearance)...verified some other questions (telephone numbers etc.) then had me sign the "changes". Then she asked for relationship evidence, we handed her rental agreement, bank statements, health insurance, car insurance all with both our names on. Also brought about 20 photos from our wedding as well as the past 5 months since I've arrived (Christmas, hikes etc.). She looked at EACH ONE individually. We also brought ALL our Christmas cards we had received from family and friends. Also she looked at EACH envelope. She asked us to select just a few pictures from our pile to place in the application and she went to go make a few photocopies. When she came back she told us we are approved and to expect the Green Card in mail within 2-3 weeks! She also mentioned that our case was pretty straight forward and that we did a great job on all the paperwork! We thanked her, were so happy to be done and left! All in all was an almost stress free experience! So happy to be done with USCIS for 2 years...until Removal of Conditions!
Harassment Level : Very Good

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Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
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times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
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