Hugglebuggles's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Bill
Beneficiary's Name: Amanda
VJ Member: Hugglebuggles
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2015-11-04
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Immigration Checklist for Bill & Amanda:

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 : 2008-10-03
I-129F NOA1 : 2008-10-08
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-01-13
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-01-21
Consulate Received : 2009-01-23
Packet 3 Received : 2009-02-09
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-02-18
Packet 4 Received : 2009-03-31
Interview Date : 2009-04-29
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-05-04
US Entry : 2009-06-13
Marriage : 2009-08-06
Comments : 2009-04-29 Approved at interview!
2009-03-27 Called DOS and received interview date
2009-03-16 Medical in Toronto
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 97 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 203 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2009-06-13
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Entered at the Peace Bridge.

Pretty simple and straightforward! The officer processing the visa was extremely nice and helpful. The only questions he asked are: if we we're married, if I had any previous arrests, and if the address on the I-129F was still the address I was moving to.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Denver CO
Date Filed : 2009-08-18
NOA Date : 2009-08-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-09-23
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2009-11-16
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-11-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-11-27
Comments : Approved with interview without I-693 medical form

2009-11-20 Welcome letter received

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-08-18
NOA Date : 2009-08-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-09-23
Approved Date : 2009-09-28
Date Card Received : 2009-10-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 41 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2009-08-18
NOA Date : 2009-08-25
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2009-10-02
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 41 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-09-14
NOA Date : 2011-09-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-20
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-03-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2012-03-10
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Denver CO
Date Filed : 2015-07-21
NOA Date : 2015-07-27
Bio. Appt. : 2015-08-18
Interview Date : 2015-11-04
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2015-11-04
Comments : Same day oath in Denver.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 4, 2009
Embassy Review : We arrived at 4:30 on Tuesday afternoon, walked over to the consulate which was very easy to find (especially given the protests occurring outside) and then walked over to the mall for some window shopping and food. We stayed at the Hilton in the Bonaventure center, so It was about a 15 minute walk. It was worth the extra distance to sleep in a Hilton bed! Its like snuggling with a cloud.

On Wednesday morning we left our hotel around 6:30 and got to the consulate around 6:45. I thought we were way too early and we were going to be standing outside in the cold like losers, but there was already a mini line. Two people were in front of us, which was perfectly fine, I didn’t really want the added pressure of being numero uno anyways. While we were standing in line, we met up with a fellow Vj’er, Sarah (Denverbound) and spent most of the waiting time talking. Ironic that we met at the medical back in March, got the same interview date and we are both headed to the same place!

The doors opened promptly at 7:30 and the security guard started letting people in. I feel bad for saying this, but I had a very hard time understanding what he was saying! He had a very interesting accent, and I had to try really hard to listen to what he was saying. He made a gesture towards my fiancé Bill, so I told him, this is my American fiancé and he nodded. He then asked Bill what he did for a living… Bill answered and the guard replied, “good, because we aren’t letting attorney’s into the building anymore.” So there is the answer to the confusing discrepancy between the information in the packet 4’s and the information provided on the consulate website.

We were led through security, and a very nice man helped us through. I expected the guards to be very intimidating and rude based on previous reviews, but he was actually very kind and helpful. We then went down some stairs and waited for the guard to come and lead us up the elevator. I tried to get all my paperwork prepared in order (as it asked for on the sheet the security guard had given me) but I didn’t have enough time! I was just frantic trying to organize everything and I ended up getting a little snappy with my fiancé who was just sitting there (sorry darling!) In the end, It didn’t even matter, the list meant nothing.

We got up to the 19th (?) floor at 8:10. Around 8:30 people began to be called to have their paperwork taken. My name was called about 15 minutes later, and I went up to booth 9. The lady there was nice, but not as helpful as I would have liked. She greeted me and then said, “ok give me all your documents.” I said, “everything? All the forms and everything?” and she told me yes, that she wanted everything all at once. So I just grabbed all my documents and sent it under the window. She handed me back all the copies I had included (apparently she didn’t want a copy of anything except my passport bio page and my birth certificate). I forgot to give her the second copy of my DS 156 and I completely forgot the DS 156K, so I handed that to her separately and she took a look at everything one by one, and completed a checklist to insure I included all the documentation I was required to. She made me a little nervous, as she took a lot of time imputing information into the computer. She’d look at the computer, look down at the paperwork, look at the computer, look at the ceiling, start talking to a coworker, look back at the computer, and I started to get really concerned! Like there was something terribly wrong and the computer was rejecting me! But all was well… She asked a couple questions to confirm my phone number and my e-mail. She laughed at my silly e-mail address (i_luv_democracy) and I explained to her how nerdy political science students really are. She then told my fiancé to go pay the processing fee and that I should wait at the window and prepare to get my finger prints taken. After greasing up in some purel hand sanitizer, I had my finger prints done. Now CSI will be able to find me.

After the document fun was complete, we went back to the waiting room and waited for our name to be called into an interview. After seeing two successful interviews completed, my name was called to room 8 (the only room being used on this particular morning, I’d hate to be one of the people who actually came at 9am). As a lot of people have said, the room is tiny! Literally smaller than my closet. There was an older lady dressed really casually sitting behind the door and she gave me a warm smile, I knew right then it was going to go well. She swore me in, but not my fiancé. Then she asked me to confirm one thing on my application. She asked that, since I’m in school now, if I would be studying in the US (probably because I said no on the DS 156) and I explained to her that I am graduating in June, so no. She then flipped through our original I-129F petition, and started reading the page about how we met. She seemed really interested, and very surprised that we have known each other since 2005. She then asked my fiancé how far of a drive it was from North Carolina to NY State (not sure why, probably just small talk). Then she turned to the list of trips I had included with the DS 230 and she thanked me for providing such a helpful list, and that it made things easy for her. She then asked if I had ever spent 5 or 6 months at a time in the US, and I told her no, that the longest I had ever spent at one time is 2 weeks. Other than that, she asked us when we were planning on getting married, who was coming and where in Colorado it was going to be! Very simple. No hard questions at all. We were all finished by 10am!
Rating : Very Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Denver CO
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : November 20, 2009
Embassy Review : Our appointment was at 10:45, but we arrived 20 or so minutes early. Security was very easy and painless and both the guards working at the time were very kind and helpful. Unlike our Consulate experience, we were allowed to take in our cell phones or any other electronic items we had on us. After security we got into the elevator and went to the 2nd floor where they conduct all the immigrant interviews. The building was very nice and new, and the waiting room has a TV to watch with CNN playing to make the wait a little less painful. Although there were dozens of people waiting to be called, our name was called less than 10 minutes later, skipping us ahead of all the people waiting. I'm not to sure how they order their interviews.

The IO took us to a back room where his office was located, passing a dozen or so other offices on the way. He began by asking us to raise our right hand and asked us if we swear to tell the truth, to which we agreed. After we were seated he asked for my passport and I-94 immediately. He then asked my husband a couple easy questions like: what my full name is, what my birthday is, and my parents names. He then asked me my husbands name, birthday, and what he did for a living. Aside from that he asked is how we met, when we met, how often we visited each other before I moved, how often I traveled to the US in the past, and what my longest duration of stay was. He also went over part 3 of the I-485 and asked me to answer the questions out loud with a simple yes or no answer.

He also asked me if I had redone my immigration medical since being in the US. I said no and explained that I had my foreign medical within the last year and that it should still be valid. He just nodded, looked at the medical section of my packet in front of him (he had the I-129F, all my paperwork from Montreal, the medical, and all the I-485 paperwork in a booklet) and then moved on. I did not submit the I-693a with my original application, but did have one prepared by a civil surgeon and brought it to the interview in case I was asked, but he never asked for it. He then looked over the other documents like my birth certificate and the copy of our marriage certificate. I asked him if he wanted the certified copy I brought to the interview and he said he didn't need it.

After he asked if we had established a bank account or anything relationship evidence to show. I handed him a little stack of papers with all the relationship evidence I compiled: bank statements from our joint savings and checking accounts, a letter from State Farm declaring me the beneficiary on his life insurance, documents showing joint car insurance and health insurance, and a phone bill showing a shared cell phone plan. He glanced over it fairly quickly and added it to our folder.

At the end of the interview the IO asked my husband if he trusts me. He said of course. Then he looked at me and said, good, I don't want to grant you this green card and then hear you ran off to Florida or something in a year or so. I then said that if it wasn't for my husband I wouldn't be here, I love Canada. He then explained why he is usually hesitant in granting green cards because of the marriage fraud problems, but that he could tell our marriage is "valid." He then asked Bill if he wanted to continue supporting my application and he said yes. Then he explained the conditions of the 2 year green card, what I had to do for ROC, and said he would put the approval in the system that day and I should get my card anywhere from 10 days til 3 weeks. He crossed out the K-1 visa from my passport and wrote AOS in it but he didn't take my EAD or AP.

Overall a very positive experience.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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