Danu's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Wesley
Beneficiary's Name: Stephanie
VJ Member: Danu
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2015-09-22
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Immigration Checklist for Wesley & Stephanie:

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 : 2009-03-02
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-03-04
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-06-08
NVC Received : 2009-06-12
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-06-16
Consulate Received : 2009-06-18
Packet 3 Received : 2009-07-10
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-07-10
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2009-11-23
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-11-26
US Entry : 2010-01-11
Marriage : 2010-01-20
Comments : Not entered into the system until June 8th, touched on June 9th, still shows pending, though NOA2 Hard Copy received in the mail June 11th.
1st packet 3 (sent June 23rd) was lost in the mail, requested resend on the 7th of July, received within days.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 96 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 264 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2010-01-11
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : We crossed into the states on Monday at Sarnia/Port Huron (Blue Water Bridge) around 4pm EST. It was fairly empty, no wait at the border kiosk at all. The guy there was fairly young and didn't really understand what was going on with the visa. There was another guy in the booth with him who asked if I had my packet and if it was still sealed and then they instructed us to pull around the side of the kiosk to go into a building. Inside there was quite a few border guards, none of them had anyone waiting in the lineup.

We got an older gentleman processing our application, he was very friendly and had done visa's before but took a bit to process everything on the computer. The young dude from the kiosk had come inside to see what was up with the visa and to try to learn stuff so it took a little bit longer because he was going through it step by step. The older gentleman asked me if I knew about the clock that started that day and I said "yes I have 90 days to get married and then I must apply for AOS as well as EAD for working and AP if I want to leave for a visit". He seemed fairly impressed that I knew everything so well. He finger printed me and then took a picture, then we went on to import the car which was also super easy as I had the letters from Nissan all easily accessible. Took about 40 minutes to do the whole thing, which wasnt bad at all considering there were a few things he needed to check up on to make sure he was doing things right and that he was training the young lad on how to do things.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Santa Ana CA
Date Filed : 2010-01-30
NOA Date : 2010-02-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-03-02
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-05-11
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-05-11
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-06-07
Comments : Our appointment was at 9:35. We got to the civic center at 9:15 but due to our lack of knowledge we parked in a spot way away from where building 34 is. We didn't get to the building until 9:25, going through security was fast, and we got up to the waiting room at 9:27. We had to wait FOREVER! It wasn't until after 10 that we were finally called. We were taken to a room, told to remain standing and then we were sworn in. The IO asked me where I was from, asked if it was our first marriages and then asked me jokingly if I was sure I wanted to be with Wes. He asked how we got down to California, when we started talking, when we met, and when he proposed, and then we talked a lot about random things like Niagra Falls, cuz he has family around there. He asked me for anything I had joint, our passports and my EAD and AP. He told me we were approved and that he was going to go photocopy our things (ATM, Costco, AAA, and health cards). When he got back he handed me a letter to say I was approved and one on the removal of conditions, and he told me if I need proof of status for an employer before my greencard comes in to just make an infopass and bring the letter with me. Easy peasy!


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-01-30
NOA Date : 2010-02-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-03-02
Approved Date : 2010-03-31
Date Card Received : 2010-04-09
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 60 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-01-30
NOA Date : 2010-02-08
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-04-05
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 59 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-02-27
NOA Date : 2012-02-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-03-30
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-08-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2012-08-10
Comments :


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Santa Ana CA
Date Filed : 2015-05-23
NOA Date : 2015-05-27
Bio. Appt. : 2015-07-17
Interview Date : 2015-09-01
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2015-09-22
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 24, 2009
Embassy Review : Where to begin!

I arrived in Montreal Sunday night, after a bit of getting lost I finally found my hotel. I stayed at Le Square Phillips which is an absolutely beautiful hotel. A bit pricey but a great room with a kitchenette. It felt like a little apartment, was very clean and the staff were super friendly. I ate at a little Mexican place on Peel St (about 5 blocks from the Consulate.. a 10 minute walk) called Carlos and Pepes. They had really good guacamole and chicken Fajitas.

I was planning on being up at 6ish so I could be awake, grab Timmies (about a 1 minute walk from the hotel) and get to the consulate, which was only a 5 minute walk away. I woke up before my alarm (5:40 ew) so I was awake and out the door before I expected. Got to the consulate at about 6:15 and lined up on the side with the yellow posts. At around 6:30 I was joined by Tdotgirl who is really nice, and another girl came at about 6:45. Shes not on VJ but she does read it. Dalene was shortly after that. We all stood in line and had a good laugh at the people who lined up on the other side thinking they would get in ahead of us. They looked angry when the security dude told them to go to the end of the line behind all of us.

They opened the doors just shortly after 7:30. You give them your Passport and appointment letter, so have those out. The security guards seemed a little stressed, make sure you just wait for them to give you instructions or you will get a stern talk to like I did (I put the box with my coat on the belt to go through the scanner, apparently you arenít suppose to do that on your own). They then get you to walk through a metal detector, give you a letter (underneath said letter is the window you will be called to) and get you to walk down the stairs and sit on a chair while you wait for the elevator. They give you the list of things to get ready, but quite a few things they ask for are left off the list. At 7:45 the elevator guard comes down and collects all the people with letters A through E and takes you up to the 19th floor. You go sit at the far end of the room and wait to be called. As I had letter A I was called first, to window 11.

The lady behind the window was very very nice. She has long blonde hair, and a great bubbly personality. She asked for (in order..though most of the order seemed random): My passport, the DS-160, DS-156k and 2 copies of the DS-156, my Birth Cert and copy, copy of my bio page, medical (without the xray), the letter of intent, I-134 and supporting documents, my police check, photos, and my expresspost envelope. I think that was all. Then she gave me a piece of paper to take to the cashier at window 14. This is important so make sure you remember it. You DO NOT have to line up behind everyone else waiting on the right side of the red separator. Stand on the left side of it. You will be called to the window first. Then I went back, gave it to her and sat down to wait for a little bit while she got something ready to take my fingerprints. You do left hand first, all fingers together flat on the screen, then right hand, then your thumbs. After that she sent me back to the waiting room to be called.

I really donít remember how long it was, not long though, maybe 10-15 minutes? And I got called to room 8, which is in the little hallway (I have encluded a rough sketch of where the rooms are so you have an idea where you are going!) I walked in, and there was Paul Mayer behind the glass. He really is super friendly, really smiley. After I did the oath, he said everything looked great, told me I had to sign something and then it would be pretty much a home run. As others have said he told me he had to ask me a few questions just because. He asked me how we met, when we figured out it was the real deal, when we decided to get married and if Iím planning to work when I move and what Iíd like to do. For the proof of support he kind of said something along the lines of ďI see you brought a huge attachť with you, is there anything good in there you want me to see?Ē He said what he really loves asking is for your 1 or 2 favorite photos. I gave him my favourite photo and the birthday card Wes sent me, he gave me both back. He congratulated me on being approved and asked how I felt now. I was so relieved I almost started crying in the booth lol. He told me he had to go through some of the stuff with me on how long the visa lasted for, the time limit to get married, filing AOS. We talked about VJ during the interview too and he assured me like he assured others that they are doing everything in their power to get the backlog of CR1 and K1ís out the door, that part of the problem with the backlog as well as staffing and summer rush is that of visaís that have number limits on it and the need to crank them out as fast as possible so that other countries donít steal any of them. He also told me Fridays are K1 only days, so thats why so many people have gotten Friday dates

It was easy and painless like everyone said and I wish I hadnít freaked out so much. Mr. Mayer did a great job putting me at ease and Iíd like to thank everyone at the consulate for making the day nice and smooth.
Rating : Very Good


Local US CIS Office Review: Santa Ana CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : May 11, 2010
Embassy Review : Our appointment was at 9:35. We got to the civic center at 9:15 but due to our lack of knowledge we parked in a spot way away from where building 34 is. We didn't get to the building until 9:25, going through security was fast, and we got up to the waiting room at 9:27. We had to wait FOREVER! It wasn't until after 10 that we were finally called. We were taken to a room, told to remain standing and then we were sworn in. The IO asked me where I was from, asked if it was our first marriages and then asked me jokingly if I was sure I wanted to be with Wes. He asked how we got down to California, when we started talking, when we met, and when he proposed, and then we talked a lot about random things like Niagra Falls, cuz he has family around there. He asked me for anything I had joint, our passports and my EAD and AP. He told me we were approved and that he was going to go photocopy our things (ATM, Costco, AAA, and health cards). When he got back he handed me a letter to say I was approved and one on the removal of conditions, and he told me if I need proof of status for an employer before my greencard comes in to just make an infopass and bring the letter with me. Easy peasy!
Harassment Level : Very Good


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