Rhiannercakes's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Matthew
Beneficiary's Name: Stephanie
VJ Member: Rhiannercakes
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2012-09-02
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Immigration Checklist for Matthew & 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 : 2009-05-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-05-15
I-129F RFE(s) : 2009-08-29
RFE Reply(s) : 2009-09-01
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-09-04
NVC Received : 2009-09-10
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-09-15
Consulate Received : 2009-09-16
Packet 3 Received : 2009-09-28
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-10-02
Packet 4 Received : 2009-10-28
Interview Date : 2009-11-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-11-19
US Entry : 2009-11-24
Marriage : 2010-01-27
Comments : May 18th, 2009 ~ Touched.
May 20th, 2009 ~ Check Cashed.

August 26th, 2009 ~ Recieved RFE email.
August 27th, 2009 ~ Touched.
August 29th, 2009 ~ Recieved RFE hard copy, a single "No" box for question 2 in section C was missed in I-129F for checking off.
August 31st, 2009 ~ RFE sent back in the mail.
September 1st, 2009 ~ RFE received by CSC via Fed Ex.
September 3rd, 2009 ~ Email confirming RFE recieved and processing resumed on case.

September 4th, 2009 ~ Touched.
September 6th, 2009 ~ NOA2 Email.

September 8th, 2009 ~ Touched, assuming it was sent to NVC this day.

September 12th, 2009 ~ NOA2 hardcopy received in the mail.
September 17th, 2009 ~ Letter from the NVC.

October 5th, 2009 ~ Packet 3 received by Consulate.

October 19th, 2009 ~ Packet 4 sent in the mail.
October 20th, 2009 ~ Called and assigned a date for November 13th!

Medical Review for November 2nd, 2009:

Note: Please do not use my timeline between P3 and Interview date to determine when you will get your interview. There was a surge of interviews in November and I just happened to make the cut off date. Some people waited 3-4 months for theirs, thus their timeline is more accurate.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 112 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 182 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Toronto
POE Date : 2009-11-24
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Apparently I didnt leave myself enough time and ended up missing my flight due to so many people in secondary.
Otherwise, the man was so, SO nice about it and seemed so happy to activate my visa. I was in a rush to try and catch my plane so he didnt really look at my paperwork or asked me any questions.
Just had me fill out the I-94 and stamped the passport.
Sheesh what an experience that POE was.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2010-02-19
NOA Date : 2010-02-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-03-19
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-05-05
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-05-05
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-06-05
Comments : Adjustment of Status Email ~ February 26th, 2010
Check Cashed ~ February 26th, 2010
NOA1 Received ~ March 1st, 2010
Touched ~ March 3rd, 2010
Biometrics Letter Received ~ March 8th 2010, dated March 3rd 2010
Touched ~ March 19th, 2010
Touched ~ March 22nd, 2010
Touched ~ March 23rd, 2010
Interview Letter Received ~ April 2nd, 2010 - Dated March 29th, 2010.
Interview ~ May 5th, 2010
Approved At Interview ~ May 5th, 2010
Card Production Ordered ~ May 6th, 2010
Touched ~ May 7th, 2010
Welcome Letter Received ~ May 10th, 2010
Card Production Ordered ~ May 13th, 2010
2nd Welcome Letter Sent ~ June 1st, 2010
Green Card Received ~ June 5th, 2010
2nd Welcome Letter Received ~ June xx, 2010
Unrestricted SSN Card Applied for ~ June 7th, 2010
Unrestricted SSN Card Received ~ June 14th, 2010

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-02-19
NOA Date : 2010-02-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-03-19
Approved Date : 2010-04-24
Date Card Received : 2010-07-06
Comments : Employment Authorization Document Email ~ February 26th, 2010
NOA1 Received ~ March 1st, 2010
Touched ~ March 3rd, 2010
Biometrics Letter Received ~ March 8th 2010, dated March 3rd 2010
Touched ~ March 19th, 2010
Touched ~ March 22nd, 2010
Touched ~ March 23rd, 2010
Approved ~ April 24th, 2010
Touched ~ April 26th, 2010
Touched ~ April 28th, 2010
Infopass Appointment ~ June 1st

EAD Received ~ July 6th. Why in the world did they send it to me? Oh USCIS you so crazy.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 64 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-02-19
NOA Date : 2010-02-26
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-05-01
Comments : Advance Parole Email ~ February 26th, 2010
NOA1 Received ~ March 1st, 2010
Touched ~ March 3rd, 2010
Approved ~ April 24th, 2010
Touched ~ April 26th, 2010
Advance Parole Received ~ May 1st, 2010
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 64 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-03-02
NOA Date : 2012-03-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-04-03
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-08-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2012-08-31
Comments : I didn't follow this on the update website, since I didn't particularly think I needed to follow it. Just waited for it to come~

Approved In: 5 months and 22 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 14, 2009
Embassy Review : We left for the consulate at 6:30am. I forgot I still had my cellphone, so I had to get my fiance to run it back up to the hotel, since I had blisters on my feet from the night before.
Got to the consulate at about 6:40am (ish) and we were 2nd in line. After about 10 more minutes or so about 10+ other couples got in line.

At 7:35am the consulate doors opened.
The security guard came outside and asked for our P4 and passports. He then gave them back to us and directed us to security.
We were told to put everything in a box and put anything in our pockets into the wooden tray. Little did we know the remote alarm for our rental car counts as an electronic so we got a little ticket for us to claim it afterward.

After we got by security, we went in a door and down some stairs. At this point it was us and two other couples (darkchilde and JEmoonbear). There IS a photo booth just in case you forgot your pictures, just to let you know. We put together a few things they asked for and the security guard came down and got us. We went up to the 19th floor on the elevator and got told to sit down and wait.

We all chatted for a good 10 minutes. The room is quite spacious (until it fills up) and the view was very nice. A whole ton of people came out of the elevator after the 10 minutes. Some of us were given letters and some numbers.

I was called up first, even though I was letter B. The man was very nice, but still made me a bit nervous. He started out by asking us a few questions and asked for paperwork along the way. Some of it wasn't even on the letter given by the security guards, but it was things like a long form birth certificate + copy, a photocopy of your passport's bio page, letter of intent to marry etc. I had a border denial in the past so I was a bit nervous about explaining that.

Because I got the new P3, I did not have to bring anymore of the forms. I did anyway just in case, so I would advise to do so. It's good to have it for your own files anyway. He also took my envelope. The "Priority Next Day" envelope is fine, since it was the correct size.

Afterward he told us to go pay, which we did. The lady we got didn't even normally do the payments, but the person was sick or something. She didn't have change, so TRY to bring exact change. We then went and waited to be called again.

About 15 minutes or so later we were called back for me to take fingerprints. Very simple. We were then told to go sit down again.

This felt like eternity. I don't even remember how long we were waiting. We were called into room 7 which is a small room with a door. We were told to put our stuff on the chair and raise our right hands and swear to tell the truth.

The lady was VERY nice. She used to be from Southern California so she could relate. We even had common interests in cake decorating. She was very nice and told me my border denial would have nothing to do with her decision. I was then told I was approved after she asked a few more questions (how we met, when we met irl, etc), welcomed me to the US, signed the one form and gave us a paper about what to do afterward. She said my visa should be received by me within 2 weeks, but I'm sure it'll take less than that.

When we came out we shook hands with I think 8 people, all from VJ. It was a bit of a nerve wracking experience but it was all good.

Took about 2 hours. Get there by 6:45 if you don't want to be too far back in line. Everyone was nice and I received no negative vibes from anyone.
Thank you staff at Montreal! smile.gif

(updated on November 30, 2009)
Rating : Very Good

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