sdw's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Ben
Beneficiary's Name: Shannon
VJ Member: sdw
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2012-12-10
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Immigration Checklist for Ben & Shannon:

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): 2008-10-11
I-130 Sent : 2009-03-12
I-130 NOA1 : 2009-03-17
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2009-08-27
NVC Received : 2009-09-08
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2009-09-14
Pay AOS Bill : 2009-09-18
Receive I-864 Package : 2009-09-21
Send AOS Package : 2009-09-25
Submit DS-261 : 2009-09-15
Receive IV Bill : 2009-09-23
Pay IV Bill : 2009-09-26
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2009-11-13
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-03-02
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-03-04
US Entry : 2010-03-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 163 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 350 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-12-09
NOA Date : 2011-12-13
RFE(s) : 2012-09-13
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-12-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2012-12-10
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 2, 2010
Embassy Review : Got to the Consulate around 6. wanted the A...LOL We were there about 10 minute before anyone else showed up. Was cold by 7:30 I couldn\'t feel my toes. Guard opened the doors at about 7:35, wanted passports and interview letters, checked them and told us to go in. Told to empty our pockets into a tray then given another for our coats. Once everything was cleared to take back we did so. Got our letter A. Told to got downstairs to waiting room, sat there for maybe 5 minutes. Taken upstairs in the elevator told to wait to be called up to the counter about 8. Once there we were asked for original documents and copies( we did EP). Asked to sit down for a few minutes until the woman came back for my finger prints. After finger prints done we were asked to have a seat in the waiting room and wait to be called into room 7 or 8.

Waited until 9:30 or so to be called into room 7. The room is quite small and we were 4, but we all fit. After putting our coats and stuff down we were swore in. Took my thumb print to make sure I am me.

Then we asked

When and how we met?
Where we live? both hubby and myself.
How often we see each other?
How far apart do we live from each other?
Hubby was asked about insurance.
Kids were asked if they liked NY.
The she said everything was in order and Welcome to the US.

Everyone there was super nice.

(updated on March 2, 2010)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-03-06
Embassy Review : Queenston-Lewiston

Decided to do POE today to save time next weekend when my dad is helping us move. So got to bridge about 9 am today, got to booth and told Officer we need to activate our visas. He was very nice and told us we had to go inside and made sure I have the Do Not Open envelopes, which I had in my lap. He said be sure to take those inside, then told us to pull ahead to the officer there and he'd tell us where to park and go. Once parked we went inside, sat for maybe 15 minutes before we got called to the counter. Once at the counter the Officer asked for packages(myself and my 2 kids), told us to go back and sit down. He did some paperwork before calling us up for fingerprints and signatures(He asked if I minded him doing the kids). Then we went back and sat down for a few minutes before he called us up again and gave us our passports back stamped. Explained what to show when crossing the border and that our actual cards would be sent to the address on our paperwork. Ask about moving my stuff next weekend and he said I won't have a problem as it's our personal belonging. We were out by 10, although didn't seem like we were in there for an hour.

Harassment Level : Low

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