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Inky's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Steven
Beneficiary's Name: Alexis
VJ Member: Inky
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2013-04-16
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Immigration Checklist for Steven & Alexis:

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 : 2009-05-26
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-06-04
I-129F RFE(s) : None
RFE Reply(s) : None
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-06-09
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-06-17
Consulate Received : 2009-06-26
Packet 3 Received : 2009-07-10
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-07-14
Packet 4 Received : 2009-07-22
Interview Date : 2009-08-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-08-13
US Entry : 2009-08-20
Marriage : 2009-08-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2009-08-20
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE Blue Water Bridge.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Omaha NE
Date Filed : 2009-10-01
NOA Date : 2009-10-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-11-04
AOS Transfer** : 2009-10-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-12-08
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2009-12-15
Comments : ROC 09-03-2011

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-09-03
NOA Date : 2011-09-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-03
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-12-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2011-12-12
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center (Military Filing)
CIS Office : Omaha NE
Date Filed : 2013-02-04
NOA Date : 2013-02-11
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-08
Interview Date : 2013-04-16
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-04-16
Comments : Was a long day but everything completed in one day. Nice to be finished :)

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 11, 2009
Embassy Review : Got there pretty - 6:45am - early, was a 5min walk from Hyatt Hotel.
Waited and a bit after 7:30 they opend the doors, I was second in line -Single B- behind a couple -Couple A-.

Went inside after showing the letter and my passport, passed through the check point with no problem at all, they were very nice. Waited to be taken up by a guard at the elevator with about 10 people, the guard only brought the first couple, myself, and one other person and left everyone else downstairs.

Waited upstairs untill after 8:30ish and I was called to wicket 12. Gave all my documents as requested (the woman was VERY friendly and very nice, she noticed I made a mistake on the zipcode before I even got to tell her and ask if it could be fixed and she said she fixed it for me and we laughed about it)was told to go pay and come back, then got my finger prints taken, then told to go sit and wait in the waiting room for my name to be called again. "Couple A" was already sitting down again and asked if I had to wait for another interview, I told them I did and everything was going well so far. They said they were waiting too.

Just after 9am my name was called and told to go to room 8. Inside room 8 I was VERY surprised as the person giving my interview was extremely upbeat, happy, cheery, comical, and pretty well joking through the whole interview! He asked me a few questions, how did you meet, when did you meet in person, how many times did you visit, whats his job and rank, who proposed and how, then he asked some funny questions and joked around while he booted up his computer. I was the very first person to be interviewed and he hadent even turned on his computer yet! He said he was just checking some files and was joking around and then asked me if I ever had been stopped and not allowed to enter america, then said the computer was going to pick a finger to scan and I scanned my finger that it picked, he said everything seemed in order and asked me when I would be moving, to which I said as soon as I get my visa of course! and he said "Well since you are -you- acording to your finger and you didnt bring any random fingers with you! I have to say.. Congradulations! and give you this letter if I can get it apart.. " the letter was stuck to a few other letters hehe. And he said welcome to America! had me sign a paper, explained about my visa and that it would be mailed and be inside my passport and I had to bring it all when I cross the border etc etc.

I never expected to have such a good interviewer! I was expecting someone a little more pinched and cold. Amazing experience, very clean and friendly.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-08-20
Embassy Review : BLUE WATER BRIDGE

August 20th ( technically 21st ) 2009.

Arrived on the bridged at just before midnight, waited in line to get to customs. We were told to go to secondary investigation as per usual to get our stuff done up. We go in and wait for a bit theres only a few people in there but aparently no one wanted to process a visa! After a while a guy says to come over to the counter, he pulls up instructions how to do the k1 visa on his computer after i put everything on the desk. ( i could see his monitor in the mirror behind him haha ) so he starts going over things and scans my passport asked me if my fiance was still in the military and i said yes, then said so your getting married? and i said yes we are quite soon. He looked at my compliance letter and i told him it was for my car and he handed it to another officer who put all that stuff into the computer for him really quickly and got me to sign 3 copys ( 3pages each of signing ) then gave me 2 copys and kept one copy for them. Car was done! It took a while for them to search in the computer as they couldnt find the service center for lincoln NE. After a while one of the CBP guys said to just put it as omaha and to blame him if something goes wrong. they scanned my passport and my moms passport. he stappled a paper to my passport and stamped both of our passports and said 6$ so i payed 6$ and he said your all done! you can leave now.

- was that specific CBPs second ever K-1 activation.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Omaha NE
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : April 17, 2013
Embassy Review : My review.
Omaha, Nebraska.

Testing, interview ---

We showed up around just before 10 and waited in the parking lot till about 10:10 and went in. They had a bit of a line up, more people than I had usually seen at the local office!
They directed me to go to the right past the biometrics office to a wall with a checkin desk, handed over my sheet and she told us to sit down, small area to sit with a TV.
- My husband was allowed in without question, he fell asleep 7-8 times while we were waiting for me to be called in.
- They seemed to be a bit behind and I wasn't called in till after my actual appointment time, appeared I was the last to be interviewed of the day possibly!

I got called in by my IO - Burke. He seemed very nice! walked down a hall of interview rooms and sat in nearly the last room of the hall way.
- he asked for my ID, green card(s), passport(s). He took away my AOS green card and gave back my current card. He had me sign the 2 passport photos from initial submission on the front of them to confirm it was in fact me.

We started with review of the initial form. Reading off the information and questions from the sheet to confirm the information and i'm pretty sure it is also a " test of your comprehension"
- a lady before me failed because she did not comprehend the questions asked of her =(

At the end of going over the forms he showed me 2 sheets one for my information for my certificate which had to be checked and signed. The other was a "notation sheet" which he explained I had 6 notations, he went over each notation with me and had me sign off that I understood and the information was correct.
- notations such as, not currently employed, not a male so no selective service, married currently, never separated from my husband etc.

He then began with the Civics portion first, going down the list of questions he had on a sheet.
- I can read upside down, I was able to quickly read questions before he asked lol
- Who vetoes bills?
- What is the supreme law of the land?
- What is the capital of your state?
- What is an amendment?
Cant remember the others but I got the first 6 asked correct so he stopped there.

Then he moved to the reading and passed me a sheet with 5 sentences and said pick whichever one and read it. Joked it was basically a formality for Canadians lol.
- Where is the White House?
then had me write down " The White House is in Washington DC."

Then he said I passed, gave me a sheet of paper stating I passed the test and said he recommended me for approval. After which he offered me a same day oath if I wanted to come back at 1:45pm. Of course I said yes! Got my oath letter from him.
- husband and I went to typical American food joint for lunch, McDonalds!! hung out at mcds for a little while then went back and sat in the parking lot for a bit before going inside again. ( not much to do in that area! )

Oath ---

Going inside this time they directed me to the left, the large room where the ICE/ court proceedings are dealt with.
- sat for quite a while in there with quite a few others

Later a man came out introduced himself ( totally forget his name now!) Explained he would call 3 names at a time and you must bring your Oath letter and green card to him, that the letter must be signed before you come up.
We would each be given a number and would be seated in the seat corresponding to our number.
- filled mine out in the car before we went in, basically signature, address, date and some boxes all checked off as " No " because I didn't do anything bad between the interview and the oath lol.
- waited a bit and got called up, got my number 15. sat back down with my husband till all the "numbered people" were called up.

We all went through a door and a hall way into another room with seats, flags and a projector that was set up.
-just a little over 20 people.

Everyone sat down and he explained what the package was that was in our seats, (passport forms, instructions for filing for kids etc ) explained what would happen, oath, some videos etc, then said he would go get our familys and they would come in.
- everyone came in, my husband sat at the extreme back of the room lol... no camera with him but you are allowed cameras! there were quite a few kids there too!

We all stood for the National Anthem to be played.
All the soon to be Citizens were asked to stand and another man came in to have us repeat the oath. We said the oath and they congratulated us on becoming citizens of the USA.
Then we watched 2 videos, one of President Obama addressing new citizens. The other a music video for " Proud to be an American".
After the videos we were given our Certificates, called up by row one by one to collect them.
Congratulated again and told it was "picture time" if people wanted pictures with flags and such.

I was the only Canadian there =(
Harassment Level : Very Good

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