kizza's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Matt
Beneficiary's Name: Caroline
VJ Member: kizza
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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Immigration Checklist for Matt & Caroline:

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 : 2009-09-18
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-09-22
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-02-05
NVC Received : 2010-02-11
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-02-12
Consulate Received : 2010-02-16
Packet 3 Received : 2010-03-08
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-03-10
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-06-14
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-06-17
US Entry : 2010-07-04
Marriage : 2010-09-05
Comments : Port Huron - All went really well. Officer Friendly started out by being rude and intimidating but then actually turned out to be really nice and made sure my dog wasn't getting too hot in the truck. Took about 30 minutes of paperwork. Got asked the same "tricky" questions than at the interview and we were on our way. They didnt even look inside the truck.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 136 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 265 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2010-07-04
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Denver CO
Date Filed : 2011-02-17
NOA Date : 2011-02-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-03-17
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-05-12
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-05-12
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2011-05-23
Comments : Absolutely painless. All they asked to see was our I.D. and my I-94. They verified info in our files and we were approved in under 10 minutes.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-02-17
NOA Date : 2011-02-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-03-17
Approved Date : 2011-04-28
Date Card Received : 2011-05-09
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-02-17
NOA Date : 2011-02-22
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-05-09
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 70 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 18, 2010
Embassy Review : We showed up around 6h30 (parked the car on Bleury, below René-Lévesque, 12$ for the day - and a very short walk to the consulate.) We were the only ones there for a while. We were standing on the left side of the doors, and everybody else lined up on the right side, which made me start to doubt myself, but when the security guy came out, he had everybody line up behind us.
We ended up with letter B because our guy doing the security check was slower than the other. No big deal. Went downstairs and waited for someone to come back and escort us up the elevator.
We got called to window 8 after letters A and C. The lady was super nice. She had her checklist and asked for my papers, one at a time.
-Original birth certificate + copy + translation (certified, not notarised)
-Passport + copy of bio page
-Police certificates (originals they keep)
-Medical report - sealed - they dont want the xrays
-2 photos with my name printed on the back
-Letter of intent from Matt (I had one from me but she didnt want it)
-Form 134 + supporting docs (I had copies of the IRS transcripts, letter from employer, his 401K statement, and letter from the bank stating when the accounts were opened, amount in them and last year's total deposits, which they all kept)
-Big arse enveloppe, with my name and address. She asked if I had written down the tracking number. She folded it a bit better than I had.
She sent Matt to pay the 350$ while we were taking care of the paperwork. Once he came back with the receipt, she took my fingerprints.
We waited a few more minutes, and after letter A was out, we got called to booth 8. You just walk right in.
The man in there was super nice and friendly right away. I was nervous but had a huge grin stamped on my face (had been waiting 9 months for this day!). He made me sign a form and I noticed my hand was shaking.
He asked a few questions:
- How did you meet? When?
- Who proposed to who?
- What was your technique, sir?
- What do you do (to Matt)?
- What do you do (to me)?
- Ever had issues with the police?
- Ever married? Have kids?
- Ever had problems entering the U.S.? (yes, was denied entry) When? Why?
- Have you been in the U.S. since? No. Matt said we didnt want to take chances and started ranting that it had been way too long and very inconvenient. The man agreed apologetically.
He took a fingerprint of my middle finger and said, "Based on what you have told me today, I can tell you that your visa is approved". He must get a kick out of seeing peoples reactions when he says that because he was staring at me expectantly with a big smile as he said it. Indeed, the permagrin that was already plastered on my face got even bigger.
Matt asked if I could go to the U.S. without activating my K1 for a day or 2 and he said ABSOLUTELY NOT. We'd have to start all over again.
He gave me a piece of paper... not sure where that is. And gave me back my original birth certificate. All the rest they kept. He never asked us for any additional evidence of relationship.
Out by 9am.
I wish I would have believed people when they said not to stress about it!
Rating : Very Good

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(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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