Dan and Ali's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Daniel
Beneficiary's Name: Ali
VJ Member: Dan and Ali
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2011-01-29
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Immigration Checklist for Daniel & Ali:

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 : Vancouver, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2009-08-29
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-09-02
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-11-25
NVC Received : 2009-12-02
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-12-03
Consulate Received : 2009-12-04
Packet 3 Received : 2009-12-14
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-12-15
Packet 4 Received : 2009-12-18
Interview Date : 2010-01-28
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-03-16
US Entry : 2010-05-13
Marriage : 2010-05-22
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 84 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 148 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Salt Lake City UT
Date Filed : 2010-06-16
NOA Date : 2010-06-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-07-28
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-10-15
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-10-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2010-10-25
Comments : I first attempted a walk-in biometrics appointment on July 16, 2010 but was turned away as the office was too busy.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-06-16
NOA Date : 2010-06-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2010-08-09
Date Card Received : 2010-08-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 54 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-06-16
NOA Date : 2010-06-24
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2010-08-16
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 54 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Vancouver, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 29, 2010
Embassy Review : I had my interview for a K-1 visa today and I found the staff of the consulate very friendly, professional and willing to help. When you\'re dealing with government officials you typically find them to be very jaded/bored with their jobs, but I can honestly say that everyone I dealt with at the consulate seemed very happy to be there! My documents were reviewed by an East Indian woman (I did not get her name) who was very friendly and helpful. My actual interview was conducted by an older Asian woman I had read nothing but great things about here on VJ named Hong. She was very personable, helpful and she gave me the impression she really wanted to issue me the visa.

I was only asked three questions about my relationship with my fiance and she did not ask me to see any photos/phone records/etc. However, my fiance was there with me at the interview so I am sure that helped

The questions were:
- When did you and your fiance meet?
- When did you meet in person?
- When did you get engaged?

Again, she was very friendly and personable. Some further documents are required before a visa can be issued to me but Hong encouraged me to be in touch with the consulate and she was happy with all other documentation provided.

March 12, 2010 I submitted my additional documents to the embassy and was advised that only 3 days later (March 16, 2010) that we were approved and our visas were being mailed to us. All in all, a GREAT experience. I cannot even begin to say enough good things about the Vancouver embassy and their staff.

(updated on March 16, 2010)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-05-13
Embassy Review : Our POE was Sweet Grass, Montana as we were driving down from Edmonton. We left semi-early on Thursday, May 13th and made it to the border by about 4 pm. There were about 5 cars ahead of us. Unlike my last few trips to the US, I wasn't nervous about crossing the border at all though Dan had some last-minute jitters. When it was our turn to go up, I handed our passports to the officer and told him I would be activating my K-1 visa. He seemed REALLY unimpressed with this for whatever reason and kind of yelled at me (not cool!) to go park and come inside. After this I was a bit nervous, but on our way into the building we met another officer who seemed really interested in us (he made a lot of small talk with us about where we'd be living and what we did for a living etc). We waited around for about 5 minutes before we were called to the counter and another officer (whose name escapes me) said it would be a few minutes before he could get everything sorted and gave me the forms required to import my car (and the cheat sheets! Thank goodness for those). I just barely finished the import forms when the officer called us up to the counter again and asked for me to pay the fee for the I-94 (I was so stoked I didn't have to ask for it!) He took the import forms and my original compliance letter (after making me a copy) and then gave us a spiel on how it was imperative that we get married within the next 90 days and then also told me to apply for AP/EAD when I adjust status. I think the whole thing took about half an hour, including the time we were waiting in the car ... it was seriously the most painless border crossing experience I've had!
Harassment Level : Low

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