Heather&Matt's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Matt
Beneficiary's Name: Heather
VJ Member: Heather&Matt
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2011-03-23
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Immigration Checklist for Matt & Heather:

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): 2009-11-14
I-130 Sent : 2010-03-27
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-04-06
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-09-23
NVC Received : 2010-10-06
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-10-15
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-10-16
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-10-19
Send AOS Package : 2010-10-20
Submit DS-261 : 2010-10-16
Receive IV Bill : 2010-10-18
Pay IV Bill : 2010-10-18
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2010-10-20
Case Completed at NVC : 2011-01-05
NVC Left : 2011-01-07
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-03-07
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-03-10
US Entry : 2011-03-19
Comments : We had 2 RFEs at the NVC stage...regarding the DS-260/DS-230 and they lost the police clearance.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 170 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 335 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2011-03-19
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Peace Bridge - Buffalo, NY
It was a long day with moving out of my place, going through POE and unpacking at my new home. We waited 2.5 hours in the customs building...1.5 hours just to call my name. It was busy but we (my husband and my mom) made the most of it. The women officer who did he immigration process was very funny and made the hour of paperwork fly by. They never looked at any paperwork I had for my belongings (moving truck full!) and imposing my car was quick. Everyone was very nice and it was very stressfree.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 9, 2011
Embassy Review : It was a very snowy start to our morning. Interview was scheduled for 9am, but as line ups can start early we wanted to be there by 7:30. It took awhile to get our car out of he hotel parking garage, even though our hotel was a 5 min drive (test run night before) it took well over 20min to drive, park and get to the Consulate.
We arrived at the Consulate at 7:50 and had to wait for the security guards to let us through the doors. I had my binder with evidence, a small photo album and the x-ray in a reused shopping bag. These are allowed in the building but you aren't allowed any type of purses or handbags. After checking our IDs and screened throuh metal detectors, we were told to wait in the room for the elevator to arrive. We walked down the stars and there was a room fill of people...the elevator arrived and since we were already on the move, we were one of the first ones in. As we were told to do, being at the back of the elevator was the plan as the doors open at the back. A family got in front of us first, but we got the second ticket after you show the confirmation letter.

We sat down in the middle of the room, for maybe around 5 min. Our number was called and we went to a room with booths and talked to a lady bwhine some glass. She didn't need anything fromus for documents as they had all my original documents, we did submit my husband's 2010 W2 but it wasn't required. She took my digital fingerprints and sent me back to he room to wait for my name to be called. We sat for about 3min then was sent to another room that look like the first one, a man behind glass in the booth.
He was very nice, asked us to swear to the truth and confimed my husband and I's names. He asked how we met, commented on how it was the old fashion way and not online. Other questions: why did you decide to do this visa? Asked my husband where he worked and lived? What do I do for work and what I plan to do for work in the US? As he is handing back my original documents...he says "based on the information you have provided, we can tell you Welcome to the United States" We smiled and thanked him and left the room.
It was very easy, straightforward, and less than 45min from when we arrived to when we go to the car.
Rating : Very Good

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