JlovesA's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Anthony
Beneficiary's Name: Jaime
VJ Member: JlovesA
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2017-04-14
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Immigration Checklist for Anthony & Jaime:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2015-04-11
I-130 Sent : 2015-12-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2015-12-18
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2016-04-25
NVC Received : 2016-05-19
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2016-05-19
Pay AOS Bill : 2016-07-03
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2016-10-24
Submit DS-261 : 2016-07-27
Receive IV Bill : 2016-07-15
Pay IV Bill : 2016-07-24
Send IV Package : 2016-10-24
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2016-12-30
Case Completed at NVC : 2016-12-28
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2016-12-30
Interview Date : 2017-02-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-02-17
US Entry : 2017-04-13
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 129 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 423 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2017-04-13
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Crossed at the Detroit/Windsor tunnel. Secondary wasn't particularly busy but I was still made to wait ~40min for a specific guy to process me. Others waiting were in and out in 15 minutes. Eventually the agent checking people in had to remind the guy that I'd been waiting for him for over 30 minutes.

The agent took my passport and folder. I sat back down and he called me up maybe 15 minutes later. I asked a few times about my CR-1 being switched to IR-1 because I was past my second anniversary but the agent wouldn't process it as IR-1, ugh. Hopefully whoever processes my green card catches it.

After he processed the visa, I informed him I was importing a car as well and he got snippy at me for not telling him sooner. The car import form took me less than 5 minutes to fill out (make sure you review the CBP form 7501 ahead of time so you know what's expected of you). He took a photocopy of my compliance letter and the 7501, and sent me on my way. The other import forms mentioned on CBP's website were not required.

All in all it was very easy, although I did get some attitude from the agent which wasn't necessary. He told me I had come at a "bad time" I guess because buses kept showing up. Sorry not sorry!

Overall I would call it an easy but mildly annoying experience.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 14, 2017
Embassy Review : I had my CR-1 interview this morning. I made sure to read the last few years of reviews and they really helped!

We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott which is just down the street by about 300 yards. Great, newer hotel and the 747 airport shuttle stops nearby for cheaper transport to and from the airport ($10/person). We flew in on a Friday for my Monday appointment so we bought a weekend pass for $13.75, and that included access to the 747 airport shuttle. Really good value if you don't mind using public transit to explore the city.

Our appointment was for 10:30am. We arrived at 10am and they turned us away and said to come back at 10:15am. We walked over to Starbucks across the street and returned at 10:15am.

A lady checked us in at the entrance. As others have stated, you are given a laminated paper with a number on it and that becomes your number for the interview. It also has instructions on what order to put your paperwork in, and warnings that if you're not prepared to hand the papers over in that order, that they will send you back to the waiting area.

Security was similar to the airport. We put our documents in a folder and put the folder in a plastic grocery bag and we had no problems at all. We saw the security guard turn someone away for having a large purse and a computer case. He wasn't nice about it either, from what I saw.

It took about 15-20min to get called to the first window. Your number (from the laminated card) is called from an intercom so make sure you're paying attention.

At the first window, I had to do fingerprints, confirm my address, confirm my USC husband's address, and hand over the documents requested in the interview letter. She didn't ask for the photocopies nor did she ask for the fresh I-864 or any of my husband's tax papers. The lady in the booth was very friendly.

It was another 15-20min wait for the interview part, again called by number. The consular officer was a young guy, friendly and relaxed. He asked questions about how we met, what our first date was like, how we keep in contact, when the last time I saw my husband was (2 minutes ago!), and a few other easy questions. The whole thing felt really relaxed. I saw him stamp a form and check off a box that said I met the requirements. I started grinning! He told me my visa was approved and gave me the "Welcome to the USA" letter I'd been eagerly awaiting!

When I went back to the waiting area, my husband told me he could hear all my answers to the interview so I guess I was talking too loud, whoops!

All in all, a very smooth and easy process if you're properly prepared. Don't bring large bags, no electronics (thank goodness for the tip awhile back about no Apple Watches), and have all your papers from packet 4 and you'll be good to go!

We were out of the consulate by 11:15am!
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 2017-04-13
Embassy Review : Crossed at the Detroit/Windsor tunnel. Secondary wasn't particularly busy but I was still made to wait ~40min for a specific guy to process me, because the first guy said he didn't know how to process a visa. Others waiting were in and out in 15 minutes. Eventually the agent checking people in had to remind the guy that I'd been waiting for him for over 30 minutes.

The agent took my passport and folder. I sat back down and he called me up maybe 15 minutes later. I asked a few times about my CR-1 being switched to IR-1 because I was past my second anniversary but the agent wouldn't process it as IR-1, ugh. Hopefully whoever processes my green card catches it.

After he finished processing the visa, I informed him I was importing a car as well and he got snippy at me for not telling him sooner. The car import form took me fewer than 5 minutes to fill out (make sure you review the CBP form 7501 ahead of time so you know what's expected of you or just bring a pre-filled form). He took a photocopy of my compliance letter and the 7501, and sent me on my way. The other import forms mentioned on CBP's website were not required.

All in all it was very easy, although I did get some attitude from the agent which wasn't necessary. He told me I had come at a "bad time" I guess because buses full of people kept showing up. Sorry not sorry!
Harassment Level : Low


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