Brenda2010's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Sean
Beneficiary's Name: Brenda
VJ Member: Brenda2010
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2013-04-12
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Immigration Checklist for Sean & Brenda:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
I-129F Sent : 2010-01-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-01-11
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2010-04-13
NVC Received : 2010-04-15
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2010-04-16
Consulate Received : 2010-04-20
Packet 3 Received : 2010-05-04
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-05-07
Packet 4 Received : 2010-06-29
Interview Date : 2010-08-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-09-02
US Entry : 2010-12-27
Marriage : 2011-01-21
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 92 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 225 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Baltimore MD
Date Filed : 2011-02-28
NOA Date : 2011-03-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-04-05
AOS Transfer** : 2011-03-24
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-06-13
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-06-21
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-02-28
NOA Date : 2011-03-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-04-05
Approved Date : 2011-06-13
Date Card Received : 2011-06-21
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 105 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-02-28
NOA Date : 2011-03-10
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-06-21
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 105 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-03-23
NOA Date : 2013-03-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-30
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 6, 2010
Embassy Review : We arrived in Mtl the day before our interview, did a trial run from our hotel (Place D'Armes) to the consulate to see how long it'd take...15 min walk, not bad. Spent the day exploring old Mtl, trying to relax.

Double checked everything, several times! I decided to organise all documents by category in folders for ease of reference at the interview, they were:
- Folder 1: interview letter, passports (mine and his) and copies, birth certificates (mine and his) and copies, police certificates and copies, two passport photos, medical and xray
- Folder 2: copies of 129F, NOA1, NOA2, NOA3, Packet 2
- Folder 3: Affidavit of support, evidence of support (employment letter, pay stubs, bank statement, 3 years of taxes), proof of domicile (utility bill), intent to marry
- Folder 4: proof of ongoing relationship (boarding passes, wedding invitations, hotel receipts, phone bills, photos)

On August 24th we arrived at 6:45 am, already 4 people in front of us. Doors opened at 7:30 am (by then there were about 10 people behind us). Security check. We were not assigned a letter, first 5 people in were (A-E). Ushered into the waiting area. First 5 folks were taken up just before 8:00 am, then the rest of us about 15 minutes later. Tip: if you're not assigned a letter make sure you sit close to the's not first come first served, but rather who can get to the elevator first!

Up to the interview floor, doors opened, stood in line to get our # then waited to be called. Called up at 9:00 am - fiance went to pay the fee while I handed over passports, birth certificate, police report, medical records and photos. Were told to sit back down.

About 1/2 hour later I was called back for fingerprints and that's when the fun began! Took them many tries to scan...think the woman was getting a little frustrated, she actually involved me in the process...looking at the screen, trying to tell if they were good enough! Bizarre, how the heck would I know? Anyway, after about 6 tries she thought she had a good set, told me to sit back down and I'd be called back for the actual interview.

Not 1 but 2 hours later, they call me back up. Same woman. Same problem. Fingerprints were not good enough so they had to redo them!! It took them 2 hours to figure that out, nice. More fooling around with the scanner then back to the waiting room.

:15 minutes later we were called to the interview. I thought I was in the clear but oh no - the officer said they were still having problems with the prints but she was the resident expert so she'd try and 'fix them' as best she could. Fix them? Ay yay yay. Anyway, she was leafing through our file while 'fixing' my prints, asked my fiance what he did for a living, did he enjoy it, asked us how we met, looked through the photos we originally submitted in our 129 F, asked for proof of support (we gave her copies of his employment letter, bank statement, pay stubs - she didn't want the originals nor anything else. Then she says, 'that's it then'. That's it what? I thought I was supposed to swear an oath, answer a barage of questions, she was supposed to say 'welcome to America' I say, what do we do now then? And she says, leave! So I ask, are we approved then? And she says, yup, you can go. Honestly, I was so disappointed - 5.5 hours and all I get is 'that's it then'? Too funny. We left the building at 12;15 - 5 1/2 hours! Lord.

For all those who are reading this/about to interview, hope this review helps gets you organised, calms your nerves, and at the very least makes you laugh. Good luck!
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