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Penny Lane's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: K
VJ Member: Penny Lane
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2014-06-30
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Immigration Checklist for M & K:

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 : 2010-08-04
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-08-09
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-01-05
NVC Received : 2011-01-10
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-01-13
Consulate Received : 2011-01-25
Packet 3 Received : 2011-02-02
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-02-03
Packet 4 Received : 2011-02-16
Interview Date : 2011-05-09
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-05-13
US Entry : 2011-09-26
Marriage : 2011-10-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 149 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 273 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2011-09-26
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2011-12-16
NOA Date : 2011-12-19
RFE(s) : 2012-03-22
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-31
AOS Transfer** : 2012-01-20
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-06-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2012-06-09
Comments : This would have been a much shorter process if USCIS hadn't lost my medical and it hadn't taken me forever to have a new one done. Other than that, simple process.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2011-12-16
NOA Date : 2011-12-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-31
Approved Date : 2012-02-10
Date Card Received : 2012-02-21
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 56 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2011-12-16
NOA Date : 2011-12-19
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2012-02-21
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 56 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-04-08
NOA Date : 2014-04-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-05-02
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-06-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2014-06-30
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 9, 2011
Embassy Review : I can\'t believe the time has come where I actually get to write one of these. I just got back from my interview in Montreal and I want to write down everything before I crash and forget it all!

My interview was at 1:45 but I showed up at the doors at 7am. I was the third person in line. The doors opened at 7:30 and the man at the door asked for my Packet 4 letter and my passport. Once he went over that, I went inside and was met by security. I had to hand over my paperwork, my bag, and my sweater and walk through the metal detector. After that, was given all of my belongings back and told to go downstairs and wait by the elevator.

Got downstairs and was only person down there. We waited until 8am when the elevator opened and we lined up. We went to the other side of the elevator, they packed us in like sardines, and off we went to the 19th floor. Once up there, a woman greeted us and asked to see confirmation letters and passports before we were instructed to go to the cashier/receptionist. She also took my passport and confirmation letter and handed them back to me with my number, C3. Then it was off to wait.

I was the third person called up and here is where my \"trouble\" began. No real trouble, just a minor setback. I got called up to window 10 where I met an unfriendly man in glasses who asked for my confirmation letter, Packet 4 and passport. He asked \"Did you change your name?\" and I immediately started to panic because I thought something was wrong. I told him no, I didn\'t. He looked through his computer and told me \"Well, I see your name for May 17th, not today.\" I informed him that five days ago, I rescheduled and he said \"Oh, so you did it last minute, no wonder.\" I have no idea why that\'s \"last minute\", but whatever, I kept quiet. He then said my interview wasn\'t until the afternoon and wanted to know why I was there so early. I told him I was informed that the earlier I came, the better. He said that was wrong, he didn\'t have my file, and I needed to go wait in the waiting room until he found it.

I waited for an hour and a half before he called me back to get my fingerprints from me. This is the most I waited for the whole process, because once he\'d done my fingerprints, everything went very quickly.

I waited maybe ten minutes in the waiting room until a lovely woman called me up to another window and asked for my letter of intent, police certificate (copy), birth certificate (original), and I-134 with supporting documents. She gathered all the info, put it in my file, and asked me to take a seat and wait until I was called for my interview.

I waited another maybe ten minutes at the most until I was called to Booth 7. I walked in and there was a friendly woman (blonde hair) who was very awesome and laid back and put me at east. She said, \"So, you\'re getting married, congratulations!\" and asked me very, very few questions. I think I was asked what my fiance does, where he lives, whether either of us have kids, whether we have criminal records, or whether we\'ve been married before. I answered no to the last three and she said \"Fantastic, congratulations!\" She handed me a piece of paper to sign stating that I would indeed get married within 90 days of my arrival.

I couldn\'t believe that was it. I said \"Seriously? That\'s all you need from me?\" and she said \"Yep, everything\'s in order, I see you have registered for DHL and you\'ll have your Visa in a week!\" She gave me a welcome letter and some info on the K-1 Visa and sent me on my way.

Other than the somewhat rude man I dealt with at the very beginning, my experience was super pleasant. Everything ran smoothly, everyone was friendly, and the process was completely stress-free. I brought WAY more paperwork than I needed to but it made me feel comfortable knowing I had it if necessary. That\'s it, that\'s all. Can\'t believe this part of the process is over. Thanks everyone who\'s helped along the way.

(updated on September 26, 2012)
Rating : Good

POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 2011-09-27
Embassy Review : I'll keep this short and to the point. My fiance and I rented a UHAUL and loaded it up (dog included) and drove across the Ambassador Bridge about 8am on a Monday morning. We should have gotten there earlier, as it was pretty backed up. The fact that it was pouring rain didn't make the experience any more pleasant.

We finally got up to the booth and told the officer we were activating a K1 visa. He asked for our passports as well as asked to see the sealed envelope from the consulate. He took it (which annoyed me, because it was getting SOAKED while he was holding it outside, lol) and asked what we had in the truck. We told him we had personal belongings and we had written a list if he was interested. He said no, gave us back our documents, and told us to pull up to the inspection area.

We pulled up, parked our UHAUL, and were told to go into the office. We were also told to leave everything but the necessary documents in the truck. I asked if they wanted the list of contents, they said no. I asked them what I should do with my dog (he's a golden retriever, 10 years old, not easy to get in and out of the truck) and they told me to go put him in the kennel. The "kennel" was a metal crate that was falling apart and was soaking wet with a big puddle in it from sitting out in the rain. I wasn't happy about putting him in there and having to leave him there, but I had no choice.

We went in, waited around for a bit before seeing someone. I was eventually told I could go get my dog out of the cage and put him back in the truck. A very nice officer helped me lift him into the truck. I was relieved he was somewhere warm and dry. I went back in, we were called up, and a very nice officer dealt with our paperwork. He seemed to know exactly what to do, told me the limitations of my Visa, and gave me my I-94 and we were good to go.

The whole process was about an hour and a half from pulling up to the border and getting to drive away. The only issue I had was with the treatment of my dog, but I guess there was nothing that could be done about that. All of the officers we dealt with were very nice and helpful.
Harassment Level : Low

Timeline Comments: 1

blank avatar NJShoreMom on 2020-10-26 said:
Hi I realize this all happened along time ago, but our medical was lost too, and we too have to go thru all the exams and bloodwork that comes along with it. were you given additional time?
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