A & C's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Austin
Beneficiary's Name: Courtney
VJ Member: A & C
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2022-07-26
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Immigration Checklist for Austin & Courtney:

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 : National Benefits Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-11-05
I-130 Sent : 2013-01-04
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-01-08
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-03-02
NVC Received : 2013-03-08
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2013-03-26
Pay AOS Bill : 2013-03-26
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2013-04-09
Submit DS-261 : 2013-03-25
Receive IV Bill : 2013-04-04
Pay IV Bill : 2013-04-04
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2013-04-18
NVC Left : 2013-05-01
Consulate Received : 2013-05-02
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2013-05-01
Interview Date : 2013-06-03
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-06-05
US Entry : 2013-07-18
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 53 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 146 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2013-07-12
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-05-16
NOA Date : 2015-05-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-06-16
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-03-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2016-03-18
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Louisville KY
Date Filed : 2022-02-11
NOA Date : 2022-02-14
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2022-07-25
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2022-07-25
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 5, 2013
Embassy Review : Finally I can write my review. The travelling is done and I have slept

I couldn't sleep the night before the interview all that much, so I was up super early and was at the consulate by 545 a.m. It was about an 8 minute walk from the hotel I stayed at. I stood there for about half an hour when NikiR showed up (We had our interviews the same day! Yay!). At about 630 more people started to line up, many people with bags etc (Which is something you shouldn't do,obviously from reading on these forums its a big No No). At around 745 the guard unlocked the door and let us in one by one. I went in first and handed over my passport, interview letter, and loomis confirmation to the first lady just inside the door. I then walked up a few stairs and through another set of doors and went through security. Super easy as long as you only have exactly what is asked of you, a folder with your documents in it. After the security check I went through another door and down some stairs and made a left turn to what I will now call 'the dungeon' and sat by the elevator and waited for more people to come down. At around 800 another guard came and let us in the elevator. If you study Saylin's beautiful picture she drew, I stood in the exact spot she did. The ride up to the 19th floor seemed long, but that was probably nerves. Once off the elevator I made a left turn and stood infront of window 14A/B for a few minutes until a lady came to the window to start giving numbers. I got the famous 'C1'. After that I went and sat down for about 5 minutes before I was called up to window 1.

At window 1, a very nice lady asked me for my original birth certificate and marriage certificate, she took my passport and interview letter. She also took my medical and my 2 passport sized photos, my police check and the original AOS papers, which were all electronic anyway, except for the signed page. I also gave her Hubby's 2012 tax transcripts, because when we had sent everything at the NVC stage we had to send in his whole tax return as the 2012 tax transcript was not available yet. She then took my finger prints and then I went and sat back down. I sat back down for about 3-5 minutes before I was called to window 7 for the actual interview. At this time it was 830.

So I walked up to window 7 and the guy was super nice, he asked me how I was doing and I asked him the same. He verified me by my finger prints and then he swore me in. He then asked me 4 interview questions. Where my Husband was from? What he does for work and where he works? And how we met? He also asked me a few other things, but I honestly think they were just general conversation. Because this guy and I talked the whole 5 to 7 minutes I was standing up there. We talked about Vancouver Island where I am from, he told me where he lives, yada yada! He never even went through my papers really. He also had handed me back my original BC and Marriage Certificate at the beginning of the interview. At the end he was doing some clicking on the computer and some circling and signing of papers. He also asked me if I have ever had trouble at the border and if I have ever committed a crime. After that he told me he had approved me and handed me my 'Welcome to the United States' letter. At that point it felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I then left the same way I came in and met Saylin outside the consulate. At which time it was about 845.

I know people that have had their interviews prior to all of us, tell us not to worry and just relax because Canada is super easy. And I know its super hard to do just that, because it really is kind of a big deal. But try and RELAX as much as possible because if you have all of your ducks in a row, it is SUPER EASY!

All in all I had a great experience.
Rating : Very Good

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