lbjr's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: J
Beneficiary's Name: L
VJ Member: lbjr
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2014-06-09
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Immigration Checklist for J & L:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-10-15
I-130 Sent : 2010-10-21
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-10-28
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2011-04-12
NVC Received : 2011-04-22
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2011-05-01
Pay AOS Bill : 2011-05-01
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2011-05-03
Submit DS-261 : 2011-04-25
Receive IV Bill : 2011-05-07
Pay IV Bill : 2011-05-08
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2011-06-14
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-08-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-08-17
US Entry : 2011-08-18
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 166 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 291 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2011-08-18
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was at Derby Line, VT. We arrived there at 12:30 pm, and didn't get out of there until 2:30 pm. It was the busiest time for them, the customs officer at the booth was very nice, just told us to go to secondary inspection and told us they are busy, so it'll be a bit long. They were processing 3 bus loads of people from China and they only had one guy on staff that knew what to do with IV's. We didn't get called up until about 1:30 pm. He didn't seem sure of what to do, and was reading instructions on what needed to be done. Didn't ask many questions at all, but I saw the package, it had: DS-230, Medical analysis from Medisys, 2010 Tax Transcript, Husband's employment letter, copy of Birth Certificate & Mother's affidavit, AOS & 3 passport photos (2 in a bag, and 1 stapled to the medical). The man who was processing our papers was very nice and pleasant to deal with..actually, everyone at the POE in Derby Line was VERY nice and pleasant. The manager came out of his office and chatted and joked with us, he even said that we are a great couple and look great together. They all seemed very laid back and had a great sense of humor compared to the POE going into NY (I think it was Champlain POE, bunch of d*cks!). Anywho, they took a finger print of my index finger which I had to imprint on the I-551 and had me sign below my finger print. We gave the manager a compliment and he asked us if we didn't mind writing a letter to our congressman so the facility can get a face lift since it hasn't had one since the highways were put in lol. We've never met such friendly CBP staff! Even though we were in there for 2 hours, we did not mind one bit because they had exceptional customer service.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-06-29
NOA Date : 2013-07-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-07-30
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-10-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Seattle WA
Date Filed : 2014-05-22
NOA Date : 2014-06-06
Bio. Appt. : 2014-06-20
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 15, 2011
Embassy Review : We had our interview appointment at 8 am, and we arrived at 6:30 am. There was no line at all, except for one other person and a couple. The doors did not open until about 7ish, I'm not too sure. But the line started to form momentarily. There was a guard that unlocked the chains that were inside of the doors, and opened them, then asked for our passports and the interview letter. We then proceeded to enter and went through another door and went through security, it was very quick. We had our car keys which had a keyless entry, so we had to give them the keys, and they give you a receipt to retrieve it when you're done. The guard then told us to take the stairs down to the waiting area where the elevator was. We went down and waited for about half an hour until another guard showed up, removed the ropes that were infront of the elevator. We all stood up and waited, he then randomly selected certain people and let them into the elevator, which was weird, it certainly pissed off a handful of people and us. But anyway, about 5 minutes later, he let everyone else go in the everyone has mentioned, go to the back of the elevator because it'll open on the other side when you go up. When we got out of the elevator, they directed us to go to window 14b to grab our number, we got C12. It was 8:20 am when we stepped out of the elevator. We got called up about 15 minutes after receiving our number, they asked for: 2 passport photos, medical results (not x-rays), passport, DS-230 (had one filled out) and finger prints. We then went back and sat down, waited for about 45 minutes until we were called again, this time, it was for original documents, they asked for our marriage certificate, 2010 tax transcript, birth certificate of beneficiary, and police certificate, and any other documents you wish to submit ie. employment letter, affidavits, etc. They also had you verify your DS-230 form to make sure all the information is correct, and corrected any for you (asked for my postal code, and maiden name etc...which was ALREADY on the form). We went back and sat for about an hour and 45 minutes because the people that were called ahead of us had a really long interview. We were called up close to 11 am, and the lady behind the glass was very pleasant and nice. She asked for a finger print of my index finger on the machine, then she asked both my husband and I to raise our right hand and we took an oath. She was then shuffling through papers and gave me back all the originals I had submitted, then she asked:

1. How old were you when you came to Canada?
2. How did you two meet?
3. When did you get married?
4. Did you have a ceremony?
4. Why no ceremony?
5. What does your husband do for work?
6. Where does he work?

That was it, they were all very short questions with quick answers, overall it took about 5 minutes. She smiled and slipped me the welcome letter, and told me that I was approved.
Rating : Very Good

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