canada_socks's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: John
Beneficiary's Name: Sherry
VJ Member: canada_socks
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2014-10-29
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Immigration Checklist for John & Sherry:

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 : 2010-07-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-07-22
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-01-03
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2011-01-21
Packet 3 Received : 2011-02-04
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-02-14
Packet 4 Received : 2011-03-02
Interview Date : 2011-05-04
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-05-11
US Entry : 2011-09-25
Marriage : 2011-10-29
Comments : Crossed on land at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie/Buffalo. Had a 3 hour wait, but the lady who processed my visa was very friendly :)
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 165 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 286 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2011-09-25
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2011-12-07
NOA Date : 2011-12-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-30
AOS Transfer** : 2012-01-17
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-03-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2012-03-21
Comments : Approved without interview.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-12-07
NOA Date : 2011-12-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-30
Approved Date : 2012-02-09
Date Card Received : 2012-02-16
Comments : Pretty quick and painless. Biometrics was super easy. Baltimore USCIS staff were amazing and super kind!
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 64 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-12-07
NOA Date : 2011-12-22
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2012-02-16
Comments : EAD/AP combo card
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 64 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-02-24
NOA Date : 2014-02-26
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-03-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-10-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2014-10-29
Comments : Cheque cashed 02/28/2014

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 9, 2011
Embassy Review : I had my interview on May 4th 2011. Overall the whole experience was pretty decent and painless. Just a lot of waiting!

I stayed at the Marriott Chateau Champlain, about 2 or 3 blocks away. Super nice hotel. I took as a cab to the consulate as it was raining and I was worried I would get lost. I arrived a little after 7 am. I was about 3rd in line. There was a family of about 4 or 5 in front of us, Canadiana013 and her fiancee, and a guy slightly older than me. They opened the doors at about 7:30 am, and were told to move back. The family was blocking the doors. They had bags and a stroller and were asked to move aside. The mother took the small child out of the stroller and took the stroller back to the hotel. After they were put aside to reorganize themselves, they let us through. I showed them my Packet 4 letter but they wanted the printout of my interview date and time with the confirmation number. I took that out and they checked it against a list. My name was not on the list. I silently panicked inside my head and wondered what was going to happen. The guy said that was weird but since I had my printout with the correct date and time, he let me in. I placed my bag and coat on the conveyor belt that goes the metal detector. Then I went through a large airport like metal detector. They scanned me with a wand detector and I guess my bag seemed suspicious as they put it through about 3 times then searched it. I think because it was a binder the metal rings were showing up. He looked through my binder then told me to move downstairs to the elevator.

Once I got to the elevator I sat down next to Canadiana013 and her fiancee. At the time I wasn't aware who she was. We waited for a bit and then we were taken on to the elevator. Before getting on the elevator, the guard asked for those who had x-rays to come up first. We all had to show him our x-rays. We went upstairs (Canadiana013 and I faced the back...which is how I figured out she was from VJ, but we didn't talk because we didn't know for sure who each other was until we came back on hindsight, I wish I had of spoken up!).

Anyway, we went upstairs and were asked to go to a counter to check in and get our number. I was number C2. We sat in the waiting room and waited until we were called. I sent up to the first window and there was a man who took my interview confirmation sheet, package 4, my medical package and my passport. Then he took my fingerprints and seemed somewhat annoyed that I was not in the system for that day. He sent me back to the waiting room. I waited about 5 minutes then was called up to a different window. This time, I was asked for my police check, my long form birth certificate, my affidavit of support and a copy of my fiancee's 2010 tax return, and his letter of intent. She kind of laughed when she the letter of intent and commented that normally people only write two or three lines. My fiancee likes to go into great detail and he wrote a page long letter with three separate paragraphs. She said it was sweet of him to write all that! Then she took out my original I-129 package and went over a few files to make sure everything was correct. We fixed a few things as I put the wrong number in one place and didn't check off that I had a fiancee in the US. After that I was asked to sit back down until I was called for my interview.

I got called in for my interview at 9:15 am. I walked out by 9:20. The interview was so quick and easy. I had the blond girl who was super nice. She asked me where we met and I told her on a gaming site years ago. She seemed amazed at how many people were meeting online at gaming communities and said she should go online and find herself a guy because that seems to be the place to go! She asked what he does for a living and where he works. She had me sign a sheet declaring that I understand I am to marry within 90 days and then she said "well, good news, you can come to America! Here is your welcome sheet and a FAQ sheet!" She told me my passport will arrive in a few days with my visa in it. I left with a huge smile on my face and felt myself tearing up as I waited for the elevator. I rushed back to the hotel to tell my fiancee (I was concerned about how that worked so he and I decided that I would just go alone, but he still came to Montreal with me).

Overall it was a good day. Just keep things organized and easy to get at. No large bags with extra stuff. I just carried a small canvas bag that held my binder and my little change purse which had my id and some cash. I was really worried for nothing. It is so easy! I am also impressed that they handled my situation so well. I was ready for them to tell me to rebook since I wasn't on their list. I am so thankful that they didn't! They really are there to help you.
Rating : Good

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