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My fiance had his K-1 interview in Montreal yesterday morning. We knew going in that we were going to have an issue because he had not received his Canada background check in the mail yet. It was supposed to have arrived a few days before that, but had not. All of our other paperwork was in order. We had three copies just to be safe and everything was well organized. When he went to window #8 for the actual interview part they asked him a few questions but said that he was denied because of not having the Canadian background check. He then sent me back to the apartment where we were staying to see if maybe it had come in the mail and if so I could bring it back to him, but unfortunately it had not. He was given a letter explaining that he needs to mail the background check and his passport to the courier service and then they will forwarded it to the U.S. Consulate in Montreal and once it gets there it will take 6-8 weeks to process.

This is devastating news for us as we cannot afford to have him wait in Montreal for 8 weeks for this to be processed, but it seems like this is our only option. Has anyone else gone through this? I really wish I could just take the background check to the consulate myself when it arrives since they allowed me into the building no problem as a U.S. citizen (I kept having to leave to pay more for parking as the day went on and I was able to come and go easily into the building unlike everyone else who was there who was not a U.S. citizen), but it says clearly on the letter that you cannot do that. You must mail it to the courier.

I know that we failed by not having that document in time for the interview, but it seems so crazy that if we had had it at the interview we'd be expecting his visa within a few days or so, but by bringing it in the next day we set ourselves back up to two months. I naively expected that the process would just be put on hold until we could provide it, not that the process would be delayed by this insane amount. Any advice on how to expedite this would be appreciated. Thanks!


Mailed in 129F Packet: June 23, 2015

NOA1: July 8, 2014

NOA2: January 4, 2015

Packet 3: February 21, 2015

Packet 4: February 27, 2015

1st Canadian Background Check Performed: March 23, 2015 (Ended up getting lost in the mail!)

Interview (Montreal): April 1, 2015 (Not approved- missing Canadian Background Check)

2nd Canadian Background Check Performed: April 7, 2015 (Location's system went down, never received)

3rd Canadian Background Check Performed: April 10, 2015 (Emailed to us a few hours later)

3rd Canadian Background Check & Passport submitted to U.S. Consulate via Loomis: April 13, 2015

3rd Canadian Background Check Rejected for being a print-out (that's all we had at first!): May 6, 2015

Original 3rd Canadian Background Check w/ Sticker submitted via Loomis: May 6, 2015

Status Changed to "Issued": June 9, 2015

Visa Ready for Pick-Up: June 12, 2015

POE (Canadian-USA Border at Champlain St. Bernard de Lacolle): June 12, 2015

MARRIED! June 23, 2015


Mailed in AOS Packet: June 27, 2015

NOA1: July 6, 2015

Biometrics: July 20, 2015 (Actual appt. date in letter was July 28, 2015, but we did a walk-in)



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He doesn't have to wait in Montreal for up to 8 weeks, he can go home.

He has to mail the background check through Loomis, he has to go to the website where he set everything up for the interview and go through the process "mailing documents to the consulate" (or something similar, my memory is hazy). Once he fills that out and prints it he goes to his local Loomis branch and they'll mail it on the consulate's dime, he pays nothing.

Then you sit and wait about 6-8 weeks. Consulate mail gets sorted at a separate facility offsite to get screened, that takes some time and then it gets sent to the consulate. Then there's more waiting but eventually the paperwork will get to the right person. It might take less than 6-8 weeks.

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K-1

I-129F NOA1 => NOA2: 161 days

NOA2 => Interview: 64 days

AP: 33 days

Total: 258 days

AOS

I-485 NOA => GC: 333 days

No Interview

ROC

07/30/2017: Package Sent

08/01/2017: NOA

09/07/2017: Biometrics

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the K-1 Case Progress subforum. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Why would he have to stay in Montreal? He can go home. As soon as you get the police clearance certificate send it to where they told you to. Then the wait of 6-8 weeks will begin. There is absolutely no reason why he would need to stay in Montreal while waiting for the visa to be issued.



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Hi,

I had the same problem with missing document in Montreal and was told 6-8 weeks. I had my visa in hand 2 weeks after I dropped the documents at Loomis. Loomis is really fast to deliver from Lachine to the consulate and if everything else is ready for approval it won't take forever. I think they are saying 6-8 weeks to be sure they are within the time frame

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Is gathering Police Certificate in Montreal different from Vancouver? We can get our Police Clearance here within one day. The name and birthdate check only takes 30mins and you will get your report right away.

Goodluck to you! I know it will be ok. I also had to send another document before my visa was issued before. It did not take two weeks, but two days.

Just send the document right away. :)


K1 VISA APPLICATION

10.28.14 - Package Sent

11.06.14 - NOA1

11.21.14 - NOA2

12.10.14 - NVC Received

12.15.14 - US Consulate General Vancouver Received

12.22.14 - Packet 3 Received

01.24.15 - Packet 3 Sent

01.27.15 - Packet 4 Received

02.17.15 - Medicals

03.03.15 - Interview - Approved

03.14.15 - See you California. Thank you Lord.

03.28.15 - Civil Wedding 

05.12.15 - Church Wedding 

SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

04.02.15 - Applied (brought with me completed SS-5, I-94, passport and original marriage certificate)

04.07.15 - Card Received (under married name)

11.13.15 - SSA Requested Removal of Restriction

11.20.15 - New SS Card without Restriction Received

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS & EAD

04.02.15 - Package Sent (EAD & AOS)

04.04.15 - Package Received (Chicago Lock box)

04.06.15 - NOA1 (EAD)

04.07.15 - NOA1 (AOS)

04.17.15 - Biometrics Notice (via Post mail)

04.29.15 - Biometrics schedule

04.22.15 - Successful Walk In for an Early Biometrics

06.19.15 - Approval (based on the card date - EAD)

06.26.15 - EAD Card Received

07.27.15 - NPIW

09.19.15 - Online status approval

09.25.15 - Green Card Received. Thank you Lord!

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS  (CSC)

06.23.17 - Application sent

06.26.17 - Received

06.29.17 - NOA

07.10.17 - Biomentrics Notice (via Post mail)

07.17.17 - Biometrics schedule

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Is gathering Police Certificate in Montreal different from Vancouver? We can get our Police Clearance here within one day. The name and birthdate check only takes 30mins and you will get your report right away.

Goodluck to you! I know it will be ok. I also had to send another document before my visa was issued before. It did not take two weeks, but two days.

Just send the document right away. :)


K1 VISA APPLICATION

10.28.14 - Package Sent

11.06.14 - NOA1

11.21.14 - NOA2

12.10.14 - NVC Received

12.15.14 - US Consulate General Vancouver Received

12.22.14 - Packet 3 Received

01.24.15 - Packet 3 Sent

01.27.15 - Packet 4 Received

02.17.15 - Medicals

03.03.15 - Interview - Approved

03.14.15 - See you California. Thank you Lord.

03.28.15 - Civil Wedding 

05.12.15 - Church Wedding 

SOCIAL SECURITY CARD

04.02.15 - Applied (brought with me completed SS-5, I-94, passport and original marriage certificate)

04.07.15 - Card Received (under married name)

11.13.15 - SSA Requested Removal of Restriction

11.20.15 - New SS Card without Restriction Received

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS & EAD

04.02.15 - Package Sent (EAD & AOS)

04.04.15 - Package Received (Chicago Lock box)

04.06.15 - NOA1 (EAD)

04.07.15 - NOA1 (AOS)

04.17.15 - Biometrics Notice (via Post mail)

04.29.15 - Biometrics schedule

04.22.15 - Successful Walk In for an Early Biometrics

06.19.15 - Approval (based on the card date - EAD)

06.26.15 - EAD Card Received

07.27.15 - NPIW

09.19.15 - Online status approval

09.25.15 - Green Card Received. Thank you Lord!

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS  (CSC)

06.23.17 - Application sent

06.26.17 - Received

06.29.17 - NOA

07.10.17 - Biomentrics Notice (via Post mail)

07.17.17 - Biometrics schedule

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My good friend, going through about same thing, his K-1 is from Philippines, and spent time in Japan, last year, and interview was approved, pending, a Japanese police clearance.

So the waiting goes on! Maybe up to 3 months, but the office at the embassy said she should have her visa in 7-8 days.,.,.,we live and learn.,,.something new with every case.

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I'm assuming that your fiance is from the Montreal area. Did he go to the commissionaire to get his clearance? I did mine there and it took about 5 business days to complete, I picked it up instead of having it mailed to me. Is this still an option to have it picked up?


AOS (from K-1)

Sent - April 23, 2014
NOA - May 13, 2014
Biometrics - June 6, 2014
EAD/AP Approved - July 18, 2014
EAD/AP Received - July 26, 2014
Waiver Letter Received - August 17, 2014 (dated August 13, 2014)
SR Placed Online - February 14, 2015
EAD/AP Renewal Sent - March 20, 2015
EAD/AP Renewal Received - March 25, 2015
I-485 Approved - March 28, 2015 (e-mail notification)
SR Response Rec'd - March 28, 2015 (dated March 24, 2015)
Card Production Notice - March 31, 2015

Card Mailed - April 7, 2015

Card Rec'd - April 9, 2015

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Did he need something more in-depth than a regular check? I was able to get mine within 20 minutes when I had to do mine.

You already know that this is on you for not having done it earlier. So you have to accept the situation as it is and move on. Be prepared on the receiving end to get it sent out right away as soon as it arrives.

If it was expected to arrive a few days before then perhaps there is a problem with it arriving at all and you should focus you efforts on looking into that part so you are ahead of it if there is indeed a problem with it being generated.

Were you with your fiance during the time this piece of mail was expected? I don't want to be mean but is it possible it arrived and he didn't notice? My husband is BRILLIANT but he grabs the mail and puts it aside and won't take note of what's there right away. Sometimes we expect such important documents to come in a noticeable envelope but it isn't the case.

No matter what happens... you will complete the task and get through this. So figure out what you need to do and make it happen!


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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I am assuming for the wait it is a fingerprint police check. Did he give up his home residence already?


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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He is currently subletting a place in Montreal and I'd rather not go into more detail than that. He had to get background checks done for multiple countries so he waited to do the Canada one after he got to Montreal (after visiting me in the U.S.). In Montreal, he went to the commissionaire first, but they were very rude since he arrived right before their lunch break (which was not posted ANYWHERE online or otherwise) so he went to the police station instead. They took his fingerprints and info and electronically submitted it to the RCMP in Ottawa. The RCMP in Ottawa mailed it via Canada Post the next day. The problem is simply that Canada Post is taking forever to deliver it. It has definitely not been delivered yet. He is very organized and we have gone back through every piece of mail that has been delivered since the day it was mailed from Ottawa.

We are looking into driving to Ottawa to just get a new one done there, but I haven't finished researching if this is even a possibility. Unfortunately it is also Easter weekend which is a four day weekend here so no mail again until Tuesday.

Thanks for all of your responses.


Mailed in 129F Packet: June 23, 2015

NOA1: July 8, 2014

NOA2: January 4, 2015

Packet 3: February 21, 2015

Packet 4: February 27, 2015

1st Canadian Background Check Performed: March 23, 2015 (Ended up getting lost in the mail!)

Interview (Montreal): April 1, 2015 (Not approved- missing Canadian Background Check)

2nd Canadian Background Check Performed: April 7, 2015 (Location's system went down, never received)

3rd Canadian Background Check Performed: April 10, 2015 (Emailed to us a few hours later)

3rd Canadian Background Check & Passport submitted to U.S. Consulate via Loomis: April 13, 2015

3rd Canadian Background Check Rejected for being a print-out (that's all we had at first!): May 6, 2015

Original 3rd Canadian Background Check w/ Sticker submitted via Loomis: May 6, 2015

Status Changed to "Issued": June 9, 2015

Visa Ready for Pick-Up: June 12, 2015

POE (Canadian-USA Border at Champlain St. Bernard de Lacolle): June 12, 2015

MARRIED! June 23, 2015


Mailed in AOS Packet: June 27, 2015

NOA1: July 6, 2015

Biometrics: July 20, 2015 (Actual appt. date in letter was July 28, 2015, but we did a walk-in)



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UPDATE:

After another day went by and the background check still did not arrive in the mail, we went to a place in Montreal in Place Versaille to get another background check done. This time we did the more basic one (no fingerprints) and we were assured that we would be able to pick it up in 24 hours, maybe 48 hours at the very most. We called every day to check on it. They kept saying that they were having an issue with the police system so they had not received anyone's back yet, but it should be fixed any time now. After four days of us checking they finally offered us a refund, but said that if it came in that they would still notify us and we could come and pick it up. We then went to a different place downtown. Supposedly they are not affected by this police system problem and we should be emailed in 24 hours and can print the background check results ourselves. Unfortunately now it is Friday and while there is a chance we could get it tomorrow, it will most likely be Monday. And after all this time the original one has still not been delivered by Canada Post.

Driving to Ottawa to get a copy of the original one was not an option since they do not keep any files and they do not let civilians in the building there anyway. We never expected we would run into so much trouble on this one item. At this point we just keep laughing because how on earth is it possible that we are on our third attempt at getting a Canadian background check and there seems to be no end in sight!

On top of this our sublet here has gone through a series of unfortunate events. No heat or hot water for five days, then as soon as that was fixed the fridge broke, once that was resolved the stove/oven broke. Trying to break out streak of bad luck!


Mailed in 129F Packet: June 23, 2015

NOA1: July 8, 2014

NOA2: January 4, 2015

Packet 3: February 21, 2015

Packet 4: February 27, 2015

1st Canadian Background Check Performed: March 23, 2015 (Ended up getting lost in the mail!)

Interview (Montreal): April 1, 2015 (Not approved- missing Canadian Background Check)

2nd Canadian Background Check Performed: April 7, 2015 (Location's system went down, never received)

3rd Canadian Background Check Performed: April 10, 2015 (Emailed to us a few hours later)

3rd Canadian Background Check & Passport submitted to U.S. Consulate via Loomis: April 13, 2015

3rd Canadian Background Check Rejected for being a print-out (that's all we had at first!): May 6, 2015

Original 3rd Canadian Background Check w/ Sticker submitted via Loomis: May 6, 2015

Status Changed to "Issued": June 9, 2015

Visa Ready for Pick-Up: June 12, 2015

POE (Canadian-USA Border at Champlain St. Bernard de Lacolle): June 12, 2015

MARRIED! June 23, 2015


Mailed in AOS Packet: June 27, 2015

NOA1: July 6, 2015

Biometrics: July 20, 2015 (Actual appt. date in letter was July 28, 2015, but we did a walk-in)



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