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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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Our interview is on Friday so Im busy double and triple checking everything before we head off for Montreal on Thursday...

my husband on the other hand can only think about Poutine and MTL Smoked Meat sandwhiches..LOL.. anyone have any recommendations of places to go near the Consulate area..?

Neiks had given a review of a place called "Nickels" and said: "(The smoked meat was great and the poutine I will rate 4 cheese curds out of 5.)"

also what did you wear to your interview? My husband is a "jeans guy"...did anyone else wear jeans? From the looks of the forecast its gonna be pretty cold...will they allow you to bring in lip balm in the consulate?...I must have my lip balm!..LOL

one other thing, my husband smokes so sitting for 2 or more hours he will be in need of something to put in his mouth...(doesnt sound right, but not sure how else to phrase it..LOL) Ive read that there are vending machines in the waiting area, do they have things like lifesavers in them?

our interview will be 11 months almost to the day since we first mailed off our first packet...getting nervous but soo excited...sooo ready for this part to be over... :dance:

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Kimmbo (Las Vegas,NV,USA)

Barry (Brampton,ON,CANADA)

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I-130

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I-129F

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Aug/13/07 Packet 3 Received in Montreal

Oct/17/07 Medical Scheduled (Dr Seiden)

Jan/25/08 INTERVIEW MONTREAL...APPROVED!

Feb/6/08 Montreal sends Visa, finally!

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July/02/08 Touch

July/07/08 Received Biometrics letter (dated July 1st)

July/18/08 Biometrics appt 8am

Aug/30/08 EAD card received (approval dated Aug 26th)

Sept/04/08 Applied for SSN

Sept/15/08 Social Security card received

Jan/23/09 letter received with interview date

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Jeans with a "death to America" Mettallica Shirt would be fine,lol!! No, seriously, jeans and a nice golf shirt would suffice!!

Maybe some nicroette gum for his smoking!! Asking the next person sitting him, for something to put in his mouth, may not be appropriate!! He may be getting that RCMP mug shot, then for sure wil lbe requiring fingerprinting,lol

Lip balm should be fine!! lol Best of luck

Jeans with a "death to America" Mettallica Shirt would be fine,lol!! No, seriously, jeans and a nice golf shirt would suffice!!

Maybe some nicroette gum for his smoking!! Asking the next person sitting him, for something to put in his mouth, may not be appropriate!! He may be getting that RCMP mug shot, then for sure wil lbe requiring fingerprinting,lol

Lip balm should be fine!! lol Best of luck


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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Jeans with a "death to America" Mettallica Shirt would be fine,lol!! No, seriously, jeans and a nice golf shirt would suffice!!

Maybe some nicroette gum for his smoking!! Asking the next person sitting him, for something to put in his mouth, may not be appropriate!! He may be getting that RCMP mug shot, then for sure wil lbe requiring fingerprinting,lol

Lip balm should be fine!! lol Best of luck

Jeans with a "death to America" Mettallica Shirt would be fine,lol!! No, seriously, jeans and a nice golf shirt would suffice!!

Maybe some nicroette gum for his smoking!! Asking the next person sitting him, for something to put in his mouth, may not be appropriate!! He may be getting that RCMP mug shot, then for sure wil lbe requiring fingerprinting,lol

Lip balm should be fine!! lol Best of luck

In case you didn't get the message the first time ;) (err was it two times? :P ) hehehe


K-1 Process

I-129F Sent : 2007-04-28

I-129F NOA1 :2007-06-05

I-129F RFE(s) :2007-10-28

RFE Reply(s) :2007-11-05

I-129F NOA2 :2007-11-28

NVC Received : 2007-12-20

NVC Left :2007-12-27 (due to holidays :P)

Consulate Received :2007/12/28 (Vancouver)

Packet 3 Received :2008-01-07

Packet 3 Sent :2008-01-07

Packet 4 Received :2008-01-14

Interview Date :2008-02-11

Visa Received :2008-02-13

US Entry :2008-02-20

Marriage :2008-02-26

Wedding Ceremony: 2008-05-03

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Date Filed : 2008-03-09

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RFE(s) : 2008-03-29

Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-01

Touched: 04/01 - 04/02 - 04/16 - 04/17 - 04/18 - 04/21 - 05/06 - 05/07 - 05/08

Transferred to CSC: 2008-04-30

APPROVED!! : 2008-06-18

Employment Authorization Document

CIS Office : Chicago National Office

Filing Method :Mail

Date Filed : 2008-03-09

NOA: 2008-03-15

Bio. Appt. : 2008-04-01

Approved: 2008-05-12

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you can't go wrong with food in Montreal anywhere you eat. Moe's and Nickel's on st catherines are good for both poutine and montreal smoked meat. also chicken at st hubert or ribs at baton rouge are great too.

re: dress code, if not dressy, i'd go with khakis instead of jeans.

you should be okay to bring nicorettes and lip balm!

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I hear the bagels are also good in Montreal. :P


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Civil Ceremony - 02/19/2005

I-130 Mailed Out - 02/25/2005

I-130 NOA1 - 03/04/2005

I-130 Approved - 04/07/2005

Pay I-864 - 05/13/2005

Return I-864 - 07/22/2005 *We mailed in the wrong birth certificate which led to a month or so delay*

Family Ceremony - 10/22/2005

Interview in Montreal - 12/22/2005

Activate Visa - 12/25/2005

Move to Virginia - 04/06/2006

Mailed I-751 - 11/02/2007

Received in Vermont - 11/05/2007

Check Cashed by VSC - 11/09/2007

Received NOA 1 - 11/10/2007

Biometrics - 01/10/2008

Card production ordered - 09/10/2008

Card received! - 09/17/2008

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I went in there last Friday (18th). There are 2 vending machines in front of the waiting area, chips & stuff, and a pepsi machine stocked with pepsi *and* coke. They only take change, no bills. I think it was 1.25$ for a can (not bad!).

There are lots of great restaurants in Montreal. Nickels is a chain, there is one near the consulate on Saint-Catherine street. It's not that great. I suggest just walking down saint-catherine street and poking into one that looks nice. Reubens Deli is pretty good. It's several blocks west of Nickels. There are also some really nice restaurants on Saint-Laurent street north of Sherbrooke. Don't go into the REALLY fancy ones that are between Sherbrooke and Prince Arthur, they'll cost an arm and a leg. Go a bit further up, and into one of the places on the right side of the street. I've always heard great things about the smoked meat at Schwarz's (never been there, even thought I'm a Montrealer). One don't-miss: Montreal bagels. They are hand-made, wood-oven baked goodness. :)

If there is one appointment in life worth wearing nice pants & a shirt to, don't you think that an immigration interview is it?

That said, I saw some people inside who didn't have great appearances, and I think the consulate staff know that they're not fashion police.

I didn't look for lifesavers, but there were all kinds of chips & stuff in the vending machine on the left.

There's an AWESOME view in the waiting room. Too bad the chairs face the wrong way!

I don't think you'll have problems with the lip-balm. The airport-style security at the front door wasn't too picky about the contents of my pockets. (Note that you'll need to line up on the left in the vestibule while waiting for the guards to invite you in.)

A rather surreal experience. My advice: bring a CV. I didn't. :(

Good luck!

FEW

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A rather surreal experience. My advice: bring a CV. I didn't. :(

Good luck!

FEW

What's a CV?

Type of Job resume


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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Nickels is a chain created by Celine Dion. The one I went to in Ontario was so-so. (It closed, btw.) I had a great smoked meat sandwich at one of the cafeterias underneath the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, which is quite close to the Consulate. It's a huge underground city down there so you never have to go out in the cold! Like Few mentioned,Schwarz's Deli is supposed to be the best place for smoked meat sandwiches but I was quite happy with mine. :thumbs:

What's a CV?

CV = Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vitae (singular), meaning "course of one's life, is a document that gives much more detail than does a resume about your academic and professional accomplishments. Curricula vitae (plural) are most often used for academic or research positions, whereas resumes are the preferred documents in business and industry.


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Wear what you like...jeans are fine, they aren't really looking at your clothes...to a point. Don't wear you 'I 'heart' terrorists shirt or anything tho :P


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Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

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Best of luck hon!!!!!!!!!!!


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we went to Schwartz's and it was really really good. however we had to wait outside about 20 min before we got seated, but that was Aug so no big deal. There's probably a shorter wait this time of year. Schwartz's is about 1.5km from the consulate-again a nice walk in August maybe not so nice right now.

As everyone else said, dress code is pretty relaxed. I wore a summer dress and the hubby wore khakis and a short sleeved button down shirt. we seemed to be middle of the road, some people were dressed nicer and some more casually. one guy was even wearing a pot leaf charm on his necklace, not sure how his interview went because we finished before he got called back.


met summer 1999, summer 2000 hooked up-whoo hoo summer fling

summer fling failed to fizzle, married 2003

I-130 mailed 12/15/03

4/1/04 no word from NE contacted senators office, app found

NOA1 4/13/04

Gave up on ridiculously long US process-started Canadian

12/4/04 submitted app

LSS app returned because of missed signatures, lost in transit, resubmitted in June

9/28/05 landed, yippie

10/4/05 fly back to US to "finish up Master's" lose mind and switch to PhD

Damn it back to the US process

3/something/2005 finally get NOA2, no idea why it took so long

4/15/07 get case approval from NVC

8/9/07 Montreal here we come

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I wore jeans, a nice sweater and Doc martens and got through the interview just fine. You guys will be fine :)


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Feb 13, 2014 Biometrics scheduled

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