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hi everyone.

i have applied for a k-3 visa and my husband just received the NOA for the I-129f with a receipt date of may 2, 2006.

i heard that getting a criminal record check may take some time.

is it okay for me to go ahead and get one now?

or do i have to wait until i get my packet telling me to do so?

what else can i be doing right now to prepare for packet 3?

i want to get a lot done right now so i am not hurrying to get the packet out.


our timeline:


sent 3/30/2006

noa1 4/6/2006

touched 4/8/2006

APPROVED!!! - noa2 7/10/2006


sent 4/25/2006

noa1 5/2/2006

touched 5/13/2006

touched 7/3/2006 - IMBRA RFE

APPROVED!!! - noa2 7/31/2006

received package 3 - 8/31/2006

faxed package 3 to vancouver - 9/5/2006

received package 4 - 9/12/2006 with an interview date of 9/25/2006

called for a specific interview date and got it!

INTERVIEW!!!!! - 10/16/2006

GOT K-3 VISA - 10/16/2006



sent 11/3/2006

noa1 11/13/2006

biometrics appt 11/28/2006

touched 11/29/2006

touched 11/30/2006

touched 1/20/2007

touched 1/23/2007

touched 1/24/2007

approved 2/12/2007

card received 2/17/2007


applied 2/20/2007

card received 3/5/2007


sent 04/08/2008

check cashed 04/17/2008

noa1 04/19/2008

biometrics appt 05/02/2008

case status appears online 05/02/2008

touched 05/05/2008

touched 05/06/2008

touched 05/16/2008

received interview letter 06/20/2008

interview 09/04/2008 - APPROVED!!!

card received 09/29/2008

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If he has never had a criminal record he just requires the background name check (canada wide) If he has had a crininal record he will require fingerprinting as well which does take time.

But the background name check doesnt take long at all, all depends where you are. Some do it in in minutes, others a few days, others a tad longer. Just call up your local RCMP detchament and find out how long it takes. If your inthe Toronto area, see the http://www.commissionaires.ca/ And some city polie forces can do it as well, BUT ensure it is done CANADA WIDE. I did mine in Kingston NS and it took 3 days and was free, others charge $$$. 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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