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My K-1 interview in Montreal

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I'm pleased to say the only frustration and set backs I faced on my trip to Montreal for the interview was my delayed baggage at the airport!

I arrived at the Consulate a little after 7 am. I was the first one there and it was still dark inside (thank you to all who advised coming early...my interview was scheduled at 8:30 and by 8 am there were droves of people). 7:30 they opened the doors and we went through security, then down into the basement to wait. They gave us numbers and a list of documents to prepare in order for our interview. 7:45 a security guard took some of us up.

I was the first to go and got a really nice older lady at my window. She was a lot more laid back than the one next to me, who spoke poor english and barked out the documents she needed to the woman she was processing. I gave my lady all the documents. She wanted a photocopy of my birth certificate which I had at least two extra copies. She sent me to pay the cashier $131 and then back to her with the receipt. They took fingerprints and then I was sent back to wait.

Not long after that, I was called to my "booth" which looks a bit like an interrogation room. The interviewer was super nice and friendly and made me feel right at home. He ran quickly through the questions, asking where we met, how long we've known each other, and asked a handful of the same questions that were on my I-129F. He flipped through photos and asked where they were taken. I told him I had even more if he wanted but he didn't touch my evidence of relationship. He said he had more than enough to prove we were a couple.

It couldn't have lasted more than 10 minutes and he asked when the wedding is. I told him, "Hopefully before I turn 30" (May). He said, "Then we should probably get this out to you right away." I was in shock, not because I didn't think I'd get approved but because it happened so fast! All of the building up to it, the forms, gathering documents was done (for now). It still hasn't really sunk in.

I didn't have tax returns as my fiance is self-employed and hasn't got his 2007 return yet. This was a concern to me but his bank statements and proof of ownership of the buisness were "More than sufficient" as the interviewer said. No medical issues, no financial issues, no criminal issues. Boom, boom, boom. He gave me instructions on what happens next (6 months to use the visa, have to get married within 90 days, etc.) I told him I wish I could give him a big hug but he put his hand on the glass and said, "Gimme one of these, instead" so I high-fived him over the glass :star:

My experience was very positive. Viva la Montreal! Good luck to the rest of you...I have been there and know what a long haul it is. But it's over before you know it!!!


Employment Authorization Document

CIS Office : Chicago IL (transfered to California)

Filing Method : Mail

Filing Instance : First

Date Filed : 2009-09-25

NOA Date : 2009-09-30

RFE(s) :

Bio. Appt. :

Approved Date : 2009-11-17

Date Card Received : 2009-11-20

Advance Parole

CIS Office : Chicago IL (transfered to California)

Filing Method : Mail

Filing Instance : First

Date Filed : 2009-09-25

NOA Date : 2009-09-30

RFE(s) :

Date Received : 2009-11-10

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I'm pleased to say the only frustration and set backs I faced on my trip to Montreal for the interview was my delayed baggage at the airport!

I arrived at the Consulate a little after 7 am. I was the first one there and it was still dark inside (thank you to all who advised coming early...my interview was scheduled at 8:30 and by 8 am there were droves of people). 7:30 they opened the doors and we went through security, then down into the basement to wait. They gave us numbers and a list of documents to prepare in order for our interview. 7:45 a security guard took some of us up.

I was the first to go and got a really nice older lady at my window. She was a lot more laid back than the one next to me, who spoke poor english and barked out the documents she needed to the woman she was processing. I gave my lady all the documents. She wanted a photocopy of my birth certificate which I had at least two extra copies. She sent me to pay the cashier $131 and then back to her with the receipt. They took fingerprints and then I was sent back to wait.

Not long after that, I was called to my "booth" which looks a bit like an interrogation room. The interviewer was super nice and friendly and made me feel right at home. He ran quickly through the questions, asking where we met, how long we've known each other, and asked a handful of the same questions that were on my I-129F. He flipped through photos and asked where they were taken. I told him I had even more if he wanted but he didn't touch my evidence of relationship. He said he had more than enough to prove we were a couple.

It couldn't have lasted more than 10 minutes and he asked when the wedding is. I told him, "Hopefully before I turn 30" (May). He said, "Then we should probably get this out to you right away." I was in shock, not because I didn't think I'd get approved but because it happened so fast! All of the building up to it, the forms, gathering documents was done (for now). It still hasn't really sunk in.

I didn't have tax returns as my fiance is self-employed and hasn't got his 2007 return yet. This was a concern to me but his bank statements and proof of ownership of the buisness were "More than sufficient" as the interviewer said. No medical issues, no financial issues, no criminal issues. Boom, boom, boom. He gave me instructions on what happens next (6 months to use the visa, have to get married within 90 days, etc.) I told him I wish I could give him a big hug but he put his hand on the glass and said, "Gimme one of these, instead" so I high-fived him over the glass :star:

My experience was very positive. Viva la Montreal! Good luck to the rest of you...I have been there and know what a long haul it is. But it's over before you know it!!!

Congratulations and have a wonderful move to the U.S.

Did they offer to let you have your visa on the same day?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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That was a great review of your interview. Congradulations. :dance::dance::dance:


Radzney and Steven

first started talking online 2005

Flew to Davao May 2008

arrived May 17 2008 and we were engaged

Returned to USA June 1 2008

06/11/2008 sent in packet

06/16/2008 recieved NOA1

06/18/2008 bank shows check cleared

07/09/2008 touched

10/30/2008 approved Noa2

10/31/2008 touched

11/06/2008 hard copy of Noa2 arrived in mail

11/07/2008 case left NVC for Manila embassy

12/15/2008 passed medical yeppi

12/19/2008 set for interview

12/19/2008 approved at interview

12/30/2008 Visa Delievered

01/14/2009 Flight to USA

01/14/2009 POE SFO

02/13/2009 Purchased Marriage License

02/18/2009 Married

03/31/2009 Filed AOS, EAD,AP

04/09/2009 Check cashed for AOS

04/09/2009 NOA for AOS EAD and AP

04/27/2009 Biometrics

05/11/2009 Adjustment of Status Approval Notice

06/06/2009 Green Card Received

08/24/2009 First day at job

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Congratulations and have a wonderful move to the U.S.

Did they offer to let you have your visa on the same day?

Thank you all!

They didn't offer me the visa in the same day, he just said he would get it out to me ASAP. I received it two days later :thumbs:


Employment Authorization Document

CIS Office : Chicago IL (transfered to California)

Filing Method : Mail

Filing Instance : First

Date Filed : 2009-09-25

NOA Date : 2009-09-30

RFE(s) :

Bio. Appt. :

Approved Date : 2009-11-17

Date Card Received : 2009-11-20

Advance Parole

CIS Office : Chicago IL (transfered to California)

Filing Method : Mail

Filing Instance : First

Date Filed : 2009-09-25

NOA Date : 2009-09-30

RFE(s) :

Date Received : 2009-11-10

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