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Hi,

I have an I130 (CR1) visa interview in Montreal coming up soon and am wondering if my wife (she is a US Citizen living in the US) should be there with me? I called the consulate and they said she does not have to be there so I planned on going there myself but upon talking to others it sounds like her being there may be a good idea.

What is everyone's thoughts on this?

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Hi,

I have an I130 (CR1) visa interview in Montreal coming up soon and am wondering if my wife (she is a US Citizen living in the US) should be there with me? I called the consulate and they said she does not have to be there so I planned on going there myself but upon talking to others it sounds like her being there may be a good idea.

What is everyone's thoughts on this?

If you read through the Canada forum I think you will see equal numbers of CR1 visa applicants with and without their spouses at the interview (the breakdown may differ for K1 applicants.) Often however, finances, distance and work commitments of the US spouse make the trip difficult. It is not required but if you feel more comfortable then by all means bring your wife. My husband was with me for support and it was wonderful to share that moment when we were approved! Good luck.

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USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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If you read through the Canada forum I think you will see equal numbers of CR1 visa applicants with and without their spouses at the interview (the breakdown may differ for K1 applicants.) Often however, finances, distance and work commitments of the US spouse make the trip difficult. It is not required but if you feel more comfortable then by all means bring your wife. My husband was with me for support and it was wonderful to share that moment when we were approved! Good luck.

Thanks for the feedback! Another question for you - approximately how long after the interview did you receive the paper work required to cross over into the united states for the first POE?

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Thanks for the feedback! Another question for you - approximately how long after the interview did you receive the paper work required to cross over into the united states for the first POE?

I interviewed on a Tuesday and had my paperwork by that Friday before noon. At the time I was in the Niagara Region of Ontario. I would say you should have it within a week, two tops!


USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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I interviewed on a Tuesday and had my paperwork by that Friday before noon. At the time I was in the Niagara Region of Ontario. I would say you should have it within a week, two tops!

Thanks - I am currently in Toronto but will be crossing in the Niagara region.

Appreciate the help!

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