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So my wife(Canadian) and I(American) filled our 1-130 by DCF back on April 14th 2009 and we just got our interview appointment for May 10th in Montreal. Good news right? The thing is we haven't received any official notification. The only reason we are aware of out appointment date is because we called the DOS number and they informed us of the date. We were originally scheduled for June 10th(also no official communication), but a cancellation allowed us to move up. Because we chose the DCF route to get our CR-1, I'm pretty sure all we need is the medical for my wife. as all the other documents are already in the file at Montreal.

Questions:

Will we be allowed to interview without the appointment letter?

The MD's office says they won't do the medical without the appointment letter. What will happen if we interview without the medical? Will they conduct the interview and just table the visa until the receive it??

Anybody else have something like this happen?

Thanks in advance

J.

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You need the interview letter to get into the consulate. They ask for letter and passport before you go in. I'd ask DOS who to go about getting the letter emailed to you. You can do interview without medical but will not receive visa until medical is submitted. Montreal is taking 4 weeks or more to look at anything sent in after the interview.


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Hi and welcome,

Don't wait and have the medical, some wait 4 weeks after submission of further evidence, some wait much longer - unless you absolutely don't care about waiting for additional processing time after the interview - you should get that letter now.

As for the medical, when you called to book, did you mention to them the mix up with the interview letter? You should insist that they book the appointment and if you don't have anything in your hand on the day, give DOS a call while you are in the office and have them confirm your interview date.

Don't know why they are giving you a hassle, it's no loss to them if you pay for your medical!

For the actual interview day, your name should be on their list anyway, but as SDW mentioned, hopefully DOS can email you something.

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Thanks for those replies guys. i called DOS and asked them about emailing us an appointment letter and they said "No we don't do that" Are you absolutely positive that we won't be allowed to interview without the letter??? Seems like if we're on list they should let us in right?

We explained the situation to the MD's office and they said we'll need the letter to conduct the medical. Weird

Anyway, the other part of the problem I failed to mention is that my wife moved several months ago. She had her address officially changed and she's been consistently receiving her mail from the old address, but I wonder if the appointment letter is something that is not permitted to be forwarded???

Any other advice on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks again

j.

Hi and welcome,

Don't wait and have the medical, some wait 4 weeks after submission of further evidence, some wait much longer - unless you absolutely don't care about waiting for additional processing time after the interview - you should get that letter now.

As for the medical, when you called to book, did you mention to them the mix up with the interview letter? You should insist that they book the appointment and if you don't have anything in your hand on the day, give DOS a call while you are in the office and have them confirm your interview date.

Don't know why they are giving you a hassle, it's no loss to them if you pay for your medical!

For the actual interview day, your name should be on their list anyway, but as SDW mentioned, hopefully DOS can email you something.

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Thanks for those replies guys. i called DOS and asked them about emailing us an appointment letter and they said "No we don't do that" Are you absolutely positive that we won't be allowed to interview without the letter??? Seems like if we're on list they should let us in right?

We explained the situation to the MD's office and they said we'll need the letter to conduct the medical. Weird

Anyway, the other part of the problem I failed to mention is that my wife moved several months ago. She had her address officially changed and she's been consistently receiving her mail from the old address, but I wonder if the appointment letter is something that is not permitted to be forwarded???

Any other advice on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks again

j.

Hi,

Actually that is what I was saying, you should be able to get in to the actual consulate interview without a letter as they should have your name on the list (the security personnel).

It's possible the letters were returned, I can't remember if they are not able to be forwarded.

What I would do at this point is email the Montreal Consulate (Montreal-IV-DV@state.gov)

They are terrible about replying. You will want to put your case number in the subject line and then you should put something like URGENT! INTERVIEW MAY 10TH

Yes, that does seem over dramatic, but some people have had success with it. Make the email very short and to the point (this is important, they are busy). You only want to make 2 points:

- You have not recieved your interview letter, you cannot book the medical and you are concerned you will not be able to enter the consulate on interview day.

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Like trailmix said!! And email daily!!


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Like trailmix said!! And email daily!!

Thanks again for the advice everybody.

We emailed the consulate a few days ago with the case number and interview date in the subject line and we got an automated email back saying they'd get back to us in a couple of weeks!???! Silly

So I guess we're just gonna do what we can, hope for the best and expect the worst.

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Good luck, I'm just thrilled to know there is another person scheduled for May in MTL - that's three now lol


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Yep... Long story, but through some political connections we got in touch with the Consular section chief and he emailed us our appointment letter, and my wife was able to convince the MD's office to complete the medical. With out that back channel connection we'd be up the creek. I have absolutely NO explanation for why we never received our packet 4, but I'm just happy we got everything sorted out.

Thanks to all who gave advice and good luck to those still waiting. I'd encourage everyone here to utilize their congressional reps to their advantage... thats what they are there for!!

Have you had any word from Montreal yet? Or been able to schedule your medical?

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Yep... Long story, but through some political connections we got in touch with the Consular section chief and he emailed us our appointment letter, and my wife was able to convince the MD's office to complete the medical. With out that back channel connection we'd be up the creek. I have absolutely NO explanation for why we never received our packet 4, but I'm just happy we got everything sorted out.

Thanks to all who gave advice and good luck to those still waiting. I'd encourage everyone here to utilize their congressional reps to their advantage... thats what they are there for!!

Can you give us an idea about "Political Connection" you mentioned here? I think that's what we need to speed up things in Montreal.

Me too is in a Queue, waiting for Interview Date and I am Almost Giving UP!

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Can you give us an idea about "Political Connection" you mentioned here? I think that's what we need to speed up things in Montreal.

Me too is in a Queue, waiting for Interview Date and I am Almost Giving UP!

Taurus, you should get the U.S. citizen to contact their congressperson or senator if you want them to make an inquiry with Montreal.

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Yes, like TM says, getting the congressperson or senator involved can only help your situation. They seem to respond more quickly to our representatives.

Taurus, you should get the U.S. citizen to contact their congressperson or senator if you want them to make an inquiry with Montreal.

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