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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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Hi guys,

If the k1 Visa is a non immigrant Visa then why can we not scheduale our own interview at this website? Has anyone already tried?

http://www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/nvars.asp

Personally I wouldnt' mind paying the $8.40 fee if it meant I could scheduale my interview date....

Please advise, thanks!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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K-1 visa is the only "Non-immigrant" visa which is processed like an "Immigrant Visa". Sounds confusing, but it is true! Besides, if you want your case to be expedited, you need to have a valid reason which matches the Department of State criteria (For instance, deployment etc...)

Montreal consulate has been accused of being back-logged as it is the only consulate in Canada that processes the Immigrant Visas. However, K-1 visas are processed in Vancouver as well. Based on your residential jurisdiction, you will have your case transferred either to Montreal or Vancouver.

I wish you a very speedy journey!

KnR aka slider100

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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If you are in or west of Manitoba, you will do your K-1 interview in Vancouver. Which is great, as Vancouver is significantly faster, and [some say] easier to deal with than Montreal.

You can't really schedule your own interview with Vancouver, but, once you recieve your [Packet 4] interview letter, you can email them at VancouverK@state.gov. If you have a good reason to reschedule your interview, they are certainly prepared to negotiate.

Last spring, in mid-April. I sent in my Packet 3 forms by fax and got an interview letter giving me an interview for the end of May. Now I was teaching at a school and, as you may know, schools usually like to get a committment from their teachers as to whether or not you will be back next year as early as possible. They usually like to know by mid-April at the latest, so they can start the recruitment and hiring process if they know they'll need to replace you for next September.

Anyways, it was already getting late in the year. My principal was being really good about it, but he kinda really needed to know if I was coming back next year as soon as possible. So I emailed Vancouver and explained the situation. I pointed out that all of their own material :devil: says I shouldn't make any irrevocable commitments without a visa in hand, and asked if there was any way they could move the interview to earlier in May.

Well they came back and said they could fit me in on April 30th: 2 weeks from then! :blink::D:yes::dance: That was a busy hour I spent then, making sure I could even get flights and hotel reservations on that short notice. :)

So yeah. The Vancouver consulate rocks. You don't schedule your own interview because, as was said above, the K-1 is treated more like an immigrant- than a non-immigrant visa. But as I said, if you have a good reason to reschedule, they are prepared to negotiate.


DON'T PANIC

"It says wonderful things about the two countries [Canada and the US] that neither one feels itself being inundated by each other's immigrants."

-Douglas Coupland

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