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Today we received the email saying our application for a CR1 visa was approved and our interview has been scheduled! YAY! It took us 9 months from the time we submitted out paperwork and with the help of a lawyer we received no RFE's or other problems thus far.

Few questions now.

1 - We'll be having our interview at the Montreal consulate. It says in our email that there's an option to call and rebook our appointment. Considering that my wife is 6 months pregnant and she's not allowed to fly after 8 months (out interview is literally 5 days before that date), what are the chances that we'll be able to schedule an earlier interview from the currently scheduled default one? Is there such a thing as a standby line where you can go and sit and wait for cancellations at the consulate?

2 - Once approved after the interview they say that they mail your passport with your visa back to you? But there's also a mention that you can pick it up the following afternoon from them as well? How long does it take to get it back if they mail it to you?

3 - I know i have to go get my medical done now. How long does it take to get the results that you take with you to the medical? Is it during the same visit? or a few days later?

4 - Within the email we received it looks as if i am the only person required to be at the interview, that seemed a bit odd to us. Since its a CR1 visa, wouldn't we both need to be there? Ideally, if my wife can fly ahead of the time of our interview and im the only one required there, then it would make travelling much easier on her.

Thanks for all of the help along the way!

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1. Montreal is incredibly backed up, an earlier interview is possible, but not a guarentee. Contact the consulate inquire. Delaying the interview could add months into your visa.

2. I got mine 7 days after the interview. 5 - 10 days is the norm. Picking up after the interview is touch and go, up to the CO at the time of the interivew.

3. There are 4 places to get the medical done, 1 in Vancouver, 1 in Toronto and 2 in Montreal. I got my medical in Toronto and it took 2 days for the results to come in

4. The petitioner is not required at the interview. Your wife does not have to be there. YOU are applying for the visa, not her so while YOU have to be there, she does not. My husband did attend our interview but it was not mandatory. If it is easier on your pregnant wife, she can remain in the US

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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1. Montreal is incredibly backed up, an earlier interview is possible, but not a guarentee. Contact the consulate inquire. Delaying the interview could add months into your visa.

2. I got mine 7 days after the interview. 5 - 10 days is the norm. Picking up after the interview is touch and go, up to the CO at the time of the interivew.

3. There are 4 places to get the medical done, 1 in Vancouver, 1 in Toronto and 2 in Montreal. I got my medical in Toronto and it took 2 days for the results to come in

4. The petitioner is not required at the interview. Your wife does not have to be there. YOU are applying for the visa, not her so while YOU have to be there, she does not. My husband did attend our interview but it was not mandatory. If it is easier on your pregnant wife, she can remain in the US

Good luck

Thanks for the information.

I found out some more information that might help others when they reach this point.

Along with the interview scheduled email i received was instructions on how to switch your interview date on the website if you are unable to make your original date. Following the easy to understand instructions, i was able to book my interview MORE THAN A MONTH EARLIER!!!!!! Now we get to go mid January instead. It was super easy, and when you are done picking a new date, they email you a new "confirmation of interview" email with the new date etc, that you are required to bring with you to the interview.

Note: this was for the montreal office in canada

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Excellent good luck!


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Congratulations on your interview and being able to rebook! Looks like Montreal may finally be moving. Good luck !


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

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