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This is for ANYONE AND EVERYONE going to their interview at the Montreal Consulate. Please learn from my experience. This may be long but will be helpful!

My interview was today -February 18th at 8:30pm. I got to the consulate office around 7:00 am because I wanted to beat the line...which I didn't. There were about 10 people already there lined up, which isn't a big deal. Because I live in Montreal already, it was easy for me to just hop in my car and get there. But I suggest for everyone to arrive at LEAST an hour in advance.

From there, you are let in one by one. You must show the guard your appointment letter with you passport. Once let in, you go through a pat down like if you were in an airport. No cellphones, big bags, electronics allowed etc allowed. You are then to go downstairs to wait to be called up by letter (first come first serve basis). You are then escorted to the main area for your interview by elevator with a security guard - who was not very nice by the way. They try to intimidate you but dont be! You then are called by your given letter to a window to present all your original documents. They will ask you for your original birth certificate w/ copy, marriage w/ copy, police cert. w/ copy, 2 pictures, passport, medical exam, and affidavit of support.

** I freaked out because I thought I needed my husbands and father-in-laws ORIGINAL income tax forms, but a photocopy is good and accepted. Thank God. **

******IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL THOSE WHO FILLED ONLINE THE DS-260********

- This is a new concept to the consulate that has been implemented. The man behind the counter admitted that they still are not used to this new online VISA immigration form. BRING THE CONFIRMATION PAGE AND ALL THE PAGES ALONG WITH YOU.

I did not have the confirmation number with me as I was told by the NVC that the consulate would have received it since it was submitted online. NOT TRUE. Bring the conf number!!! They made me and others fill out the DS-230 page by hand. I suggest you do this at home, so you can have it ready when they ask. This was reallllly stressful, because I had no cellphone to make a call to my husband to ask for him to find this confirmation number. I was allowed to make a payphone call thank God. Found the number and gave it to the man. It all worked out finally.

After he collects all your documents, you are asked to go back to the waiting room until your name is called. Once your name is called, you are asked a few questions, but first must raise your right hand and pledge allegience to the USA and attest that you will answer honestly. This whole process took literally 5 minutes. A few basic questions like, where my husband lives, what he does for work, if I have kids, what my father-in-law does for work, where I live now, and where I work now. That was pretty much it - but this will depend case by case.

You then take one more fingerprint. If the agent finds everything to be accurate then, he then says "based on the information provided, I can approve your visa, WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES!!" He then gives your a welcome letter. Then you need to find out about your DHL pick up for your visa and passport.

The agent I had was SOOOOO nice and funny and made me feel really relaxed despite my intense nervousness and stress about the DS-260 ordeal.

All in all, it was a good experience. Make sure you have EVERYTHING you need and more. Copies of all originals, pictures etc. Have them organized to speed up the process so you arent fishing through piles of papers. I did this all the night before and it helped me.

Good luck yall - and thank you VJers for everyones support and help with this journey! I AM NOW AN AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Awesome review!!! Loved it. We go next week and i'm so nervous about the whole paper work thing. I'm an accountant and pretty organized, but this just has me all worked up..I know i'll be fine..but this is our future!! Woot!! I can't wait to go to MTL and the interview. I will write my review next week...wish us luck ya'll. :dance:


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June 14, 2013-APPROVED, 10 YR GC IN THE MAIL

Mar 3, 2014- N-400

May 12, 2014 Interview for Citizenship- PASSED!

June 12th, USA citizen - Oath Ceremony...all done here!!

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Congrats! I told you will be easy....

haha!!!! yeah! the actual interview was a BREEZE. it was the paperwork and not knowing if I had all my ####### together! but it worked out. :) God is good!

Awesome review!!! Loved it. We go next week and i'm so nervous about the whole paper work thing. I'm an accountant and pretty organized, but this just has me all worked up..I know i'll be fine..but this is our future!! Woot!! I can't wait to go to MTL and the interview. I will write my review next week...wish us luck ya'll. :dance:

Oh gosh! if you have ANY questions...let me know! the questions they asked were so basic. Nothing intense...it was the paperwork stuff...but if u have all your stuff together..its a breeze! will be praying for you tri-gear that is all goes well and that you guys will finally be able to be together!!!!

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You have to pledge allegiance to the USA? What??

This is all very helpful! Thank you for posting it!! I am just confused about the pledge.

Edited by sherrybaby

formerly sherrybaby

ROC Process

12-13-2013 * 90 day window to apply opens

02-24-2014 * ROC package sent to USCIS Vermont Service Center

02-25-2014 * ROC package received at USCIS Vermont Service Center

02-26-2014 * NOA1 notice date

02-28-2014 * Cheque cashed

03-05-2014 * Biometrics notice date

03-28-2014 * Biometrics Appointment in Baltimore

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Great review. I didn't fill out the DS-260 and didn't do electronic processing, so I guess they want my document copies since they have my originals. This is the one thing that is stressing me out...that I get there and something happened where the NVC didn't forward them on. Is the affidavit of support required? I have 2 that I included with my I-130, is this what they are looking for?

Congratulations again on your approval!

Edited by Heather&Matt

Met in 2004 at a Dave Matthews Band concert, started dating November 2005, engaged February 2009 and married November 14, 2009. Together in the US on March 19th 2011

CR-1 journey

USCIS: (170 days)

2010-03-27: I-130 sent

2010-09-23: NOA2

NVC: (93 days)

2010-10-06: NVC Case Number assigned

2011-01-05: SIF and Case Completion!

2011-02-15: Medical in Toronto

2011-03-07: Interview approved (335 days from NOA1)

2011-03-10: Passport received

2011-03-19: POE - Buffalo, NY

2011-03-28: SSN received

2011-03-31: USCIS Welcome

2011-04-05: Conditional Green Card received

2012-11-30: Notice to file I-751 received

2012-12-12: I-751 (Remove of Conditions) sent

2013-08-16: Conditions removed. 10 year Permanent Resident Card received

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You have to pledge allegiance to the USA? What??

This is all very helpful! Thank you for posting it!! I am just confused about the pledge.

Well, what I meant by that is more that you raise your right hand and swear that you are not gonna lie abuot any information you provide....not really pledge allegiance....

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Great review. I didn't fill out the DS-260 and didn't do electronic processing, so I guess they want my document copies since they have my originals. This is the one thing that is stressing me out...that I get there and something happened where the NVC didn't forward them on. Is the affidavit of support required? I have 2 that I included with my I-130, is this what they are looking for?

Congratulations again on your approval!

I assume you did the fiance visa right? I dont know what your checklist required but i would encourage you to bring anything and everything to be safe. Bring the affadavit for sure, with the original signature on the form with tax papers. I was required to have it. So I would assume you would have to as well.

You can call the NVC to inquire what date they mailed out your package to the consulate. They usually do when you got your case complete. Im sure its sitting there at the consulate waiting for you to be APPROVED!!!! Good luck!

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I assume you did the fiance visa right? I dont know what your checklist required but i would encourage you to bring anything and everything to be safe. Bring the affadavit for sure, with the original signature on the form with tax papers. I was required to have it. So I would assume you would have to as well.

You can call the NVC to inquire what date they mailed out your package to the consulate. They usually do when you got your case complete. Im sure its sitting there at the consulate waiting for you to be APPROVED!!!! Good luck!

No, we did the spousal visa, CR-1. Do you mean the financial affidavit of support, I-864? I thought you were talking about the evidence of bonafide relationship affidavits. I didn't do EP so they have all paperwork with original signatures.


Met in 2004 at a Dave Matthews Band concert, started dating November 2005, engaged February 2009 and married November 14, 2009. Together in the US on March 19th 2011

CR-1 journey

USCIS: (170 days)

2010-03-27: I-130 sent

2010-09-23: NOA2

NVC: (93 days)

2010-10-06: NVC Case Number assigned

2011-01-05: SIF and Case Completion!

2011-02-15: Medical in Toronto

2011-03-07: Interview approved (335 days from NOA1)

2011-03-10: Passport received

2011-03-19: POE - Buffalo, NY

2011-03-28: SSN received

2011-03-31: USCIS Welcome

2011-04-05: Conditional Green Card received

2012-11-30: Notice to file I-751 received

2012-12-12: I-751 (Remove of Conditions) sent

2013-08-16: Conditions removed. 10 year Permanent Resident Card received

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No, we did the spousal visa, CR-1. Do you mean the financial affidavit of support, I-864? I thought you were talking about the evidence of bonafide relationship affidavits. I didn't do EP so they have all paperwork with original signatures.

Hmm, im not sure aboutthe evidence of a bonafide relationship. I wasnt asked to show any proof or pictures of my relationship at all. All they asked for were original documents like birth and marriage certificate and the financial A.O.S. stuff. They will have all your originals so just bring copies of everything! Good luck :)

Congratulations!!!

KnR aka slider100

Thank you!!!

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Hmm, im not sure aboutthe evidence of a bonafide relationship. I wasnt asked to show any proof or pictures of my relationship at all. All they asked for were original documents like birth and marriage certificate and the financial A.O.S. stuff. They will have all your originals so just bring copies of everything! Good luck :)

Thanks! I think I have everything I will need, I think I'm just being overly neurotic.


Met in 2004 at a Dave Matthews Band concert, started dating November 2005, engaged February 2009 and married November 14, 2009. Together in the US on March 19th 2011

CR-1 journey

USCIS: (170 days)

2010-03-27: I-130 sent

2010-09-23: NOA2

NVC: (93 days)

2010-10-06: NVC Case Number assigned

2011-01-05: SIF and Case Completion!

2011-02-15: Medical in Toronto

2011-03-07: Interview approved (335 days from NOA1)

2011-03-10: Passport received

2011-03-19: POE - Buffalo, NY

2011-03-28: SSN received

2011-03-31: USCIS Welcome

2011-04-05: Conditional Green Card received

2012-11-30: Notice to file I-751 received

2012-12-12: I-751 (Remove of Conditions) sent

2013-08-16: Conditions removed. 10 year Permanent Resident Card received

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OMG! Any advice? tips? yes yes I read your review! thank you it helped but gosh i want to be 100%%%%% ready and prepared im so nervous haha. did they ask any stupid questions? tried to make you feel uncomfortable? anything else you can share thank you in advance :)

haha!!!! yeah! the actual interview was a BREEZE. it was the paperwork and not knowing if I had all my ####### together! but it worked out. :) God is good!

Oh gosh! if you have ANY questions...let me know! the questions they asked were so basic. Nothing intense...it was the paperwork stuff...but if u have all your stuff together..its a breeze! will be praying for you tri-gear that is all goes well and that you guys will finally be able to be together!!!!

Dont worry about it. Its stupid but its somethng you gotta do. they have the pledge everywhere. its all bullcrap they dont even follow it. but you're good ur inlove and want to be with your partner just be relaxed, honest and calm and all will go fine :)

You have to pledge allegiance to the USA? What??

This is all very helpful! Thank you for posting it!! I am just confused about the pledge.

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OMG! Any advice? tips? yes yes I read your review! thank you it helped but gosh i want to be 100%%%%% ready and prepared im so nervous haha. did they ask any stupid questions? tried to make you feel uncomfortable? anything else you can share thank you in advance :)

Dont worry about it. Its stupid but its somethng you gotta do. they have the pledge everywhere. its all bullcrap they dont even follow it. but you're good ur inlove and want to be with your partner just be relaxed, honest and calm and all will go fine :)

From my experience - they honestly were the NICEST people ever. I had watched the movie "the proposal" with sandra bullock and was scared it was kinda gonna be like that where they ask questions to trick you, and see if your lying. But it was NOT like that. The whole procedure took probably 20 minutes (not including the waiting times in the waiting room). They barely asked me any questions! Just a few basic ones, like when and how we met, and what we do for employment. The agents interviewing you really want you to succeed. They arent trying to trick you. They already have ALL your information like your NOA2 and proof of relationships and marriage. They want to go through the process just as quickly as you do. Trust me, you have NOTHING to worry about.

I was worried about my documents, but I realized afterwards, I had NOTHING to worry about. Be organized, bring everything you need and more and get ready to celebrate your approval!!!!!

Good luck yall!!!

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