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for some strange reason we apparently forgot her birth certificate photo copied when we sent out the I-129 10 months ago. The lady I was getting interviewed from said this usually is taking care months ago but sometimes this happens.

I guess now Angela needs to photo copy her birth certificate(or send it original? don't remember now) it and mail it to an address in NY, then it will get mailed to Montreal and then they will mail everything to my DHL location I submitted a while back - well, I believed that's what she said. Can anyone confirm?

So, we basically mail the birth certificate to "U.S. Consulate General - IV Unit"(P.O. Box 847, Champlain, NY 12919-0847) with our Case number, our address, our phone numbers and emails?

Thanks

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That's interesting. Vancouver's interview instructions specifically tell you to bring your original birth certificate, which they will keep unless you also bring a photocopy. I'm a little surprised Montreal won't accept a fax, but I guess their procedures are somewhat different from Vancouver's.

Congratulations on the [preliminary] approval!


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I don't believe that i-129f instructions ask for a birth certificate, however the P3 checlist has birth certificate on it - asking for an original and photocopy.

Good luck I hope they get it soon and you get your visa quickly :)


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NOA1 ------ 11-17-2010

NOA2 ------ 04-25-2011

Package Received By NVC ----- 04/28/2011

Package Left From NVC ----- 05/03/2011

Package Received by MTL ---- 05/05/2011

P3 Received from MTL ---- Never

MTL Sent P3 ---- 05/19/2011

P3 Delivered at MTL ---- 05/26/2011

MTL Sent P4 ---- 06/01/2011

Medical ---- 06/15/2011

Interview ---- 08/08/2011 - APPROVED

Visa printed ---- 08/15/2011

Waybill e-mail received ---- 08/17/2011

Visa in hand ---- 08/22/2011

POE ---- 08/28/2011

Wedding ---- 09/17/2011

AOS (I485, I765, I131)

NOA1 ---- 10/07/2011

I485 NOA2 APPROVAL/CARD IN PRODUCTION NOTICE ---- 11/30/2011

Card Received ---- 12/5/2011

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Good lesson for others, bring doubles of everything to the interview.


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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Hey! I just got home and congrats!!! Hope that the rest goes smooooothhh!!!


Started LDR with hubby July '04, married Nov '06

He moved and became permanent resident of Canada Nov '07

Now, we want to move back to his hometown in Illinois!

Filed DCF for IR1 Visa

I-130 sent to Toronto Embassy: September 12, 2010

Initial approval at Toronto Embassy: November 19, 2010

Packet 3 rec'd January 28, 2011

Packet 4 rec'd March 21, 2011

Medical May 16, 2011

Interview July 12, 2011 - Approved!

Visa/Passport picked up DHL July 22, 2011

POE date August 26, 2011

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So, we basically mail the birth certificate to "U.S. Consulate General - IV Unit"(P.O. Box 847, Champlain, NY 12919-0847) with our Case number, our address, our phone numbers and emails?

If it's anything like a delayed medical, you have to mail it yourself via DHL they won't do it for you. First you obtain the missing piece, then you mail it through DHL.

You have to provide a cover letter with your MTL00000000 number, your ID referral number (found in your CSC profile online) and address it to the IV Unit Department. Its all on the flyer they gave when they explained you would have to complete your application by mail :)

Bad news is they've very slow with anything mailed and once they get it, it should take them 4-6 weeks to process it.

Edited by SF2007

US citizen since April 2016

ROC completed April 2014

AOS from K1 completed February 2012

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I remember adding it to the I-129f :( At least it's easily fixable, I guess...

If it's anything like a delayed medical, you have to mail it yourself via DHL they won't do it for you. First you obtain the missing piece, then you mail it through DHL.

You have to provide a cover letter with your MTL00000000 number, your ID referral number (found in your CSC profile online) and address it to the IV Unit Department. Its all on the flyer they gave when they explained you would have to complete your application by mail :)

Bad news is they've very slow with anything mailed and once they get it, it should take them 4-6 weeks to process it.

Does it have to be DHL? I was planning on sending it by usps express mail. Does it matter?

Thanks.


I am the USC
September 7, 2010 - I-129F sent
September 18, 2010 - NOA1 hard copy received
February 3, 2011 - Approved
February 8, 2011 - NOA2 Hard copy received
May 30, 2011 - Medical
July 12, 2011 - Interview
August 31, 2011 Visa in hand
September 7, 2011 - POE
October 14, 2011 - Married!

Adjustment of Status
Sent - November 8, 2011
Delivered - November 9, 2011
NOA1 for all applications(email) - November 10,2011
NOA1 hard copy - November 17, 2011
Biometrics letter for December 13 - November 17, 2011
Walk in Biometrics November 25, 2011
RFE :( November 28, 2011
RFE response review - December 7. 2011
RFE#2 December 28, 2011
RFE response review - January 10, 2012
EAD Production - January 11, 2012
Case transferred - January 17, 2012
Green card in production - March 30, 2012

ROC

File date - March 24, 2014

Letter saying we need to be interviewed - November 2014

Interview and approved on December 09, 2014

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So, it's a photo copy of the birth certificate for the I - 129 f, right? It makes sense but I could of sworn the lady said I needed the real/ original mailed to that location and not photo copy.

We did put it in! Not sure why it's all of a sudden not there. Oh well.

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So, it's a photo copy of the birth certificate for the I - 129 f, right? It makes sense but I could of sworn the lady said I needed the real/ original mailed to that location and not photo copy.

We did put it in! Not sure why it's all of a sudden not there. Oh well.

Curious how you'd get your original back - so the financial piece worked out well then?


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Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

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Yeah, that was all good :)

I need to stop thinking a "real certificate" needs to be sent. Clearly I misunderstood her.

It's getting sent today through a usps mail service this morning. Champlain, NY, should have it at 3pm tomorrow and I pray to god Montreal sends the stiff right when they receive it.

Edited by Manowar

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We are still waiting for approval. Only good thing is that DOS now says Montreal received my birth certificate on July 25th. Hopefully that is a good sign we will be approved soon. The person on the phone said it should be no more than two weeks, but I don't really believe that. :(


I am the USC
September 7, 2010 - I-129F sent
September 18, 2010 - NOA1 hard copy received
February 3, 2011 - Approved
February 8, 2011 - NOA2 Hard copy received
May 30, 2011 - Medical
July 12, 2011 - Interview
August 31, 2011 Visa in hand
September 7, 2011 - POE
October 14, 2011 - Married!

Adjustment of Status
Sent - November 8, 2011
Delivered - November 9, 2011
NOA1 for all applications(email) - November 10,2011
NOA1 hard copy - November 17, 2011
Biometrics letter for December 13 - November 17, 2011
Walk in Biometrics November 25, 2011
RFE :( November 28, 2011
RFE response review - December 7. 2011
RFE#2 December 28, 2011
RFE response review - January 10, 2012
EAD Production - January 11, 2012
Case transferred - January 17, 2012
Green card in production - March 30, 2012

ROC

File date - March 24, 2014

Letter saying we need to be interviewed - November 2014

Interview and approved on December 09, 2014

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We have been calling daily for the past two weeks, and they have always said our case is pending. Today the DOS person said we are in administrative processing. I know people don't like when this happens to them, but for our situation, is it a good thing? does it mean they are actually looking at the document I sent?

Thanks.


I am the USC
September 7, 2010 - I-129F sent
September 18, 2010 - NOA1 hard copy received
February 3, 2011 - Approved
February 8, 2011 - NOA2 Hard copy received
May 30, 2011 - Medical
July 12, 2011 - Interview
August 31, 2011 Visa in hand
September 7, 2011 - POE
October 14, 2011 - Married!

Adjustment of Status
Sent - November 8, 2011
Delivered - November 9, 2011
NOA1 for all applications(email) - November 10,2011
NOA1 hard copy - November 17, 2011
Biometrics letter for December 13 - November 17, 2011
Walk in Biometrics November 25, 2011
RFE :( November 28, 2011
RFE response review - December 7. 2011
RFE#2 December 28, 2011
RFE response review - January 10, 2012
EAD Production - January 11, 2012
Case transferred - January 17, 2012
Green card in production - March 30, 2012

ROC

File date - March 24, 2014

Letter saying we need to be interviewed - November 2014

Interview and approved on December 09, 2014

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Even though it seems like it is just me and him posting here, I'll update anyway. lol.

Yesterday we finally got some type of news. On August 12th they started reviewing our case/my mail...finally. Of course that makes me happy, finally some type of update, but still, August 12th was a week ago, and still not approved. I know they are really slow, and it took over a week for their computer to update about reviewing, since we have called every weekday since the 12th, and yesterday was our first time being told that, so I assume it was just updated Friday. My emails from Montreal have said they start reviewing mail about 4 weeks after it is received, and I have read posts here saying it takes about 4 weeks also. Monday it will be exactly 4 weeks, so really hoping this is THE week we are finally approved. Of course, after we are approved it will be a new thing to wait on for who knows how long, the visa being issued! but right now, just being approved would be great.

Edited by Angela.

I am the USC
September 7, 2010 - I-129F sent
September 18, 2010 - NOA1 hard copy received
February 3, 2011 - Approved
February 8, 2011 - NOA2 Hard copy received
May 30, 2011 - Medical
July 12, 2011 - Interview
August 31, 2011 Visa in hand
September 7, 2011 - POE
October 14, 2011 - Married!

Adjustment of Status
Sent - November 8, 2011
Delivered - November 9, 2011
NOA1 for all applications(email) - November 10,2011
NOA1 hard copy - November 17, 2011
Biometrics letter for December 13 - November 17, 2011
Walk in Biometrics November 25, 2011
RFE :( November 28, 2011
RFE response review - December 7. 2011
RFE#2 December 28, 2011
RFE response review - January 10, 2012
EAD Production - January 11, 2012
Case transferred - January 17, 2012
Green card in production - March 30, 2012

ROC

File date - March 24, 2014

Letter saying we need to be interviewed - November 2014

Interview and approved on December 09, 2014

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If you did mail them additional info by mail after your interview, it is at least 4 weeks before they do anything with it. Happened to me and I went crazy. I hear back from them by week 5. AP means nothing good or bad. Unless they did raise an issue, it's just that in-between phase after the interview and when your visa is ready.

You should hear from them soon. Hang in there and use those last days in Canada to the fullest!


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ROC completed April 2014

AOS from K1 completed February 2012

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