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What is required to send in for pkt 3

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For anyone that is sending in forms prior to receiving pkt 3 in the non-existent Canada post. There are two conflicting web pages on the Montreal consulate website on what is required to send in for pkt 3.

This page is what I went by (see 2nd half of page for k-1):

http://montreal.usconsulate.gov/content/content.asp?section=visas&document=immigrant_visa

The other page here has a couple additional requirements to provide 2 passport photos and the biographic passport data. We did not include that and when we received pkt 4 there was an additional letter asking for them.

http://montreal.usconsulate.gov/content/content.asp?section=visas&document=visa_pkt3

The good news is that even though those items were missing they still said it was ok to schedule the interview.

Why they can't wait for the interview to receive them I don't know. I didn't see others including those in the list of requirements for pkt 3, but apparently they want them now.

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-Paul & Jenni

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Thanks for this! I think it's good information.

I was told to not bother sending the photos and the biographic page by some posters here and I'm glad I went with my gut and listened to the consulate's website instead. :)

The instructions I got from others were all in good faith and were based on what they had done and had no problems with, but I know that the consulate can and does change the way they do things. :)

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I sent passport photos with Packet 3 as well, but I was also asked for three more at the interview. Just a heads up. :) I don't know if this is common, but I'm glad I had extras.

They asked for 3 more at the interview? I thought they only needed 2 at the interview and 3 at the medical. They are so inconsistent.


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They asked for 3 more at the interview? I thought they only needed 2 at the interview and 3 at the medical. They are so inconsistent.

Yup. I originally wasn't going to take any because I sent some with packet 3, but on the off chance that stuff got lost, I took a few extra. I'm glad I did because it was one of the first things they asked me for.

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Wow I thought they only wanted two as well. I even sent two with my packet 3 and I have two photos currently but I think I'll get some extra ones just in case.

I sent in photos and the biographic information page photocopy with my Packet 3. Others didn't do this and still got approved though, and the consulate website certainly is confusing with those two contradictory pages! Better to err on the side of caution I say.

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The good thing is that Montreal has a photobooth for passport pictures right in the waiting area before going up to the main floor where you do your interview. So if it's not something you have at the time, no worries.

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The other page here has a couple additional requirements to provide 2 passport photos and the biographic passport data. We did not include that and when we received pkt 4 there was an additional letter asking for them.

http://montreal.usconsulate.gov/content/content.asp?section=visas&document=visa_pkt3

fyi,

This is useful info for future packet 3-ers. After sending in my packet 3 I received a letter asking for 2 photos and my passport bio page. I couldn't schedule the interview yet because they were also asking for my DS-156 again (I'd filled it in by hand the first time, oops!). Based on what some people are saying, it also seems like a good idea to bring passport photos with you to the interview even if you sent some with packet 3, because you never know what they're going to ask you for even if you already sent it. Ahh, bureaucracy... :no:


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The good thing is that Montreal has a photobooth for passport pictures right in the waiting area before going up to the main floor where you do your interview. So if it's not something you have at the time, no worries.

Ah, great tip. Thank you! I didn't want to waste any more money on photos.

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Ah, great tip. Thank you! I didn't want to waste any more money on photos.

I can't remember the cost of the photobooth at the consulate, but it wasn't much. I guess you can wait and see if they ask you for any.

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