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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Canada

We have an appointment on Friday morning at "officially" 9:30am in Montreal. If we show up really early, will we be seen earlier, or just wait around longer? Any way to guage how long we will be at the consulate? We're wondering if we will be out before we have to check out of the hotel or not? It's for an I130/CR1. Can't contact the consulate until after 2pm. I know we have to leave and come back for the visa, but as far as the initial visit, wondering how long it is?


Approval Dates:

I130 Approved (NOA2) 7/20/06 (144 Days)

I129 Approved (NOA2) 8/24/06 (41 Days)

Documents we have so far:

Criminal/police record check.

Immunization records/medical history (including negative Tb, HIV, syphyllis, etc).

Chest x-ray.

His birth certificate (long form).

Our marriage certificate.

My divorce decree.

Our passports.

Wedding photos, cards, credit cards, health insurance, evidence of legitimate marriage.

Notarized I-134 and supporting documents.

Notarized I-184 and supporting documents.

Five additional passport photos each.

Questions: See "Married on Visitor Visa"post

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Filed: Country: Canada

Montreal is first come-first served. If you arrive at 9:30, you'd be in for a long wait. Get in line at the Consulate by 7:30.. doors open at 8:00..

If you do that you should be out by 10:00 or so.

To get the visa, you have a choice..

1) Go to the consulate at 3:00 the following day to pick it up yourself

2) Give them a postage paid ExpressPost envelope and they will send it to you.

Edited by zyggy

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

Yeppers, first come first serve sort of. I was first I think (maybe second) but they called other people that were in the same line before me!! I was out of there by 1020. Like Zyggy stated, no longer do they hand out the Visa the same day!! In your case (friday interview) you would have to wait to monday to get the visa!!

Most of the time in the consulate your just sitting around waiting, and waiting!! Interview itself is very quick, mine was well under 10 minutes.

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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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

Yes, first come first served. Our interview was scheduled for 9:30 AM. We got there around 7:57 AM and were number 4. They started calling numbers at 8:30 so we could give them the pictures and the medical. Then we were told to sit and wait. We were called for our interview around 9:10 (before 1 & 2 were called in). So, by 9:25 we were out of there and on our way back to the hotel. That's our experience.

Good luck, evergreen!


09/16/2005 Mailed I-130 (CSC)

09/21/2005 NOA 1

02/07/2006 NOA 2 (Day 143)

02/25/2006 Petitioner receives AOS Bill in U.S. (Day 161)

02/27/2006 AOS Bill (regular USPS) and DS-3032 (Canada Post regular) are mailed out

03/21/2006 Petitioner receives I-864 package (Day 185)

03/22/2006 Beneficiary receives IV Bill and sends payment - regular mail (Day 186)

03/24/2006 Petitioner sends back I-864 (Day 188)

04/13/2006 Beneficiary receives DS-230 (Day 208)

05/10/2006 Beneficiary sends back DS-230 and docs to NVC via Fedex (Day 235)

05/19/2006 NVC issues RFE on Question # 20 on the DS-230. (Day 244)

05/29/2006 Beneficiary receives RFE and sends it off (Day 254)

06/02/2006 NVC receives RFE (Day 258)

06/16/2006 Case Complete! (Day 272)

07/07/2006 Case forwarded to Consulate in Montreal (Day 293)


08/14/2006 Picked up visa and crossed the border.

08/25/2006 SS card arrives in the mail

09/07/2006 GC arrives in the mail.


02/01/2006 Mailed I-129F

02/07/2006 NOA1

04/14/2006 I-129F is approved!

04/24/2006 NVC forwards the application to the consulate in Montreal

05/01/2006 Packet 3 is received from consulate & is sent of 3 days later

07/07/2006 Medical

08/08/2006 INTERVIEW- cancelled bec. of CR-1

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