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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Ok let me begin. Met my hubby online 2 years ago. He lives in the US im in canada. I flew down for christmas and he proposed. We did a little research, and im first to admit we didnt do enough. We married in the US in April 2005. Went about our lives happily ever after (so we thought) In july 2005 i put my daughter on a plane to come to canada to visit her dad, well when my parents went to bring her to buffalo airport, she was denied admittance. I got a 5:30 am call from customs asking if i had filed I-130 forms. Hubby and i were like what? we didnt do enough research. we honestly didnt know that paperwork had to be filed even though we married. Needless to say, 2weeks after that phone call, i flew back to canada. Anyways...we have since filed the I-130, for BOTH my daughter and i. Right now we are at the point where i recieved some forms that indicated i need to get a police check (which should come in mail any day) and i had to send away for a long form birth certificate(should come anytime as well) Theres a couple forms i gotta fill out and mail in along with the police check, BC, and immunization record.

Can anybody tell me what happens next? In this last bunch of papers i recieved it had a paper about visa interviews in Montreal...do i really have to go all theway there? can it not be done in Toronto (45 mins away). The last year hubby and i have been travelling back and forth visiting each other, usually i go down for 8 weeks at a time, then come back here for a few months. I am so tired of being apart. I feel like my life is on hold, i just want my family together. I guess what i need is someone to tell me that we're almost there, near the end of the red tape. Plz help?


May 23 2007 IS OUR INTERVIEW, PLEASE PRAY FOR US!

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

I don't have that much to offer, as I'm not exactly sure where u are along the process. Yeppers the process sucks, thats just the way it goes. Could be worse. Ensure ur police check was done Canada wide. if you have ever had a criminal record you wil need finger printing as well. NO criminal record, NO fingerprinting. Ensure you have a valid passport. You will require more pics for the medical. on one of the packages that you wil recieve, it will state how many you require. By the sounds of it (I-130) your going the cr-1 route. Again not sure where you are on the process, but for the cr-1 interviews, NVC schedules the interviews and not Montreal, thus once it is approved at NVC, you can phone them at you might be able to find out ur interview date, prior to the package arriving at your mailbox.

For cr-1 (married under 2 yrs ) ir-1 (married over 2 yrs) Montreal does ALL the interviews for canada!!! Vancouver as well as Mtl do the K3 and K1 visas!! Probably not much of a help to you, as its been awhile since I have gone through the process, but no one else was replying. I'm pretty sure I-130 is the cr-1 (ir-1) route, thus it may have been better to post in tat forum, but no big deal!! were a friendly bunch


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
Timeline

Thanks for your reply. Again, in my haste, i didn't read the whole site :blush: I just got so excited to find this site, I wish I had found it months ago. I just looked at my papers and yes its CR1 and the papers I have to fill out are the DS-230. Thanks again :yes:


May 23 2007 IS OUR INTERVIEW, PLEASE PRAY FOR US!

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Timeline

Head on over to the CR-1 forum and read the sticky at the top. Lots of good info. As well there is a Canada section. At the top of the Canadian forum is another few stickies that have a lot of great info


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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Thanks for your reply. Again, in my haste, i didn't read the whole site :blush: I just got so excited to find this site, I wish I had found it months ago. I just looked at my papers and yes its CR1 and the papers I have to fill out are the DS-230. Thanks again :yes:

Looks like you are almost at the end of the NVC process. Please also go through the NVC forum as well as CR-1 forums to be more familiar with the whole process.


I-130 Timeline with USCIS:

It took 92 days for I-130 to get approved from the filing date

NVC Process of I-130:

It took 78 days to complete the NVC process

Interview Process at The U.S. Embassy

Interview took 223 days from the I-130 filing date. Immigrant Visa was issued right after the interview

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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Don't worry, you're on your way now. Sorry you had some nasty surprises, but you're in the homes stretch now. Sounds like you're waiting for the interview. Who knows, you might meet some of us there!


I-130 sent Mar 30, 06

approved Aug 15, 06

I-129f sent April 24, 06

approved July 27, 06

Montreal interview Jan 18, 07

POE Toronto Jan 28, 07

EAD sent Jan. 30, 07

transferred to Vermont Feb 12

biometrics Feb 22

approved March 13

card returned undeliverable! March 27

called after 6 weeks to have EAD re-sent

AOS sent Jan. 30, 07

biometrics Feb 22

RFE for complete medical (!) Feb 23

Called Senator from NJ - never returned call

Infopass March 19 (no help)

Replied to RFE with duplicate medical March 19

Sent additional evidence (I-693A) March 26

NBC received supplement March 30

touched April 4

Interview July 16

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