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I mailed packet 3 to the consulate in Montreal on January 13th. On January 20th, they responded with a letter telling me that I needed to provide a couple of things that were missing. On January 25th, my immigration lawyer emailed me to say they had received the letter and that I needed to address the issues in the letter before the case would continue to be processed. The lawyers had used an in-house DS-156 form rather than the online one, and forwarded it to me to sign and send to the consulate. This form didn't have the barcode on it, so the consulate was requesting I re-do the form and get a bar code. My lawyer also neglected to tell me I need to provide a photocopy of the biographic page of my passport and the consulate was requesting this as well. (I know, I will never hire a lawyer again to do something I can do better myself!)

On the 26th, I sent the information to the consulate via Canada Post Priority Next A.M. service since DHL doesn't have an outlet in my area. Canada Post guarantees next day delivery. According to their tracking system they attempted delivery at approximately 10 am on the 27th but apparently there wasn't anyone there to accept the envelope so they left a delivery card with information on where the envelope can be picked up. My first question is, WHY there wouldn't be someone at the consulate on a Friday morning to take delivery of my envelope! Does this make sense?

My other question is, does anyone know how the consulate will treat a delivery card notice? Do they go pick up mail at the post office or will it sit there for a while? I'm at the point where I am more than ready to book my appointment and there appears to be a reasonably short wait time for available dates at the moment. I don't want to miss out on a March appointment. I would try calling the consulate, but my understanding is that Montreal doesn't answer the phone and they are very slow to respond to emails.

I am considering sending a second envelope via courier (at least a courier will make more than one attempt to deliver) so that it will be delivered to the embassy on Tuesday morning, in case the one that is at the post office right now ends up just sitting there for days. Is this a good idea? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm just anxious to book my appointment!


K1 process

2011-07-19 I-129f sent

2011-07-21 NOA1

2011-12-12 NOA2

2011-12-16 NVC received

2011-12-20 NVC left

2011-12-21 Consulate received

2012-01-13 Packet 3 sent

2012-01-25 letter from consulate re: packet 3 (lawyer's mistake)

2012-01-26 Packet 3 re-sent

2012-02-03 Packet 4 sent

2012-03-26 Interview - Passed!

2012-03-31 POE

2012-04-08 Married!!!

AOS

2012-05-04 Sent I-485, I-765 and I-131

2012-05-11 Email receipt confirmation received

2012-05-18 NOA1 received

2012-05-23 Biometrics appointment notice received

2012-05-24 Request for Initial Evidence received

2012-06-06 Biometrics appointment

2012-06-11 Applied for SSN

2012-06-16 SSN arrived (only took 5 days!)

2012-07-24 NBC received our response to RFE

2012-08-07 email notification - EAD & AP approved!

2012-08-16 EAD/AP card received

2012-09-27 AOS approved!

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I mailed packet 3 to the consulate in Montreal on January 13th. On January 20th, they responded with a letter telling me that I needed to provide a couple of things that were missing. On January 25th, my immigration lawyer emailed me to say they had received the letter and that I needed to address the issues in the letter before the case would continue to be processed. The lawyers had used an in-house DS-156 form rather than the online one, and forwarded it to me to sign and send to the consulate. This form didn't have the barcode on it, so the consulate was requesting I re-do the form and get a bar code. My lawyer also neglected to tell me I need to provide a photocopy of the biographic page of my passport and the consulate was requesting this as well. (I know, I will never hire a lawyer again to do something I can do better myself!)

On the 26th, I sent the information to the consulate via Canada Post Priority Next A.M. service since DHL doesn't have an outlet in my area. Canada Post guarantees next day delivery. According to their tracking system they attempted delivery at approximately 10 am on the 27th but apparently there wasn't anyone there to accept the envelope so they left a delivery card with information on where the envelope can be picked up. My first question is, WHY there wouldn't be someone at the consulate on a Friday morning to take delivery of my envelope! Does this make sense?

My other question is, does anyone know how the consulate will treat a delivery card notice? Do they go pick up mail at the post office or will it sit there for a while? I'm at the point where I am more than ready to book my appointment and there appears to be a reasonably short wait time for available dates at the moment. I don't want to miss out on a March appointment. I would try calling the consulate, but my understanding is that Montreal doesn't answer the phone and they are very slow to respond to emails.

I am considering sending a second envelope via courier (at least a courier will make more than one attempt to deliver) so that it will be delivered to the embassy on Tuesday morning, in case the one that is at the post office right now ends up just sitting there for days. Is this a good idea? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm just anxious to book my appointment!

There are lots of reasons a delivery notice would have been left, but it's really up to your judgment on whether or not you resend it. Personally, I would wait until at least end of business day Monday (Even before the 5pm xpresspost cutoff on Tuesday, actually) to see if there's any change in the tracking number before taking that step. Keep in mind that it being received at Montreal is not necessarily any indicator of how soon you'll be able to book anything, either, as they can be notoriously slow with processing things they get in the mail.

Good luck!!


K1:
10-27-10 : I129F Sent
11-03-10 : NOA1
04-06-11 : NOA2
06-20-11 : Medical (Toronto)
08-03-11 : Interview - APPROVED!
08-12-11 : Visa in Hand & POE
09-17-11 : Wedding <3

AOS:
11-02-11 : AOS Sent
12-05-11 : RFE
12-09-11 : Biometrics
01-11-12 : EAD/AP Card received
01-30-12 : AOS Interview
02-03-12 : Card Production Ordered
02-08-12 : Green Card received

ROC:

11-22-13 : ROC Sent

11-27-13 : NOA

12-17-13 : Biometrics

04-01-14 : RFE

05-16-14 : RFE Response Sent

05-22-14 : Card Production Ordered

05-30-14 : Card in hand

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On the 26th, I sent the information to the consulate via Canada Post Priority Next A.M. service since DHL doesn't have an outlet in my area. Canada Post guarantees next day delivery. According to their tracking system they attempted delivery at approximately 10 am on the 27th but apparently there wasn't anyone there to accept the envelope so they left a delivery card with information on where the envelope can be picked up. My first question is, WHY there wouldn't be someone at the consulate on a Friday morning to take delivery of my envelope! Does this make sense?

Why there isn't anyone to pick up the mail? because its not mailed to the consul its mailed to the mail depot they have that collects all their mail! just like a P.O box its a drop station. Then someone goes in and picks up all the sacks of mail and goes through them all. They have to find your card first then go get it from the post office.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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Thanks for both of your replies. I understand a little better so I'll see how things go tomorrow and then decide whether I will send another copy :)


K1 process

2011-07-19 I-129f sent

2011-07-21 NOA1

2011-12-12 NOA2

2011-12-16 NVC received

2011-12-20 NVC left

2011-12-21 Consulate received

2012-01-13 Packet 3 sent

2012-01-25 letter from consulate re: packet 3 (lawyer's mistake)

2012-01-26 Packet 3 re-sent

2012-02-03 Packet 4 sent

2012-03-26 Interview - Passed!

2012-03-31 POE

2012-04-08 Married!!!

AOS

2012-05-04 Sent I-485, I-765 and I-131

2012-05-11 Email receipt confirmation received

2012-05-18 NOA1 received

2012-05-23 Biometrics appointment notice received

2012-05-24 Request for Initial Evidence received

2012-06-06 Biometrics appointment

2012-06-11 Applied for SSN

2012-06-16 SSN arrived (only took 5 days!)

2012-07-24 NBC received our response to RFE

2012-08-07 email notification - EAD & AP approved!

2012-08-16 EAD/AP card received

2012-09-27 AOS approved!

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