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HI everyone, I have been trying to figure out if anything can be done that realistically speeds up the process at NVC or even once your NOA2 is approved. I have a couple questions I was hoping anyone would clarify for me.

Would Electronic Processing really help much? I thought I saw somewhere that they don't do that anymore??

We will be interviewing in Montreal and from what I can gather it seems that the interview takes place approximately 4 months after your NOA2 approval (sound correct?)

I had a CR-1 a few years ago when we lived in the US, I will still have to do the medical exam again anyway, right?

Thanks in advance and hopefully these aren't repeated questions that I have just missed the answer to!

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Making sure you on top of the NVC by calling and getting the information there as fast as possible is what helps the process. Montreal totally does electronic processing and you should take advantage of it. Scan everything you need into a PDF file to send to them and premake any emails and cover letters if you want with the understanding you'll need their top sheet to be printed and scanned as well.

You will have to do the medical again yes.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss


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Thanks! Anything that can be done to make up for lost time waiting on the VSC will help us for sure.

Does anyone know if an immigration lawyer can e-file for you?

A lawyer can NOT make things faster--usually slow things down. The best thing YOU can do is read the GUIDES on the correct forum and ensure you know how the process goes and ensure you have all the required paperwork and required documents (Long form birth cert, divorce records, etc etc etc) have seen quite a few people on VJ that joined years ago, then when it comes time to the Interview they are missing documents, etc etc WHY--because they never took a few hrs and did a bit of research. No 1 cares more about ur case than YOU.

Welcome to VJ, its a great FREE source of info and one can ask all the questions they want......but keep in mind its a very good chance it has already been asked, so do try the search feature, yes its not the greatest, so one does have to play around with the wording. VJ does tend to be a bit quiet on weekends and holidays. Best of luck

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somethin grabbed my attention in newport's post! mentioning somethin about the interview taking place approx 4 months after NOA2? is that a fact? why would it take that long? don't you get an interview date once your case is completed at NVC? and don't they normally schedule a month later?! from what I've seen people get their interviews a month after their case closes at NVC.

Edited by EmilyS


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Montreal is very busy, hence the majority of interviews take place about 4 months or so after NOA2. They're busy because the majority of K1s and all CR1/IR1s go through Montreal and because there's just a lot of Canadians applying for visas. From the initial petition (I-129F/I-130) to POE the process take about 8 months to a year.

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Ya, I just gathered the estimate of 4 months from looking at a few timelines. It's longer than we hoped to wait but at least it is a little more time to get everything together.

I have seen postings by a few VSC filers with NOA-1 dates just a couple days later than me getting approved, so hoping to hear something soon! They were K-1 though.

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If you fill out your timeline it may give you a better idea of when to expect an approval. I think the dates for VSC and CSC are decently accurate to the actual processing dates. The last update on the USCIS website for VSC was on October 30th and they were processing May 21.

Edited by NikiR

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss


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Four months is a good estimate. That's what I'm hoping for anyway based on all the timelines I've looked at. It's a super busy consulate and we're stuck with it ;)

2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2

2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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