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Hi everyone.

My interview is coming up on Thursday and I leave Vancouver airport Wednesday afternoon. Because I get into Montreal so late, I am not getting a hotel room. I will hang out at the airport for a couple of hours before heading into downtown for the appointment. For those of you that have done this before who might actually see this, what do they do with people who have cell phones? I don't really need to take it, but my wife would like me to call her as soon as I have completed the process, and I am leaving at 6pm Thursday evening, hence the lack of a hotel. We are not supposed to bring anything but I would really like to know if they just hold your cell phone for you until the appointment is over without any major hassle... If it is I will leave it at home and my wife (and everyone else)can find out later that evening which isn't ideal. thanks in advance if you can help.

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Hi,

They will just hold your cell phone in a locker on the first floor (the consulate is on the 20-something-th floor). You can get your cell phone back when you get back in the lobby. They will also hold your keys, your wallet, all electronics, and anything that they deem could pose a threat.

Also, don't bring a backpack! or else you will be required to take it to a restaurant nearby and pay a $5 fee.

The best thing to do is bring as little things as necessary. But don't worry there will be no hassle getting your things back when you are done.

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Canada regional forum; topic is about procedures at the US Consulate in Montreal which are applicable to more than just one visa process.


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Hi everyone.

My interview is coming up on Thursday and I leave Vancouver airport Wednesday afternoon. Because I get into Montreal so late, I am not getting a hotel room. I will hang out at the airport for a couple of hours before heading into downtown for the appointment. For those of you that have done this before who might actually see this, what do they do with people who have cell phones? I don't really need to take it, but my wife would like me to call her as soon as I have completed the process, and I am leaving at 6pm Thursday evening, hence the lack of a hotel. We are not supposed to bring anything but I would really like to know if they just hold your cell phone for you until the appointment is over without any major hassle... If it is I will leave it at home and my wife (and everyone else)can find out later that evening which isn't ideal. thanks in advance if you can help.

You can not take ANYTHING in the consulate but your paperwork. They will turn you away if you have cell phones, purses, back packs, lap tops and even key fobs to unlock your car. When we went to our interview they turned people away for having that stuff. They went to a coffee shop down the street and as the previous poster said, they will hold your stuff for you for a fee.


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Someone might make a bunch of money opening a place close by that has lockers for rent!

There is a restaurant nearby that does that


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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hey there, I do have a question...you noted that you were leaving vancouver to fly to montreal...are you from vancouver? and if so, why is your interview in montreal?!! i'm from northern BC, and was assuming my interview would be in vancouver, but based on this post, your interview isnt near where you are from?!!

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hey there, I do have a question...you noted that you were leaving vancouver to fly to montreal...are you from vancouver? and if so, why is your interview in montreal?!! i'm from northern BC, and was assuming my interview would be in vancouver, but based on this post, your interview isnt near where you are from?!!

Which Visa route are you going??? if its k1, yes it will be to Vancouver, but if it is a CR-1/Ir-1 then you and every other person in Canada going that route got Montreal


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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There is a restaurant nearby that does that

I know but it would be an advantage to have both a small hotel or bed and breakfast that serves EARLY and has lockers for rent like they do at waterparks etc. I'm thinking lockers like west ed mall where you have to input cash or a credit card...Or like parking lots in some places like Calgary. How can you tell I've lived in Alberta too long! EEK! Get me outta here! LOL!


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Which Visa route are you going??? if its k1, yes it will be to Vancouver, but if it is a CR-1/Ir-1 then you and every other person in Canada going that route got Montreal

phewwf! ya, K1 we're going...got me worried there for a sec though!

Good luck :)

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phewwf! ya, K1 we're going...got me worried there for a sec though!

Good luck :)

And Vancouver has different paperwork than what Mtl requires I believe, so one had to pay attention to that as well


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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