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So someone told me on the CR-1/IR-1 board that they're ONLY done in Montreal. But then I read somewhere else that they're done in Vancouver, too. So does anyone know what the real answer is? Also, would love to hear about where people have gone for interviews... If they are also done in Vancouver, what determines which one your interview will be done at? Do you have any say? We're in Alberta, so Vancouver sure would be a lot closer to go to than Montreal! Thank you!


Our History - 5 years of marriage, known each other for 8 years (and counting!)
06/15/2006 - Met my husband online
05/06/2007 - Met in person for the first time in San Francisco, CA
11/04/2007 - Met in person again for two weeks in San Francisco, CA
12/15/2007 - Decide to be friends, due to distance
06/01/2009 - Entered Canada with my husband, intending to return to the US (started living together)
06/09/2009 - My husband and I fall in love
09/20/2009 - Married in Calgary, AB, Canada
06/09/2010 - 1st Anniversary
06/09/2011 - 2nd Anniversary
12/18/2011 - Expecting our first child
06/09/2012 - 3rd Anniversary
08/31/2012 - Our son is born in St. Albert, AB, Canada

06/09/2013 - 4th Anniversary

06/09/2014 - 5th Anniversary

USCIS - 36 days
12/10/2012 - Mailed I-130
01/01/2013 - Received NOA1 email
01/11/2013 - Received NOA1 letter in mail
02/05/2013 - NOA2 (Approved) but update is not reflected anywhere
02/19/2013 - Received NOA2 letter in mail


NVC
03/06/2013 - AOS fee invoice received
04/18/2013 - AOS fee paid
04/21/2013 - AOS paperwork mailed

01/06/2014 - Supporting documents requested

06/24/2014 - Mailed supporting documents

07/03/2014 - Email verifying documents were received

07/10/2014 - Received interview date

08/11/2014 - Scheduled medical

08/15/2014 - Scheduled interview date (APPROVED!)

08/18/2014 - Visa status changes to ISSUED on CEAC website

08/19/2014 - Waybill # for Loomis arrives in e-mail

08/20/2014 - Visa/Passport ready for pick up early morning

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ALL CR1/IR1s are done in Montreal. K1s (fiance) are done in either Montreal of Vancouver. If you are a K1 and leave in eastern Canada you go to Montreal, western you go to Vancouver. Sorry, you'll have to fly out to Montreal to make your interview.

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I believe Vancouver stopped doing CR1/IR1 when they did away with the K3 immigrant visa in 2010. They still do the fiance visa as far as I know but all I130 is done through Montreal now.

Be expecting to travel a lot! I was in Winnipeg and I traveled to Toronto (I could stay with my uncle to wait for results) for medical and then Vancouver (flew in for the interview flew out same day, couldn't afford an overnight) for interview talk about expensive!!

Hope that helps!


K-3 Visa Interview Date : 2009-10-19 Approved POE: 2009-10-28 Emerson ND

See time-line or Profile for more info

EAD

2010-06-07: Date Filed

2010-10-16: EAD in hand!

2010-10-23: SSN Received in normal post!!

AoS- Chicago Lock Box

2010-10-18(Day 1): Mailed again :)

2011-03-17(Day 159): Interview - Review file response

2011-03-18(Day 160): Card production email/text for Green Card!

2011-03-21(Day 163): Welcome to USA letter received

2011-03-22(Day 164): Another text for card production! Start printing GC?

2011-03-23(Day 165): Text/email moving into post decision activity! Mail GC?

2011-03-26(Day 168): GC in hand and done for 3-10 years depending on the citizenship decision...Still unsure!

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2017-02-13(Day 1): Finally made the decision to apply for citizenship. Package went in mail

2017-02-16(Day 4): 1st NOA "went background checks are complete interview will be scheduled" no mention of Biometrics

2017-03-03(Day 15) Biometrics letter arrives scheduled for 2017-03-13 Might try a walk in earlier

 

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As Pocheros stated--ALL cr-1/ir-1 goto Montreal, its that easy


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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Montreal for yer visa type. Plan ahead , add 2 days for the poutine tour of Montreal - it's the shiznit !


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If you are a K1 and leave in eastern Canada you go to Montreal, western you go to Vancouver.

I meant to say live, not leave, whoops!

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Crumbs :(. My husband's is an IR-1. So it'll be Montreal then. Does anyone know if there's a place to get a medical in Alberta (like Calgary)? If not, where's the closest? And does anyone have any idea what the cost of it is?


Our History - 5 years of marriage, known each other for 8 years (and counting!)
06/15/2006 - Met my husband online
05/06/2007 - Met in person for the first time in San Francisco, CA
11/04/2007 - Met in person again for two weeks in San Francisco, CA
12/15/2007 - Decide to be friends, due to distance
06/01/2009 - Entered Canada with my husband, intending to return to the US (started living together)
06/09/2009 - My husband and I fall in love
09/20/2009 - Married in Calgary, AB, Canada
06/09/2010 - 1st Anniversary
06/09/2011 - 2nd Anniversary
12/18/2011 - Expecting our first child
06/09/2012 - 3rd Anniversary
08/31/2012 - Our son is born in St. Albert, AB, Canada

06/09/2013 - 4th Anniversary

06/09/2014 - 5th Anniversary

USCIS - 36 days
12/10/2012 - Mailed I-130
01/01/2013 - Received NOA1 email
01/11/2013 - Received NOA1 letter in mail
02/05/2013 - NOA2 (Approved) but update is not reflected anywhere
02/19/2013 - Received NOA2 letter in mail


NVC
03/06/2013 - AOS fee invoice received
04/18/2013 - AOS fee paid
04/21/2013 - AOS paperwork mailed

01/06/2014 - Supporting documents requested

06/24/2014 - Mailed supporting documents

07/03/2014 - Email verifying documents were received

07/10/2014 - Received interview date

08/11/2014 - Scheduled medical

08/15/2014 - Scheduled interview date (APPROVED!)

08/18/2014 - Visa status changes to ISSUED on CEAC website

08/19/2014 - Waybill # for Loomis arrives in e-mail

08/20/2014 - Visa/Passport ready for pick up early morning

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Crumbs :(. My husband's is an IR-1. So it'll be Montreal then. Does anyone know if there's a place to get a medical in Alberta (like Calgary)? If not, where's the closest? And does anyone have any idea what the cost of it is?

Out of curiosity--are you (The American)living in Canada?? If so you may want to look at the top of this forum and read the DOMICILE thread and see some of the issues that American living in Canada have had to go through.


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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Crumbs :(. My husband's is an IR-1. So it'll be Montreal then. Does anyone know if there's a place to get a medical in Alberta (like Calgary)? If not, where's the closest? And does anyone have any idea what the cost of it is?

There are 4 places in Canada to get a medical done. Surrey (which is by Vancouver), 2 in Toronto and Montreal. Personally I plan on being in Montreal for about a week, getting my medical done there and then going to the interview. I also live in Alberta. The cost is from $200-$300 without vaccinations.

http://travel.state.gov/pdf/medical/MTL-MED-ENGL-0011-1207.pdf

Specifically:

U.S. Immigration Medical

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Dr. Gulzar Cheema

7170–120th Street

Surrey, BC V3W 3M8

604-597-6887

email: panelphysicianusa@drcheema.ca

http://www.drcheema.ca

ONTARIO

Dr. Howard Seiden & Associates

Front-Frederick Health Services

365 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400

Toronto, ON M4W 3L4

416-362-5603

1-866-362-5603

www.panelphysicians.com

Dr. Lyndon Mascarenhas

200 St. Claire Ave. W. Suite 101-W

Toronto, ON M4V 1R1

416-960-1014

QUEBEC

Medisys Health Group Inc.

500 Sherbrooke St., West #1100

Montreal, QC H3A 3C6

514-499-2777 ext. 3500

1-800-499-1394 ext. 3500


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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Out of curiosity--are you (The American)living in Canada?? If so you may want to look at the top of this forum and read the DOMICILE thread and see some of the issues that American living in Canada have had to go through.

Yes, I am. And I am planning to have my mother co-sign, since I haven't been working since I came up here and now am a stay-at-home mother. I will take a look at the thread as you recommended just to see if there's anything new I haven't read about yet. Thanks!


Our History - 5 years of marriage, known each other for 8 years (and counting!)
06/15/2006 - Met my husband online
05/06/2007 - Met in person for the first time in San Francisco, CA
11/04/2007 - Met in person again for two weeks in San Francisco, CA
12/15/2007 - Decide to be friends, due to distance
06/01/2009 - Entered Canada with my husband, intending to return to the US (started living together)
06/09/2009 - My husband and I fall in love
09/20/2009 - Married in Calgary, AB, Canada
06/09/2010 - 1st Anniversary
06/09/2011 - 2nd Anniversary
12/18/2011 - Expecting our first child
06/09/2012 - 3rd Anniversary
08/31/2012 - Our son is born in St. Albert, AB, Canada

06/09/2013 - 4th Anniversary

06/09/2014 - 5th Anniversary

USCIS - 36 days
12/10/2012 - Mailed I-130
01/01/2013 - Received NOA1 email
01/11/2013 - Received NOA1 letter in mail
02/05/2013 - NOA2 (Approved) but update is not reflected anywhere
02/19/2013 - Received NOA2 letter in mail


NVC
03/06/2013 - AOS fee invoice received
04/18/2013 - AOS fee paid
04/21/2013 - AOS paperwork mailed

01/06/2014 - Supporting documents requested

06/24/2014 - Mailed supporting documents

07/03/2014 - Email verifying documents were received

07/10/2014 - Received interview date

08/11/2014 - Scheduled medical

08/15/2014 - Scheduled interview date (APPROVED!)

08/18/2014 - Visa status changes to ISSUED on CEAC website

08/19/2014 - Waybill # for Loomis arrives in e-mail

08/20/2014 - Visa/Passport ready for pick up early morning

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I am also in Alberta and my interview is February 19, 2013 in Montreal. I found that it was cheaper (for me) to book my medical for the week before and stay a week in Montreal. I scheduled my medical yesterday for February 13 as they said they require 3 full business days before I could pick up the results. I used Aeroplan miles for my flight and reserved a room at the Best Western Montreal Europa (an 8 minute drive from the consulate) for $750.00. It's more than I wanted to spend but it has to be done and the end result is worth it.

Good luck!

Edited - Also, Medisys in Montreal quoted me $247.00 as long as my vaccinations were up to date.

Edited by Residentangel

  • July 2003.........Met online on Everquest Adventures
  • July 14, 2005...Met in person in Colorado - Love at first sight!
  • Oct 17, 2010....He proposed in Vegas!
  • May 28, 2011...Married in Longmont, Colorado
  • Feb 22, 2012....My Birthday! Mailed CR1 package
  • Feb 24, 2012....Processed in Chicago-returned due to incomplete birth country ('blush')
  • Mar 21, 2012....Amended CR1 package mailed
  • Mar 23, 2012....NOA1
  • May 28, 2012...Our first anniversary
  • July 10, 2012....NOA2 by email
  • Aug 7, 2012......Received AOS bill by email
  • Aug 8, 2012......Called NVC for case # & id #
  • Aug 9, 2012......Sent DS-3032 by email (Should've done DS-230 but they accepted it)
  • Aug 13, 2012....Received IV bill by email
  • Nov 6, 2012......AOS & IV bills PAID
  • Dec 4, 2012......DS-260 submitted online
  • Dec 5, 2012......AOS package sent by email
  • Dec 5, 2012......DS-260 supporting pkg sent by email
  • Dec 25, 2012....NVC Case Complete Email at 4:04am Christmas morning!
  • Jan 10, 2013....Received Interview Letter
  • Feb 13, 2013....Medical at Medisys Montreal
  • Feb 19, 2013....Interview - Montreal Consulate - APPROVED!
  • Feb 28, 2013....Received Visa by Loomis Express biggrin.png
  • May 28, 2013...2nd Anniversary
  • May 30, 2013...POE - Port of Regway/Raymond - Saskatchewan/Montana

Your I-130 was approved in 109 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 333 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

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