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HELP!! Consulate Interview Approaching Biological Father Can Not Be Found

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Any help here would be appreciated, I am a US citizen applying for green card for my wife and step daughter (Canadian citizens) have an interview scheduled in Montreal soon. I've applied for green cards for both and we are at the end of a LONG journey.

My step-daughter is 15 years old, my wife and I married when she was 9.....my step-daughter hasn't seen her biological father since she was less than a year old and he's not in the picture. My wife doesn't know where he is or how to contact him.

In sending information to the NVC prior this was explained....

Today we received an e-mail from the consulate stating my wife either needs to produce papers showing full custody or she needs a notarized letter from the biological father stating he gives approval for my stepdaughter to immigrate.

My wife was 17 when she had our step daughter and never thought about filing full custody and honestly she's never needed to because he's not around, its never come up...we dont have time to get a family attorney in Canda to draw up paperwork stating abandonment so my question is what do we do?? Is our only option to try and locate the biological father?? Our interview is in 10 days.....

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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You will get a RFE for the appropriate documents, not sure I understand you originally said he could not be found?


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My wife doesn't know where he is, she hasn't spoken to him in a dozen years...she's had no need to....basically he's AWOL so we can't get him to sign anything because we literally dont know where he is

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My wife doesn't know where he is, she hasn't spoken to him in a dozen years...she's had no need to....basically he's AWOL so we can't get him to sign anything because we literally dont know where he is

So you are out of NVC waiting to go to embassy. They gave you two choices. You can go to interview and explain and see what they say. Maybe get an affidavit from his family saying you have no idea where he is. But you will have to get one or the other yes this is true.


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She can go to the courts and file to have full custody.

she should get a lawyer for this. Likely there are steps to be taken, like advertising in the paper or contacting known relatives, before the courts decide he is out of thr picture.


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If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of Montreal they will issue a 221g for the documents and the visa will be on hold until the appropriate documentation is available.

It's not a cause for denial, just 221g. More waiting, which sucks.

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I know you are panicking now because you have 10 days until your interview. However, your sense of urgency is not the concern of the Montreal consulate. You want a child to emigrate, Montreal wants to make sure the father's rights are not being violated. To do this, the documents must be provided.

Sorry - it sounds like this may be a bit more of a battle.

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