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Medical and Interview after NOA2 Expiry

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Hi Everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone can enlighten me on official rules regarding having the medical and interview after the NOA2 Expiry date. I have read that the consulate will automatically extend this validity period as long as you are actively pursuing your visa. Due to the quicker than expected processing times at CSC and a work obligation, I have now scheduled my visa interview in Montreal for about 2 months after the expiry date on my NOA2. I attempted to contact the Montreal consulate to see if this would pose a problem, and their response was:

"We advise applicants to schedule their interviews as soon as possible. You will have to explain your circumstance to the consular officer on the day of the interview."

I found this response a bit vague, I understand that I will need to explain the delay to the consular officer. However I guess I was hoping for a yes or no type answer regarding whether or not it is ALLOWED (rather than whether or not recommended) to have the medical and interview a few months after the NOA2 expiry date. Thoughts or experiences anyone?

Thank you so much for your time!

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Did you figure anything out with this? We are presently in the same situation... though only looking for a couple weeks extra after the NOA2 expiry.


We didn't end up having any problem. I think they just automatically extended the expiry date. I ended up keeping my medical and interview after the original expiry date (interview was about 1.5 months later). When I got the visa in the mail it listed both the petition expiry date (from the NOA2) and the actual visa expiry date (6 months from the medical or whatever that rule is). The petition expiry date had been changed to be later than the original one we received.

I hope this helps!

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