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Hello all! Some very happy news for us today! We have an interview scheduled at Montreal at the end of November!

Turns out it is quite possible to push things along, and it seems we have accidentally done just that :)

We got our case number from NVC on Sept 3, and they told us that the case had been sent out the previous day. We filled out the DS-160, registered on usvisa-info.com, and began gathering the documents needed for the interview. I dutifully checked CEAC multiple times a day, waiting for that mythical 2nd Updated Date. Well that happened today, and my fiancee just so happened to have brought her passport and P3 checklist into work to scan just for the occasion. With the "Earliest Appointment Available" date on usvisa-info.com slipping farther into the future, I had her fire off the email to Montreal this afternoon, just an hour or so after I saw that the status had updated. If the case hadn't been logged yet, they would just ignore the email, and we'd try again tomorrow or Thursday.

What happened next I believe is without precedent on these forums:

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That's right, she got an email back, containing Packet 4 and permission to schedule the interview, exactly 10 minutes after sending in Packet 3 unsolicited.

Of course, she gets distracted with "real" work and doesn't send it to me until after 5pm, at which point I rush home, pull out my Visa, pay the fee, and quickly grab one of the last 3 interview dates in November.

So, my fellow impatient Americans who are waiting to bring your Canadian belle (or beau) south of the border, best of luck to you! Wear out the button on CEAC! Have your Packet 3 items gathered, signed, scanned, and ready to go! You never know what will happen, or when...


September 2014 - Met

October 2014 - Started dating

May 2015 - Engaged!

July 18, 2015 - Mailed I-129F petition

July 21, 2015 - Received by USCIS lockbox

July 23, 2015 - Email/Text notification, NOA1 Notice Date

July 27, 2015 - Hardcopy NOA1

August 6, 2015 - NOA2, I-129F petition approved!

August 7, 2015 - Email notification of approval

August 12, 2015 - Hardcopy NOA2

September 3, 2015 - Case # received from NVC, case sent to Montreal

September 15, 2015 - CEAC status updated

September 15, 2015 3:41 PM - Packet 3 sent to consulate pre-emptively

September 15, 2015 3:51 PM - Packet 4 received! Interview scheduled!

November 23, 2015 - Interview - APPROVED!!

November 30, 2015 - CEAC status updated to Issued

December 3, 2015 - Ready for Pickup at Post Office

December 9, 2015 - Visa in hand!

January 10, 2016 - POE - Peace Bridge, Buffalo NY

January 23, 2016 - MARRIED! durring a blizzard in Brooklyn :)

February 5, 2016 - Mailed AOS/AP/EAD applications

February 15, 2016 - NOA1 texts/emails received

February 25, 2016 - NOA1 hardcopies (Notice Date: Feb 11)

March 9, 2016 - Biometrics

April 18, 2016 - EAD/AP Approved

July 15, 2016 - I-485 Approved! No interview

July 29, 2016 - Green card received in mail - Done with USCIS for 1 year 9 months!

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Hello all! Some very happy news for us today! We have an interview scheduled at Montreal at the end of November!

Turns out it is quite possible to push things along, and it seems we have accidentally done just that :)

We got our case number from NVC on Sept 3, and they told us that the case had been sent out the previous day. We filled out the DS-160, registered on usvisa-info.com, and began gathering the documents needed for the interview. I dutifully checked CEAC multiple times a day, waiting for that mythical 2nd Updated Date. Well that happened today, and my fiancee just so happened to have brought her passport and P3 checklist into work to scan just for the occasion. With the "Earliest Appointment Available" date on usvisa-info.com slipping farther into the future, I had her fire off the email to Montreal this afternoon, just an hour or so after I saw that the status had updated. If the case hadn't been logged yet, they would just ignore the email, and we'd try again tomorrow or Thursday.

What happened next I believe is without precedent on these forums:

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That's right, she got an email back, containing Packet 4 and permission to schedule the interview, exactly 10 minutes after sending in Packet 3 unsolicited.

Of course, she gets distracted with "real" work and doesn't send it to me until after 5pm, at which point I rush home, pull out my Visa, pay the fee, and quickly grab one of the last 3 interview dates in November.

So, my fellow impatient Americans who are waiting to bring your Canadian belle (or beau) south of the border, best of luck to you! Wear out the button on CEAC! Have your Packet 3 items gathered, signed, scanned, and ready to go! You never know what will happen, or when...

Congrats! I'm glad to know they have a quick turnaround for Packet 4 and wish you luck with the interview.

On a personal note, your second to last paragraph is super bad news for me. I was really hoping to get a November interview but now that seems exceedingly unlikely. We have an NVC case number since Monday but our petition still hasn't left for the consulate. Ugh.

I suppose I can continue to hope that they might open more November slots after the current ones fill up. :/ Is it possible to register on us.visa-info.com to check on open dates prior to MTL receiving our case?

Edited by Mad & J

K1 Visa timeline: Application sent to Visa in hand: 10 months and 4 days (Texas Service Center)

02/26/2015: I-129F Application mailed to Texas lockbox

03/05/2015: NOA1 email notification

08/27/2015: NOA2! (176 days)

09/02/2015: Sent to NVC

09/14/2015: Called NVC and obtained MTL case number

09/18/2015: In Transit to MTL consulate

09/21/2015: Consulate received our file (24 days post-NOA2)

09/24/2015: Sent Packet 3 (unprompted, but CEAC status had updated a second time)

09/29/2015: Packet 4 received, interview scheduled. Still haven't received Packet 3, I advise not to wait for it!

10/09/2015: Received Packet 3 in the mail!

11/09/2015: Medical

12/16/2015: K1 Interview in Montreal (111 days from NOA2, 293 days total): Approved!

12/18/2015: CEAC status changed to Nonimmigrant Ready

12/21/2015: CEAC status changed to Nonimmigrant AP

12/24/2015: CEAC status changed to ISSUED! Merry Christmas!!

12/30/2015: Visa in hand

01/15/2016: POE @ Houlton, ME

01/22/2016: Married! (L)

AOS timeline: Application sent to card in hand: 6 months and 7 days.

01/25/2016: Mailed AOS, EAD & AP applications to Chicago via UPS

01/29/2016: NOA1 email notification x3

02/04/2016: Received NOA1 hard copies x3

02/29/2016: Still haven't received biometrics letter, Filed service request

03/30/2016: After more calls to Tier 2 and 2 service requests, letter still not received, USCIS said no appointment has been scheduled. Reached out to Congressman.

04/06/2016: Biometrics letter finally received thanks to Congressman's inquiry (Appointment scheduled 04/18/2016).

04/18/2016: Biometrics appointment

04/25/2016: Officially outside processing times for EAD/AP. Scheduled Infopass appointment for 05/10.

05/21/2016: Finally received email notice that EAD was approved on 05/19 after numerous service requests, infopass appt and ombudsman inquiry

05/23/2016: Received hard-copy letter notifying me that my AP was approved on the same day as my EAD. No hard-copy for EAD yet.

05/28/2016: Received EAD/AP Combo Card (122 days since filing).

06/21/2016: Received email notification of AOS interview (Appointment scheduled 07/21/2016)

07/21/2016: AOS interview. Approved, but file was missing medical. Local office can't issue GC until they receive medical from DOS.

07/25/2016: USCIS case status changed to New Card Is Being Produced!

08/01/2016: Green card in hand. ROC window opens Apr 29, 2018.

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Congrats! I'm glad to know they have a quick turnaround for Packet 4 and wish you luck with the interview.

On a personal note, your second to last paragraph is super bad news for me. I was really hoping to get a November interview but now that seems exceedingly unlikely. We have an NVC case number since Monday but our petition still hasn't left for the consulate. Ugh.

I suppose I can continue to hope that they might open more November slots after the current ones fill up. :/ Is it possible to register on us.visa-info.com to check on open dates prior to MTL receiving our case?

Hi there,

Sorry about stealing the last november dates :( but yes it looks like interviews are scheduled at least 2 months out right now.

You can go ahead and register for the site though, once your fill out the DS-160 form online. You'll need your passport number, the CEAC confirmation number from the DS-160 (starts with AA), the MTL number, and DOB. You pick the Loomis pickup location, and then on the page where it asks you to pay the fee, it will say "Earliest dates available" for both Montreal and Vancouver. You would have to pay the fee to actually see the calendar, and if you schedule an interview before you receive the Packet 4 letter, they will cancel it. But at least you can get an idea of the dates.

When we first registered 2 weeks ago, it said "no interview dates available" for Montreal., but I kept checking. Then 2 or so days later it said November 1 or 2 was the earliest available, and the date slowly slipped into the future as the days went on, though at one point an October date opened up (possibly a cancellation?). Basically, it seems like they release the whole month of dates about 2 months in advance, and they fill up within the first 2 weeks of the month or so. If you keep checking several times a day once you receive Packet 4, you will have your choice of interview dates in December, and might even have a shot at grabbing a November date if there is a cancellation.

Good luck, and hope this helps :)


September 2014 - Met

October 2014 - Started dating

May 2015 - Engaged!

July 18, 2015 - Mailed I-129F petition

July 21, 2015 - Received by USCIS lockbox

July 23, 2015 - Email/Text notification, NOA1 Notice Date

July 27, 2015 - Hardcopy NOA1

August 6, 2015 - NOA2, I-129F petition approved!

August 7, 2015 - Email notification of approval

August 12, 2015 - Hardcopy NOA2

September 3, 2015 - Case # received from NVC, case sent to Montreal

September 15, 2015 - CEAC status updated

September 15, 2015 3:41 PM - Packet 3 sent to consulate pre-emptively

September 15, 2015 3:51 PM - Packet 4 received! Interview scheduled!

November 23, 2015 - Interview - APPROVED!!

November 30, 2015 - CEAC status updated to Issued

December 3, 2015 - Ready for Pickup at Post Office

December 9, 2015 - Visa in hand!

January 10, 2016 - POE - Peace Bridge, Buffalo NY

January 23, 2016 - MARRIED! durring a blizzard in Brooklyn :)

February 5, 2016 - Mailed AOS/AP/EAD applications

February 15, 2016 - NOA1 texts/emails received

February 25, 2016 - NOA1 hardcopies (Notice Date: Feb 11)

March 9, 2016 - Biometrics

April 18, 2016 - EAD/AP Approved

July 15, 2016 - I-485 Approved! No interview

July 29, 2016 - Green card received in mail - Done with USCIS for 1 year 9 months!

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Hi there,

Sorry about stealing the last november dates :( but yes it looks like interviews are scheduled at least 2 months out right now.

You can go ahead and register for the site though, once your fill out the DS-160 form online. You'll need your passport number, the CEAC confirmation number from the DS-160 (starts with AA), the MTL number, and DOB. You pick the Loomis pickup location, and then on the page where it asks you to pay the fee, it will say "Earliest dates available" for both Montreal and Vancouver. You would have to pay the fee to actually see the calendar, and if you schedule an interview before you receive the Packet 4 letter, they will cancel it. But at least you can get an idea of the dates.

When we first registered 2 weeks ago, it said "no interview dates available" for Montreal., but I kept checking. Then 2 or so days later it said November 1 or 2 was the earliest available, and the date slowly slipped into the future as the days went on, though at one point an October date opened up (possibly a cancellation?). Basically, it seems like they release the whole month of dates about 2 months in advance, and they fill up within the first 2 weeks of the month or so. If you keep checking several times a day once you receive Packet 4, you will have your choice of interview dates in December, and might even have a shot at grabbing a November date if there is a cancellation.

Good luck, and hope this helps :)

Don't be sorry, hahah. I would have stolen it too!

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. I've filled out the DS-160 but haven't submitted it yet, I figured there was no point while our petition was still sitting at NVC. But I should probably triple-check the info and submit it so it will be done, then I can check for the earliest dates available... and make myself even more crazy by checking it 20 times a day! :P This process has been so long for us what with the stupid TSC backlog, I really can't wait to be done with it.

Good luck to you as well!


K1 Visa timeline: Application sent to Visa in hand: 10 months and 4 days (Texas Service Center)

02/26/2015: I-129F Application mailed to Texas lockbox

03/05/2015: NOA1 email notification

08/27/2015: NOA2! (176 days)

09/02/2015: Sent to NVC

09/14/2015: Called NVC and obtained MTL case number

09/18/2015: In Transit to MTL consulate

09/21/2015: Consulate received our file (24 days post-NOA2)

09/24/2015: Sent Packet 3 (unprompted, but CEAC status had updated a second time)

09/29/2015: Packet 4 received, interview scheduled. Still haven't received Packet 3, I advise not to wait for it!

10/09/2015: Received Packet 3 in the mail!

11/09/2015: Medical

12/16/2015: K1 Interview in Montreal (111 days from NOA2, 293 days total): Approved!

12/18/2015: CEAC status changed to Nonimmigrant Ready

12/21/2015: CEAC status changed to Nonimmigrant AP

12/24/2015: CEAC status changed to ISSUED! Merry Christmas!!

12/30/2015: Visa in hand

01/15/2016: POE @ Houlton, ME

01/22/2016: Married! (L)

AOS timeline: Application sent to card in hand: 6 months and 7 days.

01/25/2016: Mailed AOS, EAD & AP applications to Chicago via UPS

01/29/2016: NOA1 email notification x3

02/04/2016: Received NOA1 hard copies x3

02/29/2016: Still haven't received biometrics letter, Filed service request

03/30/2016: After more calls to Tier 2 and 2 service requests, letter still not received, USCIS said no appointment has been scheduled. Reached out to Congressman.

04/06/2016: Biometrics letter finally received thanks to Congressman's inquiry (Appointment scheduled 04/18/2016).

04/18/2016: Biometrics appointment

04/25/2016: Officially outside processing times for EAD/AP. Scheduled Infopass appointment for 05/10.

05/21/2016: Finally received email notice that EAD was approved on 05/19 after numerous service requests, infopass appt and ombudsman inquiry

05/23/2016: Received hard-copy letter notifying me that my AP was approved on the same day as my EAD. No hard-copy for EAD yet.

05/28/2016: Received EAD/AP Combo Card (122 days since filing).

06/21/2016: Received email notification of AOS interview (Appointment scheduled 07/21/2016)

07/21/2016: AOS interview. Approved, but file was missing medical. Local office can't issue GC until they receive medical from DOS.

07/25/2016: USCIS case status changed to New Card Is Being Produced!

08/01/2016: Green card in hand. ROC window opens Apr 29, 2018.

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