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Hi all!

So I've been using this site for a while as a guide to put together our I-129F. My fiancée is located in British Columbia and I had a question regarding time needed for the medical and the interview.

I've read a lot of stories about how the interview is scheduled 3-5 days after your medical. I wanted to ask if anyone has had any experience going to the medical in Surrey and then having the interview in Montréal. Did you have enough time to schedule them apart in order to fly to Montréal? I'm worried that not having enough time will cause my fiancée to buy a plane ticket with only like 3 days notice causing it to be extremely expensive.

Alternatively, would it be easier to fly to Montréal and get the medical and interview done in one shot?

Thank you for all your help!

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If the fiancée is in BC and it's easier to do the medical there, then she should do the medical there. You can schedule your medical once you have the interview date, and usually that date is a couple of weeks or a month away. Dr. Cheema's office (Surrey) will work with you to get a date that has enough time to receive results before flying to Montreal for the interview. Even if she is not in the Lower Mainland, it's probably easier to spend a day in Vancouver/Surrey and get the results couriered to her home before going to Montreal.

If a person does their medical in Montreal they generally end up staying there for a week to be sure results are available before the interview date, so that can be inconvenient and costly, unless you want to make a vacation out of it.


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If the fiancée is in BC and it's easier to do the medical there, then she should do the medical there. You can schedule your medical once you have the interview date, and usually that date is a couple of weeks or a month away. Dr. Cheema's office (Surrey) will work with you to get a date that has enough time to receive results before flying to Montreal for the interview. Even if she is not in the Lower Mainland, it's probably easier to spend a day in Vancouver/Surrey and get the results couriered to her home before going to Montreal.

If a person does their medical in Montreal they generally end up staying there for a week to be sure results are available before the interview date, so that can be inconvenient and costly, unless you want to make a vacation out of it.

Thank you very much for the information! I'll be sure to relay it to her :)

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You're welcome :)


I'm trying to be patient, but you know that's not my default position.
2009/09/30 Married
IR-1 begins:
USCIS

2015/07/07 Courier I-130 petition to Chicago

2015/07/08 Petition delivered | NOA1 date
2015/07/10 Received emailed NOA1 (California)
2015/07/20 Received snail mail NOA1

2015/08/25 NOA2 by email/USCIS site (48 days)
2015/09/02 Received snail mail NOA2


NVC

2015/09/15 Received by NVC (21 days)
2015/09/27 Case number assigned (12 days)
2015/09/28 Got case number and IIN over the phone
2015/09/28 Submitted DS-261
2015/09/29 Paid AOS fee (IN PROCESS)
2015/10/01 AOS fee PAID
2015/10/13 Received NVC Welcome Letter hard copy
2015/10/15 Reviewed DS-261 (17 days)
2015/10/16 Received IV Invoice
2015/10/16 Paid IV fee (IN PROCESS)

2015/10/17 Submitted AOS package & IV package

2015/10/19 IV fee PAID

2015/10/19 Submitted DS-260 (scan date)

2015/10/20 Re-sent files (new scan date)

2015/10/29 CASE COMPLETE!

2015/11/13 Heard about interview date (phone) (15 days)

2015/12/07 Medical

2015/12/18 INTERVIEW!

221(g) request for additional sponsor. Otherwise good to go!

2016/01/07 Additional information and passport sent back to Mtl Consulate.

2016/01/12 Passport & 221g delivered to Consulate

2016/01/14 Status updated on CEAC; no update yet on ais.usvisa-info.com

2016/01/28 Status updated to READY

2016/01/29 Status updated to ISSUED

2016/02/01 Received Canada Post info

2016/02/03 Got it!

2016/02/04 POE YVR

2016/03/18 Received green card

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