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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Canada

Dear Folks;

My wife was approved for a CR-1 yesterday in Montreal. Thank the Lord!

We stayed across the street at La Tour Centre Ville. 514-866-8861. Parking is underground for $16.50 per day. It was a nice room with a Kitchenette that we reserved at Orbitz.com for $80.00 CAD.

Hotel staff told us we could check out after the 12:00 check out time if our interview lasted longer than that.

According to reviews, this Hotel is a lot nicer than Travelodge or Days Inn a few blocks away.

The Hotel Staff was friendly and informed us that briefcases, satchels, and large purses are not allowed in the consulate.

This was helpful advice.

When we arrived at the entrance to the Consulate, a security officer was at the door having people line up on the side walk and informing attendees that their briefcases, and backpacks, etc. were not allowed inside. People started scattering in all directions to find a place to check their packs/purses. Some had to walk 5 blocks or so till they found someone willing to check it.

No electronics of any kind are accepted. This includes cell phones, automatic car door openers, flashlights, etc.

It appears that security begins checking people in at 8:00 even though the door says "8:30."

We waited in the lobby for about three hours. This included being called to present our paperwork that we had brought along followed by the actual interview. Our Xpress-post envelope was too small even though I had specifically asked for the right size. This means that you must make sure that the envelope matches the dimensions and not rely on a Canada Post employee to get you the right size envelope. The consular officer was very nice, apologetic for the long wait, and after a few pointed questions we were on our way.

Some waited in the lobby a lot longer than what we did.

Hope your interviews go well.

Ernie and Cathy

P.S. Perhaps there should be a Guide with tips about interviews in Montreal?

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

Congratulations!!! Based on our experience I would expect your visa to arrive in about a week - they don't seem to be in such a hurry about the CR1's.


Michael's I-130:

NOA1: 5-10-2006----updated w/ citizenship: 9-25-06----had to call back 10/25, touch 10/26

12/06/06 - Approved!- - - 12/08/06 - Touch---01/25/07 - Touch

I130 at NVC

12/14/06 - case number assigned

12/25/06 - DS3032 & AOS Fee Bill Mailed (phone system updated 12/27)

12/27/06 - emailed choice of agent; 12/29/06 - received email from NVC confirming choice of agent!

01/01/07 - NVC generated IV Fee Bill (postmarked 1/17 though!)

01/03/07 - returned AoS Fee Bill via Priority Mail (James' shortcut)

01/15/07 - NVC generated AOS package

01/22/07 - received IV Fee Bill - overnighted back to NVC same day

01/27/07 - recieved I864 package; 01/29/07 - overnighted I864 to NVC

01/29/07 - DS230 generated (phone system not updated, email response 2/5/07)

02/05/07 - mailed DS-230 to NVC via express mail

02/20/07 - CASE COMPLETE!!

04/18/07 - INTERVIEW!!!! - APPROVED!!!!

Michael's K-3:

09/28/06 - NOA1

1/25/07 - approved ...NOA2 via snail mail - 1/29/07

03/16/07 - chose not to return packet 3 to Montreal

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

Congrats! there are reviews of the Mtl consulate, look at the top of the page "Embassy Uscis reviews" There a lo tof features on VJ people forget about, lol

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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Congrats! :dance:

CIS Office : Philadelphia PA

08/25/09 I-751 Sent to VSC

08/26/09 Package arrives at VSC

08/31/09 Check is Cashed/Clears

08/27/09 NOA

09/24/09 Biometrics

11/24/09 Approval letter arrives!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada

Congratulations on you approval!!! :dance:

Met in Cleveland 07/07/05 ... Fireworks!!!

Emails and phone calls until first visit back September '05

Many trips to Cleveland and overnight stays in New York

Engaged 05/07/06

07/18/07 - Interview yeeehaaa .. approved

07/26/07 - received Visa from Montreal (should have received 07/24)

07/26/07 - POE Buffalo, NY (Peace Bridge) .. No EAD stamp

07/27/07 - Beautiful marriage .. now you may call me Mrs. :)

07/28/07 - Filed AOS,EAD, and AP for me and AOS and AP for my son via UPS .. received 08/01

08/16/07 - applied for ssn

09/03/07 - received ssn card

11/07/07 - AP approved and received 11/12/07 :)

11/19/07- EAD approved online and received same day (actual approval 11/07/07) :)

12/27/07 - AOS transferred to CSC

02/26/08 - 485's approved without interview

01/14/09 - Sent I-751 - removal of conditions

02/23/10 - Biometrics

03/17/10 - Removal of conditions approved .. card production ordered

"Life is not measured by the amount of breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

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