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Good Afternoon,   I was just wondering if anyone stayed in Montreal for their interview and also had their passport sent to a CP location in Montreal and then crossed into the USA from the border in Montreal??  My interview is Feb 1 and I have debated about staying in Montreal until my passport is ready and then travelling to the USA from there as it is less of a drive for my husband to get me and to get home. Just curious overall how the border from Montreal to USA has been from anyone's experience, and how having your passport sent to a CP in Montreal went , if it was easy or complicated. 

 

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On 1/9/2019 at 1:34 PM, ALH said:

Good Afternoon,   I was just wondering if anyone stayed in Montreal for their interview and also had their passport sent to a CP location in Montreal and then crossed into the USA from the border in Montreal??  My interview is Feb 1 and I have debated about staying in Montreal until my passport is ready and then travelling to the USA from there as it is less of a drive for my husband to get me and to get home. Just curious overall how the border from Montreal to USA has been from anyone's experience, and how having your passport sent to a CP in Montreal went , if it was easy or complicated. 

 

Thanks!

My interview was on Dec 21 and my husband and I stayed in Montreal until I got my passport back.  I chose to have my passport mailed to a Canada Post at 800 Rene Levesque blvd West and even though it was during the Christmas holidays, i received it fairly quickly and the people at the post office there were super awesome in helping us out.  My estimated delivery date was Dec 31, so my husband and i had went down there at 8am when they opened, explained that it was a passport i was waiting for and as soon as the mail truck arrived, 2 of the employees went in the back and brought out the large mail bins and went through them all until they found my passport for me.  I was able to make my flight to the US a little while later.   I didn't drive over a border though, so can't help you out with that, but passports seem to be having a fairly quick delivery time lately.


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Thank you for your response!  With all that is going on with the strike right now I worry about the border crossings. Being told that a few people that have crossed just for vacation are having to wait 3 hours before being allowed entry because of how slow they are working and how little workers there are right now. Hoping for the best! i will wait in Montreal, I think the winter festival is on while i'm there :D !!

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37 minutes ago, ALH said:

Thank you for your response!  With all that is going on with the strike right now I worry about the border crossings. Being told that a few people that have crossed just for vacation are having to wait 3 hours before being allowed entry because of how slow they are working and how little workers there are right now. Hoping for the best! i will wait in Montreal, I think the winter festival is on while i'm there :D !!

It was interesting; I flew from Logan to Pearson today and my time through security was the fastest it has ever been.  I was expecting a gong show but was pleasantly surprised!

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