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Hi there-I had my interview at the US consulate in  Montreal for  my k-1visa on February 13th.  After submitting my documentation and conducting my interview-I and my fiancé were ecstatic to hear it was approved and the designated officer congratulated me and welcomed me to the United States.  She gave me a pink sheet stating I would get my visa/passport sent to me and any original documentation submitted within two weeks.  Today marks the two week period. I hired a legal attorney and was told to wait 5-10 business days-again, today marks that 10th day.  On their website provided, it states to email them if you have not received a tracking number within 5 business days.  We have both asked through email about our case and have just received an auto reply stating that your case in still in the review process.  We have already made wedding plans/honeymoon dates and paid for venue, photography etc etc., that are in the very near future based on the time estimates we were told.  Has this happened to anyone else, what was your final waiting time and is their anybody that can help or direct us so we can find out when we can expect my visa/passport to arrive?  As like the rest of you that have gone through this process, we are extremely stressed over this delay and can’t wait to make travel plans, and have the wedding that we have planned for and finally be together.  Any information is greatly appreciated

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When is your wedding? :o


NOA1 - June 15, 2018  

NOA2 - Dec. 6, 2018  

NVC received case Jan. 16, 2019

NVC issued case number - Jan. 17, 2019

Case left NVC - Feb. 5, 2019

Case received at Montreal Consulate - Feb. 7, 2019 

Case changed to "Ready" on CEAC - Feb. 11, 2019

Sent P3 documents - Feb 22, 2019 

Received P4 instructions, paid fee, and booked interview - Feb. 25, 2019 

❤️ My K1 visa interview ❤️ - April 3, 2019 = APPROVED!!

CEAC status changed to ISSUED - April 5, 2019 :D

Visa on Hand - April 8, 2019

US Entry - July 31, 2019

Wedding - October 14, 2019

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19 minutes ago, Fred2019 said:

Hi there-I had my interview at the US consulate in  Montreal for  my k-1visa on February 13th.  After submitting my documentation and conducting my interview-I and my fiancé were ecstatic to hear it was approved and the designated officer congratulated me and welcomed me to the United States.  She gave me a pink sheet stating I would get my visa/passport sent to me and any original documentation submitted within two weeks.  Today marks the two week period. I hired a legal attorney and was told to wait 5-10 business days-again, today marks that 10th day.  On their website provided, it states to email them if you have not received a tracking number within 5 business days.  We have both asked through email about our case and have just received an auto reply stating that your case in still in the review process.  We have already made wedding plans/honeymoon dates and paid for venue, photography etc etc., that are in the very near future based on the time estimates we were told.  Has this happened to anyone else, what was your final waiting time and is their anybody that can help or direct us so we can find out when we can expect my visa/passport to arrive?  As like the rest of you that have gone through this process, we are extremely stressed over this delay and can’t wait to make travel plans, and have the wedding that we have planned for and finally be together.  Any information is greatly appreciated

Administrative Processing is unpredictable.  Every application goes through it.  Some clear quickly and some go on for extended periods of time


YMMV

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I understand this, I’m just not sure as to why put dates or expected time periods if it could possibly be longer.  We have not had any issues with anything up to this point and was never asked for other supporting documentation or anything else, which I did bring to my interview.

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Yeah there's a few steps before it goes to "Issued" isnt there


NOA1 - June 15, 2018  

NOA2 - Dec. 6, 2018  

NVC received case Jan. 16, 2019

NVC issued case number - Jan. 17, 2019

Case left NVC - Feb. 5, 2019

Case received at Montreal Consulate - Feb. 7, 2019 

Case changed to "Ready" on CEAC - Feb. 11, 2019

Sent P3 documents - Feb 22, 2019 

Received P4 instructions, paid fee, and booked interview - Feb. 25, 2019 

❤️ My K1 visa interview ❤️ - April 3, 2019 = APPROVED!!

CEAC status changed to ISSUED - April 5, 2019 :D

Visa on Hand - April 8, 2019

US Entry - July 31, 2019

Wedding - October 14, 2019

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31 minutes ago, Fred2019 said:

We have already made wedding plans/honeymoon dates and paid for venue, photography etc etc., that are in the very near future based on the time estimates we were told.

Is there anything in the venue contracts you signed regarding postponement/refunds due to unforseen circumstances?


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On the State Department website and on every Consulate/Embassy it always says “Do not quit your job, sell your house, and make any life changing plan until you receive the visa”. The reason it, it is not real until you have it in hand. 

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Could you move the date? We booked our wedding well in advance, so I'm not against you doing that but my interview is in April, I will move in August, and wedding is in October. Seems way less stressful and I've had time to plan a proper wedding.

Even with that though, there is still that uncertainty, and every single one of our vendors and the venues know about my visa and that I may need to change the date and they are all totally flexible. Hope you have a similar agreement with all your wedding vendors.

 

 


NOA1 - June 15, 2018  

NOA2 - Dec. 6, 2018  

NVC received case Jan. 16, 2019

NVC issued case number - Jan. 17, 2019

Case left NVC - Feb. 5, 2019

Case received at Montreal Consulate - Feb. 7, 2019 

Case changed to "Ready" on CEAC - Feb. 11, 2019

Sent P3 documents - Feb 22, 2019 

Received P4 instructions, paid fee, and booked interview - Feb. 25, 2019 

❤️ My K1 visa interview ❤️ - April 3, 2019 = APPROVED!!

CEAC status changed to ISSUED - April 5, 2019 :D

Visa on Hand - April 8, 2019

US Entry - July 31, 2019

Wedding - October 14, 2019

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We are going through London but in a similar boat.  Tomorrow marks one month since our "approved" interview.  Still in Non-Immigrant Administrative Processing with nothing received other than the generic responses that it's undergoing mandatory processing.  We had one case update date change two weeks ago but that's all.  It's definitely a bummer...

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Dont make plans without a visa in hand.  

 

This is why.

 

Hopefully you  an change your dates.  

 

You have 6 months from medical to enter and 90 days to marry.... k1 from Montreal typically take 2-6 weeks. 

 

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Can I ask where you have the information that says K-1 from Montreal typically takes 2-6 weeks?  I have asked other forum members that went through the Montreal consulate and so far, they have all received their visa packet within the stated 2 week time window.

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17 hours ago, Fred2019 said:

-I had my interview at the US consulate in  Montreal for  my k-1visa on February 13th

Yesterday was two weeks.  It seems you are getting excited for one day past the estimated time to receive the visa.  Be patient.  This process takes a lot of it.  And as  others have said, this process is unpredictable, there are no guarantees with getting a visa, there are bumps in the road, which is why no financial commitment or firm dates should ever be made until the visa is in hand.  That said, you will probably be fine in a few days...  Good luck, and congratulations on the upcoming wedding.

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