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My fiance had her interview on march 6th at the Montreal consulate. We have been in administrative processing since then. We do not know long the wait is going to be at this point. She is thinking about withdrawing her passport so she can visit her mother overseas while the processing continues. Has anyone emailed the consulate to get the passport back? How long is the process? Would the consulate contact her when the processing is complete? how long after that would she get her visa stamp after they have told her that processing is complete? 



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She can contact the Consulate and ask them to return her passport. They will contact her when they need the Passport.

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Has she inquired about what the hold up is? Our interview was last week and I got my visa today.


Most people get theirs within a week of interview it seems. Did they say anything at the interview that could be holding up her file?


I would think requesting the passport will delay your case even further so it doesn't seem like an ideal situation to request it back..

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We have no idea. they only respond to our inquiries with generic emails. She's a permanent resident not a citizen of Canada so we're thinking that's one of the reason its taking so long. Her mom has a surgery upcoming in India which she wants to be there for. We don't know how long this process is going to take...could be months for all we know. We want to at least know how long it will delay the process hence the question. really frustrated with the system. 

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