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I'm a Canadian spouse of U.S citizen waiting to hear back from the Montreal Consulate. It has been 10 days since I inquired about submitting an IR visa directly to the consulate and no response yet.

Has anyone had any luck with reaching Montreal? I'm holding out hope they can process a spousal visa, before giving up and applying through USCIS.


From their website:

Consistent with those objectives, U.S. embassies and consulates are using a tiered approach to triage immigrant visa applications based on the category of immigrant visa as they resume and expand processing.  While our consular sections, where possible, are scheduling some appointments within all four priority tiers every month, the following lists the main categories of immigrant visas in priority order:

  • Tier One: Immediate relative intercountry adoption visas, age-out cases (cases where the applicant will soon no longer qualify due to their age), certain Special Immigrant Visas (SQ and SI for Afghan and Iraqi nationals working with the U.S. government), and emergency cases as determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Tier Two:  Immediate relative visas; fiancé(e) visas; and returning resident visas
  • Tier Three: Family preference immigrant visas and SE Special Immigrant Visas for certain employees of the U.S. government abroad
  • Tier Four: All other immigrant visas, including employment preference and diversity visas*
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If you have a gander in the Canadian forum a lot of members are waiting on an email response from the Montreal Consulate... I think they're pretty swamped at the moment. 

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What was your reason for asking to circumvent USCIS? Just to make it faster? Because of the tiers?


There is a limited list of reasons consular sections accept direct filing, and even then, it’s entirely at their discretion. Look at the section for exceptional situations from the State Dept here:




Montreal hasn’t been known to take on DCF cases readily anyway, and they’re swamped now. Unless you have a really good reason, I’d suspect you have to file with USCIS

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