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  1. We haven't even been able to feel what the actual results of the immigration restriction executive order are, since no consulate anywhere has really interviewed or issued ANY visas beyond emergency cases and other special cases. I think a few emergency K1 visas have been interviewed for and issued since the EO was made, and the consensus here has been that it's likely not affected since the K1 is non-immigrant. But applying for a K1 sounds like a rash decision now, given all the additional work, money, and waiting that's going to go into it, especially when there's a possibility your F2A will be processed before the K1 application even reaches Montreal. Believe me, I know what's like to be separated. I've been in a long distance relationship with my fiance in Canada for close to 10 years now, we've been lucky if we got to see each other more than twice a year. My fiance had her K1 interview get postponed over this mess, and we've been having the worse separation-related stress in recent memory. We're just trying to hold it together with our usual routine of voice chatting with each other daily. If I were you, I'd at least wait for visa processing to start happening again and see where F2As end up in the long run.
  2. We had our interview cancelled at Montreal and we don't have a clue when they'll start again. Someone else here reported doing an expedited CR1 last week on the 14th, but it sounds like they might be stuck in administrative processing because they're prioritizing employment-based applications for some reason? Haven't heard any expedited/emergency cases for K1 even be attempted there. At least the embassy hasn't totally shut down. They aren't regularly processing visas outside of special cases at any embassy in the world. There's no clear indication when they'll start back up. There was some guidance from the state department leaked out saying regular operations should resume depending on how cases are in each area, but no specific word on how visa matters will be handled. It's not a terribly good sign for Montreal since they've been doing pretty bad with the pandemic so far.
  3. Canada has a very strict policy against letting in anyone who isn't a citizen or permanent resident into the country right now, which includes turning away spouses of citizens. They're also mandating a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming into the country. I've never heard anyone try to re-enter on an AP that was issued after they already left the country, though it sounds like you've been talking to the USCIS already at least.
  4. Then you should be good to file right now if your timeline is accurate. I'm assuming you're still married to the same spouse. You're supposed to be a permanent resident for 3 years before you can be naturalized, but there's a 90-day period before you reach your 3-year mark when you can file early, which seems like it started sometime last month or so for you. The USCIS will make sure your removal of conditions is approved before you're naturalized. From what I've heard here, there's a good chance you'll end up doing both the ROC interview and the naturalization interview at the same time if your ROC isn't approved fast enough. Good luck!
  5. I've heard plenty of members here who have filed the N-400 while waiting on their ROC and have been successful in doing so. You do need to have your ROC approved before you can be naturalized, but the USCIS will ensure that's done. Here's some literature from the USCIS on the subject: https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-12-part-g-chapter-5 , In particular "An application for naturalization may not be approved if there is a pending petition for removal of conditions. If an applicant’s petition to remove conditions is pending at the time of filing or is filed prior to the interview, USCIS will adjudicate the petition to remove conditions prior to or concurrently with the adjudication of the naturalization application." So if you meet the requirements, and are ready to file, then go ahead and do it.
  6. Doesn't seem like a wise idea since he apparently doesn't have his visa yet. Canada is imposing a mandatory 14 day quarantine on anyone coming in, even if they're coming in after being denied at the US border. We have no idea how long that will last for, and if you intend to AOS after he enters that would be fraudulent.
  7. I believe it's referring to what they're currently doing as of this moment, hence the word "continue". A lot of embassies are still processing certain visas that may be relevant to the pandemic and even certain expedited K-1 and CR/IR-1 visas in a few places.
  8. No, this has nothing to do with current citizens or permanent residents.
  9. Maybe the president needs to learn to communicate with the public literally instead of figuratively before he figuratively punches immigrant families in the gut.
  10. You know, with the total hell the past several weeks have been, being told to just "be patient" hasn't been very reassuring so far.
  11. Immigration could hardly be "more paused" than what it currently is for most of us here.
  12. If you presented a physical, unexpired green card for your employer's I-9 when you started the job, then they shouldn't be asking for any proof of extension from you and shouldn't be laying you off. This applies even to 2-year conditional green cards. The only time they're supposed to re-verify permanent residents is if you use something besides an unexpired green card such as an I-551 stamp in your foreign passport or an expired green card + extension letter. Has your employer told you that you'll lose your job if you don't prove you've extended it? Source: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/complete-correct-form-i-9/completing-section-3-reverification-and-rehires Employers should not reverify: Lawful permanent residents who presented a Form I-551, Permanent Resident or Alien Registration Receipt card for Section 2. This includes conditional residents.
  13. It sounds like London may have opened up appointments for CR-1/IR-1 and K-1 for June, but no official communication so far except that AIS allowed it.
  14. Thanks! The NVC doesn't ask for documents for K-1s, and going by your timeline I believe you're filing for a K-1 too? I think CR-1/IR-1 filers do have to send documents to the NVC in advance. We weren't asked for any documents until it reached the embassy, and the embassy asked for a color scan of her passport, a confirmation for finishing the DS-160 (which you probably shouldn't fill out until the embassy process your paperwork), and a signed/checked-marked scan of packet 3 (which they usually email you, but the link is here if you'd like to look at it: https://ca.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2016/07/Packet3Instructions-K1.pdf). No other documents, not even birth certificates. They check those once you're at the embassy.
  15. It seems like you might've got it off this page:https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/step-8-scan-collected-documents.html . It's really misleading because they decided to use 2 completely different sets of images, but they make no mention on specific birth certificates to use. I think they were using it as an example of one image being blurry. I don't know what the implication with labeling the right one "original language" is or why they used the short-form or the long-form. Going off this site:https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/Canada.html Long forms and copy of the birth records are sufficient, particularly since they have your parents name, though the site links are dead. This post from a few years ago seemed to confirm it for me: If anyone who's interviewed at Montreal recently could clear this up, though, that'd be great. We're kind of stuck waiting for COVID to die down before we can interview so I'm just going off what I researched before.
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