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    pocheros got a reaction from HF & HB in K1 Visa Interview Montréal Question   
    2 passport-style photographs? Photocopy of your passport bio page? (Plus your passport of course) Letter of intent from your fiance signed within 30 days?
    You can find what you need to bring on the official Montreal consulate website- that's where you should check first.
    Edit: Appointment checklist from the Montreal consulate website. http://montreal.usconsulate.gov/visas/visas/fianc-k-1-visas/appointment-checklist.html
    PLEASE note that there is an error on that page and the website says to bring an I-864. This is NOT applicable for K1s; you bring the I-134 instead. They copy-pasted the checklist for immigrant visas onto the checklist for K1 visas (K1 is technically not an immigrant visa). K1s have emailed Montreal before asking about this and were told to bring the I-134. This only causes confusion now because they recently changed their website and haven't fixed the error yet. So don't panic when you see I-864 on that list.
    Likewise evidence of domicile does not apply if your fiance lives in the US currently, nor do marriage or divorce certificates or custody documents unless you were previously married or you're bringing children to the USA. Nor do military or court records unless they apply to you.
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    pocheros got a reaction from canada_socks in Canadian Passport Renewal from US   
    Thanks for the help guys! No, I did not change my name, so it looks like I can use the simplified renewal form.
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    pocheros got a reaction from HeatDeath in US Consulates in Canada   
    All K1 applications in eastern Canada go to Montreal, all K1 application in western Canada go to Vancouver. It's based on where you live in Canada. Unfortunately, you will have to travel to Vancouver.
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    pocheros got a reaction from edwardteresa4ever in Legal action against USCIS - possible in this country?   
    I find it odd how illegal immigrants are blamed for USCIS for being slow. Wouldn't all the stringent criteria meant to prevent people from immigrating illegally in the first place be responsible? I'm just saying...
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    pocheros got a reaction from cathy2904 in Legal action against USCIS - possible in this country?   
    I find it odd how illegal immigrants are blamed for USCIS for being slow. Wouldn't all the stringent criteria meant to prevent people from immigrating illegally in the first place be responsible? I'm just saying...
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    pocheros got a reaction from Inky in Packet 3 Montreal   
    The mailing address is 315 Place D'Youville.
    She should print an extra copy of every form for her own records and to bring to the interview just in case they lose the forms or something.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Buxi&Dusk in Police certificate   
    You do not have to go through the RCMP unless you have a criminal record in which case you'll need a fingerprint check done. Otherwise your local police department is fine so long as they search the CPIC or national records repository with your name(s) and date of birth. You can also use commissionaires: http://www.commissionaires.ca/ I went to my local police station in Mississauga and got a police check done in 5 minutes. It cost $45.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Kathryn41 in ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING - 5 MONTHS   
    As previous VJers have noted, it most likely has to do with where the OP was born. It wasn't that long ago when another VJer had to wait in AP for a long time even though they were born in Canada- simply because their parents were born in Egypt. And involving a congressman of senator is better than doing nothing and certainly not inappropriate after this length of time.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Kathryn41 in pregnant... what are my options?   
    Except there is that weird puritan streak in the US, especially the south, where kids are taught abstinence and nothing else, and their parents are evangelicals. Big wonder they get pregnant when they don't even have a basic understanding of their own bodies. It's really sad. Then there are also additional barriers to obtaining abortions, and hormonal birth control is expensive to obtain without insurance. I recently paid $200 to visit a doctor to get a two-month prescription for hormonal birth control. I'm lucky we could afford it but it's still ludicrous. I feel bad for teenagers deprived of proper education and healthcare.
    Most of these problems go away with socialized healthcare and proper sex education, but that would upset the die hard american conservatives. Also I don't mean to say all southern americans are die hard conservatives, but they certainly have more of a presence in the US than they do in Canada.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Ryan H in pregnant... what are my options?   
    Except there is that weird puritan streak in the US, especially the south, where kids are taught abstinence and nothing else, and their parents are evangelicals. Big wonder they get pregnant when they don't even have a basic understanding of their own bodies. It's really sad. Then there are also additional barriers to obtaining abortions, and hormonal birth control is expensive to obtain without insurance. I recently paid $200 to visit a doctor to get a two-month prescription for hormonal birth control. I'm lucky we could afford it but it's still ludicrous. I feel bad for teenagers deprived of proper education and healthcare.
    Most of these problems go away with socialized healthcare and proper sex education, but that would upset the die hard american conservatives. Also I don't mean to say all southern americans are die hard conservatives, but they certainly have more of a presence in the US than they do in Canada.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Krikit in pregnant... what are my options?   
    Locating a doctor that's in network, determining if there's hidden fees at the doctor's office, figuring out what your insurance will and will not cover, etc. is what I was referring to. It's a hassle that usually involves calling multiple staff workers who aren't much more informed and also make mistakes because they are overworked and underpaid. Recently a hospital that is likely getting shut down in Las Vegas and has also been sued multiple times for fraud and medical negligence tried to wrangle a couple thousand dollars out of me that I didn't owe, it took almost 6 months to resolve but that didn't keep them from trying to ding my credit. I would never have to deal with this bullcrap in Canada, though. How is this not confusing when in Ontario all I had to was flash my OHIP card at a secretary? Coming from a socialized healthcare system to American healthcare is very disorienting. You don't need to feel bad for me. :| This is getting off topic though.
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    pocheros reacted to sandranj in Citizenship denial   
    You are damn wrong,they don't have to call you to attend an interview .The law is clear the individual has to inform UScis regarding the divorce and there is anything stating they have to call the individual to attend interview.You screw up big time.Find a good lawyer.We have before in the Vj journey cases like yours and they were denied as well.Good luck.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Lemonslice in Canadian and American living in Canada trying to go to the US   
    DCF is no longer an option for Canadians, as of August 2012 I believe. I'm not as familiar with the spousal process as others are here but it's not uncommon for Montreal insist the USC move back to the US before issuing the visa, even if there's a family involved. It's crappy, but that's how it goes. Montreal is very strict with evidence of domicile.
    Edit: Flames beat me to it!
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    pocheros got a reaction from Kathryn41 in Where are Immigration Interviews Done?   
    ALL CR1/IR1s are done in Montreal. K1s (fiance) are done in either Montreal of Vancouver. If you are a K1 and leave in eastern Canada you go to Montreal, western you go to Vancouver. Sorry, you'll have to fly out to Montreal to make your interview.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Saylin in Where are Immigration Interviews Done?   
    ALL CR1/IR1s are done in Montreal. K1s (fiance) are done in either Montreal of Vancouver. If you are a K1 and leave in eastern Canada you go to Montreal, western you go to Vancouver. Sorry, you'll have to fly out to Montreal to make your interview.
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    pocheros got a reaction from alizon in Where are Immigration Interviews Done?   
    ALL CR1/IR1s are done in Montreal. K1s (fiance) are done in either Montreal of Vancouver. If you are a K1 and leave in eastern Canada you go to Montreal, western you go to Vancouver. Sorry, you'll have to fly out to Montreal to make your interview.
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    pocheros got a reaction from canada_socks in Question about Tax Rebates (GST, HST, etc)   
    GST/HST rebates are not valid after POE. You will have to pay back the CRA with interest.
    OHIP is forfeited when you POE as well. Many VJers get temporary insurance to cover them until they're under their spouse's coverage.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Kathryn41 in For K visa applicants, a letter of intent to marry signed by the petitioner within 30 days of interview date   
    I recall only having a letter of intent with
    1. The initial I-129F application
    2. The day I attended the interview
    Packet 3 does not require a letter of intent (unless they very recently changed the instructions); it merely instructs you to have one ready for the interview.
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    pocheros got a reaction from 1.618 in For K visa applicants, a letter of intent to marry signed by the petitioner within 30 days of interview date   
    I recall only having a letter of intent with
    1. The initial I-129F application
    2. The day I attended the interview
    Packet 3 does not require a letter of intent (unless they very recently changed the instructions); it merely instructs you to have one ready for the interview.
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    pocheros got a reaction from sheeshkabelle in Can my Canadian spouse just live here for 2-3 years?   
    Nope, else we all probably would've jumped on that opportunity!
    Your best bet is to go with a spousal visa. You'll end up residing in the US for a year or so longer than you want, but then he can apply for citizenship which will make relocation much easier should you have to move back to the US.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Kathryn41 in Can my Canadian spouse just live here for 2-3 years?   
    Nope, else we all probably would've jumped on that opportunity!
    Your best bet is to go with a spousal visa. You'll end up residing in the US for a year or so longer than you want, but then he can apply for citizenship which will make relocation much easier should you have to move back to the US.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Kathryn41 in Speeding up the process- possible?   
    Montreal is very busy, hence the majority of interviews take place about 4 months or so after NOA2. They're busy because the majority of K1s and all CR1/IR1s go through Montreal and because there's just a lot of Canadians applying for visas. From the initial petition (I-129F/I-130) to POE the process take about 8 months to a year.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Kathryn41 in POE POrt Huron/Sarnia   
    I dunno if he just forgot to collect it but it shouldn't be a problem. He has the I-94 in his passport- that's the important part
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    pocheros got a reaction from lakersfan4ever in K1 vs CR1(or other options) in this situation   
    For a CR1 you can get married in either Canada or the US, it doesn't matter, but IIRC it's generally faster to obtain a marriage certificate int he US than in Canada although this varies by province/state so you would have to research Alberta vs. whatever state you reside in or intend to get married in.
    K1 will get her to the US faster but keep in mind that once she's in the US, until she obtains her green card or advance parole (minimum 3 mos or so) she will be unable to exit and re-enter the US. So if she gets to the US and there's an emergency in Canada she can't leave without AP, although I believe you can apply for an expedited/emergency AP but I'm not sure of how long that takes or how reliable it is. Just something to consider. If she enters on a CR1 she can travel abroad freely.
    K1s may visit during the process but it's all up to the individual border officers! If she tries to tote 6 months worth of clothing and personal items across the border she will most likely get questioned, and if she doesn't have strong ties to Canada- such as a return ticket, lease, or letter of employment- they might not let her through! I would suggest that you try for shorter visits of a couple or a few weeks at a time.
    Also yes K1 and CR1 are the only marriage based visa options besides K3, which is a dead visa that ultimately results in either a K1 or CR1 anyways.
    BTW, just a tip: if she somehow manages to stay for 6 months in the US, absolutely make sure she doesn't overstay her 180 days at all! Overstays will come back to bite you in the butt.
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    pocheros got a reaction from Kathryn41 in Joint bank account or one in my own name?   
    Just my opinion but I think it's a good idea for one to ALWAYS have one's own bank account that no one but you can access, even if you don't plan on using it. Not so much for establishing credit or anything but for protecting oneself, it might come in handy one day. You can still have your own account in addition to a joint account.
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