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  1. My fiance is a crane operator in Canada who works for the Union. We have an interview date of April 3rd, is it possible for us to get married then him fly to Canada to do a shutdown then come back? Once we file for an Adjustment of Status can he still work in Canada or will he have to transfer to a union in the US?
  2. Creating this thread for all the people having interview for IR-1/CR-1 in the month of February & March 2019 at Montreal, Canada. Please reply with your Case Complete (CC) date and Priority Date (PD).
  3. MK2803

    Canadian Jan 2019 Case Complete

    Hi all, I am creating this thread for all people who have Case Complete in January 2019 and waiting for interview from Montreal Consulate. Please mention your Case Complete (CC) date and Priority Date (PD). In this way we can track and predict the interview dates. My timeline is below: Case Complete (CC) date: January-14-2019 Priority date (PD): April-30-208 Best Wishes to everyone. Peace! MK
  4. Hello, In 2018, I had zero Canadian income, of any kind. I do not own property, or have any significant assets there. I also do not have residency there (obviously). I have checked with CRA and based on their website, it appears that I do not need to file a return, which seems odd to me. I feel as though, there should be something to file, even if it’s a $0 statement, and perhaps a declaration of US earned income. I have checked with a couple Canadian friends I have that reside abroad, and none of them seemed too sure of the answer, which was frustrating, because I don’t understand how they have never been concerned about it. If any Canadian could chime in and let me know, I would greatly appreciate it.
  5. Hoping some people could chime in on this topic, any advice would be much appreciated! I came from Canada into the US on a K1 visa in fall 2018, am currently in AOS, and my US husband and I are looking to buy a home in the US very soon. My parents are going to gift me some money to help with the down payment. I know that there are no gift taxes in Canada for parents giving cash to their children. Here are our options we have come up with: 1. They transfer the money from their Canadian account into my Canadian TD account. I have a TD cross boarder account, in which I would then transfer the money over to my US-based TD account, but the amount will be over $10K and I don't want to do too many small amount transfers between my cross-border accounts. Are there any tax implications for this? I am simply transferring money between my cross-border accounts. 2. The other option we are considering is my parents would transfer the full amount of money from their Canadian account directly into my US-based TD account, either through the bank or something else like TransferWise. If we do this, do we then need to submit the IRS 3520 form for foreign gifts, in which it would be excluded from taxes? Can this form be filed out of I am not technically a US citizen yet, being in AOS? What is the cheapest option if we do this, bank or Transferwise? Trying to figure out the simplest and least expensive/least tax heavy option! If anyone has a better option, please advise. Thanks everyone.
  6. Hi everyone, My wife and i are traveling to Canada in a month with my advance parole/employment card. When we approach the US/Canada border, what document do i provide to the border officer? And then what document do i provide the border officer when we leave Canada? Document meaning Canadian passport or employment/AP card. Is there anything extra I should bring with me in case? Thank you! Mike
  7. Ric_123

    F2A - Montreal, Canada

    Just wondering if anyone received an interview letter recently for Montreal, Canada. The most up to date visa bulletin for F2A is Aug22, 16. I've hear Montreal moving really slow, just want to if thats true. Our PD is mid-Aug and we still haven't receive any interview letter yet. Any one wait in Canada? Or know something? Thanks!
  8. Hi everyone, My fiance is a Canadian citizen with a US green card. He lives and works in the US. I am a Canadian citizen. We are hoping to get married in Canada early next year and then him sponsoring my move to the US. I know the process may be long, however, I am hoping to work in the US while waiting for the green card process to be completed. How would that be possible please?
  9. Hi, I don't know if anyone has any experience in a similar situation... I am the Alien resident married to a US citizen. I was previously living in Canada but am not a Canadian citizen (I lived in Canada for 2.5 years) I was born and raised in New Zealand. I arrived in US and married in October 2016, was fortunate to get an expedite on EAD and started working December. We are now trying to figure out how to file taxes. We are looking to file jointly. My understanding is my foreign income is tax exempt due to the treaty between US and Canada. However when we have been entering the details in TurboTax (entered at the uncommon income section) the amount for refund drops significantly once we enter this information. Has anyone been in this situation and have any advice, or otherwise we might need to find a local tax specialist to help keep our tax refund.. Would it have anything to do with my temporary status in Canada, even though I was deemed a resident for taxes in Canada. Please I'd appreciate any information anyone might have
  10. Just got done my medical for my K1 in Surrey BC, I flew form Calgary to Van 6:30am flight rented a car and was back at the airport by 1:00. Renting a car probably wasn’t the best option since it was $100 to rent a car I’m sure a cab might of been cheaper. Really easy going doctor happy and helpful with questions. I had a DUI in 2008 and he just asked for a drivers abstract (3 year) and police record asked if I only had one dui said it wasn’t a big deal and moved on with the remaining questions needed for his form. $340 for medical, $35 for them to courier it to Calgary said I will have it by Friday afternoon.
  11. So we just checked our status and we got this... we were approved on January 16th 2019. At the montreal embassy. Now I know there were a few flags for my fiances part. We sent in the petition (i29f) in a few times and it got sent back to us for silly reasons such as not having the correct payment (where we did, just two different money orders totaling to the 535 amount) and another time for not having a signature. They did turn my fiance around at the border when he was coming down to visit me for thanksgiving and told him he had to be patient and wait for the k1 process to be finished (in which he did) so im hoping the clear this up soon and offically approve us and send the visa its been well over a year and a half at this point i just want this happily ever after to start with him 😕
  12. Leeahh

    Montreal Embassy backed up?

    Is anyone else feel like Montreal Embassy is taking forever to send out packet 3?!?! No updates or communication, just a simple email to "wait for instructions"... Im almost 2 months past my approval date and time needed for my expedite is running very tight!!!
  13. I arrived at Pearson at 3:00pm on Jan 3 2019. My original flight was at 7:40pm. I got their early because I thought that my clearance through Customs & Border Protection (CBP), might take a few hours and I also wanted to see if I can get on an earlier flight. Since I had an IR-1, I did not have to get a photo receipt at the Kiosk before approaching CBP. The line was a little long, not too bad, but slower than usual, perhaps the holidays may have affected that. Anyways, as I approached, I gave my the officer the Visa side on my passport and he just started asking me normal stuff, that they ask b4 they let u enter. Before answering the first question I told him that this was my first time crossing with an IR-1. He was surprised and then asked me about the packet. I told him it was all electronic now. He then took me to the secondary inspection room. In the room another officer asked me about the packet and I said the same thing. He asked if they gave me any documents and I showed him the Welcome to USA doc, he asked to borrow it and if I could write my intended address on the back. He was gone for quite a bit, but he didn't seem like he knew what to do, because he also mentioned to me, 'this electronic stuff is all new, I have to figure out what to do', and he asked his colleague and supervisor , "so what do we do exactly," I was amused. His colleague said that ur just gonna double check the info online and then admit her and then she's done. He then called me over to his booth, and said everything looks good, he explained how the visa is used in travel and how my green card might take 6-8 weeks to be delivered since they are experiencing backlog. After that he said congratulations, your good to go! Also, I was able to get on an earlier flight
  14. I filed the I-129f (petitioner form) for my fiancé and I begin the K1 Visa process in Aug/Sept, and am expecting it to be adjudicated Feb/Mar. We're getting ready to start working on all of the other documents that will need to be done before my fiancé's interview, one of which is the police checks. My fiancé is a Japanese citizen currently living in Japan, but he has lived in Australia and Canada for 6+ months in the past 2-3 years on working holiday visas, so he'll need to get police checks from those countries as well. Does anyone know the process(es) for requesting a police check from Australia and Canada while abroad? Is this doable by ourselves, or would you recommend getting a lawyer to help? My fiancé got a lawyer estimate in Japan for assistance with a K1 Visa, and it came out to about $2000. Thanks in advance for responses!
  15. Hello there, I am moving to US and need to send my belongings there. what is the best way and also cheapest way to send the everything to US from Canada? I appreciate if you share your experience. Thanks
  16. Hello, I my case was update on the CEAC website and listed as "READY". I have been collecting all my documents for the interview and getting everything ready for that point. I have gone ahead and completed the DS-160 and submitted it. I have not been able to pay the fees though. If I go onto the link to pay fees ( which is listed under immigrant visa) I submit all my info and once I enter it.. It brings a notice that k1s are non-immigrant visas and I must submit a ds-160 before paying fees...which I have already done. Is there something I am doing wrong or am I not supposed to pay yet? I'm a little confused!! (MONTREAL EMBASSY) ...help
  17. Got my passport with the visa back today. To give everyone an idea or the waiting time post interview; Interview Date was Dec 18, 2018 My visa was issued on Thursday Dec 20, 2018. I got the notice of the tracking # and that package was picked up by Canada post on Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 (it sounds like a long time but, there was the weekend in between as well as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing day, which were all weekdays, and offices r closed, so i lost 3 business days) The delivery date kept getting delayed, first it was Dec 28, 2018 and then changed to Dec 31, 2018. During both those days the status updates were very slow. Again, I had weekends and New Year's Holiday in the way. On Dec 31, 2018, I was getting concerned about my package since I had a flight booked for Jan 3, 2019, from before my interview date. So, I called Canada Post customer service, created a service ticket and talked to the supervisor about my situation. She put the package on high priority got on its case. I was still stressed because the tracking service was not updating and it was at huge Gateway distribution centre since Dec 30, 2018, and with all the back log due to the strike i was concerned on delivery delays. I called back on Jan 2, 2018 to talk to the supervisor again, and I was gonna ask if I can go pick it up myself (Ur still not allowed to), but then she said, I have good news, your package has arrived in your city as of this morning and should be at the post office for pick up at 11am. I was so happy, so much stress during this past week. As an overview, XpressPost is 2-5 business days Excluding all the interruptions (holidays), my package did arrive in that time frame. It may be beneficial to speak to a supervisor to expedite ur process if u have a flight booked from b4. So happy now to be going and seeing my husband. New Year, new chapter! All the best to everyone!
  18. Has anyone in Canada received an interview date for December 2018 yet?
  19. Hi everyone, first I would like to say I have been Visa Journey throughout my whole immigration process and would like to thank everyone for their help. It is a great community. Question: If I am a Canadian citizen with a valid Canadian passport, can I fly to Toronto, Canada (from Philadelphia, USA) using only my passport? This might be a stupid question, but the more research I do, the more confusing everything becomes. I received my Combo Card/Advance Parole about a month ago. I want to visit Canada late December for 1 week. I know my Combo Card should allow me to re-enter into the United States. But I started reading topics regarding people needing an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter/fly into Canada. In my mind, my Canadian passport should be enough, correct? I have never flown internationally, only domestic flights. So I guess I am a bit unfamiliar with how the process will go. Such as customs, or where/when I need to present my combo card. Any information or experiences would help me greatly and ease my mind. Thank you! (I have immigrated on a K-1 Fiance Visa in February 2018)
  20. I received my NOA 2 yesterday and I have some questions about the NOA expiration date. My NOA 2 will expire on January 4th, 2019; however, due to some work related situations I am required to enter the US for a couple of days in January so I cannot have the K1 visa in January as I need to come back to Canada after my work trip. So I cannot send in my packet 3 info to the consulate too soon. I could choose to fill out my DS-160 and send all the required packet 3 info to the consulate in late December but then my DS-160 will not be correct as it askes the last US entry date. I am thinking of filling out my DS-160 when I come back from the work trip in January but then my NOA 2 will expire by then. Does anyone know how to extend the NOA2 or has experiences of doing that? Thank you so much
  21. Hi all, I just wanted to share this article for our Canadian friends and their SOs. Canadians who work in the marijuana industry — and those who invest in the booming pot sector — risk a lifetime ban on travel to the U.S., according to a senior official overseeing U.S border operations. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/13/canada-weed-pot-border-783260
  22. Hello all, I am on AP since October 2017, got the DS-5535 in Montreal. Anyone else in this situation from CanadaÉ Thanks
  23. acidrain

    Montreal Medisys Review

    I completed my medical exam in Montreal and thought I would add another review. Being in Montreal has been a challenge as many people have a hard time speaking English. Perhaps I am the only person who finds the irony in having to travel to Quebec for a US immigrant visa. When staying in Downtown Montreal you are within walking distance everywhere. I arrived a half hour early and it was easy to find as I had google earthed prior. My 5 year old and I went up to the 22nd floor. As soon as we entered the office I was overwhelmed by the volume of people. I would prepare yourself if you don't like crowds. I checked in at reception and she asked for: 5 passport photos, vaccination records, passports, letter confirming consulate appointment. She gave me forms to fill out which included the intended US address. The questionnaire asks things like if you have been hospitalized, blood disorders, drug addiction, mental health history, etc. I filled everything out and my son had to go to the bathroom. I needed to go but the receptionist said I could not do my urine test as it had to be supervised by a nurse. I asked how long it would be and she said she had no idea. We sat down and my name got called pretty quick to do the chest x-ray. The lady was really nice especially considering my son didn't want to leave the toys. I got undressed from the waste up and put a gown on. There were a total of 3 people doing this test at the same time. There were change rooms side by side which me (female), another female and a male all got undressed. I have to admit I was surprised they would do the exam with mixed genders. The guy who was there looked like he could be fun and I could've cared less if he got a peek. But not everyone would be thrilled about that. They did my x-ray first which I appreciated as my son was on the verge of a meltdown. They gave him two candy canes for being good. I wished the female and male good luck as I left. We sat down again and it was around a half an hour before the doctor came out. My son had a tantrum and I was embarrassed. The waiting area had turned into a circus with at least a half dozen kids running wild. The area feels small when there are so many people. The office is extremely busy and it's easy to not hear your name. They should consider investing in an intercom. I was surprised by how many more men there were than women. The view of Montreal was great and there is a play area for young children. The doctor brought me into her office and she was very genuine. She was thorough and went through our medical history. My son and I completed our physical exams. I took everything off except my bra and underwear. The wait felt longer when we got to the vaccination part. It must have been 2 hours after we got there. By then the urge to pee was so bad it was hard to think of anything else. I got brought in by two women to do the physical exam/vaccinations. I explained how desperate I was to use the restroom. One of the girls got me a cup right away and the receptionist was correct someone must stand outside the door. After I was done I handed her my sample. I did an eye test both with and without glasses. They took weight/height measurements along with blood pressure. They went through my vaccine history and I hadn't had a TDAP shot in over 20 years. It was $40 and my son's flu shot was $25. They took blood from me. They took my word I had my flu shot and I brought blood test results to prove I had chicken pox. We went back to the waiting area where we were told to wait at least 15 minutes after our vaccines. At this point it had been over 3 hours and my son was really melting down. The receptionist saw my desperation and rang the bill for myself and my young child. The bill after taxes came to $747. She said the results should be ready Friday (today is Tues) which was sooner than what was said when I called (he said 4 days). They said if there is any type of issue they would call the number you put on the form. I felt everyone who worked there was very friendly. It is a much higher volume medical service lab than I expected. Everything is done in office so you don't have to go anywhere. After we were finished we walked over to Eaton Center and had supper.
  24. My husband and I are filing for the I-130 visa (CR1), he lives in the United States and I live in Canada. He will (obviously) be petitioning for me. I lived with him in the United States from November 2017-January 2018, I also lived with him for a few weeks while we got married back in October of 2017, and on our marriage license we put down his physical address for the both of us as we had a confidential marriage license (not our choice, it'll be fine as we had two lawyers confirm it won't be an issue as long as we have a bona fide relationship- but I appreciate the concern lol). On the form I-130a, it states that I have to write down the past physical addresses that I've lived within the past 5 years (within or outside of the USA). While living with my husband I was on a Visa Waiver Program (VWP), will this be a red flag? Normally I wouldn't write it down at all but because it's on our marriage license I feel obligated to have to state I lived with him for 2.5 months in the USA while on a VWP? I'm not even sure if that's legal? I have no idea.
  25. I'm from British Columbia (west coast) and will be marrying my fiance in Virginia (east coast). We plan to apply for my adjustment of status once we are married so that we can live together, but I'm not entirely sure on the process of moving my stuff. We thought up a few different plans, but I'm not sure if they are all actually possible or feasible, and which option would be best. I am of the understanding that household effects won't be taxed if I have been using them for at least a year, and that I need to create an itemized list, but I'm uncertain about personal effects and personal items and what the exact difference is between them (one seems to be valuables that you personally use, the other seems to be more for items you keep in your personal collection but don't actually use?) If anyone has gone through the process of moving their stuff from Canada to the US and has any advise, that would be greatly appreciated! I don't have a lot of furniture (maybe a couple of shelves and a desk chair), but I do have a decent collection of books, video games, and collectable figures (not of great monetary value but not items that I necessarily "use", I'd like to keep them because they are something that I would like to share with my fiance). I also have a vehicle I would like to import for my own use. I am definitely overthinking this but am not sure if I can take everything with me at the POE with a rented vehicle, or if we need to be married first, or have already applied for adjustment of status, or if I would already need to have a green card before I can get my stuff. Option A Fly there. Check in 1–2 bags of necessities, have a carry on, and use my wedding dress as the personal item. Rent a U-Pak (or similar) cube and have my parents load it up and send it with unaccompanied articles paperwork that I would leave for them, after I am already in the US. I would then try to have my car brought over separately. I would ideally like to send it right before I fly out but then I'd be worried it would get to the border before me and then I wouldn't be able to confirm that I am in the US. Option B Rent a Uhaul van, fiance would come up to Canada and we would use one of the Washington border crossings as the POE, and then have a road trip over to Virginia. I would then have my car brought over separately. Option C The same as B but I would import my personal vehicle and drive it either on its own (without furniture), or with a small Uhaul trailer attached to the back (with furniture)