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  1. My fiancé lived in Iran for at least 6 months since age of 16, and the visa requirements indicate that you need a police report from each country you resided at for at least 6 months. However, under the immigration page, it states that an Iran police certificate is unreliable and not required for immigrant visas. I have attempted asking the embassy at Montreal and talking to other attorneys but there are mixed opinions. Has anyone had their fiancé go through the visa interview with or without an Iran police clearance who can tell me whether it is required? If it is not required, is there a way to get US embassy to send email or letter verifying an exemption?
  2. Today I wanted to share my journey hoping these information help others to better prepare. Background: Canadian citizen with spouse and kids duel citizenship. I had my GC first time bank in 2009 and officially abandoned it through the form I-407 in 2012 as I was not ready to relocate to the USA. We had decided to move to the USA in 2019 to be closer to families. Then I started my GC journey again as IR1. Submitted paper form I-130, I-130a from Canada in November 2019 PD - November 12, 2019 NOA1 - November 18, 2019 NOA2 - May 23, 2020 Submitted docs to NVC (CEAC) - May 2021 (took several rounds of submission) DQ - December 29, 2021 IL - February 4, 2022 Interview - March 2022 Visa Approved - May 12, 2021 Affidavit of Support: I took the asset based route as my wife is not working. I didn't want to request anyone to be the joint sponsor. I thought we had enough financial assets (based on the federal poverty guidelines) to be approved. I have fulltime employment in Canada which would easily meet the income requirements. It turns out that financial assets not in the USA would not qualify as assets. Intent to Re-establish domicile in the US: We submitted the the following letter as intent to re-establish domicile in the USA. Thanks to a number of members in this forum to come up with the following appendices as evidence. Ref: Intent to Re-establish domicile in the US I, XXXXXXXX, am currently residing in Canada with my husband, XXXXXXX (beneficiary) and two kids (both have Consular Report of Birth Abroad). My husband is the sole breadwinner in the family. During this pandemic, it would be really difficult to move back to the US alone with my kids without my husband. Thus, it is my intent to move permanently to the United States together with my husband and kids after the approval of my husband’s immigrant visa. Please find below a list of attached documents that show the concrete steps I have taken to re-establish domicile in the United States: Appendix A: I have maintained voter registration (online voter registration lookup). Appendix B: Inquired for leasing an apartment. Appendix C: My husband (beneficiary), an IT professional, is actively searching for jobs in the US, had few interviews. Attached are some print outs of those interviews. Appendix D: I have registered my kids in school. Appendix E: I have gathered quotes for the auto insurance and renters insurance. Appendix F: I have gathered quotes for the moving (uPack and uHaul). Appendix G: Communication with our realtor to sell our house in Canada. I declare that I intend in good faith to re-establish my domicile in the United States. I certify under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the statements in this letter and all accompanying evidence are true and correct. With regards, XXXXXXXXXXX Medical Examination: I went to Dr. Cheema in Surrey, BC for the medical exam one week before my interview date. I took an afternoon flight, stayed at an Airbnb, finished medical within few hours, and took return flight in the evening. Staying a week in Montreal to do medical would have been more expensive choice. I confirmed that my medical exam report was sent electronically to the embassy before the interview. Interview: I went for the interview on time with just the documents. I was provided a number, waited for a hour to be called in at a window. The lady validated all documents, took finger print, one photo and asked to seat in the waiting area to be called again. About 45 minutes later I was called again to a separate window for the interview. The CO was very nice, asked some questions regarding my last GC, and some routine questions. Finally, he asked me if I can work for my current employer from the USA. I said I haven't talked to my employer about that. I told him that I expect my financial assets would meet the requirements. He asked again if the financial assets are in the USA? I said no. Then he handed me refusal worksheet with section 221(g) "Proof of US income or assets in the US to meet Affidavit of Support requirement - or - Joint Sponsor (l-864, recent taxes, and proof of status)". He said that I am keeping your passport. As soon as you submit joint sponsor, the visa would be issued. I felt like the CO is handtied due to the policy framework to approve my visa. I was not asked anything regarding the domicile issue.
  3. Hey guys, this is the compliance letter I got from Hyundai for my car. Is this good enough to pass the border? As it says it is not complaining with the FMVSS regulations, only the EPA. Anyone out there can confirm and let me know, thank you for all your help guys! Thank you for all your help guys.
  4. I’m a USC who has been staying in Canada since March 2020 while we’ve been waiting for the IR1 process to play out. Prior to that, I’d go back and forth from the us to Canada every week or two over and over for 4 years (probably 200 crossings). I applied for a visitor record and was granted one extension. I applied again at the 1 year mark and am waiting for that to be processed, which should be in Sept. I need to go back to the US for a week or two in September. Will I have problems getting back into Canada? If this were a Canadian trying to get into the US after staying as a visitor for 18 months, I feel like there is a good chance they would be turned away. My wife and two kids are in Canada so I don’t want to leave if there’s a chance I’ll get locked out of the country. thinking about hiring an immigration lawyer to advise on this (recommendations welcome) but figured I’d ask here first in case anyone knows. my DQ date is in late April so I still have some time before this is over.
  5. Hi there, Sorry if this is the wrong thread to post this. My interview is fairly soon and I just realized that the appointment email gives the address/postal code: "1134 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 1H4" But when I put that address in google it changes it to "1134 Saint-Catherine St W Montreal, QC H3B 5K2" Is that still correct? And does the place look like this? Thank you.
  6. Hi Everyone, I have been meaning to write this for a few days. We crossed in Saturday, but it was an adventure to do so, and I think I'm only recovering now. The crossing part was easy - we drove to Windsor/Detroit, was taken into secondary, had to leave the cat and our cell phones in the car, went into the little building, they scanned our passports (there were issues with that but they were technical because they had a new system that only one person knew how to run, so it was giving everyone problems, including the family in front of us who were also activating their family visas at the same time), they reviewed my list of goods, and my teenager and I (and the cat) were admitted. However, my car was not. There were debates back and forth on VJ about whether or not one can drive one's vehicle down and import the vehicle later instead of at the time of crossing. I know we should have probably called the border to ask first, but I was in such a state of flux about packing and selling my house, I figured we could just tell them we were importing the vehicle later and deal with it. Wrong. In order to admit a personal vehicle into the US, it must actually be importable. That's why you need that letter from your car's manufacturer. Which of course I didn't have. When I told the border guard I thought I could do it all later and just drive the car down to get down there, he said, "This is why you always call first. You can't just drive it down. It is your property and so you are importing it and because it's a vehicle, it is subject to certain taxes you would have to pay prior to entry, regardless of whether or not you're doing the paperwork today." Since my car was an old beater (a 2012 car with over 243k on it) and didn't have an OEM Tire Pressure Monitor, it would not be road certifiable in Texas (where we were headed), and the customs officers determined that the car was "unimportable". So we were given a letter explaining the situation, which also stated that neither my teenager nor I were charged with any criminal offences, and that we were admitted to the US as permanent residents, and we were turned around and told to take the car back to Canada. This is where it gets interesting. We drove back across the Ambassador Bridge to Canada Customs. The Customs officer took a look at the letter, looked at our passports and said, "Really? They wouldn't let your car in but you can go? That's crazy. So what are you going to do?" I said I guess I have to figure out how to get rid of the car and try to go back. Then he asked, "Are you both fully vaccinated?" Thank goodness my teen had their second shot exactly two weeks to the day before we decided to cross. I showed the Canada Customs officer our slips evidencing full vaccination from the Ontario Ministry of Health, and he sat there, looking at our documents. Then he handed them all back, except the letter about the car, and said, "Good luck with your car. You can go back. You don't need to quarantine." If it had been any other time, or even a day before, we would have had to have waited another two weeks before we could cross. When we got back over to Windsor, in a matter of 3 hours, I sold my car for scrap and rented a U-Haul. I transferred all of our stuff into the U-Haul, and went back to the same crossing at Detroit. When we crossed, we were met by the border guard who had driven us to the turnaround point with our car. "What did you do with the car?" he asked. "Sold it for scrap." He scanned our passports and asked, "Does the U Haul have any dirt in it?" I told him that the woman at U-Haul had actually just mopped it out before she gave me the keys. He handed back our passports and said, "OK. Good luck today. Have a good drive." And we were off on our two day drive to Houston, Texas. TLDR: no problems with our documents when we crossed, scanned everything, took pics, all good, waiting for our SSNs to start our lives. Thanks, everyone!
  7. Looking at the ridiculous wait times, my wife and I have been exploring alternatives. The best alternative at this point seems having her move to Canada permanently. If I wanted to withdraw my DQ'd application from the interview queue and have her move here, would I have to go through the I-130 and NVC process again? Or would my case remain at the NVC? I'd prefer to be able to move to the US with a few month's notice if I wanted to. Also would it make it harder to immigrate in the future or visit the US for tourism/recreation?
  8. Hello All, I had my visa interview yesterday at the Montreal consulate, and just want to give my account here before I forget the details. I arrived at the consulate about 40 minutes before my interview. There were a few people standing outside waiting. When one of the guards came out to let someone in, I talked to him and he told me to come back 10 minutes before my interview. So, they wouldn't let you in early even if you come early. Once I was inside, and went through the airport-like security at the ground floor and put my i-phone in a locker as one of the guards instructed. I brought all my massive 3 folders full of documents, and a small purse with me, and I was allowed to bring all of it except my i-phone to the interview hall. They sent me upstairs to join others sitting and waiting in a hall. At the first window, they took my passport, and nothing else and I sat down and waited. I think this wait was at least for 40 minutes and the longest. Then they called me with my number on the screen again. This time, they took the necessary documents, which were as best as I can remember: -Original birth certificate -original marriage certtificate -W-2s and 1040 for 2020 -i864 -Police certificate from Canada -Police certificate from my home country -my Canadian PR card Then they sent me back to the waiting area to wait more. This time, I didn't need to wait long as I was called again shortly afterwards for the interview. I was interviewed by an older gentleman, who was polite, friendly even. He asked some questions related to my marriage after taking an oath: -Who is your petitioner -Tell me how you met your husband and where and when you got married -What does you husband to for living -Where you will you be living in US? -Have you ever arrested? -What is the longest time you stayed in US? -What do you do? -Do you have children? It felt more like a conversation, rather than an interview. One thing to note here is I brought a letter from my mother-in-law stating we will be living with her in her place and we were welcome to stay as long as we like. She actually had the letter notarized by a public notary in California and attached her driver's license to it. When he asked where will be living in the US, I pulled out the letter and gave it to him and after he looked at it and said 'It is very complete and good. It really helps.'. I actually took someone's wise and informed advise here in this forum and asked my mother-in-law to write me a letter and have it notarized. I thank this forum for it! The interview was for about 5-7 minutes in length. In the end, he said that he was planning to approve my visa, explained the procedure etc. and gave me the welcome letter. I thanked him and left. I was inside for about 1 hr and 40 minutes. It was generally a good experience. The security guards were polite. Inside, there were only 4 people were working, 2 taking documents and other 2 interviewing. I thought they were efficient. I wanted to thank all the wonderful members in this forum. You all have been an enormous help during a challenging time. I would have been in the total dark without any knowledge as to what is going in regards to the application/interview schedule without this forum, and would probably have driven myself mad. So, thank you all!
  9. Hi there, I am sorry I am not sure if I am posting this in the correct area, but I am looking to book a hotel. I heard there is a hotel infront of or really close by to the Montreal consulate. I tried to google map it but for some reason my google maps isn't showing hotels? Wondering if anyone knew what hotel is infront of the consulate, or if you have any recommendations (that are hopefully walking distance) Thank you!
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