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  1. 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).
  2. Good day all, All documents and fees were approved and completed on my IR5 on March 7th 2019. Notice from the NVC was that an interview would be scheduled at the Consulate and I would be notified by email or mail. Does anybody know what the approximate turnover times are for the interview? Can I expect an interview in April? Thank you!
  3. Hi everyone, My case was completed at the NVC 03/16/18 (over 70 days ago) and I am waiting for an interview date to be assigned at the Montreal Embassy. My visa category is EB-2. Is anyone in a similar situation (EB-2, Montreal) who can share their experience/wait time? This is taking much longer than anticipated. Thanks a lot!
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. Hey all, Just hoping to get some help and support on my case. My wife is American, I am Italian, and we have both been living in Canada for over 3 years. -Interview Date for Green Card 12-JUNE-2018 At the interview the lady said I passed and that I would get the card soon after (it could take from few days to a few weeks) we sent in some more documents, so I had to leave my passport there. The consulate required more documents from my wife to show she was serious about moving back to the US -Documents sent on 15-JUNE-2018 -Received by consulate on JUNE 27- Update status to "AP" After a few weeks we started calling (no one picks up) and emailing -AUGUST 6 case update - still AP -AUGUST 20 we went to the US consulate in Vancouver (where we live) to see if they could give us a direct line to talk to the US consulate in Montreal, no help. -AUGUST 21 case update - still AP We have no idea how long will my case be in AP and when I'll get my passport back. Any info from other people would be appreciated! We are so frustrated and desperate!
  7. Am I free to enter USA immediately after my interview? Only asking as we will be so close to our intended state - would be nice to pop in for a visit before returning home to finalize any business here in Alberta before making the final move. Thank you
  8. So we have had a bit of an unexpected personal hold up on ability to book our K1 visa interview. Ours expires Feb 15th and we might not be able to book our interview until late March (putting us at roughly a May interview date). Up until now I've always read that Montreal is good at extending the expiry date of I-129fs, and typically do it automatically.... but I sent a request to extend it yesterday and got this reply from the Consulate: We encourage applicants to pursue their K-1 visa applications as soon as possible, since the validity of the I-129F petition is only 4 months. Although consular officers have the authority to revalidate the I-129F petition for another 4 months, they are not legally required to do so for every case. These decisions are rendered on an individual case basis at the time of the interview. Does anyone have experience requesting an extension they can share? Has this always been the standard reply or are they cracking down? Should I be worried? Definitely have convinced myself that our visa will eventually be denied because of our delay
  9. 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 😕
  10. 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!!!
  11. Kacey8361

    Montreal Interview

    Does EVERY Canadian get scheduled for an interview in Montreal? If so, will I have to bring my 2 children - ages 8 & 12. (They are also being petitioned for) Also, do we send the I-130 from Canada to the Chicago Lockbox or to Montreal? Thank uou everyone for for helping me out! Trying not to be a pain in the a$$ with all my simpleton questions. 😛
  12. 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
  13. Background I am Canadian. My husband is American. My interview appointment was on Dec 18, 2018 at 8am. Before arriving, I made a binder with plastic sleeves and tabs of what is included in the pre-interview checklist. This was not as necessary for the officer as much it just helped me stay organized. My husband took me to Montreal and we drove up and made a trip out of it. I recommend driving up to the embassy the day before the interview to see where to park the day of and where to stand. The Appointment Day My appointment was at 8 am. We arrived at 7:04 am. We parked in parked in lot across building for $15/day early bird price. After 8am it is $18 for the whole day. It was hard to find parking if you have an appointment before 9:30 am because the streets need to be cleared from 8am-9:30am for city cleaning. One family arrived right when we did. Stood in line till 7:45 am. VJ bloggers said to stand on the side with the yellow columns but that didn't matter because the building security guard asked us to line up across the right side of the building. Once we were allowed in we were asked to go to the back of the line since we didn't have a 7:30am appmt and they wanted to prioritize the early ones. So we told everyone in line, if you have a 7:30am appmt move up. And then everyone was kind enough to let us stand in front of the 8am group since we were there early. When we went in, there was a lady who greeted us and asked us for our appointment time and our passports. She handed us a laminated document that indicated our call number and what we need to have ready for the officer. She asked out of the two who was the beneficiary and the petitioner. Then we went to security. The security guy asked us to place our items in the bin like at the airport. Did not have to take shoes off. You hand in ur phone and keys to the officer and get a ballot to pick it up when you leave the building. We went downstairs and waited like everyone else. Then an officer came and told us we r going up to floor 19 and when we arrive we will sit and wait for our number to be called. Our waiting began, it was 8am. When my number was called the lady just asked for all my documents to verify them and passport photos. Confirmed my Canadian address, phone number and then asked me the petitioners phone number and address. She took my finger prints. And then told me I am good to go and to sit and wait again and the officer will call my number for the interview. The lady officer called my number and I went up. She made me take an oath of honesty on the finger print scanner. She said you were born in Pakistan I said yes. Questions she asked me: How did you two meet? Who is the petitioner? What does your husband /petitioner do for work? Where does he live? How often do you get to see each other? What is your highest level of education? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Does your husband cook or do you cook? (meant to be a trick question) Have you ever been denied entry to the US? How long have you ever stayed in the US? Have you ever stayed in the US longer than 6 months? Then all of a sudden she pulled out two sheets and said welcome to the US and that our immigration packet is now electronic so we don't take anything to the border. If you have travel plans and are worried about getting your passport back in time, do mention it to the officer. By 8:50 am, we were done. Side Notes: - Items I brought but; They did not even ask for the photocopies of the the original documents. They did not ask for a printed interview appointment letter. They did not ask for CEAC print outs. They did not ask to see petitioners photocopy. They DID ask to photocopy his W-2. They did not ask to see relationship evidence.
  14. Hello all, I am on AP since October 2017, got the DS-5535 in Montreal. Anyone else in this situation from CanadaÉ Thanks
  15. If we have moved and are the beneficiary, how can you update your mailing address to receive your mailing for packet 3/4 from the consulate. (Canadian resident) I only see the option to update the mailing address for the petitioner?
  16. BChance

    Passport Delivery

    I am really interested in past and present people who paid the extra for home delivery of their passport. Is it Canada Post Courier or some other courier? And also, what ID does one need in order to receive the package from the courier? I am a Canadian but don’t reside in Canada so I have no ID with Canadian address. I will be flying from Mexico to Montreal (direct) and back to Mexico after interview and then driving with my US spouse to immigrate to the US from Mexico with our dog and some belongings. Thanks for any help!
  17. 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.
  18. Hello, I had my interview in Montreal on August 1st. And they requested additional documents which have been sent within 24 hours. Case status then changed to AP on August 2nd. It is already over 60 days and no updates since then. Anyone else in the same boat?
  19. Fiancé (petitioner) was married previously. The packet 3 list says to bring Marriage Ceritificate Is it required? We already have his divorce certificate Any idea on Montreal recently? Help much appreciated!
  20. Hello. I am a Canadian citizen living in Mexico. My interview for IR—1 will be in Montreal (soon). When I sign up for delivery service, can I use my Airbnb address in Montreal? My only Canadian gov’t issued ID is passport, so I can’t pick up at Post Office. Can DHL deliver to Airbnb and I just sign or do I need someone with Canadian ID? I have 2 government issued Mexican ID’s. Not sure if I can use them. Thank you
  21. I am curious as to how many days I will need to be in montreal for my 1R1 spousal interview? Can I leave and return to BC that evening? Will they courier my passport back to BC for me. I need to book my flight but I need to stay as little time as possible because I have limited care for my 4 yr old daughter while I am away. Sorry if this is answered in other topics...I searches and searches and could not find an answer. Thanks so much
  22. I just received my CC date (10.10.18). Trying to get an idea as to when we will be notified as to our interview dates.
  23. Hi All, I am switching my husband's IR-1 interview from Montreal to Mumbai. I called NVC to ask them about how to do this. They told us you need to submit a request for the consulate transfer to the "Ask NVC" form, and include proof of eligibility to interview at the consulate you are requesting. If anyone has had any experience with this, is this all that one needs to do to change embassies? I have seen some threads where people said they had to contact the embassy they wanted to switch to as well, to make the transfer happen. How long did it take for the entire transfer to be completed (e.g. 2 weeks, one month, etc.)? Any information one has would be appreciated!
  24. I would urge H1 applicants to not go to Montreal. The consulate is extremely busy with Immigrant Visa applicants and give TCN NIV applicants the very low priority. They did not take time to understand my case and subjected me to additional scrutiny for no reason. Here is my detailed experience, it may be quite long for some of you but hopefully I'm able to help people in a stuck in a similar situation. Interview Date/Time: 6/15/2015 7:40am Consulate: Montreal, Canada Visa: H1B Renewal - 7th year, 3rd Stamping in Canada - Previous 2 visas received in 1 week from Toronto and Ottawa. My Background: MS in CS from USA. Working in EVC Model on Client site. Same client for past 2 years and also worked there for 3 years in the past. Client location is a Research Lab. Interview: VO: What do you do? ME: Answered VO: Who you work for? ME: My company name VO: What are your job duties? ME: Explained. Also mentioned that I work at client site along with the client name / location. She stopped me half way. VO: How long working in U.S. ME: Answered VO: Can I see copy of approved 140 copy? ME: Gave it to her VO: Do you have CV and list of publications? ME: Gave resume and told her I do not have list of publications. At that point, she gave me a white slip (nothing on it said 221g), circled Administrative Processing and checked the line that said List of Publications and told me that they need to further review my case. ME: I did not publish anything VO: Then don't send anything, we will still review your case ME: Can you give me some idea on how long this would take VO: You are educated, you should know this I had no idea what was going on at that point but now I know that they did a TAL check on my case, presumably due to the fact that my client location was a Research Lab. I was never privy to any research related information and my Client / Vendor letter had no mention of the word "Research" so in hindsight, if it wasn't for my resume, I would probably not have been subjected to this. Sequence of events after the interview: 6/15/2015 - 1st Email Sent with Requested Info: No Publications. 6/22/2015 - 2nd Email Sent for Follow-up: No Response 6/25/2015 - 3rd Email Sent for Follow-up: Response received on 6/26/2015 - Did you send list of publications? (Already sent email on 6/15/2015) 6/30/2015 - 4th Email Sent for Follow-up: Also asked if they received previous email. In a few mins, they confirmed they received it 7/7/2015 - 5th Email Sent for Follow-up: No Response 7/9/2015 - 6th Email Sent for Follow-up: No Response 7/14/2015 - Visited Consulate personally – they did not let me in and asked to send email. On sending email - I received a response in 1hr, basically saying it is pointless to keep sending email when the status is already available in Auto Response emails. I'm assuming they were pointing to the fact that the Auto-response said it could take upto 90 days for Admin Processing. 8/17/2015 - Consulted with a well known immigration attorney. They said try for H4,that is your best bet otherwise nothing much that can be done, just wait for approval. 8/18/2015 - 7th Email Sent for Follow-up (after 60 days): No Response 8/18/2015 - Contacted local senator office. They said they will try to follow up but if the case was in Admin Processing, they wouldn't be able to do anything to expedite it. 8/18/2015 - Scheduled H4 Visa Appointment for 9/10 as a backup, incase nothing happened till then 8/25/2015 - Email Received to Submit Passport, instead of dropping it off at local Loomis office - I went to the address on the instructions, (which turned out to be a UPS store) and dropped off my passport personally. 8/27/2015 - Around 11:30am, my CEAC status updated to ISSUED 8/28/2015 - Did not receive email for passport until 5pm so decided to visit the Loomis office in Lachine being that it was a Friday. The person was really good - he said even though the office closes at 7pm, if I got an email by 9:30pm then call him and come and pick up the passport. Fortunately, I did receive the email at 9:15pm so rushed there and got my passport. 8/29/2015 - Returned home after 76 days. My guess is that the consulate did not even touch my case for the first 3 weeks. After that they sent it to Washington for TAL Check. My Visa Stamp says "Clearance Received 7/31/2015" which means Montreal took almost a month to process my case after they received clearance from Washington. I had been following a lot of other threads from Murthy and other forums and for most cases with TAL, the response time was between 30 days to 3 months depending on the Consulate and the time of the year. Summer and Christmas time are really slow with lot of people out on vacation. Also, during Summer time, Student Visas get priority over H1. During the first month, I kept calling NVC quite frequently. For the most part - they did not provide much information and a lot of times misled me so I stopped calling them. Around 7/10, two different people of two different days told me that my case was "Pending Conclusion by the Consulate" which got my hopes high and then a couple of days later, a guy said there was nothing like that. Around early August though, when I called NVC asked them if there was any update on my case they said yes and I asked when - they said 7/31 which was the exact date when my was case received clearance. So it seems like they do have some level of visibility.
  25. Hi All-- My fiance is a naturalized Canadian citizen but originally born in Pakistan and I ( the petitioner) am a born US citizen. My fiance and I had our K1 interview after 11 months of waiting on March 21, 2018. In the embassy we provided all the documents and patiently waited for the interview which we thought was going to be easy since we have been together 3.5 years and should be able to answer any interview questions. Things did not go as expected. Fiancé got asked tons of questions about himself, about us, and about the documents we brought in a very business like way. She also asked him where he worked and what he did when he was in Pakistan ( which was 11 years ago) and he said he did his masters in Physics. Instead of approving us, she gave the 221g form asking for my fiance's resume and masters transcripts. My fiancé didn't ask any questions. He was polite and said ok no problem, he will mail the documents right away. The officer asked him if he needed the passport anytime soon, and my fiance said no so the officer kept it. Even though my fiance mailed the documents March 22nd, masters transcripts and resume are not required. Does anyone have any insight as to why this happened or if this is something we should worry about? The sheet of paper we got says 6-8 weeks. Is this an accurate estimate? Any and all advice here is helpful. Thanks, A