|Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
|Review Date :
||March 13, 2012
|Embassy Review :
||We just got back from our approval, so I wanted to add as many details as I can here before I forget.
Much of what happened to us was similar to other reviews: we got there around 6:45am and were the first ones. Another woman showed up around 10 minutes later, and several people were there by the time the guards started letting us in. We brought nothing but our transit cards, passports, and other documents. People were allowed to bring in their umbrellas, but several people behind us were turned away (I didn\'t see exactly what for, but I\'m guessing one had a purse that was too large). Make sure you bring your DHL confirmation because they ask for it before they even let you get to security!
We were second getting downstairs because someone was lightning fast through security, but she sat far from the elevator so we got the seats right next to it. The room slowly filled up, and then a guard came to let us into the elevator. We got into the elevator, all the way in the back and to the left. Here is one of the differences I noted from other reviews: the guard downstairs told us all to go to window 14b, but when we got to the visa floor, there was a woman who stopped each and every person asking them what kind of visa they were getting and then directing them where to go. Someone tried to dash in front of us to 14B without speaking to the woman, but she stopped him, and let us go before she asked him what kind of visa he was there for. We got C1! The guy who tried to cut was getting a nonimmigrant visa, so he wasn\'t even supposed to go to 14b.
The first window was the nice blonde woman (I think others have mentioned her), and we handed over all the necessary documents. The interview window was a man who was even nicer, but asked us more questions than I was expecting: Where we each live, how we met, whether my husband had ever lived in the US, whether he had ever had trouble crossing the border, what each of us does (including what I plan to do after finishing my PhD), where the wedding was, what my husband plans to do after he moves to the US, how long did it take us to get from NVC to interview (then he chatted with us about how long the backlog used to be and how ridiculous it is that even though we do electronic processing, they still print everything out). He told us about getting my husband\'s passport back and the \"do not open\" package, then gave my husband his welcome letter! I think we were out of there by 9am.
(updated on March 13, 2012)