|Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
|Review Date :
||June 20, 2023
|Embassy Review :
||Despite being incredible stressed prior to waiting for the interview, it went very smoothly!
I brought everything on the list and then some so I felt prepared but also worried I did not have everything.
I arrived 20 minutes before, my interview was at 9:15am. When I got in line, they were calling 9am, and the 9:15 immediately after since there were no 9ams waiting. Still had to wait for those in front of me who had a 9:15 slot.
Once they let me in, I gave my passport where a sticker was put on the back and two slips with my number were put inside my passport. Then went through security, and up the elevator to the consulate floor. Sat down and waited until my number came up on the screen. I was called up to the first window for document collection where they asked for the following:
- Passport & one of the number slips given to me during the security entrance
- Original Birth Certificate
- Original Police Certificate
- Original Marriage Certificate (I had uploaded the short form version but also had the long and offered it for them, she took both)
- Sponsor's & co-sponsor's most recent tax return
- W2 from sponsor if applicable, and Co-sponser
- Passport style photo
They confirmed my address where I live currently, the name of my spouse, and I believe the address where he lives, both our phone numbers, then took my fingerprints.
I was handed a pamphlet on domestic abuse to read while waiting for my number again for the interview.
The interview was straightforward, we started with an oath and fingerprints again to confirm that oath then got to the questions. Here are all the questions I remember answering:
- Sponsor's name & address
- Where I'll be living in the USA
- What he does for a living
- What I do for a living
- Whether I had any questions on the pamphlet
- I had J1 visas in the past, so she asked what I did for each of them
- She asked whether I had lived in any other country
- Whether I had been arrested in my lifetime whether here or in any other country
- Whether I'd been denied a visa, or denied entry into the US
- Whether I'd ever overstayed in the US
- How long my longest trip was, and whether it was just a visit or not
She returned my original documents aside from my passport and the police clearance halfway through the question process. Without a beat at the end, she said she would be approving my visa and that it would get stamped and sent back to me within 2-3 weeks but she said it usually comes sooner but she can't make any promises on that.
Everyone I interacted with were nice, and I had no issues at all. I feel very lucky and relieved that this is all coming to an end after 2 years of uncertainty and waiting!! All the best to everyone going through this process