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K1 Visa, K3 Visa: Marriage Interview Process for Montreal

U.S. Consulate Processing Center - Montreal, Canada

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K1 Visa and K3 Visa Facts for Montreal, Canada

Time Difference:
Eastern Standard Time (EST) = GMT -5hrs
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) = GMT -4hrs

Marriage Visa Processing Time (at Consulate): K1 visa: 4-7 months, K3 visa: 8-10 months

There seems to be delays in scheduling interviews at this U.S. embassy. Interviews are being scheduled 4 months out. So be prepared to wait. We have had people contact us who did the application themselves and are experiencing processing times of 10-24 months because they made a mistake or missed including some supporting documents. When this happens they must reschedule their interview date which adds another 4 months. Remember, 30% of initial applications are denied or delayed due to mistakes - so please be careful. Contact us (info@tnvisaexpert.com) if you need help

Embassy Website: http://canada.usembassy.gov/consulates/montreal.html

The U.S. Consulate General in Montréal is responsible processing all immigration visas for Canadians. All Canadian citizens and permanent residents residing in Canada have the right to process their immigrant visa cases at this embassy post. In addition, Canadian citizens who are now physically present in the United States but whose last residence was Canada have the right to apply at this post.

This U.S. Embassy office will process K1/K2/K3/K4 Visas. This embassy has a high caseload so do not despair, be prepared to wait. Also be prepared for longer response times from emails you have sent.

After the USCIS approves your K1 Visa/K3 Visa petition, it sends it to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing. The NVC will then send it to the U.S. Embassy in Montreal, Canada where the fiancé(e)/spouse will apply for a K-1/K-3 visa. Children should apply for their K-2/K-4 visa.

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Anytime you start worrying about the how long the response is taking from USCIS, remind yourself it's most likely because the Montreal Consulate has a longer processing and response time. Patience is a requirement.

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Marriage Visa Interviews

1. Scheduling Interviews. K1 Visa (Fiance visa), K3 Visa (Spouse visa) interviews are scheduled online. There are no set times for the interview, when you log in online, you will see available times. U.S. Visa Service's Canada website to schedule your marriage interview is here.

Choose an available interview time, even if it seems a long ways away. You can always log back in and see if an earlier time has opened due to a cancellation.

2. Missed Interview Appointment. If you missed your K1 Visa (Fiance visa), K3 Visa (Spouse visa) or Immigrant visa appointment you must request a new appointment through the online website. Schedule your marriage interview at website link provided in #1 above.

3. Expedited Cases. Only K1 Visa (Fiance visa), K3 Visa (Spouse visa) are expedited for documented medical emergencies and active duty GIs deploying abroad.

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Arrive at least 1 hour earlier than your appointment time. Applicants showing up later have been turned away.

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Marriage Visa Interview Questions

Here are some sample interview questions you may be asked.

  1. When did you meet?
  2. How did you meet?
  3. How long were you working in city you met?
  4. When was the last time you met?
  5. What is your profession?
  6. What is your fiance's profession?
  7. How long has your fiance been working at their current company?
  8. Do you have kids?
  9. Do you have relatives in the U.S. Explain and where?
  10. When are you planning to get married? Where?
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Keep track of your marriage visa application by following the application process below.

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Application Process

Follow the steps below and you will always know the status of your Application.

1. Complete your K1/K3 Visa Application and mail it to USCIS.

Once approved your application will be sent to the U.S. Consulate in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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2. You will receive your Notice of Action (NOA1 and NOA2).

The NOA (Notice of Action) is an action USCIS has taken with your application. The NOA1 is the notice that USCIS has received your application (1-4 weeks). The NOA2 is the notice that USCIS has approved your application and sent it to the National Visa Center (1-4 months).

3. Your application arrives at National Visa Center (NVC).

When your application arrives here it will be given a Montreal case number Within 1 to 4 weeks your application will be sent to the U.S. Embassy in Montreal, Canada.

Optional: Get Montreal (MTL#) case number. After 1 week of receiving your NOA2, you can call the NVC (Tel: 603-334-070). Have the NOA2 receipt number with you. Ask them if your case has arrived at NVC. If so, ask if an MTL number has been assigned and whether the case has been sent to Montreal.

4. You will receive Packet 3 from U.S. Embassy in Montreal.

Your application will arrive at the U.S. Embassy in Montreal, Canada. Once your application arrives, it will be processed and you will eventually receive your Packet 3 instructions letter. Receiving the Packet 3 can take upto 4 months, so be patient. If you wish to find out the status of your application, you can call the Department of State number: 202-663-1225 (press 1-0). You can drive yourself crazy calling repeatedly, so just accept this will take awhile and start preparing your Packet 3 documents as explained next.

Note: You cannot schedule your interview yet. Complete Packet 3 at this time.

5. Prepare your Packet 3 documentation.

You can do this before you receive your Packet 3, that way you'll be ready when it arrives and get it mailed back quickly.

Here are the required documents you must include for Packet 3:

  • DS-230, Part I only, one copy per applicant including children.
  • DS-156 - 2 copies
  • DS-156K - 1 copy
  • DS-160 Confirmation receipt - one copy
  • Checklist of documents to gather for the interview – one copy per family.
    Print and sign this checklist. By signing this document you acknowledge you have gathered all the documents (per applicant) and will bring these documents to the interview.
  • 2 color photographs of Beneficiary (Photograph Requirements)
  • Photocopy of the biographic data page of the applicant's passport.
  • (Optional) As is always good practice in any correspondence, include a cover letter listing petitioner name, beneficiary name, MTL#, list of documents included and your contact information.

6. Gather all the Checklist documents.

As part of Packet 3 you signed a checklist to say you have gathered all the documents listed in the checklist which you will bring to the interview. Gather them now. Here is the checklist outlining the document.

7. Mail your Packet 3.

Mailing option 1. Use the free courier service. You courier Packet 3 to the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal using courier services that are offered at no extra cost for the applicant.

Visit U.S. Visa Service website and follow instructions for “IV Applicant Needing to Register for DHL” and “Sending Document to the Consular Section”.

This free courier service is provided within Canada only.

Mailing option 2. Use Canada Post Express mail. This is usually faster and not very expensive. Be sure to keep the tracking number. Mail to: ATTN: Immigrant Visa Unit 315 Place d'Youville, Suite 500 Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2Y 0A4 (Write your MTL# on the envelope somewhere)

8. You will receive your Packet 4.

Schedule your Marriage Interview. After you submit Packet 3, you will for sometime and then receive Packet 4 from the U.S. Embassy in Montreal. Once you receive Packet 4, you can schedule your marriage interview here.

Here is a sample of Packet 4 and what it informs you of.

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Do not schedule your marriage interview before you receive Packet 4, otherwise the appointment will be automatically cancelled.

You will need to pay $350 USD at the time of scheduling the interview or you can choose to bring it with you to the interview. You will receive a confirmation email, print this and bring it on the day of your interview as proof of your interview date.

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Take any interview date you can get even if it is a month away. Once you've gotten a date, you can always log back in later, select reschedule and see if an earlier date has become available. Do not continue if a later date is shown otherwise you will be given this later date and the earlier date will be cancelled.

9. Schedule DHS Pickup location.

When scheduling your interview you will also schedule where your passport with the visa will be sent to. Make sure you do this correctly.

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Ensure you enter your email address when selecting the DHL pickup location. That way you will get an email notifiction when your passport with your K visa is being sent to you (after the interview process).

10. Complete your Medical Exam.

Your medical exam can only be completed at an officially authorized office. There are only 4 offices that can perform the medical exam for your K1 visa/K3 visa. Do it close to your interview date, but at most it must be done within a year of the interview.

Important: Call the medical office, inform them you require it for your immigrant visa and provide the date of your interview. Schedule an appointment with them. You will be informed of the cost. Be sure to bring the medical results with you to the interview. Here is the list of authorized offices and medical exam instruction.

11. Day of the Marriage Interview.

This is what you have been waiting for and working so hard to get to. The most important part here is to ensure you have all your documents and do not lie during the interview. It will only hurt you. Review the checklist you signed previously and ensure all the documents are in the correct order.

Here is the correct order of the documents for your marriage interview.

Arrive 30-60 minutes before your interview time. Embassy office opens at 8:30am for visa processing so don't get there too early. This embassy office is pretty efficient in getting people through the process so you don't have to worry too much. They are very organized and helpful. When you arrive at the U.S. Consulate in Montreal, you may wait briefly in line. Show your appointment confirmation to the security guard at the front. He will direct you to the security guards just inside the building. Follow their instructions. Be prepared to wait in line.

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If the line outside the Embassy is very long mention to the security guard you are here for the K1/K3 Visa and they may put you in the front of the line.

12. You obtain your K1 Visa or K3 Visa.

Your will receive your K1 Visa or K3 Visa in the mail and not on the day of your interview. Your passport and visa will be sent to the DHL location you selected in Step 8. The wait can be very long, but you will get a email notification when DHL is deliverying it (if you entered your email at the time of scheduling, see Scheduling DHS step above).

13. Fly to the U.S. and Get Married.

Congratulations. Now, book your trip to the U.S. Remember you have 90 days to get married once you enter the United States. Once you've gotten married, file your Adjustment of Status application.

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