An end of a visit but silver linings…

Tyler went home today after a 2 month visit. It was a hard goodbye after playing house for so long. But the good news is that our Packet 3 was accepted.

For those of you who don’t know what a Packet 3 is or don’t have to to that for your embassy, the Montreal packet 3 is pretty much a confirmation that you filled out the DS160 Visa application, a checklist that you understand what is required for the interview and a color copy of your passport. You email it to the embassy and wait for them to accept it and in turn send you Packet 4.

On Monday Tyler got the email with his acceptance and Packet 4 which is an invitation to schedule his interview at the embassy as well as a recap of information he must bring and his medical requirements.

Of course, the only places he can get a medical are in either Toronto, Montreal or BC all of which require a long plane flight from St. Johns, Newfoundland. Fortunately, he has a friend in Montreal who can chauffeur him around each time and will not need to get a hotel.

So let’s talk about what happened post email.

We got the email which said , “We are pleased to inform you that the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal received applicant’s response to our Packet 3 on August 17th, 2015. The applicant may schedule a visa interview for the earliest date available using our online appointment system https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-CA/iv/information/iv_services

This was all in the body of the email. It had a few link backs to the embassy page and the state gov page but ultimately what it did was lay that he needs to schedule his appointment online for an interview and the immediately schedule is medical for at least 2 weeks prior to the interview.  This is to allow time for processing the medical and getting it back to him. It had a blurb about how to schedule it and what to do if you need to reschedule. it also had a section about what vaccinations were required.

A few years ago the US started requiring the Flu vaccination.  It’s a huge gray area on when you must have it or how the flu season works. Basically, if you didn’t get the flu shot prior to your medical, the examiner may offer you the shot. This depends on the season though.  Flu season is between October and March I believe.  This is important because in order to submit and AOS (for greencard) after you and your fiance marry, you will have to either show proof of the shot or had your medical in a time when it wasn’t flu season. Like I said, it’s a super confusing gray area, so I actually had Tyler get a flu shot just to cover all grounds.  From what I understand, not all places offer flu shots in the off seasons, but where I live, pharmacies offer it a month before school starts. The shot lasts a year, so it covers the flue season.

Moving on, we scheduled his appointment for October 5th. He will call to schedule his medical at some point this week.  I’ll blog on that when I get more information.

The embassy gave a list (in the exact order) of the information he needs to take with him.  It was actually super convenient because I’ve already packaged everything up all he has to do is put it in order. It was in the form of a link which broke down pretty much everything you need to know about Packet IV.  Packet IV is the same for all visas that take place in Montreal, so it says to “register your interview,” but K visa applicants schedule their own interview.  Generally all other visas have their interview scheduled by the NVC.  The list of items the  Montreal embassy wants to see is the following (with commentary by me):

—–MONTREAL EMBASSY ONLY—-

    • Ticket with your number This is given to you by the Consulate the day of your interview
    • Valid Passport and photocopy of the biographic page. IF not Canadian citizen, also original and photocopy of the Canada LPR card, study/work permit, refugee documents.
    • Medical Examination in a sealed envelope (X-ray is not required, unless there is TB)
    • 2 color passport size pictures (5cm x 5cm or 2 inch x 2inch)
    • Confirmation page of Form DS-160.  This is the confirmation page from my last blog that has your confirmation code on it.
    • Statement of intent to marry from the U.S. petitioner (signed within last 30 days) This is the same statement of intent that was sent with the initial I-129F petition, only it’s dated closer to the interview. Both parties must sign statements.
    • Birth Certificate, English translation and a photocopy
    • Marriage Certificate, English translation and a photocopy this is only if the applicant (person GOING to interview) has been married before. your US fiance has already been approved by the USCIS that he/she is eligible to marry.
    • Divorce Certificate, English translation and a photocopy Again, this is only if the applicant (person GOING to interview has been married before. your US fiance has already been approved by the USCIS that he/she is eligible to marry. However, the US fiance should have already sent you an exact copy of the I-129F petition.  If a divorce decree was sent as part of the petition, it’s a good idea to bring it along just in case.
    • Custody documents, English translation and photocopy only if the applicant (person GOING to interview) has biological children
    • Police Certificates from Canada and other countries of previous residence
    • Court / Criminal records and photocopy Only if the applicant (person GOING to interview) has a criminal record per the police certificate
    • Military records and photocopy Only if the applicant (person GOING to interview) was or is in the military.
    • Proof of Financial Support (Form I-134) and photocopy of supporting documents (IRS transcript or photocopy of the most recent Federal income tax return, bank statements, employment pay slips, etc.) The US petitioner is to send this to the applicant (person going to the interview) This is if the applicant cannot prove the ability to self support for at least 6 months after entering the United States.
    • Recent Letter from the U.S. employer (for employment cases) Irrelevant for K visas
    • Copy of the U.S. petitioner status in the USA This is a copy of US petitioners birth certificate or passport
    • Copies of documents proving petitioner’s U.S. domicile only required if the USC (US citizen) does not currently reside in the US. For example it’s common that many Americans live with their Canadian spouses in Canada; in this case evidence of domicile is required

The Montreal Embassy wants this in pretty much that exact order.  If your Visa is approved they will keep your passport to but the sticker in, so you want to make sure you print picture ID if you need to fly home.

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2 thoughts on “An end of a visit but silver linings…

  1. Hi. We just received our packet 4 and I’m now trying to schedule an appointment online, I just wanted to know if you tick off the “k visa appointment” when you were asked about the appointment classification? There isn’t any available schedule on the website and everything is greyed out on the calendar as I reached step 4. I was wondering if I clicked the wrong button. I am also on k1 visa though. Thank you.

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  2. Hi there. Sorry for the late reply. Appointments fill up very fast. I’m assuming October and November appointments are completely full and they haven’t yet opened December for appointments. Keep trying back until you see a calendar date show up. It may take a few weeks before they open up December. You should assume October and November are full.

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