This article is from the FAQ, by with numerous contributions by others.
June 20 1996
Experience in getting H-1B from Montreal on June 20th, 1996
[by Saqueb Ali and Toufique Khan]
Getting H-1B from Montreal was a pretty interesting experience. First one
need to get a Canadian visa. They require
- I-797 (original or copy)
- I-94 (original)
- Your appointment letter with the consulate
- US$40 (single entry) or US$65(multiple entry) cash only!!!
It is better to make appointment with the US consulate before taking the
For all consulates in Canada, First obtain an appointment by calling1-
US consulate at Montreal address:
1155 St. Alexandria (Between St. Catherine and Rene Levesque. )
Paperworks usually asked for:
1. Original H1-B approval notice (I-797)
2. Petition for H1-B, I -129 (copy)
3. Approved ETA-9035 (Labor Condition Application)
4. Original Degree and transcripts
5. Letter from employer stating the title, salary, job description, why
need to travel etc. (should address to the visa officer at the consulate).
I got away with a letter from HR, stating just my status, title, salary
and starting date.
6. Last I-20 (if applicable)
7. Employment Authorization Card (for F-1 practical training)
6. Pay stubs and ID
7. Completed application form (OF-156 which comes with the appointment
letter) with one picture stapled
8. US$20 as visa application fee (cash only)
9. For Bangladesh nationals, no reciprocatory fee. Please verify
10. Job offer letter
It is also a good idea to file a change in consulate location (if
different from H-1B petition) with INS before going to that particular
consulate. They might want to see that.
No need to stand in the line as the appointment has already been made.
We went there around 8:05 am. Around 8:15 we took the elevator to the
19the floor and paid the $20 application fee. Then we stood in another
line gave the application form, passport, I-797 and whatever documents
they asked for. They wanted to see the letter from HR, H-1B petition.
Then me and my friend waited for an hour before our name was called. I
was asked questions like
where I work and what I do? The # of employees at my workplace. Wanted to
see my degree, I-797, I-129, LCA, the letter from HR. He did not ask me
any more questions. I was interviewed for only 2 minutes. The officer who
took my friend's interview was pretty rude. My friend was asked, what is
so special in him that he got the job right after graduation, and lots of
questions regarding studies and work experience etc.......he was there for
10 minutes. One other person who was denied the H-1B was pleading to the
officer that he was saying the truth. That only increases the suspicion
of the INS officer. Be straight and concise. They also denied quite a few
number of H-1B visas on the same day we went for the interview.
The visa was given between 2-3 p.m. the next working day.
We stayed at Travelodge which was only 5 minutes walk to US consulate.
Montreal Center; 50 Blvd. Rene-Levesque, Montreal Quebec.
Montreal: US consulate phone # 514-398-9695
Once the doors open at around
7:45am, people are made to sit in a room after security check. There is no
numbering system in the room. Hence, it doesn't make much sense standing in
line very early. After 8:30 am, you are allowed to take the elevator up to
the 19th floor to the visa section. (Note: The elevator doors open on the
other side when you get off!) Three counters operate simultaneously to
check your paperwork. The officer I went to was quite rude and asked me a
lot of questions. Some other people with me had a similar experience. One
person was asked for his I-20 from school, EAD and all diplomas. Its best
keep all the documents handy. However, some folks got off quite easy. The
actual interview was quite simple. Just some questions about the kind of
work I do etc. The passports are issued next business day between 2:00pm and
4:00pm. Overall, a good experience.
Places to visit in Montreal: Biodome, Olympic stadium, Mont Royale, Casino,
St. Catherine St., Old Montreal etc., lots French cafes, old churches and
Helpful hint when finding your way around : a little bit of French is very
Accommodation : Travelodge in downtown Montreal is walking distance from the
consulate. Approx. Can $55/day.