This article is from the FAQ, by with numerous contributions by others.
19 June 1996
F1 to Multiple H-1B from Toronto
I made an appointment through' the 900 number. got the date 2 weeks later
on Friday, June 7, 1996 at 8a. Got this confirmation through' mail.
Even though I had the the appointment, that was just the permission to
stand in line. So reaching there at 7.45a made me wait behind 125 people.
My turn finally came at 10.30a. The guy at the counter asked a few
whether I was legally authorized to work, Transcripts, Degree, I-797, I-129,
LCA. This took about 10 minutes.
After this I ( and all others) was asked to wait for the second interview.
They called out names for this one. This time, I was only asked how was this
job related to my academic qualifications. (Showed my transcript). I have a
MS in EE and am working as a Systems Analyst/Programmer.
For the second interview, one of the person behind the counter is highly
knowledgeable in various fields. So If you are a programmer and have a
degree in Mechanical engineering, he will ask you all types of questions to
make contact between your Mechanical engineering thesis and the programmer
Staying at Toronto:
Executive Motor Hotel (Kings Ave.) which is about 15-20 minutes walk to
the consulate. cost is $45.00 Canadian. Just outside the Consulate on
Queens Ave. is an Indian restaurant Babur's Restaurant which provides
The passport was returned the following Monday at 3p. So had two days to
discover Toronto: CN Tower, space museum, Bata Shoe museum, Univ. of
Toronto, Eaton Shopping Center etc.
Toronto - 2
From: email@example.com (Daniel)
[3 June 1996]
(been there last week-end)
1) Directions: from Detroit-Windsor (by car) take 401East (to London),
when close to Toronto, take 427 South, then QEW (Queen expressway)
East and exit York St., go North (for about 1/2 mile) and ask someone
for the U.S. Consulate (it's on University Ave, pretty close from York
St.). It takes about 31/2 - 4hrs from Detroit (depending how fast you
2) Be there between 8:00 - 10:30, no matter when you get there, you're
still looking at about 3-4 hours waiting. They'll ask if you have an
appointment, if you don't have one, they'll give you the numbers to
call for future reference (in the U.S. is (900) 443-3131 and from Canada is
(900) 451-2778) but they'll take you anyway.
3) Passports can be picked up the following working day, between 3:00
Take all the papers you have, just in case, and enjoy Toronto, it's a
beautiful place with an awful traffic (at any time).