This is the first time i've done anything like this, but in reading everyone's posts I feel very encouraged to join this forum.
I am from Canada. I met my husband on a Cruise. He actually works on a Cruise Ship. He is a resident of Trinidad and Tobago. Below are the details of where i am at so far.
File sent to Mississauga: November 22nd, 2010
Approved to sponsor on: December 20th, 2010
File sent to P.O.S. for processing on December 21, 2010
Now i'm waiting........
I am so nervous about this whole process. Just wondering if anyone could help answer the below questions:
-My husband is still working on the cruise ship overseas. Does the Visa office always contact you by letter? Or would they ever contact you by phone or email?
-Once they contact you for an interview, how long do you have before you must go in?
-What do i expect at this point? How long before i receive a letter from POS?
My husband is not sure when he should quite his job. He doesn't want to miss any letters/phone calls etc. We feel the best thing to do is for him to be in Trinidad just in case they need anything from him.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Good luck to everyone still waiting.
Welcome, welcome, welcome Cruises30
I think you have come to the right place or I should say the right website for tons of help regarding immigration matters in your category.
Congrats on getting the application process started. Takes a huge headache off our shoulders once we get them in.
Would you mind sharing a little more about your story, how long you have known hubby, any previous marriages, etc. Anything that may result in a delay or an interview.
From what I have gathered, majority of the applicants in this forum have had their correspondence from POS via mail. Only one applicant I knew of in here had contact via email but nothing is ever set in stone. I think the standard procedure is for them to contact you via regular mail so it'll be a good start that your hubby has a permanent mailing address in TnT.
If contacted for an interview, you are usually given ample time to prepare for the interview, mostly anywhere between 3-6 or more months.
Since your file has been sent to POS on Dec 21, you should give them about 2-3 months after that date to get a letter which is called Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR) where they will first initiate a 10 digit B file number which will be used to make contact with the office. Sometimes they letters are mailed and sometimes they are not, all depending on the IO who is reviewing the application.
There really isn't nothing much you can do right now but wait to hear from the VO on their next step/s in processing. If in the meantime you can gather more evidence to prove your rship genuine you can send that stuff in at an early stage.
Keep in mind that processing for the POS office is about 15-17 months. You can either hear from them sooner or later but this is just an estimated time they take to process all spousal applications as per their last stats on their website.
Your hubby should continue working and live a normal life since this is only the beginning stages of your application processing. I wouldn't recommend he quits his job and thinks it'll be over and done with in 2-3 months. Visas are usually valid for 6 months after they have been issued so he will have enough time to deal with his employment, etc in POS.
Good Luck and do keep us posted