Consular Operations

Last updated: February 23, 2024, at 10:45 am EDT

Residents in Canada can check wait times here: Visa Appointment Wait Times (state.gov).  Applicants that are not resident in Canada can anticipate a wait time of approximately 600 calendar days for an appointment.  The U.S. Consulate General in Montreal is processing immigrant visas according to the Department’s most recent operating status update.

U.S. citizens living in Canada are eligible for passport renewal by mail:  Visit Passport Services – U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada (usembassy.gov) for more information.

Schedule an in-person appointment for a consular service:

Appointment Requests for Passport Services before April 1, 2024: Please use the form: Calgary U.S. Citizens Services Information.

Appointment Requests for Passport Services after April 1, 2024: Please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs – ACS Appointment System.                                  

Appointment Requests for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad before April 1, 2024:  Create a MyTravelGov account and submit your initial application online prior to scheduling an appointment.

Appointment Requests for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad after April 1, 2024:  Create a MyTravelGov account and submit your initial application online prior to scheduling an appointment.  Please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs – ACS Appointment System to schedule an appointment. 

Appointment Requests for Notarial Services:  Please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs – ACS Appointment System.
Nonimmigrant Visas: For appointments, please visit the Nonimmigrant Visa Appointment website.

Appointment Requests for Passport Services: Please use this form.
Appointment Requests for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad:  Create a MyTravelGov account and submit your initial application online prior to scheduling an appointment.

Appointment Requests for Notarial Services:  Please email Halifax-ACS@state.gov
Nonimmigrant Visas:  For appointments, please apply here.

Appointment Requests for Passport Services: Please use this form.
Appointment Requests for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad:  Create a MyTravelGov account and submit your initial application online prior to scheduling an appointment.

Appointment Requests for notarial services:  Please email Montreal-ACS@state.gov
Immigrant Visas / Nonimmigrant Visas: The Consulate is prioritizing immigrant visas for Immediate Relatives, fiancé(e) (K) visas, and mission critical cases. Nonimmigrant visas are emergency only, please apply here.  For immigrant visa information please visit https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca/iv.

Appointment Requests for Passport: Please use this form.
Appointment Requests for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad:  Create a MyTravelGov account and submit your initial application online prior to scheduling an appointment.

Appointment Requests for Notarial Services:  Please email OttawaACS@state.gov 
Nonimmigrant Visas:  For appointments, please apply here.

Appointment Requests for Passport:  Please use this form
Appointment Requests for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad:  Create a MyTravelGov account and submit your initial application online prior to scheduling an appointment.

Nonimmigrant Visas:  For appointments, please apply here.

American Citizen Services:  For all inquiries regarding U.S. passports appointments, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, Consular Reports of Death Abroad, notarial appointments, and emergency services, please use our U.S. citizen services navigator.

Nonimmigrant Visas:  Please apply on the appointment website.

Passport Services: 

  • Applicants eligible to use DS-82 Form:  These applications must be mailed to the U.S. Consulate General Vancouver.  We no longer schedule appointments for these adult renewal passport applications.  Go here to see if you qualify for the DS-82 adult renewal form.
  • For All Passport Appointments Before April 1, 2024:  Visit the appointment scheduler to make an appointment.
  • For All Passport Appointments After April 1, 2024:  Go to this website to make an appointment.
  • Please note:  All applicants need to bring a self-addressed pre-paid XpressPost envelope purchased from Canada Post to be mailed from our offices in Vancouver to your mailing address.

Consular Report of Birth Abroad: 

  • Create a MyTravelGov account and submit your initial application online prior to scheduling an appointment.  All applicants should use this account for doing a Consular Report of Birth Abroad Application.  We will only accept the old paper form in limited circumstances.
  • Once ready to schedule the appointment:
    • Important Note:  You must bring the child you seek to document as a U.S. citizen with you to the appointment.
    • For All Consular Report of Birth Appointments before April 1, 2024:  Please access the appointment scheduler to make an appointment.
    • For All Consular Report of Birth Appointments after April 1, 2024:  Please go to this website to make an appointment.
    • Note:  All applicants need to bring a self-addressed pre-paid XpressPost envelope purchased from Canada Post to be mailed from our offices in Vancouver to your mailing address.
    • Note:  We recommend that you schedule your appointment no sooner than 3 days after you have filled out the application on MyTravelGov account.

Consular Report of Death Abroad: Effective February 1, 2024, the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver will issue Consular Reports of the Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad (CRODA) electronically (eCRODA).  The eCRODA is a PDF version of the certificate which is digitally signed by a U.S. Consular Officer and sent via email to the next-of-kin or legal representative. For questions, please contact Canada.ACS@gdit-gss.com.

Nonimmigrant Visas:  Schedule an appointment for your visa interview.

Notarial Services: The consulate no longer offers in-person notary services for most documents.  Please discuss with your agent which alternative services listed below are appropriate for your circumstances.  We continue provide notary services for IRS, U.S. Treasury, Federal benefits, and Form DS-3053.

ALTERNATIVE To Notarial Services

U.S. Notary: The U.S. border is open for all travel.

Remote Notary: You can find out more about remote notary services in each state by visiting the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Apostille (mail-in): Effective January 11, 2024, the U.S. Consulate General Vancouver will no longer provide Authentication/Legalization Services.  Signed On May 12, 2023 and effective January 11, 2024, the Government of Canada joined the Hague Apostille Convention to give Canadians a cost-effective, streamlined method for getting their Canadian public documents accepted abroad.  For additional information on how to obtain an apostille please visit the Global Affairs Canada website: https://www.international.gc.ca/gac-amc

Q)  Why can’t I apply for my immigrant visa at a consular section other than Montreal?

  • The Consular Section in Montreal is the only post in Canada with staff trained and equipped to process immigrant visas.  Relevant law requires that applicants apply for immigrant visas in person.  This requirement cannot be waived.

Q) How long will it take to schedule my immigrant visa appointment?   

  • The U.S. Consulate General in Montreal is actively scheduling new immigrant visa cases in all categories, including Immediate Relative, fiancé(e)s, Family Preference, and Employment. Wait times for all Family Preference and Employment categories continue to be lengthy due to substantial backlogs.
  • It is not possible to provide precise wait times for immigrant visa appointments, as facilities, staffing resources, and local conditions all affect capacity and scheduling.  As of February 15, 2024, most Immediate Relative and fiancé(e) visa cases being scheduled for interview in Montreal were documentarily complete at the National Visa Center in November 2023; most Family Preference cases with visa numbers available that are being scheduled for interview were documentarily qualified in March 2023; and most Employment cases scheduled for interview were documentarily complete in July 2022.

Q)  Do I need to wear a mask when attending my consular appointment?  

  • While not required, we encourage all visitors over age two to wear a mask for the health and safety of our staff and visitors.

Q)  Is my situation an emergency? I need to go the United States immediately for X.

Q)  What about my MRV fee that expired while routine services were suspended? 

  • All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee.  Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period.  Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period.  There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period.  All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.