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arrowWhat route is best
August 22, 2014, 4:58 pm Last comment by F1H1I130

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I am a Canadian citizen, currently engage to an American soldier and we have 9 month old baby boy. We have know each other for 5 years or more and been together for two, we plan to get married with in the next month. Since the baby was born it has been my fiancée coming here to visit, but being in the military his vacation times are obviously limited. Our sons birthday and Christmas is coming very soon and we want to be together for that. I feel like our best option would have been to apply for a fiancée visa, but he can not get his housing in the army for our family until we get married making this impossible. So that leaves a spouse visa, our issue is I would like to go down to visit him from approx. Oct.25- Dec.30. But am very concerned they will not let me across the border, I am a stay at home mom living with my parents right now so have no proof of ties to my country, even though I have every intention of returning to canada after the two months. I just really don't want my fiancée to miss more of his sons life (birthday,Christmas), it would break his heart, and because of his attachment to the military he can't come here. So my question is would it be best to wait on filing till I've gotten to the states, tell them I am just coming to visit friends/vacation? File once I am across the border, and then head back to canada after Christmas and take care of my end of the paper work? I know this is a little shady, but it would destroy my partner to miss these events in our child's life an I don't see any way around it? I'm convinced if I show up at the border w an I-130 pending, an American baby and no ties to my country, they will turn me away. Is there any other route I can look to take? Thank you

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arrowHow long until EAD? Should I start looking for jobs?
August 22, 2014, 4:07 pm Last comment by Merrytooth

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Hi folks,


I find the timelines and processing estimates hard to read and interpret.

I sent in my AOS package today with EAD application as well.

How long, on average, is EAD taking?

Should I be looking for jobs or wait until I officially have the card in hand?



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arrowNVC screwed up - can I try to contact the Montreal consulate directly?
August 22, 2014, 2:21 pm Last comment by bukerjw

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My situation is this: My daughter and I are both applying for our immigrant visas (separate applications). Daughter is 2 years old. My application took a lot longer for NVC to process than hers, so NVC put her application on courtesy hold so that we could have the same interview date in Montreal. When my application was complete, they forgot about taking hers off courtesy hold, and now I have my interview date (Sept 22) and my daughter does not.


Daughter's application is now off hold and waiting for an available date, which I assume will be AFTER Sept 22 since it was received later. I got instructions from NVC to send an email to NVCexpedite requesting daughter's interview date be the same as mine, and that they would forward that on to the Montreal Consulate.


Two questions:

1) how long does it take NVC to read expedite emails?

2) Can I somehow contact the Montreal Consulate directly, to request her interview date be moved up to my date, as she is only 2 years old?


I don't know how long NVCexpedite is going to take to read the email, and meanwhile I have medical exams to schedule and plane tickets to book, so this is pretty urgent!

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arrowvisa process duration and can I stay in USA?
August 22, 2014, 2:05 pm Last comment by NLR

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Hi everyone, 


I am so thankful for this helpful website.


I am a Canadian citizen who married an American citizen in Canada and moved to the US. We are doing all the immigration documentation on our own so it is difficult and can get confusing.


First I am going to summarize my immigration process so far.


  • I came in as a treaty visitor from Canada and applied for i130 but not the i485.
  • i130 finally approved but cant apply for i485 because visitor visa over stayed at this time (unintentionally) 
  • i130 documents and approval was sent to NVC and now I have to apply for the affidavit of support and continue the process

I have a few questions. 

Which visa would I get?

How long does the process take?

Is it okay if I will be living in US until I have to go there for the interview or to pick it up in Montreal?

Once I get the visa do I automatically get a green card or do I have to apply for i485 still?


Thank you so much for you help!!



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arrowK1 Visa - Wedding Location?
August 22, 2014, 11:41 am Last comment by baron555

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No doubt this question has been asked and answered a gazillion times, but I just can't find the answer. 


Once a Canadian citizen receives the K1 visa, I understand the couple has 90 days to wed.  Must they do so in the US, or can they marry in Canada and cross the border to honeymoon and subsequently reside?




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