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K-1 Petitioner (American) visiting Canadian fiancee - Any issues?

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Filed: Country: Canada
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Hi Guys, I'm happy to say that my Canadian fiancee and I have finally sent off our paperwork and received our first NOA on 1/2/08.. So this will be my first visit to her in Canada while we undergo the whole process. My question is when I roll up to the border will Canadian customs be aware that we are filing for a K-1? Does the US share this with the beneficiary's country?

I'm going up through Lewiston-Queenston Bridge this week and I will be bringing evidence as well as a copy of EVERYTHING related to our 129-F, the NOA, and ties back to the States. I definitely do not intend on lying to customs and saying "I'm here to visit my girlfriend" rather I will say "I'm here to see my fiancee". Anyway, is this likely to make Canadian customs suspicious of my intentions? I know at least it is more difficult in theory for her to visit me. For the process we decided that my fiancee is going to stay in Canada as much as possible as she is a student and really has no concrete financial/work ties, which may make customs suspicious. :wacko:

Thanks!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Chile
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No issues, Canadian immigration will not know or care that your fiance is in process for U.S. immigration. They are only concerned if it were you being sponsored into Canada.


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10/01/2005: Married in Toronto

02/15/2006: Began Canadian Immigration

09/19/2007: Withdrew CIC application (they still hadn't processed anything)

10/01/2007: Moved back to U.S.

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IR-1 application through Montreal Consulate

10/26/2007: I-130 mailed to CA Service Center

10/29/2007: USPS confirmation of receipt of I-130

02/13/2008: NOA-1 received (107 days)

07/02/2008: I-130 approved

07/22/2008: AOS filed including EAD and AP

07/25/2008: NOA-1s for all 3 received

08/20/2008: Biometrics appointment

08/22/2008: Received RFE for Affadivit of Support and Medical

10/21/2008: Submitted I-865W in lieu of co-sponsor and medical info to NSC

11/14/2008: online case status not updated since filing of AOS in July 2008

01/20/2009: Received another RFE for Affadavit of Support Info

02/02/2009: Responded to RFE with brand new AOS based on 2008 tax return (if that doesn't shut them up, dunno what will)

02/19/2009: EAD card received in mail (no updates on Online Case Status ever made)

02/23/2009: AP received (again, no online updates)

02/26/2009: Received interview appointment letter for 4/6/09

04/06/2009: AOS approved for unconditional GC

04/21/2009: GC received

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Filed: Country: Canada
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I visited my fiancé several times, but I always flew into Halifax. I had only a few problems and none to do with the reason I was there. I was questioned once, very closely, but I never lied about anything. Never did a land crossing so can't help you there. Congratulations though and best wishes for the K1 journey! :)


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Hi Guys, I'm happy to say that my Canadian fiancee and I have finally sent off our paperwork and received our first NOA on 1/2/08.. So this will be my first visit to her in Canada while we undergo the whole process. My question is when I roll up to the border will Canadian customs be aware that we are filing for a K-1? Does the US share this with the beneficiary's country?

I'm going up through Lewiston-Queenston Bridge this week and I will be bringing evidence as well as a copy of EVERYTHING related to our 129-F, the NOA, and ties back to the States. I definitely do not intend on lying to customs and saying "I'm here to visit my girlfriend" rather I will say "I'm here to see my fiancee". Anyway, is this likely to make Canadian customs suspicious of my intentions? I know at least it is more difficult in theory for her to visit me. For the process we decided that my fiancee is going to stay in Canada as much as possible as she is a student and really has no concrete financial/work ties, which may make customs suspicious. :wacko:

Thanks!

I am in the UK with my fiance, we started the K-1 process back in July, I did not have any issues entering England on my last journey. I was asked a few question but once I explain that we'd applied for a visa so that my fiance could return with me to the US it was fairly evident to them that I was not looking to stay in their country and that is what they care about.

If she is a student enrolled in classes I would think that would show pretty good ties to Canada?

I may be wrong in my thinking but I highly doubt that the US government shares that information with Canada! If I am mistaken, I am sure someone else will chime in soon.

You sound well prepared, I hope you have a nice trip.


07/16/07 posted I-129f

07/20/07 confirmed delivered by US Postal Service

8/23/07 No NOA1 !!!!

8/23/07 phoned USCIS (told they can't help until after 90 days)

8/23/07 contacted bank to get copy of Cx check...illegable...noc WAC#

tried for weeks to get actual check....not possible, had to wait the 90 days for info from USCIS

10/17/07 Phoned USCIS, got thru (!), got WAC number and NOA1 date!!!!

07/26/07 NOA1 (never recieved hard copy, was promised a copy would be sent)

11/01/07 Ordered copy of "long form" UK B.C.

11/05/07 Recieved B.C. (Wish USCIS was that fast!)

11/09/07 Submitted request for UK police records

12/04/07 APPROVED By USCIS NOA2 letter sent (or so they claim)

12/15/07 Police certificate recieved

12/28/07 Called NVC, not in system

01/04/08 petition forwarded to London

01/12/08 packet 3 received *rubs eye in disbelief* Speed and efficiency, can it be?

01/18/08 HARD COPY OF NOA2 ARRIVED...seems the snail made a wrong turn somewhere.

01/28/08 Returned packet 3 to London Embassy

02/12/08 Medical completed...no problem.

02/13/08 Packet 4 received from London Embassy

03/03/08 Embassy Interview

03/06/08 Visa Arrived....Lovely to finally see it even if it is a bit drab...after 8 month you think they'd have sprung for some gold foil or at least a COLOR photo?

TODAY...he's here! He's in the US! Hurrah!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Hi Guys, I'm happy to say that my Canadian fiancee and I have finally sent off our paperwork and received our first NOA on 1/2/08.. So this will be my first visit to her in Canada while we undergo the whole process. My question is when I roll up to the border will Canadian customs be aware that we are filing for a K-1? Does the US share this with the beneficiary's country?

I'm going up through Lewiston-Queenston Bridge this week and I will be bringing evidence as well as a copy of EVERYTHING related to our 129-F, the NOA, and ties back to the States. I definitely do not intend on lying to customs and saying "I'm here to visit my girlfriend" rather I will say "I'm here to see my fiancee". Anyway, is this likely to make Canadian customs suspicious of my intentions? I know at least it is more difficult in theory for her to visit me. For the process we decided that my fiancee is going to stay in Canada as much as possible as she is a student and really has no concrete financial/work ties, which may make customs suspicious. :wacko:

Thanks!

The Canadian customs guys do not care about your application for the USCIS :) We travelled back and forth happily without troubles. MY USC husband did not have to demonstrate ties, had a few questions every so often, but not once was he asked to prove he was coming back.

Be honest, best policy


Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)

Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

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The only problem my now husband had when he visited Canada, was the grilling and inspection he had upon arriving in Canada. He's the sweetest guy, and looks like a saint, but they pulled him over each and every time for about an hour. Don't mean to rain on your parade, I think it depends on where you come over. Saskatoon airport was the WORST!

Congratulations on getting your paperwork off! Hope to see more of your postings in the future! Welcome to VJ!


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Hi Red! Welcome to VJ! The Canadian land border officers are a lot more easy-going than their US counterparts. My fiance never had a problem. Other than the one time when they asked if he was carrying any weapons because he showed them his US Dept of Justice ID. :o Not sure where you're coming from but Queenston/Lewiston (or Lewiston/Queenston as you put it.... made me giggle) usually has a backup. The Peace Bridge has doubled their booths and you breeze right through. And, of course, it goes without saying to NEVER cross at the Rainbow Bridge. *shudder*


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Thank you all, very helpful as usual! I've had varying experiences at the borders over the past year and a half with my fiancee but we have never been denied entry. Funny thing is I get more ####### coming BACK to the States alone! My fiancee had come to visit prior to our filing of the 129-F for weeks at a time and US customs really never batted an eye, other than once one guy jokingly asked how she would get home if I dumped her, hah! Other than that I would definitely agree that the Canadian officials are much more gentle, but I would say both are trying hard to do their jobs effectively. Well the best feeling is crossing the border after my 7 hour long drive and giving her a call to say that her country let me in the front door :lol:

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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yup same here when we went trough the process my husband ( then fiance ) traveld every month eather to pick me up or drop me off at what was then still my home in canada ,

or just to visit while I was there , other then being pulld over few times ,

( specialy when they where on guard bout 2-3 years ago cause a psycho was on the loose trying to cross over the boarder with a chainsaw , they caught him how I remember on the main boarder ) they inspected ever vehicle to the last screw , but other then that always a friendly entry and exit


 

129f for K1 visa filed in march 07 check my timeline for full info

03 March 2008 , received welcome letter and 2 year GC yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh

22 NOV 2009 to lift condition GC expires 22 Feb 2010

24 Nov 09 send in I 751 ( ROC , in VT )

25 Nov 09 Your item was delivered at 12:10 PM in SAINT ALBANS, VT 05479 to INS .

30 Nov 09 Check Cashed

21 Dec 09 biometric

On March 9, 2010, we ordered production of your new card.

12 March 2010 received approval letter in mail

16 March 2010 10 year Green Card received in mail exp date March 09 / 2020

April 14/2017 send N400 

04/25/17 credit card charged 

04/25/17 e mail NOA send 

05/01/17 hard copy of NOA dated 04/25 received in mail

05/06/17 biometric hard copy in mail 

05/19/17 Biometric appointment in Hartford CT 

07/17/17 Inline for Interview 

07/24/17 Interview letter in mail 

08/24/17 Interview in Springfield MA ... Yes Aproved

09/14/17 Oath Ceremony .... done I am a US citizen

09/22/17 Applied for Passport ( per reg mail ) 

10/04/17 got passport in mail  

10/13/17 got certificate in mail  , updated status with social security office 

AM DONE YEAHHHHHHHHHHH 

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