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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I want to know if anyone is in the same boat as me or if anyone has a similar experience which they can help answer some questions I have about my new CR-1 Visa.

I received my packet last week but I have not yet crossed at a POE.

1) Am I required to activate my visa the first time I cross the POE after receiving my CR-1 Visa?

2) After activating my visa, what grace period am I allowed to continue to return to Canada to wrap up any unfinished business? Ex. Complete job contract, sell a home, etc.

3) I fully intend on stating myself as a US resident but if I must return to Canada in order to finish on a contract that I'm obligated to, what do I state when I am crossing the border? Do I say I'm returning from a visit or returning from business in Canada when re-entering the US? What do I say to Canadian customs when I enter?

I know there are a few people that live in "border" cities and have traveled back and forth on a daily basis, but I am unable to travel back and forth that often. At most it will be every few weeks, so if someone is in the same boat as me or something similar to share that would be great.

I am only trying to avoid having my visa revoked at a POE for being outside of the US for too long a period or for whatever reason that my circumstance might cause me to be turned back. Finally, I'm not intending on working in Canada permanently, just until I complete my contract and find a job State-side. Which I hope is sooner rather than later with this economy.


History

12/2000 Met Online

02/14/2001 Started dating

04/20/2001 Met in person

03/2002 Moved in together in the US

2002 - 2007 working in US on TN-1 Visa

05/2005 Registered as Common-law

06/2005 Proposed and Engaged

08/30/2007 - Married

I-130 (156 Days)

02/20/2008 I-130 Filed

03/10/2008 NOA1 - CSC confirmation sent

03/12/2008 date on online tracking - Touched

08/11/2008 - NOA2 - I-130 APPROVED!!! USCIS page updated. (156 Days)

NVC

08/14/2008 - NVC received my application and has assigned me a case number. Waiting for Beneficiary letter.

08/15/2008 - e-mailed the NVC for choice of Agent DS-3032, not sure if I was suppose to do this before actually getting paperwork sent to me.

08/25/2008 - AOS Fee Bill and DS-3032 Generated

08/30/2008 - Letter Recieved

09/02/2008 - AOS Fee Bill Paid and DS-3032 Choice of Agent e-mail sent

09/03/2008 - AOS Fee Bill Recorded as Paid

09/10/2008 - NVC sends DS-3203 Receipt Confirmation

09/10/2008 - IV Fee Bill Available and Paid

09/11/2008 - IV Fee Bill Processed - PAID, Coversheet Generated

09/11/2008 - Following directions on James' Shortcuts for creating DS-230 Package

09/18/2008 - Sent in I-864 and DS-230 (FedEx Overnight)

09/29/2008 - NVC Case Completed!

09/??/???? - Packet never received (sent in with James' Shortcuts as soon as bill was paid)

12/03/2008 - Interview - APPROVED!

12/04/2008 - Visa Received

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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1) Why not? The POE will stamp passport with I-551 stamp, this makes passport act as Green-card, allowing re-entries from future trips.

2) You can return any time, the I-551 stamp allows this, as well as green-card when you get it. Just dont stay away from USA for longer than 6 months (Affects future citizenship application) or 1 year with out a re-entry permit.

3) Entering Canada to take care of business, (Canada customs), Returning form taking care of business (US Customs)


OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

Is now a US Citizen immigration completed Jan 12, 2012.

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CHIN0001_zps9c01d045.gifCHIN0100_zps02549215.gifTAIW0001_zps9a9075f1.gifVIET0001_zps0a49d4a7.gif

Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

Visa issues, and lots of info about the Guangzhou and Hong Kong consulate.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline
1) Why not? The POE will stamp passport with I-551 stamp, this makes passport act as Green-card, allowing re-entries from future trips.

2) You can return any time, the I-551 stamp allows this, as well as green-card when you get it. Just dont stay away from USA for longer than 6 months (Affects future citizenship application) or 1 year with out a re-entry permit.

3) Entering Canada to take care of business, (Canada customs), Returning form taking care of business (US Customs)

Thanks YuAndDan.

One last question, I am not planning on staying away from the US for longer than 6 months, but do you know if this is a cumulative time period like visiting the US or is it a periodic time (ex. don't stay out of the US for more than 6 months total within a year, or don't stay out of the US for more than 6 months at a time).


History

12/2000 Met Online

02/14/2001 Started dating

04/20/2001 Met in person

03/2002 Moved in together in the US

2002 - 2007 working in US on TN-1 Visa

05/2005 Registered as Common-law

06/2005 Proposed and Engaged

08/30/2007 - Married

I-130 (156 Days)

02/20/2008 I-130 Filed

03/10/2008 NOA1 - CSC confirmation sent

03/12/2008 date on online tracking - Touched

08/11/2008 - NOA2 - I-130 APPROVED!!! USCIS page updated. (156 Days)

NVC

08/14/2008 - NVC received my application and has assigned me a case number. Waiting for Beneficiary letter.

08/15/2008 - e-mailed the NVC for choice of Agent DS-3032, not sure if I was suppose to do this before actually getting paperwork sent to me.

08/25/2008 - AOS Fee Bill and DS-3032 Generated

08/30/2008 - Letter Recieved

09/02/2008 - AOS Fee Bill Paid and DS-3032 Choice of Agent e-mail sent

09/03/2008 - AOS Fee Bill Recorded as Paid

09/10/2008 - NVC sends DS-3203 Receipt Confirmation

09/10/2008 - IV Fee Bill Available and Paid

09/11/2008 - IV Fee Bill Processed - PAID, Coversheet Generated

09/11/2008 - Following directions on James' Shortcuts for creating DS-230 Package

09/18/2008 - Sent in I-864 and DS-230 (FedEx Overnight)

09/29/2008 - NVC Case Completed!

09/??/???? - Packet never received (sent in with James' Shortcuts as soon as bill was paid)

12/03/2008 - Interview - APPROVED!

12/04/2008 - Visa Received

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
Timeline
1) Why not? The POE will stamp passport with I-551 stamp, this makes passport act as Green-card, allowing re-entries from future trips.

2) You can return any time, the I-551 stamp allows this, as well as green-card when you get it. Just dont stay away from USA for longer than 6 months (Affects future citizenship application) or 1 year with out a re-entry permit.

3) Entering Canada to take care of business, (Canada customs), Returning form taking care of business (US Customs)

Thanks YuAndDan.

One last question, I am not planning on staying away from the US for longer than 6 months, but do you know if this is a cumulative time period like visiting the US or is it a periodic time (ex. don't stay out of the US for more than 6 months total within a year, or don't stay out of the US for more than 6 months at a time).

6 months at a time, Citizenship requires 18 months physical presence in the USA over 3 years when married to a US Citizen, or 30 months of 5 years if not married.

OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

Is now a US Citizen immigration completed Jan 12, 2012.

1428954228.1592.1755425389.png

CHIN0001_zps9c01d045.gifCHIN0100_zps02549215.gifTAIW0001_zps9a9075f1.gifVIET0001_zps0a49d4a7.gif

Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

Visa issues, and lots of info about the Guangzhou and Hong Kong consulate.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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As well keep TRACK (ie Dec 15-28) of the dates you were out of the USA as you will need all of them when you file the 751 to get ur 10 yr green card!!


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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As well keep TRACK (ie Dec 15-28) of the dates you were out of the USA as you will need all of them when you file the 751 to get ur 10 yr green card!!

What does someone do if they commute regularly?

Sly


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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As well keep TRACK (ie Dec 15-28) of the dates you were out of the USA as you will need all of them when you file the 751 to get ur 10 yr green card!!

What does someone do if they commute regularly?

Sly

U got to keep track as when it comes time to hand in the 751 you have to LIST all trip of 24 hrs or longer! If you have spent to much time out of the USA,guess one can be denied! They dont provide much space, so one would just have to include the dates on another piece of paper,or write out a statement or both


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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