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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Canada
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Hi Everyone,

Its been a long time since I posted on here but I need your input. Last time I posted was when my purse was stolen and my newly issued K3 was inside. After retreiving all my documents and making new appointments and explaning etc I was issued my new K3. I had intended on moving down with Zach in September when this happened, but then I had to wait for everything to be re-issued. I ended up promising my job that I would stay until the end of the year. SO, as I've mentioned, Zach is in school down in KC and I am the only one who works so at least one of us having a job is an issue. I was planning on activating my K3 but staying in Vancouver and applying for my EAD. I thought I would travel down to see Zach and have my biometrics appointment and then when my EAD finally came, then I would move permenantly with Zach so I could start working right away and support us. Me moving down there now and waiting approx 3 months for my EAD is not possible since then neither of us would have a job.

I am pretty sure that I've read about other Canadians doing it like this here on VJ. I drove to the border yesterday and told them I wanted to activate my visa. They asked when I was planning on moving permenantly and I told them whenever I got my work authorization. I explained our situation. The officer didn't even really understand about the whole process and I found myself having to explain how long things took and what I had to do. He finally said that he couldn't activate it and they only would when I was entering the country permenantly. I was quite upset.

I don't understand because when the K3 is activated I am allowed to come and go out of the country as I please so what does it matter if I'm still living in Van for a couple months? Wouldn't they rather us be responsible when we realize that we can't live for three months with no or little income that instead of possible becoming a burden we want to ensure that our relationship has some financial support the whole way? I am a little (a lot) frustrated because of all the snags Zach and I have had. But maybe I'm wrong and you can only activate your Visa when you're moving. Sorry for the long post, but anyone know the answer to that?

Thanks everyone. Hope your journey's are going well.


2003 Met my husband while going to school in U.S.

2005 Moved back to Canada :(

2005-2007 Many visits back to the U.S.

July 20, 2007 Married!

July 27, 2007 Sent off I-130 package

August 6, 2007 Confirmation service center received package via online tracking

September 6, 2007 NOA-1 Receipt date

September 10, 2007 Received NOA-1 in mail

Case pending at CSC

March 6, 2008 Touch

March 7, 2008 Touch

March 9, 2008 Touch

March 11, 2008 1-130 Approved

September 11, 2007 Sent off I-129f package

September 17, 2007 Confirmation service center received package

September 19, 2007 NOA-1 Receipt date

September 25, 2007 Received NOA-1 in mail

Case pending at CSC

March 6, 2008 Touch

March 7, 2008 Touch.

March 9, 2008 Touch

March 11, 2008 1-129f Approved

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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K-3 is valid for up to 2 years after it is issued, you can travel at any time, also K-3 is multi entry, so you can come and go several times before and during filing to adjust status.

Did you keep the CR-1 moving through NVC, since you are waiting to use the K-3 you could interview for CR-1 and then use the CR-1 visa avoiding having to adjust status from the K-3.


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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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: K-3 Visa Country: Canada
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Yes, I realize that K3 is multi entry which is why I was so confused that the officer said he could only activate it if I was staying down there. That doesn't make sense to me.

I am unsure about the whole CR-1 thing. I have just planned and stuck with K3.


2003 Met my husband while going to school in U.S.

2005 Moved back to Canada :(

2005-2007 Many visits back to the U.S.

July 20, 2007 Married!

July 27, 2007 Sent off I-130 package

August 6, 2007 Confirmation service center received package via online tracking

September 6, 2007 NOA-1 Receipt date

September 10, 2007 Received NOA-1 in mail

Case pending at CSC

March 6, 2008 Touch

March 7, 2008 Touch

March 9, 2008 Touch

March 11, 2008 1-130 Approved

September 11, 2007 Sent off I-129f package

September 17, 2007 Confirmation service center received package

September 19, 2007 NOA-1 Receipt date

September 25, 2007 Received NOA-1 in mail

Case pending at CSC

March 6, 2008 Touch

March 7, 2008 Touch.

March 9, 2008 Touch

March 11, 2008 1-129f Approved

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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Yes, I realize that K3 is multi entry which is why I was so confused that the officer said he could only activate it if I was staying down there. That doesn't make sense to me.

I am unsure about the whole CR-1 thing. I have just planned and stuck with K3.

The I-130 for CR-1 is probably still at NVC waiting for I-864, and DS-230+Documents (Visa fee bill) response. Check into it, it will save you some $$ as well as the hassle of filing for EAD and adjustment of status.


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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What I was told with my CR-1 is that I will have to tell the POE Officer that I am activating my visa but I still have some unfinished business in Canada to tie up. It is normal for Canadians immigrating to the US to tie up loose ends like selling their homes, moving, finishing work obligations etc.

I would recommend that the next time you cross and wish to activate your K3, you tell the officer that you are intending on living in the US and there are a few things that you still need to settle in Canada. You are declaring US residency but you may be traveling to and from US to Canada in order to tie up your affairs. They shouldn't have a problem with that.

If you word it in a way that sounds like you're intending on staying in Canada they wouldn't allow you to activate your visa or they may take your visa away from you if they believe that you don't really intend on immigrating. It's all on how you say it. Good luck


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: K-3 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Yes possibly if I worded things better they may have activated my visa. I decided I'm going to try again this week, perhaps it depends on the officer you are talking to as some know more than others about the visa process. The man that I had was quite unfriendly as well so that didn't make things any easier when trying to explain our situation.


2003 Met my husband while going to school in U.S.

2005 Moved back to Canada :(

2005-2007 Many visits back to the U.S.

July 20, 2007 Married!

July 27, 2007 Sent off I-130 package

August 6, 2007 Confirmation service center received package via online tracking

September 6, 2007 NOA-1 Receipt date

September 10, 2007 Received NOA-1 in mail

Case pending at CSC

March 6, 2008 Touch

March 7, 2008 Touch

March 9, 2008 Touch

March 11, 2008 1-130 Approved

September 11, 2007 Sent off I-129f package

September 17, 2007 Confirmation service center received package

September 19, 2007 NOA-1 Receipt date

September 25, 2007 Received NOA-1 in mail

Case pending at CSC

March 6, 2008 Touch

March 7, 2008 Touch.

March 9, 2008 Touch

March 11, 2008 1-129f Approved

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Canada
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So no one knows if the rule is: You have to be physically moving to your new US destination to activate your K3?

I just really want to have the right answer so if I try again at the border I will be correctly informed.

Thanks:)


2003 Met my husband while going to school in U.S.

2005 Moved back to Canada :(

2005-2007 Many visits back to the U.S.

July 20, 2007 Married!

July 27, 2007 Sent off I-130 package

August 6, 2007 Confirmation service center received package via online tracking

September 6, 2007 NOA-1 Receipt date

September 10, 2007 Received NOA-1 in mail

Case pending at CSC

March 6, 2008 Touch

March 7, 2008 Touch

March 9, 2008 Touch

March 11, 2008 1-130 Approved

September 11, 2007 Sent off I-129f package

September 17, 2007 Confirmation service center received package

September 19, 2007 NOA-1 Receipt date

September 25, 2007 Received NOA-1 in mail

Case pending at CSC

March 6, 2008 Touch

March 7, 2008 Touch.

March 9, 2008 Touch

March 11, 2008 1-129f Approved

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