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Filed: Timeline

I am a US citizen, engaged to a Mexican. We're weighing our options of K1 vs. CR1. If we get married (in Mexico) and file for a CR1, we were wondering if she would be able to use her Tourist Visa to visit me while we're waiting for the CR1 to process. Although her Tourist Visa has a time limit of 6 months I think if she came here and told them she was staying until we received the Spouse Visa cr1, or the full six months whichever came first, that they would probably not allow her to enter.

What would a reasonable time for a visit be that they would permit?

Would they limit the number of visits she could make?

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada

Even having a tourist visa does not guarentee your fiance/wife entrance into the US. In fact, it may become more difficult once you apply for the visa since she has declared immigrant intent. When crossing, never lie (if she is visiting husband, say husband...not boyfriend, not fiance), she should bring lots ties to Mexico (lease from an apartment, employment letter), and always be polite. Many people cross and visit their loved ones, however many people get denied entry.

The length of time she is allowed to visit the US is dependent on the CBP so no one can really say what reasonable is.

Good luck.

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Filed: Other Country: Denmark

We filed our I-130 in Denmark (DCF) then a week later we both came to the states (he came on the visa waiver) for two months before returning for his interview. We had no problems at all. We even went through the immigration line together so they knew he was here with his USC wife. The only thing they asked was "how long will you be here", and that was it.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Italy

I posted this question once to an immigration officer in Miami and was told that during the I-130 process there is not an issue coming in as a tourist, but once the Adjustment of Status is filed, you cannot enter (or exit if you apply from within the US) until the process is finished because a tourist visa might jeapordize either the request for green card (can only be on one visa at a time) or entry into the USA, which in turn could cause problems because then they would have a denial or parole in the passport?? That is just my understanding.

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06/14/2003 - Married Savona Italy


03/21/2009 - I-130 Mailed to Chicago lockbox

11-30-09: GOT GREEN CARD in mail!!!!!!

Citizenship Process;

1/11/2013: Mailed N400 to Dallas Texas

3/11/2013: interview.. Approved

4/4/2013. : Oath! Now a U.S. citizen!

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