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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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So I'm extremely nervous about my meeting with the customs/immigration officer in Calgary at some point in May.

We just recieved our NOA2 (woot! 78 days) and I was offered a reaaally nice severance package from work as part of a restructure. Thus I've decided to take it, and 'visit' my fiancee in Georgia for 2-3 months (visa waiver program is good for 90 days not 180 I thought) while waiting for the interview date. We think we have the math worked out right (hopefully).

Thanks to you wonderful people on VisaJourney I think I have what I need to help the Customs/Immigration officer understand that I will indeed be coming back (for my interview anyway). I'll have a good bank account balance (proof I can support myself will $25K in savings be enough??), a lease agreement for an apartment and a return ticket (to Vancouver not Calgary), my NOA2 and not too many bags (just 2).

So what I ask you, my friends that help me get through sleepless nights, if you were the customs/immigration officer would you be OK with me leaving mid-May and returning late-July? Would you be suspicious?

On another, sort of related topic... I am fed-exing a few boxes down. Should I have a friend send these after I actually leave the country for my visit? Does it matter? (It'll be clothes, some home decor stuff, a vacuum, some cutlery etc). I know this stuff technically can't enter until I've gotten the K-1. Anyone have any trouble with the bill of lading or anything?

Thank you thank you!


K-1 Timeline

Met: Feb 17, 2009

Engaged: Jan 4, 2010

I-129 Package Sent: Jan 4, 2010

NOA1 Recieved: Jan 11, 2010

NOA2 Approved:Mar 30, 2010 (79 days)

NVC Case Number Recieved: April 9, 2010

Embassy/Consulate(Vancouver) Recieved: April 6, 2010!! (DOS is soo much faster)

Packet 3 Recieved: April 19, 2010

Packet 4 Recieved: April 22, 2010

Interview Date: June 3rd, 2010

POE: Peace Arch (BC/Wash) June 8,2010 (complete in 20 mins)

Wedding: Aug 7, 2010

AOS Timeline

AOS Packet, EAD, AP Documents sent: September 3, 2010

AOS NOA 1: September 13, 2010

AOS transfered to CSC: October 14, 2010 (I hope thats a good thing time-wise)

Realized I'm missing my Biometrics Appointment Letter: October 25, 2010

Called USCIS to advise of above: October 26, 2010

Waiting....

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If you're coming from Canada, it would not be on the VWP (Canada isn't part of that) - your stay could be as long as 6-months.

**I moved your thread from K-1 Proc. to the Canada Regional forum since it relates more specifically to Canada.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

We, as Canadians, arent subject to the VWP. We have a special relationship with the US that allows us to visit the US for up to 180 days. So your trip to May - July sounds fine, and your ties to Canada seem sufficient as well. I think you'll be ok

Welcome to Georgia - we need more Canadians here

Where in GA are you visiting? We're in Cobb County, NW of Atlanta!


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

We, as Canadians, arent subject to the VWP. We have a special relationship with the US that allows us to visit the US for up to 180 days. So your trip to May - July sounds fine, and your ties to Canada seem sufficient as well. I think you'll be ok

Welcome to Georgia - we need more Canadians here

Where in GA are you visiting? We're in Cobb County, NW of Atlanta!

Moving to the beautiful city of Savannah! Well excelent, hopefully that will save me a few sleepless nights anyway. Do you think the boxes sent before I receive the

K-1 will be fine?

VJ is a wonderful place.


K-1 Timeline

Met: Feb 17, 2009

Engaged: Jan 4, 2010

I-129 Package Sent: Jan 4, 2010

NOA1 Recieved: Jan 11, 2010

NOA2 Approved:Mar 30, 2010 (79 days)

NVC Case Number Recieved: April 9, 2010

Embassy/Consulate(Vancouver) Recieved: April 6, 2010!! (DOS is soo much faster)

Packet 3 Recieved: April 19, 2010

Packet 4 Recieved: April 22, 2010

Interview Date: June 3rd, 2010

POE: Peace Arch (BC/Wash) June 8,2010 (complete in 20 mins)

Wedding: Aug 7, 2010

AOS Timeline

AOS Packet, EAD, AP Documents sent: September 3, 2010

AOS NOA 1: September 13, 2010

AOS transfered to CSC: October 14, 2010 (I hope thats a good thing time-wise)

Realized I'm missing my Biometrics Appointment Letter: October 25, 2010

Called USCIS to advise of above: October 26, 2010

Waiting....

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Gotta say, jealous that you're going to be moving to Savannah, I do love it there. You now just have to learn to say words like "yes" with 2 syllables "YE-ES".

FedExing some boxes I think would be fine, you do have to submit a customs declaration when you ship internationally and if it is too much stuff then the US customs might get suspicious. Keep it light.

Good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
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I did the same thing last summer while waiting for my interview. I was here in the US 2.5 months and I went through Calgary. The customs didn't really ask me much. I also made a car trip back to Canada, to Niagara falls, with my then fiance, and when we were coming back to the US the customs guy wanted to see proof of my interview, so I gave it to him and he let us go, no questions asked. I'm sure you won't be having any problems, just be honest if they ask you and make sure you have your interview letter with you


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Welcome to Georgia - and I agree, Savannah is wonderful! I would love to live there.

Be sure to carry a copy of your full I-129f/K-1 package as well with your evidence as it is proof you are going through the proper immigration process.

Good luck!


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I hate to be a downer, but you'll be interviewing in Vancouver and your interview might be in less than 2 months. Something to keep in mind for your trip.


12/31/2009 - Marriage

07/21/2010 - AOS approved

08/04/2010 - Green Card received (and it's actually green!)

05/30/2012 - Sent ROC packet to VSC

06/08/2012 - Received NOA1 for ROC (Dated 06/04/2012)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I hate to be a downer, but you'll be interviewing in Vancouver and your interview might be in less than 2 months. Something to keep in mind for your trip.

Yup that's the whole idea. I'm moving down early. I have no intention of actually coming back to Calgary, I'm just starting my life in Savannah a bit early.

Hopefully I get packet 4 and the interview date before I leave (*crosses fingers) as Vancouver seems to be going pretty quick. If I don't I'll have the return already booked for Vancouver with lots of room to spare and change the flight date if I need to.


K-1 Timeline

Met: Feb 17, 2009

Engaged: Jan 4, 2010

I-129 Package Sent: Jan 4, 2010

NOA1 Recieved: Jan 11, 2010

NOA2 Approved:Mar 30, 2010 (79 days)

NVC Case Number Recieved: April 9, 2010

Embassy/Consulate(Vancouver) Recieved: April 6, 2010!! (DOS is soo much faster)

Packet 3 Recieved: April 19, 2010

Packet 4 Recieved: April 22, 2010

Interview Date: June 3rd, 2010

POE: Peace Arch (BC/Wash) June 8,2010 (complete in 20 mins)

Wedding: Aug 7, 2010

AOS Timeline

AOS Packet, EAD, AP Documents sent: September 3, 2010

AOS NOA 1: September 13, 2010

AOS transfered to CSC: October 14, 2010 (I hope thats a good thing time-wise)

Realized I'm missing my Biometrics Appointment Letter: October 25, 2010

Called USCIS to advise of above: October 26, 2010

Waiting....

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Welcome to Georgia - and I agree, Savannah is wonderful! I would love to live there.

Be sure to carry a copy of your full I-129f/K-1 package as well with your evidence as it is proof you are going through the proper immigration process.

Good luck!

OO! Great idea! Thank you...I have the packet we sent in and I'll have the NOA2 soon (original right? would a copy be OK?) so I'll bring that with me too!

I guess I was just really worried about being unemployed and I don't want to lie to them...cos that's rule #1.


K-1 Timeline

Met: Feb 17, 2009

Engaged: Jan 4, 2010

I-129 Package Sent: Jan 4, 2010

NOA1 Recieved: Jan 11, 2010

NOA2 Approved:Mar 30, 2010 (79 days)

NVC Case Number Recieved: April 9, 2010

Embassy/Consulate(Vancouver) Recieved: April 6, 2010!! (DOS is soo much faster)

Packet 3 Recieved: April 19, 2010

Packet 4 Recieved: April 22, 2010

Interview Date: June 3rd, 2010

POE: Peace Arch (BC/Wash) June 8,2010 (complete in 20 mins)

Wedding: Aug 7, 2010

AOS Timeline

AOS Packet, EAD, AP Documents sent: September 3, 2010

AOS NOA 1: September 13, 2010

AOS transfered to CSC: October 14, 2010 (I hope thats a good thing time-wise)

Realized I'm missing my Biometrics Appointment Letter: October 25, 2010

Called USCIS to advise of above: October 26, 2010

Waiting....

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