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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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so my daughter is activating her Visa today. In fact, will be getting on a plane in Detroit right now.

I thought I'd pass on an interesting tidbit for those that wonder if they MUST activate their Visa's if crossing the border. Apparently not. My daughter took a quick trip across the Windsor/Michigan border yesterday. At customs, they looked at her passport and asked if she was activating the Visa and she said 'no, I'm only in Detroit for 2 hours'. And they let her in.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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so my daughter is activating her Visa today. In fact, will be getting on a plane in Detroit right now.

I thought I'd pass on an interesting tidbit for those that wonder if they MUST activate their Visa's if crossing the border. Apparently not. My daughter took a quick trip across the Windsor/Michigan border yesterday. At customs, they looked at her passport and asked if she was activating the Visa and she said 'no, I'm only in Detroit for 2 hours'. And they let her in.

seems to be a Canadian only phenomena


YMMV

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Good for her - gave a straight forward answer and was confident...that's what they're looking for!


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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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
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That is good information. My fiance' will likely get his passport back with his K-1 visa before he wants to move in July but he wants to come for the Victoria Day holiday in May. Thanks for the heads up.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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That is good information. My fiance' will likely get his passport back with his K-1 visa before he wants to move in July but he wants to come for the Victoria Day holiday in May. Thanks for the heads up.

K1s are a bit different than CR1 so keep that in mind. K1 visas are one time use, whereas CR1 are not, so that may be why they were more lenient with her. I asked about this at my interview and the Officer told me that I should try to cross if I didn't want to activate and should hold on to my passport and then send it back to have the visa issued when I was ready to move. Some people have visited and not activated, but I haven't seen that happen recently and personally I wouldn't risk it.


Removing Conditions

Sent package to VSC - 8/12/11

NOA1 - 8/16/11

Biometrics - 9/14/11

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I think the only way you can take that approach is if you are willing to turn around and go back - if they decide you cannot enter without using the visa. I know krikit crossed the border several times with her K1 and had no problem not using it until she wanted to. I just think it, again, is up to the border guard on the day.

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Filed: Other Country: Canada
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I went through the Sweet Grass, Montana border crossing this past weekend with my K-1 visa in my passport and was let through without activating it. As we were driving and had some miscellaneous wedding stuff in the car, they did want to see some proof I was coming home but they let me through no problem after showing them. Just be prepared in case they do ask! :)


AOS/AP/EAD Timeline

Package sent to Chicago Lockbox: 06/16/2010

Chicago Lockbox received: 06/18/2010

Received e-mail notification from Chicago Lockbox: 06/24/2010

Hard copy NOA1 received: 06/28/2010

Touch!: 06/28/2010

Received biometrics letter in the mail: 07/16/2010

Attempted walk-in biometrics @ Salt Lake City office -- DENIED: 07/16/2010

2nd attempt at walk-in biometrics @ Salt Lake City office -- SUCCESS!: 07/28/2010

EAD card production ordered!: 08/09/2010

AP approved!: 08/09/2010

2nd EAD card production ordered e-mail: 08/12/2010

AP arrived!: 08/16/2010

3rd EAD card production ordered e-mail: 08/16/2010

EAD arrived!: 08/19/2010

Received interview letter in the mail: 09/13/2010

Green card interview -- APPROVED!: 10/15/2010

Green card received: 10/25/2010

The whole AOS process took almost exactly 4 months ... not too shabby!

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K1s are a bit different than CR1 so keep that in mind. K1 visas are one time use, whereas CR1 are not

Actually you're both wrong & right in this reply.

CR-1 & K-1 Visas are both single entry.

The difference is that upon activating a CR-1 you get a stamp in your passport that serves at your temporary Greencard, valid for 1 year. The beneficiary is a LPR from that point. K-1 Visa holders must adjust status.

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