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Likelihood of Tourist Visa while CR-1 is processing

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My Australian husband and I got married in Italy last month and are just starting the CR-1 process, which our attorney has advised us takes 5-6 months.

The problem is that we naively had planned a reception in the U.S. for August, and have already paid deposits and family members have bought plane tickets. I have read threads that you can't come in on a tourist visa once the CR-1 process is started, but that there are cases of getting it approved if you can show ties to your current country and show supporting docs that you do not intend to stay (we can show his contract, provide a letter from his company, show assets in Saudi, etc.). Also, since he is from a VWP country, how does that affect needing to apply for a visa?

My husband is ex- Australian military, and on contract in Saudi Arabia through next April, so we should have no problem showing he is not intending to stay until April, but what is the most surefire process to get this done? and if we DO get a visa approved, what area chances he could still be turned away at the boarder?

Any advisement would be greatly appreciated.


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India

He can enter on the VWP as long as he can show ties to Australia. Jobs, lease, bank account etc.

03/27/2009: Engaged in Ithaca, New York.
08/17/2009: Wedding in Calcutta, India.
09/29/2009: I-130 NOA1
01/25/2010: I-130 NOA2
03/23/2010: Case completed.
05/12/2010: CR-1 interview at Mumbai, India.
05/20/2010: US Entry, Chicago.
03/01/2012: ROC NOA1.
03/26/2012: Biometrics completed.
12/07/2012: 10 year card production ordered.

09/25/2013: N-400 NOA1

10/16/2013: Biometrics completed

12/03/2013: Interview

12/20/2013: Oath ceremony


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China

Since he doesn't need a tourist visa to enter the USA (his country, Australia, is part of Visa Waiver Program)

then he MUST carry all of that 'evidence' with him on the plane ride over to USA, and be prepared to SHOW it at the CBP inspection point at the POE. IMO, the crucial bit of 'evidence' is going to be the work contract with a letter for the vacation time (from the HR department), along with everyhing else.

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