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

I read a few posts that have dealt with my question, but I have not been able to nail it down entirely, and I have been pleasantly surprised by the knowledge and experience of people on VisaJourney.

I started graduate studies in August in the states while my wife remained in Canada working. She has her visa interview scheduled for the end of the month, and should receive her visa then. She is now working at a job she likes and has a few opportunities/projects have come up over the next year in Canada that she would like to participate in. So this is our plan that I would like to run past you.

She receives her visa end of November. She comes visits me in the states for Christmas, but does not claim residency in the US. In March she will visit me again in the US and claim residency. I will probably be moving to another part of the states for a summer internship and she’s worried to not get a decent job having to move again for the summer so she would like to continue working in Canada after her visit in March, and we would visit each other as often as possible over the summer. In the fall ‘11 she would move permanently with me.

Do you think this plan is feasible? Any suggestions? Is it possible to extend the 6-month limit? (we thought about extending the visa date, but would like to have her visa issued so she will not have any problems visiting for Christmas, and we are worried her medical exam would no longer be valid.)

Thanks so much!

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I asked if I was able to visit before moving down at my interview last Wednesday and the girl who did the interview said no. I had 6 months to make POE and activate my CR1 visa.

So I will be interested to see what others say about this. I had hoped to visit first so we could look for a new place to live, possibly buy before I move all my stuff there. There are a lot of rules during this whole process, so make sure before you decide.

All the best!

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Your question has already been answered but I would think that USCIS would wonder why you apply for a visa saying you want to immigrate to be with your husband and then you don't want to go and actually be with your spouse for a whole year. There are people here desperate to be with the ones that they love ASAP and it would seem as though this is not your top priority at the minute. That is just my perception of how your situation might be interpreted.

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