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So I found this site randomly on google and decided to sign up and hopefully get some help too. The names Jay and I just recently turned 20 this month. Oh and I live in Canada too btw. I've graduated high school a few years back and ever since then did my own thing and what not. Right now I'm thinking on going to the USA in a couple of the months to see my girlfriend since she lives there and been thinking about moving there and live with my girl. Only thing is, once I get there, I'm not sure when but I do plan on getting a job (if I can that is) to help and support us but I'm not sure if I can. I've heard about getting a visa and all of that, but I'm confused by that since I'm not sure if I can. I don't work or even go to school at this moment, but hopefully I can when I settle in with my girl. Can somebody help me out on what I should do and what not since I'm completely new to this.

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Hello, and welcome to VJ. I am sure there will be more knowledgeable people than I chiming in soon but I hate when a post goes unanswered! So here is what I know, getting a visa (there are several types (you will have to research each, but don't worry the information is on this site) for tourism is easiest when you can prove you have attachments in your home nation, students studying abroad get some breaks so you might consider going back to school (you get your visa, and a degree!)...here again I do not know how Canada differs from Kazakhstan (where I know this is critical). I would read everything I could find on this site starting with this: http://www.visajourney.com/content/temporary-worker-guide and then this, http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/141-work-visas/. Also there is the lottery, but I don't know enough to help there. Best of luck!

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

You can move across the border so easily and freely, it comes to a shock to many Canadians what happens with the process to immigrate. Canadians are treated no different than the rest of the world.

To get a work visa, you must have some kind of specialized skill. (think PHD, Doctors etc) Plus there are limited numbers of visas passed out each year, and I think 2012 is over with. But read here---> Temporary Worker Guides

You can get a K-1 fiance visa. Read here--> K-1

You can get married and have a CR-1 visa. Read here -->CR/IR-1 guide

As a Canadian you can come and visit for up to 180 days. You can not work.

Don't leave out the thought of her moving to Canada. (google provincial nominee program, for your province)

Are you willing and able to sponsor her, is she willing and able to sponsor you?

I also should mention, it's expensive. You have filing fees, incidental costs (mailing forms, printing forms, printing evidence), the cost of being able to visit each other, getting to Vancouver or Montreal for an interview, medical costs, immunizations costs, and moving expenses. To give you an idea; By the time my Husband moves here, we will have spent well over $8,000.00 once everything above has been added up.

It's a long, grueling, stress filled process. It will test your relationship to it's very limits. Immigration is not for the faint of heart. We are not a 'typical' case. But prepare for the worst.

USCIS- 260 Days

6/8/11~ Mailed I-130 Application, withdrew Canadian PR application
6/16/11~ NOA1 email and text message Case routed to CSC (Priority Date)
7/12/11~ The 'Money Order' Incident/Returned to Tennessee
8/03/11~ TOUCHED!
3/2/12~ APPROVED! NOA2!

NVC Electronic Processing- Montreal- 19 Days

3/21/12~ Received case number & IIN 20 Days after NOA2
3/21/12~ Sent in opt-in email
3/22/12~ Opt-in accepted
3/23/12~ DS-261 Submitted, never accepted
3/29/12~ AOS bill invoiced and paid
3/30/12~ AOS shows PAID- AOS Package emailed/received, DS-3032 emailed/accepted
4/2/12~ IV bill invoiced and paid
4/3/12~ AOS Checklist documents emailed(first time)
4/4/12~ IV shows PAID- DS-260 submitted/ IV Package emailed/received
4/4/12~ AOS Checklist documents sent again for CYA (second time)
4/5/12~ IV package accepted! No Checklists!
4/6/12~ AOS Checklist emailed(third time)
4/9/12~ AOS packet accepted (finally)

Interview 354 days from NOA1/ 362 days from initial filing date
5/29/12~ Medical@ Medisys, Montreal
6/4/12~ Interview APPROVED!!!
08/07/2012~ POE Emerson, MB/Pembina, ND by land
08/09/2012~ HOME!! 424 days from initial filing date!
08/14/2012~ SSN Received
09/10/2012~ Received Green Card

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines

Welcome to VJ. :star::dance::)


Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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Welcome to VJ

02/17/02: KH & PH started dating

11/11/06: Married in the UK

05/10/12: Sent off I-130 via Express Mail

05/11/12: I-130 signed for at Chicago Lockbox

05/11/12: Priority date for I-130

05/21/12: Received NOA1 hardcopy VSC

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