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Hi all.

I am in Rhode Island. My fiance in the Toronto area. Our petition just left the NVC for Montreal....so things are progressing well. We are anticipating an interview date in mid-end August.

In the mean time, my fiancee has sold her home (closing June 29th) and has just left her job so she can focus on the move and sorting out a lifetime of possesions, some which will go to family and others with her. Her plan is to stay with relatives until her interview date, still visit here, and store the majority of the furniture she is bringing here until our K-1 is approved. She has much "stuff". Our plan is a couple of trips with a large u-haul trailer behind my Durango. That is two triops however, and she can only come in one time with the Visa. The rest of her possessions would have to remain in storage until she gains residency and can travel back to get it.

My question is this. What type of success do you think we would have trying to take a load of possessions accross the border before the interview. My impression is that isf you show that you are following the process according to the law and can explain the reason why.....it may be ok. Is that too idealistic? Border police (I think) are just concerned that you are coming back, and if we can show documentation that we are working toward an interview,,,,would be ok???

She has not had any problem crossing the border since we filed our 129f (November 29th). Only had to go inside once about a year ago due to the number of trips she had made.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Uganda
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I'm sure others can weigh in on the permissibility of transferring possessions before you are married to each other and before she immigrates (I recall a recent thread that said this was a no-go, but no idea where to find it), but...why not just get a bigger truck? Some U-hauls are pretty freaking huge, and then you could do it all in one go. (But you must have already thought of this? One way rentals across international borders are prohibitively expensive, I know, but you could always rent it in RI, drive to Canada, pick up her and the belongings, drive back with her, and return the truck. Big $$$$ for mileage, but better than living without half her stuff for months and months.)


Joy (& Aaron, who doesn't read/post here yet)

Dec. 27, 2010: First met each other in Entebbe, Uganda while I was visiting my friend/his cousin (12/27/10 - 1/10/11) (visited again Jul. 2-9, 2011 and Dec. 24, 2011 - Jan. 9, 2012; engaged 1/7/12)

K-1

Feb. 18, 2012: I-129F sent (delivered 2/21 per USPS & USCIS; NOA1 notice date 2/23/12; check cashed/email/text 2/24)

Aug. 9, 2012: NOA2!!! [NOA1 +168 days] (reached NVC 8/17, left NVC 8/20; @embassy 8/24; embassy confirmed receipt 9/5)

Oct. 24 - Nov. 8, 2012: I visited again (Nairobi: medical 10/31; interview 11/5 [NOA1 +256 days]; result--APPROVED!!!!!!!)

Nov. 15, 2012: Visa in hand (was ready for retrieval 11/12/12)

Nov. 20, 2012: POE, Boston!!! (legal marriage 12/12/12; family/friends wedding ceremony 1/12/13) (276 days)

AOS/EAD/AP

Feb. 4, 2013: AOS packet sent (delivered 2/6, NOA1 text/email & check cashed 2/11 midnight)

Feb. 11, 2013: NOA1 notice date for I-485, EAD, AP (I-485/EAD NOA1 hard copies & biometrics appt letter arrived 2/16, badly mangled AP NOA1 arrived 2/27; biometrics done 3/4/13)

Apr. 3, 2013: EAD & AP approved (received card 4/11)

Aug. 16, 2013: I-485 approved & green card production ordered!!!! (card arrived 8/26/13) (193 days)

ROC

2015 sometime? I've slept since then.

Naturalization

Dec. 20, 2019: N-400 submitted online (Boston, MA field office)

Jan. 9, 2020: Biometrics

Feb. 4, 2020: updated wait time = 4 months (estimated case completion June 2020)

Aug. 7, 2020: interview scheduled (!), but no idea when

Sept. 16, 2020: interview, Boston (approved)

Sept. 24, 2020: oath ceremony, Boston---DONE!!! (279 days from submission)

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She can only ship her stuff once she POEs - you can't move it before hand or they will turn the stuff away. I've heard of people getting turned away for bringing their partner's clothes and having to leave them behind.

You can always have her stuff shipped, I went upack.com and it was much cheaper than Uhaul and do it with 1 load with a few cubes or a trailer and it be way cheaper (and you don't have to pay gas). See my review:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/363065-abf-moving-review/page__p__5305044__fromsearch__1#entry5305044

Another option is that she doesn't need to be there for that second round of stuff (or the first for that matter) - just fill out a customs 3299 + copy of her I-94/Visa and you bring it across yourself.

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I'm sure others can weigh in on the permissibility of transferring possessions before you are married to each other and before she immigrates (I recall a recent thread that said this was a no-go, but no idea where to find it), but...why not just get a bigger truck? Some U-hauls are pretty freaking huge, and then you could do it all in one go. (But you must have already thought of this? One way rentals across international borders are prohibitively expensive, I know, but you could always rent it in RI, drive to Canada, pick up her and the belongings, drive back with her, and return the truck. Big $$$$ for mileage, but better than living without half her stuff for months and months.)

Yes a big truck would get it all at once and that is an option. I have an SUV and am driving up anyways in June. The u-haul closed van trailers are very reasonable...so I thought if I am driving, might as well hook up and bring some stuff back. Also reducing storage space at the other end (toronto)

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Moving her belongings is not allowed before she has her visa. Do not risk it. There is also a good chance they would deny her entry into US with a truck of personal things. A lady who just finished her AOS last week ran into a problem Well her fiance (US citizen did) He tried to bring some of her things across even without her before the the visa had been issued, in the vehicle and he was not allowed to bring the items and had to call one of her friends to come to the CND/USA border and pick up the the things.

Terri


Fiance visa

04/28/2011 - I-129F - DENIED

02/18/2012 - I-129F petition filed
02/24/2012 - NOA1
09/04/2012 - NOA2, 193 days

Interview:10/22/2012
POE: 10/26/2012 (245 days)

Removal of Conditions

Filed for ROC - 06/09/2015

NOA1 for ROC - 06/12/2015

Biometrics appointment - 07/17/2015

Approval for ROC - 04/20/2016 (316 days)

Naturalization Process

N-400 Filed 06/10/2016

N-400 NOA1 06/14/2016

N-400 biometrics 06/20/16

N-400 interview 01/23/2017

N-400 Oath ceremony 02/10/2017

Immigration Process took 2116 days.

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Moving her belongings is not allowed before she has her visa. Do not risk it. There is also a good chance they would deny her entry into US with a truck of personal things. A lady who just finished her AOS last week ran into a problem Well her fiance (US citizen did) He tried to bring some of her things across even without her before the the visa had been issued, in the vehicle and he was not allowed to bring the items and had to call one of her friends to come to the CND/USA border and pick up the the things.

Terri

Thanks for all the advice. When the time comes (August we hope), I will rent a truck in RI and do the round trip to Toronto. Confirming, we can bring her property on the visa (one time entry)???? Once married, we would have to wait another 90 days for her to participate in going back and getting a considerable amount of stuff. Much storage expense.

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