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Re-apply for ESTA in the process of CR-1

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Hello everyone!

my husband and I have been going through CR-1 process since last December and this VJ has been helping us so much ALL THE TIME!

thank u!!!

well we're in the middle of NVC step for now, we got NOA2 but still havent submitted AOS packet.

now i'm planning to visit my sister in US with my family from Japan where we originally live, and stay there for 4 days.

but i wont be seeing my husband due to his military work schedule.. =(

my ESTA has expired in last November so i need to re-apply for it.

my question is: is it okay to apply ESTA again while in the process of CR-1? would it risk our case in any way??

i really hope someone can give me some information on this matter..

thank you so much for reading my topic!

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On a K1 application you can apply for ESTA and enter while in process, i did! Not sure if same for CR1, best to check on USCIS site or your US embassy site. ...... Lol just thinking that was not really much help at all! maybe some CR1 filers will know.

Cheers and good luck!

Interview Monday 27th August 2012

207 days since NOA1.

Tommy arriving Saturday 25th August



Tommy went home 5th Sept

Visa arrived in mail 5th Sept

POE Dublin on Oct 3rd 2012

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my question is: is it okay to apply ESTA again while in the process of CR-1? would it risk our case in any way??

Yes you can apply for an ESTA, no it will not risk your case. As always, it will be up to CBP to determine if you can enter the US so bring evidence of ties to Japan in case they are asked for.

Our journey:


September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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@Ryan H,

thank u for ur comment!

that's great to know that it wont risk our case =)

yea im aware that its all up to the person at POE, im gonna bring all my documents possible to make sure!

thank u so much again, i feel much relieved!! lol

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