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Hello there,

I wonder if it's ok to go to USA to visit my husband with a tourist visa (5 years) while waiting for CR1 get approved.

It's gonna be my husband Birthday on 8th June and I'm planning on flying there for 3 weeks so that we can celebrate it together and we will buy a round trip ticket.

Since I just graduated from Japan and immediately come back to Thailand on March, I don't have a job yet. And didn't think applying one since I will be able to work only for a short time and I don't think it's good for the company that I will work in.

(At first before we know this site, we didn't know that the process won't take this long)

I have been to USA as an exchange student before and also visited USA on August last year but never overstay.

And also I was in Japan for 4 years and never overstay there either.

So I wonder is that will be a good credit for me since I never stay in any country that I have been to. And my reason to visit this time is just to fly to celebrate my husband BD.

He is in a navy so we don't know if we will get to celebrate it together next year either. He might have to go on a boat. So we are trying to do the best we can.

If I go there at the port of entry, should I tell them the truth that I'm visiting my husband to celebrate his BD with him or should I just say I come for a visit or travel?

Are they gonna find out that we are waiting on our CR1? (I'm waiting for NVC to assign us the case number right now)

Have anyone experienced this before? Please give me some advice.

Thank you so much in advance!!!


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Do not lie to any official when applying or entering. You risk messing up your CR-1 and getting a ban. They are going to have the information that you are applying to immigrate to the USA to be with your husband. The assumption every visitor visa applicant faces is proving they do not intend to immigrate when they get in. You have an extra burden in this respect, because you're currently in the process of applying to immigrate. What proof can you show that you'll return home? You're going to have to prove this to someone who is trained start with the assumption you have no intention of returning home. Your record of returning may help you to some degree. Your odds are not great to get a visitor visa, but if you don't try you're certainly not going to.


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Do not lie to any official when applying or entering. You risk messing up your CR-1 and getting a ban. They are going to have the information that you are applying to immigrate to the USA to be with your husband. The assumption every visitor visa applicant faces is proving they do not intend to immigrate when they get in. You have an extra burden in this respect, because you're currently in the process of applying to immigrate. What proof can you show that you'll return home? You're going to have to prove this to someone who is trained start with the assumption you have no intention of returning home. Your record of returning may help you to some degree. Your odds are not great to get a visitor visa, but if you don't try you're certainly not going to.

It seems she already has a tourist visa.

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the tourist visa is a plus but

do you have a DEERS ID, yet? I think, DEERS ID and tourist visa, no one at CBP in the POE will mess with you.


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I do actually have DEERS ID but it's expired on April. Since I'm in Thailand I cannot renew it. :( Now we are really thinking hard if I should fly there. We feel like it's risky.

And the ticket from Thailand to USA is super expensive.

Anyway, Thank you guys!


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Nov 19, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago

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May 9, 2012: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail

June 1,2012: NVC received file

June 1,2012: NVC case number assigned

June 21,2012: NVC case number assigned

June 21,2012: AOS invoice received

June 21,2012: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on June 22,2012)

June 23,2012: Mailed AOS package

June 25,2012: AOS Package delivered

June 21,2012: IV bill invoiced

June 21,2012: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on June 21,2012)

June,29,2012: Mailed IV package

July,02,2012: IV package delivered

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Aug,01,2012: Interview Date assigned

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Hello there,

I wonder if it's ok to go to USA to visit my husband with a tourist visa (5 years) while waiting for CR1 get approved.

It's gonna be my husband Birthday on 8th June and I'm planning on flying there for 3 weeks so that we can celebrate it together and we will buy a round trip ticket.

Since I just graduated from Japan and immediately come back to Thailand on March, I don't have a job yet. And didn't think applying one since I will be able to work only for a short time and I don't think it's good for the company that I will work in.

(At first before we know this site, we didn't know that the process won't take this long)

I have been to USA as an exchange student before and also visited USA on August last year but never overstay.

And also I was in Japan for 4 years and never overstay there either.

So I wonder is that will be a good credit for me since I never stay in any country that I have been to. And my reason to visit this time is just to fly to celebrate my husband BD.

He is in a navy so we don't know if we will get to celebrate it together next year either. He might have to go on a boat. So we are trying to do the best we can.

If I go there at the port of entry, should I tell them the truth that I'm visiting my husband to celebrate his BD with him or should I just say I come for a visit or travel?

Are they gonna find out that we are waiting on our CR1? (I'm waiting for NVC to assign us the case number right now)

Have anyone experienced this before? Please give me some advice.

Thank you so much in advance!!!

From what I see here you have a tourist visa which you have used to enter the USA in the recent past. Your history of returning to Thailand is good.

I think you have a great chance of going thru the POE with little problem. Of course always tell the truth.

I suggest you explain you are going to see your USC husband that serves in the U S Navy before he deploys on a ship. Tell them you have a pending petition but will be returning to Thailand to put things in order for your interview and later move to the USA when he comes back from sea duty. They will find the CR 1 in the data base.

Doing this lets them know you are aware of the process of immigration rather than having them think you are try to avoid that very thing. Your ability to speak English, the history of responcibilty and understanding of future events should allow them to grant you entry.

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From what I see here you have a tourist visa which you have used to enter the USA in the recent past. Your history of returning to Thailand is good.

I think you have a great chance of going thru the POE with little problem. Of course always tell the truth.

I suggest you explain you are going to see your USC husband that serves in the U S Navy before he deploys on a ship. Tell them you have a pending petition but will be returning to Thailand to put things in order for your interview and later move to the USA when he comes back from sea duty. They will find the CR 1 in the data base.

Doing this lets them know you are aware of the process of immigration rather than having them think you are try to avoid that very thing. Your ability to speak English, the history of responcibilty and understanding of future events should allow them to grant you entry.

Thank you so much for your advice. My husband is in a military school right now. And he is going to go for on a deployment at the end of the year. In this case, What do you think I should tell the officer at the port of entry?


October 2009: Met each other

Jan 23, 2011: Engaged!!!

Oct 18, 2011: Officially Married

Nov 19, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago

Nov 29, 2011: NOA1 Noticed Date

May 2, 2012: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!

May 9, 2012: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail

June 1,2012: NVC received file

June 1,2012: NVC case number assigned

June 21,2012: NVC case number assigned

June 21,2012: AOS invoice received

June 21,2012: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on June 22,2012)

June 23,2012: Mailed AOS package

June 25,2012: AOS Package delivered

June 21,2012: IV bill invoiced

June 21,2012: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on June 21,2012)

June,29,2012: Mailed IV package

July,02,2012: IV package delivered

July,11,2012: Case Completed

Aug,01,2012: Interview Date assigned

Sep,04,2012: Interview Date

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Thank you so much for your advice. My husband is in a military school right now. And he is going to go for on a deployment at the end of the year. In this case, What do you think I should tell the officer at the port of entry?

I think Darnell also feels you will be ok. Even if the Deers I D has expired I would show it to them anyway. You may find there are few or no questions.

If you are questioned just relax a answer them. Make sure you explain that he is going to be deployed soon and you just want to spend a little time with him until you must return to Thailand. Acknowledging the fact that you intend to leave and there is good reason to do so should be enough. I assume you will have a return ticket so you could tell them that too.

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I think Darnell also feels you will be ok. Even if the Deers I D has expired I would show it to them anyway. You may find there are few or no questions.

If you are questioned just relax a answer them. Make sure you explain that he is going to be deployed soon and you just want to spend a little time with him until you must return to Thailand. Acknowledging the fact that you intend to leave and there is good reason to do so should be enough. I assume you will have a return ticket so you could tell them that too.

I'm going to buy a round trip ticket so I will be able to show them that.

Thank you very much for always giving me advices. I really appreciate it :)


October 2009: Met each other

Jan 23, 2011: Engaged!!!

Oct 18, 2011: Officially Married

Nov 19, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago

Nov 29, 2011: NOA1 Noticed Date

May 2, 2012: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!

May 9, 2012: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail

June 1,2012: NVC received file

June 1,2012: NVC case number assigned

June 21,2012: NVC case number assigned

June 21,2012: AOS invoice received

June 21,2012: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on June 22,2012)

June 23,2012: Mailed AOS package

June 25,2012: AOS Package delivered

June 21,2012: IV bill invoiced

June 21,2012: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on June 21,2012)

June,29,2012: Mailed IV package

July,02,2012: IV package delivered

July,11,2012: Case Completed

Aug,01,2012: Interview Date assigned

Sep,04,2012: Interview Date

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