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This my my rant for the day... :blink::blink::blink:

I couldn't believe it! 3.5 years and I have never had trouble entering the U.S... pretty much every week too! This past week I drove back in and showed my passport with my CR1 visa stamped showing that I was a legal resident of the United States. The two officers at the gate said it was not valid because there was no I-94 attached. I politely told them I do not need an I -94 and that the CR1 visa is an I-551 and it says that "upon endorsement serves at temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 yeaer" It was endorsed on Feb. 10... They STILL did not believe me!!! :devil:

I went inside and the officer there was trying to explain that 2 departments are amalgamating and they are still learning, blah blah blah... o.k... it wasn't a HUGE deal but it was still almost half an hour waiting for absolutely nothing!!! :angry:

O.k... rant done... I feel better now!!! Thanks for reading!! :yes:


Can the Naturalizatin process be so painless?!!

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Ranting is allowed. We all need to do that every now and then. *hugs* Hope that the rest of your day and your week will be TOPS!

Blessings,

Lynne


Tho' lovers be lost, love shall not... and death shall have NO dominion!

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to where the grace of God will not protect you.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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There's always gotta be something at the border, doesn't there?

I think they could sure use some extensive training of their border officers so that they know the facts and give out correct information.

I have called the Blaine border a few times with questions, and once, I got two different answers to the same question.

So..... I hear your frustrations!!!!!


"THE SHORT STORY"

KURT & RAYMA (K-1 Visa)

Oct. 9/03... I-129F sent to NSC

June 10/04... K-1 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

July 31/04... Entered U.S.

Aug. 28/04... WEDDING DAY!!!!

Aug. 30/04... I-485, I-765 & I-131 sent to Seattle

Dec. 10/04... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport stamped)

Sept. 9/06... I-751 sent to NSC

May 15/07... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Sept. 13/07... N-400 sent to NSC

Aug. 21/08... Interview - PASSED!!!!

Sept. 2/08... Oath Ceremony

Sept. 5/08... Sent in Voter Registration Card

Sept. 9/08... SSA office to change status to "U.S. citizen"

Oct. 8/08... Applied in person for U.S. Passport

Oct. 22/08... U.S. Passport received

DONE!!! DONE!!! DONE!!! DONE!!!

KAELY (K-2 Visa)

Apr. 6/05... DS-230, Part I faxed to Vancouver Consulate

May 26/05... K-2 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

Sept. 5/05... Entered U.S.

Sept. 7/05... I-485 & I-131 sent to CLB

Feb. 22/06... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport NOT stamped)

Dec. 4/07... I-751 sent to NSC

May 23/08... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Mar. 22/11.... N-400 sent to AZ

June 27/11..... Interview - PASSED!!!

July 12/11..... Oath Ceremony

We're NOT lawyers.... just your average folks who had to find their own way!!!!! Anything we post here is simply our own opinions/suggestions/experiences and should not be taken as LAW!!!!

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were you crossing at Lewiston or Fort Erie


PARENTS JOURNEY

Dec 10 - sent I130 for Mom & Dad

Jan- Recd NOA1

Feb- Recd RFE for missing BC

Mar- Recd RFE for missing BC

Apr- NOA2 Case approved

May- NVC case #

May- paid $88 AOS FEE

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I think they could sure use some extensive training of their border officers so that they know the facts and give out correct information

Agree! And I'm sure the officers working would agree too. There is a combination of understaffing, lack of training budget and constantly changing law and procedures, and amalgamation of departments leaving few as experts in something and many scratching their heads on what ther're suppose to know in everything.

The US and Canada officers are in the same boat, at one time there were officers that were imigration, officers that were customs - now they are expected to be both...... along with enforcing over 90 other government department regulations and laws.

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were you crossing at Lewiston or Fort Erie

Actually I went through Cornwall.

Yeah there's a lot of growing pains going on... It used to be that the Customs people didn't have to know anything about Immigration and the Immigration people didnt have to know anything about Customs.

Now that they've has a forcible marriage, they're trying to get the old people from each side up to speed. Looks like the Immigration training for the old Customs people didn't get there yet...


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were you crossing at Lewiston or Fort Erie

Actually I went through Cornwall.

I always go through Cornwall. Sure hope I get an officer that knows his stuff when I go across with my K-1 Visa.


AOS, EAD & AP

Aug 3- AOS EAD & AP packet sent to Chicago

Aug 7- USCIS received packet

Aug 15- NOA1 for all 3

Aug 22- Biometrics notice received in mail

Aug 26- Case transferred to CSC

Aug 28- Biometrics appt

Aug 31- Case received by CSC

Sept 5- AOS touched ( didn't know what a "touch" was until today) :)

Sept 7- Touched

Sept 14- Touched

Sept 15- Touched

Sept 21- AOS APPROVED!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Sept 22- Touched and email received in the wee hours of the morning saying welcome notice was mailed Sept 21

Sept 27- Touched and Email received that my case approved and that an approval notice was mailed today!! Huh??

Sept 28- Touched

Sept 29- Received my greencard and welcome notice :)

I-751 (Removal of Conditions)

7/30/08 I-751 sent today

8/01/08 Received in VT

8/07/08 Check cashed

8/11/08 NOA received - 1 year extension

5/08/09 Biometrics appt---finally, after what........nine months

5/12/09 Congratulations letter received--that was fast :)

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i believe lewiston is quite popular for most Torontonians, i have seen a VJ member gone through there dont remember the name


PARENTS JOURNEY

Dec 10 - sent I130 for Mom & Dad

Jan- Recd NOA1

Feb- Recd RFE for missing BC

Mar- Recd RFE for missing BC

Apr- NOA2 Case approved

May- NVC case #

May- paid $88 AOS FEE

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I go through there. Its a longer way round though. I just like to go through Avril's home town on my way home rather than Bernardo's lol.


IR1

April 14, 2004 I-130 NOA1

April 25, 2005 IR1 Received

April 26, 2005 POE Dorval Airport

May 13, 2005 Welcome to America Letters Received

May 21, 2005 PR Card in Mail

May 26, 2005 Applied for SSN at local office

June 06, 2005 SSN Received

June 11, 2005 Driver Licence Issued!

June 20, 2005 Deb gets a Check Card! Just like Donald Trump's!

Citizenship

Jan 30, 2008 N400 Mailed off to the VSC!

Feb 2, 2008 N400 Received at VSC

Feb 6, 2008 Check Cashed!

Feb 13, 2008 NOA1 Received

Feb 15, 2008 Fingerprint letter received. (Feb 26th scheduled)

Feb 18, 2008 Mailed out the old Please Reschedule us for Biometics <sigh>...

Feb 27, 2008 Received the new scheduled biometrics.

Mar 15, 2008 Biometrics Rescheduled.

Sep 18, 2008 Interview Letter Recieved.

Nov 11, 2008 Interview Passed :-).

Nov 14, 2008 Oath Cerimony.

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I always go through Cornwall. Sure hope I get an officer that knows his stuff when I go across with my K-1 Visa.

You should have no problems. They seem to know the K-1 and K-3 visas but not the CR-1 and the IR-1. They tried to tell me I could only cross on a K-type visa.

Best of luck!


Can the Naturalizatin process be so painless?!!

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You should have no problems. They seem to know the K-1 and K-3 visas but not the CR-1 and the IR-1. They tried to tell me I could only cross on a K-type visa

:lol: I just had the same thing last night. I was talking to the US CBP officer - (who is actually in the process of helping his daughter and son in law with their paper work) and I was telling him that I was thinking I was just going to co the CR1 route as I am in no rush to live in the US as I do not need a EAD to work as I will be continueing to work in Canada and I still have a residence in Canada. He didn't seem know anything about the CR-1 other than the I-130 is the first step to the K3 and told me I would have to do the K3 and couldn't just file the petition for CR-1.

I think most people want to get into the US as soon as possible thus the K3 route is probably the most common, especially at the smaller POE's where they don't have much experience with immigration.

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At least you didn't get to meet with my creepy guy

creepy poe experience


Married 12-30-05

Started our visa journey Jan 06.

01-06 - I-130, K3 shortly after

04-06 - switched to Canada Immigration

07-06 - Moved to Canada (PR almost complete)

07-06 - Changed again, back to US imm.

09-06 - Landed as Canadian PR

10-06 - DCF Toronto, Approved in 1.5 hrs!

11-06 - Interview Montreal (success!)

I-130

10-05-06 DCF in Toronto - Approved

10-19-06 Packet 3 received & sent back

10-20-06 Montreal receives P3

11-03-06 Packet 4 received

11-06-06 Medical

11-22-06 Interview / Visa approved

11-26-06 heading home, 6 day drive, my oh my

HOME SWEET HOME

10.24.08 - Mailed I-751 to CSC

Delivered at 9:03 AM on October 25, 2008

10.29.08 NOA1

10.30.08 Check cashed

12.06.08 Biometrics Appt.

12.19.08 Received new Drivers License extended to 2011

03.12.09 Received CONGRATULATIONS letter - Card on the way!!

03.20.09 Received his SHINY new card. WOO HOOOOOOO

YAY!! We can take a break from this madness until Citizenship.

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At least you didn't get to meet with my creepy guy

creepy poe experience

Eeeewe!!!! :blink: I'm soooo glad for my little hiccup now -- much better than your pervert!!!! I am going back on Friday and have not decided if I will use my visa or not.


Can the Naturalizatin process be so painless?!!

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customs guys are complete Morons!


A Lily & A Rose...Together Forever !

April 28th INTERVIEW DATE !!!!!!!! APPROVED

June 30th Arrived in my Sweeties Arms !!

August 4th.2005 Our Wedding

Sept. 19th Sent AOS

Sept 28th recieved NOA for AOS

Nov.05/05 recieved Biometrics letter

Nov.17th Biometrics Appt.

Nov. 22nd. AP Approved

Nov. 25th/05 recieved EAD card

Nov.30th. recieved AP Papers in mail

Dec. 08th/05 Recieved Snail mail letter for AOS Interview Feb 15th 7:40 AM.

Feb. 15th. /06 AOS Interview SUCCESS !!!! no more to deal with for another 2 yrs!

Feb. 27th./06 Recieved Greencard in the mail

August 4th/06 Our First Wedding Anniversary !!

Feb. 8th 08 Sent in Packet to remove conditions

Feb 23rd 08 Recieve NOA letter stating they are extending my Greencard for another year.

March 11th 08 biometrics appt.

May 29th 08 recieved email stating Card production ordered

June 7th 2008 10 yr card recieved.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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My lil Alfie boy

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