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I'm back with another question :)

My husbands IR1 visa was approved and received last week. (YAY!!!) And it expires Oct 11th. We live on Vancouver Island and therefore it is a pricey endeavor for us to go down to the US involving a ferry ride that costs $160 round trip. We obviously would rather pay for the ferry than lose the visa, but my husbands work has just asked him to travel to Spokane, WA for a work trip next weekend. They would fly him there via Seattle, WA and he would be in the US for 2 days to do maintenance on a Canadian registered airplane before flying back.

Any guesses if it will be a problem to activate his visa on this trip even though it is obviously not his official move to the US?

We are planning to make our official move by the end of November, but we have a small child and the visa was only approved 3 weeks before it expires(because of medical), so should they be a bit more lenient on letting him activate it without actually moving?

Thanks for the help!

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It shouldn't be a problem.

Not sure if it will have any impact on moving your belongings to the US later. Other members will be able to comment on that aspect.


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I'm back with another question :)

My husbands IR1 visa was approved and received last week. (YAY!!!) And it expires Oct 11th. We live on Vancouver Island and therefore it is a pricey endeavor for us to go down to the US involving a ferry ride that costs $160 round trip. We obviously would rather pay for the ferry than lose the visa, but my husbands work has just asked him to travel to Spokane, WA for a work trip next weekend. They would fly him there via Seattle, WA and he would be in the US for 2 days to do maintenance on a Canadian registered airplane before flying back.

Any guesses if it will be a problem to activate his visa on this trip even though it is obviously not his official move to the US?

We are planning to make our official move by the end of November, but we have a small child and the visa was only approved 3 weeks before it expires(because of medical), so should they be a bit more lenient on letting him activate it without actually moving?

Thanks for the help!

Since it is a IR-1, he can enter and leave when he wants. There are many that Go to Poe to get it activated (endorsed) and turn right around that day back into Canada---as it gets the paperwork rolling. So he should be fine. One has up to TEN yrs to bring ur personal belongings down

Edited by Flames9_RN

Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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It shouldn't be a problem. Do you have a place to live in the US lined up already? They are going to need an address to send your husband's green card.

When he uses the visa he will get a stamp in his passport that acts like a green a card and is good for up to a year.


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Thanks everyone! I looked up about how long you have to bring belongings across and as someone else mentioned from the cbp website it says 10 years, so I'm not so worried about that.

We do have an address lined up in the US, we will be living with my parents once we move, so USCIS/NVC has that address on file to mail his green card to. I'll make sure that he has it written down though in case they ask for it.

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Since it is a IR-1, he can enter and leave when he wants. There are many that Go to Poe to get it activated (endorsed) and turn right around that day back into Canada---as it gets the paperwork rolling. So he should be fine. One has up to TEN yrs to bring ur personal belongings down

If you can't get all your treasures moved in 10 years you're definitely a candidate for some sort of reality TV show. headbonk.gif


I-864 Affidavit of Support FAQ -->> https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process/documents/support/i-864-frequently-asked-questions.html

FOREIGN INCOME REPORTING & TAX FILING -->> https://www.irs.gov/publications/p54/ch01.html#en_US_2015_publink100047318

CALL THIS NUMBER TO ORDER IRS TAX TRANSCRIPTS >> 800-908-9946

PLEASE READ THE GUIDES -->> Link to Visa Journey Guides

MULTI ENTRY SPOUSE VISA TO VN -->>Link to Visa Exemption for Vietnamese Residents Overseas & Their Spouses

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