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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I am a Canadian Citizen and my husband is American. I hopefully will be receiving my permanent residence in the US by summer and I am due in September. Right now I am living in Canada while I wait for our papers to be accepted and completed. If I have my baby in Canada, will that still allow me to move to the States with my baby? My baby will then be Canadian... so will I have to fill out more paperwork for the baby? If I have my baby in the US.. is there anyway to get dual citizenship for my baby and how does that work? Any input would be great. I don't quite understand the whole immigration process.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Poland
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If you have the baby in Canada, she/he still will be US citizen since the father is US citizen. You fill for Consular Report of Birth Abroad and get US passport for the baby. As for the Canadian citizenship if born in US - no clue.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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More to think about:

Based on your submit date, you should have your visa before your due date

Do you have insurance in the US?

If not, can you wait to cross until after the baby is born?

Keep in mind you'll also have to wait to possibly recover and I'm not SURE if you have to wait for the registered birth abroad to be completed.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Nigeria
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More to think about:

Based on your submit date, you should have your visa before your due date

Do you have insurance in the US?

If not, can you wait to cross until after the baby is born?

Keep in mind you'll also have to wait to possibly recover and I'm not SURE if you have to wait for the registered birth abroad to be completed.

:thumbs: was thinking along the same line of health insurance even though your baby will have both citizenship. How good is your husband's health coverage in the US and does it mke provision for his family?


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I am a Canadian Citizen and my husband is American. I hopefully will be receiving my permanent residence in the US by summer and I am due in September. Right now I am living in Canada while I wait for our papers to be accepted and completed. If I have my baby in Canada, will that still allow me to move to the States with my baby? My baby will then be Canadian... so will I have to fill out more paperwork for the baby? If I have my baby in the US.. is there anyway to get dual citizenship for my baby and how does that work? Any input would be great. I don't quite understand the whole immigration process.

Hi! I can definitely help with that :). For us it's the opposite ;)! I am the American and my husband is the Canadian. Considering the differences in health care, I would personally recommend you do have the baby in Canada. Once the baby is born, all your husband has to do is order a copy of your child's birth certificate at a registry office after he/she is born. hen go to the nearest U.S. consulate with his own proof of citizenship (your husband's birth certificate and passport, for example), and report your son/daughter as a American citizen born abroad :). Once approved, you'll also want to get a passport, since you'll need that to get into the States, since 2009 they make it nearly impossible to cross the border otherwise. Or that is what I hear!


Our History - 5 years of marriage, known each other for 8 years (and counting!)
06/15/2006 - Met my husband online
05/06/2007 - Met in person for the first time in San Francisco, CA
11/04/2007 - Met in person again for two weeks in San Francisco, CA
12/15/2007 - Decide to be friends, due to distance
06/01/2009 - Entered Canada with my husband, intending to return to the US (started living together)
06/09/2009 - My husband and I fall in love
09/20/2009 - Married in Calgary, AB, Canada
06/09/2010 - 1st Anniversary
06/09/2011 - 2nd Anniversary
12/18/2011 - Expecting our first child
06/09/2012 - 3rd Anniversary
08/31/2012 - Our son is born in St. Albert, AB, Canada

06/09/2013 - 4th Anniversary

06/09/2014 - 5th Anniversary

USCIS - 36 days
12/10/2012 - Mailed I-130
01/01/2013 - Received NOA1 email
01/11/2013 - Received NOA1 letter in mail
02/05/2013 - NOA2 (Approved) but update is not reflected anywhere
02/19/2013 - Received NOA2 letter in mail


NVC
03/06/2013 - AOS fee invoice received
04/18/2013 - AOS fee paid
04/21/2013 - AOS paperwork mailed

01/06/2014 - Supporting documents requested

06/24/2014 - Mailed supporting documents

07/03/2014 - Email verifying documents were received

07/10/2014 - Received interview date

08/11/2014 - Scheduled medical

08/15/2014 - Scheduled interview date (APPROVED!)

08/18/2014 - Visa status changes to ISSUED on CEAC website

08/19/2014 - Waybill # for Loomis arrives in e-mail

08/20/2014 - Visa/Passport ready for pick up early morning

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Hi! I can definitely help with that :). For us it's the opposite ;)! I am the American and my husband is the Canadian. Considering the differences in health care, I would personally recommend you do have the baby in Canada. Once the baby is born, all your husband has to do is order a copy of your child's birth certificate at a registry office after he/she is born. hen go to the nearest U.S. consulate with his own proof of citizenship (your husband's birth certificate and passport, for example), and report your son/daughter as a American citizen born abroad :). Once approved, you'll also want to get a passport, since you'll need that to get into the States, since 2009 they make it nearly impossible to cross the border otherwise. Or that is what I hear!

A newborn should have no issues passing in sans passport, but the birth certificate will be required then.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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A newborn should have no issues passing in sans passport, but the birth certificate will be required then.

Sorry I meant to clarify if they were driving and not flying*


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Ok so we don't have any health insurance in the states, but the state that we will be living in has a really good Medical assistance program that we would qualify for. It cover prenatal, delivery, and the child up to 2 years old. As a permanent resident would I be able to apply for that or is that considered help from the government? I know I can't go on welfare, but is this considered the same type of assistance?

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Congrats! I agree to have the baby in Canada. It's very expensive to have a baby in the USA and with our healthcare, even if you pay provincial premiums, it's essentially free. You're covered if you need a c-section or the baby needs nicu too. That doesn't mean you can't move some stuff down or set up the baby's room if you POE in June or July. Just be back by Aug unless you're driving because most airlines won't let a woman in her last month travel. No matter how you work it, your baby will have dual citizenship. :) I would think it would be a relief by then too to have the same doctor or midwife for your whole pregnancy. I would have hated to change doctors in my last month. As it was I needed a c-section and had a different Dr for that.


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Sorry I meant to clarify if they were driving and not flying*

Really??? How long does that apply for? My son should still be under a year by the time we move, and we will be driving. If we didn't have to get a passport that would save a bunch of time (and we do already have a certified birth certificate).


Our History - 5 years of marriage, known each other for 8 years (and counting!)
06/15/2006 - Met my husband online
05/06/2007 - Met in person for the first time in San Francisco, CA
11/04/2007 - Met in person again for two weeks in San Francisco, CA
12/15/2007 - Decide to be friends, due to distance
06/01/2009 - Entered Canada with my husband, intending to return to the US (started living together)
06/09/2009 - My husband and I fall in love
09/20/2009 - Married in Calgary, AB, Canada
06/09/2010 - 1st Anniversary
06/09/2011 - 2nd Anniversary
12/18/2011 - Expecting our first child
06/09/2012 - 3rd Anniversary
08/31/2012 - Our son is born in St. Albert, AB, Canada

06/09/2013 - 4th Anniversary

06/09/2014 - 5th Anniversary

USCIS - 36 days
12/10/2012 - Mailed I-130
01/01/2013 - Received NOA1 email
01/11/2013 - Received NOA1 letter in mail
02/05/2013 - NOA2 (Approved) but update is not reflected anywhere
02/19/2013 - Received NOA2 letter in mail


NVC
03/06/2013 - AOS fee invoice received
04/18/2013 - AOS fee paid
04/21/2013 - AOS paperwork mailed

01/06/2014 - Supporting documents requested

06/24/2014 - Mailed supporting documents

07/03/2014 - Email verifying documents were received

07/10/2014 - Received interview date

08/11/2014 - Scheduled medical

08/15/2014 - Scheduled interview date (APPROVED!)

08/18/2014 - Visa status changes to ISSUED on CEAC website

08/19/2014 - Waybill # for Loomis arrives in e-mail

08/20/2014 - Visa/Passport ready for pick up early morning

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Details here:

Traveling to Canada, Mexico and Bermuda by Land/Sea

U.S., Canadian, and Bermudian Citizens

  • Ages 19 and older: a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, along with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate
  • Children ages 18 and younger: proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.
  • Passports and trusted traveler program cards - NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST - will continue to be accepted for cross-border travel.

Source: http://www.dhs.gov/western-hemisphere-travel-initiative-basics

Edited by Boston~Montreal

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Congrats! I agree to have the baby in Canada. It's very expensive to have a baby in the USA and with our healthcare, even if you pay provincial premiums, it's essentially free. You're covered if you need a c-section or the baby needs nicu too. That doesn't mean you can't move some stuff down or set up the baby's room if you POE in June or July. Just be back by Aug unless you're driving because most airlines won't let a woman in her last month travel. No matter how you work it, your baby will have dual citizenship. :) I would think it would be a relief by then too to have the same doctor or midwife for your whole pregnancy. I would have hated to change doctors in my last month. As it was I needed a c-section and had a different Dr for that.

Yeah, I wanted to suggest moving and coming back but I didn't know if the Canadians would find that illegal =X

wham bam thank ya, ma'am.

Or sir...


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Congrats! I agree to have the baby in Canada. It's very expensive to have a baby in the USA and with our healthcare, even if you pay provincial premiums, it's essentially free. You're covered if you need a c-section or the baby needs nicu too. That doesn't mean you can't move some stuff down or set up the baby's room if you POE in June or July. Just be back by Aug unless you're driving because most airlines won't let a woman in her last month travel. No matter how you work it, your baby will have dual citizenship. :) I would think it would be a relief by then too to have the same doctor or midwife for your whole pregnancy. I would have hated to change doctors in my last month. As it was I needed a c-section and had a different Dr for that.

We lose our healthcare as soon as we become permanent residents of another country don't we? I don't think you could POE and then come back to have the baby. If it were me. I would NOT move until after baby was born in Canada with a healthcare system that I already know and understand. No surprises, no additional fees. If God-forbid baby needed anything extra beyond "normal" care then that would all be taken care of. Not that the U.S. doesn't have great healthcare available but we know it is VERY different. And with a program that you "qualify" for... I'm sorry... but what type of program is it exactly? It is just my opinion, but I would take advantage of being able to have the baby in Canada before making my move.


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2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


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2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
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