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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada

Hi everyone. I have a question. My fiancee who lives in Georgia filed the I-129f petition in late September and today we checked the status online and it has been approved. It says:

"On December 2, 2013, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129F PETITION FOR FIANCE(E). Please follow any instructions on the notice."

Since I live in Vancouver close to the border, sometimes I like to go across the border into Washington state just for the day to go shopping. I was planning on going this weekend and I'm wondering if that will be OK now that the I-129f has been approved - will it start any countdown, or put up any red flags or anything? Neither of us have received any notice or anything in the mail yet. Thanks!

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It sounds like your I-129f petition has been approved, but you have not yet been approved and granted a K1 visa. Your one-time entry and countdown do not matter until you've gone through the medical and interview at the embassy and they approve your K1 and you have the visa in hand. Once you DO have the K1 in your passport, it will be for one-time entry into the US and you will then have 90 days to get married.

K1 Visa Process AOS Process

Mar 18 2013: I-129F mailed to CSC Nov 15 2013: I-485 with EAD/AP filed at Chicago Lockbox

Sept 19 2013: Interview - Approved!! Jan 25 2014: EAD/AP Card Received

Oct 6 2013: POE - Chicago O'Hare June 2 2014: Permanent Resident Card Received!

Oct 27 2013: Wedding!

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If you are going for shopping it will be okay. If you are going to see your fiancé, you might want to bring your approved NOA2 to show that you have intent to immigrate later on under the proper procedure. It still depends on the office whether to let you enter or not. Not an expert, just what I think you can do

-I am the Beneficiary-

K1 (I-129F) petition filed in August 2013 (Approved Feb 20th 2014)
13th May 2014: AOS (I-485) & EAD/AP combo card
21st May 2014: NOA 1 and biometric letter
11th June 2014: biometric appointment
13th June 2014: RFE received via mail
16th June 2014: replied to RFE
6th August 2014: EAD Approved, AP still in initial review
12th August 2014: got tracking number for EAD
( ) August 2014: Received EAD (I forgot what date I got them but I did receive them less than 5 days from the 12th)
10th September 2014: Interview Waiver received (I wished I was interviewed)
April 23, 2015, we registered your permanent resident status and mailed you a Welcome Notice
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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada

I, too, live in Vancouver often drive down south for a weekend trip. I've done this at least a couple of times since our petition was approved with no problems whatsoever. Just make sure you bring a copy of your package and your NOA2, as well as a good amount of proof of ties and you should be good to go.

Good luck!

18-Jul-2016: I-751 mailed via USPS
21-Jul-2016: Received at California Lockbox
21-Jul-2016: I-797 Notice of Action
25-Jul-2016: Cheque cashed
DONE with AOS! Journey took 241 days from US entry to the day I received my Green Card. goofy.gif
27-Feb-2014: US Entry
28-Feb-2014: Married
28-Feb-2014: I-485, I-765, I-131 sent via UPS
03-Mar-2014: Applied for SSN
07-Mar-2014: UPS package received by USCIS
11-Mar-2014: Received SSN
11-Mar-2014: NOA1 for AOS, EAD, AP
12-Mar-2014: Cheque cashed
20-Mar-2014: Biometrics appointment (04-Apr) letter received
21-Mar-2014: Successful early walk-in for biometrics
21-Apr-2014: EAD & AP approved (email & text)
24-Apr-2014: Email notice received re: combo card mailed to my address
28-Apr-2014: EAD/AP combo card received
17-Oct-2014: Green card approved
25-Oct-2014: Green card received

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