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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Hi everyone,

This is my first time posting, but Visa Journey has been an AMAZING resource during this very long and frustrating process.

Here is the shortened version of our long process: I am a Canadian and my husband (USC and a USN veteran) got married in November 2012. Filed the I-130 for the CR-1 in April 2013. We have not had any major complications with the process except for the fact that it is taking ridiculously long (18 months and counting...). We are now in the last stages, where I am waiting the 60 days for the NVC to review my case, and then wait for my interview date. Thankfully, since I live in Canada, and to the kindness of the border agents at every POE I have crossed, I have been able to visit my husband for extended periods of time, with very few questions asked at the border. The first visit was 4 months, the next visit was 2 months, the next visit was 5 months, and the final visit was 2 months, all between June 2013 - August 2014. Canadians do not require a visa to visit the US, and are granted 6 months of consecutive stay, and I have never overstayed that time limit. During the time, I was taking an online course for certification to become a health and nutrition coach, which can be done from anywhere since it is online based, so I indicated I was a student. This last attempt in September 2014, was not successful, as the border agents have now sniffed me out and denied me entry until I get my immigrant visa, which is extremely frustrating.

My question now is, will my numerous visits be an issue at my interview? I told the truth on my application, and indicated the dates and time of my last five visits into the USA, which are exactly as i stated above. Has anyone else who has been able to visit their spouse for extended periods of time and who has gone through the interview, had questions concerning their visits to the US and has had any issues with the visa officer? I realize that it doesn't look great that I have spent so much time in the US during the process, but we have been honest the whole time, and never had the intent of me overstaying or moving before I had my legal papers. (I mean really, if I had intent, I would have done it by now and not paid the thousands of dollars in application fees, not to mention plane tickets!)

Any feedback on the issue would be hugely appreciated! :)

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Post split into separate thread as poster is asking a question about an immigrant visa interview.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Filed: Country: Canada
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I am not sure how this will affect you , some one who went through this will be able to say something . For me I travel every 2 month but however I only spend like 4 days and back and never did anything like study .

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multiple visits do not affect you. being denied entry will not affect you (but you must mention it on the DS-260 or at interview if asked.)

In reality as long as you didn't overstay your 180 days at a time or any stamped date on your passport, you should be right as rain.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Like a lot of snowbirds I had a second home in the warm south and commuted back and forth so often that I didn't have any idea of all the dates, other than the fact I knew it was never over a few months total a year. It wasn't an issue and wasn't even asked about at the interview.

Caro


Caro

...........
2010-07-07 visit to my 2nd home in Phoenix, US
2010-07-24 got married!
2010-09-17 filed AOS
2010-09-23 NOA
2010-10-19 BIO
2010-12-14 Interview Phoenix, AZ
2010-12-15 Approval notice received
2010-12-24 Green Cards received for me & son
............
2012-09-15 I-751 sent
2012-09-25 I-797, NOA received
2013-01-16 BIO

2013-06-13 Approval notice received

2013-06-27 10yr Green Cards received for me & son

............

2013-09-27 N-400 Naturalization application sent

2013-10-03 Priority Date

2013-10-07 N-400, NOA received

2013-10-11 I-797C, NOA received

2013-10-25 BIO (notice bio done last 10 months ago)

2013-11-14 In line

2013-12-13 online status changed to "Scheduled for Interview"

2013-12-18 letter for interview

2014-01-21 Interview date that I had to request change due to travel

2014-02-18 Interview in Phoenix

2014-02-22 Naturalization Oath Ceremony - I am officially a dual citizen Canadian/American

...........

2015-11-04 N-400 Naturalization application sent for SON aged 20

2015-11-09 N-400, NOA rec'd for son

2015-11-20 I-797C, NOA rec'd for son

2015-12-02 BIO for son

2015-12-04 In line

2016-01-29 online status changed to "Scheduled for Interview" for son

2016-02-03 letter for interview for son

2016-03-07 Interview in Phoenix for son

2016-03-25 Naturalization Oath Ceremony for my son - he is officially a dual citizen Canadian/American

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