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Filed: Country: Mexico
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My spouse's interview for the IR-1/CR-1 visa will be 3 weeks from today in Ciudad Juarez. He currently holds a tourist visa for the U.S. and has successfully crossed many times into El Paso, Texas prior to starting this immigration process. We are wondering 2 things:

Has anyone crossed into El Paso a day or two BEFORE their interview in Juarez and had any problems? I am referring to the Mexican citizen crossing over, not the U.S. citizen spouse. (I will be with him but of course I won't have any issues)

Also, if we decide to cross into El Paso to do some shopping AFTER the interview (the day of interview or the day after), will we be allowed to cross over the border with his Mexican car, as long as we are only going to be there for a day or so doing some shopping?

Sorry in advance if I didn't post this in the correct forum. :)


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12/01/2014: Medical and biometrics appointments

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As far as i understand, before,not a problem with his tourist visa, but after I don't think he would be able... they cancelled my visa as soon as my interview start and I receive my passport and K1 visa a week after with my whole packet... so before,not a problem, after, don't think he would be able, plus they keep the passport


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Filed: Country: Mexico
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As far as i understand, before,not a problem with his tourist visa, but after I don't think he would be able... they cancelled my visa as soon as my interview start and I receive my passport and K1 visa a week after with my whole packet... so before,not a problem, after, don't think he would be able, plus they keep the passport

Thanks, Carla. Is there anyone else who has personally experienced this recently?


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9/23/2013: Sent I-130 petition to Chicago Lockbox through UPS
9/25/2013: I-130 delivered by UPS (Priority Date)

9/26/2013: NOA1

3/04/2014: Transferred to NSC

4/17/2014: NOA2

4/23/2014: Case shipped to NVC

NVC

5/05/2014: Case arrived at NVC

5/29/2014: Case number and IIN received

6/06/2014: DS-261 available and completed

6/09/2014: AOS fee invoiced and paid

6/10/2014: AOS fee shows as "paid"

6/16/2014: Date NVC is going by for DS-261 because I "re-opened" it

6/24/2014: AOS package sent

7/02/2014: AOS package scanned in

8/14/2014: AOS package approved (false checklist email for DS-261)
8/19/2014: DS-261 accepted

8/21/2014: IV fee invoiced and paid

8/22/2014: DS-260 available

8/25/2014: DS-260 submitted

8/25/2014: IV package sent

8/28/2014: IV package scanned

10/23/2014: CASE COMPLETE

CONSULATE
11/03/2014: Interview scheduled

12/01/2014: Medical and biometrics appointments

12/02/2014: Interview
12/02/2014: APPROVED!!!

I-751

11/21/2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

11/28/2016: NOA I-797

12/02/2016: Biometrics appointment issued

12/22/2016: Biometrics appointment

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Mexico, Latin & South American regional forum; topic is about border crossings between Mexico and the US and not about the visa process itself.


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September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
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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!!!
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September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

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

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Filed: Country: Mexico
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USCIS

9/23/2013: Sent I-130 petition to Chicago Lockbox through UPS
9/25/2013: I-130 delivered by UPS (Priority Date)

9/26/2013: NOA1

3/04/2014: Transferred to NSC

4/17/2014: NOA2

4/23/2014: Case shipped to NVC

NVC

5/05/2014: Case arrived at NVC

5/29/2014: Case number and IIN received

6/06/2014: DS-261 available and completed

6/09/2014: AOS fee invoiced and paid

6/10/2014: AOS fee shows as "paid"

6/16/2014: Date NVC is going by for DS-261 because I "re-opened" it

6/24/2014: AOS package sent

7/02/2014: AOS package scanned in

8/14/2014: AOS package approved (false checklist email for DS-261)
8/19/2014: DS-261 accepted

8/21/2014: IV fee invoiced and paid

8/22/2014: DS-260 available

8/25/2014: DS-260 submitted

8/25/2014: IV package sent

8/28/2014: IV package scanned

10/23/2014: CASE COMPLETE

CONSULATE
11/03/2014: Interview scheduled

12/01/2014: Medical and biometrics appointments

12/02/2014: Interview
12/02/2014: APPROVED!!!

I-751

11/21/2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

11/28/2016: NOA I-797

12/02/2016: Biometrics appointment issued

12/22/2016: Biometrics appointment

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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Well, here's the thing.

The passport is taken, at the interview,

and returned later - 5 to 25 days later, with a new visa foil (the CR-1/IR-1) in it

and the tourist visa is invalidated.

Can he cross the border without his passport? yes? no ?


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Filed: Country: Mexico
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Well, here's the thing.

The passport is taken, at the interview,

and returned later - 5 to 25 days later, with a new visa foil (the CR-1/IR-1) in it

and the tourist visa is invalidated.

Can he cross the border without his passport? yes? no ?

Oh, I was under the impression that he would be given a temporary visa or something of the sort at the interview until the actual green card arrives in the mail. Is that totally wrong?


USCIS

9/23/2013: Sent I-130 petition to Chicago Lockbox through UPS
9/25/2013: I-130 delivered by UPS (Priority Date)

9/26/2013: NOA1

3/04/2014: Transferred to NSC

4/17/2014: NOA2

4/23/2014: Case shipped to NVC

NVC

5/05/2014: Case arrived at NVC

5/29/2014: Case number and IIN received

6/06/2014: DS-261 available and completed

6/09/2014: AOS fee invoiced and paid

6/10/2014: AOS fee shows as "paid"

6/16/2014: Date NVC is going by for DS-261 because I "re-opened" it

6/24/2014: AOS package sent

7/02/2014: AOS package scanned in

8/14/2014: AOS package approved (false checklist email for DS-261)
8/19/2014: DS-261 accepted

8/21/2014: IV fee invoiced and paid

8/22/2014: DS-260 available

8/25/2014: DS-260 submitted

8/25/2014: IV package sent

8/28/2014: IV package scanned

10/23/2014: CASE COMPLETE

CONSULATE
11/03/2014: Interview scheduled

12/01/2014: Medical and biometrics appointments

12/02/2014: Interview
12/02/2014: APPROVED!!!

I-751

11/21/2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

11/28/2016: NOA I-797

12/02/2016: Biometrics appointment issued

12/22/2016: Biometrics appointment

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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the visa foil is glued into the passport, a visa packet is generated, and is sent back to his address (via DHL)

This takes time, 5 to 25 days. Once he has the passport in his hand,

then he can cross the border with passport with visa foil (CR-1? IR-1?) inside the passport,

but the tourist visa, inside the passport, is invalidated at the IV Unit. They might even do it in front of his face, live and in person, at the interview counter.

This visa, after a POE into the USA, acts as a 1 year temp green card, an I-551 document, but it's glued inside the passport.

I've not read about what you've described. Not to say it doesn't exist, but I've not read of it.

Edited by Darnell

Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

-=-=-=-=-=R E A D ! ! !=-=-=-=-=-

Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

 

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Filed: Country: Mexico
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the visa foil is glued into the passport, a visa packet is generated, and is sent back to his address (via DHL)

This takes time, 5 to 25 days. Once he has the passport in his hand,

then he can cross the border with passport with visa foil (CR-1? IR-1?) inside the passport,

but the tourist visa, inside the passport, is invalidated at the IV Unit. They might even do it in front of his face, live and in person, at the interview counter.

This visa, after a POE into the USA, acts as a 1 year temp green card, an I-551 document, but it's glued inside the passport.

I've not read about what you've described. Not to say it doesn't exist, but I've not read of it.

Ok, so the visa foil that is glued into the passport and then sent by DHL to his address is the temporary green card for one year? When does he receive the permanent green card that is valid for more than the 1 year?


USCIS

9/23/2013: Sent I-130 petition to Chicago Lockbox through UPS
9/25/2013: I-130 delivered by UPS (Priority Date)

9/26/2013: NOA1

3/04/2014: Transferred to NSC

4/17/2014: NOA2

4/23/2014: Case shipped to NVC

NVC

5/05/2014: Case arrived at NVC

5/29/2014: Case number and IIN received

6/06/2014: DS-261 available and completed

6/09/2014: AOS fee invoiced and paid

6/10/2014: AOS fee shows as "paid"

6/16/2014: Date NVC is going by for DS-261 because I "re-opened" it

6/24/2014: AOS package sent

7/02/2014: AOS package scanned in

8/14/2014: AOS package approved (false checklist email for DS-261)
8/19/2014: DS-261 accepted

8/21/2014: IV fee invoiced and paid

8/22/2014: DS-260 available

8/25/2014: DS-260 submitted

8/25/2014: IV package sent

8/28/2014: IV package scanned

10/23/2014: CASE COMPLETE

CONSULATE
11/03/2014: Interview scheduled

12/01/2014: Medical and biometrics appointments

12/02/2014: Interview
12/02/2014: APPROVED!!!

I-751

11/21/2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

11/28/2016: NOA I-797

12/02/2016: Biometrics appointment issued

12/22/2016: Biometrics appointment

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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sometime after his POE date, it's hard to forecast.

you paying an ELIS fee?

Edited by Darnell

Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

-=-=-=-=-=R E A D ! ! !=-=-=-=-=-

Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

 

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Filed: Country: Mexico
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sometime after his POE date, it's hard to forecast.

you paying an ELIS fee?

I'm not even sure what that is.


USCIS

9/23/2013: Sent I-130 petition to Chicago Lockbox through UPS
9/25/2013: I-130 delivered by UPS (Priority Date)

9/26/2013: NOA1

3/04/2014: Transferred to NSC

4/17/2014: NOA2

4/23/2014: Case shipped to NVC

NVC

5/05/2014: Case arrived at NVC

5/29/2014: Case number and IIN received

6/06/2014: DS-261 available and completed

6/09/2014: AOS fee invoiced and paid

6/10/2014: AOS fee shows as "paid"

6/16/2014: Date NVC is going by for DS-261 because I "re-opened" it

6/24/2014: AOS package sent

7/02/2014: AOS package scanned in

8/14/2014: AOS package approved (false checklist email for DS-261)
8/19/2014: DS-261 accepted

8/21/2014: IV fee invoiced and paid

8/22/2014: DS-260 available

8/25/2014: DS-260 submitted

8/25/2014: IV package sent

8/28/2014: IV package scanned

10/23/2014: CASE COMPLETE

CONSULATE
11/03/2014: Interview scheduled

12/01/2014: Medical and biometrics appointments

12/02/2014: Interview
12/02/2014: APPROVED!!!

I-751

11/21/2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

11/28/2016: NOA I-797

12/02/2016: Biometrics appointment issued

12/22/2016: Biometrics appointment

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