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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada

Hi fellow Canadians!

I have a specific question. Did anyone filled a K1 visa and went to the US for a couple of months before the official moving?

We have filed our K1 in June thinking i'd be good to move by January. With the actual delays of TSC we are starting to doubt it will be possible for me to move in January like planned. The problem is that I need to leave my place before January 26th as the condo is sold. What are my options? Putting my stuff in storage and go to the State like I usually do on weekend (we are 3h away) and come back for interview when my turn will come? (Is that legal?) Find a place to live in Canada while this never ending process happens? other?

thank you for your help

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

Yes, you can put your stuff in storage... and go get it once you have the visa in hand. I would not recommend trying to take much with you across the border right now. As Canadians, we generally are allowed to visit for up to 180 days.. so you can of course go for a visit before the process is finalized. Just remember that you need to prove that you are in fact just visiting.. and not waiting out the immigration process in the US.. because that is legally not allowed. Don't you have any friends or relatives in Canada where you could couch surf for a few weeks/months until you can move?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada

Well it's legal to visit the states 6 months at a time, right? So long as you are not "MOVING" and you do keep your things in storage ... I don't see why that would be a problem... Proving ties to your "home country" might be hard though if you don't have an address/if you aren't working. But this all depends on the border guard and whether he's having a good day or not :/ but that's the risk you would take, and if they denied you crossing the border that day, you have to have somewhere to go...? But theoretically you aren't moving any of your things ... tough call :/

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05/03/2014 I-129F Sent
05/09/2014 NOA1

05/12/2014 Alien Registration Number Changed

09/17/2014 NOA2 (OMG!!!!) 

09/23/2014 Case forwarded to NVC
10/01/2014 NVC Received

10/06/2014 NVC forwarded case to Montreal Consulate 

10/07/2014 Montreal Consulate Received

10/08/2014 Sent Packet 3

10/09/2014 Received Packet 4

10/22/2014 Medical Appointment

11/12/2014 Interview  APPROVED 

11/24/2014 Visa in Hand!!!!

12/28/2014 POE - Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls
01/12/2015 Applied for SSN

01/31/2015 The day I married my best friend 


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03/14/2015 Sent AOS Package

03/23/2015 Email confirmation, case accepted & routed to USCIS
04/15/2015 Biometrics taken
06/03/2015 75 days since receipt date on my EAD application, called USCIS for a service request  

06/09/2015 NOA2 for AP & EAD ^.^ (arrived in the mail on June 15th!!! finally!!!!)
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06/22/2015 Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case
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06/26/2017 Sent ROC Package

06/30/2017 NOA / 1 year extension 
08/04/2017 Biometrics taken

04/09/2018 Case was received at my local office


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada

Border crossing is generally really easy because I have a nexus card so it's basically where are you going? not how long or what is the purpose.

I have all my family here so I wouldnt be homeless if i'm denied!

I'm still hoping for the NOA2 approval to come anytime soon (reach the 5months mark tomorrow) and the Montréal consulate ride to be a smooth one.

I will technically have an adress in Canada I can provide for crossing the border (i'll have all my mail forward at my mom's and I still have a lease on my car until April so I guess i'll be ok)

Thank you!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

You can not "move" to the USA..tell that to the POE officer, good chance you will be turned back.....use the word "visiting"...........

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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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada

If you start showing up at the border for visits with any level of belongings that make it look like you're 'moving' be forewarned of course. I'm sure you'll be fine.

I would never use the word move! I have cross the border more than 60 times in the past 15 months I know what to say or not say ;)
I just wanted to know the real deal here on the forum! Thanks :)

Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)


02/22/11 - Filed

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03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA


Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter


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Yes, I did exactly that. Had given up my place and was tired of living in motels, so put my stuff in storage and went to the US. Was there for 3 months when the NOA2 came through, and then went back to Canada for the interview.

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Just remember it may take XX number of days (anywhere from 1 to an unknown amount, like months) to get the visa back after the interview. Make sure you have a place to stay etc, after the interview because your passport will not be with you for a bit.

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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