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Withdrawing I-130 and travelling to the USA

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Due to changing circumstances my wife and I would prefer to live in Canada instead of the USA. We applied for a green card for myself about 8 months and are still waiting for approval of the I-130. We are considering withdrawing it and then having my wife apply to be a Canadian permanent resident.

How would this effect me travelling to the USA? I have lots of family down there, as does she and we will want to go down and visit them regularly. Will this raise any red flags at the border when we cross?

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Personally, I don't think it will - you chose to withdraw; you weren't denied a visa for any reason.

Just make sure you take some evidence that you plan to return home when you cross the border. For example you could show a return ticket if you're not driving, property lease agreements, recent pay stubs from your employer, etc to prove you have permanent ties in Canada. They may not even ask you, but it's good to be prepared just in case.

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Filed: Country: Moldova
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You might also consider just letting the I130 get approved and sent to NVC. You can delay submitting the stuff they need so that the file just sits. I think they automatically close the case after 1 year. By waiting to submit the AOS and Payment I think you could let it stall there for a couple years. That way if you decide you want to go to the US the process is already halfway done.

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We changed our mind twice! I just stopped responding and then they sent me a letter telling me I had within a year to respond etc. They sent a final letter after a year telling me the application had basically ended and that I would have to submit a new application if I wanted to move to the US. In both times I never had to show anything at border crossings (probably cause my car and house were in Canada). People change their minds.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Progress Reports to General Immigration-Related Discussion.


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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
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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
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February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
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April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
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May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
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September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
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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
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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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