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Guys I have a question. My wife will have her interview soon for her CR1 visa. I was wondering, can I purchase a round trip plane ticket for her to come to the states instead of a one way, to save money since its much cheaper or will it be a problem when she checks in at the airport. Someone told me that since she will have a American visa coming to America that she will have to show a one way itinerary to avoid immigration problems. Does anyone know if this is true? Thanks in advance.


02/07/2014- I-130 NO1 received

08/08/2014- I-130 NO2 received

08/19/2014- Case shipped to NVC

09/04/2014- Case input in system at NVC

09/10/2014- Case number and IIN number received

09/10/2014- DS-261 filled out

09/17/2014- AOS invoice received

09/17/2014- AOS fee paid

09/18/2014- AOS package shipped via UPS second day air

09/19/2014- IV invoice received

09/21/2014- IV fee paid

09/22/2014- AOS package delivered 9:56 am

09/24/2014- DS-260 filled out

09/24/2014- AOS package scanned in

09/24/2014- IV package sent USPS overnight

09/25/2014- IV package delivered 11:44am

09/26/2014- IV package scanned in

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Guys I have a question. My wife will have her interview soon for her CR1 visa. I was wondering, can I purchase a round trip plane ticket for her to come to the states instead of a one way, to save money since its much cheaper or will it be a problem when she checks in at the airport. Someone told me that since she will have a American visa coming to America that she will have to show a one way itinerary to avoid immigration problems. Does anyone know if this is true? Thanks in advance.

Id like to know too. My husband plans on getting a round trip ticket as well to finish up some things in Egypt and then come back later with a one-way ticket.

It is usually not a problem, but sometimes even if you call to cancel the ticket or just don't show up, you still end up on the flight manifest and it looks as if you've left the country - obviously a bad thing when you're supposed to maintain continuous residence in the US to keep the Green Card.

Personally, I paid the extra so I could be sure I wouldn't be accused of leaving the country when I didn't.

Ultimately, it's up to you.


ROC from CR-1 visa (Green Card expiration date was Nov 24th 2016)

 

Link to the evidence I submitted. Be sure to send evidence spanning your entire marriage (especially for K-1) or as far back as you can. Just one or two bank statements will not cut it. I primarily focused on the two years of living here since I came in on a CR-1. If you don't have the fundamentals (i.e. joint accounts/policies), you can explain why in the covering letter. E.g. "While we do not have joint utilities, we both contribute to them from our joint bank account".

 

September 26th 2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

September 28th 2016: Package delivered
September 30th 2016: Check cashed
October 3rd 2016: NOA1 received with receipt date of 09/28/16
November 3rd 2016: Biometrics received with appointment date of 11/14/16.
November 14th 2016: Attended biometrics appointment
October 30th 2017: Infopass appointment to get I-551 stamp
February 26th 2018: I-751 case number (aka the NOA1 receipt number) becomes trackable
March 14th 2018: Submitted service request due to being outside of processing time.

March 15th 2018: ROC approved. 535 days (1 year, 5 months and 17 days)

March 29th 2018: Card being produced

April 4th 2018: Card mailed out

April 6th 2018: Card in hand. Has incorrect "resident since" date. Submitted service request on I-751 case (typographical error on permanent resident card) and an I-90 online.

April 2018 - August 7th 2018: Tons of service requests, emails and now senator involvement to get my corrected green card back because what the heck, USCIS. Also some time in May I sent a letter to Potomac telling them I want to withdraw my I-90 since CSC were handling it.

August 8th 2018: Card in production thanks to the direct involvement of Senator Sherrod Brown's team

August 13th 2018: Card mailed

August 15th 2018: Card in hand with correct date. :joy:

October 31st 2018: Potomac sends out a notice stating they have closed out my I-90 per my request. Yay for no duplicate card drama.

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As long as you fly the first segment of your fligh its not a problem.

Make a no show for those flights you dont want to use. Just keep in mind, that all flights after the no show get canceled.

You dont need to call them or reebook. You also dong get any problems for future flights

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I figured it shouldn't be a problem. Just wanted to verify before ordering tickets though.


02/07/2014- I-130 NO1 received

08/08/2014- I-130 NO2 received

08/19/2014- Case shipped to NVC

09/04/2014- Case input in system at NVC

09/10/2014- Case number and IIN number received

09/10/2014- DS-261 filled out

09/17/2014- AOS invoice received

09/17/2014- AOS fee paid

09/18/2014- AOS package shipped via UPS second day air

09/19/2014- IV invoice received

09/21/2014- IV fee paid

09/22/2014- AOS package delivered 9:56 am

09/24/2014- DS-260 filled out

09/24/2014- AOS package scanned in

09/24/2014- IV package sent USPS overnight

09/25/2014- IV package delivered 11:44am

09/26/2014- IV package scanned in

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Progress Reports to General Immigration-Related Discussion.

Our journey:

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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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It is usually not a problem, but sometimes even if you call to cancel the ticket or just don't show up, you still end up on the flight manifest and it looks as if you've left the country - obviously a bad thing when you're supposed to maintain continuous residence in the US to keep the Green Card.

Personally, I paid the extra so I could be sure I wouldn't be accused of leaving the country when I didn't.

Ultimately, it's up to you.

Would be an incredibly sloppy airline that has a non-boarded much less non-checked-in passenger on manifest. I would think such an airline did not meet US security requirements to be allowed to land/take off at US POEs. So I wouldn't worry about that.

However from my understanding CBP do have sight of the passenger info and can see if you enter on a return ticket. We did that, left again to finalize stuff, then came back on a one-way. My experience and others I have spoken to indicate it is not the first entry that is the issue but the subsequent ones if you do leave and return, as they try to gauge where your actual residence is.

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Would be an incredibly sloppy airline that has a non-boarded much less non-checked-in passenger on manifest. I would think such an airline did not meet US security requirements to be allowed to land/take off at US POEs. So I wouldn't worry about that.

However from my understanding CBP do have sight of the passenger info and can see if you enter on a return ticket. We did that, left again to finalize stuff, then came back on a one-way. My experience and others I have spoken to indicate it is not the first entry that is the issue but the subsequent ones if you do leave and return, as they try to gauge where your actual residence is.

I've found threads on this website where people have mistakenly appeared on the flight manifest:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/387716-aos-denial-uscis-said-i-left-the-country-but-i-did-not/

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/509209-about-to-file-aos-but-i-94-shows-incorrect-travel-history-will-this-create-problems/

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/507243-i-94-incorrect-travel-history/

Granted it could be a data entry issue at the CBP, but they get this data from flight manifests to begin with since the introduction of paperless I-94s.


ROC from CR-1 visa (Green Card expiration date was Nov 24th 2016)

 

Link to the evidence I submitted. Be sure to send evidence spanning your entire marriage (especially for K-1) or as far back as you can. Just one or two bank statements will not cut it. I primarily focused on the two years of living here since I came in on a CR-1. If you don't have the fundamentals (i.e. joint accounts/policies), you can explain why in the covering letter. E.g. "While we do not have joint utilities, we both contribute to them from our joint bank account".

 

September 26th 2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

September 28th 2016: Package delivered
September 30th 2016: Check cashed
October 3rd 2016: NOA1 received with receipt date of 09/28/16
November 3rd 2016: Biometrics received with appointment date of 11/14/16.
November 14th 2016: Attended biometrics appointment
October 30th 2017: Infopass appointment to get I-551 stamp
February 26th 2018: I-751 case number (aka the NOA1 receipt number) becomes trackable
March 14th 2018: Submitted service request due to being outside of processing time.

March 15th 2018: ROC approved. 535 days (1 year, 5 months and 17 days)

March 29th 2018: Card being produced

April 4th 2018: Card mailed out

April 6th 2018: Card in hand. Has incorrect "resident since" date. Submitted service request on I-751 case (typographical error on permanent resident card) and an I-90 online.

April 2018 - August 7th 2018: Tons of service requests, emails and now senator involvement to get my corrected green card back because what the heck, USCIS. Also some time in May I sent a letter to Potomac telling them I want to withdraw my I-90 since CSC were handling it.

August 8th 2018: Card in production thanks to the direct involvement of Senator Sherrod Brown's team

August 13th 2018: Card mailed

August 15th 2018: Card in hand with correct date. :joy:

October 31st 2018: Potomac sends out a notice stating they have closed out my I-90 per my request. Yay for no duplicate card drama.

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