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Hi Canucks,

I have a somewhat tricky situation that I'd like some input/help:

I am an US citizen residing in US, my wife is a Canada citizen residing in Canada. She visited me many times before without needing any visitor VISA given her citizenship.

We are now expecting (super excited but nervous as well :-)) for a baby. Reading through some of the forum topics, some questions come up:

1. If I apply for her US immigration asap, it looks like it will take longer than 6 months to get her actually here. Not to mention that she won't be able to do all the shots/medical checkups as part of the process. Should we wait until she delivers the baby, then file for immigration application for both the wife and kid?

2. Any Pros to apply now? Perhaps there is an expedited way given our special situation?

We'd appreciate if anyone can share any insights or the best option to pursue.

Thank you!

Tom

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Just my opinion, as a woman who is married to an American... I would never have moved to the States while pregnant. I would have waited and had my baby in Canada. No-hassle-health-care. I wasn't pregnant at the time so this wasn't my actual scenario BUT no matter what the current timeline for immigration as a spouse I would want to be able to have my baby in Canada if given the choice. Then once all finished with that excitement worry about moving. It would be nice to be able to have the baby in a familiar setting and not get a bill at the end. That's just my opinion of course.

With all the baby stuff put aside, I don't see why your wife can't do her medical while pregnant, there's really nothing to it. If she already has her vaccinations up-to-date then that also doesn't have any bearing on it.

Finally, the length of time it takes is probably longer than it will take for her to have the baby anyway so why not get the process going. You may need to reschedule an interview or make some other minor adjustments along the way but it sure beats sitting around waiting for a baby and then getting to work on immigration and being separated from you family any longer than necessary.

I say get to work on filing you paperwork and make adjustments along the way as needed. Good luck!


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2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
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Being pregnant will NOT speed up the process


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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check Consular Report of Birth Abroad http://toronto.usconsulate.gov/service/consular-report-of-birth-abroad.html

I think you can start immigration process for your wife and as soon as baby is born apply for his/her birth certificate through the Consulate. Just double check the details of registering birth abroad. there some conditions like U.S. citizen parent's physical presence requirement (presence in US).

She can postpone her interview for the visa until the baby is born.


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I-130 approved - 30/10/213 Error in I-130
I-824 filed 24/03/2014
I-824 approved 21/06/201
NVC case number - 29/07/2014
DS 261sent, AOS fee paid - 30/07/2014
AOS sent - 05/08/2014

IV invoice received and paid - 09/10/2014

DS 260, IV documents sent - 09/13/2014

Case Complete - 09/30/2014

waiting for the daughter's CC (checklist Oct 01/2014, Second checklist - Dec 03/2014)

Interview letter received Dec. 04

Medical scheduled Dec. 23

Interview date Jan. 23

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1. If I apply for her US immigration asap, it looks like it will take longer than 6 months to get her actually here. Not to mention that she won't be able to do all the shots/medical checkups as part of the process. Should we wait until she delivers the baby, then file for immigration application for both the wife and kid?

Thank you!

Tom

Actually she could do the medical. As well there are some shots that are aministerable during pregnancy. That being said, delivery inCanada is a far better choice.

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Thank you for all the great insights!

We also prefer to have our baby born in Canada while getting the process started now. However:

1. If I apply for my wife's immigration while she is pregnant, should I indicate that we are expecting a baby? (1 dependent), or revise the applications with the baby info after birth?

2. Reading other posts on the forum, if we have an on-going application for immigration, my wife will not be able to enter US using the VISA Wavier program. I believe we will have to file for a special petition to get her into US when the the application is being processed, right? One of my concern for applying now is the long process that might keep us from uniting in US.

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Thank you for all the great insights!

We also prefer to have our baby born in Canada while getting the process started now. However:

1. If I apply for my wife's immigration while she is pregnant, should I indicate that we are expecting a baby? (1 dependent), or revise the applications with the baby info after birth?

2. Reading other posts on the forum, if we have an on-going application for immigration, my wife will not be able to enter US using the VISA Wavier program. I believe we will have to file for a special petition to get her into US when the the application is being processed, right? One of my concern for applying now is the long process that might keep us from uniting in US.

The application being in progress does not change her ability to visit you. Many of us have visited our spouses the entire time we were waiting for our case complete. I, myself, traveled back and forth every 2-3 weeks during my application process. Each entry, of course, is different and the POE officer can allow or deny her entry at any point. If they feel she is going to come in and not leave then they can deny her but they could have been doing that all along anyway. How long have you two been married? You are already doing this on a regular basis where she comes to visit you, right?

You would not add your unborn child to your application at this point. Also, I don't think you will at any point as he/she will be getting their US Citizenship instead. There is a lot of info on this topic if you search for it. I don't know the details but I believe it is quite straight forward to get your child their documentation for a USC birth abroad.


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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