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I am looking to file our immigration papers in June. I'd like to have my wife fly out to San Diego with my son (as tourists) the first week of July.

Right now 1 way tickets are very cheap. Can I get her a 1 way, or will this be frowned upon? As a Canadian, she has 6 months

on a tourist visa. Should I buy the roundtrip to show the border agent the intent to return to Canada?

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I've been flying over from Europe to see my husband about 17 times in the last four years and I have never once been asked to show my return ticket or any other papers showing proof of ties to my home country. I've been asked how long I'm planning on staying but that's it.

Canada, as well as Scandinavia, are considered low fraud countries and so the scrutiny is usually not that tough. That being said, you just never know. If you get the "wrong" CBP officer, it can be hell. Just to be on the safe side, I would book the flight as a return ticket. You can always change it afterwards if you change your mind on the date of return. She should probably also bring ties to home country such as mortgage/rental agreements and letter from employer. Better safe than sorry is my motto when dealing with US immigrations. ?

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Yes it's best to have a round trip ticket. Wife should bring proof of ties to Canada as well.

Edited by NLR

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