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We have some concerns regarding inadmissibility. My fiance (Canadian citizen) is having some dental issues. She does not have dental insurance and dental care is not covered by Canada's nationwide healthcare program. There is a social assistance program that temporarily helps with dental care. We do not know if this will make her inadmissable in the future when we file for a K1 visa.

We are planning on having an affidavit of support to sponsor her because I don't have the income right now to sponsor her myself.

By the way we have a daughter who lives in Canada with my fiance and she receives a child tax benefit from the government every month to help support her. Does this help or hurt her admissibility in any way?

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No that will not cause any issues. Just to mention though her child tax credit ends the day she leaves Canada, do not let her forget to cancel it they will want it all back.


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The main reason I'm asking this question is because of an interaction I had with a US border control agent.

I was driving back to the United States after a visit with my fiance and child. After getting through the regular questions when crossing the border I told the agent I had a question for him.

I asked him if my fiance going on social assistance would be a problem with her immigrating to the United States.

He told me any kind of social assistance or welfare would automatically make her inadmissable. This obviously has made us very paranoid about any kind of help from the government in Canada even though there are a lot of programs to help people.

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The main reason I'm asking this question is because of an interaction I had with a US border control agent.

I was driving back to the United States after a visit with my fiance and child. After getting through the regular questions when crossing the border I told the agent I had a question for him.

I asked him if my fiance going on social assistance would be a problem with her immigrating to the United States.

He told me any kind of social assistance or welfare would automatically make her inadmissable. This obviously has made us very paranoid about any kind of help from the government in Canada even though there are a lot of programs to help people.

The social assistance she is receiving is in Canada, right? I think the US immigration officer thought you were talking about US social assistance programs, which may be seen as a problem. No problem with her using Canadian systems.

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I also believe that it has no bearing.

It is only the US Citizen's finances that matter.

http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-601instr.pdf

You can check there, that is the instructions for the waiver of inadmissibility, but it lists what is considered an inadmissibility, I've never heard of what that border patrol told you. I don't believe the US denies someone based on receiving assistance in their own country- that wouldn't make any sense.


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They don't care what assistance she gets in her own country. BP misunderstood and thought you meant in the US.


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