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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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What happens at the border crossing into the US? My fiance was turned away in November 2005, before the processing of our visa began, because of a mis-undestanding of ours. They said he did not have enough ties to Canada, and to come back when his visa was issued.

Do you think he will have a hard time crossing?


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Adjustment of Status

June 8th 2007 - AOS packet sent

June 18th 2007 - NOA's recieved

July 18th 2007 - Biometrics Appointment 9am Memphis

September 18th 2007 - 1 year EAD card arrived

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Canada
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You'll be fine. You'll be crossing with a visa! Many people have been turned back for lack of ties. But this time, there'll be no misunderstandings.


I-130 sent Mar 30, 06

approved Aug 15, 06

I-129f sent April 24, 06

approved July 27, 06

Montreal interview Jan 18, 07

POE Toronto Jan 28, 07

EAD sent Jan. 30, 07

transferred to Vermont Feb 12

biometrics Feb 22

approved March 13

card returned undeliverable! March 27

called after 6 weeks to have EAD re-sent

AOS sent Jan. 30, 07

biometrics Feb 22

RFE for complete medical (!) Feb 23

Called Senator from NJ - never returned call

Infopass March 19 (no help)

Replied to RFE with duplicate medical March 19

Sent additional evidence (I-693A) March 26

NBC received supplement March 30

touched April 4

Interview July 16

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

They were turned back after their visa was issued because of lack of ties? :blink:


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Adjustment of Status

June 8th 2007 - AOS packet sent

June 18th 2007 - NOA's recieved

July 18th 2007 - Biometrics Appointment 9am Memphis

September 18th 2007 - 1 year EAD card arrived

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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No! They were turned back before the visa :) Many people have been turned back earlier, but once they have the visa, there should be no problem.

They were turned back after their visa was issued because of lack of ties? :blink:

Sandy

Michael's I-130:

NOA1: 5-10-2006----updated w/ citizenship: 9-25-06----had to call back 10/25, touch 10/26

12/06/06 - Approved!- - - 12/08/06 - Touch---01/25/07 - Touch

I130 at NVC

12/14/06 - case number assigned

12/25/06 - DS3032 & AOS Fee Bill Mailed (phone system updated 12/27)

12/27/06 - emailed choice of agent; 12/29/06 - received email from NVC confirming choice of agent!

01/01/07 - NVC generated IV Fee Bill (postmarked 1/17 though!)

01/03/07 - returned AoS Fee Bill via Priority Mail (James' shortcut)

01/15/07 - NVC generated AOS package

01/22/07 - received IV Fee Bill - overnighted back to NVC same day

01/27/07 - recieved I864 package; 01/29/07 - overnighted I864 to NVC

01/29/07 - DS230 generated (phone system not updated, email response 2/5/07)

02/05/07 - mailed DS-230 to NVC via express mail

02/20/07 - CASE COMPLETE!!

04/18/07 - INTERVIEW!!!! - APPROVED!!!!

Michael's K-3:

09/28/06 - NOA1

1/25/07 - approved ...NOA2 via snail mail - 1/29/07

03/16/07 - chose not to return packet 3 to Montreal

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Singapore
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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Port of Entry Reviews by other members :):

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Thanks Cap'n! I'm new to this place so, I've yet to find out where everything is :oops:


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Adjustment of Status

June 8th 2007 - AOS packet sent

June 18th 2007 - NOA's recieved

July 18th 2007 - Biometrics Appointment 9am Memphis

September 18th 2007 - 1 year EAD card arrived

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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My husband was turned away once BEFORE the visa was issued. He had no problems crossing after he got the K-1 visa :)

This seems to be pretty common from what I've read. We were told 3 different times that Thomas could come for a period of 6 months to begin our visa application. THEN someone told us that once the K-1 processing had begun, we werent even allowed to see eachother until it was done! (No visits or anything)

They even told Thomas at the border that if he tried to cross again without his K-1 that he would be banned from the US for 10 years.

It was a very scary time.


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Adjustment of Status

June 8th 2007 - AOS packet sent

June 18th 2007 - NOA's recieved

July 18th 2007 - Biometrics Appointment 9am Memphis

September 18th 2007 - 1 year EAD card arrived

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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When it comes to crossing the Border, experiences vary. it pretty much comes down tothe POE officer. I traveleld monthly to DC while ourt visa process was ongoing and never had a problem, while others get hassled, but are stil succcessful and while others get denied!


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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Filed: Other Timeline

Hi TntLetourneau,

Good luck on your immigration journey. In answer to your question about the initial POE crossing of the border by land, based on our experience (as also quoted on my VJ timeline) it was:

"Believe us, being harrassed at the border for 2 hours is "not a picnic in the park"."

Likewise, there were some misunderstandings and on my end not having enough ties to Canada. Hence, they made me get a Visitor's Visa for my visit to the USA, even though due to the VWP, Canada is exempt from Visitor's Visas for short trips. Oh well, I proved them wrong unintentionally, as what originally was a two week vacation visit to the USA ended up being a lifetime here in the USA...

As for other times I've crossed the border (after I got my Green Card) from the USA to Canada, I had no problems. I was in and out in 10 minutes on both ends...

A rule of thumb for your situation, and for any other people's situations: Have all your paperwork ready, and your explaination/story straight and well thought out....

Hope this helps.

Ant

What happens at the border crossing into the US? My fiance was turned away in November 2005, before the processing of our visa began, because of a mis-undestanding of ours. They said he did not have enough ties to Canada, and to come back when his visa was issued.

Do you think he will have a hard time crossing?

Edited by AntandD

**Ant's 1432.gif1502.gif "Once Upon An American Immigration Journey" Condensed Timeline...**

2000 (72+ Months) "Loved": Long-Distance Dating Relationship. D Visited Ant in Canada.

2006 (<1 Month) "Visited": Ant Visited D in America. B-2 Visa Port of Entry Interrogation.

2006 (<1 Month) "Married": Wedding Elopement. Husband & Wife, D and Ant !! Together Forever!

2006 ( 3 Months I-485 Wait) "Adjusted": 2-Years Green Card.

2007 ( 2 Months) "Numbered": SSN Card.

2007 (<1 Months) "Licensed": NYS 4-Years Driver's License.

2009 (10 Months I-751 Wait) "Removed": 10-Years 5-Months Green Card.

2009 ( 9 Months Baby Wait) "Expected": Baby. It's a Boy, Baby A !!! We Are Family, Ant+D+BabyA !

2009 ( 4 Months) "Moved": New House Constructed and Moved Into.

2009 ( 2 Months N-400 Wait) "Naturalized": US Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization. Goodbye USCIS!!!!

***Ant is a Naturalized American Citizen!!***: November 23, 2009 (Private Oath Ceremony: USCIS Office, Buffalo, NY, USA)

2009 (<1 Month) "Secured": US Citizen SSN Card.

2009 (<1 Month) "Enhanced": US Citizen NYS 8-Years Enhanced Driver's License. (in lieu of a US Passport)

2010 ( 1 Month) "Voted": US Citizen NYS Voter's Registration Card.

***~~~"The End...And the Americans, Ant+D+BabyA, lived 'Happily Ever After'!"...~~~***

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Ah, my husband got turned away for not having enough ties to Canada, too. Twice! This was pre-visa. It's all good once you have that visa. :)


"Head high, shoulders back, purpose firm, and never slack!" ~Hetty King, Road to Avonlea (yes I am a Canadian-loving fool! Hahaha!) .png
5/23/03: Justin arrives to visit me in IA from SK.
6/7/03: We got married!
8/23/03: Filed I-130 from SK
8/25/03: Phoned border guards & asked if J could escort me back to IA, yes.
8/26/03: Arrive in IA
8/27/03: Went to USCIS local office to ask if J could stay in the US and file papers, yes
2004: I-130 approved!
6/05: Filed AOS/EAD
7/2/05: Rec'd receipt for I-485
8/05: Rec'd RFE for Biometrics
9/9/05: Rec'd RFE for medical
12/2/06: EAD APPROVED!
12/5/06: EAD card rec'd
1/15/06: AOS interview date for 4/11/06 at 11:00 a.m.
4/11/06: APPROVED!!!!!! NO MORE USCIS FOR 10 YEARS!!! WOOHOO!!! 2016...seems more like a page # than a year. Haha.

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