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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Hi Everyone,

Luckily my fiance, Artie, is coming to visit for the long weekend next friday! :) It's been way too long since I've seen him :( Now that he's an intended immigrant, we want to prove ties to Canada for him so he can get through the border with minimal problems.

The thing is, he's living in a house thats totally paid for and its under his grandpa's name, so no mortgage or anything under Artie's name. Also, he does not have any loans or cars. Lucky guy, huh? Anyways, the only thing I can think of to prove ties to Canada are the return ticket and a letter from his employer. Anyone have an example letter from an employer we can set up? Does it just have to state: "Yes he works here and we expect him back to work on this date"?

Does anyone else have any ideas of what we could use to prove he'll return to Canada? He has a bank account and credit cards, but I don't know how that'd help prove ties when he doesn't owe them anything :/

Thanks for your time!


K1 Visa Journey

Met through an MMORPG: April 2005

Met in person: 9/23/2005

He proposed in front of Buckingham fountain: 8/20/2006

Sent I-129: 12/21/06

NOA1: 12/29/06

Touched: 3/27/06 (Happy belated bday to meee :P)

Received Email that they sent NOA2 yesterday!: 3/28/07

NOA2 in ze mail: 4/2/07

Called NVC to see if they have received the case and they haven't :( 4/13/07 and 4/19/07

NVC sent packet to MTL today! 4/24/07 (took 4 weeks from notice date)

MTL sent packet to my lawyer 5/2/07

Lawyer received Packet 3 finally! 5/17/07

Sent Packet 3 5/22/07

Now on the waiting list for an interview! 5/29/2007

Fiance gets his medical done: 7/16/07

Scheduled for Interview!: 10/24/07

Visa arrives!: 10/26/07

Fiance will be entering US: 1/18/08

Married: 2/4/08

Religious Ceremony: 4/5/08

AOS/EAD

Filling Date for AOS/EAD: 4/19/08

NOA: 5/01/08

Biometrics: 5/21/08

CSC Transfer Date 5/29/08

EAD Approved/Card Ordered 6/30/2008

EAD Card Arrived 7/11/2008

Green Card Production 7/23/2008

Removal of Conditions

Filing Date for RoC: 7/13/2010

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

I always bring:

- letter from employer on real letterhead with their business card attached (see sample below)

- recent pay stubs

- bank statements

- apartment lease

- utility bills

- complete case file (to show I'm doing things the correct way if asked)

- return ticket/itinerary (always)

Here's my letter:

To whom it may concern,

This letter is to confirm that <Name> is currently employed at <Company> as a <Title>.

<Name> will be visiting the U.S. from <Start Date> to <End Date> and will be returning to work on <Work Date>

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me further.

Sincerely,

<Boss's Name>

<Boss's Title>

<Contact phone numbers>

Edited by misa

K3 Timeline - 2006-11-20 to 2007-03-19

See the comments section in my timeline for full details of my K3 dates, transfers and touches. Also see my Vancouver consulate review and my POE review.

AOS & EAD Timeline

2007-04-16: I-485 and I-765 sent to Chicago (My AOS/EAD checklist)

2007-04-17: Received at Chicago

2007-04-23: NOA1 date (both)

2007-05-10: Biometrics appointment (both - Biometrics review)

2007-06-05: AOS interview letter date

2007-06-13: AOS interview letter received in mail

2007-07-03: EAD card production ordered

2007-07-07: EAD card received! (yay!)

2007-08-23: AOS interview (Documents / Interview review)

2007-08-23: Green card production ordered!!!

2007-08-24: Welcome notice mailed!

2007-08-27: Green card production ordered again... ?

2007-08-28: Welcome notice received!

2007-09-01: Green card received!

Done with USCIS until May 23, 2009!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

I don't know if these items would be useful, but you could try them:

- Phone bills (if he has a phone line in his name)

- Letters from people he knows stating that he's planning to return to Canada, possibly for a particular event

- A letter from his grandfather stating that his personal belongings are still in the house

- Doctors' or dentists' appointment cards if he has upcoming appointments scheduled


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

Not once and I visit every 3 weeks. My accordian folder I bring with me with everything in it was getting heavier each visit. :)

I was asked a bunch of questions the second last visit after the officer asked if I had applied for a visa and I told them I was a K3 applicant that only a real applicant would know the answers to (e.g., where did you file? why did you file at that service centre? where did it go after it was approved? including the usual, what do you do for a living, etc.). I offered to show any evidence he wanted to see, but the officer said he believed me, told me to always have all that info with me when I was visiting and wished me a good weekend. I was not questioned in secondary.

The last visit (this past weekend) the officer already knew I was a K3 applicant when he scanned my passport and just asked if I was visiting my husband and commented about how much it must suck being separated. He asked me if I had my interview date yet (I told him the date) and wished me good luck and a good weekend.

Edited by misa

K3 Timeline - 2006-11-20 to 2007-03-19

See the comments section in my timeline for full details of my K3 dates, transfers and touches. Also see my Vancouver consulate review and my POE review.

AOS & EAD Timeline

2007-04-16: I-485 and I-765 sent to Chicago (My AOS/EAD checklist)

2007-04-17: Received at Chicago

2007-04-23: NOA1 date (both)

2007-05-10: Biometrics appointment (both - Biometrics review)

2007-06-05: AOS interview letter date

2007-06-13: AOS interview letter received in mail

2007-07-03: EAD card production ordered

2007-07-07: EAD card received! (yay!)

2007-08-23: AOS interview (Documents / Interview review)

2007-08-23: Green card production ordered!!!

2007-08-24: Welcome notice mailed!

2007-08-27: Green card production ordered again... ?

2007-08-28: Welcome notice received!

2007-09-01: Green card received!

Done with USCIS until May 23, 2009!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

During my cr-1 process I travlled every month to DC and never asked for anything. I packed light, and only answered their questions, and was very polite

Items brought:

Letter from employer

Lease

Military leave pass

return ticket (duh)

Best of luck


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

if he does not have a mortgage or lease, he can bring copies of current hydro bills, cable, stuff like that.

All of this is to show that a person hasn't just picked up and abandoned everything in Canada to go live in the US with their spouse. The letter from the employer saying he is just out on vacation will probably be most helpful, but bring anything else that may prove ties as well.


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Filed: Other Country: Canada
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I know this isn't exactly the question, but I've been asked for proof of ties to the United States just for visiting my fiancee in Canada and we haven't even started the visa process, so neither one of us is an "intended immigrant." We're just vistors. This was last time I went to Canada (Vancouver) though, and it was right before Christmas and my plane arrived just before midnight, so maybe Customs & Immigration were on edge from all the traffic earlier and having to be kept up that late. Whatever the case, definitely keep ties to your home country with you.

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I always bring:

- letter from employer on real letterhead with their business card attached (see sample below)

- recent pay stubs

- bank statements

- apartment lease

- utility bills

- complete case file (to show I'm doing things the correct way if asked)

- return ticket/itinerary (always)

Here's my letter:

To whom it may concern,

This letter is to confirm that <Name> is currently employed at <Company> as a <Title>.

<Name> will be visiting the U.S. from <Start Date> to <End Date> and will be returning to work on <Work Date>

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me further.

Sincerely,

<Boss's Name>

<Boss's Title>

<Contact phone numbers>

Awesome thanks :)

I now have a letter from my employer, in case ;)

Here's a question though... Im getting married civily next time Im going down to see my fiance, in a week and a half. And we'll have a wedding ceremony back in Canada sometime this autumn. Is this second ceremony something I shouldn't talk about in any type of application/interview.

sorry if I went off topic o_O

Cat


Married! 03/19/2007

I-130 Process

10/30/2007 : APPROVED!!!! (in 190 days)

I-129f Process

10/30/2007 : APPROVED!!!! (in 151 days)

02/08/2008 : Interview (Approved!)

02/18/2008 : Visa in Hand :D

02/26/2008 : Moved to Colorado

I-751 Lifting of Conditions

06/01/2010 : Completed packet for I-751

06/04/2010 : Mailed packet via UPS

06/07/2010 : Receipt for I-751

08/18/2010 : Biometrics appointment

08/20/2010 : Approved

02/09/2011 : Contacted congressman due to non-receipt of card

03/28/2011 : Card received!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

I would not bring it up,lol I would just answer their questions, do so honestly, but don't add to it, if u know what I mean.

I always bring:

- letter from employer on real letterhead with their business card attached (see sample below)

- recent pay stubs

- bank statements

- apartment lease

- utility bills

- complete case file (to show I'm doing things the correct way if asked)

- return ticket/itinerary (always)

Here's my letter:

To whom it may concern,

This letter is to confirm that <Name> is currently employed at <Company> as a <Title>.

<Name> will be visiting the U.S. from <Start Date> to <End Date> and will be returning to work on <Work Date>

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me further.

Sincerely,

<Boss's Name>

<Boss's Title>

<Contact phone numbers>

Awesome thanks :)

I now have a letter from my employer, in case ;)

Here's a question though... Im getting married civily next time Im going down to see my fiance, in a week and a half. And we'll have a wedding ceremony back in Canada sometime this autumn. Is this second ceremony something I shouldn't talk about in any type of application/interview.

sorry if I went off topic o_O

Cat


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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Makes sense :P


Married! 03/19/2007

I-130 Process

10/30/2007 : APPROVED!!!! (in 190 days)

I-129f Process

10/30/2007 : APPROVED!!!! (in 151 days)

02/08/2008 : Interview (Approved!)

02/18/2008 : Visa in Hand :D

02/26/2008 : Moved to Colorado

I-751 Lifting of Conditions

06/01/2010 : Completed packet for I-751

06/04/2010 : Mailed packet via UPS

06/07/2010 : Receipt for I-751

08/18/2010 : Biometrics appointment

08/20/2010 : Approved

02/09/2011 : Contacted congressman due to non-receipt of card

03/28/2011 : Card received!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Nortmally i was asked --Business or pleasure? i stated pleasure. They would then ask, who I was seeing? I would state my girlfriend. Which she was. We got enaged and marriedat same trip, lol . Later when asked to whom I was seeing I would state my wife, and I would be returning on such a such date. I answered thier questions honestly, was polite nad appeared relaxed!!


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: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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One time my husband got denied entry to the US because he only had $5 US cash on him and they said he wouldn't be able to "support himself" on his visit. LOL! He didn't bring any bank info either. All he had was a return ticket and $5! Haha. Of course, he had his debit card, which is how we use our money, we hardly ever carry cash! But they still turned him away. ugh.

I would also suggest having his grandfather write a letter and have it notarised stating that he lives in the house under his name. :)


"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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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

Oh yeah, the cash thing. I always brought about $200 USD in cash on each visit and had about $200 Cdn in my wallet at the same time just in case since well, you know, why would someone have $200 in Cdn cash if they're just going to stay in the U.S.?

Catou1181: Do not mention you're getting married on a visit...


K3 Timeline - 2006-11-20 to 2007-03-19

See the comments section in my timeline for full details of my K3 dates, transfers and touches. Also see my Vancouver consulate review and my POE review.

AOS & EAD Timeline

2007-04-16: I-485 and I-765 sent to Chicago (My AOS/EAD checklist)

2007-04-17: Received at Chicago

2007-04-23: NOA1 date (both)

2007-05-10: Biometrics appointment (both - Biometrics review)

2007-06-05: AOS interview letter date

2007-06-13: AOS interview letter received in mail

2007-07-03: EAD card production ordered

2007-07-07: EAD card received! (yay!)

2007-08-23: AOS interview (Documents / Interview review)

2007-08-23: Green card production ordered!!!

2007-08-24: Welcome notice mailed!

2007-08-27: Green card production ordered again... ?

2007-08-28: Welcome notice received!

2007-09-01: Green card received!

Done with USCIS until May 23, 2009!

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Catou1181: Do not mention you're getting married on a visit...

yeah I wasn't planning on it :devil:


Married! 03/19/2007

I-130 Process

10/30/2007 : APPROVED!!!! (in 190 days)

I-129f Process

10/30/2007 : APPROVED!!!! (in 151 days)

02/08/2008 : Interview (Approved!)

02/18/2008 : Visa in Hand :D

02/26/2008 : Moved to Colorado

I-751 Lifting of Conditions

06/01/2010 : Completed packet for I-751

06/04/2010 : Mailed packet via UPS

06/07/2010 : Receipt for I-751

08/18/2010 : Biometrics appointment

08/20/2010 : Approved

02/09/2011 : Contacted congressman due to non-receipt of card

03/28/2011 : Card received!

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