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Dear all,

I would really appreciate your comments on the following. We are currently in the process of getting CR-1 visa and my interview at the Embassy is in a month. There are couple of issues that worry us and that I would appreciate your comments on:

  1. So, we got married in the US but when I was entering the US and was asked about the purpose of my visit, I just said tourism. I know I should have told the truth but I was too afraid that they would not let me in if I said that the purpose of my visit is to get married. I spent 3 weeks in the US after our wedding and then came back home. Couple months later we filed for CR-1, I never changed my status within the US. Is it a big issue that I was not fully honest about the purpose of my visit? Also, if asked at the interview if I told the boarder control officer about the purpose of my visit, can I just say that I don't remember being asked about that? On several different occasions the boarder control officers really didn't ask me about the purpose of my visits... Is there any way they can check what was my conversation with the boarder control officer about?
  2. Do I understand correctly that it should be more beneficial if my husband attends the interview with me, rather than I go by myself?

Thank you for your comments!

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For question 1, you did nothing wrong. You came to the US, got married and left the country. Where it matters is when you enter with the intention filling for adjustment of status while waiting in the country, and in that case it would be considered fraudulent. And you are right, sometime the border patrols don't ask much especially if they don't have reasons to believe that you are or will be a trouble maker. In your case, you are already doing the right thing by applying for the right visa. So to wrap this up, it is unlikely that they would ask you a question like you described.

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1- you are fine, you did everything legally. You WERE a tourist, you just also got married. As mentioned, you likely won;' even be asked about it.

2- It is usually a good thing, even if the spouse may not be allowed into the waitingroom/ interview area. In some countries, it is almost a necessity for approval for the USC to be there in others, it doesn't matter much at all. If your spouse can be there without much hardship, it would probably be good- if nothing else, it will calm your nerves!

Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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Thank you for your nice comments :) It made me feel much better! I asked the US embassy and they told me that the petitioners are not required but are encouraged to come to the interview. It's not difficult for my husband to come over, so we will go together! I will write about the results afterwards :)

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