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Visiting during the K1 process

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Just thought I'd share my experience yesterday in case it is of some help to others.

I have not been in the US in just over a year. My K1 process is at the interview stage, Oct 26th to be exact.

My fiance's daughter is getting married this weekend in Vegas. I was pretty optimistic that given how far along my application was that I would be allowed in for 4 days for this family event, It was not to be.

I was refused entry and was told that as an intended immigrant I was not allowed in at all until the visa was in hand.

This is a direct contradiction to what the officer escorting out to my car told me when I commented that I had read that visits were allowed. He said that they are but they are strongly discouraged, especially if you have no ties. I sold my house a year ago, my lease has reverted to month to month after a year and I am retired on disability. Despite having print outs of confirmations and receipts, including the interview date, I did not have enough proof to assure them of my return.

I knew the experience could go either way so I was not terribly distraught about being refused, what is irratating is that the information out there is confusing and conflicting.

still optimistic about my interview and at least I was treated with a little more respect than in the past. Although the officer who said he didn't understand what I meant about documentation of my visa process thus far seemed a blatant lie.

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You have a lack of ties, nothing more. Don't worry about your interview.

Out of curiosity, who brought up the issue you were immigrating?

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss


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Don't worry about the interview. You were turned away at the border to visit for the very same reason that you will be approved at your interview - you are romantically involved with a USC and intend to make the USA your home and you have no ties to your home country.

It's always a gamble when you go to visit. It's at the discretion of the CBP officer whether you will be admitted. A different officer might have said yes. No one is ever guaranteed admission into the country except USCs.

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