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Well, looking at this thread and all the positive experiences really gave me the confirmation I needed.

That it's okay to visit while the K-1 application is running, because when I look at most people's time lines, there seems to be a huge gap between NOA1 and NOA2 (safe for a few lucky exceptions).

Thanks to all for the encouraging stories.

I'll drop my own story here after I go to visit my fiancee this summer (unless NOA2 arrives sooner)

--BaWa


Our K1 Visa timeline

03-28-09 : I-129F mailed to USCIS

03-30-09 : I-129F received at USCIS

03-31-09 : check cashed by USCIS

03-31-09 : NOA1 email

04-02-09 : check cleared at bank

04-04-09 : NOA1 hard copy received

07-21-09 : Touched

07-22-09 : NOA2 email

07-25-09 : NOA2 hard copy received

08-06-09 : Case received at NVC

08-07-09 : Case forwarded to US Embassy in Brussels

08-19-09 : Packet 3 received from US Embassy

09-03-09 : Medical completed

09-03-09 : Packet 3 checklist mailed back to US Embassy

09-10-09 : Interview!

09-17-09 : Turn in two missing forms, Approved, Got the VISA!

10-21-09 : POE Washington DC

11-08-09 : Married

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I want to run this by everyone whos ran into customs ALOT

I am currently going to Canada in 2 days to see my fiance. We haven't submitted our I-129F packet yet due to a real bad mix-up with the USPS. When I went through last time, All they asked me was how long I was staying, who I was seeing, and purpose of the visit. This time around, I have quit my job cause I am in the middle of a move back to Arizona. How difficult is it going to be when I hit Canadian Customs?

Heres what I have to show proof of ties back to the US:

- If needed, Copy of the entire I-129F packet, minus my fiancé's G-325A and Letter of Intent

- Proof of loans that I'm paying on ( car loan, personal loan, and school loans )

- Copy of my cars registration showing that I own it

- Proof of my address change for everything in my name ( Credit cards, cell phone )

- Roundtrip ticket/itinerary ( probably the best proof I got since it shows I am coming back )

- Copy of the U-Haul reservation that I have for when I get back to Utah to move the next day to Arizona

( For anyone asking why didnt I fly out to Canada once I was in Arizona, tickets are ALOT more expensive compared to flying from Salt Lake City )

I also have my aunt/uncle's phone numbers on hand as well to confirm my move down there. I'll have my fiance's numbers as well to confirm anything too.

If anyone has anything that may help or confirm anything here, please let me know.

Thanks Guys!!!


Pre-USCIS:

07-20-2008: Fell In Love

10/15/2008: Jami and I meet for the first time

1-17-2009: Became Engaged In Nova Scotia

04-01-2009: Visit to Nova Scotia to see Jami

06-29-2009: Jami comes to Arizona to visit

01-08-2010: Married in Fredericton, NB Canada

01-11-2010: Jami allowed back down with me after marriage for 6 months

USCIS JOURNEY:

05-20-2010: I-130 Packet mailed out! ( Finally! )

05-22-2010: Packet received at Lockbox

05-28-2010: NOA1 ($355.00)

07-07-2010: Jami went back to Fredericton, NB :(

10-29-2010: NOA2 ( FINALLY! )

NVC JOURNEY:

11-05-10: Case received at NVC

11-06-10: Called automated machine and got NVC case number

11-08-10: Called and changed Jami's address and added my email to case for corraspondance updates

11-16-10: DS-3032 email generated and emailed to us

11-16-10: AOS fee bill generated and emailed to us

11-18-10: Paid AOS Bill ($88.00)

11-23-10: Mailed completed DS-3032 through Canada Post

12-01-10: NVC Received DS-3032 and updated in System

12-06-10: Mailed AOS packet overnight express

12-16-10: Paid IV Bill ($404.00)

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Hi!!!

I'm hoping to travel to the US to visit my fiancee next month and plan to go for around 84 days. She is a US Citizen and I'm British.

She visited me in the UK in August last year for 2 weeks. I then visited her and her family in November last year for 10 days. I then returned to see her again in December and stayed for 5 weeks. We got engaged on New Years Eve.

Our K-1 visa has been applied for and we received our NOA1 in February this year.

Just before leaving for my first trip in November i was made redundant from the job i had for 19 years. This enabled me to stay for the 5 weeks over Christmas and New Year.

Since returning in January and not having a job to come back to I have sold my house and moved in with my parents until my visa comes through.

My question is this....

Does anyone think I will have a problem entering the US under the Visa Waiver whilst my K-1 is pending bearing in mind that I have no job and no house/mortgage to come back to??? The only ties I now have to the UK are my family and friends. Any suggestions about what documents i could take with me???

I have every intention of returning to the UK after this trip as I'm not going to risk not getting the K-1 by not returning when i should.

Incidentally, I can afford to visit for this period of time and not work due to a reasonable profit being made from the sale of my house here in the UK. This should finance my move to the US and provide for me whilst there on this trip.

Many thanks in advance for your comments and assistance.


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I want to run this by everyone whos ran into customs ALOT

I am currently going to Canada in 2 days to see my fiance. We haven't submitted our I-129F packet yet due to a real bad mix-up with the USPS. When I went through last time, All they asked me was how long I was staying, who I was seeing, and purpose of the visit. This time around, I have quit my job cause I am in the middle of a move back to Arizona. How difficult is it going to be when I hit Canadian Customs?

Heres what I have to show proof of ties back to the US:

- If needed, Copy of the entire I-129F packet, minus my fiancé's G-325A and Letter of Intent

- Proof of loans that I'm paying on ( car loan, personal loan, and school loans )

- Copy of my cars registration showing that I own it

- Proof of my address change for everything in my name ( Credit cards, cell phone )

- Roundtrip ticket/itinerary ( probably the best proof I got since it shows I am coming back )

- Copy of the U-Haul reservation that I have for when I get back to Utah to move the next day to Arizona

( For anyone asking why didnt I fly out to Canada once I was in Arizona, tickets are ALOT more expensive compared to flying from Salt Lake City )

I also have my aunt/uncle's phone numbers on hand as well to confirm my move down there. I'll have my fiance's numbers as well to confirm anything too.

If anyone has anything that may help or confirm anything here, please let me know.

Thanks Guys!!!

You should be fine. You have a lot of evidence to show that you have no intentions of remaining in Canada. Enjoy your visit.


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We each visited each other once after getting engaged (and once each before that ). My British fiance didnt have much trouble getting through either time, they asked him Qs, and he said he was visiting, but he never said he was visiting his fiance...they didnt ask WHO he was visiting.

I just went out to UK this month and i stood in line to talk to them (i was praying!) and it was my turn, he as asking me why i was there n i said to visit. He said, visit anyone in particular? DOH! i couldnt lie, so i said my fiance...i was gibbering-gabbering a bit cause i do that when i'm nervous. He asked if i had my return plane receipt. No, i didnt. DOH! He asked how long i was staying there, and when i was returning to work at home and i answered him. (I had no evidence of any kind!). He just kinda looked at me (i was praying in my head like crazy) and he handed me my passport and let me on through. I didnt realize til i got through that i was drenched in sweat! haha, i was so nervous! But God allowed me to find favor with this guy. thank u Lord!

Next time (well if there were a next time). I would bring return plane ticket receipts and maybe a letter from work haha. God is good!

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Hi everybody !

I have a question about this scary POE stuff too :) what if I do not say that I am visiting my fiancee when he/she asks me the question ??? what if I say I am here for vacation and I am going to visit my friends ( I have stayed in the US before for 2 and a half years then came back to my country and then went to see my fiancee last october too )

sorry if I sound complicated but my question is do I have to say that I am visiting my fiancee ?? can I just say my friend ?? can the officer see that I applied for K1 on his/her computer ?? if he can and If I dont say I will visit my fiancee then I will be in big trouble huh ??

I am planning on visiting him at the end of this month and I am scared ...


I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious...

05-21-2009 I-129F SENT

05-29-2009 NOA1

06-10-2009 Touched

08-26-2009 NOA2 !!! :)

08-29-2009 NOA2 hard copy received

08-28-2009 NVC received

09-01-2009 NVC left

09-04-2009 Consulate received

09-10-2009 E-mail received from embassy regarding package 3 ( no paper instructions received. only e-mail )

09-24-2009 Package 3 sent

12-01-2009 Interview date !!! :)VISA APPROVED!!!

12-03-2009 Visa in hand !!! :)

12-27-2009 POE ( JFK )! fast and smooth!

01-04-2010 MARRIED :)

01-26-2010 AOS package sent ( usps express mail )

01-27-2010 Received by USCIS

02-03-2010 Check cashed

02-05-2010 NOA1 received (I-485,I-765,I-131)

02-12-2010 Biometrics Appointment Letter Received (02-26-2010) DONE!!!

03-08-2010 Received a letter that says my finger prints should be re-taken.(appointment date 03/23/2010)

03-11-2010 Biometrics Re-taken (early walk in)

03-24-2010 EAD Approval Notice. (via e-mail)

03-26-2010 Interview Letter Received! (04-27-2010)

03-27-2010 AP Documents Received (Approval date is 03-23-2010)

04-01-2010 EAD Card Received

04-27-2010 GC APPROVED!!!

05-28-2010 GC RECEIVED!!!

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My opinion is that you should be honest. I have read that they cannot see any pending visa petitions in their computer.

Our experience (and I have read the experiences of others which concur) is that if you show your NOA1 (this shows that you DO know the legal process AND are following it) and have a RETURN TICKET (with itinerary to show that), people frequently don't have many problems, even if they say the word "fiance"

Other things which are helpful are letters from your employer stating that you are merely on vacation and are expected back by a certain date (should match the date on your RETURN TICKET), lease, etc.


K-1:

January 28, 2009: NOA1

June 4, 2009: Interview - APPROVED!!!

October 11, 2009: Wedding

AOS:

December 23, 2009: NOA1!

January 22, 2010: Bogus RFE corrected through congressional inquiry "EAD waiting on biometrics only" Read about it here.

March 15, 2010: AOS interview - RFE for I-693 vaccination supplement - CS signed part 6!

March 27, 2010: Green Card recieved

ROC:

March 1, 2012: Mailed ROC package

March 7, 2012: Tracking says "notice left"...after a phone call to post office.

More detailed time line in profile.

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Hmmm... I c. thank you so much for your answer. I hope I will be fine... a copy of NOA1 would be ok right ?


I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious...

05-21-2009 I-129F SENT

05-29-2009 NOA1

06-10-2009 Touched

08-26-2009 NOA2 !!! :)

08-29-2009 NOA2 hard copy received

08-28-2009 NVC received

09-01-2009 NVC left

09-04-2009 Consulate received

09-10-2009 E-mail received from embassy regarding package 3 ( no paper instructions received. only e-mail )

09-24-2009 Package 3 sent

12-01-2009 Interview date !!! :)VISA APPROVED!!!

12-03-2009 Visa in hand !!! :)

12-27-2009 POE ( JFK )! fast and smooth!

01-04-2010 MARRIED :)

01-26-2010 AOS package sent ( usps express mail )

01-27-2010 Received by USCIS

02-03-2010 Check cashed

02-05-2010 NOA1 received (I-485,I-765,I-131)

02-12-2010 Biometrics Appointment Letter Received (02-26-2010) DONE!!!

03-08-2010 Received a letter that says my finger prints should be re-taken.(appointment date 03/23/2010)

03-11-2010 Biometrics Re-taken (early walk in)

03-24-2010 EAD Approval Notice. (via e-mail)

03-26-2010 Interview Letter Received! (04-27-2010)

03-27-2010 AP Documents Received (Approval date is 03-23-2010)

04-01-2010 EAD Card Received

04-27-2010 GC APPROVED!!!

05-28-2010 GC RECEIVED!!!

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Hmmm... I c. thank you so much for your answer. I hope I will be fine... a copy of NOA1 would be ok right ?

Copy is fine. Everything went really well for Nik when he pulled out a printed out copy of the NOA1 which I had scanned and emailed to him.


K-1:

January 28, 2009: NOA1

June 4, 2009: Interview - APPROVED!!!

October 11, 2009: Wedding

AOS:

December 23, 2009: NOA1!

January 22, 2010: Bogus RFE corrected through congressional inquiry "EAD waiting on biometrics only" Read about it here.

March 15, 2010: AOS interview - RFE for I-693 vaccination supplement - CS signed part 6!

March 27, 2010: Green Card recieved

ROC:

March 1, 2012: Mailed ROC package

March 7, 2012: Tracking says "notice left"...after a phone call to post office.

More detailed time line in profile.

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Hmmm... I c. thank you so much for your answer. I hope I will be fine... a copy of NOA1 would be ok right ?

Copy is fine. Everything went really well for Nik when he pulled out a printed out copy of the NOA1 which I had scanned and emailed to him.

alright then thank you :) it is still pretty scary tho ... to think that they might turn me down ....


I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious...

05-21-2009 I-129F SENT

05-29-2009 NOA1

06-10-2009 Touched

08-26-2009 NOA2 !!! :)

08-29-2009 NOA2 hard copy received

08-28-2009 NVC received

09-01-2009 NVC left

09-04-2009 Consulate received

09-10-2009 E-mail received from embassy regarding package 3 ( no paper instructions received. only e-mail )

09-24-2009 Package 3 sent

12-01-2009 Interview date !!! :)VISA APPROVED!!!

12-03-2009 Visa in hand !!! :)

12-27-2009 POE ( JFK )! fast and smooth!

01-04-2010 MARRIED :)

01-26-2010 AOS package sent ( usps express mail )

01-27-2010 Received by USCIS

02-03-2010 Check cashed

02-05-2010 NOA1 received (I-485,I-765,I-131)

02-12-2010 Biometrics Appointment Letter Received (02-26-2010) DONE!!!

03-08-2010 Received a letter that says my finger prints should be re-taken.(appointment date 03/23/2010)

03-11-2010 Biometrics Re-taken (early walk in)

03-24-2010 EAD Approval Notice. (via e-mail)

03-26-2010 Interview Letter Received! (04-27-2010)

03-27-2010 AP Documents Received (Approval date is 03-23-2010)

04-01-2010 EAD Card Received

04-27-2010 GC APPROVED!!!

05-28-2010 GC RECEIVED!!!

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This is a stupid question, maybe, but I was only worried about his chances of getting a visitor visa in the first place at the embassy in Dakar (really tough to get a visitor visa from), and I didn't even think about POE. He's self-employed but he does own his home, but he doesn't have a bank account etc. I'm more thinking out loud than anything, I guess, but most of the stories here (except for a few) are from visa waiver countries....After the hell of attempting to get a visitor visa from a non-visa waiver country, would they really turn you away????


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Well, tomorrow's gonna be a nerve wrecking day for me.

Gonna catch a flight to the States to visit my fiancée, so I'm preparing the documents for Customs and Immigration.

Got a copy of the NOA1 and a letter from my employer.

*crosses fingers* Wish me luck. I'll drop a line here after I passed Customs.

--BaWa


Our K1 Visa timeline

03-28-09 : I-129F mailed to USCIS

03-30-09 : I-129F received at USCIS

03-31-09 : check cashed by USCIS

03-31-09 : NOA1 email

04-02-09 : check cleared at bank

04-04-09 : NOA1 hard copy received

07-21-09 : Touched

07-22-09 : NOA2 email

07-25-09 : NOA2 hard copy received

08-06-09 : Case received at NVC

08-07-09 : Case forwarded to US Embassy in Brussels

08-19-09 : Packet 3 received from US Embassy

09-03-09 : Medical completed

09-03-09 : Packet 3 checklist mailed back to US Embassy

09-10-09 : Interview!

09-17-09 : Turn in two missing forms, Approved, Got the VISA!

10-21-09 : POE Washington DC

11-08-09 : Married

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There I stood, almost first in line at customs at Washington Dulles International. Guess our plane was the first of a batch of international flights.

Had a copy of the NOA1 and a letter of my employer in my backpack, ready to explain it all.

Then the customs officer called me over. Gave him my passport and Visa Waiver, he asked what my main purpose was (visiting) and how long I would stay. Two stamps and some fingerprint scans later I was done. That's it. No in-depth questions, none of that.

I just stood there dumbfounded wondering why I got nervous about this.

And now I'm happy that I can spend time with my sweetie :D

--BaWa


Our K1 Visa timeline

03-28-09 : I-129F mailed to USCIS

03-30-09 : I-129F received at USCIS

03-31-09 : check cashed by USCIS

03-31-09 : NOA1 email

04-02-09 : check cleared at bank

04-04-09 : NOA1 hard copy received

07-21-09 : Touched

07-22-09 : NOA2 email

07-25-09 : NOA2 hard copy received

08-06-09 : Case received at NVC

08-07-09 : Case forwarded to US Embassy in Brussels

08-19-09 : Packet 3 received from US Embassy

09-03-09 : Medical completed

09-03-09 : Packet 3 checklist mailed back to US Embassy

09-10-09 : Interview!

09-17-09 : Turn in two missing forms, Approved, Got the VISA!

10-21-09 : POE Washington DC

11-08-09 : Married

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Hi everyone. I'm new here and I just found out that i can actually visit my fiance in the states. I went through all the posts in the this tread and it was very helpful. It definitely encouraged me to go on and try to visit my baby. I have a few questions thought ... I got really confused about the visa waiver countries and when i checked my home country ( Bulgaria ) was not in the list of the VWCs. So I was wondering if visitors from VWCs do need an issued visa from the american embassy int their countries or they actually go only through officers questions when they get to the POE in the US. Im really confused ... did i got it right that if i have a tourist visa issued from the american embassy in my country i still can be turned down by the officer at the POE. I would like to hear if anybody from a non-visa waiver country have any experience with visiting the US during the K-1 visa process.

thanks in advance :blush:


~K1 visa journey~

04/10/2009 - I-129 Filed at VSC

04/29/2009 - NOA1

05/01/2009 - touch

09/03/2009 - touch

09/03/2009 - OMG NOA2 !!!!

09/09/2009 - Received at NVC

09/14/2009 - Case left NVC

09/16/2009 - Embassy received the papers

09/17/2009 - Packet 3 sent to Desi

09/25/2009 - Packet 3 received :)))

10/19/2009 - Medical exam

10/20/2009 - Interview - successfully passed:) woohooo :))))

10/23/2009 - Visa received

31/10/2009 - Entered USA

03/11/2009 - Wedding day :))

~AOS journey~

11/24/2009 - Papers sent

11/30/2009 - papers received

12/04/2009 - NOA1

12/10/2009 - Check cashed

12/24/2009 - Biometrics appointment

12/28/2009 - RFE received and sent out the same day

01/15/2010 - Case transferred to CSC

01/26/2010 - AP and EAD approved

02/01/2010 - AP received

06/18/2010 - Service request

06/21/2010 - Touch

06/24/2010 - Green Card production ordered wooohoooooo :))

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Hi everyone. I'm new here and I just found out that i can actually visit my fiance in the states. I went through all the posts in the this tread and it was very helpful. It definitely encouraged me to go on and try to visit my baby. I have a few questions thought ... I got really confused about the visa waiver countries and when i checked my home country ( Bulgaria ) was not in the list of the VWCs. So I was wondering if visitors from VWCs do need an issued visa from the american embassy int their countries or they actually go only through officers questions when they get to the POE in the US. Im really confused ... did i got it right that if i have a tourist visa issued from the american embassy in my country i still can be turned down by the officer at the POE. I would like to hear if anybody from a non-visa waiver country have any experience with visiting the US during the K-1 visa process.

thanks in advance :blush:

Yes, people from Visa Waiver countries usually tend to visit on the VWP even during the K1 process. I have heard less encouraging results for countries where a tourist visa is required. You are more than welcome to try, if you are willing to loose the money (generally around $131) you spend on applying for a tourist visa.

Yes, even if you have a visa in your passport, you may still be denied at POE if you do not convince the officer that you will return. The visa merely gives you permission to board a conveyance and present yourself to a border official. It does not guarantee that you can get in.

Each couple must individually assess the cost of the airfare and other things and determine if it is an amount that their finances can safely absorb if they are denied at PoE.


K-1:

January 28, 2009: NOA1

June 4, 2009: Interview - APPROVED!!!

October 11, 2009: Wedding

AOS:

December 23, 2009: NOA1!

January 22, 2010: Bogus RFE corrected through congressional inquiry "EAD waiting on biometrics only" Read about it here.

March 15, 2010: AOS interview - RFE for I-693 vaccination supplement - CS signed part 6!

March 27, 2010: Green Card recieved

ROC:

March 1, 2012: Mailed ROC package

March 7, 2012: Tracking says "notice left"...after a phone call to post office.

More detailed time line in profile.

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