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Is it mandatory to activate CR/IR-1 Visa at first crossing?

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Hi there, 

 

I am a Canadian citizen who has recently obtained my IR-1 visa. I am still in Canada and would like to know if it is possible for me to go to the US and NOT have them activate my visa when I cross. I have every intention to return home to Canada a few days later. I will have documents proving domicile with me. I don't want my visa activated because I still have work obligations in Canada after I come back from a short trip. 

 

Any experience with this scenario? Any information would be appreciated. 

 

Thanks. 

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If they see the immigrant visa, they will use that. But what's the issue with them doing so...? The endorsed visa acts as a green card for 1 year (until the physical card comes in the mail). Yo can re-enter using that.

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

?/?/?: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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1 hour ago, L & N CanAm said:

Hi there, 

 

I am a Canadian citizen who has recently obtained my IR-1 visa. I am still in Canada and would like to know if it is possible for me to go to the US and NOT have them activate my visa when I cross. I have every intention to return home to Canada a few days later. I will have documents proving domicile with me. I don't want my visa activated because I still have work obligations in Canada after I come back from a short trip. 

 

Any experience with this scenario? Any information would be appreciated. 

 

Thanks. 

Crossing by land? If so, you can use a Nexus card or enhanced driver's licence if available in your province.  

 

Otherwise, Canadians have had mix success crossing and but activating their visa.

 

Geowrian: many reasons to not want to activate the visa - living in Canada after giving up residency, one would need to purchase private health insurance, give up children's benefits, etc.

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9 minutes ago, Lemonslice said:

one would need to purchase private health insurance, give up children's benefits, etc.

True, good point.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

?/?/?: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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