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Hi. My fiancee and I are planning a non binding ceremony 2 days before we plan on leaving the country. That means we will have our visas in hand. We plan to marry in the states right away right when we arrive. My question is will we get in trouble in customs or immigration when we're crossing the border? Will they ask at all if we did any ceremony whatsoever? Is there a chance they might not let her in because of it? Thank you very much. 

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Will it cause problems? Maybe not... Will they ask? Maybe... maybe not... could it mess the whole process up? Maybe.. maybe not...

 

You will find no one on here who suggests you do any ceremony in the home country before or after the visa is in hand. Everyone here will recommend you come to the US, marry, file for AOS and AP, then go back later and do a ceremony/party in the home country... but it's your decision to make.


08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

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03/31/2017 - Biometrics appointment Completed

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

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I am sorry but this is such a bad idea.  Why on earth would you ever want to risk your partner's future in the United States? Even for a teeny tiny chance that they may or may  not find out...that is enough for me to follow everything to the T.

 

Good luck 


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Don't risk it. Simply don't do it. A going away party would be fine, but no ceremony whatsoever, non-binding or otherwise.


Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

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NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

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Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

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NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

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Interview letter 03/18/2015

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I concur with others. Being this close it would show stupidity if you guys blew this opportunity.


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Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

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Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

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Agreed with all the others - do so at your own peril. You may be fine. You may be denied entry.

It seems unwise to risk all the money and time spent on the process so far, even if the risk is fairly small.


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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

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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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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21 hours ago, Alphashooter said:

Hi. My fiancee and I are planning a non binding ceremony 2 days before we plan on leaving the country. That means we will have our visas in hand. We plan to marry in the states right away right when we arrive. My question is will we get in trouble in customs or immigration when we're crossing the border? Will they ask at all if we did any ceremony whatsoever? Is there a chance they might not let her in because of it? Thank you very much. 

extremely BAD idea, the possibility exists that you will have to start over with a CR1 visa

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Give it  amiss, you can do that when you get here is you want.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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21 hours ago, Alphashooter said:

Hi. My fiancee and I are planning a non binding ceremony 2 days before we plan on leaving the country. That means we will have our visas in hand. We plan to marry in the states right away right when we arrive. My question is will we get in trouble in customs or immigration when we're crossing the border? Will they ask at all if we did any ceremony whatsoever? Is there a chance they might not let her in because of it? Thank you very much. 

Where's the face palm emoji???

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21 hours ago, Alphashooter said:

Hi. My fiancee and I are planning a non binding ceremony 2 days before we plan on leaving the country. That means we will have our visas in hand. We plan to marry in the states right away right when we arrive. My question is will we get in trouble in customs or immigration when we're crossing the border? Will they ask at all if we did any ceremony whatsoever? Is there a chance they might not let her in because of it? Thank you very much. 

Also sure, they might let her in.

BUT if this ever comes up - and trust me, it will, they might

- Deny and deport her on AOS stage.

- Deny and deport her on ROC stage.

- Or Deny and deport her on Naturalization stage.

 

But go ahead and risk it. No one here actually care. :)


K1

29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

RoC

24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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22 hours ago, Alphashooter said:

Hi. My fiancee and I are planning a non binding ceremony 2 days before we plan on leaving the country. That means we will have our visas in hand. We plan to marry in the states right away right when we arrive. My question is will we get in trouble in customs or immigration when we're crossing the border? Will they ask at all if we did any ceremony whatsoever? Is there a chance they might not let her in because of it? Thank you very much. 

 

Why are you asking this? If you don't know the answers to your own questions, I wouldn't recommend doing it. 

 

Will they ask when you enter the country? I really doubt it, but you never know. Is there a chance they might not let her in because of it? Yes,  there is a very small one. 

 

 


Removing Conditions Timeline

Aug. 10, '17: Mailed in I-751

Aug. 21, '17: NOA1

October 23, '18: NOA2- approval

October 30, 18: 10-year GC received

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If you keep your mouth shut about it you can probably get away with it.

 

But is it a risk you are willing to take? To get to the finish line and possibly mess it all up at the very very very end?


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

12/13/2018        Consulate received/ ready to schedule interview

 

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