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Hello 

i know here is discussion for port of entry but i still feel its not enough to asure me for non stress travel next week :D 

two years ago i was denied ESTA at San diego airport for travelling too often at that time my fiance. I was taken for secondary inspection and it was terrible experience + interview. 

now i am arriving at the same airport on Cr-1. 

I feel sick to my stomach about what to expect... last time they grilled me (though i did not do anything bad and i think it was totally unecesary) and i just dont want to feel “Deja vu” again.

 

is here anyone who knows how it goes with CR1 at airport? Or SAN DIEGO/LAX experiences? should i worry especially having already great experience with 2ndary inspection there? 

 

Thank yuu for sharing

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9 minutes ago, Tjbox said:

Hello 

i know here is discussion for port of entry but i still feel its not enough to asure me for non stress travel next week :D

two years ago i was denied ESTA at San diego airport for travelling too often at that time my fiance. I was taken for secondary inspection and it was terrible experience + interview. 

now i am arriving at the same airport on Cr-1. 

I feel sick to my stomach about what to expect... last time they grilled me (though i did not do anything bad and i think it was totally unecesary) and i just dont want to feel “Deja vu” again.

 

is here anyone who knows how it goes with CR1 at airport? Or SAN DIEGO/LAX experiences? should i worry especially having already great experience with 2ndary inspection there? 

 

Thank yuu for sharing

Who can tell, it will be up to the CBP officer you encounter.  Since you are entering on a CR1, I don't think your ESTA denial will matter as you are now legally immigrating to the US.  I don't know anything about SAN or LAX, but I do know when my fiancé (now wife) came in on her K1, she did not go to secondary, she handed the sealed envelope over to the first CBP officer, was questioned briefly and was informed that she was under no government obligation to get married.

 

Hope your POE runs smooth!

 

Good Luck!


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There shouldn't be any issues.  But if you are connecting leave enough time in case you do go thru secondary.  


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I was anxious as hell after reading all the reviews of POE. I kid you not, it took 27 hrs to reach JFK from Delhi via Dubai and all this time, I was miserable. My wife was holding my hands and was trying to ease the entire flight. 

 

My wife (USC) was in the same line as I was. She was behind me and when my turn came, we both walked in together. 

 

IO said, the sealed envelope, please. I gave that and my passport. He looked in my face, did few things and I guess a fingerprint (not sure). And opened the file, took the paper and dumped it in a tray. Stamped my passport and said "NEXXXXXTTTTTT"

 

After that, I let my shoulder loose and had a big smile in 5 days.   And then I was so bummed, I had read reviews that IO saying "welcome to America". IO didn't say anything just said "NEXXXXXXXXXXXT" so I made a point to get our picture taken at JFK where they have a big sign inside the airport itself which says  "welcome to NEWYORK"

 

Your ESTA denial should not affect your CR1 entry. Again it depends upon the mood of IO. 

 

Remember to relax and ease. Happy holidays,

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Like missleman said.  This is completely unrelated.  You now have an approved immigrant visa.  That is very different from a tourist or work non-immigrant visas.


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 20, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

September 14, 2018 -  NOA-1

 

 

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PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

 

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1 minute ago, old-fella said:

Your ESTA denial should not affect your CR1 entry. Again it depends upon the mood of IO. 

There is absolutely no reason the ESTA denial for traveling too often to the US would have any effect on a CR-1 entry whatsoever......


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  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
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Just now, missileman said:

There is absolutely no reason the ESTA denial for traveling too often to the US would have any effect on a CR-1 entry whatsoever......

I hope so. Well the interview was extremely uncomfortable. I arrived 9pm and till 5am they were telling just wait a while for interview... turned out to be hours waiting and at 5am i fell asleep and they suddenly woken me up exhousted. No food. No watwe. No good wine lol. I felt like in some camp bc next to me were sleeping so many unknown people. (And mostly from europe they sent back. The other country residency were mostly let in)

however at the interview they asked questions about my wife and our relatiinship. How we met and details. I dont remember what exactly i said out of exhaustion. So i applied for FOIA and did not receive full interview text. Just summary saying i spent 8 of 12 momths in USA (not overstaying- just travelling back and forward). And i have girlfriend. Thought i said fiance... and so on...

i just hate to be under 100 questions again  when our finally living together matters on it.

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13 minutes ago, old-fella said:

I was anxious as hell after reading all the reviews of POE. I kid you not, it took 27 hrs to reach JFK from Delhi via Dubai and all this time, I was miserable. My wife was holding my hands and was trying to ease the entire flight. 

 

My wife (USC) was in the same line as I was. She was behind me and when my turn came, we both walked in together. 

 

IO said, the sealed envelope, please. I gave that and my passport. He looked in my face, did few things and I guess a fingerprint (not sure). And opened the file, took the paper and dumped it in a tray. Stamped my passport and said "NEXXXXXTTTTTT"

 

After that, I let my shoulder loose and had a big smile in 5 days.   And then I was so bummed, I had read reviews that IO saying "welcome to America". IO didn't say anything just said "NEXXXXXXXXXXXT" so I made a point to get our picture taken at JFK where they have a big sign inside the airport itself which says  "welcome to NEWYORK"

 

Your ESTA denial should not affect your CR1 entry. Again it depends upon the mood of IO. 

 

Remember to relax and ease. Happy holidays,

They must love their job. I will be hoping for neeext. And we have luckily now all electronics. No more sealed envelope

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5 minutes ago, Tjbox said:

I hope so. Well the interview was extremely uncomfortable. I arrived 9pm and till 5am they were telling just wait a while for interview... turned out to be hours waiting and at 5am i fell asleep and they suddenly woken me up exhousted. No food. No watwe. No good wine lol. I felt like in some camp bc next to me were sleeping so many unknown people. (And mostly from europe they sent back. The other country residency were mostly let in)

however at the interview they asked questions about my wife and our relatiinship. How we met and details. I dont remember what exactly i said out of exhaustion. So i applied for FOIA and did not receive full interview text. Just summary saying i spent 8 of 12 momths in USA (not overstaying- just travelling back and forward). And i have girlfriend. Thought i said fiance... and so on...

i just hate to be under 100 questions again  when our finally living together matters on it.

Personally, I have NEVER heard of a CR-1 holder being denied entry....never......just relax, and welcome to The United States of America!!!


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Second career-Retired Registered Nurse, experience in Labor& Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent & Adult Psych

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  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
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  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
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  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
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They traumatized you and you are overthinking it 😄. Totally feel you. Im sure it will be ok though, let us know how it went when it's over!


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Spoiler

2015

  • March 10 2015 - USCIS received i-130/i-485
  • March 30 2015 - got a RFE saying that my husband cannot be my sponsor because of his income, which is not true, but we didn't know what to do so we hired a lawyer.
  • August 10 2015 - interview (went great, by the way). Were told to wait 120 days.
  • December 10 2015, April 10 2016, May 10 2016 - sent SR, responses: "your case is pending"

2016

  • May 25 2016 - Went to Info Pass, the case is taken to the supervisor, were told we will get something in 30 days (of course, after 30 days we got nothing....).
  • June 27 2016 - Went to Info Pass again, they told us to wait for 2 more weeks and if we still get nothing send a service request letter by mail. Did it on the same day.
  • June 27 2016 - After Infopass, went to senator Durbin office in Chicago.
  • July 8 2016 - Went to Mike Quigley office.
  • July 8 2016 - Received useless response from Durbin. All they know is that the case is pending and it's in Chicago, can't do anything else.
  • July 12 2016: Infopass, spoke to the supervisor, promises promises.... more wait.
  • July 17 2016: Filed Ombudsman.
  • July 26 2016: Another info pass, same story. We talked to 3 supervisors already! I don't get it!
  • July 29 2016: Sent another useless SR just because.
  • Aug 9 2016: Talked to the officer we had interview with! She was supposed to mail us RFE a year ago but she forgot (!!!) ! They admitted it. Gave us RFE.
  • October 11 2016: Response to RFE is received by uscis (the RFE was ridiculous. Basically all same papers we ALREADY GAVE HER at the interview: bank statements, lease, etc).
  • October 20 2016: Infopass, useless, did not have time to wait for the supervisor.
  • November 9 2016: Infopass, talked to the supervisor, he said there are no problems with our case and he will make sure the officer will make a decision within a few days. Gave us his email and phone number, told us to contact him directly instead of going to info pass.
  • November 15 2016: emailed the supervisor, since a few days have passed and still no decision. No response.
  • November 17 2016: called the supervisor, no answer.
  • November 17 2016: sent Service Request about i-130 (Lol, like that will help..)
  • November 19 2016: sent a letter to the director of Chicago Field Office.
  • November 22 2016: sent Service Request about i-485 (Lol[2])
  • November 23 2016: talked to the supervisor again to learn that..........my medical and fingerprints have expired and i need to wait for a notice to do it all again.
  • November 25 2016: The response from the Field Office Director Martha Medina-Maltes: your case is pending and every effort is being made blah blah blah
  • December 5 2016: Received a response to i-485 SR that my case is "pending supervisor review"... absolutely random since the supervisor said i'll need redo my medical and fingerprints again.
  • December 19 2016: Went to USCIS, the officer came out and told me we need to come back for a 2nd interview!!! I'm shocked because our marriage is 100% real and i can't believe they have doubts about it! But i'm glad that it's at least something.
  • December 27: 2nd interview (Strokes). Reason: i-130 petition. We did fine but the officer said we will receive a NOID! Our lawyer said it must be something else, not our answers... but what?!

2017

  • Jan 23 - infopass, asked if anything was mailed regarding i-130. Were told that nothing was.
  • Jan 27 - sent a service request regarding I-130.
  • March 1 2017 - went to uscis (no info pass), our officer's supervisor finally gave us the noid full of nitpicking and lies, that shows that they do not pay attention to anything. 
  • March 10 2017 - 2 years AOS anniversary...wow. 
  • March 31 - The response to the noid is received by uscis!
  • June 1st - went to the office, the supervisor promised we will get the decision in 4-6 weeks.
  • July 19 - 7 weeks passed, went back to uscis. The supervisor said he will give the case to the officer tomorrow, we asked when we will get the decision, he said he doesn't know. 
  • September 6: My husband talked to the supervisor again, he said he gave the case to the other officer, and the case is huge so the officer has a lot to do, and we will get a decision in 2 weeks. 
  • September 25: Went back since no decision was received (as expected). The supervisor said the same thing: we will get a decision in 2 weeks
  • September 29: USCIS asked for medical! Eureka! First time in 2 and a half years they sent something by themselves! :wacko: i-130 still not approved.
  • October 2: Notice that i-130 is approved (notice date September 26, still no online update). Also went to get medical done (should be ready by the end of the week)
  • October 3:  biometrics
  • October 10: medical delivered to uscis! The waiting games begins again :wacko:
  • December 11: 2 months after medical was delivered talked to the supervisor again, he said the decision will be made BY tomorrow and we will find out from the website on Wednesday. 
  • December 14: Called uscis, tier 2 officer told me that the case is approved.
  • December 18: Received Approval notice (Dated December 12)

 

Long story short:
After the initial interview we received:

1) a RFE asking for the same papers again,

2) then were asked to come to the 2nd interview that went fine of course, 

3) then a NOID that was full of mistakes.

All that was given to us in person, only when we made our way straight to our officer. And still waiting. Lots of fun (not).

4) 6 months after receiving our response to the noid i-130 is approved. 2 years 6 months and 16 days of waiting for i-130. Supposed to take 5 months. No words.

5) After 2 years 9 months and 2 days (or 1008 days) of waiting i-485 is approved.

 

 

 

 

 

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I've never heard of anyone being denied at POE on Cr1, but I have heard of the beneficiary being turned back around to their country on a K1...I will say my husband and I was nervous when it came time for POE at IAH, but all they did was biometrics, asked for his full name, and told him welcome to America...You will be fine...

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