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Will travel history affect my K1 visa process?

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Hello,

 

3 months before my fiancee applied for a fiancee visa for me, I applied for a B2 visitor's visa to stay for 6 months in the U.S.

I never went to the interview so I never got a visitor's visa.

I got refused entry into the U.S. on my second trip over there.

Will this affect the time it takes to get my K1 visa and will the interviewer at the U.S. Embassy ask me about this travelling history, refused entry and the visa I tried to get to go to the U.S. for a visit for 6 months?

 

Thank you in advance!

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1 minute ago, Ella and James said:

Hello,

 

3 months before my fiancee applied for a fiancee visa for me, I applied for a B2 visitor's visa to stay for 6 months in the U.S.

I never went to the interview so I never got a visitor's visa.

I got refused entry into the U.S. on my second trip over there.

Will this affect the time it takes to get my K1 visa and will the interviewer at the U.S. Embassy ask me about this travelling history, refused entry and the visa I tried to get to go to the U.S. for a visit for 6 months?

 

Thank you in advance!

no it will not effect your K1 but they will likely ask you about it.

Edited by Khallaf

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6 minutes ago, Ella and James said:

will the interviewer at the U.S. Embassy ask me about this travelling history, refused entry and the visa I tried to get to go to the U.S. for a visit for 6 months? 

i answered this yesterday for another VJer that was denied B2. Pay attention to the DS160 question regarding refusals. Be sure of your dates and reasons and honest about everything and you'll be fine. I think there were 4 questions asked about it during our interview.

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You must disclose on the DS-160 form for your K1 visa that you were once refused entry.  The interviewer will probably ask you about it, but they probably already know about it anyway.  So no sense hiding it or worrying about it.  Just be honest and it will not be an issue for your K1 visa application.

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So long as the refusal is disclosed and you are honest, it shouldn't be an issue assuming your refused entry was a withdrawal of application for admission, not an expedited deportation.

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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: 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, TandSarahJane said:

i answered this yesterday for another VJer that was denied B2. Pay attention to the DS160 question regarding refusals. Be sure of your dates and reasons and honest about everything and you'll be fine. I think there were 4 questions asked about it during our interview.

What did they ask you about it? :) I had been in the U.S. on a visa waiver for close to 3 months (the maximum stay allowed on the visa waiver is 3 months). Then I applied for a B2 visitor's visa when I returned to the UK. Then a month later instead of going to the interview I just decided to use the visa waiver again to go with my U.S. fiancee (who at that point was just my friend), that is when I got refused entry. :( They thought that I was lying to them about my reasons for coming back over, since I had been in the process of getting a 6 month visitor's visa and then instead was going on a trip that was going to last for a couple of weeks.  

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1 hour ago, Bayman said:

not at all. But the co will ask you why you were refused entry . good luck!

The CO never issued me a formal written document describing that I had been refused entry and why. They called me a liar though and didn't believe I was telling them the truth.

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1 minute ago, Ella and James said:

The CO never issued me a formal written document describing that I had been refused entry and why. They called me a liar though and didn't believe I was telling them the truth.

ok.

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56 minutes ago, geowrian said:

So long as the refusal is disclosed and you are honest, it shouldn't be an issue assuming your refused entry was a withdrawal of application for admission, not an expedited deportation.

No I wasn't deported :). Could they ask me what my intentions were for trying to come over to the U.S. at that time that I got refused entry or even ask me again if I was lying about my friend (who is now my fiancee) being more than just a friend? I went through hell during that interrogation and I sooo don't want to have any more instances like that one...

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1 hour ago, TandSarahJane said:

i answered this yesterday for another VJer that was denied B2. Pay attention to the DS160 question regarding refusals. Be sure of your dates and reasons and honest about everything and you'll be fine. I think there were 4 questions asked about it during our interview.

What happens if they didn't tell me why they refused me entry, didn't give me a written document etc.?

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You literally have nothing to worry about. Just tell the truth if you never lied. Being previously denied entry is a non-issue.

 

If you're asking if you need to bend the truth a little, this is not one of those times. No issue at all that one CBP officer thought you were visiting too often even though you told him the truth.

Edited by Nov2017AD

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1 hour ago, Ella and James said:

No I wasn't deported :). Could they ask me what my intentions were for trying to come over to the U.S. at that time that I got refused entry or even ask me again if I was lying about my friend (who is now my fiancee) being more than just a friend? I went through hell during that interrogation and I sooo don't want to have any more instances like that one...

Good. I was just checking since CBP has discretion to let you withdraw the application for admission or to force an expedited removal. Some people got the latter.

 

Yes they can ask. So long as you were honest and remain honest, it's not an issue. You'll be fine.


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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: 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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20 hours ago, Ella and James said:

What happens if they didn't tell me why they refused me entry, didn't give me a written document etc.?

Hey! Just note it on your DS-160 when your at that stage. If they ask during interview-I'm sure you can answer. Girl-you are going to be ok. Don't let your mind play tricks on you. Be honest and the rest will see you through ❤️ 

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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.


Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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