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Denied border entry before, crossed fine since then. Problem for K1?

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My fiance (US) and I have filed our I-129F and are currently waiting for our NOA2...


In 2015 I was denied entry to the USA. I was going to visit my now ex-boyfriend for a couple months and was denied because they didn't believe there was enough proof to show I would be returning to Canada (I lived with my parents at the time and was bringing my only big financial commitment [my car] with me). They denied me BUT told me that if I got plane tickets, left my car at home, brought bank statements to prove I could financially support myself while visiting, a letter from work with the expected date I was due back to work, etc, etc, etc, etc then I should be fine. I was also told I should wait a few weeks once I gather these things before trying to cross the border again.


A month later, a shortened trip planned with a return plane ticket, a letter from my parents stating that they had my car at their home and would be picking me up from the airport on the specified date I would be back, a letter from work with my expected return, bank statements, screenshots of conversations with my cousin discussing that I would be photographing her wedding in Canada the week after my return, etc, etc, etc.


I was STILL denied entry because they didn't believe I would return. I have since crossed MULTIPLE times for short visits without ANY issues, however I am wondering if this is likely to negatively impact our visa process (and if so, is this something that would get denied at an NOA2 level because it would be in their system, or is there a possibility it could get all the way to the embassy interview ending in denial), or if I shouldn't even bother to worry about it.


Sorry for the rant but thank you so much in advance !! :)

K1 Visa Process:
I-129F Sent: February 28th 2019
NOA1: March 7th 2019

NOA2: May 16th 2019

NVC Arrival: June 14th 2019

NVC Depart: June 25th 2019

Consulate Recieved: June 27th 2019

Package 3 Rec: July 8th 2019

Package 3 Sent: July 15th 2019

Package 4 Rec: July 16th 2019

Medical: August 29th 2019

Interview: September 11th 2019

Visa Issued: September 12th 2019

Visa On Hand: September 16th 2019

US Entry:


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No. People have had similar experiences from Canada as well as Europe on ESTA. People get denied tourist visas all the time from other countries. Doesn't cause an issue at all, long as there was no sort of misrepresentation noted or anything, shouldn't cause any issues at all.

08/15/2014 : Met Online

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

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

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

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

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview



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No, it still not affect things in any way. 

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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card



Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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You will be fine when coming through and activating the K-1, as it is a dual intent visa.  In terms of visiting before you get the visa, it is always up to the CBP at the border to admit you, so showing ties to home is still the best idea.

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My now husband was detained for 5 hours and denied entry. They thought he had immigrant intent. He returned with all his financial stuff and proof of ties and still got denied. He waited 8 months before trying again and I went to visit him instead. Then when he tried again he brought a copy of the NOA1 and they let him through. We were really worried about our case because of all this but finally got approved! So I’d say don’t worry! 

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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.

Our journey:


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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