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Previous US Refusal and I-485 Part 8 General Eligibility

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Hi all,


I am in the process of AOSing by filing my I-130 and I-485 (through marriage with a USC). I have a general question about Part 8.


A couple of years ago while I was applying for a TN Visa at the POE, I was rejected and sent back into Canada with this "Notice of Refusal". I was never told the reason for refusal, the guy basically just said to rewrite my TN visa petition letter (since I applied under the wrong category) and try later (which I did and was granted a TN visa and admissions into the US a couple of days later). Nevertheless, I was finger printed and took a photo with CBP before being sent back into Candace with this form (see the picture). 


On the I-485, do I have to check off 14 and 15 (see picture ) and explain my reason? I am unclear about "Refused" vs "Denied" since legally they aren't the same word and also since the "TN Visa" is not a visa per say but a status. I am tempted to check off yes to both but I wanted to know if anyone else has run into this situation before. I am currently also having my lawyer look into this. 





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I think the correct answers are yes and yes.

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