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Does anyone have experience with their American citizen spouse visiting Canada while the i-130 is pending? Most posts are regarding trying to visit the US.


My husband visits every few weeks for a weekend on his Nexus card, buy he usually said visiting friends or girlfriend if asked but now we're married and filed the petition. He's self-employed so wouldn't have an employer's letter to show. He's bringing a copy of the NOA1 to show Canadian customs if they ask so he can show we've applied for my immigration there, not the other way around. 


Anyone in a similar relationship that has border crossing experience to share? We may be overthinking it but sometimes our border guards can be just as gruff as the US side. 

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My USC husband visited me 12-15 times during the process, never been a problem with CBSA. I visited the USA quite frequently too and  I remember being asked a few extra questions twice.  Once, the border agent lady could not understand that I was visiting my husband, but that we would be going on vacations together (?), and she was mesmerized by my bicycle. Weird interaction. 

Other time, young and cute border agent was flirting with me and I had to interrupt him, and say "Sorry, on my way to visit my husband..." (also weird, but in a cute way).  

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We did the K1 and my fiance at the time visited a lot. It was never an issue. Probably because intent to adjust in not against the rules in Canada. 


Met Playing Everquest in 2005
Engaged 9-15-2006
K-1 & 4 K-2'S
Filed 05-09-07
Interview 03-12-08
Visa received 04-21-08
Entry 05-06-08
Married 06-21-08
Filed 07-08-08
Cards Received01-22-09
Roc X5
Filed 10-17-10
Cards Received02-22-11
Filed 10-17-11
Interview 01-12-12
Oath 06-29-12

Citizenship for older 2 boys

Filed 03/08/2014

NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

Biometrics 04/15/14

Interview 05/29/14

In line for Oath 06/20/14

Oath 09/19/2014 We are all done! All USC no more USCIS


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Canada doesn't blink an eye at the USC going in and out the way the US would during this pending immigration (well, as long as they don't break any of Canada's visitor rules while visiting and have that on record). You're good!

K1 Visa: 4/14/2018 Mailed I-129f - 4/4/2019 Visa received


Filed 6/21/2019

NOA1 6/24/2019

Biometrics 7/15/2019


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Thanks all! He came up this weekend, said "I'm visiting my wife for the weekend" and there were zero further questions. I guess they can see with all his past visits that he never stays long. We'll still have him carry proof of ties to the US juuuust in case, but I'm glad it was hassle-free for him. :)

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It doesnt even matter for ties because he can intend to immigrate to Canada if he wanted to. 

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss


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