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4 hours ago, RedAndSharpe said:

Would I be allowed to enter the USA on my B2 visa after submitting the I-130? And if I do enter the US on a B2 visa, how would that affect the immigration process?

My husband visited many times on us ESTA while our i-130 was in process. He was never questioned about it but always came prepared to show he had ties to his home country. It’s up to the boarder officer each time though. It wouldn’t affect the immigration process at all, unless you were denied entry( which you would just need a waiver for anyway if it came to that).  But if it sounds like they are going to deny entry you can ask to withdraw your request to enter the country. 

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My wife filed for me on November 6th and I am currently on a trip visiting her in NYC.

 

The Immigration Officer asked me the following:

 

How long are you here for?

Are you traveling with food?

What kind of other foods do you have?

 

So don't be nervous when traveling while waiting for your approval. Just tell the truth if they ask about it.

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On 12/17/2023 at 6:41 PM, Ara Burton said:

My wife filed for me on November 6th and I am currently on a trip visiting her in NYC.

 

The Immigration Officer asked me the following:

 

How long are you here for?

Are you traveling with food?

What kind of other foods do you have?

 

So don't be nervous when traveling while waiting for your approval. Just tell the truth if they ask about it.

Thanks a lot for the confidence and courage. I am planning to visit my husband in April next year he is in Texas but recently my friends have decided to visit Miami in March for 3-4 days now m confused should i go for it or not. 

 

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Hi all,

 

I am going to visit my husband in February (I have visited him many times before during this process) and I just wondered what is the best thing to say when asked 'why are you visiting?' Should I say that I am visiting my husband or does that open a can of worms? Or maybe visiting family? 

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On 1/17/2024 at 1:25 AM, ninabd said:

Hi all,

 

I am going to visit my husband in February (I have visited him many times before during this process) and I just wondered what is the best thing to say when asked 'why are you visiting?' Should I say that I am visiting my husband or does that open a can of worms? Or maybe visiting family? 

 

You say that you are visiting your husband.

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On 1/17/2024 at 3:25 AM, ninabd said:

Hi all,

 

I am going to visit my husband in February (I have visited him many times before during this process) and I just wondered what is the best thing to say when asked 'why are you visiting?' Should I say that I am visiting my husband or does that open a can of worms? Or maybe visiting family? 

Be honest about the nature of your visit and who you are visiting.  Have a return ticket home and proof of ties to your home country. Make sure you don't plan to stay too long or they will question you, with or without an I-130 pending.  

 

Learned that the first time my husband came to visit when we arranged for him to stay for something like 84 days. They almost denied him entry.

 

Last time he came, he stayed 5 weeks and no problems.

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