Without approval, I ran the risk of my K-1 visa and application being forfeited. The K-1 Visa is only valid for a “one-time entry”. This is outlined clearly once your K-1 is approved and issued. Just so happened that my ex-husband/father of my children had a stroke the day before we entered the US. I had to consult directly with USCIS to be granted permission to leave the US and return to Canada to bring my kids to see their father (his future is very unstable at this point). I did not want to run the risk of having to start over - we can all appreciate how much time and effort goes into the K-1 process.
@Villanelle I had to speak some “higher-ups” at USCIS and put my unique scenario into writing (email). Also, send copies of everything via email as well.
I think they also had to consult with CBP and Montreal. Not even exactly sure what took place behind the scenes. wish I knew who was all involved as I feel personally indebted to them for going the extra mile to allow me such a privilege. I understand wholly that this type of thing is not taken lightly and not given to every person.
I am truly truly thankful.
with all that being said, I would like to remind others that this site it a site for advice, direction, and often hope. I was saddened to see so many people so quick to say “not a chance” and such, rather than give advice. This is an unfortunate scenario, not one I would wish on anyone. I was not coming her for permission but rather to find those that had the ability to understand, guide, and offer some help. I was astonished at many of the responses from others, and then those who took it upon themselves to draw assumptions. It has lessened my faith in my peers on this site and has certainly ‘cheapened’ the experience. I only hope that for anyone going through my unfortunate circumstances will find this thread and be offered a ray of Hope. Also, as a reminder - if something so urgent and important does occur, to report directly to USCIS rather than take words offered here as gospel.
where there’s a will, there’s a way. And while the whole Visa process seems daunting and almost autonomous - there are real people that stand behind these policies and process these applications that are willing to listen and understand! Again, much gratitude for them, for the process, and for those that are here to truly help.