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  1. I called CBSA and asked this very question, as I just became a Canadian citizen. I was told without any ambiguity that I HAD TO USE MY CANADIAN PASSPORT for air-travel entry to Canada, no exceptions. Land travel is OK without the passport. In reality, I suspect it is a little bit of a gray area depending on which officer you get. Give CBSA a call and see what they say, and report back here.
  2. So in your experience, all you had to send were 3 years of returns? No RFE?
  3. Just wanted to get a feel for minimal acceptable evidence people have successfully used to get past the i864ez requirement. I've seen a lot of mixed answers out there, but for a simple/straightforward case (I think), I was planning to only send IRS return transcripts and W2's for the past 3 years, however, I'm wondering if the transcripts alone are enough. I don't want to send more information than is needed. Have any of you only sent 3 years of IRS return transcripts as evidence, and avoided RFE's? As the USC sponsor for my spouse, I have over the past 3 years: filed US taxes every year as married separately. maintained my US job while "temporarily abroad" in Canada, so I have W2's for every year of my working life. Employer still uses my lifelong US address, which shows on each W2. intend to list just my income as the support, no joint sponsors, or even relying on my spouse's income. never had any gaps in income. well above the income minimums. This is only sponsorship for my spouse - no other family. I'm not sure if there is any difference here being that this is going through the NVC vs. people adjusting status while in the US. Thanks!
  4. This should be the preferred answer. Unless you're considering renting your primary home in Canada, definitely sell it before officially landing in the USA.
  5. A fellow Big Lebowski fan. Certainly hope not. Just a bummer we can't really prepare for this in really any way, other than gathering travel history ahead. Then hope for the best.
  6. Perhaps an odd question, but figured you folks would know best: is it possible to fill out a DS-5535 form with all the details ahead of the consulate interview, so you can just hand it over right-then-and-there? I hope my sponsored spouse will not have to go through this, but in preparation, I have requested/received full travel history from Canada and the US customs offices. I was thinking I might save a little time, if we filled out all the travel history ahead of time, and brought the form to the interview.
  7. I'm not yet at your stage (but soon!): Property tax / rent agreement or payments Utility Bills showing US address (cell-phone, internet, cable tv, electricity, etc) Financial accounts (brokerage, checking, savings) showing US address Drivers License at US Address Health Insurance paid for at US Address. ...to name a few. I would think one or a mix of these would be undeniable US domicile proof.
  8. This is the best way. I've been using it for a few years now, and saves time/effort/paper/ink.
  9. This stat and the time between NVC docs submitted to DQ'd would be super useful. In general, this forum doesn't seem to advocate for Google Docs/ etc. to show this data, but without better searching, it leaves little alternative to that option. Ultimately, I would think this change would be easy to implement...all the data is already there, we just need a few more search boxes on the search screen.
  10. Apologies if this has been covered, but a couple questions: How did you actually collect 15 years of travel history? Since this is a Canadian forum, did you just file a travel history request with CBSA? It seems they go back to August 1, 2000, which would cover this well enough. Is there any consensus around submitting extra documentation during the NVC process to avoid this mess? I see folks having to submit Court, Medical, Police, Employment records to suffice. If any could do this over, would you attach these into CEAC?
  11. We've been asked before for proof of a Rabies vaccine for our dog, but I can't remember if it was the US or Canada that asked for it on our many trips over the years. I highly recommend having it handy. You don't want any more hassle than necessary.
  12. This site has been invaluable in going through the IR1 process, particularly the timeline estimation for various stages of approval. On the Timeline search, it's largely geared towards the USCIS I-130 stage, in terms of searchable fields. I'd like to be able to more easily search NVC-relevant stages. For example, there is a nice graph showing NVC processing time in step 3 here, but I don't see a way to search for things like "NVC Received" or "Case Completed at NVC". Can this be easily added? I realize the NVC official site does show which cases it is working on, but VJ offers perhaps a more realistic perspective.
  13. FWIW, I am planning to sell my home in Canada before moving. I assume you are asking this because you may have spent significant time in Canada, as a participant in this crazy real estate run-up in Toronto/Vancouver. As others have said, I think it will simplify your life if you sell beforehand for 2 main reasons: one less "tie", and no risk of additional tax on the sale (from the IRS).
  14. Can this be optimized? For example, the process is explained in steps at the State Dept website as: Step 1 Submit a Petition Step 2 NVC Processing Step 3 Pay Fees Step 4 Affidavit of Support Step 5 Financial Documents Step 6 Online Application Would one be able to complete steps 3-5 (I-864, tax info, etc), and "wait" on submitting the DS-260 for step 6?
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