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  1. Hi everyone, Back in 2003 I had an encounter with CBP in the desert during an attempt to enter the US without inspection (illegally). I was 14 years old. Within a few hours I was fingerprinted and escorted back to Mexico. Two weeks later I entered the US without inspection and have not left the US since then. Fast forward to today. I have an approved I-130 application through my USC spouse and I know I need to apply for the 601a to waive the unlawful presence in the US, but I wonder if my encounter with CBP will be separate issue that may require an additional waiver. I've been reading that these types of detentions, which are common for Mexicans citizens, are usually considered "voluntary returns/departures" and don't affect the visa application. Has anyone went through a similar experience and successfully received their IR1/CR1 visa (permanent residence)? Thank you
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