Sponsoring My Mother from Canada I-130

OhCanada!

New Member
Hi all,


I am a dual citizen of Canada and the US, who lives in the US. I filed the I-130 in December 2020 for my mother who lives in Canada (Canadian citizen).


Both her mother (my grandmother) and I are citizens of the USA. My Grandmother lives in Canada (also dual), so I thought me doing the sponsorship via I-130 made the most sense.


Since processing times out of the Nebraska offices said 5-7 months (we filed electronically from Minnesota in December 2020), we made plans to have her relocated here this summer.


Keep in mind, as a Canadian, she does not require a visa to travel here as a visitor with a return ticket and can be a tourist here for 6 out of the 12 months of a year... in case there is a slight delay in approval.


Here is my question that I can't find the answer to:

With the land border between the US and Canada still closed (she has flown a few times this year), will they let her cross the border knowing she is in the immigration process (deeming essential travel)? Or do we need to wait until a) the land border opens or b) her l-130 is approved (which should be 4-ish more months).

She has three dogs and is bringing her belongings and car, which is why land is the preferred relocation method.

Thank you in advance!
 
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newacct

Well-Known Member
It is not essential travel. She will need to wait until the land border opens or she will need to fly (taking COVID test before boarding the flight).

Also note that the I-130 approval is only one of the steps. After I-130 approval, she still has to go through the Consular Processing process with NVC and the US consulate in Montreal to get an immigrant visa.

Was your grandmother a US citizen when your mother was born? When was your mother born? How much time did your grandmother spend in the US before your mother's birth? Depending on the circumstances, your mother might already be a US citizen.
 

OhCanada!

New Member
It is not essential travel. She will need to wait until the land border opens or she will need to fly (taking COVID test before boarding the flight).

Also note that the I-130 approval is only one of the steps. After I-130 approval, she still has to go through the Consular Processing process with NVC and the US consulate in Montreal to get an immigrant visa.

Was your grandmother a US citizen when your mother was born? When was your mother born? How much time did your grandmother spend in the US before your mother's birth? Depending on the circumstances, your mother might already be a US citizen.
Yes my Grandmother was born in the US.
Mother was born in 1960.
my grandmother moved to Canada before my mother was born, then back when my mother was married. Now back in Canada.

how do I find this out?! Oy vey....
 

newacct

Well-Known Member
Yes my Grandmother was born in the US.
Mother was born in 1960.
my grandmother moved to Canada before my mother was born, then back when my mother was married. Now back in Canada.

how do I find this out?! Oy vey....
I will assume your mother's father was not a US citizen when your mother was born. If your mother was born in wedlock, then your grandmother needed to have been physically present in the US before your mother's birth for a cumulative total of 10 years, including 5 years after your grandmother turned 14. If your mother was born out of wedlock, then your grandmother needed to have been physically present in the US before your mother's birth for some continuous period of 1 year.
 

OhCanada!

New Member
I will assume your mother's father was not a US citizen when your mother was born. If your mother was born in wedlock, then your grandmother needed to have been physically present in the US before your mother's birth for a cumulative total of 10 years, including 5 years after your grandmother turned 14. If your mother was born out of wedlock, then your grandmother needed to have been physically present in the US before your mother's birth for some continuous period of 1 year.
Did I ever have my information wrong. I just confirmed that my grandmother was born in Canada but had a US passport via her mother who was born in the US.
 

newacct

Well-Known Member
Did I ever have my information wrong. I just confirmed that my grandmother was born in Canada but had a US passport via her mother who was born in the US.
What I said was the same. It just matters how much physical presence she had in the US before your mother was born.
 
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