So, here's where we're at. Hoping someone has further insights for us.
I'm a Canadian citizen, sponsoring my wife. PR is pending, just received word that a decision has been made on my sponsorship app, haven't received the letter yet though.
Now, we went about this the wrong way the first time. Two years ago, we decided to move back to Canada, after living in the US 14 years (been married 16.5 years.) We simply entered with her as a visitor, and started working on the application process after we arrived. However, financial challenges arose and we never could quite send it off.
Eventually, my wife received an exclusion order based on overstaying. She complied very willingly, was very cooperative. She and our children have been living at her parents' in the US.
The exclusion ends on Feb. 21st, and I've been visiting them in the US. I have to go back up to work in March, and would like her to be able to visit while she waits for her PR. Everything we've read, researched, etc....tells us we need to convince the officers at the border that she will willingly return to the US after her visit, and/or when her PR is decided.
Now, she has no employment in the US, as she is a full-time stay-at-home mommy. We co-own a vehicle, registered and insured in the US. We have a bank account in the US. Her parents will write a letter stating that they expect her return after visiting Canada.
That's about all the proof we can think of so far. We are concerned that it might not be enough, given that she overstayed once. We've researched dual intent, visitor record, etc......and we're still a little worried that they might decide not to let her visit, due to the overstay and/or lack of proof of intent to return.
Anyone have any thoughts?