I'm a 30 year-old Indian living in Canada since 2013. I have a 10-year visitor visa to the US expiring in 2019 and a pending green card application (through my dad who’s a citizen since 2015).
So far, I’ve visited the US over 50 times (as I live right on the border and cross over often by land for shopping/visiting places across the border) without any problems. Ive only been denied once (in 2016) when I was trying to visit dad on the opposite coast for 3+ months after my graduation, carrying all my stuff with me as I hadn’t renewed my lease and had no return ticket. I didn't want to fly home to India for another few months after my US trip before starting a job life in Canada.
However, last year, I got a job at a call centre (my first in Canada) and a rented apartment, and I've been crossing over to the US several times without issues again.
I quit this job in October 2017 to fly back to India for 2-3 months to visit family, attend my nephew’s first birthday and a few weddings, etc. Llater I took care of my mom aftrt her hysterectomy surgery that had to be done urgently 2 weeks ago. We were supposed to fly back together end of January to the US to visit my dad, after which I would fly back to Canada alone 3-4 weeks later.
I was already skeptical about US immigration allowing me entry, due to being jobless again and parents being citizen/GC holders in the US but thought that Canadian lease papers, bank statements, recently-received Canadian PR card and accompanying a slightly-handicapped mom would support my case... But now, I have this problem:
My apartment lease is dated April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. If I flew to the US as planned in January, I would be flying to Canada in February and still be able to show that my lease hasn't expired. However, if I fly to the US mid-March and show an intent to return to Canada sometime in April, the officers would have no reason to believe my lease was renewed. All I'll have is a return ticket and Canadian bank statements besides this lease.
Will this lease still count as proof of residence even if I'm going to pay month-to-month after the first 12 months? My lease agreement states “If neither Tenant nor Landlord delivers notice of termination of the other, then upon the expiration of the term, the Tenant shall become a monthly tenant only. As a month to month tenant, Tenant agreed to vacate premises upon receiving 60 days written notice from the Landlord.” I’ll be paying March rent to my landlord by bank transfer next week.
I have ZERO intention of staying in the US. It’s just that it’s impossible to visit my dad for a longer period if I’m working, so this seems like the perfect time to visit him for a month. I don’t even know if a lease is strong enough proof anyway but as far as I know, a job isn’t necessary to prove ties either because when I was denied earlier, they gave me a checklist of documents I needed to carry on my next attempt to visit the US and the IO hadn’t put a checkmark on PROOF OF EMPLOYMENT. All that was mentioned was PROOF OF RESIDENCE, FINANCES and RETURN TICKET.
What can I possibly do about this dilemma? I really want to visit my father. Any advice is highly appreciated! Thank you!