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Happy happy morning everyone!

We were just approved today (review coming soon) which means now on to my very last stress until AOS.

Has anyone had any experience bringing cats over. I have two with me in Windsor Ontario and they are the other loves of my life and they must come with me. I've emailed the port of entry and they direct me to the site which states as long as they are healthy they can cross. How do they determine if they look healthy? Both my cats are going to be so scared.:-( Any advice or experiences would be helpful.. Especially by car. I could leave all my stuff behind but not my two babies.


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Mailed via Fed-Ex: 19-Jan-15


USCIS Received: 22-Jan-15


NOA1 (Electronic): 26-Jan-15


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Case # Received: 21-Feb-15


Consulate Received: 27-Feb-15


Packet 3 Received: ****


Packet 3 Sent: 27-Feb-15


Packet 4 Received: 11-Mar-15


Medical: 18-Mar-15 - Complete!


Interview: 10-Apr-15 - Approved!


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Good question.

:guides: easily accessible at the top of the forum page. In particular, the Bringing Animals to America Guide: http://www.visajourney.com/content/bringing-animals-to-america

HTH,

Good luck on your immigration journey.


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Hi Jassy.. We're in a similar situation with a Persian that we plan on driving from Ontario to Florida with.. so 22 hours in the car.

From what we've looked into, cats do not require proof of rabies shots, like dogs require. We are planning to get a letter from a Vet stating the cat is healthy as a precaution and also an Rx for Xanax. We've just recently tried one dose on him to get him shaved. He turned into a mellow love kitty and was purrfect at the groomers and stayed that way for the better part of a day, so we're optimistic we can do the same thing for car trip.

Hope that helps! Let us know how it goes. GOOD LUCK and Congrats!

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Hi Pitya. I've read the guides. I've read the Detroit border I've emailed them as well. I'd just like to hear some other peoples experiences as this is going to be a stressful one for me.

If any one has crossed and can tell me how it went for them that would be awesome.


K1 VISA: Canadian Fiance


Mailed via Fed-Ex: 19-Jan-15


USCIS Received: 22-Jan-15


NOA1 (Electronic): 26-Jan-15


NOA2 (Electronic): 5-Feb-15


Case # Received: 21-Feb-15


Consulate Received: 27-Feb-15


Packet 3 Received: ****


Packet 3 Sent: 27-Feb-15


Packet 4 Received: 11-Mar-15


Medical: 18-Mar-15 - Complete!


Interview: 10-Apr-15 - Approved!


POE: Hopefully April 24.


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You just need their vet cards and they should be fine. I have been looking all over for information as I am in a similar situation, and it seems that cats are rather easy to get across.

I joke with my husband that we wish I were a cat so it was * that * easy! :sleepy::luv:

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Received at NVC: 2015-06-01

Case Created at NVC: 2015-06-10 (from Julian Date calculation)

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AOS and Civil Docs received at NVC: 2015-10-13

NVC checklist for obsolete i864: 2015-11-25

Submit updated i864: ?????? when my lawyer desires... :clock:
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NVC received reply to checklist i864: 2015-12-10 (yes.. same day O.O)

NVC case completed: 2016-01-07
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I brought my cat with me from Canada I took him to the Vet there's a form online you can print and take. It lists vaccines and that pet is safe and fit to travel....just a note I would take cats to the vet the day before as the form becomes in valid within 24 hours. This was per my vet. The forgot to ask me at Toronto airport so I volunteered the info. Hope this helps

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Hi Jassy.. We're in a similar situation with a Persian that we plan on driving from Ontario to Florida with.. so 22 hours in the car.

From what we've looked into, cats do not require proof of rabies shots, like dogs require. We are planning to get a letter from a Vet stating the cat is healthy as a precaution and also an Rx for Xanax. We've just recently tried one dose on him to get him shaved. He turned into a mellow love kitty and was purrfect at the groomers and stayed that way for the better part of a day, so we're optimistic we can do the same thing for car trip.

Hope that helps! Let us know how it goes. GOOD LUCK and Congrats!

Thanks! I was thinking of getting a vet letter as a precaution as well. I'm so worried! All the guides say it is not needed but I don't want to take the chance of them denying them entry! Good luck with your fur baby!! I hope it goes smoothly! That's a much longer car ride then mine. My cats don't travel well :-(


K1 VISA: Canadian Fiance


Mailed via Fed-Ex: 19-Jan-15


USCIS Received: 22-Jan-15


NOA1 (Electronic): 26-Jan-15


NOA2 (Electronic): 5-Feb-15


Case # Received: 21-Feb-15


Consulate Received: 27-Feb-15


Packet 3 Received: ****


Packet 3 Sent: 27-Feb-15


Packet 4 Received: 11-Mar-15


Medical: 18-Mar-15 - Complete!


Interview: 10-Apr-15 - Approved!


POE: Hopefully April 24.


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Hi Pitya. I've read the guides. I've read the Detroit border I've emailed them as well. I'd just like to hear some other peoples experiences as this is going to be a stressful one for me.

If any one has crossed and can tell me how it went for them that would be awesome.

OIC, thanks for clarifying. It appears that you will get some good responses.

Good luck on your immigration journey, and hope that your feline friends' journey is quick and uneventful.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

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Depends on the drugs used, the dosage and the individual cat's tolerance to it. That's why we practiced with a grooming day which normally traumatizes the cat. The groomer and the cat were both very glad for the sedation.

The border dog sounds awful, but they need to do their job as well. Too bad the cat couldn't be removed before the dogs came.

If someone has a link to the online forms needed, please paste it.. THANKS!

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If one is flying.many airlines will not allow an animal to fly if they think they are sedated..traveled with our cats/dogs to Nicaragua and Ecuador..good times! But since ur driving that is not an issue.....if u are going to sedate them, best to do what Andy & Vanda did, just to make sure the cat can tolerate it. And of course allergic reactions don't often show up the 1st time, usually the 2nd time........Over thew years I have read many people driving their pets across the border here on VJ and no issues. When I drove from DC to Saskatoon back in 2011 with my dog....no 1 even cared in either direction.....Canadian border people gave her a milk bone!! Best of luck


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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Glad you wanna bring your loved pets with you. Make sure before you bring them to US that you have all their medical history papers from the veterinarian stating their current health. Get rabies vaccinations records, etc. Good luck!

And when they cross the border, take pictures of the little ones so we can see how they did it. Hope they have a safe trip with you. :thumbs:

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I drove our cats over. They don't like being in the car and meowed loudly whenever I stopped, but we all managed. :) They were in cat carriers and I had their shot records for the border. They briefly looked in my car at the carriers (to make sure that cats were actually inside?) and that was it I have crossed a few times with pets and I have only once been asked anything about them-- and it was about their food.


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The following is from CBP in regards to bringing a cat into the US: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/56/kw/cat/sno/1

What are the requirements for bringing a cat into the U.S.?

As a general rule, there are no restrictions on bringing domestic cats into the U.S.

There are no vaccination requirements for cats, although cats arriving in Hawaii or Guam are subject to that state's/territory's quarantine requirements.

While a rabies (also known as rage) certificate is not required for entry into the U.S., domestic cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined by an inspector at the port of entry. If the animal is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at the owner's expense.

If you are bringing your cat to the U.S. on an airplane, you should check with the airline in which you intent to fly as they may have additional requirements. For example, many airlines require a certificate of health from a veterinarian.


Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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