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Traveling to Canada and back with combo card ( for Ukr.)

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Hi !

I just want to share some personal experience in case somebody is considering to travel to Canada.

We have applied for the Green Card ( interview waivered - still waiting) but the combo card is on hands. My husband and I were going to Canada for a family wedding.

1. Ukrainians do need a visa to go to Canada UNLESS you have a Green Card ( if you have a GreenCard you dont need a visa to go to Canada).

2. If you do need it - apply for a visa through the Canadian consulate in LA or NY ( it is an online application, but they will request to mail your passport a bit later. totall cost is around 150$ US)

3. Crossing the border is not a problem - you show the passport with a visa, they stamp it and you are good to do.

4. Going back. That might be fun.

a) if you are driving and entering the US through a fairly small customs office be prepared THEY PROBABLY DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR COMBORAD IS!!!! Make sure to explain them! ( I mean it !)

Dont get too upset when they start asking you about a temporary greencard OR some weird forms ( I-150 or something like this) . The combo card replaced all of those.

b) make sure you have your passport, your combo card and your marriage licence (especially if you were changing our name).

c) plan your trip keeping in mind that it might take the customs a while to (GOOGLE? :P) and learn more about what your combo card is. It took us almost two hours to cross the border.

Enjoy your trip!!!!

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Hahahaha nice experience you had! Glad you made it back and forth :dancing:


K-1 timeline:

11-07-2013 - I-129F form sent ---> 11-15-2013 - NOA1 - e-mail received, transferred to California Service Center.

11-20-2013 - Alien registration number changed.

11-22-2013 - NOA1 hardcopy (I-797C)

12-13-2013 - NOA2 approval notification ---> 12-20-2013 - NOA2 hardcopy

01-08-2014 - NVC recieved ---->01-09-2014 - NVC left

01-13-2014 - Consulate recieved ----> 01-14-2014 - E-mail from the Consulate

01-16-2014 - NVC letter hardcopy ----> 01-23-2014- Medical done

02-18-2014- Interview (Approved) ----> 02-20-2014- Visa issued ----> 02-24-2014- Visa in hand

03-02-2014- US entry --->03-20-2014 - Social Security Number recieved --->04-24-2014 - Wedding

AOS timeline:

05-13-2014 - AOS package sent ---> 05-21-2014- NOA1 - e-mail received

05-24-2014 - NOA1 hardcopy (I-797C)

06-03-2014 - Biometrics appointment letter (for June 13)

06-12-2014 - USCIS web status for RFE

06-13-2014 - Biometrics done

06-16-2014 - RFE hardcopy in mail ---> 06-18-2014 - RFE answer sent by mail ---> 06-20-2014 - RFE delivered

08-05-2014 - EAD/ AP - APPROVED!!!! ---> 08-13-2014 - EAD/AP card delivered

09-05-2014 - InfoPass due to RFE and SSN (RFE delievered June 23 to NBC).

10-17-2014 - SSN recieved on married name ---> 12-12-2014 - update on USCIS web (RFE received on June 23), the case could not be tracked

02-17-2015 - GC approved (no interview) ---> 02-26-2015 - GC RECEIVED

08-13-2016 - address change via web --->09-13-2016 - Address change via mail (web failed to change correctly) --->10-06-2016 - Address change of sponsor

ROC:

11-21-2016 - package sent to CSC ---> 11-22-2016 - package delivered to CSC ---> 11-25-2016 - check cashed--->11-28-2016- NOA1 (dated 11/22/16) --->12-20-2016 -Biometrics appointment

07-18-2017-address change-> 05-10-2018 - GC Approved

N-400:

02-15-18 - Applied -> 03-09-18 - Bio app-> 04-04-18-interview notice-> 05-09-18-interview->05-10-18 - approved -> 06-07-18 - Oath appt notice -> 06-27-18 - Oath ceremony

 

 

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On 5/11/2015 at 5:56 AM, YandP said:

Hi !

I just want to share some personal experience in case somebody is considering to travel to Canada.

We have applied for the Green Card ( interview waivered - still waiting) but the combo card is on hands. My husband and I were going to Canada for a family wedding.

1. Ukrainians do need a visa to go to Canada UNLESS you have a Green Card ( if you have a GreenCard you dont need a visa to go to Canada).

2. If you do need it - apply for a visa through the Canadian consulate in LA or NY ( it is an online application, but they will request to mail your passport a bit later. totall cost is around 150$ US)

3. Crossing the border is not a problem - you show the passport with a visa, they stamp it and you are good to do.

4. Going back. That might be fun.

a) if you are driving and entering the US through a fairly small customs office be prepared THEY PROBABLY DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR COMBORAD IS!!!! Make sure to explain them! ( I mean it !)

Dont get too upset when they start asking you about a temporary greencard OR some weird forms ( I-150 or something like this) . The combo card replaced all of those.

b) make sure you have your passport, your combo card and your marriage licence (especially if you were changing our name).

c) plan your trip keeping in mind that it might take the customs a while to (GOOGLE? :P) and learn more about what your combo card is. It took us almost two hours to cross the border.

Enjoy your trip!!!!

Hey YandP

 

Maybe you could help...

 

Did your wife get the Visitor Visa fromCanada while she had her EAD? I just applied for one and, like your wife, just have my EAD. Not sure Ill get the visa before this family trip in early June. Any input would be great! Thank you!! If you dont mind me asking, what documents did you send?  Was your wife working at the time of the application?

 

THANK YOU!

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The OP hasn't logged on to the site since February 3, so it's uncertain that you'll get a reply.  Wait a week or so, then perhaps send a personal message.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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