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CDN-USA Border Review #15977. Entry: 2105-06-12

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cbaker284



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This review is for the Canadian-USA Border into New York State at Champlain St. Bernard de Lacolle.

My fiance and I picked up his visa in Montreal and drove to the border, arriving at 8pm on a Friday night. There was a significant backup in traffic due to the escaped convicts in the area. At 9:20pm our car reached the "toll plaza"and the CBP officer was very kind and friendly. We immediately handed over our passports and I held up the sealed envelope (from the passenger seat) so that he could see it. He noticed it immediately, before we could even say that we were here on a K1, and had us park the car and go into secondary interrogation. We waited about 45 minutes while our information was reviewed then we were called up to the counter and asked a few basic questions. (Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Have you ever been denied entry into the US in the past?) This was this particular CBP officer's first time doing a K1 so he made sure to go over everything in his procedure binder. He was very nice. He told us that everything was good and printed out a slip and stapled it into my fiance's passport showing how long the visa was good for and then sent us on our way. Entire thing inside took about an hour after we finally made it through the long traffic delay.

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CDN-USA Border Review #16246. Entry: 2016-11-21


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I drove from Kingston, Ontario down to Nashville Tennessee.

Instead of dealing with the madness at the Detroit crossing, I went east about 40km to the Thousand Island Bridge crossing, and drove through New York.

It was wonderfully fast and easy.

It was snowing so there was virtually no one making the crossing. There was one car ahead of me and I waited about 30 seconds for my turn.

The lady at the window was very friendly and joked about me having to drive down by myself without my fiance helping me. She asked if I had alcohol and I told her I had some coolers and asked if she needed the receipt, she said no. She took my package and passport, and told me to park ahead in one of the bays.

When I pulled in, the woman who took my car keys was very serious. She instructed me to go inside the building to the waiting area, and wait for my name to be called.

There was no one else inside so I sat down awkwardly all alone. Right away I saw a man with my folder in his hand and he approached one of the computers. They had a nice giant TV screen so that kept me entertained for the short time I was in there. I waited about 5 minutes for him to enter some stuff into the computer and then he called me up. He was neither friendly or unfriendly. I had to confirm/write down the address where I would be living. He took my finger prints and asked me if I had ever been arrested. He instructed me to sit back down while he finished entering data into the computer. 5 more minutes went by, and he called me back up to collect my passport with stamp and I-94. He confirmed that I was aware I had 90 days to marry my petitioner. He handed me an orange ticket and told me to the agent who took my car keys.

I went back to my car, the woman came out, I gave her the ticket, she gave me my keys and told me to drive safe.

And that was it! A total of 20 minutes or so, I wasn't keeping track.

As far as I know they didn't do a search of my vehicle... which I was happy for because my stuff was so crammed in there, and I had a bicycle on top, it was very difficult to get it in there.

I give the experience 10/10 or 5 *'s. I don't see any way that it could have been better and I'm very glad that I didn't have to deal with the hoards of people at the Detroit crossing.


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CDN-USA Border Review #16130. Entry: 2016-05-04


HollywoodNorth



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This review is for the 99 / I-5 Peace Arch Blaine, WA crossing

I was running late from packing and moving out of my Condo from Vancouver and decided to process my green card and find a motel on the US side of the border that night.

I wound up crossing the border at 1:30 AM. All lanes but one were closed and there was zero traffic. I was the only one at the whole complex.

I pulled up to the officer and told him I had my Immigrant Visa packet to process and that I needed to import my vehicle. He asked me for my passport with the IV sticker and told me to meet him inside after parking in secondary.

I walked into the empty complex, and the officer showed up to the counter along with 2 others [they didn't do a IV before and wanted to see what the procedure was]. They took my paperwork and confirmed my address before processing everything. They asked me to sit down.

After 5 minutes they called me up, and gave me my passport with the F11 [family first preference category] stamp good for one year, telling me I should have my green card within 4-6 weeks.

I mentioned I needed to import my truck, they took my BC title/insurance/registration letter [all on one page] and processed my truck, one officer walked out to confirm the VIN and they issued me a import document with a stamp so I can register my vehicle with the DMV.

It took 5 minutes for the green card and 5 minutes to import the vehicle. I was back on the highway by 1:45am and drove down to Burlington to stay at a Holiday Inn Express.

Had a great drive down WA, and OR states and down the California coast. Book extra travel time if you are driving down, there are a lot of places to see along the way.



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CDN-USA Border Review #16137. Entry: 2016-04-26

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GuillaumeL



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We went through the border at Champlain. Amazing experience! First there was no one so it was fast. Our car was full, but no inspection! And the border officer was so nice!

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CDN-USA Border Review #16086. Entry: 2016-02-27


orangefrap77



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We crossed at the Peace Bridge on a Saturday around 3:30 PM. I had rented a car in Buffalo and drove across in the morning, picked up my fiance, and then we drove back with his stuff in the car.

There were maybe 5 other cars in other lanes. PRO TIP: Go as far to the right as possible when arriving at the USA CBP plaza - the area where you will need to interview in is a building at the right, and if you go to the left area of the plaza, you'll have to cut across a LOT of lanes. Make your life easy!

When we rolled up, I immediately identified that my fiance was activating his K1 and had his packet. The CBP officer asked what was being brought in. After about a minute of him typing away, he has a big smile on his face and says "THIS IS IT? ARE YOU READY?" Very friendly and happy - reminded us about getting married in 90 days and that my fiance wouldn't be able to leave for a long while. He then radioed secondary and we were told to enter Door #2. The first CBP officer holds on to both of your passports - you get them back later.

We waited in secondary for about 10 minutes before my fiance & I were called. Standard questions were asked - "Did you get into any trouble since you were issued the packet?" " Where are you going to live?" "Is it a house or apartment?" "Who owns the house?" "Can you prove where you live?". Fingerprints were taken, a picture was taken, and then we were told to have a seat.

About 5 minutes later, we were called back. The right hand finger prints were taken again and another photo was taken. We were told to have a seat while the status updated.

About 5 more minutes and we were called back. "Congratulations, welcome to the USA" was said and my fiance had his physical I-94 stapled in his passport next to his K1 visa. We were sent on our way!

NO harassment, easy process, and we were in and out in about 35 minutes.

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