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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 #16333. Entry: 2017-03-11

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kevd321



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POE was very smooth and while I was slightly nervous on edge, the two border guards at the Blaine, WA, Peace Arch crossing were very personable.

When I pulled up to the border crossing in my car full of my personal belongings with my US fiancee in the passenger seat, I let the agent know I was entering on a K1 Visa and would also like to import my car. From there I was given a piece of paper and told to go park in secondary processing and to bring the slip of paper inside to and wait for an agent to call me up.

Once inside it felt very much like check-in at the airport. We arrived at the border at about 8:45pm and waiting about 15 minutes for the a few other people ahead of us in the queue.

Eventually I saw the same agent that I had initially spoken with in the car walking towards the desk with another agent.

At this point they called me up and let me know that one would be handling the processing of my K1 entrance while the other would be handling the importation of my car.

The agent assisting with the K1 processing asked me and my fiancee a few questions such as when we intended to get married and jokingly asked if we had opened the envelope from the consulate which is VERY clearly marked DO NOT OPEN.

All in all the processing of the K1 entrance took about 10 minutes including finger printing as well as a brief explanation of the rules regarding leaving the USA before receiving the green card as well as the AOS process.

The agent stamped my passport with date of entry and also made it clear that the Visa was a 1 time entry. He then stapled the I-94a departure record into my passport and let me know I was done with K1 processing and I would just have to wait a few moments for my car importation to be completed.

I had forgotten to bring in my car registration so I had to run out and grab that from the car which was no trouble. I did that while the border agent completed some paperwork which he had me verify for accuracy upon my return.

As my car is a 2002 Totota Echo that was manufactured in Japan I had to pay an import tax, which came to about $42.

To ensure the process was smooth I was also sure to call Toyota a few months in advance to have them email me an official letter of compliance as I found out from researching online in this forum as well as other sources.

Once I confirmed all the details on the importation document were accurate the agent walked us over to the Cashier where we paid the import tax on the car as well as a $10 processing fee for the visa and we were on our way.

The whole process took somewhere between 30-50 minutes.

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


FOSSLGRL



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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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