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http://www.customhouse.com/

Absolutely the way to go.. it takes a little to set up- so once you have your US banking info you should set an account up - but it's simple, very easy and best of all NO fees to do a straight EFT :)


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

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yep custom house!! been using it for years now. I even send $$ back to canada when im heading home. If you do a search on here for custom house, you should find a lot of good info. At 1 time I even jotted down the step by step guide on setting up a CH account. its not that hard and the staff is super friendly, and YES they do call you to verify it is you setting up the account!


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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We plan on using custom house in the future.

I just got my bank to make out a money order from my account to Nick's and the nice woman at my bank waived the fee. lol She was young and was very happy for Nick and I :) I've been banking there since I started banking and we were sort of friends.

I lucked out in that aspect. Hopefully once I start getting EI from Canada and the money is put into my account, we'll transfer it using custom house.

:)


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having no money to transfer, because i was too broke! hahaha

this is how i did it


Removal of conditions

01.11.2011 Remove conditions GC I-751 ($590)

01.18.2011 NOA1

02.24.2011 Biometric

03.25.2011 Approved

03.28.2011 Notice sent

03.31.2011 Received new green card (and it's green !)
 

AOS/EAD/AP from K1

07.23.2008 Send AOS/EAD/AP

07.29.2008 Check cashed

08.01.2008 NOA1

08.08.2008 Biometric Notice received

08.21.2008 Biometric Appointment

09.22.2008 Approval notice sent for AP (CRIS email)

09.22.2008 Card production ordered for EAD (CRIS email)

09.25.2008 Card production ordered for EAD (CRIS email) and a couple of touch since (last one 09.30.2008)

09.27.2008 Reception AP

10.02.2008 EAD Received

02.23.2009 Notice for interview (1.5 month late compared to LA statistics)

03.16.2009 AOS Touch

04.01.2009 Interview in LA  // Approved 

04.06.2009 Welcome to the USA Letter

04.13.2009 Reception GC

Naturalization
06/2016 Request
03/2017 Interview

Almost at the end !

 

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Custom house all the way...no problems and reliable!


Our Timeline:

K-1 Visa

I-129F Sent : 2007-03-06

I-129F NOA1 : 2007-04-03

I-129F NOA2 : 2007-08-07

Packet 3 Received : 2007-09-10

Packet 3 Sent : 2007-09-12

Interview Date : 2008-02-13 Montreal U.S. Consulate APPROVED!

Visa Received By Mail : 2008-02-20

Moved: 2008-03-01 The long drive from Canada to Florida!

Applied for SSN : 2008-03-12

Received SSN by mail: 2008-03-21

Wedding Date : 2008-05-03

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AOS, EAD & AP

Sent in AOS, EAD & AP Applications : 2008-05-09

AOS, EAD & AP Applications received by UCIS: 2008-05-12

AOS, EAD & AP NOA1 : 2008-05-16, received in mail 2008-05-20

AOS, EAD NOA2 : 2008-05-21, received in mail 2008-05-27

AOS Case transferred to CA: 2008-06-03

AOS Case being processed: 2008-06-09

Biometrics Interview: 2008-06-11

AOS & EAD touched: 2008-06-11

AOS & EAD touched: 2008-06-12

AOS touched: 2008-06-19

AOS Card production ordered: 2008-07-11

AOS Notice mailed welcoming the new permanent resident: 2008-07-14

AOS touched: 2008-07-16

AOS touched: 2008-07-17

U.S Resident's Card recieved in mail!!!!: 2008-07-18

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Others have used RBC, I guess RBC has banks in the USA as well. maybe one of them will pipe up. No clue if they charge fees or give a better exchange rate than CH

One can goto most USA banks and deposit a Canadian cheque, BUT it can give you soem huge headaches, such as:

1) the teller is clueless

2) some charge HIGH fees, one wachovia branch wanted to charge me $75 to cash a $100 cheque!! umm no thank you

3) Some banks will charge you NO fee, BUT the exchange rate they give you is far less than what CH will give you.

4) some banks will put up to a 10 day hold on your cheque. Wachovia did this at first, but then once they knew me, it was instantly credited

I seemed to do ok if I went to the SAME wachovia and saw the teller, but otherwise it was a nightmare,lol Thank god for CH, better exchange rate and service. I left my parents my CDn bank card. So if by chance I get a Cdn cheque, I just mail it back to them and they deposit it.


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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I wired my money from CIBC to my new US bank account that I obtained way before I even moved to the US. It took weeks to actually reach my US account and there was a pretty significant fee to do so, so I would not recommend this option.


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RBC charged us a flat $35 fee to send a wire transfer. All I needed was the swift (routing) number and my account number in the States. I had the money in less than an hour.


Timeline

7/11/2007 - I-130 NO1A Hard Copy

8/13/2007 - Son Drayson born in Sudbury, Ontario.

9/6/2007 - I-129F NO1

10/15/2007 - Trip to Toronto for Dray's Consular Birth Abroad, SS application, and US passport

3/18/2008 - NOA2 for both I-129 and I-130!! No touches or email notifications at all!

4/2/2008 - estimated that NVC received

4/9/2008 - estimated that K-3 was sent from NVC to USEMontreal

4/16/2008 - Received hardcopy from NVC

4/16/2008 - Packet 3 Received

4/24/2008 - Packet 3 Sent to USEMontreal

7/14/2008 Interview in Montreal!!!!

7/17/2008 Visa received

7/18/2008 POE Sault Ste Marie Michigan

8/21/2008 moving day...back to Anchorage, Alaska!

4/20/2009 AOS granted, 10 year Green Card arrives, Social Security # given :)

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having no money to transfer, because i was too broke! hahaha

this is how i did it

:lol: same here...

although I did keep my Canadian bank account open, my mom loves it because she can just deposit money in there for me, like for Birthdays and Christmas etc.. I added my mom to the account too... oh and a few months after I moved here I got my mom to shut down the checking part of my account which I should have done before I moved.... the checking account would take a service charge out every month and my savings account only takes a service charge out if you take money out or put money in..


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http://www.customhouse.com/

Absolutely the way to go.. it takes a little to set up- so once you have your US banking info you should set an account up - but it's simple, very easy and best of all NO fees to do a straight EFT :)

Ooh wow... I didn't know about this place... we will definitely check it out. We have only had his dad put money into our US bank account like at christmas... I don't know how much it costed my father in law, but it cost me like a percentage.. I think off of $200 it was like $12 my bank charged me for converting the funds from Canadian to USD. But now after looking at this custom house thing... we may do it all different from now on! Thanks. :blush:


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Married 3/15/07

USCIS:

NOA1: 5/23/2008

NOA2: 9/12/2008

NVC:

They received: 9/24/2008

Case Complete: 12/1/2008

Interview: 03/24/2009

Received approved visa (after RFE in interview): 04/21/2009

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custom house does wires as well, but charge ya $$. if you do it electronically, its free. One sees the exchange rate prior to accepting the trade. if you don't like ti you can 1) cancel the transaction and try later, 2) hit refresh button and it may change,it may not, or change for the better or for worse, of course its only a minor change when u hit refresh,, but if ur trading thousands of $$, may make a difference. As well I belive you can enter the exchage rate you desire, and if it ever gets to that rate, I'm not sure if it does the transaction, or emails you stating ur desired rate is avaialble, I have never done it that way!

Registration is easy. Submit your online application. I do believe they require proof of ID, so you can either snail mail it in, fax it in, or scan and securely email it in (which I did) as well you have to submit your banking info by similar means. On the application, it will ask for the best time for them to phone you. Its a very quick phone interview just to confirm everything and for you to ask questions! It takes a bit of time, but not that long.

When you submit a trade, the transaction normally takes 3-4 BUSINESS days. I found 4 to be quite common, but this past June took 6 business days. i was a bit concerned, so I phoned them and in a matter of seconds I had a reason why it took a bit longer. they are awesome to deal with. if your ever in Victoria BC< their office is right downtown by the bus terminal, crystal gardens (if its still there??)


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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xetrade does it too


Removal of conditions

01.11.2011 Remove conditions GC I-751 ($590)

01.18.2011 NOA1

02.24.2011 Biometric

03.25.2011 Approved

03.28.2011 Notice sent

03.31.2011 Received new green card (and it's green !)
 

AOS/EAD/AP from K1

07.23.2008 Send AOS/EAD/AP

07.29.2008 Check cashed

08.01.2008 NOA1

08.08.2008 Biometric Notice received

08.21.2008 Biometric Appointment

09.22.2008 Approval notice sent for AP (CRIS email)

09.22.2008 Card production ordered for EAD (CRIS email)

09.25.2008 Card production ordered for EAD (CRIS email) and a couple of touch since (last one 09.30.2008)

09.27.2008 Reception AP

10.02.2008 EAD Received

02.23.2009 Notice for interview (1.5 month late compared to LA statistics)

03.16.2009 AOS Touch

04.01.2009 Interview in LA  // Approved 

04.06.2009 Welcome to the USA Letter

04.13.2009 Reception GC

Naturalization
06/2016 Request
03/2017 Interview

Almost at the end !

 

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