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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada

Hi, guys

I am thinking to drive to virginia with my fiance after my visa has approved. As I have so many stuff and want to bring as much as I can to US. Is it Ok not go through the immgrant office in the airport?

Thanks a lot

My timeline:


10-12-2005 I-129F Sent to Vermont Service Center

12-12-2005 Rec Petition I-129F NOA1

I-129F RFE(s) to Montreal, Canada

2006-01-27 Montreal consulant asked for copy of my passport

2006-03-07 Montreal consulant asked for residential information

2006-04-08 Packet 3 Received

2006-04-21 DS-230 sent

2006-05-06 Check list sent

2006-05-09 Check list received by consulant

2006-05-18 Interview letter received

2006-07-05 Interview!~

2006-07-06 Visa in hand

2006-07-23 Arrive USA

2006-08-04 Just Married!~


2006-10-07 file AOS

2006-10-16 NOA1 for I-485

2006-10-30 case transfered to California service center

2006-11-30 received biometrics letter

2006-12-21 biometrics appointment

2007-02-09 welcome letter

Removing Conditional residency

2008-12-2 Mail the package though Fedex

2009-01-10 biometrics appointment

2009-05-07 conditional residency removed

2009- new green card received

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada

it doesn't matter how you enter the US. if you plan on moving your stuff at the same time, just make sure you have the necessary customs paperwork filled out. :)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada

Isn't there something about the vehicle too and if it's registered/owned by her? I'm not familiar with the rules regarding that because I never brought a vehicle with me on my move over.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada

Find out all that info inthe Canadian forum here on VJ. One requires a letter of compliance for your vehicle. Search this thread for the info http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=7

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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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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada

Hey, I lived in St. Catharines for seven years:-).

Yes, you can drive across the border and that is your POE. You will need to check with customs to obtain the necessary forms to fill out to import your personal belongings free of duty. You will need to have rabies certiicates for any pets - and a good bill of health from your vet would assist and you need phytosanitary certificates for any houseplants you are bringing.

We crossed at Port Huron, Michigan with a van filled with my 6 cats, the house plants, my wedding dress and belongings that I had had for less than a year (dutiable) and enough clothes for the week it would take for the moving van to arrive. The moving company provided all of the necessary custom documents for me, then when I crossed the border I had to fax them a copy of the I-94 to add to the documents so they could bring my belongings across. Get very good at making lists - and when you pack your items pack like objects with like objects, then you can add your list to the front of the box - ie. kitchen utensils, followed by a list of contents or 'bedding' followed by a list of contents.

I did all of the lists and inventories, got all of the documents and certificates - and didn't even have to show them. I know if I didn't have them, I probably would have had to.

I didn't bring my car because I couldn't get the manufacturer's statement that it complied with US criteria - in fact I could have brought it but would have had to add airbags within the year so decided to sell it and buy one here.

One of the useful tricks I found was to google international moving companies - they were very good at providing free on line information about what was needed to move my belongings to the US.

Good luck.

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