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To all of my Canadian friends I have a question regarding the US customs preclearance. Which airports in Canada offer the preclearance?

I am trying to decide which itinerary to go with for a flight I want to book in April to the U.S. I have visited once while I was "processing" and had no troubles, had a bunch of proof of ties but they never asked to see them, BUT this was a land border, I have never gone through an airport customs, but now I have to because he lives 15 hours away. Getting turned away frightens me, and even more so if I was in the U.S. when it happens. All I want to do is spend time with him, search out wedding venues and (hopefully) at that time if we know we are approved get started on the stuff for package 3 together (I-134).

Which airports in Canada offer the preclearance? Once I fly into the city that has the preclearance do I need to recheck my bags because it will be considered an international flight?

Option 1 itinerary: Fly from city in Canada with no preclearance to Minneapolis, then on to my destination. (1 stop)

Option 2 itinerary: Fly from city in Canada to an airport with preclearance (so far the options on Air Canada will take me to Winnipeg, Calgary or Edmonton), Fly to connecting hub in the U.S., then fly to my destination. (2 stops)

btw Option 1 and 2 are relatively the same price right now....but those could change any day now, actually I would consider this a sale!

Any suggestions? advice?

Thank you

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To all of my Canadian friends I have a question regarding the US customs preclearance. Which airports in Canada offer the preclearance?

I am trying to decide which itinerary to go with for a flight I want to book in April to the U.S. I have visited once while I was "processing" and had no troubles, had a bunch of proof of ties but they never asked to see them, BUT this was a land border, I have never gone through an airport customs, but now I have to because he lives 15 hours away. Getting turned away frightens me, and even more so if I was in the U.S. when it happens. All I want to do is spend time with him, search out wedding venues and (hopefully) at that time if we know we are approved get started on the stuff for package 3 together (I-134).

Which airports in Canada offer the preclearance? Once I fly into the city that has the preclearance do I need to recheck my bags because it will be considered an international flight?

Option 1 itinerary: Fly from city in Canada with no preclearance to Minneapolis, then on to my destination. (1 stop)

Option 2 itinerary: Fly from city in Canada to an airport with preclearance (so far the options on Air Canada will take me to Winnipeg, Calgary or Edmonton), Fly to connecting hub in the U.S., then fly to my destination. (2 stops)

btw Option 1 and 2 are relatively the same price right now....but those could change any day now, actually I would consider this a sale!

Any suggestions? advice?

Thank you

Most Canadian airports now have US preclearance... The only one I am aware of into MSP that does not is Thunder Bay....

Here is the list

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/contact...r_locations.xml

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Majority of cities have preclearance. Only city that i know that does not have pre-clearance is Saskatoon to MN.

They could still easily turn you away in MN as they could in Calgary!!

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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To all of my Canadian friends I have a question regarding the US customs preclearance. Which airports in Canada offer the preclearance?

I am trying to decide which itinerary to go with for a flight I want to book in April to the U.S. I have visited once while I was "processing" and had no troubles, had a bunch of proof of ties but they never asked to see them, BUT this was a land border, I have never gone through an airport customs, but now I have to because he lives 15 hours away. Getting turned away frightens me, and even more so if I was in the U.S. when it happens. All I want to do is spend time with him, search out wedding venues and (hopefully) at that time if we know we are approved get started on the stuff for package 3 together (I-134).

Which airports in Canada offer the preclearance? Once I fly into the city that has the preclearance do I need to recheck my bags because it will be considered an international flight?

Option 1 itinerary: Fly from city in Canada with no preclearance to Minneapolis, then on to my destination. (1 stop)

Option 2 itinerary: Fly from city in Canada to an airport with preclearance (so far the options on Air Canada will take me to Winnipeg, Calgary or Edmonton), Fly to connecting hub in the U.S., then fly to my destination. (2 stops)

btw Option 1 and 2 are relatively the same price right now....but those could change any day now, actually I would consider this a sale!

Any suggestions? advice?

Thank you

Most Canadian airports now have US preclearance... The only one I am aware of into MSP that does not is Thunder Bay....

Here is the list

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/contact...r_locations.xml

Just looked at the list....there is no SK airports with preclearance :(

At least if i got turned away in Calgary I would still be in Canada!

Edited by minnew

AOS

Sent- 10-21-09

Tracking says Delivered by USPS-10-23-09

Check cashed-10-30-09 (MSC case # on back)

NOA 1 date-10-29-09 (Received Date 10-23-09)

Hard copy NOA - 11-02-09

Touch- 11-03-09

Received bio appt letter-11-07-09(dated 11-03-09)

Bio appt- 11-19-09

Transfer to CSC-11-18-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-19-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-20-09

Hard copy of transfer to CSC- 11-23-09

Touch on 485- 11-24-09 (now processing @ CSC email)

Touch on 485- 11-25-09

Touch on 485- 11-27-09

Touch on 485- 11-30-09

Touch on 485- 12-01-09

Touch on 485- 12-02-09

Touch on 485- 12-03-09

EAD/AP approved-12-18-09

EAD/AP touch- 12-21-09

GC APPROVED!!- 12-21-09

Notice mailed welcoming PR-12-21-09

2nd Card Production ordered email-12-22-09

Approval notice sent-12-28-09

GC arrived in the mail-01-05-10

Done with USCIS until September 14, 2011!!

ROC

Sent: 09-14-11

Received: 09-16-11

Check cashed: 09-21-11

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Many of us have travelled to the US while our K-1 is pending.... I did it myself quite a few times. There is always a chance of being turned away, for anyone. But like you did at the land crossing, bring proof of ties!! And your return ticket. That should be sufficient, be honest and have your proof and you should be fine. If you feel more comfortable about it (which it seems you are) do your preclearance in Canada to ease your worries.

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Many of us have travelled to the US while our K-1 is pending.... I did it myself quite a few times. There is always a chance of being turned away, for anyone. But like you did at the land crossing, bring proof of ties!! And your return ticket. That should be sufficient, be honest and have your proof and you should be fine. If you feel more comfortable about it (which it seems you are) do your preclearance in Canada to ease your worries.

Thanks everyone for your responses! I tried to find a list myself of US preclearances in Canada, this is why I need VJ! Aahhh the things we do for love....Really not looking forward to the 9-10 hours of flying and sitting in airport terminals due to the 2 stops! But on my return I will see if I can go through Minneapolis!

AOS

Sent- 10-21-09

Tracking says Delivered by USPS-10-23-09

Check cashed-10-30-09 (MSC case # on back)

NOA 1 date-10-29-09 (Received Date 10-23-09)

Hard copy NOA - 11-02-09

Touch- 11-03-09

Received bio appt letter-11-07-09(dated 11-03-09)

Bio appt- 11-19-09

Transfer to CSC-11-18-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-19-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-20-09

Hard copy of transfer to CSC- 11-23-09

Touch on 485- 11-24-09 (now processing @ CSC email)

Touch on 485- 11-25-09

Touch on 485- 11-27-09

Touch on 485- 11-30-09

Touch on 485- 12-01-09

Touch on 485- 12-02-09

Touch on 485- 12-03-09

EAD/AP approved-12-18-09

EAD/AP touch- 12-21-09

GC APPROVED!!- 12-21-09

Notice mailed welcoming PR-12-21-09

2nd Card Production ordered email-12-22-09

Approval notice sent-12-28-09

GC arrived in the mail-01-05-10

Done with USCIS until September 14, 2011!!

ROC

Sent: 09-14-11

Received: 09-16-11

Check cashed: 09-21-11

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Majority of cities have preclearance. Only city that i know that does not have pre-clearance is Saskatoon to MN.

They could still easily turn you away in MN as they could in Calgary!!

They moved Saskatoon to Minnesota!?!?

Ruh roh, I think they did something to flames at that swearing in ceremony :hehe:

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:lol: Make them give us back our city!

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How annoying....the Calgary and Winnipeg airport websites do not have any information about having to recheck bags if you are connecting to a U.S flight!! Toronto website says you have to! Edmonton is the only one that advertises U.S. Quick Connect! where you do not have to recheck your bags! The ironic thing is that the connecting flight I was looking at to Calgary, Winnipeg or Toronto I would not have enough layover time to do it! The Edmonton flight I would have a 3 hour layover! and I wouldn't have to recheck my bags!! :rofl: Gaaaahhh!

AOS

Sent- 10-21-09

Tracking says Delivered by USPS-10-23-09

Check cashed-10-30-09 (MSC case # on back)

NOA 1 date-10-29-09 (Received Date 10-23-09)

Hard copy NOA - 11-02-09

Touch- 11-03-09

Received bio appt letter-11-07-09(dated 11-03-09)

Bio appt- 11-19-09

Transfer to CSC-11-18-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-19-09

Touch on 485/765- 11-20-09

Hard copy of transfer to CSC- 11-23-09

Touch on 485- 11-24-09 (now processing @ CSC email)

Touch on 485- 11-25-09

Touch on 485- 11-27-09

Touch on 485- 11-30-09

Touch on 485- 12-01-09

Touch on 485- 12-02-09

Touch on 485- 12-03-09

EAD/AP approved-12-18-09

EAD/AP touch- 12-21-09

GC APPROVED!!- 12-21-09

Notice mailed welcoming PR-12-21-09

2nd Card Production ordered email-12-22-09

Approval notice sent-12-28-09

GC arrived in the mail-01-05-10

Done with USCIS until September 14, 2011!!

ROC

Sent: 09-14-11

Received: 09-16-11

Check cashed: 09-21-11

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Majority of cities have preclearance. Only city that i know that does not have pre-clearance is Saskatoon to MN.

They could still easily turn you away in MN as they could in Calgary!!

They moved Saskatoon to Minnesota!?!?

Ruh roh, I think they did something to flames at that swearing in ceremony :hehe:

I don't see how you get that Saskatoon is in MN from my statement?? lol

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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How annoying....the Calgary and Winnipeg airport websites do not have any information about having to recheck bags if you are connecting to a U.S flight!! Toronto website says you have to! Edmonton is the only one that advertises U.S. Quick Connect! where you do not have to recheck your bags! The ironic thing is that the connecting flight I was looking at to Calgary, Winnipeg or Toronto I would not have enough layover time to do it! The Edmonton flight I would have a 3 hour layover! and I wouldn't have to recheck my bags!! :rofl: Gaaaahhh!

I fly from Ottawa to California. They do pre-clearance and if you are connecting to a US flight there is no rechecking, you just run from Pt. A to Pt. B to get on your connecting flight. Not sure if that helps you at all, or if you are looking to fly into one of those and then not have to recheck for the states.

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Married: 2010-01-20

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NOA1 Received: 2015-06-06
Biometrics Notice Date: 2015-06-27
Biometrics Date: 2015-07-17

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Majority of cities have preclearance. Only city that i know that does not have pre-clearance is Saskatoon to MN.

They could still easily turn you away in MN as they could in Calgary!!

They moved Saskatoon to Minnesota!?!?

Ruh roh, I think they did something to flames at that swearing in ceremony :hehe:

I don't see how you get that Saskatoon is in MN from my statement?? lol

Because Manitoba's abbreviation is MB!

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I fly to and from Ottawa all the time with a layover in Newark on Continental Airlines. They do the preclearance in Ottawa and I have never had to recheck bags or go through security a second time.

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Majority of cities have preclearance. Only city that i know that does not have pre-clearance is Saskatoon to MN.

They could still easily turn you away in MN as they could in Calgary!!

They moved Saskatoon to Minnesota!?!?

Ruh roh, I think they did something to flames at that swearing in ceremony :hehe:

I don't see how you get that Saskatoon is in MN from my statement?? lol

Because Manitoba's abbreviation is MB!

:lol: I still don't get it.. what does Manitoba have to do with Saskatoon ? ..lol

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