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Hello everyone,

Originally my husband was going to POE (activate his IR-1 visa) at Toronto Pearson but it was cheaper to get a flight through Buffalo. I was wondering if Peace bridge or Queenston/Lewiston bridge is better to activate his visa? Also, I'm the USC, would you recommend that I be there with him as well? He is going to POE this friday and I'm flying in Wednesday to help with his packing, but I'm leaving Canada from Pearson after (just a few days) he POEs as I have a baby shower to attend over the weekend and he didn't want to wait for me to POE as he has a business trip planned early Monday.

Also, would the officer care that I'm not leaving with my husband and leaving a few days after? Thanks!

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Hello everyone,

Originally my husband was going to POE (activate his IR-1 visa) at Toronto Pearson but it was cheaper to get a flight through Buffalo. I was wondering if Peace bridge or Queenston/Lewiston bridge is better to activate his visa? Also, I'm the USC, would you recommend that I be there with him as well? He is going to POE this friday and I'm flying in Wednesday to help with his packing, but I'm leaving Canada from Pearson after (just a few days) he POEs as I have a baby shower to attend over the weekend and he didn't want to wait for me to POE as he has a business trip planned early Monday.

Also, would the officer care that I'm not leaving with my husband and leaving a few days after? Thanks!

hey cowgirl! congrats on this part of your journey finally coming to an end!

I POE at the peace bridge(without my husband) they were very fsmiliar with the process and I was in and out in about 35 minutes..it was quick and painless..and I was a nervous wreck..hehe good luck with which ever POE destination you choose!

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I would recommend the Peace Bridge as well. It's the bridge I've used to cross for years, and where I activated my visa. It was a pretty simple process and I was in and out in about 15 minutes. I've read a lot of stories about CBP officers not knowing what they're doing when processing visas, but the man I worked with at the Peace Bridge knew exactly what to do.

Did you DCF by any chance? Because in that case, I think it's important that the intending immigrant does not proceed their US spouses in moving to the US. I don't know the details behind this, but I have read it many times on this forum. If you didn't DCF, then him POEing without you shouldn't be an issue at all.

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Thanks everyone for your replies.

Huggles- We did go through the DCF route, but I already moved to Texas over 6 months ago as MTL wanted proof of domicile. In the paperwork we sent in, they have my paystubs from my job in Texas as well as lease agreement, Texas Driver's License, etc..so evidence of my domicile in Texas is all there

I'm just wondering if its a good idea or not for me to drop him off to the aiport in Buffalo and be present for his POE, even though I wouldn't be flying with him that day, but will be flying out from Toronto about 3 days later (I can take my itinerary with me).

I was just thinking to have his brother drop him off so I can take that time to get other things taken care of!

What would you recommend?

Thanks everyone for your replies.

Huggles- We did go through the DCF route, but I already moved to Texas over 6 months ago as MTL wanted proof of domicile. In the paperwork we sent in, they have my paystubs from my job in Texas as well as lease agreement, Texas Driver's License, etc..so evidence of my domicile in Texas is all there

I'm just wondering if its a good idea or not for me to drop him off to the aiport in Buffalo and be present for his POE, even though I wouldn't be flying with him that day, but will be flying out from Toronto about 3 days later (I can take my itinerary with me).

I was just thinking to have his brother drop him off so I can take that time to get other things taken care of!

What would you recommend?

Basically, what I'm asking is do they even ask to see the flight info for the person activating the Visa...and would they ask for mine?

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My wife POE'd at Lewiston-Queenston; we happened to get in around 8PM on Saturday night of Easter weekend, so it wasn't very crowded, and we were in and out in about a half hour -- the officer behind the desk said he could do the rest of the paperwork without us.


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I POE'd at Queenston Lewiston and had no issues, I had 3 to activate(myself and kids}. Was there about an hour, it was a Saturday morning. My husband was with me, he wasn't asked anything.

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I POE'd at the Peace Bridge. It took me about 1 1/2 hours; there were no problems at all. I spent the majority of the time just sitting and waiting while the agent processed my info. I also imported my car at the same time so that was a portion of the total time. Everyone was very professional and friendly.


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I POE'd at the Peace Bride, took 45 minutes. Yesterday I used my AP at the Lewistown Bridge and it took half an hour. Both places knew exactly what they were doing.


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I POE'd at the Peace Bride, took 45 minutes. Yesterday I used my AP at the Lewistown Bridge and it took half an hour. Both places knew exactly what they were doing.

Thank you everyone for replying. At first I was really angry with my husband for being cheap and not going through Pearson Airport, but after reading all these posts I think he should be fine alone either through Peace or Queenston/Lewiston...im leaning more towards Peace though.

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Hi Cowgirl2,

I live close to the Canada/US border in NYS and go to back to Canada sometimes (lol..in fact, I just went there last week), and have travelled a lot between these three land crossings. So here are my thoughts, based on my border crossing experiences:

Here is the breakdown, based on border/customs checkpoint booths:

Rainbow Bridge - 2-5 booths

Queenston Lewiston Bridge - 5-10 booths

Peace Bridge - 10-20 booths

I would definitely not recommend the Rainbow Bridge, at Niagara Falls, unless you want to be harassed at the border for 2hrs or so...lol...(as that's what happened to me at my POE there...what a nightmare!...see my VJ timeline for more information).

From my experience, I would highly recommend for the Peace Bridge for you to cross at, as the many times I have crossed there and I've had no problems crossing there between the USA and Canada, and vice versa. They also have a lot of booth/checkpoint lanes there, and experience the least amount of delays. In and out in 10 mins, with a few minor questions (ID, country of citizenship, reason for going, anything to declare...just be truthful there when being asked, and have all of your paperwork ready beforehand)....then simple and easy in and out between the two countries...

Before you cross the border, just in case, you should also look at the following website too, to double-check on the traffic and road conditions on the day you are crossing over:

http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/index.asp

Hope this helps. Happy POE crossing! Good luck on your immigration journey and your upcoming move!

Ant

P.S. Once you are in the USA, don't forget to drive in Miles, instead of Kilometres....lol....as you don't want to get a ticket for driving at the wrong speed!

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