Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Brenda2010

Crossing to US via Queenston/Lewiston, Niagara

12 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hi all - just to let you know that I drove across/activated my visa on Dec. 27th.

Waited 45 mins to be seen by a customs officer, handed over my secret package from the embassy, then waited another 20 mins while he puzzled through it. Seemed to be the first time he'd seen a K1 fiancee visa - much throwing up of hands, muttering, asking his colleagues questions. Didn't ask me anything other than when we intended to get married and that was it - took my fingerprints, stamped my passport, stapled in a document with my arrival date and a 3 month expiration date (have to be married within that date), charged $6 for the honour, and that was it.

He didn't ask to see any additional paperwork, no health records for my cat who I had with me, nor anything on the car I'm importing.

He told me next steps were for me to visit my local immigration office, get the EAD/AP, then apply for SSN but from what I've read on here I can apply for the SSN within a couple weeks of arriving - don't need to wait for the EAD/AP, right?

Should I have asked him for anything else? Other than the document he stapled in my passport?

I was thrilled at the time that it was all so easy but now have the sneaky suspicion I should've done/asked for something else...


For information on our K1/AOS/ROC journey please see my 'About Me' page on my profile.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep you can go to the ssn office in about 2 weeks and apply, I got married soon after I entered and we applied for my SSN in my married name and were able to get it that way instead of maiden.(one less thing to change lol)

Bring your car import documents the officer gave you to the DMV/registrar and get your plates done, they will cost a little more the first time around because you are registering the car new and have to pay for the plates. It was less $$ when just renewing the tags.

You wont "visit" your immigration office, you will just apply for AOS, EAD, AP by mailing the packet in to chicago lockbox (address on the instructions) That has to be done after your married tho because you need to include the copy of the marriage certificate!


-------------------------------------------- as1cE-a0g410010MjgybHN8MDA5Njk4c3xNYXJyaWVkIGZvcg.gif

Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep you can go to the ssn office in about 2 weeks and apply, I got married soon after I entered and we applied for my SSN in my married name and were able to get it that way instead of maiden.(one less thing to change lol)

Bring your car import documents the officer gave you to the DMV/registrar and get your plates done, they will cost a little more the first time around because you are registering the car new and have to pay for the plates. It was less $$ when just renewing the tags.

You wont "visit" your immigration office, you will just apply for AOS, EAD, AP by mailing the packet in to chicago lockbox (address on the instructions) That has to be done after your married tho because you need to include the copy of the marriage certificate!

Thanks for the clarification and speedy reply! The officer didn't give me any car import documents but assume the DMV/registrar will have them. Gonna try that next week, one step at a time... :)


For information on our K1/AOS/ROC journey please see my 'About Me' page on my profile.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Be sure to keep that card he stapled in your passport safe as well - that is the famous I-94. now that you have used your K-1, that document is your proof of legal status in the US. Make a number of copies of both sides of it because you will be required to submit them in the variety of immigration applications you will be filling out soon. You will also need to show it at the SSN office. Get your card as soon as you can and worry about changing your name on it later. You may also need the I-94 as proof of your legal status in order the get the car importation/ DL issues resolved as well.

Congratulations!


“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

5892822976_477b1a77f7_z.jpg

Another Member of the VJ Fluffy Kitty Posse!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the clarification and speedy reply! The officer didn't give me any car import documents but assume the DMV/registrar will have them. Gonna try that next week, one step at a time... :)

You're going to have to go to the nearest POE to import your car properly. The DMV will not register your vehicle without it. Check out this thread for additional info. Make sure the foreign vehicle importer at the tag office notes that the odometer reading is in kms (and your resultant ownership) if your vehicle is not the type that switches back and forth between metric and the US system of measurement.


iagree.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You're going to have to go to the nearest POE to import your car properly. The DMV will not register your vehicle without it. Check out this thread for additional info. Make sure the foreign vehicle importer at the tag office notes that the odometer reading is in kms (and your resultant ownership) if your vehicle is not the type that switches back and forth between metric and the US system of measurement.

:thumbs: You will definitely need those papers.

When I POEd I was not asked about my vehicle; it is not part of the immigration process per se. I had to bring it to the officer's attention and was the forwarded to another officer that dealt with the import papers.


USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh boy. I knew it, I just knew I'd missed something! Damn, damn that customs officer, and me for not following up on that.

Thanks all for your help, I'll let you know how it goes...

And thanks for the heads up on the I-94, will make copies this morning!


For information on our K1/AOS/ROC journey please see my 'About Me' page on my profile.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its been 3 years since I POE ..they did not import my car at the border crossing either..I didn't know to ask( I was a newbie back then..lol) at any rate I registered my car in South carolina no problem..they took away my Ontario registration and ownership and issued me a new one..I don't know whether there was different rules a few years ago..or i got lucky..


AOS

02/25/08 sent AOS packet

02/26/08 packet received chicago lockbox

03/03/08 NOA(I-485,I765,I131)for daughter and myself

03/09/08 received biometrics appointment letter

03/25/08 RFE recieved for NOA for I129F(USCIS lost it! DOH!)

03/25/08 RFE sent

03/26/08 biometrics appointment(YAY!)

03/26/08 EAD touched(for daughter and myself)

03/28/08 EAD touch again!

04/03/08 RFE received case processing resumes

04/29/08 request AP expedited

05/01/08 AP sent out

05/02/08 case transfered to CSC

05/02/08 EAD card production ordered

05/05/08 EAD card production ordered again

05/10/08 EAD card received

05/16/08 AOS touched

05/18/08 AOS touched again!

06/11/08 AOS card production ordered!

06/16/08 green card received in mail!!

no more USCIS for almost 2 years!!

ROC

04/07/10 sent I-751 to VSC

04/09/10 NOA recieved

04/13/10 cheque cashed

05/17/10 early biometrics

06/29/10 card production ordered

07/10/10 card received

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its been 3 years since I POE ..they did not import my car at the border crossing either..I didn't know to ask( I was a newbie back then..lol) at any rate I registered my car in South carolina no problem..they took away my Ontario registration and ownership and issued me a new one..I don't know whether there was different rules a few years ago..or i got lucky..

Maybe you got lucky. :)

I traded my Canadian vehicle in when I moved to NJ. When I was filling out the paperwork at the dealership they didn't ask me for any documentation from the border at all. I thought it was a bit weird as they knew it was Canadian vehicle but I figured they knew what they were doing. Sure enough a few weeks later when they were trying to register the car so they could resell it they called and asked for the missing papers. :whistle:


USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think you got lucky too, Shawna. Just don't try to sell it! lol

See last paragraph of this link.

oh no!! I hadn't thought about that! although I do have the new ownership(registrstion..whatever they call it here ) :rofl:


AOS

02/25/08 sent AOS packet

02/26/08 packet received chicago lockbox

03/03/08 NOA(I-485,I765,I131)for daughter and myself

03/09/08 received biometrics appointment letter

03/25/08 RFE recieved for NOA for I129F(USCIS lost it! DOH!)

03/25/08 RFE sent

03/26/08 biometrics appointment(YAY!)

03/26/08 EAD touched(for daughter and myself)

03/28/08 EAD touch again!

04/03/08 RFE received case processing resumes

04/29/08 request AP expedited

05/01/08 AP sent out

05/02/08 case transfered to CSC

05/02/08 EAD card production ordered

05/05/08 EAD card production ordered again

05/10/08 EAD card received

05/16/08 AOS touched

05/18/08 AOS touched again!

06/11/08 AOS card production ordered!

06/16/08 green card received in mail!!

no more USCIS for almost 2 years!!

ROC

04/07/10 sent I-751 to VSC

04/09/10 NOA recieved

04/13/10 cheque cashed

05/17/10 early biometrics

06/29/10 card production ordered

07/10/10 card received

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×
×
  • Create New...