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K-1 Visa in hand, about to leave, what to expect at POE ?

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I am probably not in the right section but please someone move me (I couldn't find anything on POE questions).

My K-1 visa arrived this morning. What a relief -- I had the worst nightmares for a week -- when the Chronopost guy called because he couldn't find the street. I texted my fiance even through he was asleep and all my friends !

So in the Chronopost envelope were : the passport with the visa (they dated the issuance as yesterday but I had my interview last Thursday), the sealed envelope to hand the immigration officer and some 129-F papers that they returned (my fiance's work contract, official letters and plane tickets).

Here are my questions :

When I clear immigration I will hand them the "brown" envelope and my chest x-ray, correct ? So what is it with the papers they returned ? What do they keep and what do they return ?

Do they sometimes ask to see other papers ? Should I bring the binder I put together for the embassy ?

Will they escort me in another room to ask questions ?

Please correct me if I'm wrong : I should make sure that they staple my I-94 to my passport.

I will be clearing immigration in Baltimore, MD at BWI airport. I flew through BWI several times before (and was once pulled into secondary inspection) and everyone had always been very helpful and courteous so I'm not too worried about hassle. I just want to be prepared to be more serene.

Also, just out of curiosity, what is it so secret about the brown envelope that it has to be kept closed ? Why can't we see the information about us ?

Thanks to all for your help,

And please direct me to other pages if these questions have been answered a hundred times (I apologize !) *shame*

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You don't need to hand the X-ray at the POE because the CBP officers aren't doctor so it's no use for them.

The brown envelope is sealed not to prevent you from seeing what's inside but to prevent you from tempering with the documents in it (for instance putting false document that would make your entry easier).

You can keep the other documents they returned and bring them with you in case. The same for the documents you brought to the embassy, you should bring them to the US, it will make things easier later because they ask for some documents that you already submitted.

Yes they will escort you to a room to open the envelope and process your file. They can and probably will ask you question(s). In my case they only asked me if I came before in the US.

Finally, yes you should make sure you have the I-94 returned to you and your visa/passport stamped ; that will save you some trouble. The I-94 could be stapled or not (mine wasn't stapled and I didn't have any trouble).

Bon voyage

Good luck on your journey


K-1 2010 / 04 / 02 - I-129F sent
K-1 2010 / 08 / 18 - Interview at embassy in Paris, France
AOS 2011 / 01 / 15 - AOS package sent
AOS 2011 / 04 / 14 - Interview

ROC 2013 / 02 / 04 - ROC package sent
ROC 2013 / 07 / 27 - New GC received

CITIZENSHIP 2014 / 03 / 17 - N-400 package sent
CITIZENSHIP 2014 / 08 / 27 - Oath ceremony

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