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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Interesting - this is the first time the Canadian border guard has asked what my status was in the US and asked to see my GC. He even scanned it.....I felt like saying - is it really any of your darn business what my status is in the US? I of course didn't since I had no desire to be considered cheeky at 11:15 pm and be pulled into secondary :)

When we first pulled up we handed over our passports as per the usual way - my husband the USC and me the Cdn....anyone else been asked for their US status by the Cdn border guards? Weird.


Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)

Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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It has happened to me only two times. Once by land (on my most recent trip in April) and once at Pearson (a couple of years ago). It surprised me too. I guess they're just trying to understand something that's confusing them. I can't imagine it would really matter if you couldn't produce it, if you're Canadian.


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02/08/12 - Mailed N-400

02/14/12 - NOA

03/02/12 - Biometrics Letter

03/22/12 - Biometrics

04/09/12 - Interview Notice

05/16/12 - Interview and Oath - USC

ROC

11/16/10 - Mailed ROC

11/18/10 - Delivered to VSC

11/19/10 - NOA1

11/23/10 - Cheque cashed

12/29/10 - Biometrics

05/06/11 - ROC Approved

05/16/11 - Green card received. Yay! (6 months)

There's diamonds in the sidewalk, the gutters lined in song

Dear I hear that beer flows through the faucets all night long

There's treasure for the taking, for any hard working (wo)man

Who will make his home in the American Land

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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The same thing happened to me last time I went to Canada! I, too, felt like saying, what the heck do you care what my status is in the US, do you know who you work for :blink: haha but I also refrained and told them I was on a TN work visa.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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I recall neiks stating something about this, she had a valid response, it made sense, but I can't recall exactly why. And I have not had enough coffee yet this morning to make anything sound senseful!!


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: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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I have been asked what my status is in the US when I have returned to Canada (I guess since I put a US address on my customs card and check the card as a visitor). They haven't asked for my green card tho. Both times I have gone to Canada since I have had my GC I have had my LO and have been travelling alone, so I think they didn't want to ask me for anything more then they absolutely needed :lol:

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I've been asked for my GC for the last year or so at the land borders. Now I just give them my NEXUS pass and they don't ask. Having said that, I know for sure they're going to ask for my GC next visit. :lol:

Here's Neik's response: Link

Glad to hear you made it safe and sound, Udella. Have fun!! It's super scorching here today. :dead:


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both times i have crossed the land border into Canada, there and back, I have just shown my GC and they didn't bat an eye

in my humble opinion a green card is harder and more expensive to get then a passport..i am pretty sure you go through more security checks to get a green card too... so i think it is a better id then a passport...it does also state your country of birth on the green card too...


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We cross at Port Huron / Sarnia as it is closer to my family living in Southern Ontario. The first time we crossed I just gave them my passport. The next time, they asked to see my GC. So since then, I've always just handed them my passport with the GC tucked into it.


April 13, 2009 - Welcome to the USA letter rec'd. PRC to be rec'd within 3 weeks.

April 16, 2009 - 2 yr GC rec'd in mail.

March 2, 2011 - Mailed in I-751 to CSC

March 4, 2011 - I-751 delivered to CSC

March 4, 2011 - NOA issued

March 12, 2011 - NOA received

April 14, 2011 - BIO Appt 5/6/11

May 6, 2011 - BIO done in 10 minutes...no re-takes this time :)

June 27, 2011 - Email rec'd "Status - Approved"

July 1, 2011 - 10 yr GC arrived

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Could they be adopting a new thing now?

Needing to check the GC on entry to Canada to make sure you have been staying in the USA legally?


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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

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Could they be adopting a new thing now?

Needing to check the GC on entry to Canada to make sure you have been staying in the USA legally?

Read Neiks link above provided by Krikit. Neiks does work for Cdn Customs


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
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So Flames - now that you're a citizen - do they bat an eye when you're obviously both a Cdn and American?

Guess he next time I cross homr I will be a citizen and find out :)

Edit - just rtead link to Neiks response - that now makes total sens ewhy they're asking and it doesn't bother me a bit,

Edited by Udella&Wiz

Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)

Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

******************

Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

******************

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I was asked twice crossing at the peace bridge..they told me it was because I had a rental car and only a US citizen(or PR) can bring a rental car across from the states..so I assumed every time i brought a rental car across I would be asked..but not the case..I cross all the time..so now when I'm not asked I find it weird :wacko:


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

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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So Flames - now that you're a citizen - do they bat an eye when you're obviously both a Cdn and American?

Guess he next time I cross homr I will be a citizen and find out :)

Edit - just rtead link to Neiks response - that now makes total sens ewhy they're asking and it doesn't bother me a bit,

I drove back to Sask from DC at the end of April. My CRV was pretty full and I had my dog!! I drove up to the CDN Customs gal, I handed her my CDN passport. She asked me the purpose of my visit- (Visit family) Where I resided (Virginia) How long I was staying in Canada (approx 1 month) and that was it!!! Didnt even ask me questions about my dog!! Wasn't even stopped for a minute. Too easy. Never showed my USA passport, to validate what I had said. I may have said I had USA citizenship, but I dont think so, as I never admit to that,lol

I was asked twice crossing at the peace bridge..they told me it was because I had a rental car and only a US citizen(or PR) can bring a rental car across from the states..so I assumed every time i brought a rental car across I would be asked..but not the case..I cross all the time..so now when I'm not asked I find it weird :wacko:

Yep thats correct. A fair # of Canucks (stil resident of canada)get themselves into a pickle on those Alaskan cruises, as they rent a car in 1 of the stops,then try to enter Canada with it as they tour around. Some get thru, but some get stopped and told to turn around!!


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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