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I POE'd there 2 years ago. I got there about 4 hours in advance, and it took me around 2 hours to get processed. Most of it was just waiting in secondary for my turn. It was a Saturday afternoon, so not crazy busy, but not totally dead, there were maybe 3-4 other people in secondary with me.

I actually had a pretty in-depth questioning, they opened up the sealed envelope and started asking me all kinds of questions from my paperwork, my fiance's date of birth, the city his mother was born in (which I didn't know) and other things I can't remember now. Then they took my finger prints, looked through all my luggage (I had 3 huge bags) and sent me on my way. I will admit I was VERY unexpectadly nervous and shaky, so they probably were a bit tougher and asking me questions because they noticed how nervous I was.

I would aim to get there 4 hours early so that you give yourself enough time.


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I just did my POE thru pearson almost 3 months ago. I got through pretty quickly only because I had a very early flight so I was the first person they saw when they opened. Heads up immigration doesnt open until 5:30am. I didnt know that so i arrived at the airport at like 4am because I was trying to leave myself alot of time so I just ended up waiting around for hours.

Depending on what time your flight is booked for I would give yourself 4 hours or so. Immigration gets crazy busy the later in the day it gets.

I just lucked out being first in line.


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If you look up at the top you will see POE, pick the the right selections and should find plenty of reviews. good luck

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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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