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What line to use on first arrival

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It seems there are a bunch of forum topics about this but I can't find a clear answer so I will try with this post.

I just got my CR-1 visa in the mail (the added page in my passport and the mysterious "do not open" envelope) and will be arriving in the US, specifically Sea-Tac on June 1 2013. My question is: On this FIRST arrival which line should I go in at the port of entry? The visitors line or the line for citizens/residents? On the one hand I'm technically not a resident yet, just a CR-1 visa holder, but on the other hand I am not just a visitor either. So are there any official guidelines on what to specifically do this FIRST entry after you get the visa?

After my first entry I will hopefully get that stamp - I forget the code for it - and fairly soon after I will hopefully get my GC in the mail. So obviously after this I will go in the line for permanent residents, but my question is concerning that very first time.

Hope you can help.


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it won't matter, as all of the CBP goons can handle the intake.

choose the shorter line.

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It seems to depend on the airport- if there is a officer directing traffic to different lanes, ask them.

We were told to go in the citizen line, but I was travelling with my USC husband and kids.

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Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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You can read the reviews of POE experiences here on VJ so you can see what other people did.

This is link is for Seattle but there's also the menu option above this thread for POE reviews




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