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Hey everyone!

So glad I got my visa yesterday..Leaving Montreal to Philadelphia by car monday.

My fiance and a buddy will be coming up to get me and my belongings and cat.

Just want to ask, if anyone has already dealt with this...I packed up about 7 boxes. Each box has a CLEARLY written description/approx value.

Ie : Kitchen, 100$

Decorative , Leisure 90$

etc...

i also am bringing my cat, with proof of vaccine/clean bill of health.

Now..What for do I fill out with me to be able to bring my stuff over with no problems?
I have found that CBP 3299 is the only form i need really. Is there another one?
Everything has been basically hiccup free and I dont want an issue right at the end..(well..end of part 1 anyway)

Thanks :D


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*** Country-specific thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Canada regional subforum. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Hey everyone!

So glad I got my visa yesterday..Leaving Montreal to Philadelphia by car monday.

My fiance and a buddy will be coming up to get me and my belongings and cat.

Just want to ask, if anyone has already dealt with this...I packed up about 7 boxes. Each box has a CLEARLY written description/approx value.

Ie : Kitchen, 100$

Decorative , Leisure 90$

etc...

i also am bringing my cat, with proof of vaccine/clean bill of health.

Now..What for do I fill out with me to be able to bring my stuff over with no problems?

I have found that CBP 3299 is the only form i need really. Is there another one?

Everything has been basically hiccup free and I dont want an issue right at the end..(well..end of part 1 anyway)

Thanks :D

Form 3299 is for stuff that is coming unaccompanied--ie the moving company is moving it down................ Just a general list--what you have is usually all they require--and many times, barely even look at it. Cat the big thing they may be concerned about is the Rabies shot. Pretty easy process--just remember to bring trhe "do not open" envelope,lol best of luck


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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When I crossed the agent made me take a sharpie and write "Box 1 of ____" on each one. That may just be because he was onerous that day but it may also help you

good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Plan for the best--expect the worst,lol When I crossed over into Maine in 2004..the POE guards had no clue on what to do! They got out a big book, ended up calling another POE for help,lol It still went rather smoothly! The customs guy was to busy playing solitaire on the computer to care about my inventory list!!


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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Crossed in Alberta at Coutts/Sweetgrass, and it took us 10 minutes, most of which was spent waiting around. Didn't open the uhaul, didn't look at the inventory list, barely talked to me. I put some fingerprints down, signed my name, and left. They hadn't much of a clue and said I'd get my green card in 6-8 months. Hubs already told me to play dumb so that they felt smart and important. Lol


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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Keep your cat in a crate! I got yelled at for my cat not being in the crate when we got there. I had my husband in a Penske truck behind me with all my stuff. I had the kids and my cat in my car. The officer was so irritated that my cat was loose. I'm laughing as I write this because I expected to deal with so much more other than my cat being the problem. He wanted him in the crate so he could LOOK at him with my trunk open. I offered to go put him in his crate but the officer said forget it and waved me on. When my husband pulled up, he had a list of all my stuff with him in the cab of the truck but the officer went to the back, threw the door open and closed it and told him to carry on. So that was about as easy as you can get. I had already done my actual POE though with just me and the kids and the car earlier. I moved the rest of my stuff later so I saved myself the hassle of having the truck and having to go park and go to secondary. Obviously that isn't an option for everyone but I was crossing every other week pretty much at that time.


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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