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Hi all! My stepson was just approved at his interview. He lives in Montreal. Since he is so close to the border, he has the opportunity to easily enter by land (he travels regularly to a family home in Vermont). Is that possible or does he have to enter by air (we live in California)? any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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He can cross by land, many do

As long as it has a proper POE with customs and immigration officers, he may cross there

good luck


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Any entry of port would be fine.

Airport, border (land), seaport, and walking across the bridge (like Niagara Falls) -- all have US immigration controls.

Some airports in Canada have US immigration controls (called pre-clearance). see the website: http://www.cbp.gov/border-security/ports-entry/operations/preclearance

Good luck!

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Hi all! My stepson was just approved at his interview. He lives in Montreal. Since he is so close to the border, he has the opportunity to easily enter by land (he travels regularly to a family home in Vermont). Is that possible or does he have to enter by air (we live in California)? any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

He can cross by land. If he's planning to cross by car, that's fine.

But if by bus, greyhound, etc, check first because new immigrants go thru secondary inspection at POE, and that can take time. Not sure bus operators' policy on waiting for passengers at the border. This will be slightly different at the border than his previous trips to Vermont.


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Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

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He can cross by land. If he's planning to cross by car, that's fine.

But if by bus, greyhound, etc, check first because new immigrants go thru secondary inspection at POE, and that can take time. Not sure bus operators' policy on waiting for passengers at the border. This will be slightly different at the border than his previous trips to Vermont.

1. What about train? I am sure they will have to wait for the next train if it takes longer at POE.

2. Rental car -- Canadian(s) will have to check with their rental car company's policies. http://www.ezbordercrossing.com/the-inspection-experience/documentation-needed-to-cross-border/#.VPokP460Jzo

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1) http://www.amtrak.com/crossing-the-us-canadian-border

You can travel by uhaul (rental truck), your own vehicle (that's paid for in full... you cannot import a car that has a lien/loan on it), bus, or plane... I'm pretty sure you can travel by rental car but it would be expensive to travel across the border so I wouldn't bother.


~~moved to Canada regional forum as topic is regionally specific (only 2 countries can travel to the USA via land) from IR1/CR1 process and procedures~~


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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1) http://www.amtrak.com/crossing-the-us-canadian-border

You can travel by uhaul (rental truck), your own vehicle (that's paid for in full... you cannot import a car that has a lien/loan on it), bus, or plane... I'm pretty sure you can travel by rental car but it would be expensive to travel across the border so I wouldn't bother.

~~moved to Canada regional forum as topic is regionally specific (only 2 countries can travel to the USA via land) from IR1/CR1 process and procedures~~

Thanks for the clarification.

can you please tel how can I confirm that I can't go to usa on a K1 visa with a loan on it?

thanks in advance...


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consulate rec: July 16

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medical: September 1st

interview: September 18/ approved

visa received: September, 24, 2015

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you can go to the USA but you cannot import the car. You don't own it.


You won't have a title for the car, because the lender keeps the title until the car is paid for.


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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