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My Canadian Boarder Crossing experience

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Hi

Just thought I would share my experience of crossing the boarder both from the US into Canada and then back.

I had the advance parole/Employment card in hand along with my passport.

I flew to North Dakota and then drove through the Canadian border, this went smoothly. I was simply asked why I was in country, If I had left the US since entering on my K1 visa and then he just said he didn't want to let me enter Canada if I would have a problem on returning. Then I was given the go ahead and I left.

I thought coming back would be a similar experience but no that was not the case. I was asked the same few questions but was then told to park up and enter the building to be processed again, he told me it was not a big deal.

I entered the building and sat down, after trying to make eye contact with guy a few times I gave up. Around 20 minutes later he looked at me and gestured for me to come over. I was asked my address, where I had been in Canada, then the guy snapped.. "Everytime you leave the States youll have to do this". I said straight away that I didn't plan on doing it again until I had my greencard, his reply was "hmm" so then I stood there for around 20 minutes while he tapped into the computer while reading instructions from a folder. Then a lady came over and said..."Do you have the money" to which I replied "Money for what?" and she said "its a 6 dollar processing fee". After paying the fee, I was given my passport back with a piece of paper in it and the officer walked away, so I said "ok am I done?" he said "yep" and continued to walk away. The guy was so rude, I felt like some kind of criminal, he also had my wifes passport and when she asked for it, he threw it across the counter at her.

Hope others have better experiences.

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Never heard of any processing-fee.

When faced with rudeness at a CBP port, insist on speaking with the PSR (Passenger Services Representative), the shift supervisor, or the Port Director.

Find out what sector this port is in, and contact the Chief Patrol Agent.


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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).

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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.

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

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