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Anyone have experience with US preclearance?

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Hi Everyone

Does anyone have experience with the US preclearance in Abu Dhabi or US preclearance in general. My aunt is traveling to the US on an immigrant visa on etihad airways and she is going from islamabad pakistan ---->abu dhabi -----> chicago ----> ohio. The last part from chicago to ohio is on american airlines. Will she need to pick up her bags in chicago? I was told a flight that goes through US preclearance is treated as a domestic flight upon arrival in the US but im not sure about the luggage. I've never gone through preclearance myself and the few times Ive come back from overseas going through chicago I had to pick up my bags there even though they were tagged to my final destination and then I had to drop them off again after I got out of immigration and customs. Your help is appreciated.

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Yes the flight will be treated as domestic once it leaves Abu Dhabi so there is no need to pick up her bags. They will be forwarded to her next flight. She will not have to go through customs again.

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