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Hello VJers

I just receive my combo card (Advance parole) and I'm planning on visiting my family next week. I'll be crossing by car and I have a few questions to make sure everything goes smoothly.

I've heard that Canadian resident are not allowed to drive US car across the border. If I have all my paper, am I consider non-resident?

I have a nexus card, am I allowed to use the nexus lane?

Also, my passport is under my maiden name and my card under my married name. Do I need to carry my marriage certificate? Any other documents? All my USCIS paper?

What should I expect? Will I be bring inside?

Any people cross on AP at the Champlain NY POE?

any input appreciate

Thanks

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1. There shouldn't be any problem driving a Canadian car to US. The only time it would be a problem is if you are living in a state in US for longer than certain time (I think 3 months) when you get considered resident of that state, you should have that state plates. You should have worked with port of entry to import your car to US. Without that import paperwork from the border, you won't be able to get US license plates.

2. I don't think NEXUS lane should be an issue. The only thing would be if that advanced parole is not mentioned in your NEXUS record. If there is a NEXUS office near you, try to go there and get that updated. If you can't, call the port of entry itself. You can get the phone number from http://www.cbp.gov/contact/ports. Check if you can use NEXUS lane.

3. Yes, carry all that paperwork just in case they ask.

4. If you look nervous, you would. Make sure you don't look nervous, since you have all the documents to prove your facts.

5. No idea about that particular border. I had problems at Thousand Island, NY and Ogdensburg, NY which are not very used to people of my skin color or country of origin. I didn't have any problems at Buffalo. I think people of Montreal probably often cross from Champlain NY, so shouldn't have much problem.


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07/07/2015 ---- Police certificate sent in email. (received the email from commissionaire-ottawa)
07/10/2015
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Note that my case is employment based, and since government already done thorough security checking on me in the past with my employment visa and NEXUS card, I think that clears my security faster than spousal cases.

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Hello VJers

I just receive my combo card (Advance parole) and I'm planning on visiting my family next week. I'll be crossing by car and I have a few questions to make sure everything goes smoothly.

I've heard that Canadian resident are not allowed to drive US car across the border. If I have all my paper, am I consider non-resident?

I live in Fargo. On the weekends, there are more Canadian cars than North Dakota. I have also never been asked about my ownership. I don't think this will be an issue.

I have a nexus card, am I allowed to use the nexus lane?

Also, my passport is under my maiden name and my card under my married name. Do I need to carry my marriage certificate? Any other documents? All my USCIS paper?

Carry your marriage certificate. I have found Canadian border patrol to be pickier about such things than other countries. I am a single parent. Whenever we go to Winnipeg, I have always had to show my daughter's birth certificate with only me on it. I never had this in Europe.

What should I expect? Will I be bring inside?

Any people cross on AP at the Champlain NY POE?

any input appreciate

Thanks

Edited by p1nkmamba

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Absolutely you can for a visit - you're not importing it, you're visiting family and then returning to the US - correct?

To clarify (and separate from teh car discussion) - the Canadian border patrol may ask what your status in the US is...they have to right to and you just explain you're adjusting to permanent residency and have your AP travel document with you.

I think my car question was not clear. I can't bring a US car in Canada (from what I read) So i"m canadian, driving our US car across the border :)

Edited by Udella&Wiz

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Canadians are not allowed to drive cars with US plates into Canada without a lot of pain related to importation. To avoid the issue it will be important for you to 1) show that you are a U.S. permanent resident, we have to show our green card every time we drive back. I am not sure how they will react to AP status. I would think it would be ok. And 2) they will want to know who owns the car so be prepared to answer that and possibly show proof.


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