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Giving my 2 weeks and UHAUL to move?

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So my husband and I decided, we need to move back a little sooner than anticipated because it's really hard to secure a job when you are miles away in Canada.

I have two questions!

How did you guys word your 2 weeks notice? My boss always wanted me to give 2-3 months notice (not going to happen) and I want to be clear that I am moving due to my husband's relocation to the US. By the time I give my 2 weeks, I am confident he will have a letter of employment offer.

Also, has anyone else moved their stuff with a Uhaul? We are going to drive 12-14 hours from New Brunswick Canada to New Jersey and might stop half way in Portland Maine. I was hoping to move in the small cargo van, but the only trucks available are the 10' and 15' trucks. Did those cause any clearance issues for anyone?

Would love to know anyone's tips on their move!


USCIS Process:

Sent I-130 (via Canada Post): Feb 29, 2016

NOA1 hardcopy received: March 16, 2016

NOA2 approval text & email: June 9, 2016

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NVC Process:

Case number and IIN Assigned: July 5, 2016

Choice of Agent (DS-261) completed: July 6, 2016

IV application (DS-260) completed: July 12, 2016

Sent AOS & IV packets (Electronic Processing): July 14, 2016

CC: July 20, 2016

Medical: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 19, 2016 APPROVED!

POE: October 31, 2016

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ROC Process:

Submitted I-751 (USPS Overnight): August 2, 2018

Application received at VSC : August 3, 2018

Payment cashed (personal check): August 9, 2018

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I did an Ontario - Missouri in a 10' Uhaul (crossed the border at Port Huron). No problems, the first guy took my fiance's and I passports then told us to drive forward and pull over at the inspection station. Parked the Uhaul and followed directions into the secondary office. Handed over various paperwork, they asked me to open up the Uhaul. The border guys looked into one box (of course it was the one with my deer antler in it! LOL), then after about an hour of waiting (I was also importing a car and activating my K1 visa) we were free to go.

As a precaution, when I packed things I numbered the boxes and created an inventory list of what was packed. I didn't need to use it, but I figured that if they wanted to look at the list they were welcome and if something was fishy then I could direct them to the specific box opposed to having to opened up everything.

Overall it was a super easy process, just make sure to budget time at the border. Our process took about an hour once we parked at secondary.


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10/10/2015: I 129F Petition Sent to USCIS ||| 10/13/2015: I 129F Petition Delivered to USCIS ||| 10/16/2015: Received Email/Text NOA1 |||

10/19/2015: Received Hard Copy NOA1 ||| 11/10/2015: Case Approved on USCIS website NOA2 ||| 11/16/2015: Received Hard Copy NOA2 |||

11/24/2015: Petition Received at NVC ||| 11/24/2015: Case # Assigned at NVC ||| 11/27/2015: Case Leaves NVC ||| 11/30/2015: CEAC Status - Ready |||

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12/10/2015: Received Packet 3 (after emailing Montreal) and submitted packet 3 ||| 12/14/2015: Received Packet 4 and booked interview, and received paper copy of packet 3

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02/11/2016: CEAC Status: Administrative Processing ||| 02/12/2016: CEAC Status: Issued ||| 02/18/2016: K1 Visa in Hand!!! ||| 03/27/2016: Cross the border at Port Huron, MI and travel to MO for wedding

04/02/2016: Wedding Day!!!

04/06/2016: Arrive at my new home in California ||| 04/13/2016: Applied for SSN ||| 04/21/2016: SSN arrived in mail

AOS/EAD/AP

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05/16/2016: Received NOA1

05/20/2016: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter

05/31/2016: AOS/EAD Biometrics Appointment

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No issues for me from Ontario to Virginia in a 14" Uhaul (or whatever is largest that a normal license can drive). I only had a 2 bedroom apartment and could barely stuff everything in...a word of warning depending on how much 'stuff' you have.

Same experience as the folks above at the border, no troubles - have a packing list, be prepared.


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07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Thank you so much for everyone's replies and experiences!

I was able to give my 2 weeks on Tuesday, my husband secured employment on Monday (yay!!!).

His tentative start date is November 7th, so there's so much to do in so little time!

We are waiting to hear back from the application we placed for an apartment and I have booked a 10' UHaul as I am only moving the things we absolutely need - the other things I will simply re-purchase (couch/dining set/bed). So exciting and stressful all at once :P


USCIS Process:

Sent I-130 (via Canada Post): Feb 29, 2016

NOA1 hardcopy received: March 16, 2016

NOA2 approval text & email: June 9, 2016

-------------------------------------------------------

NVC Process:

Case number and IIN Assigned: July 5, 2016

Choice of Agent (DS-261) completed: July 6, 2016

IV application (DS-260) completed: July 12, 2016

Sent AOS & IV packets (Electronic Processing): July 14, 2016

CC: July 20, 2016

Medical: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 19, 2016 APPROVED!

POE: October 31, 2016

-------------------------------------------------------

ROC Process:

Submitted I-751 (USPS Overnight): August 2, 2018

Application received at VSC : August 3, 2018

Payment cashed (personal check): August 9, 2018

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Uhaul often "free upgrades" the 10' since they're rare in Canada. Just an fyi. Even if your roe says quit, you can get ei.


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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I drove a 14 ft Uhaul across the WA border with no issues at all. Just keep an itemized list of what is in the back so it is easy for them to look at it. I wrote a list of the major things - furniture, electronics, and showed it to the officer and he didn't even ask to see inside the truck! He just skimmed the list and let us through. Be sure that they know everything in the truck belongs to you and none of it for commercial purposes, just relocation.


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(Day 290) 10/01/12: Social Security Card sent automatically

Removal of Conditions CR1 / CR2
(Day 1) 07/28/14: Application sent.
(Day 135) 12/10/14: ROC Approved!
(Day 143) 12/18/14: 10 year GC received (IR1 / IR2)

Naturalization:
(Day 1) 06/30/15: Application sent.
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(Day 1) 01/27/16: Applied for my U.S. Passport
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I drove a 20' Uhaul towing a car trailer from Montreal to Texas. We crossed in Thousand Islands in Ontario. Only mistake we made was there was a sign that said "Trucks" and we followed that because my Dad was sure it due to some size problem. The sign should really say commercial trucks...so that caused a little bit of an issue. But we got to go through an X-ray machine. Then had a hard time parking (we had to do a U-Turn in a 20 foot truck with another 15-20 feed of trailer behind). But after that it took like an hour and no issues with the truck or importing the car. They didn't ask for an inventory list (which I had) or to see in the truck (they didn't look while we were gone inside either as it was locked) but that might be because we went through the X-Ray machine...who knows...haha.

Only thing I can recommend with a U-Haul is if you need to stay anywhere overnight with it, buy a lock. As otherwise the back is really easy to open and take your stuff. You can bring your own lock, don't need to buy one at U-Haul.

Good luck!


USCIS

Spoiler

 

2015-02-02: Sent I-130

2015-02-04: USCIS Received and transferred to NSC

2015-02-06: NOA1

2015-06-19: NOA2 Email. 133 days between NOA1 and NOA2

2015-06-26: USCIS update that case was sent to NVC

 

NVC

Spoiler

 

2015-07-02: Case received by NVC

2015-07-14: Case number assigned when calling on 2015-07-20 but couldn't give emails as case was locked still

2015-07-27: Called and was able to give emails

2015-07-27: Submit DS-261

2015-07-27: Pay AOS Fee

2015-08-25: Receive IV bill

2015-08-26: Pay IV Fee

2015-09-05: Submit DS-260

2015-09-07: Sent AOS and IV package via EP

2015-10-11: Resubmit via EP after being told to do so on 2015-10-09 as it looked like our original emails were lost

2015-10-16: Received email for scan date of 2015-10-12. Told that basically nothing can be done and we need to wait 30 days from 2015-10-12 (30+ days lost because they lost our emails)

2015-10-26: Told case is basically complete but that they are building my electronic file. Told there is no timeline for this.

2015-10-30 & 2015-11-13: Still told no update. Building electronic file still and no timeline.

2015-11-17: Case Complete

2015-12-03: Receive packet 4

2015-12-15: Medical

2015-12-18: Medical picked up results

2016-01-12: Interview - Approved!

2016-02-03: POE

 

 

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Its good to have a lock on them no matter what. That way you can go to the washroom or get food without as much worry.


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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