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POE Vancouver (YVR) for NZ K-1 with subsequent land border crossing

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Hi VJ,

 

I have been trying to search the boards for recent historical posts about this topic, with little luck.  My fiancé should receive his passport with his K-1 visa on Monday, and will then book a ticket to come over from Auckland.   One of Air NZ's four North American destinations is Vancouver, BC, Canada (YVR). It is cheaper to fly directly there, and for me to pick him up and drive back to Seattle than to go via LAX or SFO.  We started many of our visits  over the past three years this way, as we both love BC.  This time I would just be picking him up and driving directly down to Seattle.

 

Reading POE reviews and old threads, I am trying to figure out whether his K-1 would be activated at YVR, and if so, would that present any problem at the Blaine land border crossing into Washington State?  It seems some of the US CBP screening is done at YVR, but perhaps that is only for those with connecting flights to smaller US airports?  We also wondered if having a one-way ticket into Canada (even with the K-1 and all other documentation) would be problematic.

 

Besides the price, another advantage to doing it this way is that he will be bringing more luggage than usual, and it would be nice for him to avoid a connecting flight for that reason.

 

Any thoughts or experiences are welcomed!

 

~Erika (Jorgedig)

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The K-1 would be activated at the land border crossing. They only do the US pre-clearance in the airport for passengers who are flying on to the USA. So he would have to clear Canadian customs with all his stuff and convince the Canadian authorities that he's not planning to stay in Canada illegally before heading to the border. If I would you two I would find it less stressful to have him fly directly to the US if possible. Then he won't have to deal with entering both countries! Just my two cents - good luck! 


  • 10/30/2018 POE on K-1 visa
  • 12/03/2018 Married 😍
  • 12/07/2018 Sent AOS, EAD and AP forms 

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Agreed - he would be dealing with Canadian immigration there and not see US immigration.

I'm unfamiliar with Canada's visitor policies regarding if an onward ticket is required or not, or how likely they are to admit somebody without an onward travel ticket.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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17 hours ago, geowrian said:

Agreed - he would be dealing with Canadian immigration there and not see US immigration.

I'm unfamiliar with Canada's visitor policies regarding if an onward ticket is required or not, or how likely they are to admit somebody without an onward travel ticket.

While I haven't dealt with Canada specifically, I've found that with other countries with tourist visa exemptions, the decision to check for your onward ticket tends to depend on your passport. I've seen some people get their documents read thoroughly, while in my case only my passport was checked. Although I would recommend doing more research with Canada and your country specifically.

I think it would probably be fine, even if you had to explain what your plan was, but it might be useful for peace of mind to buy a cheap bus ticket or something to show some sort of onward ticket.

That being said, I do agree that flying into the US would probably be better, for similar reasons stated above.

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8 minutes ago, Diane and Chris said:

Why not fly into Seattle as his POE?  You’ve waited long enough. Just make it simple!  Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!  

Thank you!   Air New Zealand only flies to Vancouver, SFO and LAX on the West Coast.  We were trying to avoid a connecting flight, since I live so close to Vancouver.

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Just wanted to follow up on this post for future VJ searches.....we kept our original plan of having a land POE at Blaine/Peace Arch at the Washington/BC border.  Alec arrived from Auckland at YVR/Vancouver, and stated that he was staying in Canada for <1 day, and explained about the K-1.  No harassment or problems, but I was waiting in the terminal in case they wanted to confirm the plan to leave Canada by car straight away.  I had actually called the Canadian border folks a few days earlier, and they confirmed that there is no legislative directive regarding arriving from overseas on a one-way ticket.  My biggest fear was that Canadian immigration would question whether we were leaving by car in the absence of a ticket.

 

POE at Blaine was a piece of cake, also!  We were there for about 45 minutes total, which was amazing, given that our CBP officer was new and ours was his first K-1 to process!  We are so thankful that everything has been smooth sailing thus far. 

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