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Hello. I have a K1 visa and we will be driving from Toronto to Seattle in about 2 weeks. I’d like to ask about your experience if you’ve ever driven cross-Canada or cross-US. We planned an 8 to 10-hour drive daily.

 

Also, what are your experiences with Detroit, Idaho, and/or Seattle border land crossings (like which ones are faster and such)?

 

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2 hours ago, R.Q. said:

Hello. I have a K1 visa and we will be driving from Toronto to Seattle in about 2 weeks. I’d like to ask about your experience if you’ve ever driven cross-Canada or cross-US. We planned an 8 to 10-hour drive daily.

 

Also, what are your experiences with Detroit, Idaho, and/or Seattle border land crossings (like which ones are faster and such)?

 

We crossed Detroit coming from toronto to ohio on a k1 for my wife. Pulled up to the officer and handed her packet to them. They sent us to secondary. Took about 45 minutes for our turn. Officers where very nice. Only thing I will say for the us citizen in secondary is listen when the officer calls you up. Make sure they ask for both of you. He called her up and went to go up to. Very bluntly said I only asked for her. Still nice officer. But for the hour in Detroit be ready for a show. Saw a number of people arguing with the officers thinking it was going to help at all :)

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We ended up driving from Montreal to Sault Ste. Marie, ON and crossing there (we were going to cross at Detroit but thought that SSM would be faster). It was a Monday around 11:00am, there was no one else crossing at that time. We mentioned that I had a K-1 Visa to activate and we were pulled into secondary. All contents of the van were inspected while we were inside waiting for the paperwork to be processed. Maybe make sure you have some cash on you (we had to scrounge lol), there was a processing fee for the I-94 (this was in 2014, unsure if it's still the same). I was there for maybe 20 minutes, it was very fast and went without incident. 


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