Jump to content

8 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Quick question about POE. Our flight is tomorrow early morning leaving from Ottawa to Toronto and then on to our destination in the US. I see a lot of people saying they had their bags at customs, but we will have checked them at Ottawa to go on to Toronto. Since he won’t go through customs until Toronto we won’t have his baggage at customs. We do have a list of everything in the checked bags and they could search our carry ons. Is this going to present any issues? 


Mailed: March 3rd, 2018 

Received: March 5th, 2018

NOA1 Old Site: March 5th, 2018

NOA1 New Site: March 9th, 2018

NOA2: October 2, 2018

NVC Case Number Received: October 22, 2018

Consulate Received: November 2, 2018

Packet 3 Received: November 15th, 2018 

Packet 3 Replied: November 20, 2018

Packet 4 Received: November 24, 2018

Medical: December 11, 2018

Interview: January 09, 2019
Married: February 16, 2019

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It shouldn’t. They will have x-rayed the bags, have record of the number checked, and will ask you questions about them if needed. If anything you would have a slight delay at customs while they wait for your bags to arrive (though this normally doesn’t happen in Toronto by the time you walk through the airport and wait in the inevitable line at US connections). 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, d24v said:

It shouldn’t. They will have x-rayed the bags, have record of the number checked, and will ask you questions about them if needed. If anything you would have a slight delay at customs while they wait for your bags to arrive (though this normally doesn’t happen in Toronto by the time you walk through the airport and wait in the inevitable line at US connections). 

Thanks for your reply. I’m getting a lot of mixed messages right now. We called the airport who said we would somehow have to get our checked bags at Tornto before customs but that makes no sense to me since it should just go straight through the connection, I don’t even know how we’d get the checked bags there. Then some people seem to say the checked bags can go all the way through and we just need a list of what’s in them. I’m still pretty confused but we’re just gonna show up and go with the flow. 


Mailed: March 3rd, 2018 

Received: March 5th, 2018

NOA1 Old Site: March 5th, 2018

NOA1 New Site: March 9th, 2018

NOA2: October 2, 2018

NVC Case Number Received: October 22, 2018

Consulate Received: November 2, 2018

Packet 3 Received: November 15th, 2018 

Packet 3 Replied: November 20, 2018

Packet 4 Received: November 24, 2018

Medical: December 11, 2018

Interview: January 09, 2019
Married: February 16, 2019

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
52 minutes ago, BananaButton5 said:

Thanks for your reply. I’m getting a lot of mixed messages right now. We called the airport who said we would somehow have to get our checked bags at Tornto before customs but that makes no sense to me since it should just go straight through the connection, I don’t even know how we’d get the checked bags there. Then some people seem to say the checked bags can go all the way through and we just need a list of what’s in them. I’m still pretty confused but we’re just gonna show up and go with the flow. 

I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you have to 're-check' your bags at your lay over, they will tell you when you first check in. Just make sure you have enough time between the flights. When I flew from the Netherlands to the US on K1, my layover was in Dublin (overseas POE) Usually you have to re-check your bags yourself when you fly from Europe to the US, but because the POE was overseas it got re-checked for me. I never saw my bags until I landed in the US and going to customs was a breeze. It was easier then when I landed with an ESTA in the US lol.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

https://www.torontopearson.com/Mobile/ConnectingGuide/Detail.aspx?arr=3

 

From what I'm reading in this link (and from what I recall of my own encounters through Pearson), your bags will be checked in Ottawa, but because your connecting flight is through Toronto, you'll have to collect your bags at Pearson and bring them through to the area where the Connecting Baggage belt is. You should be fine though, as they will have x-rayed the bags (in Ottawa and in Toronto) by the time you're at the Customs area anyway.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually there's been a bit of an update in Pearson lately.  Most Canada -> US flights actually have a weird system where your bags are automatically transferred.  You scan your boarding pass and briefly wait in a room for it to be transferred.  In most cases (at least with AC), you won't actually physically reclaim your bag.

 

I would ensure that you have plenty of time for your connection in Toronto.  You will definitely go to secondary for paperwork and depending on the wait, it might take a while!


I-130

May 14, 2016: Sent I-130 Package to Chicago Lockbox

May 18, 2016: Chicago Lockbox received package.

May 20, 2016: NOA1 Notice Date with priority date of May 18. Sent to Nebraska Service Center

May 23, 2016: NOA1 E-mail

Oct 21, 2016: NOA2 Notice by App

Nov 2, 2016: USCIS sent to NVC

 

NVC

Nov 8, 2016: NVC Received

Nov 16, 2016: Case Number Assigned

Nov 18, 2016: DS-261 submitted and AOS fee paid

Nov 23, 2016: IV Fee Invoiced and paid

Nov 30, 2016: IV and AOS Packages Sent (EP)

Dec 4, 2016: DS-260 Submitted

Dec 5, 2016: NVC Scan Date

Dec 6, 2016: NVC 3 N/A and Case Complete on Phone [1 day later!]

Dec 13, 2016: NVC CC e-mail

Dec 15, 2016: Found out interview date by phone

Jan 23, 2017: Interview...Approved!

 

Jan 30, 2017: POE Toronto Pearson Airport

 

Removing Conditions

Nov 2, 2018: Sent I-751 to Arizona Lockbox

Nov 7, 2018: Apparent receipt date (SMS notification on 11/9)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here’s the update. We did not have to collect our bags first. Once we got to the customs area they went and got our bags for us for the check and then put them back, we never had to see them again until we got them at baggage claim at our final destination and there was a paper in each one stating it had been checked. 

 

As for the actual processing of the K1 we only had a one hour and 45 minute lay over and we figured we would miss it, but it ended up only taking thirty minutes to get through the K1 processing and I was able to stay with him the whole time. It was all smooth except for the officer processing the visa made my fiancé very uncomfortable by saying weird things about how he must have been searching online for an internet girlfriend from the US (we met online) and further gave him grief about wanting to leave Canada. He was very off put by the experience with the officer, but all and all the system they had in place was smooth and effective. 


Mailed: March 3rd, 2018 

Received: March 5th, 2018

NOA1 Old Site: March 5th, 2018

NOA1 New Site: March 9th, 2018

NOA2: October 2, 2018

NVC Case Number Received: October 22, 2018

Consulate Received: November 2, 2018

Packet 3 Received: November 15th, 2018 

Packet 3 Replied: November 20, 2018

Packet 4 Received: November 24, 2018

Medical: December 11, 2018

Interview: January 09, 2019
Married: February 16, 2019

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×