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Yes, biometrics are taken. It’s prettt much the same as an airport - CBP officers at desks, show your passport, fingerprints, same questions, passport stamped, customs form, off you go. 

 

That has always been my experience at Blaine, WA border crossing.

 

If you have applied for a K-2 visa, you are surely almost done with the process. The visa application is the last but one step. You only have the medical and interview to go and they usually follow very quickly. 

 

Is this related to being turned away on a recent VWP visit by air? 


 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Jorgedig said:

They don't take biometrics at Blaine unless you are referred to secondary.

We all had ours done when I took the bus from Canada. Is this a recent thing? I haven’t been through Blaine in about 3 years.

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2 minutes ago, JFH said:

We all had ours done when I took the bus from Canada. Is this a recent thing? I haven’t been through Blaine in about 3 years.

I have been going through that crossing since the 1980s, with folks in my car of different citizenships, etc, and only twice had to even go inside.  Once was in October with my husband's K-1, and once was years ago with a friend who was technically Canadian, but had been adopted by Americans.  Every other time, they have taken the passports at the booth and asked questions and waved us through.   

 

Never been through in a bus, though!

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Just now, Jorgedig said:

I have been going through that crossing since the 1980s, with folks in my car of different citizenships, etc, and only twice had to even go inside.  Once was in October with my husband's K-1, and once was years ago with a friend who was technically Canadian, but had been adopted by Americans.  Every other time, they have taken the passports at the booth and asked questions and waved us through.   

 

Never been through in a bus, though!

Edited to add:  to be fair, I have never gone through there with a citizen of a watch list country or high fraud, etc.  I would expect non-VWP citizens to be called into secondary.

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Just now, Jorgedig said:

I have been going through that crossing since the 1980s, with folks in my car of different citizenships, etc, and only twice had to even go inside.  Once was in October with my husband's K-1, and once was years ago with a friend who was technically Canadian, but had been adopted by Americans.  Every other time, they have taken the passports at the booth and asked questions and waved us through.   

 

Never been through in a bus, though!

Maybe it’s because I always go through on a bus and have neither US nor Canadian citizenship. But every time I’ve been through the whole bus has to get off, take all luggage and go through the process just the same as an airport and have luggage scanned also. 


 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, JFH said:

Maybe it’s because I always go through on a bus and have neither US nor Canadian citizenship. But every time I’ve been through the whole bus has to get off, take all luggage and go through the process just the same as an airport and have luggage scanned also. 

Sounds about right!   Are you living in Whatcom Co?

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