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Crossing border after approval - what to expect?

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Hi everyone!

I got approved for my CR1. I am planning the big move for next week! I will be driving - my family will be with me because they want to visit my in-laws for the weekend and help with the move! They will leave and return to Canada after 3 days. The only thing I got back during the interview in Montreal was my xrays, and the welcome to USA letter. Got my passport with the visa in the mail shortly after. I have paid the fees online. Anything I should expect or be prepared with for the crossing? Any insight would be helpful! I'm a little nervous!

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16 minutes ago, Beekay said:

Hi everyone!

I got approved for my CR1. I am planning the big move for next week! I will be driving - my family will be with me because they want to visit my in-laws for the weekend and help with the move! They will leave and return to Canada after 3 days. The only thing I got back during the interview in Montreal was my xrays, and the welcome to USA letter. Got my passport with the visa in the mail shortly after. I have paid the fees online. Anything I should expect or be prepared with for the crossing? Any insight would be helpful! I'm a little nervous!

Nope. Your're good go. Expect a little longer than usual time with border control because they need to process you as an immigrant. Congratulations and welcome to the United States of America!

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It was the easiest thing I did.

 

Just make sure you have a list of your boxes/items that are coming with you. 


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Agreed with the above.  Have a list of the things you are bringing with you, but having said that when we crossed at Buffalo last weekend the fist dude was all do you have a detailed list etc and then when we went inside to see the other person he said if its just household goods we don't care.  Better safe than sorry and congratulations!!

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On 2/23/2019 at 9:34 AM, Joan58 said:

@JP John How itemized? A list of every item per box or a general label such as kitchen items/clothing?

Thanks

I had box 1 kitchen, box 2 books, etc...

You can get more detailed if you feel it may be necessary.  At the Montana crossing they didnt even look in my uhaul.  Lol 


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2 hours ago, Joan58 said:

I had a truck full of totes labelled. No problems.

It took 45 mins to be processed at Victoria to Port Angeles. This was definitely the easiest part.

Now time for the fun part👰🤵

I didn't know you can do it in Victoria! Did you take the Coho? Thanks.

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On 2/23/2019 at 8:34 AM, Joan58 said:

@JP John How itemized? A list of every item per box or a general label such as kitchen items/clothing?

Thanks

I think you're safe itemizing at the box level.  Listing every single item is way too detailed.  


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Posted (edited)

It's pretty simple. It took me maybe 5 minutes to go through. I told the guy that I was going through on a CR1 Visa and he took my passport, typed in my info, looked at something on his screen, asked me my husband's address, stamped my passport, and let me through. 

Edited by Bethany123

  • Service Center: Nebraska Service Center
  • Consulate: Montreal, Canada
  • Marriage: 2017-05-08
  • i130 Sent: 2017-07-07
  • i130 NOA1: 2017-07-12
  • i130 NOA2: 2018-02-15
  • NVC Received: 2018-03-07
  • Case Number Received: 2018-05-10
  • Send AOS Package: 2018-05-23
  • Send IV Package: 2018-07-19
  • Case Completed at NVC: 2018-07-26
  • Interview Date: 2018-10-31 (approved!)
  • Visa in hand: 2018-11-05

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