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I got a last minute invitation into a citizenship ceremony today, and am now a citizen.  The problem is that I have travel plans to Canada (land crossing at Windsor) on Tuesday morning.  I have a Global Entry card (like a Nexxus), but no time to get a passport.  Has anyone tried entering back into the US with only a citizenship certificate and a Nexxus/Global Entry?

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1 hour ago, dburnt said:

I got a last minute invitation into a citizenship ceremony today, and am now a citizen.  The problem is that I have travel plans to Canada (land crossing at Windsor) on Tuesday morning.  I have a Global Entry card (like a Nexxus), but no time to get a passport.  Has anyone tried entering back into the US with only a citizenship certificate and a Nexxus/Global Entry?

I would not recommend going through with your travel plans without a passport (unless you still have your foreign passport? I understood your post to mean that you have NO passport currently). 

 

My fiancé and I both have Nexus (1 US citizen, 1 Canadian citizen). We currently reside in Toronto and often cross over to the US by land in Windsor/Detroit, Sarnia, Buffalo, etc. Most of the time, the Border Agent does not require the passports, BUT some Border Agents will require to see your passport; it's happened to us (we always travel with the passports, as required). And we you are unfortunate and are required to present your passport, you will likely be denied entry AND lose your Global Entry. And I believe there can also be more serious consequences. 

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Thanks for the congrats!  It was a long journey.

Yes, I still have a Canadian passport, which I will use to enter Canada.  And yes, they always confiscate the green card (I don't even have an expired old one, as that was also taken when I got my extension). 

 

From what I can see on the CBP site, a Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) card is sufficient for re-entry into the US via a land crossing.  My card, however, only lists my Canadian citizenship as well as my maiden name, as the replacement card can take a couple of weeks.  The "system" will have updated information after I go in on Monday (so far, my name is updated, but the agent didn't update the citizenship because he was clueless), but on face, the card will be incorrect.

 

I believe that if I travel with my Canadian passport, my TTP card, my citizenship certificate and copies of my marriage license, I meet all the requirements provided on the CBP site, but I wonder if anyone has experience.

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I know thy said a zillion times during my ceremony that the certificate cant be used in place of a passport and they strongly recommended that 1 not travel out of the USA without a passport.....


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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15 hours ago, Flames9_RN said:

I know thy said a zillion times during my ceremony that the certificate cant be used in place of a passport and they strongly recommended that 1 not travel out of the USA without a passport.....

:ot: long time no see! 


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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