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Hoffmaya

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    IR-1/CR-1 Visa
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    Nebraska Service Center
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  1. I moved from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles. The service center was Nebraska.
  2. Update: DQ: Apr-14, 2020 Interview @ Consulate: Jan-13, 2021 (approved IR-1) Tracking number received: Jan-15, 2021 Passport/Visa received: Jan-18, 2021 USCIS Immigrant fee: Jan-18, 2021 (USD $220 for GC; details here) POE @ Peace Arch: Feb-26, 2021 (visa activated + car imported + US mailing address updated) Green Card produced: Mar-6, 2021 (notification received on myUSCIS & email notification) - it can also be tracked here Green Card shipped: Mar-10, 2021 (notification received on myUSCIS & email notification with tracking number from USPS) Green Card received: Mar-13, 2021 SSN received: Mar-29, 2021 * * I didn't receive my SSN within 3 weeks from POE so I contacted the local Security Social office to schedule an appointment. The in-person appointment was scheduled on Mar-22. I had to complete the form SS5 to apply for SSN. The SSN is sent to your address within 10 days. This is the end of my journey and I wanted to thank everyone involved on these forums who provided valuable and useful info as well as unconditional support. I'm very grateful and wish nothing but the very best to each and every one of you!
  3. GC Update: DQ: Apr-14, 2020 Interview @ Consulate: Jan-13, 2021 (approved IR-1) Tracking number received: Jan-15, 2021 Passport/Visa received: Jan-18, 2021 USCIS Immigrant fee: Jan-18, 2021 (USD $220 for GC; details here) POE @ Peace Arch: Feb-26, 2021 (visa activated + car imported + US mailing address updated) Green Card produced: Mar-6, 2021 (notification received on myUSCIS & email notification) - it can also be tracked here Green Card shipped: Mar-10, 2021 (notification received on myUSCIS & email notification with tracking number from USPS) Green Card received: Delivery scheduled Saturday Mar-13, 2021 SSN: Still nothing. I'll contact the local Security Social office and schedule in-person appointment following 3 weeks from POE.
  4. Update: DQ: Apr-14, 2020 Interview @ Consulate: Jan-13, 2021 (approved IR-1) Tracking number received: Jan-15, 2021 Passport/Visa received: Jan-18, 2021 USCIS Immigrant fee: Jan-18, 2021 ($220 paid post-interview) POE @ Peace Arch: Feb-26, 2021 Green Card produced: Mar-6, 2021 Green Card shipped: TBC Green Card received: TBC No update on SSN. I will schedule an appointment at local Social Security Office if SSN is not available within 3 weeks following POE.
  5. No. I crossed the border by land on Feb-26 with my spouse to activate IR-1 without any issues. US citizen & Permanent Residents are allowed to cross from Canada to USA. No Covid test and no quarantine were required (however the latter is recommended but not mandated in the State of California).
  6. POE Update: My spouse and I crossed today at Peace Arch. Due to Covid and border restrictions, it was dead empty and we were the only car going through customs. It was awkward but convenient since we did not have to wait in line. The CBP officers seem bored and they were happy to see us. That was a first The primary inspection just asked for our passports (my spouse is the US citizen) and I informed him that I wanted to activate my visa and import the vehicle at same time. He asked me the type of visa (it is IR-1), he said welcome to the US and congratulations, then put a sticker on the windshield and asked us to drive to the secondary inspection. We drove through a massive X-ray machine and a couple of agents re-directed us to park in secondary and wait for an officer. The CBP officer showed up after 15 minutes. He asked for my passport and the CD with the X-ray from my medical (good thing I had kept the sealed envelop from Dr Cheema with me). He asked a few questions such as when and where we met, where we are heading to, what my job is and what we are transporting in the vehicle. We informed him that our household will be shipped in a few days and he requested the contract from the movers and declaration for customs. He then asked for all the docs related to the car (EPA form 3520, DOT HS-7, bill of sale, Canadian registration, letter of release from the manufacturer and letter of compliance from the manufacturer). All the forms were filled out and the officer said it seems ok. He checked the VIN number from the label/sticker under the hood and went back inside to complete the import and activation. We stayed in the car approx. 30 minutes. He came back and confirmed all was cleared and the car is duty free since it was manufactured in the US. He gave me back the forms and handed over the CBP 7501 form with a seal (I had to sign it) that will be required to register the car. He also gave me my visa with the stamp and confirmed it was valid for 1 year which should be sufficient since the GC should be delivered within 2 months. He also asked us to confirm the address we were moving to and re-entered in their system since the mailing address will be used to ship both SSN and GC. He wished us good luck and directed us to the exit. I understand some members from these forums had different experiences but I can say that all the CBP agents were extremely friendly and welcoming, and the experience was pleasant and easy overall. The whole process took about 1 hour (mainly to wait inside the car). During that time, we only saw 2 other cars going through customs! Activating the visa is quick but if you intend to import your vehicle, the administrative and registration process can be time consuming. I suggest you fill out the necessary docs correctly as it will save you some precious time and prevent you to re-do them in person. I'll share an update when the SSN & GC are delivered.
  7. If I may, I suggest you call directly CBP at your POE. I called them several times before deciding to import the car and they've always been friendly and responsive. Explain your situation and ask them what would be required (incl. TPMS) to import your vehicle to the States. Since you'll be crossing through their POE, they should be able to confirm. The discrepancy and inconsistency often come from the POE that is involved with the import which results in different scenarios as you've read online.
  8. Good luck for tomorrow's interview. If you intend to import your car, TPMS appears to be a must have and it has been discussed in other threads. It looks like it depends on your car model, manufacturer, etc. If you wish to install after market's TPMS, it doesn't seem to be as straight forward and easy but there are ways around it based on what I've read. I suggest you search for it on VJ forums. You could use your car for 1 year indeed but you'd need to register it after that if you intend to keep it, and it is where TPMS becomes a requirement.
  9. Our car is a 2020 model which is automatically equipped with tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Also, the speedometer can switch from km/h to mph. These are compliant with US requirements.
  10. I'll be crossing the border at Peach Arch this coming Friday 2/26. I'll activate my visa and import my vehicle at same time. My household will be shipped with Trans Canada Movers a few days before me. If it helps, I'll post a review once I'm on the other side for those who plan to do land border crossing in the near future. I'll share pertinent info/details. I'll also post an update once I receive my SSN and GC.
  11. I'm looking for some guidance (my apologies if my questions were already answered in the past) and hopefully those who imported their car to the US can provide some useful tips/recommendations. I received my IR-1 visa few weeks ago and I'm preparing my big move to the US. My wife is US citizen and I live in Canada, and I will cross the border by car. I will import the car for personal use only and have the following questions: - The car is new (2020 model) and meets US federal emission and safety standards. I have the letter of compliance and letter of release from the manufacturer. The vehicle is equipped with TPMS and displays mileage on the speedometer. I'm good on that front. - Do you only need to provide the following forms to CBP: Form-7501, form HS7, Form 3520? Am I missing anything? - Do you suggest hiring a custom broker? Or is it straightforward/easy to do it yourself? - We contacted a broker and they informed us that we cannot process our vehicle without SSN. As you know, I won't have SSN until I cross the border and activate my visa so I am confused. Were you able to import your car with SSN? Their brokerage fee is $350. They also said that we must pay a single entry bond (based on vehicle value since it is over $2500). Finally, they said we need to apply for a SCAC code with NMFTA. Does it sound right? I've never heard of this before. - Do I need to contact and check with CBP at the port of entry to make sure I can import my car (do you need to inform them ahead of time?)? I've seen many individuals on this thread who imported their car themselves so any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  12. This is normal. Allow 24/48H before you can confirm the appointment.
  13. Congrats to Everyone who received their ILs today! I received my passport with visa (IR-1) today via Purolator. I-130: Oct-2018 DQ: Apr-14, 2020 Interview @ Consulate: Jan-13, 2021 (approved) Tracking number received Jan-15, 2021 Passport/Visa received Jan-18, 2021 My spouse and I currently live together in Canada , and we'll most likely move to the States and cross POE within 2 months (finalizing work/house/car import, etc.). I'll update the thread when I receive SSN & GC. I want to thank you all for the support and making the whole process more bearable. Visajourney has been nothing but extremely valuable and helpful in many ways! Good luck to you all and wishing you all the best!! Special thanks to @Hawk Riders for her endless and crucial contribution to these forums.
  14. I received the tracking number for my visa today. Please note that the tracking is displayed on the AIS site and I also received an email notification. Interview: Jan-13 (IR-1 visa approved) Tracking number: Jan-15 Visa delivery scheduled on Jan-18 (home delivery via premium service)
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