Tampa US Port of Entry Reviews

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Tampa US Port of Entry Reviews
Average Rating: 4.8 / 5
11 Review(s)
Tampa Review #16924. Entry: 2019-05-25

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All quite straightforward. As usual in Tampa several flights arrive simultaneously so there was a big queue in the Customs hall.
Once in the thick of the queue I approached a woman who seemed to be assessing the queues and explained I did not have an ESTA so could not be processed through the regular photo machines, she said 'Oh great - I am looking for people like you' and directed me to a different , much shorter line. Initial officer was extremely friendly, he went out of his way to make me laugh and relax. He took the scans of fingerprints and eyes and held on to my passport and white envelope. He then asked me if I had any luggage, he instructed me to collect it and then let him know. I did that and he finished the person he was processing and took me into secondary. This was a pretty slow-motion few minutes. Maybe 15 or so waiting to be called up. Much more serious look on the second officers' face. No laughing.
Asked how me and my fiancé met. When we were planning to get married. Asked me about a denial of entry I had at the Canadian border in 2018. Reminded me of the 90 day rule. That was it.

Reunited.

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Tampa Review #16914. Entry: 2019-05-23




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**Written on behalf of my Fiancé**
Flew into Tampa at 6 pm. Immigration took about 3-5 mins from start to finish. Approached the desk and was asked two questions: "When are you getting married" and "Do you understand the next steps?" Officer took the packet and stamped the visa. Very easy and quick!

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Tampa Review #16312. Entry: 2017-02-28




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So overall the process took about an hour and 45 minutes. It may have gone faster and smoother if the person directing traffic sent me to the correct line first. They originally sent me through the line that would have me use a Kiosk to check in, instead of going to a person. If you were not aware, on your k-1 Visa you CAN NOT check in using the kiosk!!!

I was moved after the kiosk issue to the back of the regular line and had to wait again. >< Once I got through this line everything was fine. I was asked to wait to the side as my case would need further review by the officer. He just had to wait for someone to take his place which was about 5 mins or so and then he reviewed my packet.

I was with this officer for about 3 mins while he looked at my packet. He asked me my fiance's name and I told him her short name and not her full legal name so he proceeded to ask me whats her full name... what is her middle name... and then jokingly asked me to spell it backwards O.O After he had a little laugh at my expense he said thank you and welcome to the US and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

The whole process may have been a bit faster if the first person didn't put me in the wrong line and that is the only reason why I gave Tampa a 1 for POE instead of 0. All in all it was smooth and a great POE!

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Tampa Review #16281. Entry: 2016-09-27




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Tampa Review #15755. Entry: 2014-10-08

Fastone942


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my wife came from colombia on a IR1 visa with have been marry over 2 years flew in on copaairlines no problems took about 10 mins most of that was looking the 551 spamp

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