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I arrived at Pearson at 3:00pm on Jan 3 2019. My original flight was at 7:40pm. I got their early because I thought that my clearance through Customs & Border Protection (CBP), might take a few hours and I also wanted to see if I can get on an earlier flight. Since I had an IR-1, I did not have to get a photo receipt at the Kiosk before approaching CBP. The line was a little long, not too bad, but slower than usual, perhaps the holidays may have affected that. Anyways, as I approached, I gave my the officer the Visa side on my passport and he just started asking me normal stuff, that they ask b4 they let u enter. Before answering the first question I told him that this was my first time crossing with an IR-1. He was surprised and then asked me about the packet. I told him it was all electronic now. He then took me to the secondary inspection room. In the room another officer asked me about the packet and I said the same thing. He asked if they gave me any documents and I showed him the Welcome to USA doc, he asked to borrow it and if I could write my intended address on the back. He was gone for quite a bit, but he didn't seem like he knew what to do, because he also mentioned to me, 'this electronic stuff is all new, I have to figure out what to do', and he asked his colleague and supervisor , "so what do we do exactly," I was amused. His colleague said that ur just gonna double check the info online and then admit her and then she's done. He then called me over to his booth, and said everything looks good, he explained how the visa is used in travel and how my green card might take 6-8 weeks to be delivered since they are experiencing backlog. After that he said congratulations, your good to go! Also, I was able to get on an earlier flight
Kate + Evgeny posted a topic in General Immigration-Related DiscussionHi, everyone. Well, after filing in late December of last year (2016), it looks like we may FINALLY be about to receive our K1 visa. Just one or two more steps and hopefully (please, please, please!) those will be done within the month and then we'll be making our trip. Here is the situation: I have been living with my fiance for a little over two years in his home in Costa Rica. We are here, everything we own is here, and (here's the hardest part) our three cats and car are here. We could take a plane. I've found the best options there, and it's more or less straightforward. It would definitely be simpler. But we would have to leave one of our cats, and our car -- which would mean giving up a very good vehicle that works well and that we love, and also having to sign up a power of attorney to handle the legalities of selling it from a distance. Because of this, we're thinking of actually DRIVING from here in Costa Rica to the boarder of Mexico and having our POE be there. We'd have to pass through four other Latin countries between here and the States -- FIVE boarder points in all -- and it would be a LOT of work. But again, we'd have the car and we'd have the cats, if we could pull it off. So we have a big decision to make. Here is the BIGGEST point, of course: What is known about the POEs on the Mexican boarder to California? Are they any worse in terms of potential to get turned away than POEs at airports? How do you think the fact that we'd be traveling with a vehicle, a bunch of possessions, and three cats(!) will effect the decision? Any insight or suggestions will be GREATLY appreciated!! Thank you so much, Kate and Evgeny