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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by MrLP: 7:30am On Mar 16
seyewest:


The most important thing to know about your visa is the visa category.. I believe the visa you applied for is B1/B2 which means you can visit U.S for tourism,visiting and sometimes conference. I see no big deal in shelving your plans but you must have a good reason for doing that.

if I'm right your plan is to land in JFK and fly to your actual destination which is not a bad idea but you must have your ticket confirmed to your onward destination in U.S before you leave Nigeria which simply means buy your ticket for your inward travel in U.S before leaving naija they will ask for it.
You must get a letter of consent from your little cousin dad and mom before traveling with her and they must be available to receive phone call in case they called them not just in U.S but your connecting country... if possible hold a copy of the parent ID card,little cousin birth certificate and letter of consent from the parent.
If you have a good reason for not going to Texas then say it... I'm sure that shouldn't be a reason for them to return you.

Ok thanks. No my inlaws are gonna pick us up with my sis @ jfk. Going to MD first. Its after the wedding we intend going around, thats Texas, Massachusetts.
Yes its B1/B2 visa. Was more concerned about my little cuz.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 12:59pm On Mar 16
Lrmush:
I hope traveling with a laptop won't be an issue at p.o.e, when going for a two weeks visit?
Not at all... it's a normal item when traveling.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 1:01pm On Mar 16
MrLP:


Ok thanks. No my inlaws are gonna pick us up with my sis @ jfk. Going to MD first. Its after the wedding we intend going around, thats Texas, Massachusetts.
Yes its B1/B2 visa. Was more concerned about my little cuz.
You need to do a little research about taking a child who does not bear your name for holiday in U.S... I believe that will work in your favor.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by MrsM: 4:44pm On Mar 16
Daragurl12:
God bless u for d good work ure doing here.
Pls we'll be travelling to new jersey for a two weeks vacation in April,I just want to know if I can go along with cerelac for my 1yr baby with Milo and golden morn for my daughter who is 4yrs.
Am asking cos these are the only tins they eat and I know we won't be able to go shopping for cereals same day we get there.

Yes you can. You can check them in or carry them in your hand luggage. They are only against any form of liquids, yoghurt included. I know this because my son is a jollof rice lover and I always carry a small hot cooler of food for him cheesy
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by Daragurl12(f): 4:59pm On Mar 16
[@MrsM,thanks so much now my mind is at rest cos av really been bothered about this.quote author=MrsM post=54650721]

Yes you can. You can check them in or carry them in your hand luggage. They are only against any form of liquids, yoghurt included. I know this because my son is a jollof rice lover and I always carry a small hot cooler of food for him cheesy [/quote]
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by noblehse(m): 5:22pm On Mar 16
Hi,
Pls I got my visa for a friend birthday in the month of May 2016 for Minnisota but unfortunately I was unable to make it due to workload,however I planned going to San Francisco this April to visit my sibling,I just want to know if I can use San Francisco Airport as POE since my sibling live there,I have their names already on my application during interview last.
Pls advice
Thks
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by worry357: 5:31pm On Mar 16
seyewest:

Not at all... it's a normal item when traveling.

Make very sure that it does not have job stuff or your CV on it!
Also no political material and check facebook groups and contacts.
If they look at it and find such things you can be on the next plain home!
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by Lrmush(m): 8:29pm On Mar 16
Thanks. This question is a little bit off this thread but ur suggestions r very much needed. Where can one buy dollars for BTA at reasonable rates? Thanks
worry357:


Make very sure that it does not have job stuff or your CV on it!
Also no political material and check facebook groups and contacts.
If they look at it and find such things you can be on the next plain home!
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 9:42pm On Mar 16
Lrmush:
Thanks. This question is a little bit off this thread but ur suggestions r very much needed. Where can one buy dollars for BTA at reasonable rates? Thanks
Any Bank you have an Account with
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 9:43pm On Mar 16
noblehse:
Hi,
Pls I got my visa for a friend birthday in the month of May 2016 for Minnisota but unfortunately I was unable to make it due to workload,however I planned going to San Francisco this April to visit my sibling,I just want to know if I can use San Francisco Airport as POE since my sibling live there,I have their names already on my application during interview last.
Pls advice
Thks
since it's a B1/B2 visa you can fly to San fran but be ready to defend why you couldn't attend the birthday

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by abfas: 8:59am On Mar 17
Travelling to Maryland I April... What airline is reliable and Cheap to fly with .
Thanks
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by dayleke(m): 12:48pm On Mar 17
This might be off thread here but does anyone have an answer for this?

Naija passport expires May 17,
Can someone travel to Naija on April 18 (green card holder) from the States and return first week of May(4th or 5th) and not have any problems both ways?

Mind you that scarcity of passport booklets dey now both in Naija and the consulates and embassies.

Thanks.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 1:05pm On Mar 17
abfas:
Travelling to Maryland I April... What airline is reliable and Cheap to fly with .
Thanks
if you want cheap try egypt airline and Maroc but if you want affordable and good experience go for Emirates,Qatar,Virgin Atlantic,Lufthansa and Turkish

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 1:58pm On Mar 17
dayleke:
This might be off thread here but does anyone have an answer for this?

Naija passport expires May 17,
Can someone travel to Naija on April 18 (green card holder) from the States and return first week of May(4th or 5th) and not have any problems both ways?

Mind you that scarcity of passport booklets dey now both in Naija and the consulates and embassies.

Thanks.
why risk it.. get another passport asap
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by dayleke(m): 2:03pm On Mar 17
seyewest:
why risk it.. get another passport asap

None available at this time....
And dem talk say dem no dey renew again...
I just need it to be renewed
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 3:21pm On Mar 17
dayleke:


None available at this time....
And dem talk say dem no dey renew again...
I just need it to be renewed
Traveling on such passport is risky especially on your return flight to U.S

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by worry357: 3:32pm On Mar 17
dayleke:
This might be off thread here but does anyone have an answer for this?
Naija passport expires May 17,
Can someone travel to Naija on April 18 (green card holder) from the States and return first week of May(4th or 5th) and not have any problems both ways?
Mind you that scarcity of passport booklets dey now both in Naija and the consulates and embassies. Thanks.

You should get an emergency travel certificate from the Nigerian embassy to travel home with.
International law says that you can return to your home country with an expired passport but the criminals at Nigerian point of entry are likely to want something or they will delay you!
You will not be allowed to board a flight to return to the USA with an expired passport.
Whatever is required you must get a new one if you return to Nigeria!

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by dayleke(m): 5:28pm On Mar 17
seyewest:

Traveling on such passport is risky especially on your return flight to U.S

It has not expired yet...
But likely expiring in 2wks when returning...
It's d return flight at the POE wey dey worry me o.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by dayleke(m): 5:32pm On Mar 17
worry357:


You should get an emergency travel certificate from the Nigerian embassy to travel home with.
International law says that you can return to your home country with an expired passport but the criminals at Nigerian point of entry are likely to want something or they will delay you!
You will not be allowed to board a flight to return to the USA with an expired passport.
Whatever is required you must get a new one if you return to Nigeria!

See?
That's the problem I wanna avoid.
The passport is not expired yet but when coming back first week of May,it will remain like 2weeks to expiration .
And you know how pples for Naija be?
Despite say trip originated from the states, they might still give you yawa....
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by Afroprince(m): 8:37pm On Mar 17
Best thing is to book a flight going thru Abu Dhabi and go through your US Border pass thru there....it is better than coming straight to the US. On arrival, u will be treated like a Domestic passenger in the US. Questions asked are : how much you have to the US, How long are you staying which you will have to back up with your return booking. That's all you guys need. Be bold and sound convincing and you are good. No one will turn you back if you are genuine.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by MrLP: 11:35pm On Mar 17
seyewest:

You need to do a little research about taking a child who does not bear your name for holiday in U.S... I believe that will work in your favor.

Ok thanks
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by SirWahl1: 3:34am On Mar 18
I got into Chicago today as a first time Victor to the US. My POE story coming. Damn tired

My POE experience.
Point of Entry: Chiago
The line was not quite a long one before 5 mins, I was in front of the officer

CBP: Why are you here
Me : To attend the bla bla conference
CBP: What do you do?
Me. Stated my position at place of work and went on to explain what we are into. Before I could even say much, he asked how long would I be staying and I said 2weeks
CBP. : Place your fingers there and stamped me in for six months. All this did not take up to 2 mins.
Went to collect my luggage which I could have easily carried as hand carry ooooo.
Headed to the exit. One officer collected the white form and asked if there was anything my bag to declare. I said No and that was it. Walked into the cold Night of Chicago. Did the mistake of taking an Airport taxi. The bill to my hotel is still annoying me.

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by mrkayodeoludare: 1:22pm On Mar 18
sirwahl1....congrats on ur poe experience. am heading Chicago at d end of the month. which airline did u use?

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by SirWahl1: 3:01pm On Mar 18
mrkayodeoludare:
sirwahl1....congrats on ur poe experience. am heading Chicago at d end of the month. which airline did u use?
Turkish Airline

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by mrkayodeoludare: 4:18pm On Mar 18
SirWahl1:
Turkish Airline
gr8
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by SirWahl1: 4:31pm On Mar 18
mrkayodeoludare:


gr8
How long would you be staying in Chicago and what part?
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by mrkayodeoludare: 9:23pm On Mar 18
SirWahl1:
How long would you be staying in Chicago and what part?


will be in town from 31st March through April 7. I have a conference to attending around Michigan avenue
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by Originalsly: 10:17pm On Mar 18
Daragurl12:
God bless u for d good work ure doing here.
Pls we'll be travelling to new jersey for a two weeks vacation in April,I just want to know if I can go along with cerelac for my 1yr baby with Milo and golden morn for my daughter who is 4yrs.
Am asking cos these are the only tins they eat and I know we won't be able to go shopping for cereals same day we get there.
Cerelac and Milo are easily available in the US. I'll advise you not to travel with such since it may raise suspicions and put you under the microscope.#1 suspicion... drug trafficking. .. cocaine to be precise.
@ topic..... routine questions as so many said.... if you begin to fumble for answers. .. you'll have problem...or if you're saying a different thing at the POE than what you said at the Visa office. From my experience.... they try to clear you as fast as they can.

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by nefertitiram: 5:48am On Mar 19
Originalsly:
Cereal and Milo are easily available in the US. I'll advise you not to travel with such since it may raise suspicions and put you under the microscope.#1 suspicion... drug trafficking. .. cocaine to be precise.
@ topic..... routine questions as so many said.... if you begin to fumble for answers. .. you'll have problem...or if you're saying a different thing at the POE than what you said at the Visa office. From my experience.... they try to clear you as fast as they can.

I carried lots of baby food when travelling with my infant in hand luggage and check in luggage. truly the scrutiny was a bit more than normal. Now I understand why. TSA even tore open my bags

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 3:24pm On Mar 19
nefertitiram:


I carried lots of baby food when travelling with my infant in hand luggage and check in luggage. truly the scrutiny was a bit more than normal. Now I understand why. TSA even tore open my bags
Mama Nef... You get mouth.. How're you? My sure person. grin

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by Petaocky: 8:02pm On Mar 19
Hello house,this is a great forum that address challenges in all sphere of travelling.Well done guys!!!
Please I have some questions that I want this great house to answer.
1.The question being asked,is it from the DS-160 form we filled during application?Do they get to have access to our applications we filled?
2.Our destination is actually Washington DC base on what we filled in our ds-160 but we intend to fly through New York JFK,is that a good ideal?
3.Should our return ticket corresponds to the days we are spending there because we are booking a hotel to that effect.
4.We intend to book the cheapest flight,but which one is advisable to book at this time,hearing the various experience people terms to face at the POE?The cheapest is Turkish Airline.
5.How much can one hold for PTA for a family of 4(Husb,Wife,Kids 1yr & 3yrs).Can dollar ATM card substitute the cash aspect?
6.What kind of items should one not go with?I intend to go with my laptop and phones
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 10:44pm On Mar 19
Petaocky:
Hello house,this is a great forum that address challenges in all sphere of travelling.Well done guys!!!
Please I have some questions that I want this great house to answer.
1.The question being asked,is it from the DS-160 form we filled during application?Do they get to have access to our applications we filled?
2.Our destination is actually Washington DC base on what we filled in our ds-160 but we intend to fly through New York JFK,is that a good ideal?
3.Should our return ticket corresponds to the days we are spending there because we are booking a hotel to that effect.
4.We intend to book the cheapest flight,but which one is advisable to book at this time,hearing the various experience people terms to face at the POE?The cheapest is Turkish Airline.
5.How much can one hold for PTA for a family of 4(Husb,Wife,Kids 1yr & 3yrs).Can dollar ATM card substitute the cash aspect?
6.What kind of items should one not go with?I intend to go with my laptop and phones

To be honest U.S is friendly country and we shouldn't turn it to another thing... You can take your laptop and phone.
As for flying into JFK I hope you've paid for a flight out of JFK to Washington or booked a bus ride to Washington.
Yes they will have access to all your info and also since you don't know anybody book hotel and make sure you confirmed the hotel book before leaving Nigeria.
As for PTA hold as much as possible probably $5000 since you're traveling with your family.

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