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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by 9jaStar: 9:00pm On Jul 16, 2017
As it is, your passport has six months validity and if you are only spending two weeks, that is good enough.
However, if I were you, I would go renew the passport. It shouldn't take more than a day or two

shopapa1:
hello house, first I want to commend d good job everyone is doing here. Now my question is that my passport will expire in February 2018 and my visa January 2018. I plan to travel july 29,to spend 2 weeks and someone told me that its essential that my passport has full 6 months validity to have a smooth entry into d usa. His advise is that I renew my passport before coming to the usa. House pls I need advise on this.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 12:03am On Jul 17, 2017
shopapa1:
hello house, first I want to commend d good job everyone is doing here. Now my question is that my passport will expire in February 2018 and my visa January 2018. I plan to travel july 29,to spend 2 weeks and someone told me that its essential that my passport has full 6 months validity to have a smooth entry into d usa. His advise is that I renew my passport before coming to the usa. House pls I need advise on this.
Since this will be your first time traveling to U.S why not renew the passport just to avoid story.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by adeoluwanimi101: 7:10am On Jul 17, 2017
Good day everyone.

Thanks for this enlightening thread.

I have a slight challenge, my company is re-branding: hence a change of name has occurred.

I have a different company name to the one i filled on my DS 160 form.

Which name do I go with at the POE?
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by purplecircle: 8:39am On Jul 17, 2017
Yomalicious:


CBP in abu Dhabi is very tuff.

Please kindly share your experience with us.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by PHOOMI(f): 10:23am On Jul 17, 2017
Please I would like to know if it is allowed to fly with shampoo and body lotion, my lotion is 500ml my daughter's 250ml nd our shampoo is about 1200ml. Thanks.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 11:05am On Jul 17, 2017
adeoluwanimi101:
Good day everyone.

Thanks for this enlightening thread.

I have a slight challenge, my company is re-branding: hence a change of name has occurred.

I have a different company name to the one i filled on my DS 160 form.

Which name do I go with at the POE?
it's not a big deal.. just in case have a newspaper publication or evidence of such change of name/rebranding with you when traveling.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 11:09am On Jul 17, 2017
PHOOMI:
Please I would like to know if it is allowed to fly with shampoo and body lotion, my lotion is 500ml my daughter's 250ml nd our shampoo is about 1200ml. Thanks.
Yes so far it's in the check in luggage because it won't be allowed in your hand luggage.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by shopapa1(m): 11:10am On Jul 17, 2017
seyewest:

Since this will be your first time traveling to U.S why not renew the passport just to avoid story.
Thanks mr seyewest, this will be my second time travelling to the usa, this visa will also be my second visa issued on same passport. My worries about renewing my passport that will expire in feb 2018 is that, will this not even raise questions like why renew ahead since I will return in 2wks well ahead d expiration. Also the last time I renewed, vacant pages of the old one were cancelled without prejudice. Pls need more advise
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 11:20am On Jul 17, 2017
shopapa1:

Thanks mr seyewest, this will be my second time travelling to the usa, this visa will also be my second visa issued on same passport. My worries about renewing my passport that will expire in feb 2018 is that, will this not even raise questions like why renew ahead since I will return in 2wks well ahead d expiration. Also the last time I renewed, vacant pages of the old one were cancelled without prejudice. Pls need more advise
if this is not your first.. you're free to travel to U.S I see no big deal in this especially since you're going for just 2 weeks.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by ogrin(m): 12:11pm On Jul 17, 2017
my gratitude goes to seyewest especially and others nairaland members who have contributed to this thread. I landed in IAH yesterday. The CBP had a lot of jobs on their hands as people are too many. I can't even remember any other questions he asked. The stories here made me prepare well and God made my passing through a success. Thanks all.

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 12:46pm On Jul 17, 2017
ogrin:
my gratitude goes to seyewest especially and others nairaland members who have contributed to this thread. I landed in IAH yesterday. The CBP had a lot of jobs on their hands as people are too many. I can't even remember any other questions he asked. The stories here made me prepare well and God made my passing through a success. Thanks all.
Enjoy your holiday
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by iCool(m): 3:26pm On Jul 17, 2017
seyewest:
please keep us posted.

I have called the QatarAir Nigerian office twice.

Kept on hold for 5mins, no show. Second call, it rang for over a minute and no one picked.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by valeria: 3:29pm On Jul 17, 2017
Thanks to everyone for your immense help and responses.

We (spouse, kid and I) will be travelling to the U.S next month and it's our first visit to America.

Our application stated Miami as destination but tickets are so expensive this summer that we decided to book a flight to New York and intend to get a domestic flight from JFK to Miami the following morning. We have booked a night stay at a hotel close to JFK and another 14 nights stay at the Miami hotel.

I am a bit worried now because we have a contact in New York (also stated in our application) and it may sound like we are changing our destination because we have someone in New York to accommodate us.

The domestic flights seen online are costly and we hope to get cheaper options when we go to the local airport the following day.

Is there something we should be worried about?

Thanks in anticipation
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by Pesuzok(m): 6:56am On Jul 18, 2017
shopapa1:
hello house, first I want to commend d good job everyone is doing here. Now my question is that my passport will expire in February 2018 and my visa January 2018. I plan to travel july 29,to spend 2 weeks and someone told me that its essential that my passport has full 6 months validity to have a smooth entry into d usa. His advise is that I renew my passport before coming to the usa. House pls I need advise on this.

Ordinarily, I don't think it should be a problem based on the links below. But if you can renew before then, why not just do it.

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/572/kw/passport%20validity%20to%20enter%20USA/session/L3RpbWUvMTQwMjY2NjQ2NC9zaWQvVnU3Vi1JV2w%3D/suggested/1/p/0/c/0

https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Six%20Month%20Club%20Update_0.pdf

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by PHOOMI(f): 7:41am On Jul 18, 2017
Thanks
seyewest:

Yes so far it's in the check in luggage because it won't be allowed in your hand luggage.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by moonraker(m): 7:53am On Jul 18, 2017
valeria:
Thanks to everyone for your immense help and responses.

We (spouse, kid and I) will be travelling to the U.S next month and it's our first visit to America.

Our application stated Miami as destination but tickets are so expensive this summer that we decided to book a flight to New York and intend to get a domestic flight from JFK to Miami the following morning. We have booked a night stay at a hotel close to JFK and another 14 nights stay at the Miami hotel.

I am a bit worried now because we have a contact in New York (also stated in our application) and it may sound like we are changing our destination because we have someone in New York to accommodate us.

The domestic flights seen online are costly and we hope to get cheaper options when we go to the local airport the following day.

Is there something we should be worried about?

Thanks in anticipation



As long as your story stacks up, you should be fine. The bolded is what i dont get and it might backfire on you.

I highly suggest you buy your domestic tickets before you leave Nigeria. That way, even if the POE officer doubts your story, your domestic

tickets would bail you out. Hope you understand what i am trying to say.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by cosade(m): 8:02am On Jul 18, 2017
seyewest:
Process your stay as how? I thought you applied for a visiting visa.. I will advise you to ask the CBP officer at the airport on how to process your stay, they will be in the best position to take you through the application and process. Good luck

cheesy cheesy cheesy

You have wicked sense of humour.

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by 9jaStar: 10:36am On Jul 18, 2017
The earlier you book, the cheaper the flights bro.
And NY to Miami is quite a distance.
My advice to you would have been to book your flight to DC or Atlanta instead, then rent a car and drive to Miami.
That would save you a ton of cash and also give your family a chance to take in the scenery.
You can even spend the night at hotels along the way if you like

valeria:
Thanks to everyone for your immense help and responses.

We (spouse, kid and I) will be travelling to the U.S next month and it's our first visit to America.

Our application stated Miami as destination but tickets are so expensive this summer that we decided to book a flight to New York and intend to get a domestic flight from JFK to Miami the following morning. We have booked a night stay at a hotel close to JFK and another 14 nights stay at the Miami hotel.

I am a bit worried now because we have a contact in New York (also stated in our application) and it may sound like we are changing our destination because we have someone in New York to accommodate us.

The domestic flights seen online are costly and we hope to get cheaper options when we go to the local airport the following day.

Is there something we should be worried about?

Thanks in anticipation
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by 9jaStar: 10:37am On Jul 18, 2017
If you need to, just go to the airport ad go to their office there.

As long as your layover is over eight hours, you are entitled to accommodation

Or you can ask when you get there for your check in
iCool:


I have called the QatarAir Nigerian office twice.

Kept on hold for 5mins, no show. Second call, it rang for over a minute and no one picked.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 11:01am On Jul 18, 2017
iCool:


I have called the QatarAir Nigerian office twice.

Kept on hold for 5mins, no show. Second call, it rang for over a minute and no one picked.
call or write Qatar directly in Doha... Or skype them... they will be the one to make it happen not the Nigerian office on phone except you go to the office in person.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 11:09am On Jul 18, 2017
valeria:
Thanks to everyone for your immense help and responses.

We (spouse, kid and I) will be travelling to the U.S next month and it's our first visit to America.

The domestic flights seen online are costly and we hope to get cheaper options when we go to the local airport the following day.

Is there something we should be worried about?

Thanks in anticipation

I understand things are very expensive now and it's normal for you to want to save cost but in doing so you have to be careful about it.
You should be able to get and confirm your ticket from New York to Miami before leaving Nigeria because it's very very important not only for trust issue but also for you to have a smooth and memorable holiday,stress is not a good thing.
If you can provide me with the date you want to travel to Florida I will try to help you with cheap flights to Florida from New york.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by valeria: 12:18pm On Jul 18, 2017
seyewest:


I understand things are very expensive now and it's normal for you to want to save cost but in doing so you have to be careful about it.
You should be able to get and confirm your ticket from New York to Miami before leaving Nigeria because it's very very important not only for trust issue but also for you to have a smooth and memorable holiday,stress is not a good thing.
If you can provide me with the date you want to travel to Florida I will try to help you with cheap flights to Florida from New york.
.

Thanks a lot. My dates are 1st September to 15th September. JFK-MIAMI-JFK
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by cosade(m): 12:41pm On Jul 18, 2017
teamf:
know I will fly someday

Amen!

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by cosade(m): 12:42pm On Jul 18, 2017
MrLP:
I forgot to add. I sat with a racist on the plane to Texas. Lol!
From the moment he saw i was to sit by him. I saw his countenance and immediately knew he was a racist. As we were in the air..he started complaining that I was using my body to touch him. I adjusted abit....and ignored him. As God will have it, he dozed off and used his orange head to hit my shoulders, Omo if u see as i flare up, hey bro, u sit up ok and never hit me with your head again(forming ascent). The way i talked with my voice raised, everyone close looked at our direction. The flight attendant nearby came to ask what was wrong, i told her, tell this guy here to put his head straight up and not hit me again cos he complained a couple of mins ago my body was touching him while im just sitting like everyone else ( i was forming ascent) cheesy. I stood up immediately to the rest room, everyone around immediately knew what was going on, one particular white guy, winked and smiled at me. U need to see the face of the racist...it was red with anger....the guy nor fit sleep again.

I love your act cheesy
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 12:53pm On Jul 18, 2017
valeria:
.

Thanks a lot. My dates are 1st September to 15th September. JFK-MIAMI-JFK
Meaning you will leave Nigeria August 30 get to U.S August 31st and fly to Miami from New York 1st Sept.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by cosade(m): 12:58pm On Jul 18, 2017
Jovieeee:

Hello ,please anyone travelling this month or early next month to the US ,kindly help me send books to my sister ,I don't mind paying for the luggage. Thank you.


This question raises lots of red flags!
Anyone that can afford to pay a traveler for helping to carry luggage should be able to pay for courier service, at least NIPOST courier service. Equally, just saying going to US is so vague, the book would still be posted in US anyway.

Accepting to carry anything from a stranger is the easiest way a traveler can land himself in a foreign country's jail.

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 1:02pm On Jul 18, 2017
valeria:
.

Thanks a lot. My dates are 1st September to 15th September. JFK-MIAMI-JFK
I've got something for you... return ticket for N46K
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by cosade(m): 1:12pm On Jul 18, 2017
lovena222:


Please anyone coming back to Nigeria soon , please just to help me get books. Thank you .

Jovieeee:

Hello ,please anyone travelling this month or early next month to the US ,kindly help me send books to my sister ,I don't mind paying for the luggage. Thank you.



Another similar post.

You people want to put uninformed travelers in jail.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 1:17pm On Jul 18, 2017
Please and Please don't help anybody carry anything from Nigeria to U.S especially someone you don't know or distant family friends.. Please becareful ooooo. May God continue to guide and protect us.

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by cosade(m): 1:23pm On Jul 18, 2017
shrekandfiona:

It is perfectly legal to give birth in the US you however have to make your intentions known at the point of interview.

So my question is were you pregnant during your interview or not?

If you got pregnant way after the visa was issued, then delay your journey till you are about 34-36 weeks gone, get a doctor and hospital in the state you're visiting to accept you for childbirth if possible pay the fee in advance and travel.

At the POE when asked let them know you are their for childbirth and present all doctor's / hospital's correspondence. You should have no issue whatsoever. Also go thru the 'giving birth in US thread' and you will be better informed. start reading from part 1 to atleast part 3.

If however you LIED/MISREPRESENTED in your interview... OYO is your case.

NB: forget the 2 weeks vacation for a 7 months preg lady. Even me wey no be VO will doubt your story because why will a 7months pregnant lady fly over 23hrs for a vacation and fly back in 2 weeks? That is stress

Bolded
cheesy cheesy cheesy grin grin

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by cosade(m): 1:53pm On Jul 18, 2017
shrekandfiona:

You can re apply for a visa and come out clean in your DS 160 form.

You can also go the dropbox route though you'll most likely be called for an interview, come out clean and say the TRUTH as to what transpired.

Though i doubt your story as to why you were turned back... goodluck

With the cancelation of his visa, he is no longer qualified to use dropbox.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by cosade(m): 2:02pm On Jul 18, 2017
Zeng:


My school only requires I pay my fees after my visa is approved, but before arriving at the school. I have only previously paid for the application. Don't know why you say it makes no sense.

What makes no sense to me is waiting till last minute to rush everything without even having seen the person who has promised to sponsor me face to face. It's only respectful I humbly see her than just make demands from a distance.

In case you're yet to travel it's safer to get your sister (or whoever is sponsoring you) to pay at least a substantial amount as deposit before your arrival, so as to demonstrate her financial ability to sponsor you. Let me be frank and hard, if I were you I won't go if she refuses to pay some money as deposit to your school else you'll arrive and another story would start. I can bet on this. Foreign students' tuition is not a joke!

However, if you're already in US kindly update the house if not done already.

Remain blessed.

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