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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by OmoBendel24: 5:04am On Nov 16
Kold:
Hello everyone, please I need your advice.

I was granted a US visa last year to attend my Cousin’s wedding in Atlanta. Due to work commitments, I couldn’t make it then.

Now I am travelling to New York on vacation and will be staying in an hotel. Considering the change in intention, is there possibility that I may have any issue at the POE.

Will really appreciate your advice/suggestions.

Not necessarily, but the possibility is very much there, especially because of New York. Entering New York can be for “good” purpose and can be the other way round too....
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 9:44am On Nov 17
djfrancis:
Is this thread for only US visit POE questions? Does anyone know that of US immigrant visa POE questions?

We will be glad if you can share yours here.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by djfrancis: 1:36pm On Nov 18
seyewest:


We will be glad if you can share yours here.

Okay. I will
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by carnal: 9:21pm On Nov 21
seyewest:


Go ahead, I believe the solid travel history will work in his favor and please share the experience with this thread... I wish you best of luck and will be praying for you.
We (me,my dad,son and wife arrive JFK on 19th)
No much question,what are you here
Me,vacation
Poe, why didn't you travel all these while and why didn't wifey put to bed in U.s instead of U.k
Me - brought out company letter,stating project am handling since 2yrs&hw much company gave for this trip&with evidence in USD bank statement and how much spent on U.k for birth.i didn't say much
Poe - all passports stamped but I didn't see duration but he wrote B2 on all stamp. Please where is hw long one can stay written as I didn't see it in passports though visa expires mid December except my dad
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by sharpman1(m): 9:36pm On Nov 21
carnal:

We (me,my dad,son and wife arrive JFK on 19th)
No much question,what are you here
Me,vacation
Poe, why didn't you travel all these while and why didn't wifey put to bed in U.s instead of U.k
Me - brought out company letter,stating project am handling since 2yrs&hw much company gave for this trip&with evidence in USD bank statement and how much spent on U.k for birth.i didn't say much
Poe - all passports stamped but I didn't see duration but he wrote B2 on all stamp. Please where is hw long one can stay written as I didn't see it in passports though visa expires mid December except my dad

Check your I94 here.

https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home

You will get details of how long you are allowed to stay.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 10:05am On Nov 22
sharpman1:


Check your I94 here.

https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home

You will get details of how long you are allowed to stay.

Seconded
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by carnal: 10:13pm On Nov 22
sharpman1:


Check your I94 here.

https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home

You will get details of how long you are allowed to stay.
Six months stamp in though visa expires in December.i think the letter from company made things easier,stating project am handling and etc
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by onamur: 12:44pm On Nov 25
Hello House,

My POE experience at IAH., HOUSTON. 23rd of November, 2018.

Me, My wife and my 2 boys.

POE: your passport please ?

Me: gave him

POE: where are you going today?

Me: Told him

PoE: how long are you staying

ME : 10 DAYS

PoE: how much do you have with it?

Me: $$$$

PoE: checked and stamped my boys Passport

POE: checked my wife passport, asked again where we intend to stay and separated my wife passport from my boys own.

PoE: checked and stamped my passport. And handed it over to me together with my boys Passport.

PoE: he then called secondary security, follow him your wife passport has some issues.

SS: Follow me please, you guys can go down , mum might join you soon.

SS AND MY WIFE

SS: sit there please.
Wife: Sat for like 5 minutes( she noticed one officer was busy monitoring her

SS: where are you coming from?

Wife: Nigeria

SS: the issue you have with your passport is that when you applied for this visa, you said you will be going to Florida, why are you now in houston?

Wife: we decided to visit NASA space center because my boy want to see a space ship.

SS: what about your husband and children?

Wife: They are outside waiting for me

SS: DO you guys arrived together?

Wife: yes

SS: so, why are you in Houston?

Wife: my boy will like to see a space ship, so we are visiting the NASA space center.

SS: But there is also NASA space center in Florida

Wife: I am not aware.

SS: How old is the Boy?

Wife : 4yrs and 10 months

SS: how old is the second one?

Wife: 19 Months.

SS: where did you plan to go in Florida? Orlando?

Wife: Disney world

SS:How much do you have with You?

Wife: $$$$

Ss: DO you have any relative or friend here?

Wife: No

SS: so ,where are you staying?

Wife: Told them, seems they didnt get it, so, she handed them the hotel payment receipt with hotel reservation slip.

SS: checked the payment receipt, entered the address into their system and asked how long are you staying?

Wife: 10 days

SS: the second SS officer was busy looking through out the interview observing body posture

SS: Handed her passport and said have fun.

Lesson learnt:

1: my wife filled all the forms by her self, this made answering all the questions easy.
2. The hotel payment receipt. Some guys where sent back because of only reservation.
3. This platform. Wifey studied this platform as if her life depends on it from page 1 to 98.
4. Prayer. It works all the time.

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by sharpman1(m): 3:38pm On Nov 25
onamur:
Hello House,

My POE experience at IAH., HOUSTON. 23rd of November, 2018.

Me, My wife and my 2 boys.

POE: your passport please ?

Me: gave him

POE: where are you going today?

Me: Told him

PoE: how long are you staying

ME : 10 DAYS

PoE: how much do you have with it?

Me: $$$$

PoE: checked and stamped my boys Passport

POE: checked my wife passport, asked again where we intend to stay and separated my wife passport from my boys own.

PoE: checked and stamped my passport. And handed it over to me together with my boys Passport.

PoE: he then called secondary security, follow him your wife passport has some issues.

SS: Follow me please, you guys can go down , mum might join you soon.

SS AND MY WIFE

SS: sit there please.
Wife: Sat for like 5 minutes( she noticed one officer was busy monitoring her

SS: where are you coming from?

Wife: Nigeria

SS: the issue you have with your passport is that when you applied for this visa, you said you will be going to Florida, why are you now in houston?

Wife: we decided to visit NASA space center because my boy want to see a space ship.

SS: what about your husband and children?

Wife: They are outside waiting for me

SS: DO you guys arrived together?

Wife: yes

SS: so, why are you in Houston?

Wife: my boy will like to see a space ship, so we are visiting the NASA space center.

SS: But there is also NASA space center in Florida

Wife: I am not aware.

SS: How old is the Boy?

Wife : 4yrs and 10 months

SS: how old is the second one?

Wife: 19 Months.

SS: where did you plan to go in Florida? Orlando?

Wife: Disney world

SS:How much do you have with You?

Wife: $$$$

Ss: DO you have any relative or friend here?

Wife: No

SS: so ,where are you staying?

Wife: Told them, seems they didnt get it, so, she handed them the hotel payment receipt with hotel reservation slip.

SS: checked the payment receipt, entered the address into their system and asked how long are you staying?

Wife: 10 days

SS: the second SS officer was busy looking through out the interview observing body posture

SS: Handed her passport and said have fun.

Lesson learnt:

1: my wife filled all the forms by her self, this made answering all the questions easy.
2. The hotel payment receipt. Some guys where sent back because of only reservation.
3. This platform. Wifey studied this platform as if her life depends on it from page 1 to 98.
4. Prayer. It works all the time.



Did you all get your visas at the same time? Wondering why it was only your wife that was taken for secondary inspection.

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by ghettochild(m): 4:07pm On Nov 25
merzy1:
Hi... Pls am new here, but I need some advice...
What's the easiest way to get a US visa to join your fiance who's a US citizen, and how long does it take to get the visa?.[color=#006600][/color]
She has to file for a spousal visa for you at the us visa ctr by filling the form i130 or i129 and submitting n paying a total sum of $820 if it hadn't been increased now...
Are u guys married?
She has to submit marriage certificate too
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by onamur: 4:59pm On Nov 25
sharpman1:


Did you all get your visas at the same time? Wondering why it was only your wife that was taken for secondary inspection.

Separately, I got mine first. They got theirs after my first visit to the state.

We all filled Florida in the D160 form.

I don't know why they later screened her saparetely.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by sharpman1(m): 5:04pm On Nov 25
onamur:


Separately, I got mine first. They got theirs after my first visit to the state.

We all filled Florida in the D160 form.

I don't know why they later screened her saparetely.


No wonder.

Enjoy your holiday. I was at the space station in August. Your boys should love it.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 8:19pm On Nov 25
onamur:
Hello House,

My POE experience at IAH., HOUSTON. 23rd of November, 2018.

Me, My wife and my 2 boys.

POE: your passport please ?

Me: gave him

POE: where are you going today?

Me: Told him

PoE: how long are you staying

ME : 10 DAYS

PoE: how much do you have with it?

Me: $$$$

PoE: checked and stamped my boys Passport

POE: checked my wife passport, asked again where we intend to stay and separated my wife passport from my boys own.

PoE: checked and stamped my passport. And handed it over to me together with my boys Passport.

PoE: he then called secondary security, follow him your wife passport has some issues.

SS: Follow me please, you guys can go down , mum might join you soon.

SS AND MY WIFE

SS: sit there please.
Wife: Sat for like 5 minutes( she noticed one officer was busy monitoring her

SS: where are you coming from?

Wife: Nigeria

SS: the issue you have with your passport is that when you applied for this visa, you said you will be going to Florida, why are you now in houston?

Wife: we decided to visit NASA space center because my boy want to see a space ship.

SS: what about your husband and children?

Wife: They are outside waiting for me

SS: DO you guys arrived together?

Wife: yes

SS: so, why are you in Houston?

Wife: my boy will like to see a space ship, so we are visiting the NASA space center.

SS: But there is also NASA space center in Florida

Wife: I am not aware.

SS: How old is the Boy?

Wife : 4yrs and 10 months

SS: how old is the second one?

Wife: 19 Months.

SS: where did you plan to go in Florida? Orlando?

Wife: Disney world

SS:How much do you have with You?

Wife: $$$$

Ss: DO you have any relative or friend here?

Wife: No

SS: so ,where are you staying?

Wife: Told them, seems they didnt get it, so, she handed them the hotel payment receipt with hotel reservation slip.

SS: checked the payment receipt, entered the address into their system and asked how long are you staying?

Wife: 10 days

SS: the second SS officer was busy looking through out the interview observing body posture

SS: Handed her passport and said have fun.

Lesson learnt:

1: my wife filled all the forms by her self, this made answering all the questions easy.
2. The hotel payment receipt. Some guys where sent back because of only reservation.
3. This platform. Wifey studied this platform as if her life depends on it from page 1 to 98.
4. Prayer. It works all the time.




The highlighted is the key
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by Beautyaddy: 9:24pm On Nov 25
onamur:


Separately, I got mine first. They got theirs after my first visit to the state.

We all filled Florida in the D160 form.

I don't know why they later screened her saparetely.






Hmmm...Another reason they might have done that is to find out if she had other hidden intentions of going to the US like for child birth but failed to disclose it during her interview at the US embassy.

A number of Nigerian women have been caught doing that.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 11:57pm On Nov 25
Beautyaddy:


Hmmm...Another reason they might have done that is to find out if she had other hidden intentions of going to the US like for child birth but failed to disclose it during her interview at the US embassy.

A number of Nigerian women have been caught doing that.

Another solid angle.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by onamur: 7:17pm On Nov 26
Getting visa now is just 50% of assurance of getting in..
seyewest:


Another solid angle.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by supasta(f): 12:20pm On Nov 28
Hello @seyewest please how does the Emirates Connect work? I would like to know how to be a beneficiary? BTW, thanks for sharing your experience, it’s indeed inviting.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 7:48pm On Nov 28
supasta:
Hello @seyewest please how does the Emirates Connect work? I would like to know how to be a beneficiary? BTW, thanks for sharing your experience, it’s indeed inviting.

Emirates connect will be beneficiary to most passenger flying from Abuja to Dubai (because Emirates flies 4x a week from Abuja and 2X daily from Lagos) with that said.. before you can be eligible for Emirates connect (Economy Class) you must have a layover of more than 6 hours or more in Dubai (it's almost impossible for passengers flying to New York, London, Paris etc because Emirates flies to these destination every 5 hours or so.)

In my own case, what I did was to fly to Washington D.C, which of course was once everyday from Dubai around 2am, meanwhile my flight from Abuja landed in Dubai around 4:23am so the next flight to Washington D.C from Dubai will be 2am next day. (21 hours layover)

Please note that better flight connections may be shown, meaning that long stopover expenses may not be covered if flights with the best available connection time are not selected meaning you must book the flight with the best available connection before you can be offered Emirates Connect.

This service is only available for passengers aged 18 years or older, and is only provided in Dubai. Passengers under the age of 18 can use this service if they are traveling with another passenger who is over 18 years.

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by supasta(f): 2:45am On Nov 30
Awwwww, thanks for a quick and highly informative response @seyewest
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by elhadji19: 4:27am On Nov 30
@ misspetit. U can take ur vacation anytime. Vacation doesn't depends on the season of the year. Like someone said before not all the states in USA experience snow. Most Midwestern states, northern state and eastern states in USA experience snow. Most southern states doesn't experience snow. Try to see and confirm the state u are in going. Be careful not to mention any snow related activities or vacation to any states that doesn't experience snow. Good luck
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by Chacha22: 9:08am On Dec 01
Hey guys,
So I got into Washington Yesterday. Cbp was a breeze apart from the long queue. The interview felt like I was chatting with a friend. I wasn't asked anything different from what people have been stating here.

Officer: beckons on me to move forward

Me: (walks up to his counter and hands him my passport and customs card) Good afternoon

Officer: (Nods) where is your final destination

Me: Here in DC

Officer: where will you be staying.

Me: (Mentions the hotel)

Officer: beckons on me to stand infront of his biometric machine then continues with his questions ( takes pictures and fingerprints)

Officer: do you have any family or friends here

Me: No, just me on vacation.

Officer: have you been here before?

Me: No, first time in the US.

Officer: ooh I see. So how do you intend to get around?

Me: For today taxi, subsequently metro and taxi to some places. My hotel is right in the middle of most places I want to visit.

Officer: which places will you visit?

Me: I am going on a museum crawl.. I will visit all the smithsonian musuem.. Especially the one about black history. I have forgotten the name. And ooh I will definitely visit the home of George Washington and take loads of pictures

Officer: (he smiles) seems like you have everything well planned out.

Me: ooh Yes! ( with a short laugh) I dont intend to waste my 8 days.

Officer: You are staying for 8 days?

Me: Yes

Officer: How much do you have to spend?

Me: I have 2k cash and I have my debit card incase of emergency

Officer: Ok (flips my passport and checks something on his computer) What do you do back home?

Me: I lecture

Officer: What do you teach?

Me: (I list the modules; I have a strong feeling he retreived my ds160 form because he was looking at his computer while I was listing them)

Anyway, he stamped and signed.
Handed me my passport and said enjoy your vacation.

I replied thank you and walked majestically (lol) to pick my luggage and headed to my hotel in a cabbie.

By the way United Airlines wanted to kill me with food in economy seat. The main meal was wierd but tasty.
The served snacks and drinks like 3 times. I even got ice-cream ( my fave).

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by NothingDoMe: 12:01pm On Dec 01
Beautyaddy:


Hmmm...Another reason they might have done that is to find out if she had other hidden intentions of going to the US like for child birth but failed to disclose it during her interview at the US embassy.

A number of Nigerian women have been caught doing that.
smiley
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 10:47am On Dec 03
Chacha22:
Hey guys,
So I got into Washington Yesterday. Cbp was a breeze apart from the long queue. The interview felt like I was chatting with a friend. I wasn't asked anything different from what people have been stating here.

Officer: beckons on me to move forward

Me: (walks up to his counter and hands him my passport and customs card) Good afternoon



I replied thank you and walked majestically (lol) to pick my luggage and headed to my hotel in a cabbie.

By the way United Airlines wanted to kill me with food in economy seat. The main meal was wierd but tasty.
The served snacks and drinks like 3 times. I even got ice-cream ( my fave).

Have fun, are you coming from Nigeria?
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by harrrry: 1:54pm On Dec 03
I arrived San Francisco yesterday. Guys united airline wan kill me with food and drinks. At Poe , just two friendly questions- what are you doing back home and y are u here? Special thanks to everyone here in this informative forum.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 7:52pm On Dec 03
harrrry:
I arrived San Francisco yesterday. Guys united airline wan kill me with food and drinks. At Poe , just two friendly questions- what are you doing back home and y are u here? Special thanks to everyone here in this informative forum.

Nice one.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by Beautyaddy: 7:54pm On Dec 03
harrrry:
I arrived San Francisco yesterday. Guys united airline wan kill me with food and drinks. At Poe , just two friendly questions- what are you doing back home and y are u here? Special thanks to everyone here in this informative forum.

Wow!

United Airlines giving out all that food?

This must be a new development with them.

Hope the foods were tasty.
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by Chacha22: 1:41am On Dec 04
seyewest:


Have fun, are you coming from Nigeria?

Yeah
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 3:28pm On Dec 04
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by AfonjaBoston: 4:35pm On Dec 04
seyewest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8rF2lQcHew

Watch, subscribe and share

Lol I like Arabian music
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by seyewest(m): 5:26pm On Dec 04
AfonjaBoston:


Lol I like Arabian music

Afonjaaaa grin grin grin

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Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by akpumping30(m): 8:28am On Dec 06
Good day house, plz what will happen assuming the school resume today and in going to USA tomorrow, will there any problem at the Port of entry ?
Re: U.S Visit: Port Of Entry Interview/stories. by kenzygist: 1:00pm On Dec 06
I am traveling with a student visa, I need clarification whether it is compulsory to travel with bank statement for the purpose of port of entry.

Secondly I will be landing at Washington but my school is in Louisiana, should I worry about explaining why?

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