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Immigration queues over the next 10 days

Old Sep 21st 2012, 4:56 pm
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Default Immigration queues over the next 10 days

Just curious really: with the H1B applicants starting to enter the country from now onwards, do non-immigrant queues at US immigration increase much? Obviously there aren't a whole bunch of extra flights arriving, so the numbers of people aren't going to change much, but the balance of visas/VWPs might... possibly? Or are they a statistically insignificant bunch?
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Old Sep 21st 2012, 5:13 pm
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Something I've never heard anyone say:

"Let's avoid the H1B stampede at the end of September".
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Old Sep 21st 2012, 9:25 pm
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Default Re: Immigration queues over the next 10 days

When we moved over a year ago (tomorrow) we were apparently the first with 'H visas' that the immigration guy had seen for quite a few months. I guess if you get behind someone with a visa it could slow things down, especially a family. We were stood at the desk for almost half an hour as it took forever to process all of us, especially when the guy put the wrong dates on the i94's and had to start again!

I doubt they queues are worse though as the same number of people are on each flight (well max passengers) and there are only 65000 H1B's issued each year and not all will be entering in the first few days as not all have even been issued yet, some people are still waiting.
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I was under the impression they just sent you to secondary after a cursory look - I had no idea there was a wait at the initial POE with IV/NIVs.

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Default Re: Immigration queues over the next 10 days

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I was under the impression they just sent you to secondary after a cursory look - I had no idea there was a wait at the initial POE with an IV.
H1b is not an immigrant visa.
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Old Sep 21st 2012, 10:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Wibblypig View Post
I guess if you get behind someone with a visa it could slow things down, especially a family.
Yes, that was kind of what I was guessing at, though wondering whether H1Bs made up more than a handful of people per day per airport.

I do have memories in the mid 90s of large groups of us waving J-1s at immigration during June though. Some flights had a good couple of coachloads on board. Of course, in those days things were a lot quicker!
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Originally Posted by MarylandNed View Post
Something I've never heard anyone say:

"Let's avoid the H1B stampede at the end of September".
I try and avoid the H1B stampede at the end of September. Assumed it was something everyone did.
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Originally Posted by Wibblypig View Post

I doubt they queues are worse though as the same number of people are on each flight (well max passengers) and there are only 65000 H1B's issued each year and not all will be entering in the first few days as not all have even been issued yet, some people are still waiting.
Plus those granted for jobs with non-profits which are not subject to the cap.
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Originally Posted by lansbury View Post
I try and avoid the H1B stampede at the end of September. Assumed it was something everyone did.
Me too because it seems most of them come to Houston
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