Hello. I have been reading experiences on this platform for a while now, I decided to share mine.
So, I just came in from my home country Nigeria. I was there for 2 weeks. Left end of Feb...came in mid March. I live in NYS...flew out of JFK...came in through JFK...both non stop.
My flight came in really early in the morning. Airport was virtually empty that early. At the first check point I gave the officer my passport and AP card. He asked a few questions: where I travelled to, how long, any other country visited, coming in with food, $ up to 10,000, etc...and said I would have to go to another officer...expected. He walked me there...he had my passport and card with him. I had to leave my hand luggage at the entrance...couldn’t take it into the room. We get into the room...it looked split into two. The far side from the door had more people...about 7 or so...most were sleeping. The side (bigger) closer to the door had about 3 or 4 people...myself included. There were 2 officers attending to people. The initial officer dropped of my passport on the counter and told me to sit. I think I saw them take my passport and AP card to a closed off office behind the counter. I’m guessing my info was checked out there...just guessing.
After I was taken to secondary inspection as expected, I waited about 5 mins or less before my name was called. I was asked about 4 questions: where I flew to, how long, why, and my address in the States. Lasted about 2 mins. After, the officer gave me my passport, AP card and a long laminated card inside my passport and said welcome to the United States. At the door, another officer asked for my passport...took the laminated card and said I could go.
Checked my passport, it was stamped...paroled.
That was it. I grabbed my hand luggage...picked up my checked in luggages and left.
Entire process less than 10mins.
A little about myself...came in on F1...never out of status...no criminal records...adjustment through marriage to another Nigerian.
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