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Got off the phone Thursday night with the consulate and our interview is Oct 5th; last week they said some time in Oct and call back at the end of the month.

While I was online Friday evening giving her the news her package 4 arrived the letter in it was signed Sept 19 mailed Sept 21 received Sept 22. Our Package 3 spent 3.5 weeks in mail limbo!!!

So do not think you have or will get a large heads up we have only 14 days notice!!

Right know JAL has a special on tickets HONO to SGN $953 total but her 1 way return is $1500 and a round trip from SGN is $2300 I was told to see if JAL in SGN has a better price; anyone have any advice on the best way to get her ticket???????????

Thanks,

Capt Joe and Logic Girl

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Petitioners First Name: Capt. Joe

Beneficiaries First Name: Logic Girl

K-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I-129F Sent : 2005-12-13

I-129F NOA1 : 2005-12-21

I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-04-18

RFE Reply(s) : 2006-05-05

I-129F NOA2 : 2006-05-11

NVC Received :

NVC Left : 2006-05-26

Consulate Received : 2006-05-31

Packet 3 mailed 2006-06-19

Packet 3 Received : 2006-07-10

Packet 3 Sent : 2006-07-12

Packet 4 Received : 2006-09-23

Interview Date : 2006-10-05 passed!!!!

Visa Received : 2006-10-10

US Entry : 2006-10-13

Marriage : 2006-10-16

Comments : sending out AOS papers 11-27-06

Processing

Estimates/Stats : Your I-129f was approved in 149 days.

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Got off the phone Thursday night with the consulate and our interview is Oct 5th; last week they said some time in Oct and call back at the end of the month.

While I was online Friday evening giving her the news her package 4 arrived the letter in it was signed Sept 19 mailed Sept 21 received Sept 22. Our Package 3 spent 3.5 weeks in mail limbo!!!

So do not think you have or will get a large heads up we have only 14 days notice!!

Right know JAL has a special on tickets HONO to SGN $953 total but her 1 way return is $1500 and a round trip from SGN is $2300 I was told to see if JAL in SGN has a better price; anyone have any advice on the best way to get her ticket???????????

Thanks,

Capt Joe and Logic Girl

Well from Seattle I would use Asiana beats the others almost everytime and by quite a large margin. Being you appear to be in Hawaii, that's a complication.

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Congrats on your INterveiw :dance:


1/12/06 Mail I-129f express mail

1/13/06 TSC rec'd

1/23/06 NOA1 from CSC

1/27/06 - Check cleared

7/10/06 - NOA2

7/14/06- rec'd @ NVC

8/14/06- NVC sent petition to Consulate

8/17/06 - Korean Consulate rec'd Petition

8/23/06 - rec'd packet 3 from Consulate

8/25/06 - sent packet 3 back to Consulate

8/27/06 - got confirmation email from Consulate, they rec'd packet three

8/27/06 - requested interview date via Consulate internet site.

9/1/06 - Checked internet site for interveiw date, it was there

9/25/06 - Interview date - APPROVED

9/28/06 - Visa in Zaeems Hand - YEAHHHHH

1/6/07 - leaving for USA

1/20/07 - Wedding Date

1/20/07 - MARRIED!!!!!

2/10/07 - rec'd certified copy of marriage license

AOS

3/13/07 - AOS package rec'd at Chicago Lockbox

3/20/07 - Rec'd Social Security Card

3/21/07 - Checks Cashed and Case Status online

3/24/07 - NOA1 Rec'd for AOS and EAD

3/27/07 - rec'd Biometrics appt letter - scheduled for 4/20/07 @ 11:00am

4/02/07 - "touched"

4/20/07 - had biometrics appt.

4/21/07 - rec'd letter stating case was transferred to CSC

5/22/07 - rec'd Case Pending at CSC email

6/25/07 - EAD card production ordered

7/7/07 - EAD "touched"

7/7/07 - AOS "touched"

8-6-07 - Rec'd EAD Card in the Mail

5-20-08 - AOS INTERVIEW - APPROVED - PASSPORT STAMPED

7-2-10 - Received 10 year green card in mail

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One way ticket to the US from Vietnam will never cost you more than a thousand dollars on coach class with any airlines. For ticket, contact IOM on Pham Ngoc Thach. They will book her flight and make all neccessary travel arrangements for only 80 bucks. Trust me, it is worth it. At POE, IOM agent will help her clear Custom and Immigrations


I used to be indecisive. Now I am just not sure ...

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Thanks for the good info.

It looks like I might be able to get a ticket in Honolulu for ~$700 so I will see what happens monday. I will be with her so I am not worried about the POE

Thanks Again,

C&L


Petitioners First Name: Capt. Joe

Beneficiaries First Name: Logic Girl

K-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I-129F Sent : 2005-12-13

I-129F NOA1 : 2005-12-21

I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-04-18

RFE Reply(s) : 2006-05-05

I-129F NOA2 : 2006-05-11

NVC Received :

NVC Left : 2006-05-26

Consulate Received : 2006-05-31

Packet 3 mailed 2006-06-19

Packet 3 Received : 2006-07-10

Packet 3 Sent : 2006-07-12

Packet 4 Received : 2006-09-23

Interview Date : 2006-10-05 passed!!!!

Visa Received : 2006-10-10

US Entry : 2006-10-13

Marriage : 2006-10-16

Comments : sending out AOS papers 11-27-06

Processing

Estimates/Stats : Your I-129f was approved in 149 days.

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Why are you talking about booking a ticket or even look for one right now when you should be focusing on getting her ready for the interview? Just want to bring your focus back on the game: Get ready for the interview. When she gets the visa, only then you should go ahead and buy her ticket oneway/rt, does it matter anymore at that point?

HI is a tough place to purchase direct flight from SGN. I would def. contact a travel agency, prefered an asian one.

Good luck on your fiance's interview, and get the PINK slip first!

love,

chuck and kim


"You always get what you've always gotten if you always do what you always did."

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Got off the phone Thursday night with the consulate and our interview is Oct 5th; last week they said some time in Oct and call back at the end of the month.

While I was online Friday evening giving her the news her package 4 arrived the letter in it was signed Sept 19 mailed Sept 21 received Sept 22. Our Package 3 spent 3.5 weeks in mail limbo!!!

So do not think you have or will get a large heads up we have only 14 days notice!!

Right know JAL has a special on tickets HONO to SGN $953 total but her 1 way return is $1500 and a round trip from SGN is $2300 I was told to see if JAL in SGN has a better price; anyone have any advice on the best way to get her ticket???????????

Thanks,

Capt Joe and Logic Girl

Have you tried BestTravelStore? They typically have good prices for overseas flights. Just do a google for BTS or best travel store... if you are flying out of Hawaii, contact Emerson travel 597-1818. Good luck and congrats.


"Better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you are not!"

Timeline:

22 Jul 06 - Received NOA-1

18 Sep 06 - Received NOA2 in mail

11 Oct 06 - Case MNL783xxx received by Manila Embassy... guess NVC lied

26 Dec 06 - Received Packet 4

18-19 Jan 07 - Medical complete early, scheduled 8 Feb

19 Jan - CFO completed after SLE shots... have to go back for the stamp after visa approval

15 Feb 07 - Interview Approved

24 Feb 07 - Arrive at Honolulu POE

2 Apr 07 - Married, civil ceremony, mailed AOS

17 Apr 07 - Checks cashed for AOS & AP

22 Apr 07 - Filed Expedite for AP

8 May 07 - Biometrics Appt

8 May 07 - Filed complaint with local USCIS for no action on Expedite request

9 May 07 - AP Expedite approved via email

14 May 07 - received AP I-512L documents in the mail

25 Jun 07 - AOS Interview scheduled but cancelled due to deployment and family emergency

29 Nov 07 - Visited local USCIS to reschedule AOS interview

15 Jan 08 - Local USCIS finally forwards reschedule request after formal complaint

8 Feb 08 - Received new Interview date

28 Mar 08 - AOS Interview ..investigation reopened due to incorrect birthdate that was identified 05/07

16 Apr 08 - CRIS Notice of GC approval and welcome notice via email

25 Apr 08 - GC received finally!

15 Jan 10 - Mailed Lifting of Conditions Package

19 Jan 10 - Package received at VT USCIS

22 Jan 10 - Checked cashed by USCIS

26 Jan 10 - Received NOA dated 20 Jan 10

29 Jan 10 - Received NOA for Biometrics

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I booked a one-way for my fiancee on Cathay Pacific through a local travel agent in Saigon and it was $770 (taxes included) from SGN-HKG-LAX-STL. Just for some price guidance.

POE in LAX for us both was very pleasant and they processed us both at the same time through the non-residents line.

Good luck on the interview!

STL_HCMC


K1 Timeline

12/27/2005...I-129F Sent (Nebraska Service Center)

07/19/2006...Visa Approved

AOS Timeline

01/23/2007...AOS Sent

03/08/2007...AOS Approved

Removing Conditions

01/12/2009...I-751 Sent

06/10/2009...I-751 Approved

Naturalization

03/27/2010...N-400 Sent

11/21/2011...Approval

12/09/2011...Oath Ceremony

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My ticket was $950 total JAL hers was $650 JAL bought in Saigon. I got the tickets because we plan to pass and the emotional boost of my being with her and her getting the ticket is tremendous. It is what we want to do and staring at papers all day does not help the situation.

we have superb evidence, 5 trips to Vn total almost 3 months toghere ,hundreds of hours of chats ,a couple thousands in phone calls, good income, Pictures, engagement ceremony etc. if we do not get pink it is just one of those things and we will hunker down for the long haul but for now it is Think Pink.

We got an RFE on what I considered very questionable questions so we are use to having solid data and still hitting road blocks but we pray it goes smooth this time.

I understand you can not be at the interview but it sounds -- read some posts -- that you can wait in the lobby???? Does anyone have thoughts on this???????

Thanks

C&L


Petitioners First Name: Capt. Joe

Beneficiaries First Name: Logic Girl

K-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I-129F Sent : 2005-12-13

I-129F NOA1 : 2005-12-21

I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-04-18

RFE Reply(s) : 2006-05-05

I-129F NOA2 : 2006-05-11

NVC Received :

NVC Left : 2006-05-26

Consulate Received : 2006-05-31

Packet 3 mailed 2006-06-19

Packet 3 Received : 2006-07-10

Packet 3 Sent : 2006-07-12

Packet 4 Received : 2006-09-23

Interview Date : 2006-10-05 passed!!!!

Visa Received : 2006-10-10

US Entry : 2006-10-13

Marriage : 2006-10-16

Comments : sending out AOS papers 11-27-06

Processing

Estimates/Stats : Your I-129f was approved in 149 days.

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You bought the return flight tickets BEFORE the actual interview.....?

Are you a gambler Capt Joe?

They kicked me out of the waiting area during my wife's visa interview because I was the only white person sitting there, I obviously wasn't invited? I finally just waited outside with my Cafe Sua Da and the Le Duan Street traffic :)

P

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CaptJoe, best wishes to your fiancee's upcoming interview. Buying the return ticket before her actual interview seems odd but if doing so boots your mental state, then I guess it is all worth it :) ... I am standing by for the good news


I used to be indecisive. Now I am just not sure ...

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Thanks for all the imput,

I consider it very reasonable to get her ticket ahead of time. It was a good price, good for 1 year and no charge to change it so keep on the big picture folks; My buying a ticket should not be the big point of all this once we all exchanged the orignal ideas on price. In a nut shell good price good exchange change policy we wanted to do it; and really if blowing $650USD is the price of her walking into the interview with a big smile confident and her head held high I say thats a pretty cheap price and not a gamble at all. etc.

And thanks for the I got thrown out info That really helps decide what to do and go Thursday morning

Mahlo,

C&L


Petitioners First Name: Capt. Joe

Beneficiaries First Name: Logic Girl

K-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I-129F Sent : 2005-12-13

I-129F NOA1 : 2005-12-21

I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-04-18

RFE Reply(s) : 2006-05-05

I-129F NOA2 : 2006-05-11

NVC Received :

NVC Left : 2006-05-26

Consulate Received : 2006-05-31

Packet 3 mailed 2006-06-19

Packet 3 Received : 2006-07-10

Packet 3 Sent : 2006-07-12

Packet 4 Received : 2006-09-23

Interview Date : 2006-10-05 passed!!!!

Visa Received : 2006-10-10

US Entry : 2006-10-13

Marriage : 2006-10-16

Comments : sending out AOS papers 11-27-06

Processing

Estimates/Stats : Your I-129f was approved in 149 days.

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Thanks Chuck!

It feels good to be back in the USA and she is enjoying it a lot! Now it is on to AOS and doing all of the stateside visa formalities.

STL_HCMC

Welcome home STL_HCMC

:dance:


K1 Timeline

12/27/2005...I-129F Sent (Nebraska Service Center)

07/19/2006...Visa Approved

AOS Timeline

01/23/2007...AOS Sent

03/08/2007...AOS Approved

Removing Conditions

01/12/2009...I-751 Sent

06/10/2009...I-751 Approved

Naturalization

03/27/2010...N-400 Sent

11/21/2011...Approval

12/09/2011...Oath Ceremony

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She passed she noted that 2 girls speaking throuh translators also passes. Every one very nice to her. Vn staff very helpful American intervier very very nice; quick 5 mins no problems very smooth.

Thanks for all the good info I will fill in the very big blanks when we are in the states

C&L


Petitioners First Name: Capt. Joe

Beneficiaries First Name: Logic Girl

K-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I-129F Sent : 2005-12-13

I-129F NOA1 : 2005-12-21

I-129F RFE(s) : 2006-04-18

RFE Reply(s) : 2006-05-05

I-129F NOA2 : 2006-05-11

NVC Received :

NVC Left : 2006-05-26

Consulate Received : 2006-05-31

Packet 3 mailed 2006-06-19

Packet 3 Received : 2006-07-10

Packet 3 Sent : 2006-07-12

Packet 4 Received : 2006-09-23

Interview Date : 2006-10-05 passed!!!!

Visa Received : 2006-10-10

US Entry : 2006-10-13

Marriage : 2006-10-16

Comments : sending out AOS papers 11-27-06

Processing

Estimates/Stats : Your I-129f was approved in 149 days.

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