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I've gotten my K1 visa approved and now I'm having a dilemma on how do I move my items to NY.

I deeply appreciate any recommendation of movers with reasonable prices. I don't have heavy stuff to move (no furnitures etc) mostly just personal effects (clothes and bags).

I don't think it's feasible for me to pay extra baggage fees since it's prob gonna cost me a bomb


K1 Visa Timeline

Mar 21, 2014 - I-129F Package Sent

Mar 27, 2014 - Email Received case accepted and routed to CSC

Sept 25, 2014 - I-797 NOA 1

Oct 6, 2014 - NOA2 (issuance of USCIS Receipt Number)

Oct 10, 2014 - NOA2 received

Oct 25, 2015 - Packet 3 Received

Oct 29, 2014 - Packet 3 sent & TH COC requested

Nov 3, 2014 - SG COC requested

Nov 14, 2014 - SG COC Collected

Nov 20, 2014 - Vaccinations & tests for Hep B, chicken pox)

Nov 24, 2014 - Vacinnations round 2

Dec 2, 2014 - Medical @ Drs. Horne & Chin

Dec 3, 2014 - Packet 4 received

Dec 4, 2014 - Requested to defer Interview date (TH COC not recv'd)

Dec 18, 2014 - New Packet 4 received

Jan 28, 2015 - Interview @ US Embassy SG

Feb 2, 2015 - Passport received

Apr 3, 2015 - Arrival in USA

AOS Timeline

Apr 4, 2015 - Applied for Marriage License

Apr 7, 2015 - Applied for SSN

Apr 21, 2015 - Recv'd SSN card

Jun 18, 2015 - AOS Application sent

Jun 26, 2015 - USCIS Receipt SMS Notification recv'd

Jul 1, 2015 - I-797C NOA (Biometrics apptmt) rec'vd

Jul 24, 2015 - Biometrics done

Aug 26, 2015 - NOA 2 (EAD) recv'd

Aug 26, 2015 - Combination AP & EAD card recv'd

Sept 18, 2015 - Applied for name change on SSN

Nov 2, 2015 - Received new SS card with married name

Nov 10, 2015 - Received green card :dancing: :luv:

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when i was moving, i contacted some movers for quotes and found that the only real savings you'll see is if you're shipping a large amount, like a whole shipping container's worth of items, or by sharing a container with someone else.

excess baggage fees, purchased in advance, are the more economical way to transport your belongings, especially if your items are not large/bulky pieces of furniture. plus, they'll arrive when you arrive, and you won't have to collect them from the pick up location/warehouse (if you want movers to drop them off at your doorstep, that will cost more $$). most airlines, with the exception of united, offer 2 free checked luggage @ 50lbs each on USA-Asia flights, and vice versa. when i flew emirates, i paid SGD154 per extra checked luggage (i had 3 lol). some airlines charge more, some less, you can find the airline with the cheapest overall price, including the cost of your ticket lol.


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when i was moving, i contacted some movers for quotes and found that the only real savings you'll see is if you're shipping a large amount, like a whole shipping container's worth of items, or by sharing a container with someone else.

excess baggage fees, purchased in advance, are the more economical way to transport your belongings, especially if your items are not large/bulky pieces of furniture. plus, they'll arrive when you arrive, and you won't have to collect them from the pick up location/warehouse (if you want movers to drop them off at your doorstep, that will cost more $$). most airlines, with the exception of united, offer 2 free checked luggage @ 50lbs each on USA-Asia flights, and vice versa. when i flew emirates, i paid SGD154 per extra checked luggage (i had 3 lol). some airlines charge more, some less, you can find the airline with the cheapest overall price, including the cost of your ticket lol.

Thanks Kitthekat, for sharing. I did some searching on the quotes from movers too and I too found that even by sea, it's gonna set me back at least SGD $250-380 for just 1 box of personal stuff, thats alot imo.

Unfortunately for me, the ticket has been booked so I guess I'll have to pay for additional checked luggage.


K1 Visa Timeline

Mar 21, 2014 - I-129F Package Sent

Mar 27, 2014 - Email Received case accepted and routed to CSC

Sept 25, 2014 - I-797 NOA 1

Oct 6, 2014 - NOA2 (issuance of USCIS Receipt Number)

Oct 10, 2014 - NOA2 received

Oct 25, 2015 - Packet 3 Received

Oct 29, 2014 - Packet 3 sent & TH COC requested

Nov 3, 2014 - SG COC requested

Nov 14, 2014 - SG COC Collected

Nov 20, 2014 - Vaccinations & tests for Hep B, chicken pox)

Nov 24, 2014 - Vacinnations round 2

Dec 2, 2014 - Medical @ Drs. Horne & Chin

Dec 3, 2014 - Packet 4 received

Dec 4, 2014 - Requested to defer Interview date (TH COC not recv'd)

Dec 18, 2014 - New Packet 4 received

Jan 28, 2015 - Interview @ US Embassy SG

Feb 2, 2015 - Passport received

Apr 3, 2015 - Arrival in USA

AOS Timeline

Apr 4, 2015 - Applied for Marriage License

Apr 7, 2015 - Applied for SSN

Apr 21, 2015 - Recv'd SSN card

Jun 18, 2015 - AOS Application sent

Jun 26, 2015 - USCIS Receipt SMS Notification recv'd

Jul 1, 2015 - I-797C NOA (Biometrics apptmt) rec'vd

Jul 24, 2015 - Biometrics done

Aug 26, 2015 - NOA 2 (EAD) recv'd

Aug 26, 2015 - Combination AP & EAD card recv'd

Sept 18, 2015 - Applied for name change on SSN

Nov 2, 2015 - Received new SS card with married name

Nov 10, 2015 - Received green card :dancing: :luv:

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How was the interview at U.S. Embassy in Singapore? Does anyone have any feedback on the interview process?

Mine was quite straightforward, I had to wait a little because I was there about half an hour earlier than my appointment time.

The process was like this

- Arrive at doors of Embassy, had to queue up. Please do not bother bringing any electronical device (iPad, tablets, etc) because you will not be permitted to bring it in.

- Walk through first security gate, leave your bags checked in at the security desk but bring along your wallet (they advised me to) and your documents.

- Walk into the Embassy, inform the security guard that you're here for your K-1 Visa interview. Head straight to the first room on the left.

- Waited for about 30-40 minutes cos I was early. When your appointment time is up, your queue number will be called. I met the Asian officer and was asked a couple of standard questions then wait for another 10 minutes or so for the second interview.

In total, I had spent about a little over an hour cos there was another lady+daughter ahead of me speaking to the officer for my second interview.

HTH and good luck!


K1 Visa Timeline

Mar 21, 2014 - I-129F Package Sent

Mar 27, 2014 - Email Received case accepted and routed to CSC

Sept 25, 2014 - I-797 NOA 1

Oct 6, 2014 - NOA2 (issuance of USCIS Receipt Number)

Oct 10, 2014 - NOA2 received

Oct 25, 2015 - Packet 3 Received

Oct 29, 2014 - Packet 3 sent & TH COC requested

Nov 3, 2014 - SG COC requested

Nov 14, 2014 - SG COC Collected

Nov 20, 2014 - Vaccinations & tests for Hep B, chicken pox)

Nov 24, 2014 - Vacinnations round 2

Dec 2, 2014 - Medical @ Drs. Horne & Chin

Dec 3, 2014 - Packet 4 received

Dec 4, 2014 - Requested to defer Interview date (TH COC not recv'd)

Dec 18, 2014 - New Packet 4 received

Jan 28, 2015 - Interview @ US Embassy SG

Feb 2, 2015 - Passport received

Apr 3, 2015 - Arrival in USA

AOS Timeline

Apr 4, 2015 - Applied for Marriage License

Apr 7, 2015 - Applied for SSN

Apr 21, 2015 - Recv'd SSN card

Jun 18, 2015 - AOS Application sent

Jun 26, 2015 - USCIS Receipt SMS Notification recv'd

Jul 1, 2015 - I-797C NOA (Biometrics apptmt) rec'vd

Jul 24, 2015 - Biometrics done

Aug 26, 2015 - NOA 2 (EAD) recv'd

Aug 26, 2015 - Combination AP & EAD card recv'd

Sept 18, 2015 - Applied for name change on SSN

Nov 2, 2015 - Received new SS card with married name

Nov 10, 2015 - Received green card :dancing: :luv:

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Mine was quite straightforward, I had to wait a little because I was there about half an hour earlier than my appointment time.

The process was like this

- Arrive at doors of Embassy, had to queue up. Please do not bother bringing any electronical device (iPad, tablets, etc) because you will not be permitted to bring it in.

- Walk through first security gate, leave your bags checked in at the security desk but bring along your wallet (they advised me to) and your documents.

- Walk into the Embassy, inform the security guard that you're here for your K-1 Visa interview. Head straight to the first room on the left.

- Waited for about 30-40 minutes cos I was early. When your appointment time is up, your queue number will be called. I met the Asian officer and was asked a couple of standard questions then wait for another 10 minutes or so for the second interview.

In total, I had spent about a little over an hour cos there was another lady+daughter ahead of me speaking to the officer for my second interview.

HTH and good luck!

Thanks much for the details. I will be going through Consular Processing in family based category. I guess that would differ from K-1 immigration process and the questions might differ as well. Appreciate your response.

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