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This is for anyone who has come through JFK on a Visa.

She is flying into JFK, New York in a couple weeks. She will have 6 bags and 2 boys with her. I will be waiting outside security to help with the boys and the luggage.

What happens? First Passport Control, then she claims her bags. Then probably she goes thru Customs. Then there is a Immigrations office???

I cannot go thru security to help because I am not a ticketed passenger.

What should she expect? And how will I find her or she find me? She has asked and I don't have answers. I could use some info from anyone who has been thru this airport coming in on a K-1 Visa.

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Either send her a prepaid cellphone and let her use it when she arrives. Or have her contact you via Skype if they have free net in airport. Or have her get a roaming SIm Card in her fone.

Or just wait outside like most do.

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She will be sent to secondary before she claims her luggage. After procedures are complete in secondary, she will claim her luggage and clear customs (by being waived through or sent to an agriculture inspection). After clearing customs is the exit.

Just wait near the passenger exit at the terminal she will be arriving at. Airport personnel should be able to direct you to where that is.


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March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

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My point of entry was JFK too.

1ST Passport control (she should give the officer her visa packet)

2.they lead her into a small room of the immigrating officers (they stamp her visa/passport)

3.Bagage claim

4.exit thru costums

that's it . just tell her have her visa packet with her on her hand carry and ask for the officers they are nice


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06-28-2014 sent 129f

07-03-2014 NOA1 LETTER

08-06-2014 text message RFE

08-11-2014 RFE LETTER(letter of intent to marry)

08-21-2014 TSC received RFE response (changed status to rfe response review)

09-05-2014 NOA2 ..

09-11-2014 NOA2 LETTER ( approval)

09-12-2014 USCIS updated they shipped our 129f to NVC,

09-22-2014 MNL## from NVC thru phone

09-25-2014 129F ( IN TRANSIT )

09-28-2014 NVC LETTER

09-29-2014 CEAC status to "READY"

10-17-2014 MEDDICAL

11-04-2014 INTERVIEW (approved)

11-14-2014 VISA

12-06-1024 POE JFK

AOS,EAD,AP

-02/28/2015 sent AOS,EAD,AP via USPS

-02/02/2015 Chicago,IL (delivered)

-03/10/2015 Receive text messages for receipt. (aos,ead,ap)

-03/16/2015 Receipt letter received from the mail. notice date was 03/10

-03/25/2015 rfe text

-03/20/2015 Received biometric letter from the mail

-04/02/2015 Biometric

-04/03/2015 rfe received from the mail

-04/10/2015 rfe mailed

-04/13/2015 rfe delivered

-04/05/2015 Rfe response review update on USCIS website said I will receive decision till June 14,2015

-05/19/2015 EAD "card was ordered to produce"

-05/19/2015 AP "case was approved"

-05/26/2015 "approval letter for AP and EAD received in the mail

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This is for anyone who has come through JFK on a Visa.

She is flying into JFK, New York in a couple weeks. She will have 6 bags and 2 boys with her. I will be waiting outside security to help with the boys and the luggage.

What happens? First Passport Control, then she claims her bags. Then probably she goes thru Customs. Then there is a Immigrations office???

I cannot go thru security to help because I am not a ticketed passenger.

What should she expect? And how will I find her or she find me? She has asked and I don't have answers. I could use some info from anyone who has been thru this airport coming in on a K-1 Visa.

You're close. 1. Passport Control 2. Immigration office 3. Pick up bags 4. Customs. 5. Comes out and hopefully sees you in waiting area.

She has your phone # right? If, for whatever reason, you two don't see/meet each other, I'm sure she can ask to borrow someone's phone to call you. And if she has her own smart phone with her, she might be able to get wi-fi and send you a message via whatsapp/viber/email. She shouldn't do that until after customs though since CBP has signs everywhere saying to NOT use a phone while in Immigration and Customs.

Edited by usmsbow

Removing Conditions Timeline

Aug. 10, '17: Mailed in I-751

Aug. 21, '17: NOA1

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This is for anyone who has come through JFK on a Visa.

She is flying into JFK, New York in a couple weeks. She will have 6 bags and 2 boys with her. I will be waiting outside security to help with the boys and the luggage.

What happens? First Passport Control, then she claims her bags. Then probably she goes thru Customs. Then there is a Immigrations office???

I cannot go thru security to help because I am not a ticketed passenger.

What should she expect? And how will I find her or she find me? She has asked and I don't have answers. I could use some info from anyone who has been thru this airport coming in on a K-1 Visa.

Well firstly I had a prepaid phone to ring my fiance now husband. I came in via Philly. I queued up at border control, then went for secondary interview for about 10 mins or so. (not sure secondary is done everywhere but it is in Philly). Then I collected my bags, handed in my customs declaration form and straight through to the exit. There are boards at the airports to let you know the flight has come in and what gate they are coming from, so you should know where she will be. If you can't find her you can ask for them to do an announcement and let her know where you are in the airport, i.e Starbucks, at the entrance etc.


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You can read the reviews for entering at JFK here > http://www.visajourney.com/reviews/poereviews.php?poe=JFK&dfilter=0

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JFK has several different terminals. The main international terminal is Terminal 4.

I had to pick up my in-laws (who were also coming with my wife who traveled overseas for a week to pick them up) in Terminal 1 about 3 months ago.

Personally my experience was as follows: I parked the car near the exit to the parking lot on the lower level of the garage in front of Terminal 1. I used the crosswalk and went into the arrivals level of the terminal. Right in front of me was were arriving passengers were coming out. Airport representatives told me that I had to go to the right or left and couldn't stand right in in the middle were people were coming out. On the arrival level there was some food places and a Hudson News (I think). There was an arrival board above were the arriving passengers were coming out with information about arriving planes (when they were do, if they were near by, landed, and at gate).

I called my wife (who has a US cell phone) about 5 minutes after the board said the plane was at the gate. She told me that they were still waiting for the wheelchair attendant. (Her father needed assistance.) She called me about 25 minutes later to say they were done with Immigration and where on to baggage claim and customs. They came out about 5 minutes after the phone call. They also had about 6 bags, and with them was the wheelchair attendant, with her dad in the wheelchair, and a baggage attendant with a flat baggage cart with all of their bags on them. Both of the attendants nicely escorted us to the parking lot, where I got the car and pulled it up to a passenger pick-up location in the garage. The baggage attendant nicely packed our car and both of them told us to have, a "safe trip home." My wife did tip both of them nicely.

My wife told me once the wheelchair agent came they were taken to the front of the primary passport control line. The CBP officer asked my wife one question, "Are these your parents?" She turned in the immigrant packets to the CBP officer on primary, who opened the packets stamped some forms, and stamped their IR-5 immigrant visas in their passports. The CBP officer then took all of them to another room to collect fingerprints and signatures from my in-laws for their permanent resident cards. My wife said there was no one else waiting in the other room and the wheelchair attendant said she has seen a dozen wheelchairs in here before at once waiting to be processed. Once they were done they went to baggage claim where their bags were already out, and got the attention of the baggage cart attendant who loaded their bags onto the cart. They turned in their customs form on the way out and came out of international arrivals. So from the time the plane arrived till the time they were out was about 35 to 40 minutes.

My wife made the request for the wheelchair through the airline. So someone could contact the airline and see if they can request baggage assistance at baggage claim in advance, or if it needs to be done in baggage claim. One of the concerns that my wife had was what line they had to go through in passport control (due to rumors that some airports have a third line for new immigrants that is not marked), and I told her if needed to just ask an airport representative that are usually located in passport control.

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Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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Either send her a prepaid cellphone and let her use it when she arrives. Or have her contact you via Skype if they have free net in airport. Or have her get a roaming SIm Card in her fone.

Or just wait outside like most do.

You can't use a phone or any recording device while going though Primary Passport Control (Immigration), Secondary Immigration, and while in the "Customs" area. The only place that you could use it is once the flight crew has given the clearance to use phone (usually while taxing or once the door is open) and along the walk to Primary Passport Control. You might be able to use the phone in baggage claim.

If she is going to have her foreign phone during this process, it might be easier and cheaper to have her send a text message instead of call. I have received text messages from my wife on her US phone while she was overseas. One time it was to tell me that they had made the plane and was waiting to leave Europe. I am glad that she decided to text then call because it was about 4:30am here at that time.


Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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