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Yet to schedule the interview and actually get there but like any other eager bride-to-be I have already started planning out my move. I had a few questions about the travel and immigration process though.

I have already brought a handful of kitchenware and other stuff that I'll need out there in my new home. I don't want to spend like 10 dollars over something I can buy in my country for a few cents lol, yea India is pretty cheap money-wise. So yea there are plenty of things ranging from serving spoons to a big ### pressure cooker and I was thinking that instead of carrying all the cumbersome kitchenware in suitcases or bags I'd rather check-them-in in cardboard cartons or boxes. Has anybody done that before? Can you check-in cardboard boxes? I'm not taking any kitchen-electronics I will buy those there but all these kitchen utilities would just take up too much space in suitcases and I don't want to carry like 6 of those with me. So if check-in of cardboard boxes is not allowed then I will just pack all my stuff in a couple of duffle bags.

Then about the POE. Does your POE decide if you will undergo a strict immigration check? Or do some POEs have stricter immigration checks than others? I would obviously not be carrying anything illegal with me but my fiance who was here in India to visit me last winter took spices and condiments for his mother and aunts and they let him through the Indian airport as well the airport in Charlotte, NC where he landed. He is currently staying in Florida so I was planning on making Orlando as my POE. So I am hoping they will let me in, like they let in my fiance (may be cause he is an American), with all my spices and condiments (every thing legal!) and not harass me cause I am a foreigner


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Yet to schedule the interview and actually get there but like any other eager bride-to-be I have already started planning out my move. I had a few questions about the travel and immigration process though.

I have already brought a handful of kitchenware and other stuff that I'll need out there in my new home. I don't want to spend like 10 dollars over something I can buy in my country for a few cents lol, yea India is pretty cheap money-wise. So yea there are plenty of things ranging from serving spoons to a big ### pressure cooker and I was thinking that instead of carrying all the cumbersome kitchenware in suitcases or bags I'd rather check-them-in in cardboard cartons or boxes. Has anybody done that before? Can you check-in cardboard boxes? I'm not taking any kitchen-electronics I will buy those there but all these kitchen utilities would just take up too much space in suitcases and I don't want to carry like 6 of those with me. So if check-in of cardboard boxes is not allowed then I will just pack all my stuff in a couple of duffle bags.

Then about the POE. Does your POE decide if you will undergo a strict immigration check? Or do some POEs have stricter immigration checks than others? I would obviously not be carrying anything illegal with me but my fiance who was here in India to visit me last winter took spices and condiments for his mother and aunts and they let him through the Indian airport as well the airport in Charlotte, NC where he landed. He is currently staying in Florida so I was planning on making Orlando as my POE. So I am hoping they will let me in, like they let in my fiance (may be cause he is an American), with all my spices and condiments (every thing legal!) and not harass me cause I am a foreigner

You can check-in cardboard boxes. Or simply Fedex all those stuff from India, so you don't have to carry all these boxes at airport.

As far as POE, even if you have to go thru further inspection, then nothing to worry about that, but be prepared that they are going to open every single package.


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US Customs does not harass anyone\foreigners over condiments. By law, all international arrivals, including US passport holders, submit to an agricultural inspection.


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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