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Just trying to get a handle on the process. I was assuming that when the fiance gets off the plane, she reports to customs and they ask a few questions and that's it. From what I am reading this is not the procedure. What is the actual process? Thanks in advance. For the record, my fiance's poe will be New Orleans.

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Your fiancé will go through immigration and customs.

At immigration she will give the big package to them with her passport, and will more than likely be leaded into secondary where she could wait a while, once called up she will be asked a couple questions and then sent on her way.

It's not complicated or scary or anything really, but it can take a couple hours, usually a lot less but it depends on how busy the airport is at that time.


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Do they do this only on weekdays or at anytime. Just curious for when the time comes to schedule her flight.

Anytime; CBP will be on duty whenever an international flight is due to arrive at an airport regardless of what day of the week it is.


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Just trying to get a handle on the process. I was assuming that when the fiance gets off the plane, she reports to customs and they ask a few questions and that's it. From what I am reading this is not the procedure. What is the actual process? Thanks in advance. For the record, my fiance's poe will be New Orleans.

Varies slightly from airport to airport, but for the most part there is a special window/counter for that is used for processing, there the CBP agent takes the DO NOT OPEN envelope tears it open with great abandon :lol:, sorts through the documents, then your fiancee completes BIOMETRICS, they stamp her passport and remind her to get married within 90 days.... have a nice day. Some get pulled to a room for additional questions... some.


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The POE is where the person first arrives in the US (or some pre-clearance airports outside the US). It's not likely that the POE will be New Orleans. For example, if a person flies through LAX to get to New Orleans the POE will be LAX.

You will want to plan flight arrangements accordingly to allow for immigration processing, clearing customs, then rechecking baggage to the final destination. Close connections can cause stress and anxiety.


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The CBP can refuse entry to anyone; however, CBP rarely gives K-1 entrants problems, because they've very recently been vetted and scrutinized by the consulate.

The above came from an immigration attorney whom I consulted when I had the same question as you do now.

Mrs. T-B.-to-be's experience was just as routine as others have described in this thread.

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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

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05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Just trying to get a handle on the process. I was assuming that when the fiance gets off the plane, she reports to customs and they ask a few questions and that's it. From what I am reading this is not the procedure. What is the actual process? Thanks in advance. For the record, my fiance's poe will be New Orleans.

Where is she flying in from? Unless she's coming non-stop from Panama City, Cancun or Punta Cana, the POE is going to be another hub city, such as Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston or Miami.

My process at LAX three weeks ago (today!) was really easy - the whole thing took 6 minutes. I was out in the street within 10 minutes of gate arrival.

The agent opened my envelope, stamped a few pages, took my fingerprints and photo electronically, then I had to go and do physical ink-based fingerprints and sign an I551 application card in a box twice, then I was done. Absolutely ZERO questions, in my case. Every case is different, but it can be as simple as that. Best of luck!

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