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Well I can finally believe it now that I have the visa in hand! Just got it in the mail today. Plus the sealed envelope which I saw from someone else's post that I'm not supposed to open it. There are no instructions or anything so I was just wondering who does this envelope go to and what do I need when we enter the U.S. I've heard I should ask for a work authorization stamp. We will probably be entering into NYC. I'm the citizen and he's Albanian. Will we have to enter in different lines? And will he have problems because he doesn't speak English? I also just realized that at the interview when the returned to us our original docs, they forgot to return one of our police certificate originals. Will we need to submit these certificates again at sometime in the future? And should I just go ahead and get another one while we are still here? Thanks.

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  • You don't need another police certificate.... they keep the original.
  • You give the envelope to the officer when you go through Customs & Immigration.
Since he doesn't speak English, I'd stay together when you get in line. If they have a problem with that they'll let you know.

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If you want your fiance to receive a temp work stamp, that will allow him to accept employment for the 90 days his K1 is valig upon US entry, go through JFK. From what I have heard they are the only airport still issuing it.

FYI: Since your coming from Albania, make sure, upon a lay over in Italy or Germany, not to leave the international/transit zone of the airport. In some European countries he would need a transit visa to be able to leave that zone.


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If you want your fiance to receive a temp work stamp, that will allow him to accept employment for the 90 days his K1 is valig upon US entry, go through JFK. From what I have heard they are the only airport still issuing it.

FYI: Since your coming from Albania, make sure, upon a lay over in Italy or Germany, not to leave the international/transit zone of the airport. In some European countries he would need a transit visa to be able to leave that zone.

I've heard that any POE will if you ask for it, but I'll find out soon enough, although I was also told that the K1 is an automatic work visa for 90 days :)


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If you want your fiance to receive a temp work stamp, that will allow him to accept employment for the 90 days his K1 is valig upon US entry, go through JFK. From what I have heard they are the only airport still issuing it.

FYI: Since your coming from Albania, make sure, upon a lay over in Italy or Germany, not to leave the international/transit zone of the airport. In some European countries he would need a transit visa to be able to leave that zone.

I've heard that any POE will if you ask for it, but I'll find out soon enough, although I was also told that the K1 is an automatic work visa for 90 days :)

It's not an automatic work visa.

It allows you to obtain a temp work authorization (90 days upon US entry), big difference.

You'll either get that at JFK or some landline borders or by applying for one with USCIS (which is kinda pointless cause the time it takes to process the application is pretty much the 90 days time frame mentioned above). You are not allowed to accept employment without that permit. The K1 alone doesn't do it.

And believe me, not every POE will issue the temp work permit. Atlanta for example sure didn't. If you want to make sure you get it when flying into the US, enter through JFK.


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If you want your fiance to receive a temp work stamp, that will allow him to accept employment for the 90 days his K1 is valig upon US entry, go through JFK. From what I have heard they are the only airport still issuing it.

FYI: Since your coming from Albania, make sure, upon a lay over in Italy or Germany, not to leave the international/transit zone of the airport. In some European countries he would need a transit visa to be able to leave that zone.

I've heard that any POE will if you ask for it, but I'll find out soon enough, although I was also told that the K1 is an automatic work visa for 90 days :)

It's not an automatic work visa.

It allows you to obtain a temp work authorization (90 days upon US entry), big difference.

You'll either get that at JFK or some landline borders or by applying for one with USCIS (which is kinda pointless cause the time it takes to process the application is pretty much the 90 days time frame mentioned above). You are not allowed to accept employment without that permit. The K1 alone doesn't do it.

And believe me, not every POE will issue the temp work permit. Atlanta for example sure didn't. If you want to make sure you get it when flying into the US, enter through JFK.

Thanks! We went through JFK on Feb 26 and got the temp work stamp.

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If you want your fiance to receive a temp work stamp, that will allow him to accept employment for the 90 days his K1 is valig upon US entry, go through JFK. From what I have heard they are the only airport still issuing it.

FYI: Since your coming from Albania, make sure, upon a lay over in Italy or Germany, not to leave the international/transit zone of the airport. In some European countries he would need a transit visa to be able to leave that zone.

I've heard that any POE will if you ask for it, but I'll find out soon enough, although I was also told that the K1 is an automatic work visa for 90 days :)

It's not an automatic work visa.

It allows you to obtain a temp work authorization (90 days upon US entry), big difference.

You'll either get that at JFK or some landline borders or by applying for one with USCIS (which is kinda pointless cause the time it takes to process the application is pretty much the 90 days time frame mentioned above). You are not allowed to accept employment without that permit. The K1 alone doesn't do it.

And believe me, not every POE will issue the temp work permit. Atlanta for example sure didn't. If you want to make sure you get it when flying into the US, enter through JFK.

Thanks! We went through JFK on Feb 26 and got the temp work stamp.

Yeah, Darren doesn't really want to stop in NY before coming here, but he really wants to work and has a job waiting for him, so I guess he'll have to go through JFK...


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Our journey to be together (work in progress)

March 2007 - Met online

1/28/08 - Sent I-129F to VSC

5/13/08 - Visa in hand!!!

7/7/08 - POE

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7/20/08 - AOS/EAD/AP sent to Chicago Lockbox

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11/25/08 - Received welcome letter...and Green Card!!!

12/21/08 - ceremonial wedding

10/9/10 - Sent I-751 and started the fresh hell that is ROC

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