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Hello all! Amy got her Visa in hand last week, and she's now looking into flights into the US!

She is wondering what she should expect at the POE experience. She wants to know what airport seems to be the best in terms of least amount of hassle for K1 holders, and she wants to know what to expect as far as how long it should take. She's going to have her parents, coming on the VWP with her, so she just wants to get an idea before she books the flight.

Thanks!


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July 27, 2007 - NOA1 Received!!!!!!!!!

July 28, 2007 - Touch

November 28, 2007 - Touch!?

November 28, 2007 - NOA2 Received!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 5, 2007 - Told by NVC that our case has already been forwarded to London!

December 11, 2007 - Packet 3 mailed out by London!

January 08 - Packet 3 lost in the mail, waiting on a new one...

January 14, 2008 - Packet 3 finally received!

March 3, 2008 - Medical Appointment

April 10, 2008 - VISA INTERVIEW!!!!!! - APPROVED!!!!!

April 15, 2008 - Visa in hand!

May 12, 2008 - POE in the US!!!!

June 21, 2008 - Wedding!!!!!!!

I-485

July 30, 2008 - Filed for AOS

August 8, 2008 - NOA's received! (for 485, 765, 131)

August 27th, 2008 - Biometrics Appointment

September 22nd, 2008 - Case transferred to CSC

October 3rd, 2008 - Case at CSC, Touched, Touched again on 7th

October 20, 2008 - AP and EAD Approved!!!

October 27, 2008 - AP and EAD Received!!!

December 19th, and 21st 2008 - Touched

January 26th, 2009 - RFE...

February 27th, 2009 - NOTICE MAILED WELCOMING NEW PERMANENT RESIDENT!!

March 6, 2009 - GREEN CARD RECEIVED!!! LPR STATUS NOW OFFICIAL!!!

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Hello all! Amy got her Visa in hand last week, and she's now looking into flights into the US!

She is wondering what she should expect at the POE experience. She wants to know what airport seems to be the best in terms of least amount of hassle for K1 holders, and she wants to know what to expect as far as how long it should take. She's going to have her parents, coming on the VWP with her, so she just wants to get an idea before she books the flight.

Thanks!

I went through Philadelphia and it was very easy. It took about 10 minutes in total and the IOs were very friendly and nice throughout. You can view reviews of the POEs here; http://www.visajourney.com/reviews/poereviews.php

Gillian

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Congrats on obtaining the visa, I wish you much happiness together.


Sal and Jay




K1 - Complete
AOS - Complete
EAD - Complete
AP - Complete
ROC - Complete

N400-Complete

I am a United States citizen!

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I could be wrong because I was K3, but if you are K1 isn't JFK the only airport where they will stamp your visa with the EAD so you can work? Might be worth thinking about.


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Yep. I think there are other airports that'll give you the EAD stamp, but it seems like they never break it out and you never hear about them. JFK on the other hand almost always seems to give it to you when you request it. Definately a plus.

To the OP, this might be overkill but just a sidenote your fiance's parents might want to bring proof of their ties to the UK with them, if they're coming over with their daughter. You never know, some guards might think they're trying to stay or something.


Summer 2001 - met my Scottish boy

December 18th, 2007 - proposal in Madrid's Botanical Gardens with a duck standing behind him going 'food?'

January 18th, 2008 - I-129F sent to VSC

January 31st, 2008 - received NOA1, issued Jan. 24 :)

February 24th, 2008 - NOA2; omgwtfbbqlolz

February 29th, 2008 - NVC letter sent

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As far as EAD goes, I mean, yeah we want to get her to work ASAP, but at the same time, I don't think we have any serious problem filling out the form and waiting the month or whatever it is to get that back...or...whatever. I don't know. What is the exactly timeline for waiting for EAD/AP to be completed?

I know AOS takes forever, but that's expected...


Our Immigration Journey!

I-129F

July 27, 2007 - NOA1 Received!!!!!!!!!

July 28, 2007 - Touch

November 28, 2007 - Touch!?

November 28, 2007 - NOA2 Received!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 5, 2007 - Told by NVC that our case has already been forwarded to London!

December 11, 2007 - Packet 3 mailed out by London!

January 08 - Packet 3 lost in the mail, waiting on a new one...

January 14, 2008 - Packet 3 finally received!

March 3, 2008 - Medical Appointment

April 10, 2008 - VISA INTERVIEW!!!!!! - APPROVED!!!!!

April 15, 2008 - Visa in hand!

May 12, 2008 - POE in the US!!!!

June 21, 2008 - Wedding!!!!!!!

I-485

July 30, 2008 - Filed for AOS

August 8, 2008 - NOA's received! (for 485, 765, 131)

August 27th, 2008 - Biometrics Appointment

September 22nd, 2008 - Case transferred to CSC

October 3rd, 2008 - Case at CSC, Touched, Touched again on 7th

October 20, 2008 - AP and EAD Approved!!!

October 27, 2008 - AP and EAD Received!!!

December 19th, and 21st 2008 - Touched

January 26th, 2009 - RFE...

February 27th, 2009 - NOTICE MAILED WELCOMING NEW PERMANENT RESIDENT!!

March 6, 2009 - GREEN CARD RECEIVED!!! LPR STATUS NOW OFFICIAL!!!

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Actually, JFK is the only airport that will give you the temp EAD. There are other places at the Canadian border that will do it - but that's a land crossing.

I entered through CVG Cincinnati airport and it took me all of 2 minutes. He took the MBE, stamped my passport and I was on my way. In fact, it probably took me longer to type this than it took for me to get through POE!

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As far as EAD goes, I mean, yeah we want to get her to work ASAP, but at the same time, I don't think we have any serious problem filling out the form and waiting the month or whatever it is to get that back...or...whatever. I don't know. What is the exactly timeline for waiting for EAD/AP to be completed?

I know AOS takes forever, but that's expected...

You won't be able to apply for EAD until after you marry, you can only apply for it along with AOS. Once your application is in it usually takes around 60 days to get (based on VJ timelines) but it can take up to 90.

Gillian

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I arrived through Houston, Texas on my K1 visa.....I had no problems at all. The IO's were very nice and chatty....it took about 10 minutes to get processed then I was on my way.


K1 Visa Journey

2/20/2007: I-129F Sent
3/2/2007: NOA1 Notice Date
5/22/2007: NOA2
8/10/2007: Interview 9.30am APPROVED.
10/19/2007: Wedding!


12/7/2007: Sent AOS packet
12/17/2007: Received 2 NOA1's in mail
01/02/2008: Received I-131 NOA1 in mail
01/10/2008: Bio Appointment @ Jackson, MS
03/18/2008: Green Card Production Ordered
03/22/2008: Approval Notice Sent (CRIS email on 03/24/08)
03/24/2008: Received Welcome Letter and Green Card in mail.

11/13/2009: Our daughter, Isobela was born!
11/19/2009: Received notice from USCIS to remove conditions
12/15/2009: Sent I-751 to VSC
12/22/2009: NOA1
01/20/2010: Bio Appointment @ Jackson, MS
03/18/2010: Card Production Ordered!
03/25/2010: Received Green card in mail.

03/21/2012: Sent N-400 to Tx lockbox
03/23/2012: Delivered
03/29/2012: Check Cashed. Received email & text.

04/18/2012: Bio Appointment @ Jackson, MS

04/29/2013: Interview @ New Orleans, LA

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I wonder why JFK is the only POE that issues the EAD stamp??


Our K1 Journey

November 5th 2005 - ♥ Tash & Chris met ♥

June 11th 2007 - We posted the I129F :D

June 19th 2007 - USCIS received date

June 22nd 2007 - NOA1 received

November 16th 2007 - NOA2 - 156 days from filing

November 24th 2007 - Hard copy of NOA2 received

December 15th 2007 - Packet 3 received

January 18th 2008 - Packet 3 returned

February 13th 2008 - Packet 4 received

March 4th 2008 - Medical @ 1.00pm

March 5th 2008 - INTERVIEW @ 10.00am - APPROVED!!

March 11th 2008 - Visa received!

April 30th 2008 - Flying home at last!!!!! (POE: Dulles - Washington DC)

July 12th 2008 - Wedding date!

Now for AOS!

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Hubby went through O'hare on all visits AND to activate his K1 and had absolutely no hassles. Though I know some recently haven't had the same experience - I suspect it depends on the officer you happen across. Personally I'd say it's worth the risk, esp. considering you can get some decent fares through O'hare. But it does depend a bit, I suppose, on your final destination.


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We went through Miami. Lots of agents. Short lines. They were quick and efficient. Except for not taking his brown envelope before they let us go and me having to speak up about it, it was a dream.


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You can't go back for what you've missed

So make it count, hold on tight find a way to make it right

You only get one trip

So make it good, make it last 'cause it all flies by so fast

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I went through Mempis on the VWP and i was inline for well over 2hrs. I dont know what it will be like for hassle wise for the K1 but the CBP were a bit ignorant and rude to a few. I certainly wouldnt want to go through there with my K1 lol


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I went through JFK. it was a piece of cake..... and also got my temp work stamp


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03-06-10 Mailed N-400

03-17-10 Check cashed

03-19-10 NOA received

03-22-10 Biometrics sent

04-09-10 Biometrics appointment

06-14-10 Interview Date

06-22-10 Received letter for Oath

07-02-10 Oath ceremony

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