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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Netherlands

I have an opportunity to go to Guam for a few weeks. Currently I am in the US on a K1 visa and are planning our wedding for the 1st of April. (leave out the usual jokes... ) I have been looking at flights and the cheapest ones are going via Tokyo or Nagoya in Japan. Would this be considered leaving the country? Or as I'm traveling to a US destination, is this allowed as long as it is just transferring?

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Sounds like an international flight but will leave it up to the experts.


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Given that most countries and airports these days require transfer passengers to clear immigration and customs then surely the bottom line is that, you could (read as 'probably will') be required to go through passport control in Japan. The passport control desk is technically 'the border' so you'd be crossing an international border and therefore out of the USA. Personally, there's no way on earth that I'd do that without an AP - it's just not worth the risk.

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Moreso, you'd be required to clear immigration again when you arrived back in the USA (international inbound flight). That will definitely cause you problems with a single entry visa!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Greece

Congrats, all the best.

We were looking into all this traveling business when I was a K1-er too. To cut a long story short, if you want to play it safe and go somewhere far away, try Hawaii. It's definitely 100% USA and you won't need be asked any questions at all (although I still advise that you carry with you apart from your passport, the originals of your latest NOAs and a "proper" copy of your marriage license (not a photocopy you made, that is)).



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