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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Turkey

Hello, I am hoping someone can help me with a question I have. My fiance just received his visa in Turkey on Monday and he is moving here on Friday. I am wondering what is the best way to bring his money into the US without having to pay fees. I know everytime I fill out a customs form it asks if I am carrying monetary instruments of over $10,000. He would be bringing more than that. I don't know if travelers checks would be the easiest way or what. His bank account is already in US currency. Any quick help is appreciated. Banks in Turkey are closed today and tomorrow is his last day to do it before he moves here. Thanks in advance!


01/09/09 - Met in Turkey
04/05/09 - Denial of Visitor Visa to U.S.A.
06/01/09 - Visit to Turkey
07/25/09 - Unoffically engaged
09/10/09- I-129F Sent
09/14/09- NOA1
09/22/09- NOA1 Hard Copy Received
11/28/09 - Visit to Turkey
11/29/09 - Officially engaged!
12/16/09- NOA2
12/19/09- Visit to Turkey
12/22/09- NOA2 Hard Copy Received
1/5/10- Found out I was in AP at NVC since 12/22/09
1/8/10- Called NVC again and they said it will be sent to the consulate this week. keeping my fingers crossed
1/19/10- Packet #3 Received
1/29/10- Packet #3 Sent
02/20/10- Packet#4 Received
4/26/10- Medical Interview (passed)
4/30/10- Leave for Turkey
05/03/10- Interview - Found out we were missing the archived records for the police certificate because we only submitted the current records (why couldn't they have told us before the interview so we could just bring it with?) we were told that after we mail that in with the passport, we will be receiving the visa within 5 days via UPS.
5/5/10- Sent in archived records of police certificate via UPS
5/6/10- According to UPS, embassy has received our package.
5/17/10- Visa in hand
5/21/10- Homecoming
6/4/10-legal wedding, applied for I-485 shortly after
7/21/10- NOA for I-485
8/17/10- Biometrics Appointment
8/21/10- WEDDING Reception with family and friends
11/23/10- I-485 Approval

Conditional Green Card Expiration 9/28/12

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They only ask that to have a record of large sums of cash coming into the US from a foreign country. It's about security. They don't tax it or charge customs duty.

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10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland

We3 just did a bank transfer from our Irish joint account to the USC's US account. No charges on the US side, and only a small (10 euro, I think) charge from the Irish bank, but that may depend on the bank.

Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Turkey

If his bank account is Dollar based, he could withdraw from an ATM here in USD without penalties. At least that was the case when my wife first came here and had a dollar based account with citibank, she was able to withdraw from citibank ATMs without any issues.

I personally would not carry a large sum like that, the last thing he needs to worry about at POE is fear that he might be searched and end up having to explain why he's carrying so much cash.

I would also recommend wire transfers. Citibank also has Citi Global Transfer, where you can instantly send money for a pretty small fee from one Citibank account, to another overseas (and vice versa)

Married 08-17-2006

K3 Visa Started 08-26-2006

K3 Visa Received 03-29-2007

AOS Started 07-25-2007

2yr - GC Received 05-12-2008

ROC Started 02-02-2009

10yr - GC Received 06-10-2010


N-400 Sent 01-29-2011

NOA Received 02-14-2011

Biometrics 02-23-2011

Interview Letter __-__-2011

Interview __-__-2011

Oath __-__-2011

When it's all done, it will have taken approximately 4 years and 9 months

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