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I'm sending off all of the documents and required evidence for my fiance's interview. The file weighs about 7 lbs with everything I've put in it (including co-sponsor's documents JUST IN CASE). I looked online and DHL wanted over $120 to send it, UPS and FedEx had the exact same rates (SHOCKING) at $139 and $148 depending on the services I chose. USPS is between $48 and $65, but it can take a couple of weeks for it to get there (my last pkg from him took nearly a month by Royal Mail, and it was open when I got it, so I'm a little skeptical about sending it through the regular post). :wacko:

Does anyone else know a better/cheaper route?

Thanks in advance for your help! ;)

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Angela & Peter

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K-1 Process (Condensed)

02/01/10: Took atty's bad advice and applied for B2 visa

02/16/10: B2 Visa Interview: DENIED - K1 Required

05/07/10: Atty sent I-129F Petition to Chicago Lockbox

05/31/10: Atty rec'd Petition back due to wrong location

06/01/10: I-129F pkg sent to VSC

06/11/10: NOA1 Rec'd/Touch

09/17/10: INTERVIEW = APPROVED

10/22/10: Marriage in the US

AOS Process

11/13/10: Mailed Packet to CHI Lockbox

11/18/10: NOA1 Rec'd via Text

11/20/10: Soc. Sec. fixed mistake/Processed SSN

11/23/10: Rec'd SSN

11/23/10: Touch

12/09/10: RFE - Supposedly didn't sign I-864 when I KNOW I did. (Copies to prove it.)

12/20/10: Biometrics Appt

12/20/10: RFE Response Rec'd/Processing Resumed

12/27/10: Transferred to CSC

12/29/10: Contacted Senator re: EAD Expedite Request

12/30/10: AOS Touch

12/30/10: EAD & AP Approved (Card Production Ordered)

01/05/11: AOS Touch (Rec'd @ CSC)

01/06/11: AOS Touch/EAD Mailed

01/08/11: EAD & AP Rec'd

01/10/11: AOS Touch

01/14/11: EAD Touch

01/26/11: AOS APPROVED!!

02/02/11: Green Card Received

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I'm sending off all of the documents and required evidence for my fiance's interview. The file weighs about 7 lbs with everything I've put in it (including co-sponsor's documents JUST IN CASE). I looked online and DHL wanted over $120 to send it, UPS and FedEx had the exact same rates (SHOCKING) at $139 and $148 depending on the services I chose. USPS is between $48 and $65, but it can take a couple of weeks for it to get there (my last pkg from him took nearly a month by Royal Mail, and it was open when I got it, so I'm a little skeptical about sending it through the regular post). :wacko:

Does anyone else know a better/cheaper route?

Thanks in advance for your help! ;)

What are you sending that weighs 7 pounds? My info I gave my now wife was about 20 pieces of paper


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I'm sending off all of the documents and required evidence for my fiance's interview. The file weighs about 7 lbs with everything I've put in it (including co-sponsor's documents JUST IN CASE). I looked online and DHL wanted over $120 to send it, UPS and FedEx had the exact same rates (SHOCKING) at $139 and $148 depending on the services I chose. USPS is between $48 and $65, but it can take a couple of weeks for it to get there (my last pkg from him took nearly a month by Royal Mail, and it was open when I got it, so I'm a little skeptical about sending it through the regular post). :wacko:

Does anyone else know a better/cheaper route?

Thanks in advance for your help! ;)

I'm in the same boat as you and don't know which is the best way to send it.

Wish I could help you out, I'm still not sure how I'm going to send mine, all I know is it needs to be sent very soon.

Maybe someone else will come along with the answers?

Good luck to you!


Timeline

K-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : London, United Kingdom

I-129F Sent : 04-23-2010

I-129F NOA1 : 04-27-2010

Touched 07-01-2010

Touched 07-02-2010

I-129F NOA2 : 07-02-2010

Touched : 07-6-2010

NVC Received :

NVC Left : 07-12-2010

Consulate Received : 07-14-2010

Packet 3 Received : 07-29-2010

Packet 3 Sent : 07-29-2010

Packet 4 Received : 08-20-2010

Interview Date : 09-14-2010

Interview Result : Approved!!!!!

Visa Received : 09-24-2010

US Entry : 12-30-2010

Marriage : 2-26-2011

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Unfortunately USPS is the cheapest way to go. If you can fit all of your documents in a flat rate express envelope it should only take 4-5 days to get there and the price is less.

Good Luck!!


~ Our Journey ~

10/27/09 - Met online

04/21/10 - Travel to Egypt to meet in person

05/08/10 - Sent I-129F

05/10/10 - VSC receives I-129F

05/11/10 - NOA1

05/13/10 - Touched

05/14/10 - Touched

05/17/10 - Received NOA1 in the mail

07/06/10 - NOA2 - Approved!!!! :)

07/12/10 - Received NOA2 in the mail

07/13/10 - Received at NVC

07/16/10 - NVC changes embassy per our request

07/19/10 - Told we are in AP @ NVC

07/30/10 - Case sent to Cairo embassy

08/05/10 - Case received at embassy

09/07/10 - Received packet 3 - FINALLY!!!

09/15-10 - 2nd trip to Egypt, returned home on 10/5/10

12/14/10 - Received interview date

01/09/11 - 3rd trip to Egypt

01/12/11 - Interview - APPROVED!!!...but AP

01/24/11 - Returned to the states without my habibi :(

04/06/11 - AP was completed!! :)

05/10/11 - Visa has been issued!!!

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International will take about 2 weeks, 4-5 days within the U.S.

I'm a former USPS employee, express mail in the US takes 1 day and Priority mail takes 4-5 days. I sent my fiance a gift weighing 15 pounds to saudia arabia and used express mail and he had it in 5 days.


~ Our Journey ~

10/27/09 - Met online

04/21/10 - Travel to Egypt to meet in person

05/08/10 - Sent I-129F

05/10/10 - VSC receives I-129F

05/11/10 - NOA1

05/13/10 - Touched

05/14/10 - Touched

05/17/10 - Received NOA1 in the mail

07/06/10 - NOA2 - Approved!!!! :)

07/12/10 - Received NOA2 in the mail

07/13/10 - Received at NVC

07/16/10 - NVC changes embassy per our request

07/19/10 - Told we are in AP @ NVC

07/30/10 - Case sent to Cairo embassy

08/05/10 - Case received at embassy

09/07/10 - Received packet 3 - FINALLY!!!

09/15-10 - 2nd trip to Egypt, returned home on 10/5/10

12/14/10 - Received interview date

01/09/11 - 3rd trip to Egypt

01/12/11 - Interview - APPROVED!!!...but AP

01/24/11 - Returned to the states without my habibi :(

04/06/11 - AP was completed!! :)

05/10/11 - Visa has been issued!!!

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What are you sending that weighs 7 pounds? My info I gave my now wife was about 20 pieces of paper

I'm sending copies of all of our 129F packet forms for his review (not documentation, just the forms), the originals from our I-134 and all supporting documentation, 3-page EOR letter, 7 photographs, 38 pages of phone logs, copies of a christmas card, and receipt for shipping his christmas gifts, copies of our passport pages to show proof of being to each other's country (he doesn't have access to a full-size copier, just a fax machine, so I'm trying to make it easier for him), copies of boarding passes and trip itineraries, copy of my wedding gown receipt to prove intent to marry. All of the forms he'll need are already filled out (we went over them together) with sign-here tabs on them (2 original copies of each), marriage license (my previous) divorce decree (my previous) co-sponsor's I-134 and all of her documentation, Affirmation of Intent to Marry letter (notarized), and a copy of my birth certificate. Everything is in a 4-section Classification Folder with astrobrights between each set of documents, tabbed and indexed, with an instruction page on top of each section.

The folder is letter sized, but expanded to about an inch and a half thick, so I don't know if I can fit it in a flat-rate express envelope. If I can, I will.

There's a LOT of papers, but he needs them all, and I get a bit OCD about organizing the file when it comes to this stuff because it IS the US gov't that he's having to deal with. Better safe than sorry.

International will take about 2 weeks, 4-5 days within the U.S.

According to the USPS website, if I shipped my file by 4pm today with an International Express flat-rate envelope, it would get there approximately Friday.

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Angela & Peter

usa.gift4527.gifuk.gif

K-1 Process (Condensed)

02/01/10: Took atty's bad advice and applied for B2 visa

02/16/10: B2 Visa Interview: DENIED - K1 Required

05/07/10: Atty sent I-129F Petition to Chicago Lockbox

05/31/10: Atty rec'd Petition back due to wrong location

06/01/10: I-129F pkg sent to VSC

06/11/10: NOA1 Rec'd/Touch

09/17/10: INTERVIEW = APPROVED

10/22/10: Marriage in the US

AOS Process

11/13/10: Mailed Packet to CHI Lockbox

11/18/10: NOA1 Rec'd via Text

11/20/10: Soc. Sec. fixed mistake/Processed SSN

11/23/10: Rec'd SSN

11/23/10: Touch

12/09/10: RFE - Supposedly didn't sign I-864 when I KNOW I did. (Copies to prove it.)

12/20/10: Biometrics Appt

12/20/10: RFE Response Rec'd/Processing Resumed

12/27/10: Transferred to CSC

12/29/10: Contacted Senator re: EAD Expedite Request

12/30/10: AOS Touch

12/30/10: EAD & AP Approved (Card Production Ordered)

01/05/11: AOS Touch (Rec'd @ CSC)

01/06/11: AOS Touch/EAD Mailed

01/08/11: EAD & AP Rec'd

01/10/11: AOS Touch

01/14/11: EAD Touch

01/26/11: AOS APPROVED!!

02/02/11: Green Card Received

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There are both flat rate envelopes and flat rate boxes. You might try a medium size box, everything should fit in there, and if I remember right, it's about $25.


K-1

I-129F NOA1 : June 1, 2010

I-129F NOA2 : June 28, 2010

Interview Date : Sept 28, 2010

Wedding: Apr 16, 2011

AOS

Approved : July 25, 2011

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Ooh those price quotes are insane! My parents sent me a package from the States to Ireland for $45 and it made it here in a week (the box was approximately big enough to fit two 500g boxes of tea). Perhaps if you're just sending it to your Fiance so he can then complete the packet then you could throw in a small bag of sweets so that they'll write "perishable" on it and it will get there quicker. =)

Good luck!


K1 Visa

I-129F Sent :------------------2010-07-28

I-129F NOA1 :----------------2010-08-05

Transferred to CSC:--------2010-08-10

I-129F NOA2 :----------------2011-01-04

NVC Left :----------------------2011-01-19

Consulate Received :------2011-01-25

Packet 3 Received :---------2011-01-27

Packet 3 Sent :---------------2011-01-27

Packet 4 Received :---------2011-02-17

Interview Date :---------------2011-02-24

Visa Received :---------------2011-03-07

Flight: March 10th 2011!

Married: March 22nd 2011!

AOS

AOS Packet sent :------------2011-04-28

NOA1 :---------------------------2011-05-04

I-485 RFE :---------------------2011-05-16

Biometrics letter : ------------2011-05-23

Biometrics Walk-In :---------2011-05-26

RFE Response :--------------2011-05-31

Transferred to CSC :--------2011-06-14

EAD Approved :---------------2011-06-24

AP Approved :-----------------2011-06-28

EAD / AP Received :--------2011-07-02

AOS Approved :---------------2011-08-04

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I sent my documents via USPS and they got to Brasil in about a week. The mail system here is notoriously unreliable, so that was a pretty quick trip. I was able to track the package progress online,so that helped my nerves as well. I would recommend sending less of your phone log if it helps cut down on the weight. You could send maybe one page a month or something. It should be sufficient to show that you are communicating often. I think we sent one phone bill (one month) each from him and from me and a couple of pages with MSN chat log and Skype logs. Your other evidence sounds good with the passport stamps, receipts, pictures, etc. We also organized our file that way with the tabs and instructions. We were approved without a problem at the interview as well as at the subsequent AOS interview. Good luck on your journey. :)


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Why not try and scan the items that you can scan, that way you will reduce the weight and save money...also USPS has a globe express 3-5 days, less than FedEx but it is actually send through FedEx, they take it and actually gives it to FedEx. Mine box got there in 5 days not counting the weekend

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Alex A

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9/16/2009 - Married

USCIS

1/22/2010 - I-130 sent

1/27/2010 - USPS tracking - Delivered, CHICAGO, IL 60680

2/02/2010 - NOA1

2/07/2010 - NOA1 - Hard copy

3/31/2010 - NOA2

4/1/2010 - NOA2 - Email & Text (~58 days)

4/5/2010 - NOA2 - Hard copy

NVC - Taking my time with it...

4/8/2010 - got NVC case # & gave them email address (~ 1 week)

4/13/2010 - Choice of Agent email from NVC (~ 5 days)

4/14/2010 - Email sent to NVC with "Choice of Agent

4/19/2010 - NVC email confirming "Choice of Agent" email (~5 days)

4/20/2010 - NVC email with AOS and IV bill

4/23/2010 - AOS fee paid & package send

4/26/2010 - IV fee paid

5/21/2010 - IV pack mailed to NVC

5/28/2010 - NVC received IV packet

6/10/2010 - SIF & RFE (for PCC different for Sir Lanka)

6/11/2010 - CC (with RFE)

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phone logs, chat logs, all can be 'converted' to pdf output files, using cutepdf print driver.

then sent via email.

photos can be scanned, sent via email, to be reprinted locally.

anything to pare back ?

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