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I have three options for POE for my husband, Houston, Miami, Atlanta. Please share experiences for or against. Thanks.


07-23-2008 - Met in San Isidro, Nicaragua.

10-11-2008 - Officially Dating!

07-09-2009 - Engaged!

05-22-2010 - Married in San Isidro, Nicaragua!

**USCIS** 132 Days

11-29-2010 - Mailed I-130 Package.

12-01-2010 - I-130 Confirmation Delieverd to Lockbox; NOA1 Priority Date

12-13-2010 - Email Notification from USCIS for NOA1. Off to California!

12-14-2010 - Check for I-130 Package Cleared.

12-17-2010 - NOA1 (Hard Copy) Received.

02-28-2011 - Touch (For Entering Case Number into System)

03-18-2011 - Visited Hubby in Nicaragua for 9 Days

04-12-2011 - NOA2 ~ 132 DAYS!!!

04-13-2011 - NOA2 Notification Email

04-16-2011 - NOA2 Hard Copy Arrives

**NVC** 39 Days

04-25-2011 - NVC Received; Case Number Assigned

04-27-2011 - DS3032 Emailed from Petitioner and Beneficiary; Receipt Notice Received

04-28-2011 - AOS Bill Generated and Paid

04-29-2011 - IV Bill Generated

04-30-2011 - AOS Bill Cleared

05-03-2011 - IV Bill Paid

05-05-2011 - IV Bill Cleared; AOS and IV Packages Sent

05-09-2011 - AOS and IV Packages Delivery Confirmation

06-03-2011 - NVC Approval; Case Complete!

06-09-2011 - Interview Date Assigned!

06-30-2011 - Medical, 2pm --PASSED!

07-06-2011 - Interview, 8am

07-13-2011 - Pick Up Visa and Passport

07-14-2011 - POE, PASSED

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Mexico
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Read everything posted about these three POE's and you will see the trends--i have been impressed by Houston, but to be fair, I haven't been in Miami or Atlanta for a very long time

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Ive been to all three many times. Miami is crazy. It's efficient but every time I've gone through there it is very crowded and may be confusing to some. Atlanta was easy and less hectic and Houston was the same. Good luck!

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I rated Atlanta tops, as this is the one (among the specified three) with which I have actually had experience (once from Gatwick, other time from Brussels).


2005/07/10 I-129F filed for Pras

2005/11/07 I-129F approved, forwarded to NVC--to Chennai Consulate 2005/11/14

2005/12/02 Packet-3 received from Chennai

2005/12/21 Visa Interview Date

2006/04/04 Pras' entry into US at DTW

2006/04/15 Church Wedding at Novi (Detroit suburb), MI

2006/05/01 AOS Packet (I-485/I-131/I-765) filed at Chicago

2006/08/23 AP and EAD approved. Two down, 1.5 to go

2006/10/13 Pras' I-485 interview--APPROVED!

2006/10/27 Pras' conditional GC arrives -- .5 to go (2 yrs to Conditions Removal)

2008/07/21 I-751 (conditions removal) filed

2008/08/22 I-751 biometrics completed

2009/06/18 I-751 approved

2009/07/03 10-year GC received; last 0.5 done!

2009/07/23 Pras files N-400

2009/11/16 My 46TH birthday, Pras N-400 approved

2010/03/18 Pras' swear-in

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India
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Atlanta is good (Coming from England), Miami is OMG busy (Coming from Jamaica) never flown to Houston for POE.


USCIS- (77 Days)
I-130 Sent : 04-05-2011
I-130 NOA1 : 04-08-2011
I-130 NOA2 : 06-24-2011

NVC- (29 Days)
NVC Received : 07-25-2011

NVC Case Closed: 08-23-2011
Medical/VFS/Interview
Interview Date Recieved: 09-02-2011
Medical Completed: 09-16-2011
VFS Fees Paid and Documents Submitted: 10-21-2011
Interview: 11-10-2011

Interview Status: Approved
Visa In Hand: 11-10-2011

USA

P.O.E- Chicago, IL: 12-16-11
Recieved Welcome Letter: 01-03-2012
Received Green Card: 01-19-2012
Re-applied for SSN: 01-23-2012
Received SSN: 01-27-2012

Apply for Removal of Conditions: 09-17-13

ROC- (112 Days)

I-751 Sent (CSC): 11-22-13

Check Cashed: 11-27-13

I-751 NOA1: 11-30-13

Biometrics: 12-23-13
Case Status: Approved
Green Card Issued: 3-14-14

Green Card In Hand: 3-20-14

CITIZENSHIP

Apply For N-400: 1-28-15

Check Cashed: 02-5-15

NOA: 02-11-15

Biometrics: 03-2-15

In Line Interview: 06-10-15

Interview: 07-20-15

Interview Status: Approved

Oath Ceremony: 08-20-15

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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I've only been through Houston. The CBP agents can range from perfunctory to bastards (even to USCs). They didn't give the wife-to-be any trouble when she entered with the K-1, but upon return from our last trip, they grilled and fingerprinted her again (in my presence!) even though she had her green card.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Nigeria
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I came in through atlanta on an IR 1 visa and I had my daughter who has an IR 2 visa with me.Our experience was cool,there was no hassle just the normal documentation,no questions asked.The only but I noticed was the pace of the process.It was quite slow,there was only 1 officer on duty at the time.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Nicaragua
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hi ashley will you be going with him? ive been through Miami and Atlanta lots of times cant say if the he will be treated bad at the immigration part. for Miami it is very busy and is under construction you really have know how to get around because it goes every which way the planes are normally on time no delays you need at least 5 hours for a layover to be safe because you have to check you bags again and go through security again customs is normally fast ive gotten through in 10 minutes for miami american airlines is the plane. for Atlanta delta will be your plane they are normally cost more than AA Atlanta has the most air traffic in the world ive had a delay almost every time going to Atlanta and planes coming from there getting around is the airport is better customs is little slower than Miami i would say for layover 6 to 7 hours to be safe lots of restaurants to eat at in both :thumbs: hope this helps


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Australia
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I have three options for POE for my husband, Houston, Miami, Atlanta. Please share experiences for or against. Thanks.

Wel from Australia you have to fly in to LA and that was great and then I connected through to Atlanta as I live in Augusta and it was fine too. Nice big airport but have no idea what it is like for POE.


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I have three options for POE for my husband, Houston, Miami, Atlanta. Please share experiences for or against. Thanks.

I highly recommend against Miami, like many have said, unless there are other factors. I have been through Miami and Atlanta, flying internationally, many times, and Miami can be quite confusing. Last time I went through Miami, I had to walk about 45 from embarking the plane to immigration. In general, I have found the staff to not be as pleasant (probably because Miami is busier as far as international traffic) and I greatly dislike that after customs, you usually have to leave the airport and reenter through the domestic terminal.

The longest wait that I have had at Atlanta has be one hour to get through everything (usually it is 30 minutes-1 hour), although for some reason when my wife went through coming in on her CR1, she was finished with everything in 20 minutes (this is not normal); I have had two+ hour waits at Miami, if you count walking to immigration. I also like how Atlanta's airport is set up, with the train. I have never used Houston as a POE, so I cannot comment. Basically, I would choose Atlanta or Houston, with the decision coming down to the airport that provides the shortest flight time and best cost.

With that being said, I have chosen Miami a few times. One advantage is that it will be much easier to find a Spanish speaker if your husband does not speak English fluently, both when he is going through immigration and if he needs help finding his connecting flight (my wife was not given a Spanish translator when they interviewed her, although I am sure one eventually would have been provided-this actually caused us some issues later on because she did not understand everything that was said, but that is a different story). Also, if Miami saves quite a bit of money, I would consider it. If you are connecting, though, I have found that American Airlines through Miami is usually more expensive than Delta through Atlanta (although this is not always true).

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Thanks! I'll probably be going with Atlanta or Houston. I haven't heard good things about Miami.

hi ashley will you be going with him? ive been through Miami and Atlanta lots of times cant say if the he will be treated bad at the immigration part. for Miami it is very busy and is under construction you really have know how to get around because it goes every which way the planes are normally on time no delays you need at least 5 hours for a layover to be safe because you have to check you bags again and go through security again customs is normally fast ive gotten through in 10 minutes for miami american airlines is the plane. for Atlanta delta will be your plane they are normally cost more than AA Atlanta has the most air traffic in the world ive had a delay almost every time going to Atlanta and planes coming from there getting around is the airport is better customs is little slower than Miami i would say for layover 6 to 7 hours to be safe lots of restaurants to eat at in both :thumbs: hope this helps


07-23-2008 - Met in San Isidro, Nicaragua.

10-11-2008 - Officially Dating!

07-09-2009 - Engaged!

05-22-2010 - Married in San Isidro, Nicaragua!

**USCIS** 132 Days

11-29-2010 - Mailed I-130 Package.

12-01-2010 - I-130 Confirmation Delieverd to Lockbox; NOA1 Priority Date

12-13-2010 - Email Notification from USCIS for NOA1. Off to California!

12-14-2010 - Check for I-130 Package Cleared.

12-17-2010 - NOA1 (Hard Copy) Received.

02-28-2011 - Touch (For Entering Case Number into System)

03-18-2011 - Visited Hubby in Nicaragua for 9 Days

04-12-2011 - NOA2 ~ 132 DAYS!!!

04-13-2011 - NOA2 Notification Email

04-16-2011 - NOA2 Hard Copy Arrives

**NVC** 39 Days

04-25-2011 - NVC Received; Case Number Assigned

04-27-2011 - DS3032 Emailed from Petitioner and Beneficiary; Receipt Notice Received

04-28-2011 - AOS Bill Generated and Paid

04-29-2011 - IV Bill Generated

04-30-2011 - AOS Bill Cleared

05-03-2011 - IV Bill Paid

05-05-2011 - IV Bill Cleared; AOS and IV Packages Sent

05-09-2011 - AOS and IV Packages Delivery Confirmation

06-03-2011 - NVC Approval; Case Complete!

06-09-2011 - Interview Date Assigned!

06-30-2011 - Medical, 2pm --PASSED!

07-06-2011 - Interview, 8am

07-13-2011 - Pick Up Visa and Passport

07-14-2011 - POE, PASSED

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Mexico
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Take a few minutes and read all the posts in the POE section for Houston and Atlanta for the last couple of years--no sense going back farther than that, and it will tell you what to do. Nothing like actually being there.

And don't be shy about asking the folks who wrote the reviews to expand on what they said--there is even a Nica in the Houston group if you want to dig a little deeper about their experience since they went thru pretty much what you are going thru.

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