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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China
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My fiancee has received her K1 visa for about one week. We planned to have her come to the US by the end of July. But the ticket (even for one-way) is very expensive for July and August. The price goes down dramatically in September. I would like to know how late she can wait to come to the US. I heard someone saying if she waits for too long (say two to three months) to come to the US, at the POE, the officer may question her for the delay and may even deny her entry. Is that true?

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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The visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. However, check the expiration date; sometimes the validity is less if the medical exam validity expires sooner than 6 months.

It is true that CBP determines entry but that other thing you heard, sounds like a bunch of BS to me.


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I waited 2 months to leave and had no issues :)


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We met through a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China in August of 2009

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I received my K1 VISA in 6 months (June-December 2010)

We were married 04/02/2011
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Our son was born 02/03/2013

I received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology 04/17/2013

I received my 10-year greencard (ROC) in 3 months with no interview (March-June 2013)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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She should look at her visa, it will have an expiration date on it- usually 6 months. She will have no trouble entering before the expiration date. Many people leave it a few months, as it takes a while to wind up a life and move everything to a different continent. We took just over 3 months as we had to find a new home for our elderly cats.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Mine has her visa for about 2 months. She still not here. She is planning to arrive soon though.


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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We got our K1 in Oct 09 and my wife came here Feb 2010.

There were no problems at POE.


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NOA1 02/23/09

NOA 2 07/14/09

NVC out 07/24/09

P3 08/17/09

P3 Out 08/19/09

P4 09/10/09

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Visa Picked up 10/22/09

Stateside Feb 3rd. 2010. POE: JFK

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AP received 6/25/10.

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Email, Card production ordered 8/16/10.

GC in Hand 8/27/10

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Biometrics 7/20/12

Approved 2/14/13

GC in Hand 2/21/13

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Filed: Other Country: China
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Thank you for the reply. Can I know how to check the expiration date for the medical exam?

You don't need to know the expiration date of the medical exam. That's just somebody's confusion. What counts is the expiration date of the visa. K1 visas issued at some stations like Manila, will have an expiration date six months from the date of the medical instead of six months from the date of visa issue. Either way, it's the visa expiration date that matters.

Waiting until September is no problem but you might find that very late August will have good fares.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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ya, check the visa itself - there's 2 dates on there - what's the later date ? as long as she comes in prior to that date, she's golden.


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Filed: Country: China
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ya, check the visa itself - there's 2 dates on there - what's the later date ? as long as she comes in prior to that date, she's golden.

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My laopo will be coming over about 3 months after she received her visa. I don't anticipate any problems at the POE because of this. If the CBP was giving someone problems for waiting "too long" but it was still less than the expiration date than the CBP officer either saw some other problem that wasn't enough to deny entry and they were fishing, or they were having a bad day and taking it out on the person.


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