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We are now at the stage where we have the plane tickets booked and we are starting to tie everything in the UK up for the move to the US.

We have a list of things we need to get done before we go (ie. HM Revenue & Customs, bills, ect) For those in the US: What are some of the things you came up against that maybe in hind sight you wish you would have considered sooner?

What are/were the essentials on your check list to get done before you make/made the move?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated :)


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We are now at the stage where we have the plane tickets booked and we are starting to tie everything in the UK up for the move to the US.

We have a list of things we need to get done before we go (ie. HM Revenue & Customs, bills, ect) For those in the US: What are some of the things you came up against that maybe in hind sight you wish you would have considered sooner?

What are/were the essentials on your check list to get done before you make/made the move?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated :)

Do you have any pets? Taking pets to a different country can be a

long and expensive process :thumbs:


I-130

2011-08-20 Posted

2011-08-31 NOA1

2011-09-03 Touch

2011-11-18 Sent Expedite Request to USCIS

2011-12-09 Response Received for Exepedite Request

"Wait your turn" in a nutshell

2011-12-02 Sent Expedite Request to US Representative Ed Royce

2012-01-27 Sent Expedite Request to Immigration Ombudsman

2012-02-02 Sent Expedite Request to Senator Barbara Boxer

2012-02-02 Sent Expedite Request to Senator Dianne Feinstein

2012-03-08 Case transferred to field office for additional processing

2012-03-23 Now being processed at a USCIS office

2012-05-10 Transferred to another office for processing

2012-05-14 Now being processed at a USCIS office

2012-06-05 Approved NOA2

2012-07-17 NVC Case/Invoice # Received

Petitioner: US Born Citizen (Wife)

Beneficiary: British Born Citizen (Husband)

Your I-130 was approved in 279 days from your NOA1 date

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Should have got an AMEX Card, would have helped kick start the credit rating.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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lots of lucozade..i wish i had done this....being ill and not being able to get the stuff here sucks! erm yeah not alot ese i would be worried about tbh,


My Journey Uk To Usa



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I-129f Sent:- 19-Aug-2010
Date of Entry-27-May-2011
Date Married-24-June-2011

AOS
AOS/EAD Sent:08-Aug-2011
Green Card Received: 16-Nov-2011

ROC

i-751 Sent 01-Nov-2013

i-751 NOA1 04-Nov-2013

i-751 Biometrics App. 08-Nov-2013

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Nearly there, and for those who are just starting the k1 it is a long wait but once it is over the time feels well spent

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Should have got an AMEX Card, would have helped kick start the credit rating.

I don't think Amex card will help much most places or merchants here choose not to take it....The card is attached to expensive fees.


08/09/2008 - Met on Yahoo through a mutual friend

03/01/2010 - 1st visit (fiance came to US)

05/11/2010 - 2nd visit (fiance came to US, spent his birthday with me)

10/01/2010 - 3rd visit (fiance came to US)

02/11/2011 - 4th visit (fiance came to US, proposed to me on Valentine's day)

04/06/2011 - I-129F Sent

04/14/2011 - packet rejected and sent back -expired I-129 form

04/15/2011 - I-129F Sent out again with correct form

04/20/2011 - NOA1 (hardcopy recieved)

06/21/2011 - 5th visit (fiance came to US)

07/11/2011 - NOA2 (YAY !!!)

08/05/2011 - NVC Case #

08/16/2011 - Medical

11/04/2011 - Interview - Approved 221g (ACPO Police Certs needed)

11/25/2011 - Medical Interview about a caution from 7 years ago

12/08/2011 - Visa in Hand! (finally!)

12/19/2011 - POE (YAY! Together again !)

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That was not the point.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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That was not the point.

The point was to use the card to help your credit ratings right? Well if you have a hard time finding a place that takes the card ...the whole point is useless. You need to be able to use the card on a regular basis to make a difference in your credit. That is JMO. Sorry if I offended you.


08/09/2008 - Met on Yahoo through a mutual friend

03/01/2010 - 1st visit (fiance came to US)

05/11/2010 - 2nd visit (fiance came to US, spent his birthday with me)

10/01/2010 - 3rd visit (fiance came to US)

02/11/2011 - 4th visit (fiance came to US, proposed to me on Valentine's day)

04/06/2011 - I-129F Sent

04/14/2011 - packet rejected and sent back -expired I-129 form

04/15/2011 - I-129F Sent out again with correct form

04/20/2011 - NOA1 (hardcopy recieved)

06/21/2011 - 5th visit (fiance came to US)

07/11/2011 - NOA2 (YAY !!!)

08/05/2011 - NVC Case #

08/16/2011 - Medical

11/04/2011 - Interview - Approved 221g (ACPO Police Certs needed)

11/25/2011 - Medical Interview about a caution from 7 years ago

12/08/2011 - Visa in Hand! (finally!)

12/19/2011 - POE (YAY! Together again !)

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We wished he had listed his two cars for sale sooner. He had to leave one car with his mum with papers all signed. Well she didn't bother to contact him when a shyster came along and offered about a fourth of what he wanted for it. She just took the offer and sold the car. If he was going to "give" it away, he would have given it to his son. Ugh!


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

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:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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I was surprised at how smoothly everything went (if you haven't already used the services of a professional moving company, I highly recommend it; they took care of all customs paperwork and it was a lot cheaper than I had imagined!), but one thing I did forget to do was cancel my cell phone service well in advance. I sent the letter off (they usually require 30 days' warning) before I left, but what I hadn't anticipated was there was a piece of information I left off the letter - it took three more months and my parents having to forward mail from the UK to get everything properly sorted!


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07/11/2006 - First met

08/22/2008 - K1 Visa in hand

12/27/2008 - Marriage

05/20/2009 - AOS complete

10/06/2011 - ROC complete

04/20/2012 - Annaleah born!

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I was surprised at how smoothly everything went (if you haven't already used the services of a professional moving company, I highly recommend it; they took care of all customs paperwork and it was a lot cheaper than I had imagined!), but one thing I did forget to do was cancel my cell phone service well in advance. I sent the letter off (they usually require 30 days' warning) before I left, but what I hadn't anticipated was there was a piece of information I left off the letter - it took three more months and my parents having to forward mail from the UK to get everything properly sorted!

Thanks very much for that! We're looking into different moving companies at the moment. I found the thread on here that Poiteen started. Do you have any recommendations as far at that goes? We're currently looking at: sevenseasworldwide.com and shipit.co.uk


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I used anglopacific (www.anglopacific.co.uk) for my move - I had spoken to a number of companies (including Seven Seas and John Mason), but they offered a reasonable deal and were really helpful (or have been so far!)

The one thing I wish I'd done prior to moving was sorting out how to move my money from the UK when I needed it. I didn't want to move it all at once given the interest rate in the US is worse than the UK, so I set up an account at the Post Office and UKForex. Not being in the UK made it a bit more tricky as they like having a UK address to send verification information to. So, if you're planning on moving savings gradually, or would like to keep some money in UK bank accounts for a while, it might be an idea to set up those accounts prior to leaving the UK.

Good luck with the move.

L

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Eat bacon until you are sick of it, because in the US we only have streaky bacon.


K-1 Journey

03-03-2011 - Mailed I-129F application.

03-06-2011 - Packet received in Texas.

03-23-2011 - NOA1 received in mail, dated 03-09-2011.

05-31-2011 - RFE requested. They want better passport pictures of me.

06-06-2011 - Additional passport pics sent.

06-08-2011 - Evidence received and acknowledged. Whew!

06-16-2011 - NOA2 received!

07-20-2011 - Packet 3 Received!

08-01-2011 - Packet 3 returned to Embassy.

08-22-2011 - Packet 4 Received!

09-19-2011 - Interview...APPROVED!

09-23-2011 - Visa in Hand

09-29-2011 - POE LAX

11-11-2011 - Wedding at 11:11pm GMT time.

AOS Journey

12-02-2011 - Mailed in AOS/EAD/AP paperwork.

12-05-2011 - Delivery confirmation per USPS.

12-27-2011 - (3) NOA I-797C received, dated 12-20-2011. Biometrics appt set.

01-10-2012 - Biometrics.

01-20-2012 - Notified of interview appointment for 2-21-2012.

01-31-2012 - EAD and AP approved.

02-08-2012 - EAD/AP card received.

02-21-2012 - AOS interview approved. EAD/AP card confiscated.

03-01-2012 - Green Card in hand!!!

364 days total time!

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Eat bacon until you are sick of it, because in the US we only have streaky bacon.

No problem there, we are not back bacon loving folk ;) Streaky bacon here we come!!

I used anglopacific (www.anglopacific.co.uk) for my move - I had spoken to a number of companies (including Seven Seas and John Mason), but they offered a reasonable deal and were really helpful (or have been so far!)

The one thing I wish I'd done prior to moving was sorting out how to move my money from the UK when I needed it. I didn't want to move it all at once given the interest rate in the US is worse than the UK, so I set up an account at the Post Office and UKForex. Not being in the UK made it a bit more tricky as they like having a UK address to send verification information to. So, if you're planning on moving savings gradually, or would like to keep some money in UK bank accounts for a while, it might be an idea to set up those accounts prior to leaving the UK.

Good luck with the move.

L

Thanks!! Someone else on here had posted about opening a Post Office account, so would you suggest that's one of the best options as far as transferring money goes?


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I used http://www.excess-baggage.co.uk , but having read most of the moving thread, it really seems as if many companies are competent and in the end it really comes down to personal preference! You might also be restricted if certain companies don't service your area. You might also like to get a few quotes from several companies first.

With regards to transferring money, I've kept a UK account I could use easily online (Smile); if I receive a check in the UK my parents are able to deposit it at the Post Office. I use paypal to transfer money between my UK and US bank accounts; the exchange rates are reasonable and the transfer fees low.

I like to keep a current UK credit card and I use this for when I visit the UK. I've been paying off the charges I incurred on it this summer - setting up a repayment plan through paypal I pay $1.50 to transfer $300 or $3 to transfer $600 - not bad!

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07/11/2006 - First met

08/22/2008 - K1 Visa in hand

12/27/2008 - Marriage

05/20/2009 - AOS complete

10/06/2011 - ROC complete

04/20/2012 - Annaleah born!

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