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Hi all,

A little background: I am the USC, my husband lives in England. We married a few weeks ago in the US, he has returned back to England, and I have already filed for i-130 and received NOA-1.

I planned and paid for a trip to visit him in a few weeks (Feb 10th to Feb 20th) in England, and I did this all before we got married.... My plane ticket, passport, and driver's license are all in my maiden name HOWEVER for work reasons and benefits through my job, I have already begun the name change process at the Social Security office and at work. I have not received my new social security card in the mail yet but all my work information has my new name on it....

My questions:

1. In general, is it ok for me to fly to visit my husband while in the cr-1 process? i know it's generally not easy (or not possible) for the beneficiary to visit the US during the process but I am unsure of how it works for the USC to visit them?

2. what documents should i bring, if any, to show them at customs in England that we are married but i do intend to return to the US? (will my return ticket, a letter from my employer stating the date i am expected back to work, and a copy of the NOA-1 notice to show we are in the visa process and are going about things the "right way" sufficient?)

3. will i be ok to fly still since my plane ticket, license and passport are all matching even though my name change process has begun in other sections? will just a copy of marriage certificate be ok for this in case there are questions for some reason about different names on anything else?

Thanks in advance for the help... Sorry if I confused anyone!!

-Jaym


Met Through Mutual Friends: Early March 2009

Began dating: June 24th, 2010

Met in Manchester, England: October 20, 2010 to Oct 25, 2010

"Officially" became a couple: November 25, 2010

New Years together in England: Dec 26, 2010 to Jan 2, 2011

Visit to meet my family: February 19, 2011 to February 26, 2011

Visit to spend Easter/Spring Break together: April 16, 2011 to April 30, 2011

Spent the summer together in New York: June 23, 2011 to August 1, 2011

Came to visit just after my birthday: October 13, 2011 to October 23, 2011

Officially Announced Our Engagement: November 30, 2011

Trip to NY for New Years: December 27, 2011 to January 9, 2012

Wedding Day: January 4th, 2012

Trip to England & Italy for Valentine's Day: February 10, 2012 to February 20, 2012

Visit to NY for our 2 year dating anniversary: June 20th, 2012 to July 4th, 2012

Timeline

USCIS

01/08/2012: I-130 Sent from NY

01/11/2012: USPS Delivery Confirmation

01/12/2012: NOA1 E-mail & Text

XX/XX/2012: NOA2 E-mail & Text(STILL waitinggg... Ahhh!)

NVC

XX/XX/2012: NVC received

XX/XX/2012: Case number/IIN

XX/XX/2012: DS-3032 sent

XX/XX/2012: DS-3032 accepted

XX/XX/2012: AOS Bill PAID

XX/XX/2012: AOS Package sent

XX/XX/2012: IV Bill PAID

XX/XX/2012: IV Package sent

XX/XX/2012: Case complete at NVC

XX/XX/2012: Interview scheduled (Interview Date: XX/XX/2012)

US Embassy London

XX/XX/2012: Embassy received

XX/XX/2012: Medical

XX/XX/2012: Interview

XX/XX/2012: Visa

XX/XX/2012: POE Boston

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Hi all,

A little background: I am the USC, my husband lives in England. We married a few weeks ago in the US, he has returned back to England, and I have already filed for i-130 and received NOA-1.

I planned and paid for a trip to visit him in a few weeks (Feb 10th to Feb 20th) in England, and I did this all before we got married.... My plane ticket, passport, and driver's license are all in my maiden name HOWEVER for work reasons and benefits through my job, I have already begun the name change process at the Social Security office and at work. I have not received my new social security card in the mail yet but all my work information has my new name on it....

My questions:

1. In general, is it ok for me to fly to visit my husband while in the cr-1 process? i know it's generally not easy (or not possible) for the beneficiary to visit the US during the process but I am unsure of how it works for the USC to visit them?

2. what documents should i bring, if any, to show them at customs in England that we are married but i do intend to return to the US? (will my return ticket, a letter from my employer stating the date i am expected back to work, and a copy of the NOA-1 notice to show we are in the visa process and are going about things the "right way" sufficient?)

3. will i be ok to fly still since my plane ticket, license and passport are all matching even though my name change process has begun in other sections? will just a copy of marriage certificate be ok for this in case there are questions for some reason about different names on anything else?

Thanks in advance for the help... Sorry if I confused anyone!!

-Jaym

You should only need proof of your name change if your passport has a different name on it. I would take Marriage certificate and some other proof that you are in the process of the name change. As far as you going to England, you will have no problems visiting him. have fun in England

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My answers in bold:

1. In general, is it ok for me to fly to visit my husband while in the cr-1 process?

Yes

2. what documents should i bring, if any, to show them at customs in England that we are married but i do intend to return to the US? (will my return ticket, a letter from my employer stating the date i am expected back to work, and a copy of the NOA-1 notice to show we are in the visa process and are going about things the "right way" sufficient?)

Letter from employer showing date you are expected back and return ticket are good. Apartment lease or home title deed are also good examples. The copy of the NOA1 notice may not mean much to foreign border control personnel.

3. will i be ok to fly still since my plane ticket, license and passport are all matching even though my name change process has begun in other sections? will just a copy of marriage certificate be ok for this in case there are questions for some reason about different names on anything else?

If the name on your ticket and the documentation you use to check-in for the flight match, you are good to go.


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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

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Thank you both for your answers, can't wait to go see him!

Glad I should be alright to go there and I'll be sure to bring my marriage certificate just in case, and some info showing I am definitely returning home :)

Thanks again


Met Through Mutual Friends: Early March 2009

Began dating: June 24th, 2010

Met in Manchester, England: October 20, 2010 to Oct 25, 2010

"Officially" became a couple: November 25, 2010

New Years together in England: Dec 26, 2010 to Jan 2, 2011

Visit to meet my family: February 19, 2011 to February 26, 2011

Visit to spend Easter/Spring Break together: April 16, 2011 to April 30, 2011

Spent the summer together in New York: June 23, 2011 to August 1, 2011

Came to visit just after my birthday: October 13, 2011 to October 23, 2011

Officially Announced Our Engagement: November 30, 2011

Trip to NY for New Years: December 27, 2011 to January 9, 2012

Wedding Day: January 4th, 2012

Trip to England & Italy for Valentine's Day: February 10, 2012 to February 20, 2012

Visit to NY for our 2 year dating anniversary: June 20th, 2012 to July 4th, 2012

Timeline

USCIS

01/08/2012: I-130 Sent from NY

01/11/2012: USPS Delivery Confirmation

01/12/2012: NOA1 E-mail & Text

XX/XX/2012: NOA2 E-mail & Text(STILL waitinggg... Ahhh!)

NVC

XX/XX/2012: NVC received

XX/XX/2012: Case number/IIN

XX/XX/2012: DS-3032 sent

XX/XX/2012: DS-3032 accepted

XX/XX/2012: AOS Bill PAID

XX/XX/2012: AOS Package sent

XX/XX/2012: IV Bill PAID

XX/XX/2012: IV Package sent

XX/XX/2012: Case complete at NVC

XX/XX/2012: Interview scheduled (Interview Date: XX/XX/2012)

US Embassy London

XX/XX/2012: Embassy received

XX/XX/2012: Medical

XX/XX/2012: Interview

XX/XX/2012: Visa

XX/XX/2012: POE Boston

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Thank you both for your answers, can't wait to go see him!

Glad I should be alright to go there and I'll be sure to bring my marriage certificate just in case, and some info showing I am definitely returning home :)

Thanks again

When I visited and UK immigration said "what is the purpose of your trip?" I said "I'm on holiday." You are going on holiday (vacation) aren't you? You don't have to tell your whole life story and the name change saga and shove papers in their face when they ask that standard question.

The airlines, US immigration, and UK immigration will not know anything you have done at the Social Security office. They are interested in your passport and if it matches the ticket. For the record, the UK beneficiary can visit the US during the process. Only a few have difficulty and it's usually because they came too often and stayed too long.


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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

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All of the answers here have been given already so i wont repeat what everyone has said.. so i just wanted to say..

i know it's generally not easy (or not possible) for the beneficiary to visit the US during the process

While we were waiting for my NOA2 i spent 3 out of the 5 months in the USA. I planned to go for 2 weeks and then decided when i was there to change my flight and stay as long as i could. Anways..my point is... I had no trouble at all with visiting the US during the process. But i would only recomend your spouse to visit you during the USCIS stage of the process because after that you cant afford to be missing anything that is being sent through!


February 2010: Met online via social networking site

1st July 2010: Met for the first time in Lake Charles, LA [11 days]

9th August 2010: Got Engaged!

September 2010: Met for the second time in Lake Charles, LA [2 weeks]

December 2010: Met for the third time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

18th February 2011: Got Married!

May 2011: Met for the fourth time in London, UK [2 weeks]

CR-1 Visa

USCIS

21st July 2011 - 14th December 2011

September 2012: Met for the fith time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

NVC

4th January 2012 - 23th January 2012

EMBASSY

25th January 2012 - 23rd March 2012

NEW LIFE IN THE USA

5th April 2012: POE: Houston, TX, USA!!

7th May 2012: Greencard arrived in mail

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USCIS

April 1st - Present

1st April 2014: Filed I-751 (with divorce waiver)

4th April 2014: Received NOA (1 year extension)

April 20th 2014: Filed for divorce

12th May 2015: Received second biometric appointment letter due to rescheduling my first appointment

May 28th 2014: Biometrics taken in Louisville, KY

October 31 2014: Received RFE requesting final divorce judgment

22nd January 2015: Received final divorce judgment & submitted to VSC

25th January 2015: Called USCIS Military hotline to enquire on gaining an extension in order to enlist in United States Army & was advised to make infopass appointment at local office as processing will take longer than 6 months on my application.

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Agreed.. As long as your passport matches your tickets you will be fine. Take a marriage license with you to exlain if necessary. I visited my hubby 3 times while pending and once was in a completely different country for our honeymoon. We had no problems and didnt have to answer any questions on why I was there.


02/06/2011 ~ MARRIED IN REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA

03/31/2011 ~ FILED I-130 & G325A (SENT TO CHICAGO LOCKBOX VIA UPS)

04/09/2011 ~ RECEIVED NOA1 IN MAIL :-)

07/11/2011 ~ APPROVED WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!!

07/29/2011 ~ NVC RECEIVED CASE

08/22/2011 ~ RECEIVED NVC CASE# AND IIN

08/24/2011 ~ EMAILED DS-3032 SENT VIA HUBBYS EMAIL ACCOUNT

08/25/2011 ~ RECEIVED 3 EMAILS FROM NVC

08/25/2011 ~ PAID AOS FEE $88.00

08/26/2011 ~ AOS FEE SHOWS "PAID" - RECEIPT PRINTED AND READY TO MAIL

08/30/2011 ~ AOS PACKAGE SENT FEDEX OVERNIGHT

09/01/2011 ~ IV BILL INVOICED AND PAID

09/06/2011 ~ AOS PACKAGE APPROVED

09/09/2011 ~ IV PACKAGE SENT TO NVC VIA FEDEX OVERNIGHT

09/15/2011 ~ CASE CLOSED

INTERVIEW DATE ~ 11/30/2011 - APPROVED

12/04/2011 ~ ENTERED USA THROUGH JFK AIRPORT

STILL WAITING FOR GREEN CARD......

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