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Just wanted to remind all members that have recently gone through POE or will be doing it shortly that there a section on here to do a short review about the POE experience.

Besides the interview, it's something else I am anxious about. Especially if things don't go as planned and I cannot join my husband..

Just things like what line you went through and what questions you were asked would be helpful for all of us.

Thanks! :star:


01/01/2008 - Met
04/27/2010 - Engaged
08/23/2011 - Married
USCIS
10/03/2011 - I-130 Sent (USPS priority w/ delivery confirmation)
10/05/2011 - Package arrived at chicago lockbox
10/06/2011 - NOA1
11/09/2011 - NOA2 (no RFE's)
NVC
11/14/2011 - Petition received by NVC/ Received NOA2 by mail
11/21/2011 - NVC case # received by email/ Got AOS fee by email/ Called NVC to provide beneficiary email
11/27/2011 - Choice of agent (DS-3023) sent to NVC by email
.....took a break from process to delay interview....
01/26/2012 - Payed IV fee
01/27/2012 - IV fee status shown as PAID
02/07/2012 - Payed AOS fee
02/08/2012 - AOS fee status shown as PAID
02/09/ 2012 - DS-230 package sent to NVC (priority mail)
03/06/2012 - AOS package sent to NVC (priority mail)
03/12/2012 - Called NVC and found out about checklist. Sent revision to NVC that same day.
03/16/2012 - CASE COMPLETE!
04/11/2012 - Informed of interview via phone by DOS/ Got P4 email from NVC a few hours later that same day (May 4th)
SANTO DOMINGO CONSULATE
04/19/2012 - Medical
05/04/2012 - Interview (APPROVED)
05/10/2012 - Visa ready and picked up at domex
05/15/2012 - POE in Boston (together)
U. S. A
05/29/2012 - Went to SS office to apply for SS card
06/01/2012 - Welcome letter arrived (Received about 3 of these)
06/05/2012 - Green card arrived
06/15/2012- Back to SS office with green card to reapply and inquire about delay
06/18/2012 - Picked up SSN at SSA office
06/22/2012 - SS card arrived by mail

04/24/14 - Sent I-751 to remove conditions

06/09/14 - Biometrics

11/2014 - RFE from USCIS requesting more evidence before approval

Late Jan - Sent further evidence of marriage

03/05/2015 - Got letter of approval for removal of conditions

03/15/2015 - Permanent 10 yr green card received via mail

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
Timeline

Hi! My POE was in Chicago and it was very easy. Just relax, hand them the appropriate documents and answer questions like who is your petitioner, whats the name of your husband, where are you going to live...questions that you know what the answers will be. chill! :)


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AOS Timeline

11/1/11 - AOS package Delivered

11/7/11 - NOA Received in the mail

11/12/11 - Biometrics Appointment received

11/28/11 - Case transferred to CSC

12/7/11 - Biometrics done

1/2/12 - EAD and AP approved (Card production)

1/11/12 - EAD/AP Card received

1/20/12 - Got Driver's License!

3/7/12 - GC approved!

3/9/12 - Got a job!

3/11/12 - GC on hand

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...and now for something completely offbeat and different.:lol:

It was Christmas Eve and my plane was landing at LAX in California. My husband (fiance at the time) was there to meet me at the airport and I was his Christmas present. :D

I had Christmas garland around my neck like a Hawaii lei and I had Christmas garland wrapped around my forehead like a headband and I also had garland around my ankles and wrists.

By the time I got to the end of the line and the immigration officer there saw me all he could say was....."Oh yes, that's right. It's Christmas isn't it." and he chuckled. He just did his job and processed me through immigration.

When my fiance at the time saw me he just smiled and shook his head in disbelief. :D

All this happened long before 911 so things were very different then. 911 changed everything and made everything much more solemn and difficult.

I got away with it then and even put smiles on many faces as I stepped off the plane into LAX airport but I wouldn't recommend this approach these days.

Be honest and be yourself is the best advice I can give. :)

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
Timeline

...and now for something completely offbeat and different.:lol:

It was Christmas Eve and my plane was landing at LAX in California. My husband (fiance at the time) was there to meet me at the airport and I was his Christmas present. :D

I had Christmas garland around my neck like a Hawaii lei and I had Christmas garland wrapped around my forehead like a headband and I also had garland around my ankles and wrists.

By the time I got to the end of the line and the immigration officer there saw me all he could say was....."Oh yes, that's right. It's Christmas isn't it." and he chuckled. He just did his job and processed me through immigration.

When my fiance at the time saw me he just smiled and shook his head in disbelief. :D

All this happened long before 911 so things were very different then. 911 changed everything and made everything much more solemn and difficult.

I got away with it then and even put smiles on many faces as I stepped off the plane into LAX airport but I wouldn't recommend this approach these days.

Be honest and be yourself is the best advice I can give. :)

That was so cute!!!


tumblr_m24igfpWr01rtrvwyo1_r1_250.jpg

Click image to view my blog!

AOS Timeline

11/1/11 - AOS package Delivered

11/7/11 - NOA Received in the mail

11/12/11 - Biometrics Appointment received

11/28/11 - Case transferred to CSC

12/7/11 - Biometrics done

1/2/12 - EAD and AP approved (Card production)

1/11/12 - EAD/AP Card received

1/20/12 - Got Driver's License!

3/7/12 - GC approved!

3/9/12 - Got a job!

3/11/12 - GC on hand

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Peru
Timeline

Houston

Late night on a flight inbound from Mexico

The immigration staff wasn't very friendly and one was sarcastic with my fiance because his horrible butchering of Spanish was not understood.

Total time through from touchdown to exciting the secure area was about 100 minutes.

For me,the USC, waiting for him to arrive, I froze to death. When I arrived, several people were wrapped up in blankets or their jackets with only their eyes visible. It took me about 3 minutes to figure out that the AC was set to super-frigid. I shivered there for a while then went outside where I could see the people exiting.

Parking was close-by and easy.

For a solo traveler with a K-1 visa, the visitor line is the one to pick. For anyone who is traveling through this POE, I made a photo-walk-through when I flew-in last mid-October. A link to see it is in my signature below. (In the video version, I also gave a bit of explanation for drivers who are not from Houston that explains a very important detail. Be sure to look at this!!! It took me years and a lot of wasted time and frustration before I figured this out.)


Perú's K-1 embassy packet can be viewed in our photos.
Travel Tips for Perú (& South America)
Our Immigration Experience
Seat Guru Flight seating!
Airport Processing Times - http://awt.cbp.gov/
POE-Houston? Pictures and info.....POE-Houston (other languages)....


Attention NEW K-1 Filers: (2012) Possible 1st year costs = Possibly 3K+$ for first year including fees for mailing, documents, supplies, etc.. NOT including travel costs. Process: 1.)Apply-340$ 2.)RFE? 3.) Med-300??$ 4.)Interview-350$ 5.)Surrender passport. 6.)Get Visa. 7.)Fly here. 8.) Marry in 90 days. 9.) Submit apps to stay, work, & travel-1070$ 10.) Biometrics-More fingerprinting 11.) GREENCARD ISSUED APR 9TH, 2013-11 MONTHS FOR AOS!
I've lived in Houston for 10 years. If you have any questions about the city, please message me. :)

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Houston

Late night on a flight inbound from Mexico

The immigration staff wasn't very friendly and one was sarcastic with my fiance because his horrible butchering of Spanish was not understood.

Total time through from touchdown to exciting the secure area was about 100 minutes.

For me,the USC, waiting for him to arrive, I froze to death. When I arrived, several people were wrapped up in blankets or their jackets with only their eyes visible. It took me about 3 minutes to figure out that the AC was set to super-frigid. I shivered there for a while then went outside where I could see the people exiting.

Parking was close-by and easy.

For a solo traveler with a K-1 visa, the visitor line is the one to pick. For anyone who is traveling through this POE, I made a photo-walk-through when I flew-in last mid-October. A link to see it is in my signature below. (In the video version, I also gave a bit of explanation for drivers who are not from Houston that explains a very important detail. Be sure to look at this!!! It took me years and a lot of wasted time and frustration before I figured this out.)

Your sig is great thanks!


01/01/2008 - Met
04/27/2010 - Engaged
08/23/2011 - Married
USCIS
10/03/2011 - I-130 Sent (USPS priority w/ delivery confirmation)
10/05/2011 - Package arrived at chicago lockbox
10/06/2011 - NOA1
11/09/2011 - NOA2 (no RFE's)
NVC
11/14/2011 - Petition received by NVC/ Received NOA2 by mail
11/21/2011 - NVC case # received by email/ Got AOS fee by email/ Called NVC to provide beneficiary email
11/27/2011 - Choice of agent (DS-3023) sent to NVC by email
.....took a break from process to delay interview....
01/26/2012 - Payed IV fee
01/27/2012 - IV fee status shown as PAID
02/07/2012 - Payed AOS fee
02/08/2012 - AOS fee status shown as PAID
02/09/ 2012 - DS-230 package sent to NVC (priority mail)
03/06/2012 - AOS package sent to NVC (priority mail)
03/12/2012 - Called NVC and found out about checklist. Sent revision to NVC that same day.
03/16/2012 - CASE COMPLETE!
04/11/2012 - Informed of interview via phone by DOS/ Got P4 email from NVC a few hours later that same day (May 4th)
SANTO DOMINGO CONSULATE
04/19/2012 - Medical
05/04/2012 - Interview (APPROVED)
05/10/2012 - Visa ready and picked up at domex
05/15/2012 - POE in Boston (together)
U. S. A
05/29/2012 - Went to SS office to apply for SS card
06/01/2012 - Welcome letter arrived (Received about 3 of these)
06/05/2012 - Green card arrived
06/15/2012- Back to SS office with green card to reapply and inquire about delay
06/18/2012 - Picked up SSN at SSA office
06/22/2012 - SS card arrived by mail

04/24/14 - Sent I-751 to remove conditions

06/09/14 - Biometrics

11/2014 - RFE from USCIS requesting more evidence before approval

Late Jan - Sent further evidence of marriage

03/05/2015 - Got letter of approval for removal of conditions

03/15/2015 - Permanent 10 yr green card received via mail

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