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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Jamaica
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Okay forgive me if this is a silly question, but Im not totally sure how this works so Im asking. I wanted to go with my fiancee on our honeymoon to the US VIrgin Island. What would be required for him? I know that I dont need a passport to travel there because Im a citzen, but because he is not will his visa work? It is apart of the US after all wouldnt it be like going to anywhere else in the states.

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I would call USCIS and check this, but this website suggests it's OK as long as you bring his passport and an unexpired I-94. http://www.usvi.net/us-ins/html/travel_back....html Be careful that you don't accidentally end up in the BVIs (they are close to USVIs), as he'll need a passport and visa to get back.

Be aware that you do go through customs and show ID on the way back from USVIs to the mainland, as the USVIs are in a separate customs territory from the mainland.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Don't call USCIS -- call CBP instead. Otherwise, what the respondent above says is correct.

There are SO many places within the 50 U.S. states for honeymoons that I wouldn't risk travel to the Virgin Islands for the life of me. I predict that CBP would grill the dickens out of you upon your attempted return home from the Virgin Islands, with the outcome uncertain and potentially disastrous. There's plenty of time for trips like that after receipt of Advance Parole or (more safely) the 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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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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Don't call USCIS -- call CBP instead. Otherwise, what the respondent above says is correct.

There are SO many places within the 50 U.S. states for honeymoons that I wouldn't risk travel to the Virgin Islands for the life of me. I predict that CBP would grill the dickens out of you upon your attempted return home from the Virgin Islands, with the outcome uncertain and potentially disastrous. There's plenty of time for trips like that after receipt of Advance Parole or (more safely) the green card.

You don't go through CBP when you come back from the mainland. You actually go through customs and make declarations at the USVI airport. USVI is part of the U.S., so I think they just want to see that the person is in lawful status in the U.S., not whether they have permission to enter or re-enter. If what USCIS says on its website is correct, and the person is in lawful status in the U.S. with backup (I-94), I wouldn't get so hysterical about it.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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You don't go through CBP when you come back from the mainland. You actually go through customs and make declarations at the USVI airport. USVI is part of the U.S., so I think they just want to see that the person is in lawful status in the U.S., not whether they have permission to enter or re-enter. If what USCIS says on its website is correct, and the person is in lawful status in the U.S. with backup (I-94), I wouldn't get so hysterical about it.
Caution doesn't equate to hysteria. If it were me, I would call CBP, speak with a shift supervisor, and record his name and the information yielded by the call.

Remember too that flights can be diverted because of weather and mechanical problems.


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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Caution doesn't equate to hysteria. If it were me, I would call CBP, speak with a shift supervisor, and record his name and the information yielded by the call.

Remember too that flights can be diverted because of weather and mechanical problems.

Apologize for the harsh words. I should have just said that I disagree that there is a strong possibility that the trip will be disastrous.

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Apologize for the harsh words. I should have just said that I disagree that there is a strong possibility that the trip will be disastrous.
You, and we, are cool, si man. :thumbs:

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: K-1 Visa Country: Jamaica
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I know someone who brought their fiance here on a K-1 and they got married in the USVI and he was able to travel without any problems. I will caution you to fly direct into the VI and make sure you stay on the US side AND DO NOT GO ON THE BRITISH SIDE FOR ANY REASON!

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