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Filed: Country: Switzerland
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Hi everybody

I just had a wonderful time with my fiancé in the US and wanted to tell you about my experiences with US customs. I was pretty scared and read a ton of threads on visajourney. I was wondering about whether or not to risk it to travel to the US while the K1 visa is being processed. We got our NOA1 beginning of February and are currently waiting for NOA2. In the end, I decided to go see my fiancé because I had time off coming up and if I hadn't gone, we wouldn't have seen each other for a very long time.

As adviced I organized a lot of proof for my ties to my home country Switzerland. I had my work contract, my employer's confirmation with the date I had to be back at work, rental agreement for my apartment, plus obviously my return ticket.

I would like to give a quick overview about what happened at passport control in Philadelphia.

The officer asked:

What's the purpose of your travel

Me:

visiting my fiancé.

I immediately saw the flag that this raised and was totally prepared to go into secondary.

Do you have a job?

Yes I work as a .... I have to be back at work on May 14th.

Where did you two meet?

Camping in the Mountains in 2010.

Oh, I met my ex-girlfriend from Germany while camping.

That was it! I had to give my fingerprints as usual, got my stamp and was in. I would never expected this to be sooooo easy! No documentations needed whatsoever. I was thrilled! That's why I wanted to share this great experience with you all. I am well aware, that I am not from a high risk country, was on Visa Waiver and never overstayed one of my student's and visitor's visa.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Australia
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Yep, that is what happened with me also expect they asked zero questions after "who are you visiting and for how long".

3 month vwp stamp and a "have fun."

:)


We became a couple : 2011-05-29
I visited him : 2011-10-28 - 2011-11-17
He visited me (and my crazy family) : 2012-02-05 - 2012-02-17
I-129F Sent : 2012-02-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-02-14
I entered on VWP to stay 3 months: 2012-04-11 - 2012-07-03
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Went to get my medical done for interview in Australia (much cheaper in the US and I was already here):2012-05-20
Medical issue diagnosed
K-1 petition cancellation request sent to CSC : 2012-06-01
Married: 2012-06-21
Filed for AOS : 2012-08-08
NOA1 : 2012-08-10
Biometrics : 2012-09-14
EAD approved : 2012-10-16
Applied for SSN : 2012-11-01
Received SSN : 2012-11-13
Received interview notice :2012-12-27
Interview- APPROVED :2013-01-28
Green card received :2013-02-04
Baby girl born :2013-03-09

Filed for ROC :2014-12-05
NOA :2014-12-11
Biometrics : 2015-01-15

ROC Approval : 2015-05-14

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This is great :) My guy had no problems visiting under the VWP for 89 days either. I wish they could pin a thread at the top about visiting while a K1 is in process and people could share their stories. As much as I hear about the threat of denial, etc. I've heard a LOT more stories like this.

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Here's a thread that's been going on for a few years about the topic, full of experiences. It probably should be stickied, considering how often this is asked.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/67796-yes-you-can-visit/page__st__270

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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That is Awesome! Thanks for sharing... What a relief... We are planning my Fiances visit now... :)


01.11.2011 | Met Online and an Amazing Friendship Began...

06.23.2011 | Met in Person and our Romantic Relationship was set Ablaze......

03.18.2012 | Engagement

05.10.2012 | I-129F SENT (USPS Overnight to Dallas Lockbox)

05.11.2012 | Package Delivered to Dallas Lockbox Signed for at 11:30am

05.16.2012 | NOA1 Text and Email Received (11pm)

05.18.2012 | Cashed Check

05.21.2012 | NOA1 Letter in Mail

05.18.2012 | Cashed Check

08.06.2012 | NOA2 Text Received and Email Received (9pm)

08.09.2012 | NOA2 Letter in Mail

08.22.2012 | Packet 3 Recieved

08.25.2012 | NVC Letter Recieved

09.06.2012| Medical Exam

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Argentina
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Here's a thread that's been going on for a few years about the topic, full of experiences. It probably should be stickied, considering how often this is asked.

http://www.visajourn...t/page__st__270

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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I'm currently in the USA while our K1 is being processed. I just told the officer at POE that I was visiting my girlfriend. Got asked some questions about how we met, what I do, what she does, when I'm leaving and that was that.


13th March 2012 - Petition Sent

15th March 2012 - NOA1 sent

20th March 2012 - NOA1 received

28th June 2012 - "Touched"

2nd October 2012 - NOA2

11th October 2012 - Received by NVC, Case # issued.

12th October 2012 - NVC sent case to London Embassy

15th October 2012 - Case received by London Embassy

7th November 2012 - Medical Exam

10th November 2012 - Packet 3 Sent

14th November 2012 - Packet 3 received by London Embassy

14th December 2012 - Interview Date Received

18th December 2012 - Interview - Approved pending updated Police Certificate

9th January 2013 - Updated Police Certificate & Passport sent to Embassy

16th January 2013 - Visa approved

21st January 2013 - Scheduled delivery of Passport & Visa

22nd January 2013 - Flying from LHR to DFW!

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