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I am planning to have my wife's POE at Houston (IAH) or Dallas (DFW) airport. She will come here on CR1 visa category. If you or someone in family had a recent first POE at any of these two airports, please share your experience.

NOTE: I already read VJ POE reviews for both airports and seems low in difficulty. But I would like to hear Indian immigrants POE experience at these two airports.


I-130 Processed at USCIS

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12/17/2011 : I-130 Sent to USCIS

12/20/2011 : I-130 NOA1

05/11/2012 : I-130 NOA2

NVC

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05/28/2012 : Received at NVC

06/11/2012 : Case number issued by NVC

06/11/2012 : DS-3032 Choice of Agent Email Sent to NVC

06/13/2012 : AOS Bill Issued

06/13/2012 : AOS Bill Paid

06/14/2012 : AOS Bill Marked as "PAID" in NVC System

06/14/2012 : AOS Package Mailed to NVC

06/18/2012 : AOS Package Delivered to NVC

06/19/2012 : DS-3032 Accepted

06/21/2012 : IV Bill Issued

06/21/2012 : IV Bill Paid

06/21/2012 : IV Package Mailed to NVC

06/22/2012 : IV Bill Marked as "PAID" in NVC System

06/22/2012 : IV Package Delivered to NVC

06/25/2012 : AOS Accepted by NVC

06/29/2012 : IV Accepted by NVC

06/29/2012 : Case Complete at NVC

08/01/2012 : Interview Date Assigned and Case Forwarded from NVC to Mumbai Consulate

09/07/2012 : Interview at Mumbai Consulate (Result: Approved!)

09/11/2012 : Received Visa in Mail at home

09/22/2012 : POE at Houston, TX (IAH)

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how much time do these two airports take for POE? what kinda prohibited food items are you indicating?

I have done few non-POE USC immigration entry at Dallas and was out of the airport in 30 minutes each time. But POE is a totally different ball game.

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I-130 Processed at USCIS

========================

12/17/2011 : I-130 Sent to USCIS

12/20/2011 : I-130 NOA1

05/11/2012 : I-130 NOA2

NVC

===

05/28/2012 : Received at NVC

06/11/2012 : Case number issued by NVC

06/11/2012 : DS-3032 Choice of Agent Email Sent to NVC

06/13/2012 : AOS Bill Issued

06/13/2012 : AOS Bill Paid

06/14/2012 : AOS Bill Marked as "PAID" in NVC System

06/14/2012 : AOS Package Mailed to NVC

06/18/2012 : AOS Package Delivered to NVC

06/19/2012 : DS-3032 Accepted

06/21/2012 : IV Bill Issued

06/21/2012 : IV Bill Paid

06/21/2012 : IV Package Mailed to NVC

06/22/2012 : IV Bill Marked as "PAID" in NVC System

06/22/2012 : IV Package Delivered to NVC

06/25/2012 : AOS Accepted by NVC

06/29/2012 : IV Accepted by NVC

06/29/2012 : Case Complete at NVC

08/01/2012 : Interview Date Assigned and Case Forwarded from NVC to Mumbai Consulate

09/07/2012 : Interview at Mumbai Consulate (Result: Approved!)

09/11/2012 : Received Visa in Mail at home

09/22/2012 : POE at Houston, TX (IAH)

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We just got our K1 Visa approved an hour back and my fiance's POE will be Houston. I'll update with a review of that in a couple days.

My POE was also Houston about 10 years ago but I was a dependent to my parents who had a business in Houston - it was straightforward and easy back then. Since then, I've been through Houston airport customs at least 7 times, and it was almost always uneventful except for one time where my bags were opened up and the officer questioned some food articles that my grandma had packed for me.

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how much time do these two airports take for POE? what kinda prohibited food items are you indicating?

I have done few non-POE USC immigration entry at Dallas and was out of the airport in 30 minutes each time. But POE is a totally different ball game.

I have done POE at various airport, DFW was like 20-25 mins and I was thru.

The time varies on how many international flights have landed at same time.

Prohibited items like organic food or Mangoes which are not allowed, Dallas is very strict about the food items.

I have been in and out multiple time and had marked I had no food item, yet they pulled me up for food items inspection there was nothing I had that was not allowed and they let me go.

Dallas is well known being strict on bringing food items and they know we Indians love food and we try to smuggle food in.. :rofl:

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I have done POE at various airport, DFW was like 20-25 mins and I was thru.

The time varies on how many international flights have landed at same time.

Prohibited items like organic food or Mangoes which are not allowed, Dallas is very strict about the food items.

I have been in and out multiple time and had marked I had no food item, yet they pulled me up for food items inspection there was nothing I had that was not allowed and they let me go.

Dallas is well known being strict on bringing food items and they know we Indians love food and we try to smuggle food in.. :rofl:

Thanks! I believe you are referring to your non first POE experience, whereas first POE is not the same in terms of immigration hassle. I am not concerned about food items since there is no food item I like and left in India which I cannot buy here in USA. I am surprised that you had POE (not first POE) issues at DFW because my experience has always been pleasant and never got pulled over to open my bags at the international terminal.


I-130 Processed at USCIS

========================

12/17/2011 : I-130 Sent to USCIS

12/20/2011 : I-130 NOA1

05/11/2012 : I-130 NOA2

NVC

===

05/28/2012 : Received at NVC

06/11/2012 : Case number issued by NVC

06/11/2012 : DS-3032 Choice of Agent Email Sent to NVC

06/13/2012 : AOS Bill Issued

06/13/2012 : AOS Bill Paid

06/14/2012 : AOS Bill Marked as "PAID" in NVC System

06/14/2012 : AOS Package Mailed to NVC

06/18/2012 : AOS Package Delivered to NVC

06/19/2012 : DS-3032 Accepted

06/21/2012 : IV Bill Issued

06/21/2012 : IV Bill Paid

06/21/2012 : IV Package Mailed to NVC

06/22/2012 : IV Bill Marked as "PAID" in NVC System

06/22/2012 : IV Package Delivered to NVC

06/25/2012 : AOS Accepted by NVC

06/29/2012 : IV Accepted by NVC

06/29/2012 : Case Complete at NVC

08/01/2012 : Interview Date Assigned and Case Forwarded from NVC to Mumbai Consulate

09/07/2012 : Interview at Mumbai Consulate (Result: Approved!)

09/11/2012 : Received Visa in Mail at home

09/22/2012 : POE at Houston, TX (IAH)

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