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This is pretty easy, I think. At what point during her flight to USA does an immigration officer actually open that sealed packet they tell them not to touch. She is just curious. Does it happen in Manila? first point of entry? or, last place where she disembarks for good?

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The first point of entry by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer.


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This is pretty easy, I think. At what point during her flight to USA does an immigration officer actually open that sealed packet they tell them not to touch. She is just curious. Does it happen in Manila? first point of entry? or, last place where she disembarks for good?

They take it at the first time she hits US soil and must use the visa for entry into the US. They may or may not actually open it. That one depends. Seems like most of the time they open it.

Good luck,

Dave

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She will be making a refueling stop in Chicago, probably not even leaving plane. Final destination is Boston. Seems I remember landing in L.A. once and everyone left plane, went through customs with baggage, then got back into plane with all their bags again. Everyone was so tired and dragging their heals.

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Yeah at whatever point she goes through customs.

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The POE will be either the first state or territory you go through and switch planes I'd assume. Depending on your route. My wife's POE was Guam. We flew from Manila to Guam(POE), Guam to Honolulu(Customs), Honolulu to SFO, SFO to ACV.

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This is pretty easy, I think. At what point during her flight to USA does an immigration officer actually open that sealed packet they tell them not to touch. She is just curious. Does it happen in Manila? first point of entry? or, last place where she disembarks for good?

She just needs to hand the packet to the INS officer when she goes to the desk at immigration at POE. Depending on the airport, expect minimum 2 hours to clear (waiting in line and actual processing).

Don't worry which area to go to. There will be another INS officer "directing traffic" showing which line to form up in. Just ask him/her which line is for K-1, K-3 etc. and they will point.....

best wishes.

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She just needs to hand the packet to the INS officer when she goes to the desk at immigration at POE. Depending on the airport, expect minimum 2 hours to clear (waiting in line and actual processing).

Don't worry which area to go to. There will be another INS officer "directing traffic" showing which line to form up in. Just ask him/her which line is for K-1, K-3 etc. and they will point.....

best wishes.

INS hasn't existed since 2003. As I stated in my previous post, the officer will be from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).


Our journey:

Spoiler

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)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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She will be making a refueling stop in Chicago, probably not even leaving plane. Final destination is Boston. Seems I remember landing in L.A. once and everyone left plane, went through customs with baggage, then got back into plane with all their bags again. Everyone was so tired and dragging their heals.

If she stops in Chicago she will be deboarded and have to clear immigration there. That is where tbey will take the envelope.

Don't even show Manaila immigration that envelope, all that is needed in Manila is the US visa in her passport. Good luck..


27 January 2012: Mailed I-129F

03 February 2012: NOA1( e-mail & Text)

03 February 2012: Check Cashed

NO RFE'S

22 June 2012 : NOA2 (e-mail & Text)

16 July 2012: Manila Case Number(by phone)

17 July 2012: Interview paid at BPI

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23-24 July 2012: Medical St. Lukes(passed)

24 July 2012: CFO Seminar(had to go next morning for landline #)- PASSED

02 Aug 2012: Received e-mail from USEM our case is there.

15 Aug 2012: Interview at USEM - APPROVED

13 SEP 2012: POE Minneapolis, MN

27 OCT 2012: Married

19 NOV 2012: AOS package sent

05 DEC 2012: NOA's I-765, I-131, I-485

14 DEC 2012: Biometrics appointment finished(Walk-in..Was scheduled Jan 04 2013)

02 FEB 2013: I-131 and I-765 Approved

07 FEB 2013: USPS Picked up the combo-card

11 FEB 2013: Received Combo-card

21 FEB 2013: Transit Visa picked up in Chicago for Japan

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