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WE HAVE GOTTEN THE VISA FOR MY FIANCE TO COME TO THE USA, BUT WE WANT TO HONEYMOON IN THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS, DOES ANYONE HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH TRAVELING IN AND OUT OF THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS WITH THEIR FIANCE, SINCE SHE CAN ONLY ENTER THE US ONCE DOES THAT MEAN WE CANT GO THERE FOR A HONEYMOON? PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

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i don't think you have no problem in the u.s.v.i u.s.v.i is part of the united states been there many time my wife is from the BRITISH SIDE , THE C.B.P at the airport is very nice.... my wife been travel in & out of the u.s.v.i to the states & she from the B.v.i , the only problems i ever saw is at the POE AT THE FERRY STATION..

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Sept.12 2012- got Married to my best friend(Ms.Keyzz)

Nov.01 2012---- my wife went back home

Nov.08 2012---sent I-130

Nov.13 2012-- I-130 Case accepted and routed to U.SCIS National Benefits Center for processing

Nov.24 2012-Received R.F.E I-30

Nov.26 2012--Sent I-129f

Dec.24 2012--wife came back up for Christmas & new years

2013-01-04---I-130 approved

2013-02-04 ---send a letter to Cancel I-129f (can't remember date )& decided to file I-485

2013-04-15-sent I-485, I-130 approval hard copy and I-765 applications to lock box, Chicago, IL

2013-04-20- came back with a note stating the amount was wrong

2013-04-22- i-485 packet send to lock box, Chicago, IL ( the correct amount this time)

2013-04-25- email saying Case I-485 Case accepted

2013-04-29: Received both I-485 and I-765 NOA's hard copy in the mail and the Biometrics appointment letter

2013-05-21: Biometrics done & stamp on my I-797c

2013-05-31: check case on the USCIS web page & its said (your I-485 status is ready for Testing and Interview schedule ( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-10-hard copy interview letter was mail( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-12:case updated from testing & Interview schedule to Testing and Interview ( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-15-Got hard copy A.O.S Interview letter in hand dancin5hr.gif( NO EAD CARD)

2013-07-10 - got a letter from NVC with a case number ( which we cancel from 04. feb. 2013)

2013-07-17- A.O.S approved on the spot ( less then 20 mins)

2013-07-18- Green Card was send out by usic

2013-07-22- Got OUR WELCOME LETTER TO AMERICA content.gifcontent.gifcontent.gifcontent.gifstar_smile.gif

2013-07-25- Green card in hand

2013-07-26-

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I have a daughter in the USVI and travel there at least once a year. You do not need a passport, try to get a direct flight from Florida, that will ease your mind.

have fun - we are planning to honeymoon there too ..

if we ever get the NOA2. sigh

8.5 months since NOA1

one month since RFE returned.

have fun


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There are dozens of threads on this very topic. The consensus seems to be that there is too much risk. There are uncounted numbers of places in the 50 U.S. states in which to honeymoon. Save the Virgin Islands trip for when the green card has been issued.


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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Flights can have issues and get sent to a foreign country, find a place in US or do what we did, wait till the GC and go where ever you want.


In Arizona its hot hot hot.

http://www.uscis.gov/dateCalculator.html

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There are dozens of threads on this very topic. The consensus seems to be that there is too much risk. There are uncounted numbers of places in the 50 U.S. states in which to honeymoon. Save the Virgin Islands trip for when the green card has been issued.

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Flights can have issues and get sent to a foreign country, find a place in US or do what we did, wait till the GC and go where ever you want.

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There are dozens of threads on this very topic. The consensus seems to be that there is too much risk. There are uncounted numbers of places in the 50 U.S. states in which to honeymoon. Save the Virgin Islands trip for when the green card has been issued.

the usvi is safe once you have a visa you be fine , get a non-stop flight from M.I.A TO USVI, DON'T STOP IN /GO to Puerto Rico


Sept.12 2012- got Married to my best friend(Ms.Keyzz)

Nov.01 2012---- my wife went back home

Nov.08 2012---sent I-130

Nov.13 2012-- I-130 Case accepted and routed to U.SCIS National Benefits Center for processing

Nov.24 2012-Received R.F.E I-30

Nov.26 2012--Sent I-129f

Dec.24 2012--wife came back up for Christmas & new years

2013-01-04---I-130 approved

2013-02-04 ---send a letter to Cancel I-129f (can't remember date )& decided to file I-485

2013-04-15-sent I-485, I-130 approval hard copy and I-765 applications to lock box, Chicago, IL

2013-04-20- came back with a note stating the amount was wrong

2013-04-22- i-485 packet send to lock box, Chicago, IL ( the correct amount this time)

2013-04-25- email saying Case I-485 Case accepted

2013-04-29: Received both I-485 and I-765 NOA's hard copy in the mail and the Biometrics appointment letter

2013-05-21: Biometrics done & stamp on my I-797c

2013-05-31: check case on the USCIS web page & its said (your I-485 status is ready for Testing and Interview schedule ( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-10-hard copy interview letter was mail( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-12:case updated from testing & Interview schedule to Testing and Interview ( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-15-Got hard copy A.O.S Interview letter in hand dancin5hr.gif( NO EAD CARD)

2013-07-10 - got a letter from NVC with a case number ( which we cancel from 04. feb. 2013)

2013-07-17- A.O.S approved on the spot ( less then 20 mins)

2013-07-18- Green Card was send out by usic

2013-07-22- Got OUR WELCOME LETTER TO AMERICA content.gifcontent.gifcontent.gifcontent.gifstar_smile.gif

2013-07-25- Green card in hand

2013-07-26-

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the usvi is safe once you have a visa you be fine
This is irresponsible advice to offer. The OP needs to read the myriad other threads on this exact subject.

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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This is irresponsible advice to offer. The OP needs to read the myriad other threads on this exact subject.

i would not say so , my wife is from that area so i will know, they don't gave you problems once your visa is valid & you have your paper work together she be fine,


Sept.12 2012- got Married to my best friend(Ms.Keyzz)

Nov.01 2012---- my wife went back home

Nov.08 2012---sent I-130

Nov.13 2012-- I-130 Case accepted and routed to U.SCIS National Benefits Center for processing

Nov.24 2012-Received R.F.E I-30

Nov.26 2012--Sent I-129f

Dec.24 2012--wife came back up for Christmas & new years

2013-01-04---I-130 approved

2013-02-04 ---send a letter to Cancel I-129f (can't remember date )& decided to file I-485

2013-04-15-sent I-485, I-130 approval hard copy and I-765 applications to lock box, Chicago, IL

2013-04-20- came back with a note stating the amount was wrong

2013-04-22- i-485 packet send to lock box, Chicago, IL ( the correct amount this time)

2013-04-25- email saying Case I-485 Case accepted

2013-04-29: Received both I-485 and I-765 NOA's hard copy in the mail and the Biometrics appointment letter

2013-05-21: Biometrics done & stamp on my I-797c

2013-05-31: check case on the USCIS web page & its said (your I-485 status is ready for Testing and Interview schedule ( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-10-hard copy interview letter was mail( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-12:case updated from testing & Interview schedule to Testing and Interview ( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-15-Got hard copy A.O.S Interview letter in hand dancin5hr.gif( NO EAD CARD)

2013-07-10 - got a letter from NVC with a case number ( which we cancel from 04. feb. 2013)

2013-07-17- A.O.S approved on the spot ( less then 20 mins)

2013-07-18- Green Card was send out by usic

2013-07-22- Got OUR WELCOME LETTER TO AMERICA content.gifcontent.gifcontent.gifcontent.gifstar_smile.gif

2013-07-25- Green card in hand

2013-07-26-

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the usvi is safe once you have a visa you be fine , get a non-stop flight from M.I.A TO USVI, DON'T STOP IN /GO to Puerto Rico

Why not stop or go into PR? It is a US territory just like the USVI and has the same risk IMHO.

OP: Given all the time and expense of getting the visa, I would not risk it. Vegas is nice in March as the "oven" has not been turned on just yet. The Grand Canyon is also nice and not too many people this time of year, but it might be a bit cool for you. As others have said there are plenty of places to go on a honeymoon that are in the US. Hawaii is another nice place, but pricey.

Dave

Edited by Dave&Roza

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Why not stop or go into PR? It is a US territory just like the USVI and has the same risk IMHO.

OP: Given all the time and expense of getting the visa, I would not risk it. Vegas is nice in March as the "oven" has not been turned on just yet. The Grand Canyon is also nice and not too many people this time of year, but it might be a bit cool for you. As others have said there are plenty of places to go on a honeymoon that are in the US. Hawaii is another nice place, but pricey.

Dave

(i lived in both places before i came to the states )and visit a lot that how i know

Portue Rico(P.R) & u.s.v.i is not the same yes there bout u.s territory but usvi immigration & customs much more friendly ,i been there a few times if you can't Spanish in that country you get a very hard time, even if you are a green card holder i would advice you to go thought P.R Immigration like to red flag folks ,well i was trying gave advice on u.s.v.i becuz my wife & family is from down there so i know the system


Sept.12 2012- got Married to my best friend(Ms.Keyzz)

Nov.01 2012---- my wife went back home

Nov.08 2012---sent I-130

Nov.13 2012-- I-130 Case accepted and routed to U.SCIS National Benefits Center for processing

Nov.24 2012-Received R.F.E I-30

Nov.26 2012--Sent I-129f

Dec.24 2012--wife came back up for Christmas & new years

2013-01-04---I-130 approved

2013-02-04 ---send a letter to Cancel I-129f (can't remember date )& decided to file I-485

2013-04-15-sent I-485, I-130 approval hard copy and I-765 applications to lock box, Chicago, IL

2013-04-20- came back with a note stating the amount was wrong

2013-04-22- i-485 packet send to lock box, Chicago, IL ( the correct amount this time)

2013-04-25- email saying Case I-485 Case accepted

2013-04-29: Received both I-485 and I-765 NOA's hard copy in the mail and the Biometrics appointment letter

2013-05-21: Biometrics done & stamp on my I-797c

2013-05-31: check case on the USCIS web page & its said (your I-485 status is ready for Testing and Interview schedule ( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-10-hard copy interview letter was mail( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-12:case updated from testing & Interview schedule to Testing and Interview ( NO EAD CARD)

2013-06-15-Got hard copy A.O.S Interview letter in hand dancin5hr.gif( NO EAD CARD)

2013-07-10 - got a letter from NVC with a case number ( which we cancel from 04. feb. 2013)

2013-07-17- A.O.S approved on the spot ( less then 20 mins)

2013-07-18- Green Card was send out by usic

2013-07-22- Got OUR WELCOME LETTER TO AMERICA content.gifcontent.gifcontent.gifcontent.gifstar_smile.gif

2013-07-25- Green card in hand

2013-07-26-

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The USVI is not an integral part of the US, but rather a US territory - Normally there won't be any issues but I would not chance it at all. I don't know enough about travel to and from the territories to give you reliable info on that, other than to say that my gut feeling would not risk another 9 months of separation to try. And in addition, what happens if your flight is for some reason re-directed to land in the Dominican Republic? Say some guy gets drunk and goes ballistic 36,000 feet above the ocean.. It happens from time to time. If the closest airport isn't on US soil, you'll be starting the K-1 process over from scratch.

I personally, would not risk it. If you want a tropical honeymoon, I say go to Hawaii. It's a state, flights between the US mainland and Hawaii are considered domestic in the same way a flight between Texas and Kansas would be. And, there is virtually no chance of your flight being re-directed to any non-US airport either, as California is the closest land to Hawaii. Any flight between the US mainland and Hawaii would be re-directed to the nearest land, which is either California or one of the Hawaiian islands.

(i lived in both places before i came to the states )and visit a lot that how i know Portue Rico(P.R) & u.s.v.i is not the same yes there bout u.s territory but usvi immigration & customs much more friendly ,i been there a few times if you can't Spanish in that country you get a very hard time, even if you are a green card holder i would advice you to go thought P.R Immigration like to red flag folks ,well i was trying gave advice on u.s.v.i becuz my wife & family is from down there so i know the system

The point here is to avoid anything immigration related what so ever after the wedding. Until AOS is complete, the OP will not be able to pass any CBP what so ever, whether they're nice or not.

Edited by Jay Jay

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I have been to the USVI as a Green Card holder and the CBP experience in San Juan was outright scary. I will never forget that as long as I live. I would thus strongly advise against doing this trip without having a Green Card in hand first.

Totally unrelated, the USVI is a 3rd world sh*thole full of crazy people who drive on the wrong side of the road and -- often -- right in the middle, as the roads are so small. Life inside the resort complexes is different, of course, but isolated. The beaches in St. John are fantastic though, but you can get a similar experience without the screaming poverty on Hawaii.

Given the choice I would trade 1 paid vacation on Maui for 10 vacations on St. Thomas any day.


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