Jump to content

9 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hello there, we just received our NOA2 and are stunned by how quickly it was approved. We are ecstatic and are getting all of the next paperwork ready.

I have searched and cant find anything on this (that related to this particular situation). Possibly, these questions are answered on the NOA2 form at I have not received yet. I apologize if this has been brought up before.

My fiance was planning on visiting the USA on July 5th...and purchased a ticket back in December (before I submitted the i129f. It is from Costa Rica to Detroit, but stopping in Atlanta. The layover is 1.5 hrs.

Will this be enough time to go through the customs process? Does he retrieve his baggage and go through customs? Or, does he get processed in Detroit?

I am worried he wont have enough time. Just trying to plan ahead. I dont believe all of this will be done before July 5th anyway...but, ya never know!

Thank you for your help!


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

The POE is the first stop in the US, so if he lands in Atlanta first, then that is his POE. 1.5 hours might be enough, but Atlanta is a busy airport and you just never know. Immigration could hold him up longer than that. If he uses that ticket with the K-1, he should contact the airline and make sure he could get on a later connecting flight just in case his immigration processing takes longer than the layover time.

My husband went through Atlanta in far less than an hour, but it is really going to depend on the time of day and how many international flights are coming in at the same time as your fiancé's. Check the reviews for Atlanta here > http://www.visajourney.com/reviews/poereviews.php?poe=Atlanta&dfilter=0

Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Completely agree with Jay-Kay....customs is a variable that just cannot be positively quantified. One person could sail through smoothly while another could be taken aside for review. My fiancee has been here multiple times and has cleared customs in various airports in plenty of time to catch connections ranging from an hour to 2 hours, but the last time she came over, her flight was late leaving so they'd already booked her on a flight for the next morning, so she had a long wait and customs did pull her aside for further screening on that trip. Sometimes it's just the luck of the draw. You can plan the trip with that layover, but make sure you have a contingency plan for what to do if the flight is missed.

FILE FOR K-1 Adjustment of Status Removal of Conditions

January 31.2010 - Met Online April 10, 2014 - Mailed in I-485 + I-765 March 19, 2016 - Mailed I-751 to CSC

February 20, 2011 - Met in Person April 14, 2014 - Forms arrived at Chicago Lockbox March 23, 2016 - I-751 arrived at CSC

July 28, 2012 - Engaged April 17, 2014 - Acceptance email arrived stating case forwarded to NBC March 23, 2016 - NOA1 Date (received March 28)

February 5, 2013 - Mailed I-129F to Lewisville, TX April 27, 2014 - Received letter for Biometrics appointment April 20, 2016 - Biometrics scheduled (incomplete due to dry cracked skin)

February 6, 2013 - USPS Receipt/Delivered I-129F April 28, 2014 - Received Acceptance NOA1 hard copies for AOS and EAD May 13, 2016 - Walk in Biometrics Completed

February 8, 2013 - NOA1 Notice Date May 12, 2014 - Biometrics Appointment Done September 27, 2016 - ROC Approved (Checked status via website w/receipt #)

February 11, 2013 - Bank shows check cashed today May 15, 2014 - Interview Schedule Letter (received May 17, 2014) October 6, 2016 - Card Arrived

February 11, 2013 - E-Mail Notification of Case Acceptance and June 5, 2014 - Interview Scheduled at Local office 8:15 a.m.

Case Number (Routed to California Service Center) June 11, 2014 - USCIS Status updated to show Greencard in the mail

February 12, 2013 - E Mail Notification of Alien Registration Number Change w/USPS tracking showing it scheduled to arrive

February 15, 2013 - Hard Copy NOA1 received June 14, 2014

June 5, 2013 - Email notice of RFE June 13, 2014 - GreenCard arrived

June 6, 2013 - RFE postmarked

June 10, 2013 - RFE arrived in the mail

June 11, 2013 - RFE mailed back Express USPS

June 12, 2013 - RFE received @ CSC / USCIS website updated to reflect this

June 20, 2013 - I-129F Approved

June 24, 2013 - NOA2 Hard Copy Received

June 28, 2013 - NVC Assigned Case Number

July 2, 2013 - NVC shipped case to London

July 9, 2013 - London Received Case File

July 13, 2013 - Packet 3 Instructions Received

July 17, 2013 - Packet 3 Forms Mailed (Except DS-2001)

July 30, 2013 - DS-2001 sent (arrived July 31)

July 30, 2013 - Medical Scheduled (and completed w/no issues)

August 5th - Medical Results Logged in

August 8th - DS-2001 Logged in

August 20, 2013 - Interview Date Set

September 17, 2013 - Interview at 8:00 a.m. (APPROVED)

Waiting for VISA...

September 25, 2013 - Visa Delivered

October 8, 2013 - POE Las Vegas, NV

October 11, 2013 - Married

October 13th - HOME

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been to the States 4 times on my B1/B2 visa, and everytime it's different, in Miami i missed flight connections 2 times cause i was pulled a side by security to open my bags and i Had a 3 hour layover in 1 of those flights, then in NYC i went smoothly, no problems at all the first time and the second time too, but the line was sooooooooooooooooooo long it took me over 2 hours to go through customs.

Fania & Nelson

Met: 02/14/08
Married: 04/04/13
I-130 sent: 04/15/13
Rcvd by USCIS: 04/18/13
NOA1: 04/22/13
NOA2: 12/10/13

NVC Case complete: 04/04/14

Appointment assigned: 04/17/14
Appointment: 05/16/14

Arrival to NYC: 07/03/14

Sent I-751 to VSC 04/04/16

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you, this is all very helpful and lets me know what we may be up against.

I read the POE reports for Atlanta, thanks for the link. Many of them sound promising...however, like you said, you never know.

Just in case, I checked to see if there was a later flight...there is, but the cost to change is $325! Since, we dont even know when the interview is yet, we are going to wait for now.

I am thankful to all of you for helping us out, greatly appreciate it. :)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

In JFK they have a "fast lane" for people who have short connections where they let you through passport control without waiting in the long line, but you still need to get your luggage and then run through to checkin again (there is transit checkin right after you exit customs).

I don't know if they have a fast lane in Atlanta.

1/4/13 - I129-F Sent | 1/8/13 - Received by USCIS
1/10/13 - NOA1 to VSC | 1/11/13 - Text/Email | 1/17/13 - Hard Copy Received
1/16/13 - Alien Registration Number changed
5/24/13 or 5/29/13 - Case Transferred to TSC
7/2/13 - NOA2 from TSC! (173 days from NOA1) | 7/6/13 - Hard Copy Received
7/18/13 - Shipped to NVC | 7/26/13 - Received at NVC and case number assigned
7/29/13 - In transit to consulate | 7/31/13 - Received by consulate
8/20/13 - Medical - Passed | 8/21/13 - Interview - Approved!
8/28/13 - Passport with visa ready to pickup from courier
10/17/13 - POE - JFK
10/28/13 - Applied for SSN and marriage license | 11/2/13 - SS card received
11/21/13 - Wedding

12/30/13 - I485/I765/I131 Sent | 1/2/14 - Received by USCIS
1/3/14 - NOA1 to NBC | 1/16/14 - Hard Copy Received
2/4/14 - Biometrics
3/7/14 - AP and EAD approved!
3/11/14 - AP/EAD card mailed | 3/14/14 - Received
4/10/14 - Interview Waiver letter
6/16/14 - Approved! | 6/21/14 - GC Received

5/2/16 - I-751 Sent | 5/5/16 - Received by USCIS
5/6/16 - NOA1 to VSC
6/14/16 - Biometrics

4/19/17 - Approved! | 4/22/17 - Letter received | 5/4/17 - GC Received

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

In JFK they have a "fast lane" for people who have short connections where they let you through passport control without waiting in the long line, but you still need to get your luggage and then run through to checkin again (there is transit checkin right after you exit customs).

I don't know if they have a fast lane in Atlanta.

Nope they do not! I missed my connecting flight because of immigration in Atlanta two trips ago because immigration was taking so long (and I'm a US citizen!). They were good about rebooking me for a flight a few hours later into a different airport near-ish my destination.

I am the USC/petitioner.

Our K-1 Journey
12/19/2012 - Mailed I-129F via USPS Express
12/21/2012 - I-129F arrives in Lewisville, TX according to USPS tracking (delayed because it's the USPS)
12/21/2012 - NOA1 date of receipt
12/26/2012 - NOA1 received via text/email
12/27/2012 - Checked cashed by USCIS
12/31/2012 - Alien Number changed (NOA1 hardcopy in post, but was away for 2 weeks prior)

05/16/2013 - NOA2 received via text/email

05/20/2013 - NOA2 hardcopy received in post

05/28/2013 - NVC receives packet and assigns London case number

07/15/2013 - Sent all paperwork/medical complete

08/23/2013 - Receive Interview Date

09/19/2013 - Interview

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

What would a fast lane in JFK have to do with OP's question?

There is no fast track immigration lane arriving into the U.S.mellow.png

Her fiance, though not stated if he already has a visitor visa, is not a U.S. citizen hence he would be not allowed into the U.S. without a visa, be it K1 which is way in their future or a B2.

From our experience, Atlana is a well run airport but this amount of time seems tight if he is "interesting" to customs...and yes I beleive he picks up his luggage and rechecks it. Then he jumps onto the people mover to his next concourse. It is an awesome international airport as far as organization.



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

My fiance was planning on coming to USA with a Visa Waiver(if permitted), however, the K1 may be completed around that time. or, so we hope.

It is good to know that Atlanta has the people movers. That will be a huge help. Nothing like being the last gate in a terminal on the opposite side of the airport! He will have to decide if he wants to take the chance or not, I guess. And, if we end up having to change the dates...all of this will be moot. When I called the airline, they said it was a legal connection. Well, i would love to believe that. They make it seem so believable. Lol

I understand why the person brought up the fast lane...he was thinking that other airports may have the same thing and if so, it would make a difference. From what I read, Atlanta has this "tripod" area where they seem to take the K1's to...maybe this is similar to the fast lane?

Whatever the outcome...it will be an interesting experience to say the least! Just like the rest of this process! :)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -

Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.