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We were approved on 05/10! Woohoo!

I know it's next to impossible to plan buying a airplane ticket so early, because it's not wise to order the tickets without knowing the flight date...yet I could order ahead of time to try to anticipate it, but I certainly don't want to jump the gun too fast...or end up ordering it way ahead when I could have gotten an earlier flight, etc...

Anyone have any plan of attack for getting airfare ordered for a decent/price (and still having a solid chance of it being avail) when the rest of the process happens? At what point in the remaining process should I look ahead at the calender and pick a specific date/week *(I'm confident she will ace the interview and the medical) - Am I being too optimistic? :-P

The only wild card in our process as far as I can see is that my lady used to live and work in Signapore for a number of years (as a Nurse) and she has to get a police clearance...I have NO IDEA how long that will take, and hope it's fast, but could take forever for all I know...any tips for that appreciated too!!

- Brett

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We were approved on 05/10! Woohoo!

I know it's next to impossible to plan buying a airplane ticket so early, because it's not wise to order the tickets without knowing the flight date...yet I could order ahead of time to try to anticipate it, but I certainly don't want to jump the gun too fast...or end up ordering it way ahead when I could have gotten an earlier flight, etc...

Anyone have any plan of attack for getting airfare ordered for a decent/price (and still having a solid chance of it being avail) when the rest of the process happens? At what point in the remaining process should I look ahead at the calender and pick a specific date/week *(I'm confident she will ace the interview and the medical) - Am I being too optimistic? :-P

The only wild card in our process as far as I can see is that my lady used to live and work in Signapore for a number of years (as a Nurse) and she has to get a police clearance...I have NO IDEA how long that will take, and hope it's fast, but could take forever for all I know...any tips for that appreciated too!!

- Brett

Honestly Brett, when the visa is in her hand, that is the time to pick your date.

There are far too many factors that vary. Every situation is unique and even though you are very confident she will do fine in an interview, there are always unknown circumstances that can cause delays in printing a visa and getting it in hand. If you must, you can always look at tickets that you can change the dates on, but be prepared to pay a fee for the change.

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Oh my, wish I had a dollar for everytime I sat down and looked up airfares for my fiances trip over! I'm just as excited as you are and I want to get a good airfare price myself BUT as was just noted there are just way too many factors and things that could delay things. As confident as you might be, you just have no idea what 'could' happen you know? You have to be prepared for that, its just part of the process! Also, why buy a ticket and get it super cheap and then 'one' thing happens and you end up paying more than if you got it the day before you leave?! Just saying....

I can certainly feel your excitement! Its all so close and about to happen for many of us! I'm just going to wait until the interview in Manila is approved 'then' purchase the ticket. I don't have money to waste on change fees and stuff. Good luck to you!!


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I-129F RFE received on 11-09-2015

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I-129F NOA2 received on 12-10-2015

NVC received on 12-22-2015

Date case #, IIN, and BIN assigned on 12-24-2015

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I would wait bare minimum until she has been approved at the USEM and they take her passport to stamp it. If she picks up at Mall of Asia it could be there within a week or less.

Please wait until the medical and the interview are done and she's approved.

All it takes at the medical is one Dr. to think there's a white spot on her lungs and she'll be doing the 2 month wait while they see if her Sputum spawns TB. Then if she happens to have it, another 6 month wait.

You guys may forget something very very simple for the interview and then you'll get a 221G (I think) asking for that information, then you'll be out while you wait for the Administrative Processing that happens after you turn in the required forms you forgot.

Take everyone's advice and wait until she is told she's approved and then plan to buy a ticket at least 1 week out if not 2-3.

Edited by Louis and Aya

01/15/12 - Sent Aya a message on a dating site
03/10/12 - We became "exclusive"
03/15/12 - We told each other "I love you"
08/17/12 - 2 week trip to the Philippines to be with her
08/27/12 - I asked her to marry me (in Cebuano), she cried and said yes
09/02/12 - I came back to the USA

Started on the paperwork

09/22/12 - Mailed I-129F
09/25/12 - Saw on USPS that the package was delivered in Texas
09/28/12 - NOA1
10/08/12 - Received hard copy NOA1
12/19/12 - CFO Counseling Session (to get it out of the way)
04/27/13 - NOA2
05/06/13 - NVC Received and MNL # assigned
05/21/13 - Medical Exam Day
06/04/13 - Interview Day
xx/xx/xx - Visa Arrived
xx/xx/xx - Off to Chicago

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First-time immigrant travel discount only applies for someone with Spousal Visa.

Buy tickets when visa packet is in her hands and all information are accurate. There could be a chance of incorrect names and etc

Good luck!


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05/22/12 - Mailed I-129F
08/17/12 - Approved I-129F NOA2 (85 days)
11/19/12 - Approved Visa!! (179 days)
12/01/12 - POE Honolulu, HI
12/21/12 - Wedding Day!
AOS, EAD and AP
01/05/13 - Mailed I-485, I-765 and I-131
01/09/13 - USCIS accepted case and received text
01/11/13 - Cashed check
01/08/13 - Received NOA1
01/18/13 - Received Biometrics Appointment Notice
01/22/13 - Early Biometrics Walk-in (scheduled Feb 7)
01/27/13 - We're pregnant!!
02/04/13 - Received Appointment Notice
03/04/13 - Approved EAD and AP (58 days)
03/12/13 - Received EAD and AP combo card
03/12/13 - Interview and Approved GC (63 days)
03/20/13 - Received Green Card

10/3/13 - Baby #1 arrived

2/17/14 - Pregnant again! LOL

10/20/14 - Baby #2 arrived
ROC
01/09/15 - Mailed I-751

01/12/15 - NOA

01/16/15 - Received NOA Letter

01/20/15 - Mailed DMV 1yr Extension

02/05/15 - Received Biometrics Letter

02/09/15 - Early Bio (Walk-IN)

02/19/15 - Biometrics Appointment

06/15/15 - Approved
06/15/15 - Card Ordered and Mailed

08/22/15 - Card Received

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We were approved on 05/10! Woohoo!

I know it's next to impossible to plan buying a airplane ticket so early, because it's not wise to order the tickets without knowing the flight date...yet I could order ahead of time to try to anticipate it, but I certainly don't want to jump the gun too fast...or end up ordering it way ahead when I could have gotten an earlier flight, etc...

Anyone have any plan of attack for getting airfare ordered for a decent/price (and still having a solid chance of it being avail) when the rest of the process happens? At what point in the remaining process should I look ahead at the calender and pick a specific date/week *(I'm confident she will ace the interview and the medical) - Am I being too optimistic? :-P

The only wild card in our process as far as I can see is that my lady used to live and work in Signapore for a number of years (as a Nurse) and she has to get a police clearance...I have NO IDEA how long that will take, and hope it's fast, but could take forever for all I know...any tips for that appreciated too!!

- Brett

It is actually much cheaper to buy a ticket 2 weeks in advance as opposed to 2 months or further out... The plane going international is intended to be full before taking flight, so when it gets closer to the date of departure for an international flight and there are still open seats those seats are alot cheaper then had u booked along time away. :) so wen u have the visa in hand start looking from the nxt day on into the next couple weeks, comparing prices :) i hope this sets ur mind at ease.

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I would wait bare minimum until she has been approved at the USEM and they take her passport to stamp it. If she picks up at Mall of Asia it could be there within a week or less.

Please wait until the medical and the interview are done and she's approved.

All it takes at the medical is one Dr. to think there's a white spot on her lungs and she'll be doing the 2 month wait while they see if her Sputum spawns TB. Then if she happens to have it, another 6 month wait.

You guys may forget something very very simple for the interview and then you'll get a 221G (I think) asking for that information, then you'll be out while you wait for the Administrative Processing that happens after you turn in the required forms you forgot.

Take everyone's advice and wait until she is told she's approved and then plan to buy a ticket at least 1 week out if not 2-3.

What do you mean pick up at Mall of Asia? My fiancee works right across that mall. Can you choose to have it delivered there instead? Thanks for any info.

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We bought my wife's ticket less than a week before our flight and paid ~$900 for a one-way from Manila to Detroit. We used St. Raphael Travel and Tours in Manila http://www.santraphael.com/home.php.

Just tell them you need a first time immigrant fare and they will ask for a copy of her visa when she picks up the tickets. We could have probably acquired a cheaper price but we specified the flight had to be with Delta.

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You can choose how you want your Visa delivered. You can have it delivered to your address or you can have it delivered to a 2Go location so that you can pick it up.

You can choose the Mall of Asia in Manila as the fastest delivery choice when you set up your interview. They even give you a piece of paper with how to change it to that, if you didn't choose that when you originally set up your interview, while you are at your interview.

Choose that way for the fastest delivery and pick it up from there.

What do you mean pick up at Mall of Asia? My fiancee works right across that mall. Can you choose to have it delivered there instead? Thanks for any info.


01/15/12 - Sent Aya a message on a dating site
03/10/12 - We became "exclusive"
03/15/12 - We told each other "I love you"
08/17/12 - 2 week trip to the Philippines to be with her
08/27/12 - I asked her to marry me (in Cebuano), she cried and said yes
09/02/12 - I came back to the USA

Started on the paperwork

09/22/12 - Mailed I-129F
09/25/12 - Saw on USPS that the package was delivered in Texas
09/28/12 - NOA1
10/08/12 - Received hard copy NOA1
12/19/12 - CFO Counseling Session (to get it out of the way)
04/27/13 - NOA2
05/06/13 - NVC Received and MNL # assigned
05/21/13 - Medical Exam Day
06/04/13 - Interview Day
xx/xx/xx - Visa Arrived
xx/xx/xx - Off to Chicago

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