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We're in the process of applying for our visa and hoping to move to the states in November this year.

Our idea is to Cruise across from Southampton, arriving in Fort Lauderdale and then drive to our new home in Orlando, the benefits being

  • It's cheaper than flying
  • You can take masses of luggage
  • It will be a nice holiday as well.

The question I have is can anyone see this as being a problem from an immigration point of view.

I'm guessing the majority of people enter by Air. Will the port be setup to process me (actually i have no idea what the process is when i get there)

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That's a great question. My thinking is that you should probably contact the port in Ft. Lauderdale and ask someone that works there. I would ask more than one person too. You could always get a person that just wants to get you off the phone. Good luck! :)



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Yes of course you can come by boat. They have immigration controls for people coming on boats. What a huge loophole it would be if they didn't!


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Yes, that's fine. They may not do that sort of processing as often as airports (or the land points of entry like at Canada/Mexico), so it might take longer when you get to the port to be processed, is all.


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...now I'm looking at cruises. What an amazing way to enter the country for a new life. Not super convenient for San Francisco, though. :)


* I-130/CR-1 visa by Direct Consular Filing in London
3rd May 2013 - Married in London

7th May 2013 - I-130 filed
4th June 2013 - NOA2 (approved)
16th July 2013 - Interview (approved)
30th July 2013 - POE San Francisco
29th August 2013 - 2 year green card arrived

 

* How? Read my DCF London I-130 for CR1/IR1 Spouse Guide

* Removal of Conditions (RoC) via California Service Centre
1st May 2015 - 90 day RoC window opened
6th May 2015 - I-751 filed (delivered 8th May, cheque cashed 18th May)
7th August 2015 - Approved / GC production

27th August 2015 - 10 year green card arrived

* Naturalisation (Citizenship) via Phoenix Lockbox

* San Francisco Field Office:
1st May 2016 - N-400 window opened
20th August 2016 - N-400 filed

26th August 2016 - NOA1
13th September 2016 - Biometrics

12th January 2017 - Biometrics (again)
30th May 2017 - Interview (approved)
7th June 2017 - Oath

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That's the way everyone used to start their new life in the US!

Boats used to go from Europe all around South America to get to San Francisco. It was a time tested route.


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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Thanks for the feedback

I knew that there was immigration at the ports i just didn't know if they were set up to cope with new immigrants. I will give them a call when I'm closer to the time.

Lost_at_sea - We thought it was a great idea. we're hoping to load up all the possesions we want to keep so we won't have to pay to ship anything. (Most cruise lines have say a max of 4 suitcases each and a weight limit of 200kg, which should be more than enough for all our stuff).

We're hoping to head to Fort Lauderdale as there are two cruises in the first couple of days in november.

Closer to San Fran (although still not that close), there are cruises at a similar time Galvestone (tx) and New Orleans.

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Thanks for the feedback

I knew that there was immigration at the ports i just didn't know if they were set up to cope with new immigrants. I will give them a call when I'm closer to the time.

Lost_at_sea - We thought it was a great idea. we're hoping to load up all the possesions we want to keep so we won't have to pay to ship anything. (Most cruise lines have say a max of 4 suitcases each and a weight limit of 200kg, which should be more than enough for all our stuff).

We're hoping to head to Fort Lauderdale as there are two cruises in the first couple of days in november.

Closer to San Fran (although still not that close), there are cruises at a similar time Galvestone (tx) and New Orleans.

That would be amazing. Anyway - do let the thread know when you call them - the info might come in handy for others.


* I-130/CR-1 visa by Direct Consular Filing in London
3rd May 2013 - Married in London

7th May 2013 - I-130 filed
4th June 2013 - NOA2 (approved)
16th July 2013 - Interview (approved)
30th July 2013 - POE San Francisco
29th August 2013 - 2 year green card arrived

 

* How? Read my DCF London I-130 for CR1/IR1 Spouse Guide

* Removal of Conditions (RoC) via California Service Centre
1st May 2015 - 90 day RoC window opened
6th May 2015 - I-751 filed (delivered 8th May, cheque cashed 18th May)
7th August 2015 - Approved / GC production

27th August 2015 - 10 year green card arrived

* Naturalisation (Citizenship) via Phoenix Lockbox

* San Francisco Field Office:
1st May 2016 - N-400 window opened
20th August 2016 - N-400 filed

26th August 2016 - NOA1
13th September 2016 - Biometrics

12th January 2017 - Biometrics (again)
30th May 2017 - Interview (approved)
7th June 2017 - Oath

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I came on a cruise ship to the U.S. in January using my K1 visa. I know it is hard to find information on people who have immigrated by cruise ship (I did a lot of research before my cruise), so I thought I'd comment even though I did not arrive in Fort Lauderdale, but at New York Seaport.

I have written a POE review in my timeline, if you'd like to check it out: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/profile.php?id=126144 (at the end of the page).

I had written to CBP prior to booking the cruise and asked them about the procedure when entering by ship, and they replied that there would be no problems and that my visa would be processed at the first port that I was entering in the U.S. My husband (then-fiancé) also called immigration at the New York seaport, and they too assured us that everything would be alright. Maybe that is one thing that you could do, call immigration in Fort Lauderdale, just to make sure and for your peace of mind.

There are at least two other members on here who have also immigrated by cruise ship, broma25 and EmigratingSwede. From what I have read from other members, the only problem that some ran into were that a few immigration officers were not proficient with immigrant visas and had to consult their manuals or supervisors. I personally did not have any problems whatsoever, and my visa was processed very efficiently and professionally.

I can only recommend going by cruise ship. It is such an incredible and unforgettable experience! Good luck! smile.png

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K1 Visa
Feb. 29, 2012: I-129F sent
March 8, 2012: NOA1 (VSC)
August 30, 2012: NOA2
Oct. 1, 2012: Packet 3 received
Nov. 3, 2012: Packet 4 received
Nov. 15, 2012: Interview - approved!
Jan. 18, 2013: POE New York Seaport
Feb. 2, 2013: Wedding

AOS
March 6, 2013: AOS Package sent
March 12, 2013: I-485, I-765, I-131 NOA's
March 29, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

May 10, 2013: EAD/AP approved
Sept. 5, 2013: "Potential Interview Waiver Case" letter received
Nov. 2, 2013: AOS approved (no interview)

ROC
Aug. 4, 2015: I-751 sent
Aug. 6, 2015: NOA1 (CSC)
Sept. 4, 2015: Biometrics Appointment
Feb. 10, 2016: ROC approved

 

Dual Citizenship
Aug. 26, 2016: BBG application sent (permit to retain German citizenship)
Nov. 21, 2016: BBG approval notice received (p/u at German Honorary Consulate, OKC: Feb. 6, 2017)
Dec. 8, 2016: N-400 sent
Dec. 12, 2016: Priority Date (NBC)

Jan. 9, 2017: Biometrics Appointment

Aug. 31, 2017: In-Line for Interview

Sept. 6, 2017: Interview Scheduled

Oct. 16, 2017: Interview

Oct. 25, 2017: Oath Appointment Letter received

Nov. 1, 2017: Oath Ceremony

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Are there any sites similar to farecompare/kayak that you could recommend to search for deals on cruises? My husband and I think it's a cool idea for him to enter via ship. All the ones I've found are ridiculously expensive...about 3 times as much as it costs to fly.

Edited by Stressed Out

Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

TransferWise Invitation Link: (first wire transfer is free) https://transferwise.com/u/eec50

(B-2 Journey):

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

(IR-1 Journey):

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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@stressed out

two of my favourites are

vacationstogo.com

and

cruise.co.uk

I normally use the first one to find out when the cruises are going and then try a bunch of other sites to find the best deal.

For us it's working our about £200 cheaper to cruise and thats before you take into account excess luggage and shipping savings.

Fingers crossed you find a deal.

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Forgot to mention. You need to try and find repositioning cruises when the move the cruise ships to a new home port. The med season finishes in October/November and then some if the ships move to sail the Caribbean over the winter.

It's that time period when you'll find the deals

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Are there any sites similar to farecompare/kayak that you could recommend to search for deals on cruises? My husband and I think it's a cool idea for him to enter via ship. All the ones I've found are ridiculously expensive...about 3 times as much as it costs to fly.

I used several comparison websites to find the cruise that I was looking for, but I ended up booking directly via the cruise line's telephone number. It was easier for me that way, especially since this was my first cruise and I had quite a few questions.

Also, don't forget to check out cruise lines' website - sometimes they have great offers if you book a couple of months in advance.

To be fair, I have to say that my cruise actually was more expensive than the flight would have been. That was because I used one of the more expensive cruise lines (Cunard) though, and it wasn't a repositioning cruise but part of their world tour. Being allowed to take as much baggage with me as I wanted to and just the pure experience offse it all though! You could also try to find a cheaper cruise line though. Royal Carribean sometimes has good offers.


K1 Visa
Feb. 29, 2012: I-129F sent
March 8, 2012: NOA1 (VSC)
August 30, 2012: NOA2
Oct. 1, 2012: Packet 3 received
Nov. 3, 2012: Packet 4 received
Nov. 15, 2012: Interview - approved!
Jan. 18, 2013: POE New York Seaport
Feb. 2, 2013: Wedding

AOS
March 6, 2013: AOS Package sent
March 12, 2013: I-485, I-765, I-131 NOA's
March 29, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

May 10, 2013: EAD/AP approved
Sept. 5, 2013: "Potential Interview Waiver Case" letter received
Nov. 2, 2013: AOS approved (no interview)

ROC
Aug. 4, 2015: I-751 sent
Aug. 6, 2015: NOA1 (CSC)
Sept. 4, 2015: Biometrics Appointment
Feb. 10, 2016: ROC approved

 

Dual Citizenship
Aug. 26, 2016: BBG application sent (permit to retain German citizenship)
Nov. 21, 2016: BBG approval notice received (p/u at German Honorary Consulate, OKC: Feb. 6, 2017)
Dec. 8, 2016: N-400 sent
Dec. 12, 2016: Priority Date (NBC)

Jan. 9, 2017: Biometrics Appointment

Aug. 31, 2017: In-Line for Interview

Sept. 6, 2017: Interview Scheduled

Oct. 16, 2017: Interview

Oct. 25, 2017: Oath Appointment Letter received

Nov. 1, 2017: Oath Ceremony

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To be fair, I have to say that my cruise actually was more expensive than the flight would have been. That was because I used one of the more expensive cruise lines (Cunard) though, and it wasn't a repositioning cruise but part of their world tour. Being allowed to take as much baggage with me as I wanted to and just the pure experience offset it all though! You could also try to find a cheaper cruise line though. Royal Caribbean sometimes has good offers.

Ugh, sorry for all the mistakes in my post... I was in a hurry to get done. blush.png


K1 Visa
Feb. 29, 2012: I-129F sent
March 8, 2012: NOA1 (VSC)
August 30, 2012: NOA2
Oct. 1, 2012: Packet 3 received
Nov. 3, 2012: Packet 4 received
Nov. 15, 2012: Interview - approved!
Jan. 18, 2013: POE New York Seaport
Feb. 2, 2013: Wedding

AOS
March 6, 2013: AOS Package sent
March 12, 2013: I-485, I-765, I-131 NOA's
March 29, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

May 10, 2013: EAD/AP approved
Sept. 5, 2013: "Potential Interview Waiver Case" letter received
Nov. 2, 2013: AOS approved (no interview)

ROC
Aug. 4, 2015: I-751 sent
Aug. 6, 2015: NOA1 (CSC)
Sept. 4, 2015: Biometrics Appointment
Feb. 10, 2016: ROC approved

 

Dual Citizenship
Aug. 26, 2016: BBG application sent (permit to retain German citizenship)
Nov. 21, 2016: BBG approval notice received (p/u at German Honorary Consulate, OKC: Feb. 6, 2017)
Dec. 8, 2016: N-400 sent
Dec. 12, 2016: Priority Date (NBC)

Jan. 9, 2017: Biometrics Appointment

Aug. 31, 2017: In-Line for Interview

Sept. 6, 2017: Interview Scheduled

Oct. 16, 2017: Interview

Oct. 25, 2017: Oath Appointment Letter received

Nov. 1, 2017: Oath Ceremony

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Thanks for the site recommendations, Jviddy! I'm not needing to go on the Queen Mary or anything, but we're also not wanting to go with some pirate trawler like in the newest King Kong movie, haha. I just wouldn't be too surprised if the prices of airfare pretty much force people to cruise more often and that causing cruiselines to drop their prices a bit since they have a higher demand for tickets. Orrrr they both just get more expensive, hehe...we'll have to see how it plays out. Either way I went on a short cruise to Mexico with my parents when I was young and I thought it was very fun, so a week at sea would be even better I'd think.


Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

TransferWise Invitation Link: (first wire transfer is free) https://transferwise.com/u/eec50

(B-2 Journey):

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

(IR-1 Journey):

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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