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The big move...Cebu to New York City

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This is it...I booked a one way flight from CEB to MNL for Aug 20, 5:05 AM - 6:15 AM with Cebu Pacific. Then MNL-NRT-LAX-JFK with Delta on Aug 21, 7:40 AM. Have a small stroller bag and my blue document holder as carry on. While two 20x20x20 balikbayan boxes nearly 50lbs each with an outer cover to make them look like bags as check ins.

Aug 20

4:00 AM - Checked In with Cebu Pacific

4:40 AM - Was supposed to board but flight was delayed and new departure time was 5:30

5:30 AM - Departed for MNL

7:35 AM - After circling Manila, flight was sent back to Cebu due to poor weather and floods

8:35 AM - Landed in CEB

8:36 AM - While in the plane CEbu Pacific crew announced that they will wait out and see if the weather would improve in MNL and passengers have the option to deplane and reschedule at a later date within 30 days with no additional cost or wait until 9:35AM for better weather and clearance to fly again to MNL. I opted to wait, since I already coordinated with my former officemates in the callcenter for Expedia that Delta has no advice for flexibility policy to change with no additional cost.

9:35 AM cleared to depart for Manila again

10:00 AM took off

11:00 AM circled manila again and was told we might go back to cebu again because all the parking slots are full. This part was scary since I saw we nearly had a mid air collision plus, turbulence plus little visibility

11:30 AM landed but the turbulencr was really bad, had to wait an additional 15 minutes for a plane to vacate.

11:50 finally deplaned after sitting inside that same plane for nearly 6 hours

12:45 cuzin picked me up, good thing they live near the airport and found some alternate routes to avoid flooded streets...

whew...day 1 is already full of drama...I'm hoping my flight to the US tomorrow will push through...so far the rains have let up a bit...

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Epic move!! Stay safe. And even if you will land here in Manila, it's flooded everywhere right now. Few taxis can go to the airport only pedicab and the fare to airport using pedicab is PHP 1,500. Ridiculous right.

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// OUR K1 VISA JOURNEY //

12/29/2012 - I-129F Packet Sent
01/09/2013 - NOA 1
06/19/2013 - NOA 2
07/12/2013 - Our Case Was Shipped to NVC
07/19/2013 - Called NVC And Got A MNL Case Number
07/22/2013 - Scheduled Interview Online (August 12th)
07/29-30/2013 - SLEC Read my Medical Exam Review
08/12/2013 - Interview Read My Review | Documents I prepared | Tracking my Visa status
08/16/2013 - Visa On Hand Pick up via 2GO MOA
08/27/2013 - CFO seminar and sticker Read my CFO experience
09/01/2013 – POE To U.S.
09/14/2013 - Got married



// AOS Journey //

10/03/2013 - Sent AOS Packet via USPS Priority | My AOS Packet

10/10/2013 - NOA 1 received via text and email (AOS, AP, and EAD) AOS Acceptance 10/09, AP and EAD Initial Review 10/07

10/14/2013 - NOA received via mail (AOS, AP, and EAD)

10/21/2013 - Letter for Biomettrics appointment received

11/04/2013 - RFE from checking online

11/07/2013 - Biometrics

11/08/2013 - Received the RFE letter in the mail & sent RFE on the same day!!

11/14/2013 - RFE respond received

12/04/2013 - I-485 Family-based Card in production (a.m.) then went to Decision (p.m.) - NO interview

12/09/2013 - Green Card was mailed!

12/11/2013 - GC received! 2 months and 1 day from the NOA1

Read how we expedite our case

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Terminated as Green Card was approved first.

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wow that was scary.wow.gif


01-04-2013: SENT I 129F PACKET

01-17-2013: NOA1 (VERMONT SERVICE CENTER)

05-28-2013: CASE TRANSFER FROM VSC TO TSC

07-02-2013: NOA2

07-26-2013: GOT MNL # THROUGH EMAIL (NVC)

08-08-2013: 1ST DAY OF MEDICAL AT SLEC (HOLIDAY THE NEXT DAY AND OVER THE WEEKEND)

08-12-2013: 2ND DAY FOR IMMUNIZATION (4 SHOTS)

08-19-2013: APPOINTMENT INTERVIEW / CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE FLOOD

08-23-2013: RESCHEDULED INTERVIEW / PUT UNDER ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW DUE TO MY J1 VISA BEFORE

CEAC STATUS CHECK AS OF 09-02-2013: STILL "READY" FOR THE INTERVIEW. NO CHANGE YET.

09-30-13: READY OPEN CASE

10-01-13: ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING

10-02-13: ISSUED

10-05-13: VISA ON HAND

10-16-13: POE HONOLULU HI

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/450009-k1-interview-got-a-221g-need-help/g

11-12-13: GOT MARRIED!

12-17-13: SENT AOS PACKET (EXPRESS MAIL TO CHICAGO)

12-20-13: DELIVERED

12-23-13: NOA 1

1-28-13: SCHEDULED BIOMETRICS

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good luck and have a safe trip to your new home.


K1 - Filed March 2011

- Denied March 13, 2012

- Placed in AP March 14,2012

- Sent back to USCIS November 2012

- Expired March 2013

WASTED A YEAR FIGHTING THE DENIEL

MARRIED MARCH 15, 2013

1-130 Approved 3/3/2014 :-)

Finally made it home 3/18/2014

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Have a safe flight tomorrow.... I hope you will give 2hrs. allowance to your trip to the airport... to avoid inconvenience.


N-400 (Online - Seattle Field Office)

(00days) 2018-10-01 Filed ONLINE - received Payment Confirmation the same day - paid by Credit Card

(04days) 2018-10-05 Received NOA by mail

(05days) 2018-10-06 Received email - Biometrics appointment is scheduled

(09days) 2018-10-10 Check my online account and my Biotmetrics Notification is attached and available

(11days) 2018-10-12 Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed - Walk-in no problem; saved 2 weeks (Original appointment date is Oct. 26)

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Oh wow, so much back luck! I hope this means that you'll be double lucky tomorrow to make up for it! dancin5hr.gif


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I am the beneficiary.
 
Green card holder since May 2016.
 
Started ROC on March 14th 2018.
 
NOA 1:  March 30th 2018.
Biometrics: May 25th 2018.
Interview: ???
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Have a safe flight! Amping and pag-ampo jud nga okay ra tanan ugma! =)


USCIS

8/10/12-Sent I-130 x2

8/17/12-NOA1

2/28/13-NOA2

NVC

5/6/13-Case# & IIN recvd

7/23/13-Case complete!

US Embassy

9/4/13-Interview- APPROVED!

9/7/13-Visas on hand

10/27/13-POE: SFO

11/5/13- SSN's received

12/2/13-GC's on hand

US Citizenship soon...

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Safe flight and welcome to US soon!


K1
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

N-400 on or after 12/15/15



and they'll live happily ever, ever after...
Relationship Journey: Our pursuit to happiness

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Thank you guys...touchdown Narita and now awaiting my connection to LAX...

Day 2

4:30 AM Went to NAIA terminal 1 from my cuzin's place in Multinational Village...minimal flooding but my cuz used their SUV just in case of high waters

4:45 AM Arrived at NAIA terminal 1, was stopped by 1st security and wanted to check my checked bagbox. Apparently they were wondering why there were a lot of ziploc bags with figures in them. Told them it's my personal collection of G.I. Joes. Opened thr box and showed them and they waved me off...

5:00 AM got checked in...bags were within the maximum weight. Whew but the lady told me to pay the travel tax then come back to her with the receipt.

5:05: AM Travel tax of 1620.0 paid at the TIEZA counter

5:06 AM Went back to the check in counter to show the receipt

5:10 AM Paid terminal fee 550.00 (before you do this, there is a counter for allied bank to change your pesos to US Dollars, your last chance if you do the early morning flight as the small allied bank counter beyond immigrations was closed at that time...you wont be able to go back out to the travel tax area just to get dollars.

5:15 AM immigrations, you need to show your passport and boarding pass

6:45 AM Boarded my flight

7:40 AM took off from MNL...flight was a bit bumpy...

12:00 touchdown Narita

12:05 PM went through security screening with the Japanese...

12:15 PM at the gate for the flight to LAX...

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Glad to hear you safely depart from Manila. Keep us posted.


N-400 (Online - Seattle Field Office)

(00days) 2018-10-01 Filed ONLINE - received Payment Confirmation the same day - paid by Credit Card

(04days) 2018-10-05 Received NOA by mail

(05days) 2018-10-06 Received email - Biometrics appointment is scheduled

(09days) 2018-10-10 Check my online account and my Biotmetrics Notification is attached and available

(11days) 2018-10-12 Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed - Walk-in no problem; saved 2 weeks (Original appointment date is Oct. 26)

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9:30 AM PST Arrived at LAX, long line with immigrations, was directed to the visitors line

10:20 AM PST My turn with an immigrations officer, he asked for purpose of being in the US, he took my visa packet but oddly he didnt take the vaccination sheet from St. Luke's and asked me to sit down

10:50 AM PST Called back again where he took my right pointer finger for fingerprints

11:00 AM PST Officer gave back my passport with a stamp near the visa. Told me my greencard will arrive 3-6 months then directed me to go to baggage claim then go to customs.

11:10 AM PST Cleared customs, officers asked if i have chorizo, chicharon and etc. Bag went into another XRay

11:20 AN PSt dropped my bags off to connection check in counter

11:25 Chillax mode at the gate for my final connection

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Thank you. I was too tired to do updates...but here it goes.

1:40 PM PST Took off from LAX for JFK...expect stretches of turbulence...

9:40 PM EST Arrived in JFK Delta terminal 4...if you have huge bags prepare to cough up $5.00 for you to use a cart from the "vendo". The machine accepts $10 and credit cards. Also its hard to find a free wifi spot to communicate and coordinate pick up so you may need to use coins for the payphone. I learned the hard way that it only acceps 5, 10 and 25 cents and what I have are 50 cents ton1.00 coin. Good thing my wife and our daughter found me...

whew...was sooo dead tired from this but well worth the experience...

Looking forward to hearing you arrived in NY ok....what an exciting time for you......!!!!

Only a few more hours and you will be there.... :-)

Safe travels,

cjmc

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