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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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I'm hoping to have my interview sometime around the 31st of the month; my medical was last week (October 3rd) I have filled in all forms and declared I'm ready for the interview, and today my CEAC was updated for the second time - presumably as they have received my medical results.

So, I started to browse flight costs - I intend to arrive around November 18th-20th, if I have my interview on October 31st and the visa is granted.

The cheapest option by a long way is to fly in to Dublin (I live near Newcastle, England and would like to depart from there as that would enable my family to come bid me farewell). I looked at flying Newcastle to London and then on to Orlando; but Newcastle to Dublin and then to Orlando is cheaper by more than 50%.

I know that Dublin is a bona fide POE, but I was just wondering if anyone could add their experience as to whether or not flying in to Dublin as the POE is worthwhile?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated,

Tom.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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Very much so! We plan on flying through either Dublin or Shannon when we finally move since the wait for us was in total about 40 minutes (and that's only because they made us wait in a small lobby-like area as they processed others with tighter flight connections). They were a lot friendlier than any other customs officers we've had to deal with, even made small talk. Not to mention when you sit on the plane and realize you're already "in the US" and not having to rush around when you land makes the flight a thousand times more enjoyable.


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

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-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
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-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

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-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
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-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

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England
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I did Dublin as a POE, it was much quieter and less stressful than going through a major US airport. However.. The guy made some mistakes on my file that took a while to get rectified later but it was because I was a CR1 filer. Have not seen any K1's report issues.


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