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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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I am having a hard time finding information on this subject. I need to move my wife from Bogota to Washington DC in the beginning of December. I have status on Copa and we can bring the following on our flight.

ME: 3 each pieces of luggage, 36 kilos each

HER: 2 pieces of luggage, 50 pounds each

What about the rest of her stuff? I want to pack things into boxes (about 4 to 6 boxes total, all less than 50 pounds each) and have them shipped to DC. They can arrive later. Everything is clothes and general household items. No food, plants, drugs, liquor, tobacco, etc.

1. Is there a size limitation?

2. Weight limitation?

3. What about packing, specifically proper labeling for customs (both Colombian and US Customs).

4. Any good references that anyone knows of?

I tried calling all over Copa Airlines, as well as Copa Cargo, and it is damn near impossible to get any specific answers from anyone. Anyone with actual experience in moving from Bogota to the US, please advise!

Thanks in advance...


CR1 Visa

Embassy: Bogota, Colombia

08/31/2013 -- Married in Colombia

USCIS

10/07/2013 -- I130 Sent
10/18/2013 -- I130 NOA1 date

03/07/2014 -- I130 transferred to California Service Center

03/27/2014 -- RFE Issued

04/15/2014 -- RFE received and info sent (resubmit Marriage Certificate)

04/28/2014 -- RFE received at CSC ("In Review")

05/06/2014 -- I130 NOA2

05/07/2014 – I130 Mailed to NVC
NVC
05-14-2014 -- NVC received
06-20-2014 -- NVC case number assigned case (AoS/IV bills received)
06-29-2014 -- AoS and IV bills paid

07-03-2014 -- AOS & IV bills in "Paid" status

07-08-2014 -- DS-260 completed

07-08-2014 -- Sent AoS and IV Packages

07-15-2014 -- AoS and IV scans

09-11-2014 -- Checklist for Police Records
09-19-2014 -- Case Complete
10-03-2014 -- Interview Scheduled
Embassy
10-16-2014 -- Medical
11-13-2014 -- Interview - APPROVED!
11-20-2014 -- VISA IN HAND!
12-02-2014 -- POE (Dulles) :dance:

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Peru
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I am having a hard time finding information on this subject. I need to move my wife from Bogota to Washington DC in the beginning of December. I have status on Copa and we can bring the following on our flight.

ME: 3 each pieces of luggage, 36 kilos each

HER: 2 pieces of luggage, 50 pounds each

What about the rest of her stuff? I want to pack things into boxes (about 4 to 6 boxes total, all less than 50 pounds each) and have them shipped to DC. They can arrive later. Everything is clothes and general household items. No food, plants, drugs, liquor, tobacco, etc.

1. Is there a size limitation?

2. Weight limitation?

3. What about packing, specifically proper labeling for customs (both Colombian and US Customs).

4. Any good references that anyone knows of?

I tried calling all over Copa Airlines, as well as Copa Cargo, and it is damn near impossible to get any specific answers from anyone. Anyone with actual experience in moving from Bogota to the US, please advise!

Thanks in advance...

See this: https://www.copaair.com/sites/cc/en/informacion-de-viaje/pages/tarifas-equipaje-y-de-servicios-opcionales.aspx

Reading the link you'll see that you could bring a maximum total of 3 +2 Additional = 5 luggage and her 2+2 additional = 4 so between the two of you total 9 pieces of luggage checked in. Maybe you can try to fit the rest of her stuff on the 4 additional pieces of luggage and of course it will be an additional cost of 175 per bag total $700. My friend who came from Colombia for a year did this with Copa, but Copa has a maximum of 2 additional to the allowance only.

Good luck to you!


*The material presented is intended for general information only and does not constitute legal advice*

USCIS - IR1/CR1 Wife/IR2 Daughter - K3 Wife/K4 Daughter

12/03/2013 -- I-130s Sent, 12/06/2013 -- I-130s Received                                           12/13/2013 -- I-129F Sent, 12/16/2013 -- I-129F Received           

12/10/2013 -- I-130s NOA1 Hard copies received from VSC                                         12/20/2013 -- I-129F NOA1 Hard copy from VSC           

06/05/2014 -- I-130s Alien Registration Numbers Changed                                           02/12/2014 -- I-129F Transferred from VSC to TSC hard copy                                       

06/09/2014 -- I-130s RFE Emails, 06/12/2014 -- I-130s RFE Hard copies received       02/25/2014 -- I-129F Alien Registration Number Changed

06/16/2014 -- I-130s RFE Response received                                                              07/11/2014 -- I-129F NOA2 email (207 days)

09/25/2014 -- I-130 NOA2 Emails 290 days                                                                 07/16/2014 -- I-129F NOA2 Hard copy received and sent to NVC        

NVC - K3 Wife/K4 Daughter

07-29-2014 -- NVC received I129F                                                                           

07-31-2014 -- NVC case number assigned

08-01-2014 -- Left NVC in route to Embassy in Lima

Embassy - K3 Wife/K4 Daughter

08-07-2014 -- Embassy in Lima received case from NVC                                        

08-07-2014 -- Received email interview letter and packet IV

08-18-2014 -- Completed DS-160 online                                                                 

08-21-2014 -- Medical & Vaccination completed

09-03-2014 -- Interview (Approved)                                                                        

09-05-2014 -- Visa Issued (CEAC website)

09-10-2014 -- Visa in hand                                                                                      

09-18-2014 -- Dulles VA

USCIS - AOS Wife/Daughter

12/10/2014 -- I-485 Sent - including I-765                                                            

12/11/2014 -- I-485 Received

12/16/2014 -- I-485 and I-765 NOA Received email                                             

12/20/2014 -- I-485 and I-765 NOA Hard copies received

01/09/2015 -- I-485 and I-765 Biometrics appointment                                       

01/14/2015 -- I-485 Ready for interview

02/02/2015 -- I-485 Interview notification received                                             

02/14/2015 -- I-765 Approved - EAD card production email and text

02/24/2015 -- I-765 EAD card received                                                              

 03/12/2015 -- I-485 Interview Date (APPROVED)

03/17/2015 -- CR6/CR7 Welcome letters received                                               

03/21/2015 -- CR6/CR7 Green Cards received :dance:

USCIS - ROC Wife/Daughter

01/12/2017 -- I-751 Sent

01/17/2017 -- I-751 NOA Received for wife and daughter

02/23/2017 -- I-751 / CRI89 Biometrics Appointment for wife and daughter

12/26/2017 -- I-751 / CRI89 Approved for wife and daughter

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Colombia
Timeline

See this: https://www.copaair.com/sites/cc/en/informacion-de-viaje/pages/tarifas-equipaje-y-de-servicios-opcionales.aspx

Reading the link you'll see that you could bring a maximum total of 3 +2 Additional = 5 luggage and her 2+2 additional = 4 so between the two of you total 9 pieces of luggage checked in. Maybe you can try to fit the rest of her stuff on the 4 additional pieces of luggage and of course it will be an additional cost of 175 per bag total $700. My friend who came from Colombia for a year did this with Copa, but Copa has a maximum of 2 additional to the allowance only.

Good luck to you!

Thank you, but during December that rule does not apply. :(


CR1 Visa

Embassy: Bogota, Colombia

08/31/2013 -- Married in Colombia

USCIS

10/07/2013 -- I130 Sent
10/18/2013 -- I130 NOA1 date

03/07/2014 -- I130 transferred to California Service Center

03/27/2014 -- RFE Issued

04/15/2014 -- RFE received and info sent (resubmit Marriage Certificate)

04/28/2014 -- RFE received at CSC ("In Review")

05/06/2014 -- I130 NOA2

05/07/2014 – I130 Mailed to NVC
NVC
05-14-2014 -- NVC received
06-20-2014 -- NVC case number assigned case (AoS/IV bills received)
06-29-2014 -- AoS and IV bills paid

07-03-2014 -- AOS & IV bills in "Paid" status

07-08-2014 -- DS-260 completed

07-08-2014 -- Sent AoS and IV Packages

07-15-2014 -- AoS and IV scans

09-11-2014 -- Checklist for Police Records
09-19-2014 -- Case Complete
10-03-2014 -- Interview Scheduled
Embassy
10-16-2014 -- Medical
11-13-2014 -- Interview - APPROVED!
11-20-2014 -- VISA IN HAND!
12-02-2014 -- POE (Dulles) :dance:

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Peru
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I am having a hard time finding information on this subject. I need to move my wife from Bogota to Washington DC in the beginning of December. I have status on Copa and we can bring the following on our flight.

ME: 3 each pieces of luggage, 36 kilos each

HER: 2 pieces of luggage, 50 pounds each

What about the rest of her stuff? I want to pack things into boxes (about 4 to 6 boxes total, all less than 50 pounds each) and have them shipped to DC. They can arrive later. Everything is clothes and general household items. No food, plants, drugs, liquor, tobacco, etc.

1. Is there a size limitation?

2. Weight limitation?

3. What about packing, specifically proper labeling for customs (both Colombian and US Customs).

4. Any good references that anyone knows of?

I tried calling all over Copa Airlines, as well as Copa Cargo, and it is damn near impossible to get any specific answers from anyone. Anyone with actual experience in moving from Bogota to the US, please advise!

Thanks in advance...

Colombia to USA

Baggage policy
Additional baggage fee

Baggage allowance free of charge

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Overweight baggage fee

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24 kg - 32 kg (52 lb - 70 lb) US$100 per bag 33 kg - 45 kg (72 lb - 99 lb) US$150 per bag

*Individual pieces cannot exceed 45 kg (99 lb).

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Oversized baggage fee

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63 - 107 linear inches US$100 per bag bg-table-inner-bottom.png

Restricted periods

The following regulations apply to boxes, items that exceed size or weight limitations or are in excess of the baggage allowance during the periods indicated below:

Date Restrictions
July 1 – Aug. 31

Dec. 1 – Jan. 31 Copa Airlines will not transport pieces not covered by the allowed baggage policy, perishable food, overweight or oversized baggage, registered cases in the hold, packages or packaging of irregular shape. January, July, August and December Transportation of perishable food is not allowed

  • US$175 per bag
  • No more than 2 additional bags will be allowed.
  • Individual pieces over 32 kg (70 lb) and 62 linear inches are not allowed.

*The material presented is intended for general information only and does not constitute legal advice*

USCIS - IR1/CR1 Wife/IR2 Daughter - K3 Wife/K4 Daughter

12/03/2013 -- I-130s Sent, 12/06/2013 -- I-130s Received                                           12/13/2013 -- I-129F Sent, 12/16/2013 -- I-129F Received           

12/10/2013 -- I-130s NOA1 Hard copies received from VSC                                         12/20/2013 -- I-129F NOA1 Hard copy from VSC           

06/05/2014 -- I-130s Alien Registration Numbers Changed                                           02/12/2014 -- I-129F Transferred from VSC to TSC hard copy                                       

06/09/2014 -- I-130s RFE Emails, 06/12/2014 -- I-130s RFE Hard copies received       02/25/2014 -- I-129F Alien Registration Number Changed

06/16/2014 -- I-130s RFE Response received                                                              07/11/2014 -- I-129F NOA2 email (207 days)

09/25/2014 -- I-130 NOA2 Emails 290 days                                                                 07/16/2014 -- I-129F NOA2 Hard copy received and sent to NVC        

NVC - K3 Wife/K4 Daughter

07-29-2014 -- NVC received I129F                                                                           

07-31-2014 -- NVC case number assigned

08-01-2014 -- Left NVC in route to Embassy in Lima

Embassy - K3 Wife/K4 Daughter

08-07-2014 -- Embassy in Lima received case from NVC                                        

08-07-2014 -- Received email interview letter and packet IV

08-18-2014 -- Completed DS-160 online                                                                 

08-21-2014 -- Medical & Vaccination completed

09-03-2014 -- Interview (Approved)                                                                        

09-05-2014 -- Visa Issued (CEAC website)

09-10-2014 -- Visa in hand                                                                                      

09-18-2014 -- Dulles VA

USCIS - AOS Wife/Daughter

12/10/2014 -- I-485 Sent - including I-765                                                            

12/11/2014 -- I-485 Received

12/16/2014 -- I-485 and I-765 NOA Received email                                             

12/20/2014 -- I-485 and I-765 NOA Hard copies received

01/09/2015 -- I-485 and I-765 Biometrics appointment                                       

01/14/2015 -- I-485 Ready for interview

02/02/2015 -- I-485 Interview notification received                                             

02/14/2015 -- I-765 Approved - EAD card production email and text

02/24/2015 -- I-765 EAD card received                                                              

 03/12/2015 -- I-485 Interview Date (APPROVED)

03/17/2015 -- CR6/CR7 Welcome letters received                                               

03/21/2015 -- CR6/CR7 Green Cards received :dance:

USCIS - ROC Wife/Daughter

01/12/2017 -- I-751 Sent

01/17/2017 -- I-751 NOA Received for wife and daughter

02/23/2017 -- I-751 / CRI89 Biometrics Appointment for wife and daughter

12/26/2017 -- I-751 / CRI89 Approved for wife and daughter

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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Restricted periods

The following regulations apply to boxes, items that exceed size or weight limitations or are in excess of the baggage allowance during the periods indicated below:

Date Restrictions
July 1 – Aug. 31
Dec. 1 – Jan. 31 Copa Airlines will not transport pieces not covered by the allowed baggage policy, perishable food, overweight or oversized baggage, registered cases in the hold, packages or packaging of irregular shape. January, July, August and December Transportation of perishable food is not allowed
  • US$175 per bag
  • No more than 2 additional bags will be allowed.
  • Individual pieces over 32 kg (70 lb) and 62 linear inches are not allowed.

CR1 Visa

Embassy: Bogota, Colombia

08/31/2013 -- Married in Colombia

USCIS

10/07/2013 -- I130 Sent
10/18/2013 -- I130 NOA1 date

03/07/2014 -- I130 transferred to California Service Center

03/27/2014 -- RFE Issued

04/15/2014 -- RFE received and info sent (resubmit Marriage Certificate)

04/28/2014 -- RFE received at CSC ("In Review")

05/06/2014 -- I130 NOA2

05/07/2014 – I130 Mailed to NVC
NVC
05-14-2014 -- NVC received
06-20-2014 -- NVC case number assigned case (AoS/IV bills received)
06-29-2014 -- AoS and IV bills paid

07-03-2014 -- AOS & IV bills in "Paid" status

07-08-2014 -- DS-260 completed

07-08-2014 -- Sent AoS and IV Packages

07-15-2014 -- AoS and IV scans

09-11-2014 -- Checklist for Police Records
09-19-2014 -- Case Complete
10-03-2014 -- Interview Scheduled
Embassy
10-16-2014 -- Medical
11-13-2014 -- Interview - APPROVED!
11-20-2014 -- VISA IN HAND!
12-02-2014 -- POE (Dulles) :dance:

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Bump for the night crew


CR1 Visa

Embassy: Bogota, Colombia

08/31/2013 -- Married in Colombia

USCIS

10/07/2013 -- I130 Sent
10/18/2013 -- I130 NOA1 date

03/07/2014 -- I130 transferred to California Service Center

03/27/2014 -- RFE Issued

04/15/2014 -- RFE received and info sent (resubmit Marriage Certificate)

04/28/2014 -- RFE received at CSC ("In Review")

05/06/2014 -- I130 NOA2

05/07/2014 – I130 Mailed to NVC
NVC
05-14-2014 -- NVC received
06-20-2014 -- NVC case number assigned case (AoS/IV bills received)
06-29-2014 -- AoS and IV bills paid

07-03-2014 -- AOS & IV bills in "Paid" status

07-08-2014 -- DS-260 completed

07-08-2014 -- Sent AoS and IV Packages

07-15-2014 -- AoS and IV scans

09-11-2014 -- Checklist for Police Records
09-19-2014 -- Case Complete
10-03-2014 -- Interview Scheduled
Embassy
10-16-2014 -- Medical
11-13-2014 -- Interview - APPROVED!
11-20-2014 -- VISA IN HAND!
12-02-2014 -- POE (Dulles) :dance:

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