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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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Hi friends, i have a question and anyone can guide

it is heard that if you go to USA via Au Dhabi then you immigration process is completed at abu dhabi clearance office of USA, whether it is good and faster comapre to POE at US like JFK.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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Yes Abu Dhabi has US Customs "pre-clearance'', meaning this will be your POE. Few airports have this advantage and it's DEFINITELY worth going out of your way for. We did pre-clearance in Dublin, Ireland once and from the time our plane touched the ground to the time we gave our ticket to the boarding crew for our connecting flight to Chicago, it all took about 45 minutes.


POE is your first states of the US that you landed. You can't have POE to other territory that doesn't belong to the US.

There are a few airports outside the US that have so-called pre-clearance zones that count as the POE to the United States. Vancouver, Dublin, Shannon, Abu Dhabi are just to name a few that offer foreign Customs office locations.


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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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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His social security card came in 1 week. The green card took 2 months due to a mistake by USCIS.

I think the immigration people in Abu Dhabi are very friendly and professional. They don't give Pakistani's a hard time like some local US airports. It can take hours in Immigration sometimes at local US airports. Remember you will have a 1 year work permit on your visa so you can work without the green card.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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Hi friends, i have a question and anyone can guide

it is heard that if you go to USA via Au Dhabi then you immigration process is completed at abu dhabi clearance office of USA, whether it is good and faster comapre to POE at US like JFK.

My husband (fiance) at the time went through Abu Dhabi and went through immigration there. On the plus side, it was nice to have it done before getting to the US. On the negative side, they never sent his paperwork from Abu Dhabi to the US so our interview was postponed waiting for the documents. We not only had to wait several months to interview for adjustment of status, but at the interview were told they could not approve us bcz they didn't have the medical report bcz Abu Dhabi never sent. We had to go pay for another medical and submit, but were then told we would have to wait up to 6 months for them to review our case and give a decision. When all is said and done, going through Abu Dhabi is taking us 3-8 months longer to get my husband's green card, cost several hundred dollars more, and required me to take an extra 2 days off from work. I don't know if it's unusual for them to lose paperwork, but I personally would rather have them take the paperwork in the US and not worry about UAE mailing our docs across the world again.

Good luck with your journey!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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My wife was processed at Abu Dhabi. It took no longer than 30min before she was ready to fly out again.

All in all it makes no difference where you are processed.


NOA2: 4/13/2014

NVC Received Case: 4/28/2014

NVC Assigned Case no and IIN: 5/21/2014

DS261 available and submitted: 5/31/2014

AOS fees available and paid: 6/2/2014

AOS package sent out:6/3/2014

AOS fee shows paid: 6/4/2014

Resubmitted DS261 because it showed incomplete: 6/5/2014

AOS Package scanned at NVC: 6/9/2014 :protest:

IV fees paid: 7/10/14 :ranting:

DS260 Submitted: 7/12/14 :ranting:

IV Packaged Scanned by NVC: 7/15/2014 :ranting:

CC:9/7/2014 :dancing:

Interview:10/29/2014 :dancing: :dancing::dancing:

POE:11/09/2014 :dancing::dancing::dancing:

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