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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China
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Hi Everyone,

I would like to send my fiancé a Christmas gift and have an item weighing over a pound (a phone), but shipping is apparently expensive. My fiancé says to use FedEx, but the cost is very expensive and I was thinking of USPS (more than half the cost). However, customs horror stories I read online and how I read conditions with USPS process makes me very nervous. Does anyone have experience with mailing things overseas - particularly with USPS? Thank you.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Egypt
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I have a lot of family overseas and ship stuff with USPS all the time. I have never had an issue. If you do intend to ship a phone, you'll want to be sure, if it has a removable battery, you put the battery in the phone before shipping it. Also, be sure to ship priority mail, it's a little more expensive, but it will get there faster and still cheaper than FedEx.


USCIS

10/11/2014 – Mailed I-130 packet to the Chicago Lockbox
10/14/2014 – I-130 packet signed for
10/15/2014 – Priority date assigned
10/19/2014 – Acceptance confirmation email received
10/20/2014 – Check cashed
10/24/2014 – Received I-797C (NOA1)
10/27/2014 – Faxed the USCIS expedite packet to the Senator's office
10/29/2014 – Expedite request sent to USCIS from the Senator's office on my behalf
11/05/2014 – USCIS approved I-130 petition
11/07/2014 – USCIS sent case to the NVC for processing
11/08/2014 – Received I-797, Approval!!! (NOA2)

NVC

11/11/2014 - Emailed the NVC Expedite Packet to the Senator's office
11/12/2014 - Expedite request sent to NVC from the Senator's office on my behalf
11/12/2014 - NVC received case from USCIS
11/28/2014 - Received confirmation email from NVC, expedite request was received and is being processed
12/09/2014 - NVC Case number assigned
12/10/2014 - NVC Welcome letter email
12/10/2014 - Submitted form DS-261
12/11/2014 - AOS fee invoiced
12/12/2014 - AOS fee submitted
12/15/2014 - AOS fee shows paid
12/16/2014 - Sent AOS and IV packets
12/17/2014 - AOS and IV packets received by NVC
12/17/2014 - Embassy denied expedite without a reason, informed over the phone by Hazel from NVC

12/19/2014 - Received email from NVC confirming AOS and IV packets received, scan date 12/17
12/19/2014 - IV fee invoiced

12/19/2014 - IV fee submitted
12/23/2014 - IV fee shows paid

12/26/2014 - Submitted DS-260
02/17/2015 - Case complete!!! :)
05/04/2015 - Interview date received by phone, scheduled for 06/10/2015

05/08/2015 - Received P4 email

US Embassy Cairo

05/12/2015 - Embassy received case from NVC

06/10/2015 - Interview approved!!! :)

07/20/2015 - Visa received

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Take photo of items and be sure to insure,

many times the sticky fingers whomever

leave the insured stuff alone as the company

will investigate having to refund customers items

and cost to send the package originally. Hold

on to tracking & insurance reciepts

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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I send myself packages from the U.S. to China from time to time - be sure to have a label with the address in CHINESE CHARACTERS. It usually takes about three weeks - may be less if to a major city.

For tracking, you will need to send it Express Mail International, which is part of the International EMS Consortium (yes, China's EMS).


玉林,桂 resident
Feb 23, 2005 ........ Mailed I-129F to TSC . . . . . . . . .March 8th ............. P1 from CSC
April 11 ................. P2 from CSC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 25 ................ NVC sends packet to GUZ
June 22 ................ P3 received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov 22 ................. PASSED Interview
Dec 2 ................... Made it! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec 16 .................. Married
May 23, 2006 ..... TDL, EAD, AP received. . . . . . . . . June 16, 2006 ........ AOS interview - wait for FBI bkgrnd check
Apr 19, 2007 .... EAD # 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 7, 2008 ......... 10-year green card
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - K2 (son) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 2 ..................... AOS/EAD filed . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec 17 ................... 21st birthday
Jan 4, 2007 .......... transferred to CSC . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 6, 2007 ............ transferred to MSC
Feb 23 .................... EAD card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Apr 16 .................... AOS denied (over 21)
Jul 26 .................... Master Calendar hearing . . . . . . Nov 15 ...................... Removal hearing
Jan 29, 2008 ........ Voluntary departure

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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I send myself packages from the U.S. to China from time to time - be sure to have a label with the address in CHINESE CHARACTERS. It usually takes about three weeks - may be less if to a major city.

For tracking, you will need to send it Express Mail International, which is part of the International EMS Consortium (yes, China's EMS).

If sending by EMS, the package may be tracked in China through the China Post tracking web site EMS China Courier Service Corporation, Inc. using the same same package ID that it was shipped under from the U.S.


玉林,桂 resident
Feb 23, 2005 ........ Mailed I-129F to TSC . . . . . . . . .March 8th ............. P1 from CSC
April 11 ................. P2 from CSC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 25 ................ NVC sends packet to GUZ
June 22 ................ P3 received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov 22 ................. PASSED Interview
Dec 2 ................... Made it! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec 16 .................. Married
May 23, 2006 ..... TDL, EAD, AP received. . . . . . . . . June 16, 2006 ........ AOS interview - wait for FBI bkgrnd check
Apr 19, 2007 .... EAD # 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 7, 2008 ......... 10-year green card
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - K2 (son) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 2 ..................... AOS/EAD filed . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec 17 ................... 21st birthday
Jan 4, 2007 .......... transferred to CSC . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 6, 2007 ............ transferred to MSC
Feb 23 .................... EAD card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Apr 16 .................... AOS denied (over 21)
Jul 26 .................... Master Calendar hearing . . . . . . Nov 15 ...................... Removal hearing
Jan 29, 2008 ........ Voluntary departure

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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No matter who you use to ship the problem will be at Chinese Customs. Your fiancee will have to pay duty on it before it will be released by them to her and she will need to know whats in the package and what the value is.

This is what happend when I shipped a phone and some other items for my then fiancee for CNY.


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I485 transferred to CSC 4/30/10

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AP received 6/25/10.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: China
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I sent a card with some pictures in to my fiancee (at the time) in China, and it didn't arrive for nearly 2 months!!!

After a month, we had given up on it. I am very leery about sending anything to China using USPS now.

After that, I sent my K1 visa documents using FedEx and it got delivered in about 4 business days.

By the time you go through the shipping and customs duty tax,

it might be easier just to let her buy very popular "Xiaomi" Chinese smartphone.

Just in 2 years, this phone is outselling iPhone and SamSung in China.

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10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China
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I've mailed items via USPS Priority Mail Express and the service was fast (within a 4 days including a weekend). The price included tracking with email and sms updates. I've also used regular priority mail to send documents and thought that the service was on the slow side.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: China
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I should also mentioned that my 2 months lost mail was sent via regular class.
Perhaps, registered or priority mail does better.


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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I don't think customs will be a problem as long as it's packaged and declared for personal use. Repackage it, and declare a low value - $100 should be high enough that it won't get stolen, and not high enough that it'll trigger a fee.

Better yet - yes, let her select and buy her own phone. But Chinese brands seem to only last for a couple of years before something breaks.


玉林,桂 resident
Feb 23, 2005 ........ Mailed I-129F to TSC . . . . . . . . .March 8th ............. P1 from CSC
April 11 ................. P2 from CSC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 25 ................ NVC sends packet to GUZ
June 22 ................ P3 received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov 22 ................. PASSED Interview
Dec 2 ................... Made it! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec 16 .................. Married
May 23, 2006 ..... TDL, EAD, AP received. . . . . . . . . June 16, 2006 ........ AOS interview - wait for FBI bkgrnd check
Apr 19, 2007 .... EAD # 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct 7, 2008 ......... 10-year green card
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - K2 (son) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 2 ..................... AOS/EAD filed . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dec 17 ................... 21st birthday
Jan 4, 2007 .......... transferred to CSC . . . . . . . . . . . Feb 6, 2007 ............ transferred to MSC
Feb 23 .................... EAD card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Apr 16 .................... AOS denied (over 21)
Jul 26 .................... Master Calendar hearing . . . . . . Nov 15 ...................... Removal hearing
Jan 29, 2008 ........ Voluntary departure

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China
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Thank you everyone. I shipped as express international mail with USPS, which with the insurance didn't cost too much more than doing priority with insurance. However, I was told to be honest with my package (and the fact that I'm insuring it), so I actually did put the whole amount. I was warned by my fiancé of a possible customs fee, but hopefully it's not too bad. I was hoping originally the gift will be a surprise, but apparently shipping leaves for no surprises.

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Thank you everyone. I shipped as express international mail with USPS, which with the insurance didn't cost too much more than doing priority with insurance. However, I was told to be honest with my package (and the fact that I'm insuring it), so I actually did put the whole amount. I was warned by my fiancé of a possible customs fee, but hopefully it's not too bad. I was hoping originally the gift will be a surprise, but apparently shipping leaves for no surprises.

Let me know how it turns out once it arrives and gets delivered. I am in the same situation just about and am curious to know results.


I-129F Sent : 2013-04-17
I-129F Acceptance: 2013-04-22

I-129F NOA1 : 2013-04-25 (Text Message & Email Notification Recieved)

I-129F Alien Registration Number Changed: 2013-04-29
I-129F NOA2: 2013-08-07 (Text Message & Email Notification Recieved)
I-129F NVC Recieved: 2013-09-13
I-129F NVC Sent to Consulate in China: 2013-09-13
I-129F Consulate in China created case: 11-Sep-2013
I-129F Consulate sent Packet 3: 16-Sep-2013
I-129F Received Packet 3: 28-Sep-2013
I-129F Packet 3 sent back to Consulate: 01-Oct-2013

I-129F Packet 4 recieved! Email: 20-Oct-2013
I-129F Interview Scheduled: Nov. 7th, 2013
I-129F Visa Interview Approved ~ Nov. 7th, 2013 dancin5hr.gif
I-129F Received Email requesting return to Consulate for fingerprinting(again) ~ 11/13/2013 ranting33va.gif

I-129F Went back to US Consulate to do finger printing 11/26/2013
I-129F CEAC Status changed from AP to " ISSUED" 12-06-2013
(Passport Tracking)
~ 11-07-2013: Passport is still with POST (Consulate)
~ 12-10-2013: Passport is currently being processed for delivery.

~ 12-12-2013: Passport origination scan: Passport is on its way =]
~ 12-16-2013: Passport ready for pickup: Finally !!

Flight to USA on 12/24/2013~ finally coming to America
~ 12-31-2013: Applied for SSN
~ 02-10-2014: Received SSN

Adjustment of Status Package Sent : 02/25/2014
03-06-2014: Notification of Receipt
03-31-2014: Biometrics Appointment
05-19-2014: AOS Interview Approved!!! Was told to wait 2-4 weeks to receive green card.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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My wife ships stuff to China all the time with USPS priority international mail. Sometimes it takes months like others have mentioned due whatever issue Chinese customs has sometimes...

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