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I will do an advance clearance too, from Abu Dhabi.

I don't know how it will be as they just started the advance clearance for Etihad airways early this year I guess and for selected flights only.

My husband tried it last week, and he likes how he doesn't need to go in line at the POE. But with me being a new immigrant, I don't know if it will not cause any problem later.


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May 16, 2014 - Wedding Date

USCIS

July 13, 2014 - I-130 NOA1 receipt (Nebraska Service Center)

July 30, 2014 - I-130 approved-NOA2 (17 days from NOA1)

NVC

Sep 03, 2014- Case # & IIN received

Nov 13, 2014- Case Complete (9/14/14 & 10/14/14 ; AOS & IV scan date )

EMBASSY

Dec 03, 2014 - Received P4 letter ( interview on Jan 29, 2015 )

Feb 03, 2015 - Visa on hand ( Thank You Lord )

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My wife and stepson went through pre-clearance in Abu Dhabi in June. It was quick and efficient. One of the benefits is that during your travel, you don't have to worry about getting turned back once you reach the U.S. - it does happen, although it is rare. I do suggest you go to the airport extra early, so you check-in for your flight as soon as the check-in opens. We arrived at the airport 4 hours before our flight and because of check-in lines, we made it to our plane only 10 minutes prior to the boarding cutoff time. The line for U.S. Immigration was also really slow. I think we were in that line for almost 2 hours. Another benefit to the pre-clearance is that the immigration officers seemed to be mindful of when each person's plane is departing. Although not stated, it sure seemed that they were pushing people through with plane departures in mind. The immigration officers in the U.S. don't need to think about that and thus the stories of people waiting unreasonable amounts of time to get through the lines at U.S. airports.

I highly suggest using the pre-clearance facilities if possible. Our experience was completely positive.


 

 

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3/10/2013 - Married

Green Card Process Summary
3/25/2013 - Submitted I-130's
01/13/2014 - Embassy Interview - Approved!
05/28/2014 - POE (U.S. Customs and Immigration Overseas Preclearance Facility - Abu Dhabi)
08/20/2014 - Green Card received.

Naturalization Process

01/20/2015 - Submitted N-400 for immediate naturalization under INA 319b.

02/10/2015 - Check cashed.

02/14/2015 - NOA

04/07/2015 - Case shipped to local field office.

04/08/2015 - Interview scheduled for July 6, 2015.

04/08/2015 - Wifey better be studying her butt off for the citizenship test!

07/08/2015 - Wifey was studying her butt off and passed the test easily. Oath ceremony completed on same day! We are done with our journey!

 

 

 

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My wife and stepson went through pre-clearance in Abu Dhabi in June. It was quick and efficient. One of the benefits is that during your travel, you don't have to worry about getting turned back once you reach the U.S. - it does happen, although it is rare. I do suggest you go to the airport extra early, so you check-in for your flight as soon as the check-in opens. We arrived at the airport 4 hours before our flight and because of check-in lines, we made it to our plane only 10 minutes prior to the boarding cutoff time. The line for U.S. Immigration was also really slow. I think we were in that line for almost 2 hours. Another benefit to the pre-clearance is that the immigration officers seemed to be mindful of when each person's plane is departing. Although not stated, it sure seemed that they were pushing people through with plane departures in mind. The immigration officers in the U.S. don't need to think about that and thus the stories of people waiting unreasonable amounts of time to get through the lines at U.S. airports.

I highly suggest using the pre-clearance facilities if possible. Our experience was completely positive.

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Do they stamp I-551 too in Abu Dhabi? Im planning to travel to Philippines on April and maybe I will not received the actual green card by then. They said I will need the stamp upon entering the US again if I don't have the green card yet.


Sept 2011- Met Online

May 16, 2014 - Wedding Date

USCIS

July 13, 2014 - I-130 NOA1 receipt (Nebraska Service Center)

July 30, 2014 - I-130 approved-NOA2 (17 days from NOA1)

NVC

Sep 03, 2014- Case # & IIN received

Nov 13, 2014- Case Complete (9/14/14 & 10/14/14 ; AOS & IV scan date )

EMBASSY

Dec 03, 2014 - Received P4 letter ( interview on Jan 29, 2015 )

Feb 03, 2015 - Visa on hand ( Thank You Lord )

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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thanks jayjaym

Do they stamp I-551 too in Abu Dhabi? Im planning to travel to Philippines on April and maybe I will not received the actual green card by then. They said I will need the stamp upon entering the US again if I don't have the green card yet.

Yes, they will stamp the I-551 in Abu Dhabi. You won't have any problem leaving prior to receiving the green card. We flew back to Abu Dhabi before we had the green cards. They will also write your A number in the passport, with the stamp. The stamp acts as a temporary green card until you receive the permanent one, so you can come and go without any problems.


 

 

Click Spoiler for signature timeline.

 

3/10/2013 - Married

Green Card Process Summary
3/25/2013 - Submitted I-130's
01/13/2014 - Embassy Interview - Approved!
05/28/2014 - POE (U.S. Customs and Immigration Overseas Preclearance Facility - Abu Dhabi)
08/20/2014 - Green Card received.

Naturalization Process

01/20/2015 - Submitted N-400 for immediate naturalization under INA 319b.

02/10/2015 - Check cashed.

02/14/2015 - NOA

04/07/2015 - Case shipped to local field office.

04/08/2015 - Interview scheduled for July 6, 2015.

04/08/2015 - Wifey better be studying her butt off for the citizenship test!

07/08/2015 - Wifey was studying her butt off and passed the test easily. Oath ceremony completed on same day! We are done with our journey!

 

 

 

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Yes, they will stamp the I-551 in Abu Dhabi. You won't have any problem leaving prior to receiving the green card. We flew back to Abu Dhabi before we had the green cards. They will also write your A number in the passport, with the stamp. The stamp acts as a temporary green card until you receive the permanent one, so you can come and go without any problems.

The stamp in of itself means nothing, it's nothing more than a standard entry stamp with pertinent information written in. It's the combination of the visa foil itself endorsed by the entry stamp that acts as the temporary green card.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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The stamp in of itself means nothing, it's nothing more than a standard entry stamp with pertinent information written in. It's the combination of the visa foil itself endorsed by the entry stamp that acts as the temporary green card.

Yes, exactly what I meant. The temporary visa in the passport does nothing until it is "endorsed" with the stamp. The stamp proves your visa was activated and therefore allows you to come and go until your green card arrives. Without the stamp, the temporary visa does not allow you to come and go - only come. The stamp, which endorses and activates the temporary visa, allows you to come and go.

Regardless, you won't have any problems traveling prior to receiving your green card. Just make sure you get the endorsement stamp.


 

 

Click Spoiler for signature timeline.

 

3/10/2013 - Married

Green Card Process Summary
3/25/2013 - Submitted I-130's
01/13/2014 - Embassy Interview - Approved!
05/28/2014 - POE (U.S. Customs and Immigration Overseas Preclearance Facility - Abu Dhabi)
08/20/2014 - Green Card received.

Naturalization Process

01/20/2015 - Submitted N-400 for immediate naturalization under INA 319b.

02/10/2015 - Check cashed.

02/14/2015 - NOA

04/07/2015 - Case shipped to local field office.

04/08/2015 - Interview scheduled for July 6, 2015.

04/08/2015 - Wifey better be studying her butt off for the citizenship test!

07/08/2015 - Wifey was studying her butt off and passed the test easily. Oath ceremony completed on same day! We are done with our journey!

 

 

 

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Yes, they will stamp the I-551 in Abu Dhabi. You won't have any problem leaving prior to receiving the green card. We flew back to Abu Dhabi before we had the green cards. They will also write your A number in the passport, with the stamp. The stamp acts as a temporary green card until you receive the permanent one, so you can come and go without any problems.

jayjaym thank you for your reply.

Hoping everything will go smoothly on my interview next week.

Surely ill use Etihad Airways while flying to US. Ticket would be more expensive than other airlines, but if it means its hassle free at the POE, then I'll just spend few more AED with Etihad.


Sept 2011- Met Online

May 16, 2014 - Wedding Date

USCIS

July 13, 2014 - I-130 NOA1 receipt (Nebraska Service Center)

July 30, 2014 - I-130 approved-NOA2 (17 days from NOA1)

NVC

Sep 03, 2014- Case # & IIN received

Nov 13, 2014- Case Complete (9/14/14 & 10/14/14 ; AOS & IV scan date )

EMBASSY

Dec 03, 2014 - Received P4 letter ( interview on Jan 29, 2015 )

Feb 03, 2015 - Visa on hand ( Thank You Lord )

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jayjaym thank you for your reply.

Hoping everything will go smoothly on my interview next week.

Surely ill use Etihad Airways while flying to US. Ticket would be more expensive than other airlines, but if it means its hassle free at the POE, then I'll just spend few more AED with Etihad.

Best of luck on the interview! :)

You are right, the Etihad non-stop flight is a little bit more, but definitely worth it.


 

 

Click Spoiler for signature timeline.

 

3/10/2013 - Married

Green Card Process Summary
3/25/2013 - Submitted I-130's
01/13/2014 - Embassy Interview - Approved!
05/28/2014 - POE (U.S. Customs and Immigration Overseas Preclearance Facility - Abu Dhabi)
08/20/2014 - Green Card received.

Naturalization Process

01/20/2015 - Submitted N-400 for immediate naturalization under INA 319b.

02/10/2015 - Check cashed.

02/14/2015 - NOA

04/07/2015 - Case shipped to local field office.

04/08/2015 - Interview scheduled for July 6, 2015.

04/08/2015 - Wifey better be studying her butt off for the citizenship test!

07/08/2015 - Wifey was studying her butt off and passed the test easily. Oath ceremony completed on same day! We are done with our journey!

 

 

 

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Thanks jayjaym :)


Sept 2011- Met Online

May 16, 2014 - Wedding Date

USCIS

July 13, 2014 - I-130 NOA1 receipt (Nebraska Service Center)

July 30, 2014 - I-130 approved-NOA2 (17 days from NOA1)

NVC

Sep 03, 2014- Case # & IIN received

Nov 13, 2014- Case Complete (9/14/14 & 10/14/14 ; AOS & IV scan date )

EMBASSY

Dec 03, 2014 - Received P4 letter ( interview on Jan 29, 2015 )

Feb 03, 2015 - Visa on hand ( Thank You Lord )

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