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Sending Packages to Lagos, Nigeria

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Does anyone have any suggestions for sending items to Lagos, Nigeria? I have a cell phone, some purses, and other clothing items that I want to make sure reach the intended recipient.


08/09/12 - Married in Lagos, Nigeria
10/23/12 - I-130 Delivered/USCIS Priority Date

01/17/13 - NOA2 Date (85 days)
02/05/13: NVC Received
02/21/13: Received Case number/IIN

04/09/13: Case complete

US Embassy Lagos

XX/XX/13: Embassy received

05/06/13: Medical Completed, Need to do Sputum Test

05/15/13: Sputum Test Done - Now the dreaded 8 week wait

06/13/13: Interview Date - Postponed pending results of Sputum Test

07/26/13: Received Medical Report - Negative Result for Sputum Test; sent request to get interview rescheduled
08/21/13: Interview scheduled - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING

10/15/13: Medicals Expire

10/21/13: Congressional Inquiries/Requests for Assistance

10/29/13: Hubby received email Administrative Processing is Complete

10/30/13: Hubby rec'd call from Consulate to drop off new medical and passport; Medical Completed

11/05/13: 2nd Sputum Done - 8 Week Wait Again!!!ranting33va.gif

01/17/14: 2nd Medical Done;Medical Report available for pickup

01/21/14: Hubby dropped off medical and passport. Consulate was closed on the 20th. Was told to pick up visa on Tuesday

01/23/14: CEAC Status says ISSUED

01/28/14: Visa in hand, paid USCIS Immigrant Fee

01/31/14: POE Houston, TX

03/04/14: Applied for SSN - Not in SAVE

03/06/14: Green Card Production

03/14/14: Received Green Card via Priority Mail

05/03/14: Received SSN - Had to wait for DHS verification


12/29/15: Express mailed I-751

12/31/15: I-751 Receipt Date

01/05/16: Fee cleared account

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With Nigeria it is a bit of a gamble on things making it, sometimes whole packages go missing sometimes nothing happens. Back when we were still apart when I would send a package, my now hubby would give a "friend" at the post office a heads up and that man would be alert so that he would get a "tip" We only lost a silly hallmark toy in all the packages we sent including a new computer to a sibling in school. When you make the packing slip send a copy to the recipient so they can verify what arrives. Because of the large family we deal with each item is labeled with the intended recipient. Make sure to properly package any batteries or they or the item will be taken out by customs.

This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this.

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