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A bit of background...we're about three years into our relationship, and I've flown to and from the USA for a week about every three months, but not since the I-129F was submitted.

It's now nearly nine months, and we sent back an RFE (which is not showing on our status that they got, but our Lawyer rang up and they have got it) and they are saying it's going to be another 60 days minimum before a decision....(grrr...TSC pffft )

..seriously, I'm dying inside and I HAVE to see my babe again....

I'm fully aware it's possible to risk flying there and they may or may not let me in, and yes, I have a good record of going back, and I might get in but at this stage I'm not going to risk it.

So...I want us to meet up somewhere in-between the UK and the USA (yeah I know that's mainly water :) )

Can anyone in our situation recommend a not-too-expensive country we can both fly to from our respective countries just to be together again for a while...?

...we looked at Rome, but it's a 20hour flight for her :(

Any bright ideas please?

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Why not just fly to the UK?

I can vouch for Portugal as cheap and lovely, also it's closer to the US than Rome lol. Iceland is cool but I don't believe its cheap. You don't have a huge amount of options, as you've said yourself it is mostly water.

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I was gonna say Reykjavik just for location. Per Google flights, there are some dates in mid-April from Newark for $800-900. I see plenty of hotel options on Google for under $100 a night. I'm not sure what your definition of inexpensive is, but anything last minute is going to cost more...

I second Hotter Otter that Portugal could be a good option, too.

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It would help to know where your fiance is from in the States. Cheap flights to Cancun may be an option. Why isn't anyone mentioning Canada?

The profile says NJ, so I went with that.

I don't know why I discounted Canada as too cold, but then suggested Iceland :oops::rofl::rofl:

Could be a good option too.

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I'm from the UK, hubby is from Michigan and is a retired US Army Officer.   We are currently stationed overseas.

Here is our immigration journey so far....

10.26.13 - Our wedding in Scotland 

11.26.14 - Filed I-130 at US Consulate, Frankfurt (DCF)

11.18.14 - Returned to Scotland to renew our vows for our first wedding anniversary

01.08.15 - NOA2 received in snail mail, together with case number and Packet 3 instructions

02.15.15 - Submitted Packet 3

02.17.15 - Packet 4 received by email with instructions to schedule medical and interview

02.18.15 - Email authorisation received from Consulate to gain access to appointment calendar

03.03.15 - Medical

03.18.15 - Interview - Approved

03.21.15 - Visa in hand

06.10.15 - POE Chicago (final destination Detroit)

07.20.15 - Received SSN in mail

07.27.15 - Received 2 year green card in mail

The journey to ROC starts here...!

10.05.15 - Returned to Germany on government orders

05.25.17 - Mailed ROC package to California Service Centre

06.14.17 - Received NOA 1 (dated 05.30.17) in mail

09.05.18 - Received a second NOA (dated 08.11.18) in mail granting a further six months extension to green card due to 'processing delays'

11.26.18 - ROC - Approved

12.05.18 - Approval Notice I-797 received in mail

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Thank you all for your replies, and I like the idea of Portugal most...as it's warmer :)

Yes - New Jersey (Newark) would be where we had to fly from - Sorry Aaron..Flying to the UK is not an option as we've had issues with UKBA, and Ireland alas is considered by UKBA to be part of England due to the joint agreement.... otherwise Ireland would be fab!

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Using all the suggestion, according to SkyScanner - all prices are approx...and adding my fly time and my babe's together....

Canada $966 and 16 hours

Spain $1014 and 29 hours

Cancun $1373 and 21 hours

Portugal $1094 and 37 hours

Iceland $2249 and 31 hours

Rome $1020 and 34 hours


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What was the problem with the UKBA specifically? Previous refusal or just being a hassle-pain-in-the-butt in general?

Iceland is really nice... but have you also tried looking at Norway? It's pretty much going to be expensive going to Europe no matter how you look at it, so if you really want to commit the cash, pick somewhere really nice and relaxing perhaps.

Hang in there, you'll get some sort of response from them soon.

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NOA 1 email + ARN assigned: 10/10/14 (hard copy 10/17/14)
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How about an all-inclusive resort somewhere warm? You can get good deals depending on timing sometimes, and at least food and lodging is included so you can spend the week just relaxing together. I'd suggest Cuba but I think that's still out for Americans? If not, Cancun/Riviera Maya in Mexico, or Dominican Republic?

K1 Visa timeline: Application sent to Visa in hand: 10 months and 4 days (Texas Service Center)

02/26/2015: I-129F Application mailed to Texas lockbox

03/05/2015: NOA1 email notification

08/27/2015: NOA2! (176 days)

09/02/2015: Sent to NVC

09/14/2015: Called NVC and obtained MTL case number

09/18/2015: In Transit to MTL consulate

09/21/2015: Consulate received our file (24 days post-NOA2)

09/24/2015: Sent Packet 3 (unprompted, but CEAC status had updated a second time)

09/29/2015: Packet 4 received, interview scheduled. Still haven't received Packet 3, I advise not to wait for it!

10/09/2015: Received Packet 3 in the mail!

11/09/2015: Medical

12/16/2015: K1 Interview in Montreal (111 days from NOA2, 293 days total): Approved!

12/18/2015: CEAC status changed to Nonimmigrant Ready

12/21/2015: CEAC status changed to Nonimmigrant AP

12/24/2015: CEAC status changed to ISSUED! Merry Christmas!!

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04/18/2016: Biometrics appointment

04/25/2016: Officially outside processing times for EAD/AP. Scheduled Infopass appointment for 05/10.

05/21/2016: Finally received email notice that EAD was approved on 05/19 after numerous service requests, infopass appt and ombudsman inquiry

05/23/2016: Received hard-copy letter notifying me that my AP was approved on the same day as my EAD. No hard-copy for EAD yet.

05/28/2016: Received EAD/AP Combo Card (122 days since filing).

06/21/2016: Received email notification of AOS interview (Appointment scheduled 07/21/2016)

07/21/2016: AOS interview. Approved, but file was missing medical. Local office can't issue GC until they receive medical from DOS.

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Yes, somewhere in the Caribbean sounds like a good idea. Also, maybe Bermuda.

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