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Hey guys, I got approved today and my Fiance realllyyy wants to book the flights.

But honestly I am a nervous guy, we want to book the flight for the 6th of August, leaving just under 3 weeks for the passport to come back to me?

Is this risky or should I be safe?

Thanks guys

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I got approved two days ago and am ITCHING to book my flight cos I wanna leave August 12.

I would say maybe don't until you have your visa. I think lots of people were doing that when the database crash happened, god forbid that happens again right now but its probably safe to wait.

You should have your visa in about a week from approval (so they say).

Totally know how you feel.

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Wait until your visa is in hand

02 Aug 2012 -- Met online

23 Feb 2013 -- Relations began (L)

19 May 2014 -- Visited! :luv:

26 Jun 2014 -- Engaged :dancing:

15 Oct 2014 -- I-129F package finished and mailed to Dallas

17 Oct 2014 -- NOA1 (email) TSC

22 Oct 2014 -- ARN updated

13 May 2015 -- NOA2 (email) :dancing:

19 May 2015 -- NOA2 Hardcopy

4 June 2015 -- NVC received (I think lol) Case number assigned.

11th June 2015 -- NVC sent to Bridgetown

16th June 2015 -- Bridgetown received

17th June 2015 - PCKT3 received
30th June 2015 - PCKT4 received

9th July 2015 - Medical (too many needles :/ )

21st July 2015 - Interview date :goofy:

10th August 2015 - Approved

12th August 2015 - Issued

13th August 2015 - Visa in hand via DHL

24th August 2015 - US arrival (POE MIA)

I am the beneficiary

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People tend to book their flight when their CEAC status changes from AP to Issued. From Issued it can take up to 7 business days to receive your passport/visa. I waited until I had my passport in my hand, but I've seen other people book flights a week from when their status changes to Issued and been ok. Even though I wasn't in a rush to get over here, I didn't want to book the flight until it was in my hand. Depends on the person!

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05.04.2015 - Package sent for AOS, EAD & AP

05.07.2015 - Package arrived at lockbox

05.11.2015 - G-1145 email/text received

05.16.2015 - NOA1 for AOS, EAD & AP Received

05.23.2015 - Biometrics Letter Received - Appointment: June 4th

06.04.2015 - Biometrics Completed

07.09.2015 - AOS Case Status Update: "Ready for Interview"

07.20.2015 - EAD & AP Case Status Update: Issued

07.24.2015 - NOA2 for EAD & AP Received

07.29.2015 - Discovered EAD/AP package was sent to wrong post office, delivery delayed.

08.01.2015 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received

04.04.2016 - Package sent for EAD/AP Renewal

04.06.2016 - AOS Case Status Update: "Interview Scheduled"

04.07.2016 - Interview Notice Letter Received: Scheduled for May 11th 2016

04.13.2016 - NOA1 for EAD & AP Renewal Received

04.21.2016 - Notice saying old Biometrics will be used for EAD & AP Renewal

05.11.2016 - AOS Interview

05.12.2016 - AOS Case status update: Approved!

05.17.2016 - NOA2 for AOS Received

06.09.2016 - AOS Case status update: Green card mailed June 8th 2016

06.11.2016 - Green Card Received

ROC Process


02.20.2018 - I-751 Package sent via UPS 

02.23.2018 - I-751 Package arrived at the Vermont Service Center

03.08.2018 - Check cashed 

03.12.2018 - NOA1 Received (dated March 6th) 

04.23.2018 - Received Biometrics letter: Appointment May 4th

05.04.2018 - Biometrics appointment

08.13.2018 - Received 18 month extension letter


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What happens if you got the brown envelop where CX have ripped/damaged it? As advice, you should probably wait unless you get a flex ticket and then that is expensive. Or accept a £100 + price uplift in changing your ticket depending on airline.

K1 Timeline

November 21st 2013 - First Met

November 18th 2014 - I-129f Submitted

November 24th 2014 - NOA 1

May 22nd 2015 - NOA 2 - no RFE!

June 4th 2015 - Case Sent to NVC

June 6th 2015 - NVC receives case

June 15th 2015 - Case Sent to Embassy

June 16th 2015 - Phoned NVC and finally got case number (tried 12th June and had not been assigned)

June 16th 2015 - Medical booked

June 21st 2015 - Sent Packet "3" - DS 160 and readiness

June 25th 2015 - Embassy sends letter in receipt of receiving case

June 30th 2015 - Medical

July 28th 2015 - Interview - Approved!

August 3rd 2015 - Email request to collect from courier office (Went straight from "Ready" to "Issued" did not see AP in CEAC)

August 4th 2015 - Collected packet from Chancery Lane Courier Office

August 7th 2015 - Arrived in Houston and end of K1 journey :)

Adjustment of Status Timeline

August 10th 2015 - Applied for SSN, obtained SSN number next day

August 15th 2015 - SSN card arrived

August 20th 2015 - Married! :)

August 24th 2015 - sent packet to USCIS via FedEx [AOS, AP & EAD]

August 26th 2015 - packet received at USCIS

August 28th 2015 - NOA 1 for all three applications

September 15th 2015 - RFE - request 1040A, W2's was not enough

September 24th 2015 - Biometrics completed

September 28th 2015 - RFE response received by USCIS

October 27th 2015 - EAD approved

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My interview is this coming Monday (20th), and I've already booked my flight for three weeks later on the 10th August. I figured going by the time from interview to visa in hand thread, that three weeks should more than suffice. I also booked the flight well in advance as I didn't want to wait until the last minute and be left with seat dregs and likely higher prices. I also have a flight that can be changed if need be.

Time will tell if I made the right decision or not...!


08/10/2015 Flight to USA with K1 Visa - POE NYC JFK airport

08/11/2015 Married!

10/15/2015 Moved into our new home in Bradenton, FL

11/02/2015 Filed package for AOS, EAD and AP

11/08/2015 NOA1 (Electronic) received for AOS, EAD and AP

01/07/2016 Biometrics Appointment completed

01/20/2016 EAD/ AP (I-765/ I-131) approved. Text & email confirmation

01/25/2016 EAD/ AP (I-765/ I-131) USCIS confirmed card sent

01/26/2016 EAD/ AP Card received (85 days from filing AOS)

08/05/2016 "New Card Is Being Produced" USCIS Case Status update

08/10/2016 "Card has been mailed" USCIS Case Status Update

08/11/2016 Welcome Letter received

08/12/2016 Permanent Residency/ Green Card delivered by USPS



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We got our visa yesterday but have our flight booked for Sep 2nd. That date was always our plan though...once our petition hit the embassy in April...figured it was far enough out for a cheap ticket but wouldn't be stressed about getting our visa in time either. It's really all about what risk you're willing to take. For us it was just about having a firm date and not having to stress about things that aren't in our control. It was still an exciting wait until the visa was in hand but I think that's natural.

We booked 4 months ahead and found a one way ticket from Cebu to Philly with two quick stops for only 700 bucks.

Edited by Shauneg

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My interview is August 6th and I've booked my flight for August 21st. It's close but they're currently telling people they'll get it within 2 weeks, and hey you've got to risk it for the biscuit. The change fee is very reasonable with the airline I'm flying with, so it's not problem if I have to. Only you know how desperate you are to get out there and your financial situation.

Paul (UK) and Brianna (USA) <3

January 2012 - Met in Manchester, UK

29th Sept 2014 - Sent I-129F

8th Oct 2014 - NOA1 received by email/text

9th Nov 2014 - *Officially* engaged in Edinburgh, UK

28th Dec 2014 - Visited Brianna in the US for 10 days

17th April 2015 - Visited Brianna in the US for 1 month

21st May 2015 - NOA2 received by email (225 days)

8th June 2015 - Sent to NVC (19 days)

15th June 2015 - Received by NVC (8 days)

16th June 2015 - Case number assigned

18th June 2015 - Left NVC

22nd June 2015 - Medical

23rd June 2015 - ​Received at London

23rd June 2015 - DS-160 submitted

28th June 2015 - Readinesss form submitted

29th June 2015 - Received packet 3

14th July 2015 - Received packet 4

6th August 2015 - Interview - Approved!

12th August 2015 - AP

13th August 2015 - Issued

18th August 2015 - Visa delivered (Home delivery)

21st August 2015 - POE

1st October 2015 - Wedding!

20th October 2015 - Mailed adjustment of status application

27th November 2015 - Honeymoon! 9 days in U.S. Virgin Islands

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