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Hello VJ

I plan to buy a 1 way flight to Laos and pick up my fiance.

And plan on buying 2 one way ticket for me and my fiance to come back to the States.

Has anyone ever try going out of state with a one way ticket? Any issue with the airline?

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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Of course you can do what you're asking, no airline gives a care. I've done it many, many times. Airlines aren't in the immigration business and have no interest if you return or not.

I beg to differ as my own experience has been to the contrary.

Planned to do the same thing as the OP and at least one airline "American" in my case refused to book one way travel. I ended up traveling one way with a different airline with no issues.

Unfortunately, airlines are in the immigration business as they must verify that passengers have appropriate travel documents for their transit points and final destination.

In my case, Mongolia requires no visa for travelers from the U.S. but does require them to leave within 90 days of admission. The countrys immigration laws though do not require one to have the departure booked as a condition for admission. American was misinterpreting the entry/exit requirements and simply refused to reevaluate their interpretation when presented with more accurate information.

Short answer is that one way travel depends on the entry/exit regs for Laos and the airline interpreting those regs correctly.



03/2008--Met while working together in Mongolia
06/21/10--Married in Ulaanbaatar on the Summer solstice
09/06/10--I-130 package mailed to USCIS Chicago Lockbox
12/14/10--NOA2 hardcopy rec'd, Dec 09 notice date<APPROVED>86 Days
12/22/10-NVC / IIN Number issued, AOS bill paid
12/26/10-DS-3032 emailed
January4............IV bill paid, discovered error by preparer
01/04/11-- I-130 package for stepson sent express with expedite plea
01/11/11---Congressional expedite plea lodged with USCIS
01/20/11--- Notice date, APPROVED 14 days
01/26/11--- NVC/IIN Numbers issued, DS-3032 Emailed
02/07/11--- AOS/IV packages fedexed to NVC
02/24/11--- Both Cases Completed at NVC
04/27/11--- Interview passed
05/29/11--- POE ORD
08/2011--- I-551s arrive



04/18/13--- I-751 mailed

09/25/13---ROC approval

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Hello VJ

I plan to buy a 1 way flight to Laos and pick up my fiance.

And plan on buying 2 one way ticket for me and my fiance to come back to the States.

Has anyone ever try going out of state with a one way ticket? Any issue with the airline?

It's not uncommon at all for countries to require foreign travelers to show proof of onward travel unless they are on an immigrant type of visa. As airlines can be fined for not verifying a travelers documentation it is also not uncommon for carriers to not sell oneway tickets unless you prove to them that you have an onward ticket.

That having been said there are several US carriers that do not verify onward travel but only that travelers meet entry requirements, AA for instance happens to be very strict on this requirement.

The fact is that you need to know the requirements to enter Laos and also what the airline will require. I have traveled on oneway tickets internationally so it is absolutely possible.

The other thing to consider is that in many cases booking a return ticket is cheaper.

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