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Hello everyone! Hopefully I am posting to the correct thread!

I am a United States citizen hoping to bring my beautiful partner to my homestate of Arizona from Brisbane, Australia. So far, we are having some difficulty researching good moving companies, and were hoping someone could recommend a few to look at, and maybe give us a look as to what to expect!

She is looking to move her bedroom, so mainly some books and things, some of her vintage gaming systems, a desktop (she needs this to work!), and a scattering of larger stuff like her beloved electric guitar. Thankfully, I have been blessed with all the kitchen gadgets and other stuff, so she doesn't need to bring that sort of thing. Lucked out there!!

Researching online has so far been a fruitless endeavor and quite scary. We are a young couple and I am the only one with a steady job, so I am financing the venture alone right now. (She wants to help, but the nature of freelancing is fickle and often means her income goes directly to survival.) We need the moving of her things to be as economically viable as possible while still getting her stuff here safely and in a timely manner. Many sites are quoting us at upwards of 5k to move a single bedroom of stuff and, understandably, we are a little concerned.

Anyway, can anyone recommend a good moving company? Again, she is based in Brisbane Australia. I'd love to hear about anyone's experience too, moving their things, and how much it cost you if you're comfortable sharing that information.

Much appreciated!!!!

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You'd probably be better off asking in a regional forum, as it's pretty specific to the area you're moving FROM as to prices. However, $5000 seems slightly high but not outrageous to me. When my husband moved from Finland, he hired an international shipping company. He had NO furniture, but a large amount of books, vinyl records, and other miscellaneous items. The company boxed up for him and cleaned his empty apartment, then shipped the boxes to the USA, for $3000. If your fiance has bulkier or heavier items, I could imagine the total coming to $5000. (For comparison, when I moved across the USA with a moving company, it also cost $3000 for a one-room apartment worth of stuff.)


Relationship since April 2006

K-1 Visa: I-129F filed November 6, 2012, NOA2 May 17, 2013, Interview and Approval July 24, 2013

POE San Diego, September 13, 2013, Wedding October 25, 2013

AOS filed November 19, 2013, EAD/AP received January 30, 2014, interview and AOS Approval on February 27, 2014.

ROC filed December 3, 2015, NOA1 12/4/15, Biometrics 12/31/15, ROC Approval on June 16, 2016, 10-Year Green Card received June 22, 2016.

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Detailed Timeline Below!

Relationship:
2006 April 01: Met online, music site
2007 February 20: Met in person, Finland
2007 - 2012 met several times in Finland and California

K-1 Visa:
2012 November 06: Sent I-129F (NOA1 on 11/9/2012)
2013 May 14: Contacted Congressman
2013 May 17: I-129F NOA2 Approved
2013 June 03: NVC Received (NVC left 6/6/13)
2013 June 10: Consulate Received
2013 June 13: Medical
2013 June 25: Sent Packet 3/4
2013 July 24: Interview in Helsinki
2013 July 27: Visa Received
2013 September 13: POE to USA, San Diego

AOS:
2013 October 22: SSN Received
2013 October 25: Wedding, San Marcos, CA
2013 November 19: AOS, AP, EAD sent (NOA 1 on 11/22/13)
2013 December 17: Biometrics, San Marcos, CA
2013 December 24: Online status changed to Testing/Interview

2014 January 23: Interview notice mailed (for 2/27)

2014 January 24: EAD card production, AP approval (card received 1/30/2014)

2014 February 27: Interview and Approval, GC in production (card received March 6, 2014)

ROC:

2015 December 03: mailed I-751 package

2015 December 04: NOA1 extension letter

2015 December 31: Biometrics appointment

2016 June 16: Approval - Online status changed to Document Production, mailed 6/20/16

2016 June 22: 10-Year Green Card Received, done with USCIS for a while!

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Thank you so much! That does sort of put my mind at ease a bit. I'll look around on the regional forums- sorry, I just signed up today so I'm learning my way around the site! Your story gives me hope though. My fiancee only has one room to move and I believe a lot of it can be sorted through and donated/sold. It's just that difficult-to-find stuff like her vintage gaming consoles and those things I couldn't possibly ask her to leave behind like some of her childhood toys. If it's 3k to move an entire apartment of little things, I imagine her costs might not be so much, so thank you. :)

If I may ask, the moving process is by boat, yes? How long did it take to reach your door? We're not so concerned about time limit really since she can probably bring her favorite clothing and laptop with her on the plane ride over, but she may start to miss her guitar and desktop after a while, and it may help to know so she knows if she would miss her favorite doll. I've read a lot of advisories about stuff like be aware your stuff may be thrown overboard as ballast and it's all pretty scary. Does the moving company also handle stuff like customs for you? Are there hidden fees you encountered? Some sites have talked about " be prepared to pay a lot of unforseen costs" where I was just imagining like a cross-country type move where you pay everything up front...

Again, thank you so much, and for such a quick reply! :)

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If I remember right, it took almost exactly two months for his boxes to arrive. We knew it would take a while, but it did seem quite slow and long -- but yes, it was by boat. He had to sign release forms and a customs inventory form, but the company had everything processed through customs with just his signature, so they arrived on a truck to our house in California, after leaving Finland exactly two months earlier. There was absolutely no damage to anything -- the boxes were really pristine and had no signs of tampering or even being tossed around.

He brought a suitcase when he flew to the USA, full of clothes and his laptop. Then we just went shopping for some extra clothes and he settled in. He missed his vinyl records more than anything, but two months when you're busy getting married, getting all the new IDs and bank accounts and everything else done in between normal life, it flew by pretty fast.

I believe there WAS a $150 surcharge when the items cleared customs. I can't remember how they explained it and I was like "huh, ok" but it was so little compared to the overall cost, that I wasn't too worried. It had something to do with customs agent fees I believe. Nothing else -- he did pay up front and there were no surcharges from the actual shipping company, just that US agent fee whatever it was.


Relationship since April 2006

K-1 Visa: I-129F filed November 6, 2012, NOA2 May 17, 2013, Interview and Approval July 24, 2013

POE San Diego, September 13, 2013, Wedding October 25, 2013

AOS filed November 19, 2013, EAD/AP received January 30, 2014, interview and AOS Approval on February 27, 2014.

ROC filed December 3, 2015, NOA1 12/4/15, Biometrics 12/31/15, ROC Approval on June 16, 2016, 10-Year Green Card received June 22, 2016.

No RFE at any stage, thanks to VisaJourney!

Detailed Timeline Below!

Relationship:
2006 April 01: Met online, music site
2007 February 20: Met in person, Finland
2007 - 2012 met several times in Finland and California

K-1 Visa:
2012 November 06: Sent I-129F (NOA1 on 11/9/2012)
2013 May 14: Contacted Congressman
2013 May 17: I-129F NOA2 Approved
2013 June 03: NVC Received (NVC left 6/6/13)
2013 June 10: Consulate Received
2013 June 13: Medical
2013 June 25: Sent Packet 3/4
2013 July 24: Interview in Helsinki
2013 July 27: Visa Received
2013 September 13: POE to USA, San Diego

AOS:
2013 October 22: SSN Received
2013 October 25: Wedding, San Marcos, CA
2013 November 19: AOS, AP, EAD sent (NOA 1 on 11/22/13)
2013 December 17: Biometrics, San Marcos, CA
2013 December 24: Online status changed to Testing/Interview

2014 January 23: Interview notice mailed (for 2/27)

2014 January 24: EAD card production, AP approval (card received 1/30/2014)

2014 February 27: Interview and Approval, GC in production (card received March 6, 2014)

ROC:

2015 December 03: mailed I-751 package

2015 December 04: NOA1 extension letter

2015 December 31: Biometrics appointment

2016 June 16: Approval - Online status changed to Document Production, mailed 6/20/16

2016 June 22: 10-Year Green Card Received, done with USCIS for a while!

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Oh that's not too bad at all! My fiancee has made several extended visits here with me that have lasted about two months so I'm sure it wouldn't be that strenuous. This is all great information, thank you so very much! I was expecting something much worse from US customs. :P I'm very glad his stuff got there okay!

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Welcome to the forum.

Going ahead and moving your thread from General Immigration Discussion to the Australia/New Zealand regional forum, where helpful answers might be forthcoming.


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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Ah, thank you so much!!! Should I be posting all questions I have to the regional forum seeing as my fiancee is Aussie? That would make it so easy and I don't want to accidentally make more work for the mods having to switch my threads around. c:

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HEY! I used a great company called Grace Removals, I have used them in the past for a move from Australia to the UK and back again and once again for my move from Australia to the USA. I didn't have much to move mainly small items and a child's toys. books and games ect, i shipped 6 large boxes at a cost of $700 AUD that included having my goods professionally packed, shipped, all custom costs and delivery.



K1-K2 VISA
FEBRUARY 2015 APPLIED FOR I-129F K1-K2
RECIEVED NOA1
AUGUST 2015 RECIEVED NOA2
SEPTEMBER 2015 SENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
RECIEVED SYDNEY CASE NUMBER
CASE SENT TO THE SYDNEY EMBASSY
SEPTEMBER 2015 COMPLETED DS-160 K1-K2
OCTOBER 2015 MEDICAL COMPLETED
INTERVIEW - APPROVED
VISA ISSUED

DECEMBER 2015 ARRIVED INTO THE USA POA DALLAS TX 26TH DECEMBER
JANUARY 2016 MARRIED 29TH JANUARY
FEBRUARY 2016 SSN CARD RECIEVED

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS
MARCH 2016 SENT AOS PACKAGE K1-K2 21ST MARCH                                                       JUNE 2016 RECIEVED GREEN CARD K1-K2 11TH JUNE
ARRIVED AT THE CHICAGO LOCKBAG FACILITY 23RD MARCH

APRIL 2016 RECIEVED NOA 1 FOR AOS/EAD/AP 5TH APRIL
RECIEVED BIOMETRICS APPOINTMENTS 30TH APRIL
MAY 2016 BIOMETRICS TAKEN 10TH MAY

AP/EAD APPROVED K1 13TH MAY

COMBO CARD ARRIVED 21ST MAY

JUNE 2016 APPROVED AOS (NO INTERVIEW) K1-K2 3RD JUNE

 

 

 











 

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Last year, we used King and Wilson. It cost about $1500 (including insurance) to ship 3 cubic meters from Melbourne to Olympia, Washington. It took 5 months due to some delays in customs, but that was not the fault of the moving company and we were very happy with their service overall including packing everything and delivery door to door.


USCIS
18 June 2013 - Sent I-130
21 June 2013 - NOA1

18 Dec 2013 - Transferred to Nebraska

6 March 2014 - I-130 Approval/NOA2

NVC
18 March 2014 - Case received

28 April 2014 - DS -261 Available and complete

28 April 2014 - AOS Bill invoiced and paid

1 May 2014 - IV Bill invoiced and paid

2 May 2014 - AOS Package sent

6 May 2014 - DS-260 Completed online

9 May 2014 - AOS Package scanned at NVC

15 May 2014 - IV Package sent

22 May 2014 - IV Package scanned at NVC

6 June 2014 - Received AOS checklist

10 June 2014 - Posted AOS checklist response

20 June 2014 - AOS checklist scanned at NVC

24 June 2014 - False checklist for AOS checklist received (IV package approved)

26 August 2014 - Case complete via supervisor review over the phone, AOS fee changed to "N/A" on CEAC website

10 September 2014 - Interview scheduled

12 September 2014 - Paperwork "In Transit" on CEAC website

Embassy
15 September 2014 - Medical

15 September 2014 - Paperwork arrived at embassy (according to DHL tracking)

19 September 2014 - Paperwork "Ready" on CEAC website
7 October 2014 - Interview - VISA APPROVED!!!

9 October 2014 - Visa in hand
22 January 2015 - POE LAX

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Thank you everyone! My gosh, what a great array of responses! We will look into these companies- you have all given us a lot of hope that our dreams can come true. Being young and poor is hard, lol!

Thank you everyone for your kindness! If anyone else has any recommendations we would still love to hear them!

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Hi mate,

We ended up just loading up four suitcases to the brim with my books and clothes, and checking them in when we traveled back to the US. Of course, we had a trip planned to come back to Australia, but we figured if it were going to cost $5,000 to ship a small array of items of mine, we might as well come out and do it ourselves. I had no furniture, or bulky items. Just a ton of books. The suitcases were just under. Just a thought!

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