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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Colombia

My wife's visa interview is upcoming, and I plan to meet her in Barranquilla, and then fly with her to Bogota. After that, we will be leaving from Bogota to return to the USA.


Depart from USA = 3/30 or 3/31.

Interview = 4/10/2007.

Return to USA with wife = 4/12.

Problem is...

1. It has always been a no-brainer to book my previous trips, since they were just from Point A to Point B, and only me flying. Expedia.com has always given me the lowest prices in comparison to other sites.

NOTE: The one time I tried to use a travel agent, AAA, they quoted me about double what I could find on Expedia.

2. I used the "Multiple Destination" feature of Expedia to run scenarios for the visa interview trip.

A. I entered my flight dates.

B. I entered my wife's travel dates (same as mine without the initial flight from USA of course).

C. The travel time/best price scenarios for her don't necessarily match mine.

D. Since the ticket price is "bundled" (i.e. 2-3 destinations under one price), it seems each scenario has to be dissected, and the airlines have to be called to verify pricing for EACH SCENARIO!

Am I overlooking something obvious here... or is it really this hard?

Thanks in advance...

Edited by Looking4Wife


06/30/2006 Mailed I-130 USPS Overnight Mail to Nebraska (NSC)

07/03/2006 Express Mail signed for at NSC

07/08/2006 Found out on VJ that my case is transferred to California (CSC)

07/21/2006 NOA1

11/02/2006 NOA2


11/13/2006 NVC Case # Assigned

11/20/2006 DS-3032 and AOS Fee Bill generated

11/21/2006 Emailed Choice of Agent (from wife/non-USC) in lieu of DS-3032

11/21/2006 Sent AOS Fee Bill Payment via USPS Overnight Mail

11/30/2006 NVC Processed AOS Fee Bill Payment (still no record of receiving Choice of Agent Email)

12/04/2006 Sent DS-3032 Choice of Agent USPS Overnight

12/11/2006 Received I-864 Affidavit of Support (AOS) in mail

12/11/2006 Sent I-864 AOS to NVC via USPS Overnight

12/11/2006 Immigrant Visa (IV) Fee Bill Generated

12/18/2006 Received IV Fee Bill in the mail

12/18/2006 Sent IV Fee Bill payment to NVC via USPS Overnight

01/03/2007 Sent DS-230 USPS Overnight

01/08/2007 NVC processed DS-230

01/12/2007 Received DS-230 (Part 1) and the list of "Documents You Need to Obtain" for Embassy Interview in mail

02/06/2007 Case Complete @ NVC

02/13/2007 Case sent to Embassy


03/15/2007 Received Interview Instructions (aka Packet 4)

04/03/2007 Lab Tests

04/04/2007 Medical Exam

04/10/2007 Interview (Conditional Approval)

04/12/2007 Visa Approved!

04/18/2007 Visa in Hand, Gracias a Dios !!!

04/19/2007 Arrival in USA !!! (POE = Atlanta)

05/29/2007 Received Green Card in mail


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Filed: Country: Morocco

maybe try a travel agent this time. find one that specializes in good deals. i used flight centre a few times and were given reasonable rates. also, the reason i used them WAS because i had many points in my trip, not just a regular round trip.

good luck!

"It's far better to be alone than wish you were." - Ann Landers


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Filed: Country: Morocco

i would definitely do both and compare prices. put the first one on hold then call the other. :)

whenever i book a ticket to go see my fiance i check online in a million places, check airline directly, and check my local travel agent that specializes in morocco. amazingly enough, the travel agent gives me the best deal. *shrug*

Edited by abdounjen

"It's far better to be alone than wish you were." - Ann Landers


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Why don't you try this website: http://www.amadeus.net/home/index.htm

This is what the travel agents use and you can select multiple destinations. It even has an option to search for low-cost flights and give you an idea of what prices are current. I use it to check out different schedules for my boss and it works great. :thumbs:

Removal of Conditions Journey

3/3/2009 - Removal of conditions - sent off packet to CSC

3/5/2009 - I-751 received in CSC

3/9/2009 - Check cashed

3/20/2009 - Biometrics notice received (no NOA1)

4/2/2009 - Biometrics

4/9/2009 - NOA1 date (first undelivered one is 3/5)

4/3/2009 - Touch?

5/6/2009 - ROC Approval - 65 days

6/22/2009 - CRIS Card production ordered email

7/7/2009 - GC arrived!

Naturalization Journey

3/03/2010 N400 sent to Arizona Lockbox

3/15/2010 Check cashed

3/17/2010 NOA1

3/18/2010 - Biometrics notice sent

3/26/2010 Early biometrics done at an ASC different from the one assigned to (Original BIO date was 4/15)

4/30/2010 Yellow letter received and info from USCIS mil line they are working on my interview letter (6/17 appt)

5/1/2010 Text and email interview letter sen

5/6/2010 Interview letter received - scheduled for 6/17/2010 at 10:05am

6/17/2010 Interview appointment - PASSED

6/29/2010 US Citizen

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Nigeria

I would either call a travel agent or call the airline directly. Either way, I would purchase the trip insurance. Just in case the interview doesn't go as planned. I mean, what if they ask for more information and give her another interview date? I've never dealt with the embassy in Colombia, but as a paralegal, I've become an expert in CYA (cover your a**). And if you purchase TWO tickets in advance and hit a snag in the interview, you are out the money for her ticket.

Just my thoughts, anyway. GOOD LUCK WITH THE TRIP AND THE INTERVIEW!!!!!!!!! :thumbs:


11/15/2007 = Package sent overnight Fedex to CSC

11/16/2007 = Package arrived at CSC

11/21/2007 = NOA1 (according to www.uscis.gov online case status)

11/26/2007 = Check cashed (YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!)

11/28/2007 = Touched

11/30/2007 = Rec'd NOA1 hard copy in the mail

12/20/2007 = Touched

12/21/2007 = Touched

03/12/2008 = Touched (due to phone call)

03/24/2008 = NOA2!!!!!!!!!

03/25/2008 = Touched

04/23/2008 = Touched

05/05/2008 = Arrived at Consulate

05/12/2008 = Picked up Packets 3 & 4

06/24/2008 = Interview Date and APPROVAL

07/02/2008 = Picked up Visa at Embassy

07/05/2008 = Arrival in the U.S.!!!!!!!!! Met at POE in ATLANTA

07/06/2008 = Fly back to Salt Lake City Together!!!!

08/06/2008 = MARRIED TODAY!!!


08/23/2008 = Package sent via USPS with Signature Confirmation

08/25/2008 = Package arrived in Chicago

08/26/2008 = Check cashed

09/02/2008 = NOA1 for EAD and AOS received in the mail.


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