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Hey people,
We are getting close to (I hope) the end and we are starting to research flying to the US.
Since I live in Greece, I have to fly first to another European country and from then on to the US and get yet another flight to reach GR. MI.
My options are many but based on our budget, Delta is the cheapest option from Rome to Detroit.

I am reading very mixed reviews on Delta. Some say it is good, some say it is awful. We are a family of 5 (3 small children). One concern of mine is seating. I keep reading that families often get separated, which in our case can't happen. I have a 2 year old and two 10 year olds who have never flown before. I don't really expect to be separated from the 2 year old but the 10 year olds are a different matter.

If


anyone has experience with flying Delta Airlines from Europe to the USA, please share!!
Thank you!!


Click "spoiler" below for a detailed account of our journey to a CR1 visa via DCF in Athens, Greece.

 

2011 - Met hubby online and became friends
Early 2013 - Confessed our love for each other * Late 2013 - I got pregnant with our daughter
2014 - Our baby was born in Athens, Greece and completed our family. We now have two boys and a girl!! 2013 - 2015 - Looking for jobs in Greece, none were available (due to socioeconomic crisis) 2015 - Decided only way to feed our family was to immigrate and started the process December 2015 - Got married (Greece has a LOT of red tape for foreigners marrying Greeks)
January 2016 - Finished gathering all documents and getting them translated
* * DCF in Athens, Greece * *

28th January 2016 - Finally filed I-130s
29th June - ISSUED!!!!!!1st July - Visa packages and passports delivered to DHL.4th July - Visas in hand! CU in two weeks USA!!
19th July- POE Detroit. All went well!! (excluding our screaming, jet lagged toddler!!)

 

After Arrival in the US

September 2016 - Hubby is diagnosed with congestive heart failure
October - February 2016 - Battle with drug use, overdosing, bringing home a tiny paycheck

March - July 2017 - I am working 80 hr weeks to make ends meet. Discovered hubby's affair. Still overdoses and is hospitalized. Has quit working all together.
July - October 2017 - Marriage counseling. Revealed hubby has "several" mental conditions. Is started on several mental meds.

October 2017 - Got accepted for a college course. Got better job to help raise my kids.

October 2017 - March 2018 - Situation at home is toxic. He files for divorce.

July 2018 - Divorce is final. I have full custody of our daughter.

 

ROC (GC expires July 19th 2018)

July 16th - Package for ROC is delivered to the CA service center (divorce waiver).

August 30th - NOA1 received with 18 month extension (fee waiver approved).



**Our DCF journey to an IV took 5 months and 1 day from turning in the I-130 to getting "Issued"**


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I always fly Delta (AMS-DTW), and they're good. Customer service is awesome. I've seen them go to great lengths to seat large families together, even on full flights. However, if sitting together (all five if you) is really important, I suggest you book your seat reservations in advance to not inconvenience other passengers :-)


If it isn't difficult, it isn't worth it.

 

K1 process

9/24/15: I129f sent

9/30/15: NOA1

11/2/15: NOA2

Delayed processing due to work

3/15/16: Medical

4/28/16: Interview (approved)

Delayed entry due to work

8/12/16: POE Detroit

 

9/4/16: Wedding!

 

AOS process:

9/9/16: I485/I131/I765 sent

9/14/16: Received 3xNOAs by text/e-mail (day 2)

9/14-18/16: Received 3xpaper NOAs 

9/23/16: Received biometrics appointment letter (day 11)

10/3/16: Biometrics appointment (day 19)

11/4/16: EAD+AP approved (day 53)

11/16/16: EAD status changed to card shipped (day 65)

11/17/16: EAD/AP combo card received (day 66)

12/30/16: Notice of interview scheduled (day 109)

2/1/17: AOS interview (day 142) - APPROVED

2/8/17: GC received (day 150)

 

ROC process:

11/3/2018: ROC window opens

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I have always flown Delta from AUS, and have always had the best experience, ( I will not fly any other) compared to a few other US airlines. Customer service is always fantastic, and I have noticed on the long haul flight from here, families have always been seated together, or if they aren't they have gone to lengths to try rectify the problem. Actually on one of my flights as I was travelling alone, I was asked if I would mind changing seats with one of the family members so they could all be together, didn't bother me one bit. Like stated above if you book and choose your seats early, as you can do this when booking, you shouldn't have a problem :)


15/09/2012 - Married ?
Spent the last 2.5 years travelling between countries & deciding on where we are going to live...USA IT IS!!! ??
28/09/2015 - I-130 submitted
06/10/2015 - NOA 1 received
04/02/2016 - Approved! NOA 2 received via text
17/02/2016 - Petition sent to NVC
24/02/2016 - NVC received
08/03/2016 - Case number & IIN number received over the phone
09/03/2016 - Form DS-261 completed
09/03/2016 - AOS Fee paid
18/03/2016 - Received and paid IV Bill
22/03/2016 - Sent AOS & IV Documents
24/03/2016 - Scan date
08/04/2016 - Received RFE - apparently I didn't send I-864 form (as if I would forget that!) and police certificate (admittedly I sent the wrong one?)
18/04/2016 - Resent required documents (had to wait a week for new police certificate)
20/04/2016 - 2nd scan date for RFE documents
09/05/2016 - Case Completed ? (Now just waiting for interview date!!!)
26/05/2016 - Received Interview letter via email, interview scheduled for 26/07/2016 ??

'I CAN ALMOST SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL'

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I'm flying with delta too here in 10 days with my 10 year old. I did last time again and will in the future when going home too! ...


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                                AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/08/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       

 

ROC from K-1 + K-2:

12/08/18....ROC window opens

12/13/18....I-751 mailed to Lewisville, TX

12/14/18....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

12/20/18....Text with case number. TX service center

12/24/18....NOA1/Extension letter received

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for sharing guys!!!! :) :)

I suggest you book your seat reservations in advance to not inconvenience other passengers :-)

We will absolutely do that. They told us you can do it online!! Thank you!!


Click "spoiler" below for a detailed account of our journey to a CR1 visa via DCF in Athens, Greece.

 

2011 - Met hubby online and became friends
Early 2013 - Confessed our love for each other * Late 2013 - I got pregnant with our daughter
2014 - Our baby was born in Athens, Greece and completed our family. We now have two boys and a girl!! 2013 - 2015 - Looking for jobs in Greece, none were available (due to socioeconomic crisis) 2015 - Decided only way to feed our family was to immigrate and started the process December 2015 - Got married (Greece has a LOT of red tape for foreigners marrying Greeks)
January 2016 - Finished gathering all documents and getting them translated
* * DCF in Athens, Greece * *

28th January 2016 - Finally filed I-130s
29th June - ISSUED!!!!!!1st July - Visa packages and passports delivered to DHL.4th July - Visas in hand! CU in two weeks USA!!
19th July- POE Detroit. All went well!! (excluding our screaming, jet lagged toddler!!)

 

After Arrival in the US

September 2016 - Hubby is diagnosed with congestive heart failure
October - February 2016 - Battle with drug use, overdosing, bringing home a tiny paycheck

March - July 2017 - I am working 80 hr weeks to make ends meet. Discovered hubby's affair. Still overdoses and is hospitalized. Has quit working all together.
July - October 2017 - Marriage counseling. Revealed hubby has "several" mental conditions. Is started on several mental meds.

October 2017 - Got accepted for a college course. Got better job to help raise my kids.

October 2017 - March 2018 - Situation at home is toxic. He files for divorce.

July 2018 - Divorce is final. I have full custody of our daughter.

 

ROC (GC expires July 19th 2018)

July 16th - Package for ROC is delivered to the CA service center (divorce waiver).

August 30th - NOA1 received with 18 month extension (fee waiver approved).



**Our DCF journey to an IV took 5 months and 1 day from turning in the I-130 to getting "Issued"**


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Hello Marrianne

Another Michigander :)....I was not aware of European flights to GR, we always use metro for our POE. Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) has a non-stop from Kiev to NY for $400/rt. It use to be just one flight a week but now it is a daily flight. I was told that they were going to fly into another city as well.....Otherwise LUF seems to be the cheapest from Europe


CR-1 Visa

USCIS

7/27/15 Sent I-130 package to Chicago Lock box

7/29/15 NOA1, TSC

10/7/15 Entered USA for three weeks to close escrow and pack house

12/5/15 Entered USA for 90 days to visit

12/7/15 I-130 approved,NOA2

NVC

12/23/15 NVC received package

1/5/2016 Called NVC

1/7/2016 Called NVC, assigned case # and IIN #

1/7/2016 Assigned choice of agent

1/7/2016 Paid AOS fees

1/21/2016 Paid packet IV fees

2/20/2016 Filed DS-260

3/30/2016 Sent NVC package

4/5/2016 NVC received package

5/5/2016 Email from NVC...case complete with interview date 6/17

6/10/2016 Medical

6/17/2016 Interview - Approved :)

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Found it for you....

Ukraine International Airlines has opened ticket sales for the carrier`s new non-stop Kyiv – New York – Kyiv flights. Tickets are available in Ukraine International Airlines` ticket offices, on the airline's official website, as well as in the offices of authorised travel agencies, according to the airline.

The first non-stop, round trip flight between Kyiv's Boryspil International airport and New York's John Kennedy International Airport) will be operated on April 25, while daily non-stop flights are scheduled to operate daily starting June 23.

Flight schedule :

Flight

Destination

Days

Departure *

Arrival*

PS231

Kyiv – New York

1234567

11:00

14:20

PS232

New York – Kyiv

1234567

00:30

17:20

(*Local time)

The flights will be on Boeing 767 aircraft with a three-class layout – business, premium economy and economy, according to the airline.

A Kyiv – New York round trip economy class ticket fare (all taxes and surcharges included) starts from Hr 7,532. The fares are valid for traveling through June 15.

Tickets for UIA flights to New York are available on the UIA official website www.flyuia.com, the carrier`s call center +380445815050 or 566 (portables), UIA ticket offices and authorized travel agencies.

Detailed information on UIA is available on the company’s official website, www.flyuia.com.

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CR-1 Visa

USCIS

7/27/15 Sent I-130 package to Chicago Lock box

7/29/15 NOA1, TSC

10/7/15 Entered USA for three weeks to close escrow and pack house

12/5/15 Entered USA for 90 days to visit

12/7/15 I-130 approved,NOA2

NVC

12/23/15 NVC received package

1/5/2016 Called NVC

1/7/2016 Called NVC, assigned case # and IIN #

1/7/2016 Assigned choice of agent

1/7/2016 Paid AOS fees

1/21/2016 Paid packet IV fees

2/20/2016 Filed DS-260

3/30/2016 Sent NVC package

4/5/2016 NVC received package

5/5/2016 Email from NVC...case complete with interview date 6/17

6/10/2016 Medical

6/17/2016 Interview - Approved :)

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I had delta separate me and my child but they made and effort to put us back together. People are also generally okay with switching seats when they realize whats happening. Check in all at the same time and as early as you can so thats its not much of an issue.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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I fly with Delta a ton domestically and they will even move people and have them come and get new seat assignment so that I could sit next to my children. The last thing they want is a young child seated by themselves for a variety of reasons.

My experiences with them have been fine, even particularly good. I missed a flight two years ago that was entirely my fault as I had underestimated the amount of traffic that early in the morning and they put me on a later flight for only $50 extra.


3/2/18  E-filed N-400 under 5 year rule

3/26/18 Biometrics

7/2019-12/2019 (Yes, 16- 21 months) Estimated time to interview MSP office.

 

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Yay GR, MI! woot woot...okay had to say that. :D Anyway, I know how you feel! When I looked up flights for Delta, simply going from GR to Chicago had a super long flight time? I have no idea if I read it wrong or what. Just make sure you buy all your tickets at the same time and take advantage of the option to pick your seats. Everytime I fly from here to Europe and vise versa, I have used United and they allow you to choose your seats. Just make sure you make that a quick priority as soon as it's allowed. I've never booked with Delta because I never thought of it. Then when I thought of it, I didn't do it for the same concern you have (extreme mixed reviews). My advice is checking if Delta allows you to pick your seats. If yes, do it asap!


IR-1/CR-1 - Waiver Journey

USCIS

 

08/18/2015 :Mailed I-130 to Chicago Lockbox

08/20/2015 :Arrived at Chicago Lockbox facility

08/25/2015 :Received NOA1 via email, file routed to CSC

09/01/2015 :Received NOA1 via mail

09/15/2015 :Approved I-130 (NOA2 via myUSCIS) - 22 days from NOA1

09/30/2015 :Received NOA2 via mail (approximately)

 

NVC

 

10/13/2015 :Arrived at NVC - 27 days from NOA2

10/13/2015 :Assigned Case Number & IIN Number

10/15/2015 :Invoiced AOS fee

10/15/2015 :Paid AOS fee

10/15/2015 :Submitted DS-261

10/20/2015 :Marked AOS fee as PAID

10/30/2015 :Approved DS-261 - 16 days from submitting

11/03/2015 :Invoiced IV fee

11/03/2015 :Paid IV fee via CEAC - rejected by bank

11/09/2015 :Paid IV fee via CEAC - approved by bank

11/12/2015 :Marked IV fee as PAID

11/12/2015 :Invoiced IV Application (DS-260)

11/16/2015 :Submitted IV Application (DS-260)

11/27/2015 :Submitted IV & AOS Packet

12/09/2015 :Arrived at NVC (IV & AOS Packet)

01/15/2016 :Called NVC

01/20/2016 :Sent to Supervisor (Court Doc. Confusion)

02/19/2016 :Called NVC (Verbal RFE for Court Doc.)

02/22/2016 :CASE COMPLETE

02/29/2016 :Received Case Complete via email

02/29/2016 :Called NVC (RFE was a mistake/No RFE)

 

EMBASSY

03/11/2016 : Received Interview Letter via email

03/29/2016 : Medical Exam

04/11/2016 : INTERVIEW

08/29/2016 : Sent US Criminal History to US Embassy

09/01/2016 : Arrived at US Embassy (US Criminal History)

09/29/2016 : Received updated via email

02/01/2017 : SECOND INTERVIEW

03/17/2017 : USCIS InfoPass Appointment

More in my profile!

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I would sign up to their skymiles programme, they give you the choice of picking your seat much earlier than other airlines. Just make sure it's a Delta operated flight because they partner with Virgin and I don't think you can pick seats until 24 hours before. I always fly Delta and now they assign my seat based on my previously flights because they know where i like to sit.

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My husband and I fly from Frankfurt to Detroit (yes, another Michigander here!) with Delta and we have always had good experience, no complaints. You will always hear mixed reviews though, can't keep everyone happy! However, we also flew United when we have travelled back and forth USA/Europe on government orders and we had no issue with them either.


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

12.18.18 - 10 year green card received in mail

 

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Delta is okay

Usually you just want to check-in 24 hours before flight to reserve seats but also keep in mind the kind of economy class you have,

they might be different and with no option to choose seats

I've had no problems with my delta flights to NY from Frankfurt and then from NY to Fort Lauderdale, both by Delta in November.


Oh, what a day, what a lovely day!

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