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NAIA to POE LAX. Guide please!

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Hi! I will be flying to the US on a k1 visa in a few days. This is my first international flight so I am not really familiar with the processes and things that are needed to be done, fees to pay, documents that will be asked at NAIA and upon arrival at LAX. I have read a few dozen reviews, blogs about POE and stuff like that but none are from 2016 and things might be different now. I think I am good but I just wanna make sure so I will know what to expect.

I appreciate any help! Thanks! ?


K1

03.22.2016: 129f sent
03.28.2016: 129f received
04.01.2016: NOA1
06.15.2016: NOA2

07.14.2016: NVC#

07.25&27.2016: Medical PASSED!

08.04.2016: Interview APPROVED!

08.12.16: Visa ready for pickup

08.23.2016: CFO

08.29.16 : POE LAX

09.03.16: Wedding

AOS, EAD& AP

10.19.2016: AOS, EAD& AP sent

10.20.2016: delivered

11.02.2016: NOA1 emails& texts

11.03.2016: Check cashed

11.08.2016: NOA1 hard copies

11.12.2016: Biometrics Notice received

11.22.2016: Biometrics appointment (Las Vegas)

12.05.2016: Case is ready to be scheduled for an Interview

07.03.2017: AOS Interview scheduled for August 3, 2017

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First congratulations.

You will be fine traveling. Your best source of information when traveling is to ask the airline employees any and all questions you may have. That is their job - to help. Having said that you will need to pay the terminal fee at departure. Information is here.

www.philippineembassy-usa.org/about-the-philippines-dc/

The Philippine Travel Tax is PHP1,620.00 (approximately $35.00). Check your ticket this should be included in the cost breakdown. This fee is not. All passengers departing from the NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) are expected to pay the Airport Terminal Fee of PHP750.00 (approximately $17.00). No one is exempt from paying the Airport Terminal Fee.

I list the forms that you will need to fill out while inflight. But if you fill them out and print them to take with you, you will not have to do inflight. http://dennyeyberg.wixsite.com/filipino-am-visa/airport

Once you deplane in Los Angeles just follow the crowd to immigration. Once at immigration you will present your passport and the plastic packet that was mailed to you with the visa paperwork inside. Give the passport and the plastic packet to the Immigration Officer. He will open the packet and begin to remove the paperwork that is needed and review your visa, packet and passport. Once he/she stamps your passport and once released from immigration you will proceed to baggage claim area. Follow the signs. Once you have your luggage you will pass through customs. Again, follow the signs. Once through customs you can meet your party, or go to the ticket counter for your onward flight and check in.

Good luck and safe travels.


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Also Congratulations.

Check out the LAX POE reviews here. There are several from 2016. Shouldn't be too difficult.

Good Luck!

http://www.visajourney.com/reviews/poereviews.php?poe=Los+Angeles&dfilter=0

Edited by Bill & Katya

Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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One other comment. It looks like LAX will be the POE, but you are actually heading to Las Vegas. Make sure you leave at least a minimum of two hours if you are getting a connecting flight to LV.

Good Luck!


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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That last few times I have flown out of NAIA I have not had to pay the PHP750 terminal fee fee. That was in May 2016. When I asked about it last time they said the fee was already included in my ticket. This is not true for Mactan/Cebu. You have to pay it when you fly out from Cebu. Hoping someone else can verify this. But I'm also the USC. You still may have to pay it if you are the Filippino. Or maybe I've just been lucky and not had to do so.

But things can also change at the drop of a hat. Each of the last 4 trips I have made to/from the Philippines they have always changed up what is allowed and what is not allowed in your carry on. This is mostly domestic flights though. I've not had a problem once I've made it to a US carrier (they are a little less strict). But for Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific its been things like oh you can't have that decorative fan with you, so I had to pay extra to check it. Then it was oh you can't have that glass coffee mug, so I had to have my luggage pulled off the plane so I could put it in my checked luggage. Most recently was oh you can't have that dive regulator (which I had with me the 3 previous trips and it was ok) with you in your carry on so I had to pay extra to check it as well. I don't think I've escaped a Philippine airport without paying at least PHP1000-2000. It's not much considering, but by that time I've given all my cash to my fiancée and I've had to scramble to find money to pay the fees. So now, I make sure I always have at least PHP2000 in my pocket when I leave. Lol

I still loved my visits though and most of all being with my fiancée. All in all, I can say that each time I've gone entered the Philippines I've been relaxed but each time I've flown back to the States I've always been stressed because I don't know what to expect. Something new but at least it adds to the story when I get home. Because as they say, "It's always more fun in the Philippines!" Lol


K-1 Visa Journey

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K1

Sent I-129F: May 20, 2016

USCIS received: May 25, 2016

NOA1 Notice Date: May 27, 2016

NOA2 Approval Date: August 29, 2016

Time from NOA1 to NOA 2 (94 days)

NOA2 Hard Copy received: September 2, 2016

NVC received: September 8, 2016

NVC Case Number assigned: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 29, 2016

US VISA Issued: October 26, 2016

POE (Dallas, TX): November 4, 2016

Wedding: December 10, 2016

 

Adjustment of Status Journey

Spoiler

AOS

Sent AOS: December 20, 2016

USCIS delivered: December 23, 2016

USCIS received: December 27, 2016

I-765 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-131 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-485 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

Biometrics Date: February 10, 2017

I-765 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-131 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-485 Approved: June 6, 2017 (161 days)

I-90 Notice Date: June 15, 2017 (_____)

 

 

Removal of Conditions Journey

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ROC

Will Send I-751: March 8, 2019

 

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Thank you all so much for the added knowledge!

Hi! we will be travelling by land to LV from LA. ?

One other comment. It looks like LAX will be the POE, but you are actually heading to Las Vegas. Make sure you leave at least a minimum of two hours if you are getting a connecting flight to LV.

Good Luck!


K1

03.22.2016: 129f sent
03.28.2016: 129f received
04.01.2016: NOA1
06.15.2016: NOA2

07.14.2016: NVC#

07.25&27.2016: Medical PASSED!

08.04.2016: Interview APPROVED!

08.12.16: Visa ready for pickup

08.23.2016: CFO

08.29.16 : POE LAX

09.03.16: Wedding

AOS, EAD& AP

10.19.2016: AOS, EAD& AP sent

10.20.2016: delivered

11.02.2016: NOA1 emails& texts

11.03.2016: Check cashed

11.08.2016: NOA1 hard copies

11.12.2016: Biometrics Notice received

11.22.2016: Biometrics appointment (Las Vegas)

12.05.2016: Case is ready to be scheduled for an Interview

07.03.2017: AOS Interview scheduled for August 3, 2017

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That last few times I have flown out of NAIA I have not had to pay the PHP750 terminal fee fee. That was in May 2016. When I asked about it last time they said the fee was already included in my ticket. This is not true for Mactan/Cebu.

Yep. We flew from NAIA to Siem Reap, and my wife had to pay those stupid fèes. This was on Bangkok airlines. Flying back to the states from Manila on Delta the fees were included in the ticket price.


AOS Filed : July 12
NoA Date : July 29
Bio. Appt. : Aug 11
RFE for AOS Sept 6
RFE response Sept 13
RFE #2 NOV 5 (114 days)
RFE hardcopy arrived Nov 9 2016

Had 3025 transcribed by a civil surgeon.
Mailed back to uscis
127 days=485 . . 89 days=EAD
Nov 16 2016
Nov 27 New Card Being Produced

Nov 28 Approved

Dec 2 Card mailed

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That last few times I have flown out of NAIA I have not had to pay the PHP750 terminal fee fee. That was in May 2016. When I asked about it last time they said the fee was already included in my ticket. This is not true for Mactan/Cebu.

Yep. We flew from NAIA to Siem Reap, and my wife had to pay those stupid fèes. This was on Bangkok airlines. Flying back to the states from Manila on Delta the fees were included in the ticket price.

Thanks for the update Terapin. That makes sense because I have flown Delta out the past few times. The added knowledge is useful for us all!


K-1 Visa Journey

Spoiler

K1

Sent I-129F: May 20, 2016

USCIS received: May 25, 2016

NOA1 Notice Date: May 27, 2016

NOA2 Approval Date: August 29, 2016

Time from NOA1 to NOA 2 (94 days)

NOA2 Hard Copy received: September 2, 2016

NVC received: September 8, 2016

NVC Case Number assigned: September 13, 2016

Interview: September 29, 2016

US VISA Issued: October 26, 2016

POE (Dallas, TX): November 4, 2016

Wedding: December 10, 2016

 

Adjustment of Status Journey

Spoiler

AOS

Sent AOS: December 20, 2016

USCIS delivered: December 23, 2016

USCIS received: December 27, 2016

I-765 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-131 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

I-485 Notice Date: January 12, 2017

Biometrics Date: February 10, 2017

I-765 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-131 Approved: March 30, 2017 (93 days)

I-485 Approved: June 6, 2017 (161 days)

I-90 Notice Date: June 15, 2017 (_____)

 

 

Removal of Conditions Journey

Spoiler

ROC

Will Send I-751: March 8, 2019

 

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Hi again! I attended the CFO yesterday and they gave us a handbook of guides for filipinos migrating to the states. It was all there it was great!


K1

03.22.2016: 129f sent
03.28.2016: 129f received
04.01.2016: NOA1
06.15.2016: NOA2

07.14.2016: NVC#

07.25&27.2016: Medical PASSED!

08.04.2016: Interview APPROVED!

08.12.16: Visa ready for pickup

08.23.2016: CFO

08.29.16 : POE LAX

09.03.16: Wedding

AOS, EAD& AP

10.19.2016: AOS, EAD& AP sent

10.20.2016: delivered

11.02.2016: NOA1 emails& texts

11.03.2016: Check cashed

11.08.2016: NOA1 hard copies

11.12.2016: Biometrics Notice received

11.22.2016: Biometrics appointment (Las Vegas)

12.05.2016: Case is ready to be scheduled for an Interview

07.03.2017: AOS Interview scheduled for August 3, 2017

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