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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Malaysia
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Hey all

Firstly, I wanna thank the geniuses who came up with this site. It's seriously helped us a lot with our visa process. I have everything and all that's left is to fly to the US!

I have questions for anyone who has gone through Shanghai Pudong Airport recently.

1) Is it true that I have to fill out the arrival AND departure card on the plane even though I've only got a 3 hour layover? I'm flying with Shanghai Airlines from Kuala Lumpur then connecting on a Delta Airlines flight to Narita.

2) Which terminal does Shanghai Airlines land?

3) Will I have to go through immigration twice?

4) Is a 3 hour layover enough?

I would really appreciate some insight.

Can't wait to be with my Husband. This married single life is so old!

Have a great week!


2008 : Met online & became friends

2013 : Started talking more

11/30/2013 : Became a couple

09/28/2014 : First meeting in the MN :idea:

10/14/2014 : I flew back to Malaysia :cry:

05/29/2015 : My second visit to MN :dancing:

07/02/2015 : I flew back to Malaysia again :crying:

12/28/2015 : He flew to Malaysia to visit me! :luv:

12/30/2015 : Village wedding ceremony! (L)

01/13/2016 : Marriage registration at Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur! (F)

01/17/2016 : He returned to the US :cry:

01/22/2016 : Began our CR1 journey!

01/26/2016 : Mailed i-130 Petition

01/28/2016 : NOA 1

05/27/2016 : i-130 Approved !!

06/20/2016 : NVC Received !!

06/20/2016 : Case Number Assigned

06/21//2016 : Received DS-261 / AOS Bill

06/21//2016 : Select Agent & Pay AOS Bill

07/01/2016 : Pay IV Bill

07/09/2016 : Submit DS-261

07/23/2016 : Send AOS & IV package

07/25/2016 : AOS & IV Package received

08/16/2016 : Case Complete!!

08/17/2016 : Interview Scheduled

08/18/2016 : Case left NVC

08/19/2016 : Consulate Received

08/24/2016 : Husband arrived for his 2nd visit !! (L)(L)(L)

08/30/2016 : Medical Exam :clock:

09/02/2016 : Long overdue honeymoon in Osaka, Japan :luv::luv:

09/06/2016 : Flew back to Kuala Lumpur

09/07/2016 : Picked up medical results

09/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED !!! :goofy:

09/09/2016 : VISA IN HAND! Weeeeeeeeee!~ :wow:

10/13/2016 : POE @ Minneapolis St.Paul International (L)

11/29/2016 : GREEN CARD arrived in the mail! :dance:


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*** Country-specific thread is moved from the Introducing Our Members forum to the China regional subforum. ***


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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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Malaysia
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I will be flying next week through PVG as well. Ill share you my experience.

2. I believe its Terminal 1.


Our IR-1 Journey

05/20/2016 : Submit our I130 packet

05/23/2016 : NOA1 by Email & Text

05/28/2016 : NOA1 Hardcopy

10/12/2016 : Transferred to Texas Service Centre

10/26/2016 : Approved!???

11/08/2016 : Case sent to Department of State

11/15/2016 : NVC Received

11/23/2016 : Case Number & IIN received (confirmed through phone)

11/23/2016 : Submit DS-261

11/25/2016 : Welcome Letter from NVC & AOS fee invoiced

11/26/2016. : Pay AOS Fee

12/01/2016 : IV fee invoiced

12/01/2016 : Pay IV fee

12/05/2016 : Submit DS-260 online

12/09/2016 : Mail AOS & IV packet

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I will be flying next week through PVG as well. Ill share you my experience.

2. I believe its Terminal 1.

Oh my! Thank you!

:goofy:


2008 : Met online & became friends

2013 : Started talking more

11/30/2013 : Became a couple

09/28/2014 : First meeting in the MN :idea:

10/14/2014 : I flew back to Malaysia :cry:

05/29/2015 : My second visit to MN :dancing:

07/02/2015 : I flew back to Malaysia again :crying:

12/28/2015 : He flew to Malaysia to visit me! :luv:

12/30/2015 : Village wedding ceremony! (L)

01/13/2016 : Marriage registration at Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur! (F)

01/17/2016 : He returned to the US :cry:

01/22/2016 : Began our CR1 journey!

01/26/2016 : Mailed i-130 Petition

01/28/2016 : NOA 1

05/27/2016 : i-130 Approved !!

06/20/2016 : NVC Received !!

06/20/2016 : Case Number Assigned

06/21//2016 : Received DS-261 / AOS Bill

06/21//2016 : Select Agent & Pay AOS Bill

07/01/2016 : Pay IV Bill

07/09/2016 : Submit DS-261

07/23/2016 : Send AOS & IV package

07/25/2016 : AOS & IV Package received

08/16/2016 : Case Complete!!

08/17/2016 : Interview Scheduled

08/18/2016 : Case left NVC

08/19/2016 : Consulate Received

08/24/2016 : Husband arrived for his 2nd visit !! (L)(L)(L)

08/30/2016 : Medical Exam :clock:

09/02/2016 : Long overdue honeymoon in Osaka, Japan :luv::luv:

09/06/2016 : Flew back to Kuala Lumpur

09/07/2016 : Picked up medical results

09/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED !!! :goofy:

09/09/2016 : VISA IN HAND! Weeeeeeeeee!~ :wow:

10/13/2016 : POE @ Minneapolis St.Paul International (L)

11/29/2016 : GREEN CARD arrived in the mail! :dance:


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I cannot answer to Shanghai, but I suspect it will be similar to Beijing. International Transfers have their own line that they pass through at the Customs/Immigration section of a Chinese airport. It's a fast pass if you will. You arrive to the line, they verify your connecting flights, and usher you on your way. Chinese customs is notorious for not checking much of anything and shuffling people along. When you arrive at your destination, you will need to clear their customs as well.

1. The card can, and should be filled out on the airplane, they distribute them prior to landing. You can ask an attendant if you need to fill out the card, since you are just an international transfer(however I can say from the time I spent in the customs line, I saw people using the international transfer line had these cards filled out).

2. http://en.shairport.com/pudongair.html (ShangHai Airlines (FM) arrives at Terminal 1)

3. You will need to go through Chinese Customs when you arrive, and then Japanese customs when you arrive to Narita.

4. 3 hours is more than enough time, even during the busiest times I only ever spent an hour and a half in China customs, in Beijing which is a far busier airport. International Transfer should make your trip through customs even quicker.


Click Below to View my timeline (spoiler added to reduce visible space consumption)

 

Timeline to date:

11/11/14 - Met online through eHarmony
11/12/14 - Started communication through email (1-2 emails daily)
12/20/14 - Communicating through Phone Calls and Video Calls
07/04/15 - First Trip to China to visit her (spent time at her home, her hometown, and Beijing), Met the whole family.
07/18/15 - Sadly I had to return back to the US
10/01/15 - I am returning back to China to be with her again
10/11/15 - She will accompany me back on the same flight for 30 days
11/14/15 - She returns back to China
12/01/15 - I-129F Fed-Ex'd to the Lewisville address
12/03/15 - Packet signed for by the receiver
12/07/15 - NOA1 Generated
12/11/15 - NOA1 Received
01/14/15 - NOA2 Generated (Approved)
01/28/16 - NVC Received (Still waiting papers for official date)
01/29/16 - NVC Case# Assigned (Still waiting papers for official date)
02/03/16 - Case Sent to Embassy
02/04/16 - Case Received by Embassy
03/03/16 - Packet 3 Received
03/03/16 - Packet 3 Sent back to Embassy
03/04/16 - DS-160 Fee paid
03/09/16 - Packet 4 Received (Documents were prepared in advance)
04/02/16 - I return to China to provide moral and emotional support as she goes to her Interview on the 5th
04/05/16 - Interview Date (APPROVED!!!)

04/25/16 - POE Dallas Texas (DFW) smooth sailing through customs

04/25/16 - Arrived in Nashville, TN 10pm
04/29/16 - Marriage Certificate received
SSN filed somewhere after this point (exact date is not remembered, received after a 30 minute wait)
11/16/16 - AoS packet mailed (i-485, i-765, i-131)
11/18/16 - AoS packet received
12/06/16 - Check Cashed
02/28/17 - EAD and AP Approved
03/02/17 - NOA2 for EAD and AP Arrived
03/02/17 - EAD/AP Card Arrived

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I cannot answer to Shanghai, but I suspect it will be similar to Beijing. International Transfers have their own line that they pass through at the Customs/Immigration section of a Chinese airport. It's a fast pass if you will. You arrive to the line, they verify your connecting flights, and usher you on your way. Chinese customs is notorious for not checking much of anything and shuffling people along. When you arrive at your destination, you will need to clear their customs as well.

1. The card can, and should be filled out on the airplane, they distribute them prior to landing. You can ask an attendant if you need to fill out the card, since you are just an international transfer(however I can say from the time I spent in the customs line, I saw people using the international transfer line had these cards filled out).

2. http://en.shairport.com/pudongair.html (ShangHai Airlines (FM) arrives at Terminal 1)

3. You will need to go through Chinese Customs when you arrive, and then Japanese customs when you arrive to Narita.

4. 3 hours is more than enough time, even during the busiest times I only ever spent an hour and a half in China customs, in Beijing which is a far busier airport. International Transfer should make your trip through customs even quicker.

Chris and ZhiJia Thank you!

There's just so many different stories about that airport. I've also read that as of August 2016, China has tightened security at their airports.The thought of having to reclaim my luggage on one floor then rushing to another floor just sounds so exhausting! It seems a few people say that luggage is often not checked to the final destination when going through Shanghai so.....yeah. Let's hope all goes well! Thanks so much!


2008 : Met online & became friends

2013 : Started talking more

11/30/2013 : Became a couple

09/28/2014 : First meeting in the MN :idea:

10/14/2014 : I flew back to Malaysia :cry:

05/29/2015 : My second visit to MN :dancing:

07/02/2015 : I flew back to Malaysia again :crying:

12/28/2015 : He flew to Malaysia to visit me! :luv:

12/30/2015 : Village wedding ceremony! (L)

01/13/2016 : Marriage registration at Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur! (F)

01/17/2016 : He returned to the US :cry:

01/22/2016 : Began our CR1 journey!

01/26/2016 : Mailed i-130 Petition

01/28/2016 : NOA 1

05/27/2016 : i-130 Approved !!

06/20/2016 : NVC Received !!

06/20/2016 : Case Number Assigned

06/21//2016 : Received DS-261 / AOS Bill

06/21//2016 : Select Agent & Pay AOS Bill

07/01/2016 : Pay IV Bill

07/09/2016 : Submit DS-261

07/23/2016 : Send AOS & IV package

07/25/2016 : AOS & IV Package received

08/16/2016 : Case Complete!!

08/17/2016 : Interview Scheduled

08/18/2016 : Case left NVC

08/19/2016 : Consulate Received

08/24/2016 : Husband arrived for his 2nd visit !! (L)(L)(L)

08/30/2016 : Medical Exam :clock:

09/02/2016 : Long overdue honeymoon in Osaka, Japan :luv::luv:

09/06/2016 : Flew back to Kuala Lumpur

09/07/2016 : Picked up medical results

09/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED !!! :goofy:

09/09/2016 : VISA IN HAND! Weeeeeeeeee!~ :wow:

10/13/2016 : POE @ Minneapolis St.Paul International (L)

11/29/2016 : GREEN CARD arrived in the mail! :dance:


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Thanks for replying everyone. Looks like we MAY re-book. I've been looking at the flights for a few days now and KL to Shanghai is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS delayed. I'm talking over 2 hour delays. Ridiculous!


2008 : Met online & became friends

2013 : Started talking more

11/30/2013 : Became a couple

09/28/2014 : First meeting in the MN :idea:

10/14/2014 : I flew back to Malaysia :cry:

05/29/2015 : My second visit to MN :dancing:

07/02/2015 : I flew back to Malaysia again :crying:

12/28/2015 : He flew to Malaysia to visit me! :luv:

12/30/2015 : Village wedding ceremony! (L)

01/13/2016 : Marriage registration at Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur! (F)

01/17/2016 : He returned to the US :cry:

01/22/2016 : Began our CR1 journey!

01/26/2016 : Mailed i-130 Petition

01/28/2016 : NOA 1

05/27/2016 : i-130 Approved !!

06/20/2016 : NVC Received !!

06/20/2016 : Case Number Assigned

06/21//2016 : Received DS-261 / AOS Bill

06/21//2016 : Select Agent & Pay AOS Bill

07/01/2016 : Pay IV Bill

07/09/2016 : Submit DS-261

07/23/2016 : Send AOS & IV package

07/25/2016 : AOS & IV Package received

08/16/2016 : Case Complete!!

08/17/2016 : Interview Scheduled

08/18/2016 : Case left NVC

08/19/2016 : Consulate Received

08/24/2016 : Husband arrived for his 2nd visit !! (L)(L)(L)

08/30/2016 : Medical Exam :clock:

09/02/2016 : Long overdue honeymoon in Osaka, Japan :luv::luv:

09/06/2016 : Flew back to Kuala Lumpur

09/07/2016 : Picked up medical results

09/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED !!! :goofy:

09/09/2016 : VISA IN HAND! Weeeeeeeeee!~ :wow:

10/13/2016 : POE @ Minneapolis St.Paul International (L)

11/29/2016 : GREEN CARD arrived in the mail! :dance:


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You should call and ask the airline. As I recall, I didn't go through Japanese Immigration and Customs when I came back to U.S. from China.

Based on their flight details, I didn't see them as coming to the US, but going to Japan. It was only indicated that they were flying to Narita, which is why I suspected they would have to clear Japanese customs.

Edited by Chris and ZhiJia

Click Below to View my timeline (spoiler added to reduce visible space consumption)

 

Timeline to date:

11/11/14 - Met online through eHarmony
11/12/14 - Started communication through email (1-2 emails daily)
12/20/14 - Communicating through Phone Calls and Video Calls
07/04/15 - First Trip to China to visit her (spent time at her home, her hometown, and Beijing), Met the whole family.
07/18/15 - Sadly I had to return back to the US
10/01/15 - I am returning back to China to be with her again
10/11/15 - She will accompany me back on the same flight for 30 days
11/14/15 - She returns back to China
12/01/15 - I-129F Fed-Ex'd to the Lewisville address
12/03/15 - Packet signed for by the receiver
12/07/15 - NOA1 Generated
12/11/15 - NOA1 Received
01/14/15 - NOA2 Generated (Approved)
01/28/16 - NVC Received (Still waiting papers for official date)
01/29/16 - NVC Case# Assigned (Still waiting papers for official date)
02/03/16 - Case Sent to Embassy
02/04/16 - Case Received by Embassy
03/03/16 - Packet 3 Received
03/03/16 - Packet 3 Sent back to Embassy
03/04/16 - DS-160 Fee paid
03/09/16 - Packet 4 Received (Documents were prepared in advance)
04/02/16 - I return to China to provide moral and emotional support as she goes to her Interview on the 5th
04/05/16 - Interview Date (APPROVED!!!)

04/25/16 - POE Dallas Texas (DFW) smooth sailing through customs

04/25/16 - Arrived in Nashville, TN 10pm
04/29/16 - Marriage Certificate received
SSN filed somewhere after this point (exact date is not remembered, received after a 30 minute wait)
11/16/16 - AoS packet mailed (i-485, i-765, i-131)
11/18/16 - AoS packet received
12/06/16 - Check Cashed
02/28/17 - EAD and AP Approved
03/02/17 - NOA2 for EAD and AP Arrived
03/02/17 - EAD/AP Card Arrived

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Hey there

Sorry. Maybe I wasn't clear. My bad. My concern was not Japanese Customs at all. My concern was China and having to go through customs upon arrival and then having to clear customs again to board my next flight, even though my layover is only 2 hours.

But no biggie. Ticket changed. Not gonna be flying through China or their hassle. Not now or EVER.

Thanks!


2008 : Met online & became friends

2013 : Started talking more

11/30/2013 : Became a couple

09/28/2014 : First meeting in the MN :idea:

10/14/2014 : I flew back to Malaysia :cry:

05/29/2015 : My second visit to MN :dancing:

07/02/2015 : I flew back to Malaysia again :crying:

12/28/2015 : He flew to Malaysia to visit me! :luv:

12/30/2015 : Village wedding ceremony! (L)

01/13/2016 : Marriage registration at Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur! (F)

01/17/2016 : He returned to the US :cry:

01/22/2016 : Began our CR1 journey!

01/26/2016 : Mailed i-130 Petition

01/28/2016 : NOA 1

05/27/2016 : i-130 Approved !!

06/20/2016 : NVC Received !!

06/20/2016 : Case Number Assigned

06/21//2016 : Received DS-261 / AOS Bill

06/21//2016 : Select Agent & Pay AOS Bill

07/01/2016 : Pay IV Bill

07/09/2016 : Submit DS-261

07/23/2016 : Send AOS & IV package

07/25/2016 : AOS & IV Package received

08/16/2016 : Case Complete!!

08/17/2016 : Interview Scheduled

08/18/2016 : Case left NVC

08/19/2016 : Consulate Received

08/24/2016 : Husband arrived for his 2nd visit !! (L)(L)(L)

08/30/2016 : Medical Exam :clock:

09/02/2016 : Long overdue honeymoon in Osaka, Japan :luv::luv:

09/06/2016 : Flew back to Kuala Lumpur

09/07/2016 : Picked up medical results

09/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED !!! :goofy:

09/09/2016 : VISA IN HAND! Weeeeeeeeee!~ :wow:

10/13/2016 : POE @ Minneapolis St.Paul International (L)

11/29/2016 : GREEN CARD arrived in the mail! :dance:


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Hey there

Sorry. Maybe I wasn't clear. My bad. My concern was not Japanese Customs at all. My concern was China and having to go through customs upon arrival and then having to clear customs again to board my next flight, even though my layover is only 2 hours.

But no biggie. Ticket changed. Not gonna be flying through China or their hassle. Not now or EVER.

Thanks!

There is no departure customs from China, or any country that I know of for that matter, only entry customs.


Click Below to View my timeline (spoiler added to reduce visible space consumption)

 

Timeline to date:

11/11/14 - Met online through eHarmony
11/12/14 - Started communication through email (1-2 emails daily)
12/20/14 - Communicating through Phone Calls and Video Calls
07/04/15 - First Trip to China to visit her (spent time at her home, her hometown, and Beijing), Met the whole family.
07/18/15 - Sadly I had to return back to the US
10/01/15 - I am returning back to China to be with her again
10/11/15 - She will accompany me back on the same flight for 30 days
11/14/15 - She returns back to China
12/01/15 - I-129F Fed-Ex'd to the Lewisville address
12/03/15 - Packet signed for by the receiver
12/07/15 - NOA1 Generated
12/11/15 - NOA1 Received
01/14/15 - NOA2 Generated (Approved)
01/28/16 - NVC Received (Still waiting papers for official date)
01/29/16 - NVC Case# Assigned (Still waiting papers for official date)
02/03/16 - Case Sent to Embassy
02/04/16 - Case Received by Embassy
03/03/16 - Packet 3 Received
03/03/16 - Packet 3 Sent back to Embassy
03/04/16 - DS-160 Fee paid
03/09/16 - Packet 4 Received (Documents were prepared in advance)
04/02/16 - I return to China to provide moral and emotional support as she goes to her Interview on the 5th
04/05/16 - Interview Date (APPROVED!!!)

04/25/16 - POE Dallas Texas (DFW) smooth sailing through customs

04/25/16 - Arrived in Nashville, TN 10pm
04/29/16 - Marriage Certificate received
SSN filed somewhere after this point (exact date is not remembered, received after a 30 minute wait)
11/16/16 - AoS packet mailed (i-485, i-765, i-131)
11/18/16 - AoS packet received
12/06/16 - Check Cashed
02/28/17 - EAD and AP Approved
03/02/17 - NOA2 for EAD and AP Arrived
03/02/17 - EAD/AP Card Arrived

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I transited through PVG in March 2016. It was a United->Asiana changeover on the same booking. Despite alarm bells about a visa requirement in the check-in system, United advised me to ignore it as it was a transit. I arrive at PVG and try to transit...nope...PVG staff told me "no transfer United Asiana" and directed me to entry customs instead. Watched passengers from same flight transit to other airlines. There are no airport staff from either airline in that area, so on the advice of the flight crew, who were standing there, I did go ahead and go through customs rather than try to get an explanation from the transit desk.

Customs line was a special line on the FAAAAAAR left of the customs area specifically for 24-hour visas. There were only a few people in line, but it still took a half hour. Cost nothing. They stamped my passport and sent me to the luggage area, which had a line nearly an hour long (I'm nearly my flight time now), but thankfully they waived everyone through upon realizing the line had gotten too long for bag checks (which were just being chucked through the X-ray machine already). Ended up having to check my luggage back in with Asiana, go back through the border patrol type checkpoint (make sure the arrival/departure card is filled out or you are going to be doing it now), and made it to my flight with about 5 minutes to spare.

The moral of the story... If you fly through PVG, just assume you *might* need a 24-hour visa and budget time according?

As for other airports, I've had no issues transiting in Incheon or Narita on United->United, Asiana->United, and United->Asiana flights. My layovers in HK were long enough to require a visa waiver pass through customs, but that's it.

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Hi, looks like you wont be flying through PVG but ill share some not so nice experience.

I had my flight todsy from Malaysia to Chicago via Shanghai.

My first flight was Shanghai Air and then United Airlines.

1) I had a 10hrs layover. i fill the custom forms.

2) Terminal 1. But united Airlines is at terminal 2. So i had to go out from immigration and gonto terminal 2.

3) For me yes. I go through immigration twice.

4) I had 10hrs layover which is more than enough. But if i only have 3hrs, i dont think i will have enough time especially travelling alone with my baby.

When i check in Malaysia they said my luggage will be check through so i don't have to take it at Shanghai. But once k arrived PVG im glad i went to ask. And was told they dont do luggage transfer and ask me to go to Counter 7. When i go there i saw my luggage just sitting there! Phew. Took it and walk to terminal 2.


Our IR-1 Journey

05/20/2016 : Submit our I130 packet

05/23/2016 : NOA1 by Email & Text

05/28/2016 : NOA1 Hardcopy

10/12/2016 : Transferred to Texas Service Centre

10/26/2016 : Approved!???

11/08/2016 : Case sent to Department of State

11/15/2016 : NVC Received

11/23/2016 : Case Number & IIN received (confirmed through phone)

11/23/2016 : Submit DS-261

11/25/2016 : Welcome Letter from NVC & AOS fee invoiced

11/26/2016. : Pay AOS Fee

12/01/2016 : IV fee invoiced

12/01/2016 : Pay IV fee

12/05/2016 : Submit DS-260 online

12/09/2016 : Mail AOS & IV packet

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OH MY GOD. THANK YOU. Finally. Someone who actually went through the same stuff I kept reading about. So glad you arrived safely tho. But yeah, forget China. Seriously. Never ever ever ever flying through there. What a hassle!


2008 : Met online & became friends

2013 : Started talking more

11/30/2013 : Became a couple

09/28/2014 : First meeting in the MN :idea:

10/14/2014 : I flew back to Malaysia :cry:

05/29/2015 : My second visit to MN :dancing:

07/02/2015 : I flew back to Malaysia again :crying:

12/28/2015 : He flew to Malaysia to visit me! :luv:

12/30/2015 : Village wedding ceremony! (L)

01/13/2016 : Marriage registration at Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur! (F)

01/17/2016 : He returned to the US :cry:

01/22/2016 : Began our CR1 journey!

01/26/2016 : Mailed i-130 Petition

01/28/2016 : NOA 1

05/27/2016 : i-130 Approved !!

06/20/2016 : NVC Received !!

06/20/2016 : Case Number Assigned

06/21//2016 : Received DS-261 / AOS Bill

06/21//2016 : Select Agent & Pay AOS Bill

07/01/2016 : Pay IV Bill

07/09/2016 : Submit DS-261

07/23/2016 : Send AOS & IV package

07/25/2016 : AOS & IV Package received

08/16/2016 : Case Complete!!

08/17/2016 : Interview Scheduled

08/18/2016 : Case left NVC

08/19/2016 : Consulate Received

08/24/2016 : Husband arrived for his 2nd visit !! (L)(L)(L)

08/30/2016 : Medical Exam :clock:

09/02/2016 : Long overdue honeymoon in Osaka, Japan :luv::luv:

09/06/2016 : Flew back to Kuala Lumpur

09/07/2016 : Picked up medical results

09/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED !!! :goofy:

09/09/2016 : VISA IN HAND! Weeeeeeeeee!~ :wow:

10/13/2016 : POE @ Minneapolis St.Paul International (L)

11/29/2016 : GREEN CARD arrived in the mail! :dance:


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An additional note... When it comes to questions about transits/transfers and whether you'll have to re-check your bags or not, the information you get from the airline customer service people before hand is absolutely worthless. United told me three different things about a transfer from a United flight to a Cathay flight in HK, and told me two different things about the PVG transfer. Cathay and Asiana were equally useless. Just be prepared by making yourself have no short transit layovers if changing airlines or transiting a country you've never passed through, and be willing to ask questions rather than assume.

As an aside... If you change airlines after the first hop in a multiple hop trip, sometime you will be asked to "virtually re-check" your luggage. You don't actually have to recheck it, but for example, when I go from Cebu to Incheon and transit from Asiana to United, United calls me to the desk just before boarding and verifies my luggage count and tags on my flight from Incheon to Narita. Oddly, if I take Asiana to Narita, United does not do this same check in Narita.

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