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Here's an oddball question:

My fiancee and I are looking at tickets from BKK to JFK. Norwegian Air is coming up in nearly every search with the lowest fare. However, this would require a stop in Oslo. Does anyone know if Thai nationals require a transit visa? I've been reading about this online and I'm not 100% confident that she can travel without a Norwegian transit visa.

Here's what I've seen so far:


K1 visa journey: 107 days from NOA1 to visa in hand

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01 Oct 2016    Mailed I-129F packet (27 pages)
12 Oct 2016    NOA1 SMS and e-mail               (11 days from sent date)
03 Nov 2016    NOA2 SMS                          (22 days from NOA1 date)
29 Nov 2016    NVC received I-129F petition      (26 days from NOA2 date)
13 Dec 2016    CEAC status shows "Ready"     (13 days from NVC sent date)

03 Jan 2017    Received Packet 4 e-mail (19 days from Packet 3 sent date)
24 Jan 2017    Interview                   (21 days from Packet 4 e-mail)
27 Jan 2017    Visa in hand                     (107 days from NOA1 date)
09 Feb 2017    POE Philadelphia, PA

 

AOS journey: 256 days from NOA1 to GC in hand

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06 Apr 2017    Mailed I-485/I-131/I-765 packet (83 pages)

12 Apr 2017    I-485/I-131/I-765 packet delivered

28 Apr 2017    NOA1 SMS                   (22 days from send date)
01 May 2017    NOA1 letters received        (3 days from SMS date)
13 May 2017    Biometrics letter received (17 days from NOA1 date)
26 May 2017    Biometrics appointment     Success!

26 Jul 2017    SR for EAD over 75 days    (90 days from NOA1 date)

07 Aug 2017    SR reply: "case under review"    (12 days to reply)

09 Aug 2017    Infopass appointment      (104 days from NOA1 date)

16 Aug 2017    Contacted representative's office

25 Aug 2017    EAD/AP card approved      (120 days from NOA1 date)

01 Sep 2017    EAD/AP card received via USPS

21 Sep 2017    Contacted representative's office

03 Nov 2017    AOS interview letter received

07 Dec 2017    AOS interview

18 Dec 2017    Conditional (2 year) GC in hand!

 

08 Sep 2019    ROC window opens

 

Cumulative number of pages mailed to USCIS: 110

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For lay over flights, you do not need any visa for the country which you will stop over. I had travelled a couple of times with Oslo being my lay over country and its just fine, they'll have guides on where the transferring passengers will pass for verification anyway.

Goodluck :)


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12.24.2016 --- NOA 1 Mail Received

01.03.2017 --- SSN (Without Restriction) Received

01.04.2017 --- I-551 Stamp Received (Valid for 1 Year)

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For lay over flights, you do not need any visa for the country which you will stop over. I had travelled a couple of times with Oslo being my lay over country and its just fine, they'll have guides on where the transferring passengers will pass for verification anyway.

Goodluck :)

Thank you. Like me, you're a US citizen, right? We have it pretty easy around the world.

My concern is that my Thai fiancee will face a little more difficulty.


K1 visa journey: 107 days from NOA1 to visa in hand

Spoiler

01 Oct 2016    Mailed I-129F packet (27 pages)
12 Oct 2016    NOA1 SMS and e-mail               (11 days from sent date)
03 Nov 2016    NOA2 SMS                          (22 days from NOA1 date)
29 Nov 2016    NVC received I-129F petition      (26 days from NOA2 date)
13 Dec 2016    CEAC status shows "Ready"     (13 days from NVC sent date)

03 Jan 2017    Received Packet 4 e-mail (19 days from Packet 3 sent date)
24 Jan 2017    Interview                   (21 days from Packet 4 e-mail)
27 Jan 2017    Visa in hand                     (107 days from NOA1 date)
09 Feb 2017    POE Philadelphia, PA

 

AOS journey: 256 days from NOA1 to GC in hand

Spoiler

06 Apr 2017    Mailed I-485/I-131/I-765 packet (83 pages)

12 Apr 2017    I-485/I-131/I-765 packet delivered

28 Apr 2017    NOA1 SMS                   (22 days from send date)
01 May 2017    NOA1 letters received        (3 days from SMS date)
13 May 2017    Biometrics letter received (17 days from NOA1 date)
26 May 2017    Biometrics appointment     Success!

26 Jul 2017    SR for EAD over 75 days    (90 days from NOA1 date)

07 Aug 2017    SR reply: "case under review"    (12 days to reply)

09 Aug 2017    Infopass appointment      (104 days from NOA1 date)

16 Aug 2017    Contacted representative's office

25 Aug 2017    EAD/AP card approved      (120 days from NOA1 date)

01 Sep 2017    EAD/AP card received via USPS

21 Sep 2017    Contacted representative's office

03 Nov 2017    AOS interview letter received

07 Dec 2017    AOS interview

18 Dec 2017    Conditional (2 year) GC in hand!

 

08 Sep 2019    ROC window opens

 

Cumulative number of pages mailed to USCIS: 110

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Nope, I am actually a Filipino but I have a dual citizenship, I carry a British passport too. But I used my Fil passport on those flights as I will be entering Phil. It will actually be fine, as she is not gonna get off the airport anyway. As long as she has the American visa, she will be allowed.


Adjustment Of Status Timeline:

09.01.2016 --- Received by USCIS

09.12.2016 --- NOA 1 Text Notification

09.17.2016 --- NOA 1 Letter Received

09.21.2016 --- Biometrics Letter Received

10.05.2016 --- Biometrics Appointment

11.05.2016 --- EAD/AP Approved

11.18.2016 --- Combo Card Delivered

11.25.2016 --- Green Card/I-485 Approved (No interview)

12.02.2016 --- Received NOA2 for I-485

12.02.2016 --- GC received

 

I-90 Timeline (USCIS Error: 10 Year GC given instead of 2 Years)

12.05.2016 --- I-90 Packet Sent to Phoenix

12.08.2016 --- I-90 Packet Received by USCIS

12.20.2016 --- NOA 1 Text & Email Notification

12.24.2016 --- NOA 1 Mail Received

01.03.2017 --- SSN (Without Restriction) Received

01.04.2017 --- I-551 Stamp Received (Valid for 1 Year)

01.14.2017 --- NOA1 for ELIS online account activation

01.20.2017 --- Biometrics Letter Received

02.01.2017 --- Biometrics Schedule

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Nope, I am actually a Filipino but I have a dual citizenship, I carry a British passport too. But I used my Fil passport on those flights as I will be entering Phil. It will actually be fine, as she is not gonna get off the airport anyway. As long as she has the American visa, she will be allowed.

I'm sorry, but I don't believe the comment "as long as she has the American visa, she will be allowed" is correct. It is the person's passport/citizenship that determines whether or not a visa is required.

I heard of a story recently where a Thai and an American had flight tickets that routed them through Vienna on the way to the US. When they checked in at the airport in BKK they were not allowed to leave on the booked flight because the Thai didn't have an appropriate visa for a layover in Vienna. So they ended up having to spend a lot of money on the spot to book a different flight/route.

Good luck!


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2016.04.18 -- I-129F Received by USCIS

2016.04.20 -- I-129F NOA1

2016.06.29 -- NOA

2016.08.15 -- Bangkok Embassy received our case from NVC

2016.08.23 -- Packet 3 sent to Embassy in Bangkok

2016.08.26 -- Packet 4 email received from Embassy

2016.09.05 -- Medical exam @ 10:30 AM @ BNH

2016.09.07 -- Interview @ 7:30 AM...Visa approved

2016.09.09 -- Visa Received

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2017.02.24 -- Biometrics Appointment

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I'm sorry, but I don't believe the comment "as long as she has the American visa, she will be allowed" is correct. It is the person's passport/citizenship that determines whether or not a visa is required.

I heard of a story recently where a Thai and an American had flight tickets that routed them through Vienna on the way to the US. When they checked in at the airport in BKK they were not allowed to leave on the booked flight because the Thai didn't have an appropriate visa for a layover in Vienna. So they ended up having to spend a lot of money on the spot to book a different flight/route.

Good luck!

Thanks. My fiancee and I tend to be more cautious, anyway. I ended up e-mailing the Norwegian embassy in Bangkok for their take on this. Basically, as long as she has a through-routed ticket (BKK > OSL, OSL > JFK on the same itinerary), isn't staying in the airport beyond 24 hours, and has a valid US visa, she'll be fine. If she were to, for example, book two separate tickets BKK > OSL and another OSL > JFK, then she'd have some trouble.

At any rate, we're probably going to end up choosing Korean Air since it's only about $70 more and she's flown with them before with no visa issues.

But hey, this was a great learning experience! 555

Edited by narakthisud

K1 visa journey: 107 days from NOA1 to visa in hand

Spoiler

01 Oct 2016    Mailed I-129F packet (27 pages)
12 Oct 2016    NOA1 SMS and e-mail               (11 days from sent date)
03 Nov 2016    NOA2 SMS                          (22 days from NOA1 date)
29 Nov 2016    NVC received I-129F petition      (26 days from NOA2 date)
13 Dec 2016    CEAC status shows "Ready"     (13 days from NVC sent date)

03 Jan 2017    Received Packet 4 e-mail (19 days from Packet 3 sent date)
24 Jan 2017    Interview                   (21 days from Packet 4 e-mail)
27 Jan 2017    Visa in hand                     (107 days from NOA1 date)
09 Feb 2017    POE Philadelphia, PA

 

AOS journey: 256 days from NOA1 to GC in hand

Spoiler

06 Apr 2017    Mailed I-485/I-131/I-765 packet (83 pages)

12 Apr 2017    I-485/I-131/I-765 packet delivered

28 Apr 2017    NOA1 SMS                   (22 days from send date)
01 May 2017    NOA1 letters received        (3 days from SMS date)
13 May 2017    Biometrics letter received (17 days from NOA1 date)
26 May 2017    Biometrics appointment     Success!

26 Jul 2017    SR for EAD over 75 days    (90 days from NOA1 date)

07 Aug 2017    SR reply: "case under review"    (12 days to reply)

09 Aug 2017    Infopass appointment      (104 days from NOA1 date)

16 Aug 2017    Contacted representative's office

25 Aug 2017    EAD/AP card approved      (120 days from NOA1 date)

01 Sep 2017    EAD/AP card received via USPS

21 Sep 2017    Contacted representative's office

03 Nov 2017    AOS interview letter received

07 Dec 2017    AOS interview

18 Dec 2017    Conditional (2 year) GC in hand!

 

08 Sep 2019    ROC window opens

 

Cumulative number of pages mailed to USCIS: 110

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