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So I have been writing a lot recently about how worried I am to fly in for my long visit (2.5 months) and how worried I was overall for the entire of being shipped to secondary. I am hoping what I write will ease some peoples minds.

 

On Oct 11, 2019 I flew into Newark Airport and immediately felt that pressure and lack of ease from the fact that I was gonna get questioned by a CBP officer. I am a returning ESTA visitor so I went into a line to use the APC machines, I thought I had to use the machines then go to an APC line so when I saw a CBP officer at the end of the line authorizing people to go to the APC machines, my thought was CBP > APC > Further CBP, so I stood in the line, 80 pages of documents printed out as the line whittled down and down, there was an officer who looked very happy and kind so I was praying to god I'd get him opposed to this one who looked very angry and like he was having a bad day. Eventually I was called (by the angry guy). I walked up to the stand and immediately the man looked at my stack of papers and I placed my passport on the table, he asked me "What is the purpose of your visit to the United States" I gave him a kind of pre-planned out answer, basically saying I was visiting family as well as doing some touristy kind of things, then he asked me straight after how long I was staying for, automatically I said "78 days", he made a face and asked me again, I said "78 days". I was even more nervous cause he asked me again like he couldnt believe it but then he said he couldnt hear me and then started to tell me that I'm cutting it "real close." He asked me the last time I was in the country, I said May and said for 3 weeks, he said "Is that it this year", Yup. He then said "Okay, just go to the line down there" and pointed to the machines. I thought, PART ONE DONE! I went and used the machine, worked perfectly, gave me a little slip with my face. It said "Go to APC line", so I asked a woman where that was, she pointed me down a little alleyway between machines with some kind of boarded off area at the end next to the stairs for baggage claim, so I assumed that the people there would direct me the proper line, I walked down there, some CBP officer asked me for my slip and said "Thats okay" and let me by. I was like "Huh?" I was in baggage claim, where was my stamp? Where were the hard demanding questions about my employment and what I'll be doing? Where is the call to my wife? I asked about 9 officers about the stamp they said it wasn't even needed as I used the APC machines and was allowed to be admitted by the officer.

 

That was basically it. I think if I, someone with no ties back home, can get through like that. Someone visiting for four days awaiting a K1 can do it. I was quite lucky I believe but I have read a lot of stories of people just being admitted like that too so! A lot of officers arent as mean and scary as you read, the only deny entry to 0.3% of people did you know! Thats so little and they search (so go hardcore) on only 33k of all passengers. 

 

I hope everyone else has as good of an experience as I had flying in. Now I gotta fly back through Brussels in Dec, ugh Brexit! Worry another time though.

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On 10/2/2019 at 4:28 AM, ohcoffeeeyes said:

Oh no. I definitely won't. I'll have a good £900 on me, with another £300 getting paid into my bank the following friday. That equals to over 1k usd so.

 

My wife has a lot of my money and its in her savings, I saw on the CBP website to have someone write a letter sponsoring you to show to the officer, seems quite outdated but I did it anyway. I must say, its what, 9 days until I fly out UK time right now and my anxiety is definitely calming. Lots of people telling me its nothing to worry about if you have no legitimate admissibility issues.

I'm sure you'll be fine, don't worry! :) The money aspect is not even that relevant in my opinion, they mostly care about the length of your staying, return ticket and that you wont' get married/immigrate illegaly.

Edit: I've just read your story. ooops! I'm so glad you got in with no troubles! :D

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Hello 

I've recently joined here and although I do have other questions. I wanted to ask this. 

I visited last month for two and a half weeks from England. (My girlfriend lives in the US). I got back last Friday. 

Anyway I am due to fly out at the end of November and return after my 90 days is up in February. So I get to spend Thanks Giving, Christmas and Valentines with her before I return back and my work begins again in March. 

I'm self employed and my work goes quiet at this time of the year anyway, so I have the time to visit my better half. Hence the three months. 

 

However this time the flights different, I'm flying to Dublin and then onto Philadelphia, apparently I clear passport control in Dublin. 

 

Am I likely to have any problems and if so, what can I do? 

Any advice much appreciated. 

 

Thankyou ☺ 

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4 hours ago, Chipmunk78 said:

Hello 

I've recently joined here and although I do have other questions. I wanted to ask this. 

I visited last month for two and a half weeks from England. (My girlfriend lives in the US). I got back last Friday. 

Anyway I am due to fly out at the end of November and return after my 90 days is up in February. So I get to spend Thanks Giving, Christmas and Valentines with her before I return back and my work begins again in March. 

I'm self employed and my work goes quiet at this time of the year anyway, so I have the time to visit my better half. Hence the three months. 

 

However this time the flights different, I'm flying to Dublin and then onto Philadelphia, apparently I clear passport control in Dublin. 

 

Am I likely to have any problems and if so, what can I do? 

Any advice much appreciated. 

 

Thankyou ☺ 

Your timeline is blank. Tough to give advice without that.

How far in are you?

From my experience long visits can raise issues, as can a visit soon after a previous one. You're ticking both those boxes. What type of work do you do (they will likely ask)? In my case when I had problems it wasn't that they thought I'd overstay, it was that they accused me of circumventing immigration law by effectively living with my girlfriend without a residence visa. It was only a one month trip, and a little over a month after a previous one month trip. They let me in, but after that I left it a few months (next meet was in Canada).

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--- k1 visa ---
Texas Service Center (Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here)
I-129F sent: 12 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA1: 15 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA2: 2 Mar 2015 (199 days from NOA1) **No RFEs!**
NVC Received: 19 Mar 2015
Case#, IIN, BIN assigned: 19 Mar 2015
NVC Left: 20 Mar 2015
Consultate Received: 23 Mar 2015
Package 3 Received: 26 Mar 2015
Medical: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 3 Sent: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 4 Received: 23 Apr 2015
Interview Date: 8 May 2015 (Approved!!!)
Visa Issued: 14 May 2015
Visa in Hand: 19 May 2015
Entry to USA: 5 Jun 2015
Married: 21 Jun 2015

---Adjustment of Status---
Sent I-485, I-131 and I-765: 7 Jul 2015
NOA1 for I-485, I-131 and I-765: 14 Jul 2015
Email notification that I-765 was approved: 12 Sep 2015
Email notification that I-131 was approved: 15 Sep 2015
Email notification that EAD/AP combo card was mailed: 15 Sep 2015
EAD and AP combo card received: 18 Sep 2015
Green Card Received: 3 Dec 2015 [ :)] Previous letter stated interview requirement was likely to be waived

 

---Removal of Conditions---
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NOA1 for I-751: 23 Oct 2017

Biometrics: 20 Nov 2017
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Green Card Received: 2 Jan 2019

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37 minutes ago, Limey said:

Your timeline is blank. Tough to give advice without that.

How far in are you?

From my experience long visits can raise issues, as can a visit soon after a previous one. You're ticking both those boxes. What type of work do you do (they will likely ask)? In my case when I had problems it wasn't that they thought I'd overstay, it was that they accused me of circumventing immigration law by effectively living with my girlfriend without a residence visa. It was only a one month trip, and a little over a month after a previous one month trip. They let me in, but after that I left it a few months (next meet was in Canada).

37 minutes ago, Limey said:

 

Hello Limey

 

Thanks for your reply. 

 

Not sure what you mean about timeline and how far in? Sorry if I sound daft. 

 

I have my own small business primarily carrying out landscaping services and property maintenance and repair. 

However between mid November and March, my work gets really quiet so this is the best time for me to go really. (Nobody I know seems to want work done on there garden in the winter, or on there house over the Christmas holidays). It's been like this for years, and is usually the only time I can take lockquote widgetblockquote widget

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3 hours ago, Chipmunk78 said:

Hello Limey

 

Thanks for your reply. 

 

Not sure what you mean about timeline and how far in? Sorry if I sound daft. 

 

I have my own small business primarily carrying out landscaping services and property maintenance and repair. 

However between mid November and March, my work gets really quiet so this is the best time for me to go really. (Nobody I know seems to want work done on there garden in the winter, or on there house over the Christmas holidays). It's been like this for years, and is usually the only time I can take lockquote widgetblockquote widget

If you look at my post, then in the left hand column near the bottom there is a timeline link. This shows the timeline of where I am in the immigration process. You can fill this in within your account. People can see where you are and give better advice based on that.

In theory you'll get fewer problems at immigration if you're well into the k1 journey - you've less reason to overstay etc if you're almost done with the legal path to living in the US. The time that I mentioned where I had issues was before I'd applied for the k1. I'd also made a couple of visits in the second half of the previous year. So it was my forth visit within a year or so (though mine were generally only 2-4 weeks). So there are lots of factors to consider. Frequent visits and long visits are more likely to cause problems for you.

 

Having a landscape business is a plausible reason to be able to take 3 months off over the winter. In my case I'm a software developer so I guess their worry was that since I can do that from anywhere with an internet connection, I could spend time in the USA while I was working (albeit for customers outside the US). Make sure you can show some evidence of your business, as they'll want to see that there are ties that will make you want to go home at the end of your visit.

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--- k1 visa ---
Texas Service Center (Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here)
I-129F sent: 12 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA1: 15 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA2: 2 Mar 2015 (199 days from NOA1) **No RFEs!**
NVC Received: 19 Mar 2015
Case#, IIN, BIN assigned: 19 Mar 2015
NVC Left: 20 Mar 2015
Consultate Received: 23 Mar 2015
Package 3 Received: 26 Mar 2015
Medical: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 3 Sent: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 4 Received: 23 Apr 2015
Interview Date: 8 May 2015 (Approved!!!)
Visa Issued: 14 May 2015
Visa in Hand: 19 May 2015
Entry to USA: 5 Jun 2015
Married: 21 Jun 2015

---Adjustment of Status---
Sent I-485, I-131 and I-765: 7 Jul 2015
NOA1 for I-485, I-131 and I-765: 14 Jul 2015
Email notification that I-765 was approved: 12 Sep 2015
Email notification that I-131 was approved: 15 Sep 2015
Email notification that EAD/AP combo card was mailed: 15 Sep 2015
EAD and AP combo card received: 18 Sep 2015
Green Card Received: 3 Dec 2015 [ :)] Previous letter stated interview requirement was likely to be waived

 

---Removal of Conditions---
Sent I-751: 13 Oct 2017
NOA1 for I-751: 23 Oct 2017

Biometrics: 20 Nov 2017
Approved: 20 Dec 2018

Green Card Received: 2 Jan 2019

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1 minute ago, Limey said:

If you look at my post above, then in the left hand column near the bottom there is a timeline link. This shows the timeline of where I am in the immigration process. You can fill this in within your account. People can see where you are and give better advice based on that.

In theory you'll get fewer problems at immigration if you're well into the k1 journey - you've less reason to overstay etc if you're almost done with the legal path to living in the US. The time that I mentioned where I had issues was before I'd applied for the k1. I'd also made a couple of visits in the second half of the previous year. So it was my forth visit within a year or so (though mine were generally only 2-4 weeks). So there are lots of factors to consider. Frequent visits and long visits are more likely to cause problems for you.

 

Having a landscape business is a plausible reason to be able to take 3 months off over the winter. In my case I'm a software developer so I guess their worry was that since I can do that from anywhere with an internet connection, I could spend time in the USA while I was working (albeit for customers outside the US). Make sure you can show some evidence of your business, as they'll want to see that there are ties that will make you want to go home at the end of your visit.

 

Thanks again for another reply.

 

We have only just consulted an immigration attorney during my last trip over there. But haven't started the ball rolling yet with the K1 visa

We did ask a lot of questions and were still considering it. Although other people on other forums etc have suggested to just skip the k1 and get married (I forget the name of that visa). 

 

Basically every year I get this time off. Unless something happens on a house, emergency etc. But that's rare and it's also rare that a client would want any work carried out on there house over the a Christmas period. So it's kind of ideal traveling for this long really. Especially at this time of the year. 

 

I've only been to the US once. 

That was for two and a half weeks, and I returned last Thursday. 

 

We booked the next ticket and it's a return too, so surely if I show them that, it'll hemp? 

 

Next flight out is at the end of November for Thanksgiving, and we're also going to do a lot of traveling, going to see New York, Washington. Then visiting a friend of mine who moved over there a few years back. 

After that, we intend to travel across to Minisota to go and see my Uncle, who I've not seen for years now and then visit her friends and family too. 

 

That's the plan anyway.

 

What you said about your line of work, I can understand. I actually went to college for that. But only did a year. Sometimes wish I'd carried on, as my job in the UK weather can be a nightmare. 

 

On other forums people are saying they've had difficulties. Which both myself and my Girlfriend are now starting to worry about.

 

 

 

 

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Just now, Chipmunk78 said:

 

Thanks again for another reply.

 

We have only just consulted an immigration attorney during my last trip over there. But haven't started the ball rolling yet with the K1 visa

We did ask a lot of questions and were still considering it. Although other people on other forums etc have suggested to just skip the k1 and get married (I forget the name of that visa). 

 

Basically every year I get this time off. Unless something happens on a house, emergency etc. But that's rare and it's also rare that a client would want any work carried out on there house over the a Christmas period. So it's kind of ideal traveling for this long really. Especially at this time of the year. 

 

I've only been to the US once. 

That was for two and a half weeks, and I returned last Thursday. 

 

We booked the next ticket and it's a return too, so surely if I show them that, it'll hemp? 

 

Next flight out is at the end of November for Thanksgiving, and we're also going to do a lot of traveling, going to see New York, Washington. Then visiting a friend of mine who moved over there a few years back. 

After that, we intend to travel across to Minisota to go and see my Uncle, who I've not seen for years now and then visit her friends and family too. 

 

That's the plan anyway.

 

What you said about your line of work, I can understand. I actually went to college for that. But only did a year. Sometimes wish I'd carried on, as my job in the UK weather can be a nightmare. 

 

On other forums people are saying they've had difficulties. Which both myself and my Girlfriend are now starting to worry about.

 

 

 

 

 

Unless you have criminal convictions etc you probably don't need an attorney to do the process. Nearly every one on this forum did it themselves. Mostly its about gathering documents and other information together - something an attorney can't do for you. Then just fill in the forms and pay the fees! Its daunting at first but it really isn't too difficult. I have 10 year green card now, and never consulted an attorney at any stage in the process.

The marriage visa is most likely CR1. There are pros and cons to k1/CR1. CR1 takes a little longer (around 1 year), but when you do arrive in USA you have a green card pretty much immediately, whereas you might have to wait 4 - 6 months after arriving on a k1. You also avoid costs of AOS (alteration of status) which is what you have to do to get green card after landing with k1.

 

The return ticket doesn't help much because 1) you have to have a return in order to fly under ESTA, so you'd have to have it even if you planned on staying illegally and 2) often return tickets are cheaper than one-way tickets (absurd I know, but true - when i finally moved to USA on k1 I bought a return and just didn't use the return flight, as it was cheaper than a one-way).

 

The travel plans you have are all good things to have proof of when you arrive. When I got a hard time the officer said "there is no such visa as a 'visiting my girlfriend' visa. Its a tourist visa". So proof that you're going to be a tourist is a good thing to have!

Software development has made moving around the world easy, but I love being outside and gardening and always tell my wife I'm going to quit and become a gardener. I now have my dream house with enough grass to justify having my john deere lawn tractor - the day that arrived was one of the happiest of my life, I never get bored of mowing the grass even when its 100 degrees outside.


--- k1 visa ---
Texas Service Center (Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here)
I-129F sent: 12 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA1: 15 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA2: 2 Mar 2015 (199 days from NOA1) **No RFEs!**
NVC Received: 19 Mar 2015
Case#, IIN, BIN assigned: 19 Mar 2015
NVC Left: 20 Mar 2015
Consultate Received: 23 Mar 2015
Package 3 Received: 26 Mar 2015
Medical: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 3 Sent: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 4 Received: 23 Apr 2015
Interview Date: 8 May 2015 (Approved!!!)
Visa Issued: 14 May 2015
Visa in Hand: 19 May 2015
Entry to USA: 5 Jun 2015
Married: 21 Jun 2015

---Adjustment of Status---
Sent I-485, I-131 and I-765: 7 Jul 2015
NOA1 for I-485, I-131 and I-765: 14 Jul 2015
Email notification that I-765 was approved: 12 Sep 2015
Email notification that I-131 was approved: 15 Sep 2015
Email notification that EAD/AP combo card was mailed: 15 Sep 2015
EAD and AP combo card received: 18 Sep 2015
Green Card Received: 3 Dec 2015 [ :)] Previous letter stated interview requirement was likely to be waived

 

---Removal of Conditions---
Sent I-751: 13 Oct 2017
NOA1 for I-751: 23 Oct 2017

Biometrics: 20 Nov 2017
Approved: 20 Dec 2018

Green Card Received: 2 Jan 2019

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9 hours ago, Chipmunk78 said:

Hello 

I've recently joined here and although I do have other questions. I wanted to ask this. 

I visited last month for two and a half weeks from England. (My girlfriend lives in the US). I got back last Friday. 

Anyway I am due to fly out at the end of November and return after my 90 days is up in February. So I get to spend Thanks Giving, Christmas and Valentines with her before I return back and my work begins again in March. 

I'm self employed and my work goes quiet at this time of the year anyway, so I have the time to visit my better half. Hence the three months. 

 

However this time the flights different, I'm flying to Dublin and then onto Philadelphia, apparently I clear passport control in Dublin. 

 

Am I likely to have any problems and if so, what can I do? 

Any advice much appreciated. 

 

Thankyou ☺ 

I think you should have a clear story and also a clear way to show the CBP that you have a way of supporting yourself during the time you spend in the USA. To me it sounds like they might have quite some questions about you not working (not having any income then, I assume?) during the winter period until March. 

Better to be prepared, good luck!


"Life is a journey." At this moment, it's taking me to the USA to the woman I love.

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5 minutes ago, Limey said:

 

Unless you have criminal convictions etc you probably don't need an attorney to do the process. Nearly every one on this forum did it themselves. Mostly its about gathering documents and other information together - something an attorney can't do for you. Then just fill in the forms and pay the fees! Its daunting at first but it really isn't too difficult. I have 10 year green card now, and never consulted an attorney at any stage in the process.

The marriage visa is most likely CR1. There are pros and cons to k1/CR1. CR1 takes a little longer (around 1 year), but when you do arrive in USA you have a green card pretty much immediately, whereas you might have to wait 4 - 6 months after arriving on a k1. You also avoid costs of AOS (alteration of status) which is what you have to do to get green card after landing with k1.

 

The return ticket doesn't help much because 1) you have to have a return in order to fly under ESTA, so you'd have to have it even if you planned on staying illegally and 2) often return tickets are cheaper than one-way tickets (absurd I know, but true - when i finally moved to USA on k1 I bought a return and just didn't use the return flight, as it was cheaper than a one-way).

 

The travel plans you have are all good things to have proof of when you arrive. When I got a hard time the officer said "there is no such visa as a 'visiting my girlfriend' visa. Its a tourist visa". So proof that you're going to be a tourist is a good thing to have!

Software development has made moving around the world easy, but I love being outside and gardening and always tell my wife I'm going to quit and become a gardener. I now have my dream house with enough grass to justify having my john deere lawn tractor - the day that arrived was one of the happiest of my life, I never get bored of mowing the grass even when its 100 degrees outside.

 

Thanks for that. 

Do I need proof of visiting other places, tickets booked in advance etc? 

The thing is, we plan on doing a lot of traveling. But haven't actually booked anywhere yet. 

We didn't plan to book, just travel and explore, that kind of thing. Similar to what we'll be doing when she comes over here. 

 

I have family over here, 14 nieces and nephews. No reason not to come back. My business has a website and a Facebook page, infact ntoh sides of it do. Would that be proof enough if they asked? 

 

I also have a three domestic clients which we do grounds maintenance for, but a huge majority of the work is landscaping construction. You know, re- designs, from design to construction completion. 

So they're mostly one offs. 

 

I'm not sure exactly what else to say to them. If they pull me to the side. 

 

A John Deere tractor is a good and pricey bit of kit! I've used them before, love the things. 

Your garden must be huge to need one of them though, most of my clients aren't much bigger than a postage stamp. 

 

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10 minutes ago, jeaniecz said:

 

I think you should have a clear story and also a clear way to show the CBP that you have a way of supporting yourself during the time you spend in the USA. To me it sounds like they might have quite some questions about you not working (not having any income then, I assume?) during the winter period until March. 

Better to be prepared, good luck!

Thankyou for your reply. 

 

My story is basically the same as I said above, just seeing my girlfriend, friend, Uncle and then her friends. (Not all in that order), traveling to New York, Washington. Etc. 

Plus I have a friend and her other half (all from the UK) having a holiday in New York in January too, so we're planning to meet up with them too. 

 

With me being in the Landscaping business, we rarely carry out work over winter between end of October / Late November and March really. 

Our season usually starts in April and finsihes the last week of October. 

I'll have the funds to support myself. All credit cards are paid off in full too. 

Not sure if it would help if I printed off my statements? 

 

Any suggestions welcome and thanks again for your reply. 

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1 hour ago, Chipmunk78 said:

 

Thanks for that. 

Do I need proof of visiting other places, tickets booked in advance etc? 

The thing is, we plan on doing a lot of traveling. But haven't actually booked anywhere yet. 

We didn't plan to book, just travel and explore, that kind of thing. Similar to what we'll be doing when she comes over here. 

 

I have family over here, 14 nieces and nephews. No reason not to come back. My business has a website and a Facebook page, infact ntoh sides of it do. Would that be proof enough if they asked? 

 

I also have a three domestic clients which we do grounds maintenance for, but a huge majority of the work is landscaping construction. You know, re- designs, from design to construction completion. 

So they're mostly one offs. 

 

I'm not sure exactly what else to say to them. If they pull me to the side. 

 

A John Deere tractor is a good and pricey bit of kit! I've used them before, love the things. 

Your garden must be huge to need one of them though, most of my clients aren't much bigger than a postage stamp. 

 

Website and facebook page should be enough to show them that you run your own business.

 

I tend to like to do the flexible thing when traveling too and not book much in advance. It would be good to at least have some kind of itinery so if they ask you what you are going to be doing you can detail where you are going to go and what you are going to see. Its unlikely they'll ask, but its good to have some plans if they do. I'd be surprised if you have problems - other people here have done 90 day stays and not had problems, and you've got a good explanation for how you can take the time off work, and reasons to go back (a business).

 

Our yard isn't enormous - about half an acre, only takes about 25 mins to mow it. The mower is the bottom of the range model so not too pricey, but it was my American dream to have a JD. Its got a cup holder so I can drink a bud light or two while I'm doing it.


--- k1 visa ---
Texas Service Center (Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here)
I-129F sent: 12 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA1: 15 Aug 2014
I-129F NOA2: 2 Mar 2015 (199 days from NOA1) **No RFEs!**
NVC Received: 19 Mar 2015
Case#, IIN, BIN assigned: 19 Mar 2015
NVC Left: 20 Mar 2015
Consultate Received: 23 Mar 2015
Package 3 Received: 26 Mar 2015
Medical: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 3 Sent: 10 Apr 2015
Packet 4 Received: 23 Apr 2015
Interview Date: 8 May 2015 (Approved!!!)
Visa Issued: 14 May 2015
Visa in Hand: 19 May 2015
Entry to USA: 5 Jun 2015
Married: 21 Jun 2015

---Adjustment of Status---
Sent I-485, I-131 and I-765: 7 Jul 2015
NOA1 for I-485, I-131 and I-765: 14 Jul 2015
Email notification that I-765 was approved: 12 Sep 2015
Email notification that I-131 was approved: 15 Sep 2015
Email notification that EAD/AP combo card was mailed: 15 Sep 2015
EAD and AP combo card received: 18 Sep 2015
Green Card Received: 3 Dec 2015 [ :)] Previous letter stated interview requirement was likely to be waived

 

---Removal of Conditions---
Sent I-751: 13 Oct 2017
NOA1 for I-751: 23 Oct 2017

Biometrics: 20 Nov 2017
Approved: 20 Dec 2018

Green Card Received: 2 Jan 2019

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1 hour ago, Quinton said:

Looking for an accountant for my tax-free business....

Wrong place to advertise for an accountant I’d say 😂


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Hi everyone!! Getting a little nervous I spoke with my friend who is an immigration attorney. We got our NOA2 the end of September and haven’t received our case number or anything for NVC as of yet. My partner is coming to visit in December for the holidays for two weeks. We were hoping to schedule the interview and medical after that trip. Do you think we are going to run into any problems? Obviously he would bring documentation that he intends to go back, paperwork on interview, lease, bills and something from job showing he has one. Any advise is appreciated :) 

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4 hours ago, Mackznie said:

Hi everyone!! Getting a little nervous I spoke with my friend who is an immigration attorney. We got our NOA2 the end of September and haven’t received our case number or anything for NVC as of yet. My partner is coming to visit in December for the holidays for two weeks. We were hoping to schedule the interview and medical after that trip. Do you think we are going to run into any problems? Obviously he would bring documentation that he intends to go back, paperwork on interview, lease, bills and something from job showing he has one. Any advise is appreciated :) 

You should be okay, apparently actual denial of entry rates are super low, so the most likely worst case scenario is your partner being pulled into secondary for questioning; my husband only had the NOA2 and the return flight itinerary with him when he came to visit, he got pulled into secondary but they still let him in despite no job, no property, or any ties to his country


Our CR1 Journey:

 

USCIS Stage:

  • Feb 14 2019: NOA1 (NSC)
  • July 31 2019: I129f NOA1
  • Sep 19 2019: I129f NOA2 (Denied - 50 days from NOA1)
  • Sep 19 2019: I130 NOA2 (Approved - 217 days from NOA1)

 

NVC Stage:

  • Sep 27 2019: Sent to Department of State
  • Oct 31 2019: Case number received (34 days since sent)
  • Oct 31-Nov 1 2019: IV & AOS fees received & paid

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