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Why would you be detained and interrogated? When I entered with K1 visa, the person at border control opened my pack and checked the documents, explained to me that I had to get married within 90 days, and then stamped my passport. That was pretty much it. I entered at LAX, so it may be different at other airports and I've read that sometimes people are taken off to a different section but that's only so they can review the documents without holding up the line.

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12 minutes ago, Wismer said:

Hi. Is it safe to assume that I will be detained and interrogated by the border folks when I cross this month with my K1 visa in my passport (and my 'do not open' package). Thx.

 

You may get held temporarily but that is for a simple processing. Even at the airport, when one goes through immigrations they generally get sent to a secondary screening for questioning.. just basic simple questions while they open and process the packet and your visa and all. Is nothing to be nervous or worried about.


08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

03/06/2017 - NOA1's received via text

03/31/2017 - Biometrics appointment Completed

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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Thank you. I worry because I read "

Does an approved K-1 visa mean all is good and you’re definitely going to the US? In other words, is entry guaranteed?

Simple answer: No. There’s no guarantee. It’s funny, you’ll be surprised to find out what a visa actually means.

An approved visa only allows you to “seek entry” into the U.S. You’re allowed to fly to the US and present yourself at a border crossing for an officer to review your case. Then he/she determines if you can enter."

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14 minutes ago, Wismer said:

Thank you. I worry because I read "

Does an approved K-1 visa mean all is good and you’re definitely going to the US? In other words, is entry guaranteed?

Simple answer: No. There’s no guarantee. It’s funny, you’ll be surprised to find out what a visa actually means.

An approved visa only allows you to “seek entry” into the U.S. You’re allowed to fly to the US and present yourself at a border crossing for an officer to review your case. Then he/she determines if you can enter."

Only US Citizens are guaranteed entry.

Unless there is reason to deny entry, entering on a K-1 or an immigrant visa isn't an issue.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Wismer said:

Thank you.

 

re: "Unless there is reason to deny entry"???

 

What am I missing here?

 

E.g. They can open the sealed package and say "sorry, I don't agree with this, admittance is denied"

  • Missed inadmissibility (criminal behavior not known previously, or occurred after visa was issued).
  • Evidence that you married abroad (to the petitioner or somebody else abroad).
  • Evidence that you don't plan to marry (one person when asked by CBP when they plan to marry replied "maybe I will, maybe I won't"...and was subsequently denied entry).
  • Any other reason to believe the visa was improperly issued or have taken actions to invalidate it.

 


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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a border guard can ALWAYS deny entry to non citizens.

 

with an approved k1 visa, it is unlikely, unless there is some sort of new development or you answer a question unsatisfactorily.

 

you will however have to take some time for them to process the visa, so it will take longer than an ordinary crossing.


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

12/13/2018        Consulate received/ ready to schedule interview

 

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15 hours ago, Wismer said:

Thank you.

 

re: "Unless there is reason to deny entry"???

 

What am I missing here?

 

E.g. They can open the sealed package and say "sorry, I don't agree with this, admittance is denied"

 

 

You could be carrying drugs on you. That’s a reason to deny entry.


Michele & Schneithers K1 Journey

I-129f

Service Center : Texas Service Center   Transferred? California Service Center on 8/11/14

Consulate : Port au Prince, Haiti             I-129F Sent : 4/14/2014

I-129F NOA1 : 4/24/14                            I-129F NOA2 : 9/10/14

NVC Received : 9/24/14                          NVC Left : 9/26/14

Consulate Received : 10/6/14 CEAC status changed to ready

Packet 3 Received : 10/27/14 packet received by petitioner in USA ( beneficiary never received packet 3)

Medical: 10/30/14 Dr. Buteau                  Medical picked up: 11/3/14

Packet 3 Sent : 11/10/13.. Had to schedule interview appointment and attach confirmation receipt to packet

Packet 4 Received : never received ..does it even exist?

Interview Date : 12/1/14                           Interview Result : Approved !

Visa Received : 12/10/14 picked up at Jacmel location

US Entry : 12/15/14 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Apply for Social Security Card: 12/30/14 Connecticut

Marriage: 1/26/15

 

Adjustment of Status

CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Biometrics : 4/15/15

Approved: 8/31/15                                     Received: 9/8/15

 

EAD

CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Approved: 6/12/15

Received: 6/20/15

 

Removal of Conditions I-751

Filed: 8/14/17 at VSC                                 NOA: 8/15/17 Received 8/21 by mail

Biometrics: Dated: 8/25/17   Received 9/2/17   Appointment 9/11/17

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OP,  they may send you to secondary inspection to review the packet and your visa, etc they may ask you some questions and if all is fine (which it should be) they will allow you in. In my personal case when I arrived on my K1 back then in 2012 I was in secondary inspection for 2 hours just waiting until the last officer review my papers and asked me a few questions. Thanks God I did not have a connection flight that night.

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What geowrian said.

The CBP can deny entry on any basis that the consulate would have refused to grant the visa.

Typically, however, CBP knows that the entrant has been recently (and probably pretty thoroughly) vetted by the consulate, so there's little or no need to double down on the grilling.


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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59 minutes ago, ThomasNC1988 said:

Think it all depends on the day, place, time, and officer. My fiance got through immigration at JFK in under 5 minutes from getting off the plane.

Likewise, I went through LAX very quickly with K1. I was expecting to answer a load of questions, but it was as quick as all of the other times I'd entered on ESTA.


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