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Hi Folks! Now that I have my plane ticket I'm in full-on packing mode and trying to figure out the best way to get my possessions across to the east coast. I don't own a car and am planning to fly with 3 suitcases. I'm wondering whether anyone here managed to send their fiancé a few things using UPS or similar prior to POE. I know you're not supposed to, but I'm thinking it would just be some heavy books and a few kitchen items...surely that's ok? Hard to find clear answers about this, so I'd appreciate any guidance! 


  • 10/30/2018 POE on K-1 visa
  • 12/03/2018 Married 😍
  • 12/07/2018 Sent AOS, EAD and AP forms 

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I should add that since I've been living at home with my parents while waiting for my visa, I could also wait until after I've moved and have them send me boxes...is that any better?


  • 10/30/2018 POE on K-1 visa
  • 12/03/2018 Married 😍
  • 12/07/2018 Sent AOS, EAD and AP forms 

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My wife sent many boxes from England prior to her receiving her visa. It should not be an issue from low fraud countries.


 

 

Service Center : California Service Center on 2014-03-17Consulate : London, United KingdomI-129F Sent : 2014-03-10I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-14I-129F NOA2 : 2014-04-07NVC Received :4/21/2014NVC Left :4/23/2014Consulate Received :2014-04-29Packet 3 Received :2014-05-01Packet 3 Sent :2014-05-01Medical Complete: 2014-05-07Packet 4 Received :2014-5-31Interview Date :2014-06-06Visa Issued: 2014-06-10Visa Package Received: 2014-06-13Arrival at POE Seattle: 2014-6-13

Married 07/07/2014

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RFE(s) :
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NOA Date : 2014-08-13
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We found that the cheapest was just sending items in suitcases. I would do it before you leave, as you won't be able to return back home for a while so the items will otherwise just be sitting. An alternative would be for your spouse to do a road trip and fill up the car/make a trip out of it. Either way you could visit FedEx to see what the price would be, but I'm assuming the cost of the books, etc. would be more than they're worth.

 

We also waited on a few things and could bring back extra items on other trips. By the time we made it back, so much time had passed that we no longer wanted/needed them anymore. If you can live without it for six months, you probably don't need it. That's what we found.

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I recently did a move within the US, from east coast to west coast, and for a few boxes, UPS or FedEx works well.  Just make sure the boxes or suitcases or whatever you ship are well packed and VERY solid.  FedEx sent mine and some of the items were damaged.  Shipping from Canada to the US may be a little more, shop around.  Package shipping companies can definitely do it for less than moving companies.  Airline excess baggage fees are typically very high.  I agree with the previous comment that you may not need as much as you think you do.  So leave it with your parents if you're not sure and then it can always be shipped later.  Congratulations on getting your visa!

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Technically not allowed but unlikely to have much of an issue because they don't generally check. 


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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