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My fiancee will finally get his interview set up and I'm going to go with him and will be buying my plane ticket soon. I know that you shouldn't buy the ticket to America until you have the visa but I'd really like to come back together. For those who have gone did you purchase a round trip ticket or did you have any issues with a 1 way ticket? I'll be flying in a few days before the appointment and will be there for a month. Any advice?

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8 hours ago, Won&Ana said:

My fiancee will finally get his interview set up and I'm going to go with him and will be buying my plane ticket soon. I know that you shouldn't buy the ticket to America until you have the visa but I'd really like to come back together. For those who have gone did you purchase a round trip ticket or did you have any issues with a 1 way ticket? I'll be flying in a few days before the appointment and will be there for a month. Any advice?

I'm not sure how it works in South Korea specifically, but I would advise anyone traveling on a one-way ticket anywhere to carry proof that they live, work, and have family in their home country in case they're asked to show it. If you have evidence of strong ties to the USA you should be fine, but head over to the Korea thread to ask people who might know more about this! 

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Thread is moved from the K-1 Process forum to the Embassy/Consulate forum.

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4 minutes ago, ITMFA said:

you shouldn't buy the ticket to America until you have the visa

Never ever presume the granting of the visa, or its timely appearance in your hands.


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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I have traveled to Vietnam and South Korea with a 1-way ticket.  Vietnam customs told me to make sure I left before the expiration of my visa.  Aside from that, I never had an issue and no one questioned my travel plans.

 

As people have said, you should not make plans for travel until after you have the visa in hand.  IF you are approved at the interview, expect to receive the visa/passport in the mail in 1-2 weeks.  You'll be there for a month, so you should be ok . . . but there are a lot of people who had their plans messed up and lost a lot of money based on what the consulate "should" have done.  If you plan to buy tickets beforehand, spend more to get refundable tickets.

 

Jason

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12 hours ago, ITMFA said:

I'm not sure how it works in South Korea specifically, but I would advise anyone traveling on a one-way ticket anywhere to carry proof that they live, work, and have family in their home country in case they're asked to show it. If you have evidence of strong ties to the USA you should be fine, but head over to the Korea thread to ask people who might know more about this! 

Thank you for the advice everyone I really appreciate it!

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