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Hi,

 

From my understanding once we get the visa we will have up to 6 months to enter the states. We would like to use that time to travel a bit after we leave Argentina and before we head to our new home. Has anyone ever done this? Can anyone foresee any problems?  Any help would be great. 

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2 minutes ago, Cuasiporteño said:

Hi,

 

From my understanding once we get the visa we will have up to 6 months to enter the states. We would like to use that time to travel a bit after we leave Argentina and before we head to our new home. Has anyone ever done this? Can anyone foresee any problems?  Any help would be great. 

But why? Any beneficiary flying with a connection due to absence of direct flights to the USA will technically be 'travelling' in between their native country and POE

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Hi HP+IC,

 

Thanks for your quick response. Pardon my ignorance. When we first started this process we were innitially going to use a lawyer. One of the first things we asked him is if we were able to travel after we left our current home and entering the US. He said that wouldn't be an issue, and I haven't read anything saying it would. Am I mistaken? Where does it say that we cannot? 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Cuasiporteño said:

From my understanding once we get the visa we will have up to 6 months to enter the states. We would like to use that time to travel a bit after we leave Argentina and before we head to our new home. Has anyone ever done this? Can anyone foresee any problems?  Any help would be great. 

Connecting flights through the US could be a problem (not sure, but I think that could be seen as entering the US and cause your K-1 to be used), but as long as you avoid that you should be fine.


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Keep in mind that you have 6 months from the medical, not 6 months from the visa approval.  If you did your medical far in advance of your interview, you may not have as long as you think. 

 

 

 


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5/17/2017: I-129F sent to USCIS Lewisville, Texas via FedEx Ground Shipping

5/22/2017: Received by USCIS

5/26/2017: Check was cashed; Received text (but no email) from USCIS; case being transferred to CSC
11/17/2017: NOA2 Hard Copy Received 
01/03/2018: NVC Received I-129F 
01/03/2018: Case Number Received

01/23/2018: Embassy Received
01/30/2018: Received NVC letter hard copy from NVC
02/09/2018: Medical
03/19/2018: Interview 
03/19/2018: APPROVED!
03/21/2018: Visa in Hand

06/16/2018: POE (San Francisco) 

08/04/2018:  MARRIED!

 

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08/31/2018: Received by USCIS 

09/04/2018: Received 3 texts from USCIS with 3 case numbers 

09/05/2018: Check was cashed

09/12/2018: Received our NOA1 hard copy via mail

09/24/2018: Biometrics Appointment

10/11/2018: Case Status updated to Ready to Schedule Interview

xx/xx/xxxx: EAD/AP combo card approved

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Hi Websters202,

 

Yes, we were aware of that , thanks. We are trying to schedule the medical exam for as late as possible as to give us as much time as possible to travel. Do you know if are the doctors are able to postdate a medical exam packet so for example instead of dating it the 11/4/2018 ( in this example lets asume this is the date the medical packet was actually handed over to us) the doctor could date it for 12/1/2018 and we could schedule the interview the 12/5/2018 for example? I imagine its a no, but just asking. 

 

 

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45 minutes ago, Cuasiporteño said:

Hi Websters202,

 

Yes, we were aware of that , thanks. We are trying to schedule the medical exam for as late as possible as to give us as much time as possible to travel. Do you know if are the doctors are able to postdate a medical exam packet so for example instead of dating it the 11/4/2018 ( in this example lets asume this is the date the medical packet was actually handed over to us) the doctor could date it for 12/1/2018 and we could schedule the interview the 12/5/2018 for example? I imagine its a no, but just asking. 

 

 

You answered your own question.

 

Further to your question about traveling you can travel anywhere you want as long as it is not a territory of the US or it is a state like Hawaii or Alaska. Some get confused by this so I thought I throw it out there. Don't try and step on US soil the day before or the day of your expiration as you never know if your airline flight gets cancelled and you are delayed somewhere for a day a week a month. Just be careful.


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AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

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2 hours ago, ThomasNC1988 said:

Travel all you like just don't enter the US until you are ready to stay and adjust status. Not sure why you couldn't get a more direct answer lol.

I agree, @ThomasNC1988  I sometimes think people on here think they’re funny when just a simple answer will do. And others, are just plain smart as##es. You always give straight forward helpful info. Thanks for that. 

 

To OP:  There should be absolutely no problem traveling prior to entering the US. Have fun!

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