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K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                                AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/08/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       12/08/18.....ROC window opens

 

ROC from K-1 + K-2:

12/13/18....I-751 mailed to Lewisville, TX

12/14/18....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

12/19/18....Official NOA1 day

12/20/18....Text with case number. TX service center

12/24/18....NOA1/Extension letter received

 

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, TravelerUSA said:

How long do people typically spend in customs when they first arrive in USA with K1 visa?

Specifically in LAX if anyone has any experience with that

thanks

 

Several factors to consider.... what time the flight arrives (busy time or slow times), how large is the flight, other flights landing same time?

 

I always say allow 2-3 hours for customs just in case.

 

For us it was simple, just took time at Dallas for his POE. I met him there but he literally unfortunately was second to last person to get through the 'secondary' office just because of the amount of people they had pulled aside from the main line. Took about 2 hours total.


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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I posted about my experience at Terminal 2 in LAX in the link below. For me, it was a very fast process! It may depend on which terminal you enter, as I imagine Tom Bradley may take longer due to the additional amount of airlines using that terminal. 

 

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Took me 5-7 minutes in Oakland (I couldn't find personal experience for POE there) but it was so short as aforementioned and NO secondary required as I pushed to the front with my K1 :P 

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Major US holiday seem to really a major factor in how long you have to wait.

 

What I have started doing as a US Citizen entering, I will usually not get my suitcase (if the line is long) if I have one at my POE, and just go thru the line.  They seem to always ship my bag to me at my final US destination.

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