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Hi, my fiance is packing his stuff to get ready to travel here on his K1 visa.  I have a question about baggage - he doesn't really have any household items he wants to bring, just all of his clothes and personal items.  

 

In order to avoid having to check luggage and spend time waiting for it at POE,  if he can fit all of his stuff into 1 carry on bag and 1 backpack (to keep his yellow packet and some other personal items) , it that OK, or will it seem strange that he doesn't have checked luggage to claim? 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

04/10/18  - Mailed I-129F

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04/17/18 -  NOA1 approval date on hardcopy

 

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11/08/18 - NVC case received

11/09/18 - NVC case # 

11/27/18 - Left NVC  ✈️✈️

12/02/18 - Algiers consulate received

12/06/18 - READY

12/08/18 - Received Packet 3/4

12/12/18 - Medical  

 

01/14/19 -  Interview  (221g for extra doc, sent next day back to embassy, AP for 15 days)

01/30/19 - CEAC changed  to Non-Immigrant, email from Embassy said now approved

 

02/03/19  -  ISSUED - Visa in hand same day  :thumbs:

 

02/13/19 -  Arrived in US :goofy:

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1 minute ago, JuniorMints said:

Hi, my fiance is packing his stuff to get ready to travel here on his K1 visa.  I have a question about baggage - he doesn't really have any household items he wants to bring, just all of his clothes and personal items.  

 

In order to avoid having to check luggage and spend time waiting for it at POE,  if he can fit all of his stuff into 1 carry on bag and 1 backpack (to keep his yellow packet and some other personal items) , it that OK, or will it seem strange that he doesn't have checked luggage to claim? 

 

 

 

CBP doesn't care how much or how little baggage he has. Check the airline(s) he flies with for the carry on rules. Most airlines only allow 1 carry on 10KG and 1 personal item (laptop or handbag). Everything that's heavier and/or bigger will be checked in. But maybe his airline has different rules

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Thanks, he's a guy, so you know he doesn't have so much like a woman would, like make up, tons of shoes and bags and stuff like that 😄


 

 

 

 

04/10/18  - Mailed I-129F

04/12/18  - USCIS received I-129F 

04/17/18 -  NOA1 approval date on hardcopy

 

10/10/18 - NOA2 approval date on hardcopy

11/08/18 - NVC case received

11/09/18 - NVC case # 

11/27/18 - Left NVC  ✈️✈️

12/02/18 - Algiers consulate received

12/06/18 - READY

12/08/18 - Received Packet 3/4

12/12/18 - Medical  

 

01/14/19 -  Interview  (221g for extra doc, sent next day back to embassy, AP for 15 days)

01/30/19 - CEAC changed  to Non-Immigrant, email from Embassy said now approved

 

02/03/19  -  ISSUED - Visa in hand same day  :thumbs:

 

02/13/19 -  Arrived in US :goofy:

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2 minutes ago, nastra30 said:

Just keep in mind that carry-on luggage also has size and weight restrictions depending on the airline.

Thanks, we did check  Luftrhansa and his carry on bag and backpack are within size/weight limits

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04/10/18  - Mailed I-129F

04/12/18  - USCIS received I-129F 

04/17/18 -  NOA1 approval date on hardcopy

 

10/10/18 - NOA2 approval date on hardcopy

11/08/18 - NVC case received

11/09/18 - NVC case # 

11/27/18 - Left NVC  ✈️✈️

12/02/18 - Algiers consulate received

12/06/18 - READY

12/08/18 - Received Packet 3/4

12/12/18 - Medical  

 

01/14/19 -  Interview  (221g for extra doc, sent next day back to embassy, AP for 15 days)

01/30/19 - CEAC changed  to Non-Immigrant, email from Embassy said now approved

 

02/03/19  -  ISSUED - Visa in hand same day  :thumbs:

 

02/13/19 -  Arrived in US :goofy:

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Also keep in mind that at POE, your fiance will have to wait in line to pass through CBP like everyone else, and depending on the POE that can take a very long time, easily 45 minutes to an hour, so most likely any bag he does check will be waiting for him at the luggage area immediately after he clears CBP, so checking a bag will not cause a delay at all--a few minutes is all, to find his bag and exit with it.  If he has to connect to another domestic flight after POE, then it might take time to wait for it at the final destination, but if the POE is his final destination, I would say go ahead and check a bag, as most airlines include one free checked bag for long-distance flights and he will not have to wait for it, it will be waiting for him.

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Just an update - my fiance arrived at SFO safely 😊😊  He wasn't asked about having just a 1 way ticket at all, even in Frankfurt, or about only having carry-on luggage.  He did have SSSS on his boarding pass into SFO, so he had extra screening off to the side, but nothing unusual and was just told by the officer to get married within 90 days.    

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04/10/18  - Mailed I-129F

04/12/18  - USCIS received I-129F 

04/17/18 -  NOA1 approval date on hardcopy

 

10/10/18 - NOA2 approval date on hardcopy

11/08/18 - NVC case received

11/09/18 - NVC case # 

11/27/18 - Left NVC  ✈️✈️

12/02/18 - Algiers consulate received

12/06/18 - READY

12/08/18 - Received Packet 3/4

12/12/18 - Medical  

 

01/14/19 -  Interview  (221g for extra doc, sent next day back to embassy, AP for 15 days)

01/30/19 - CEAC changed  to Non-Immigrant, email from Embassy said now approved

 

02/03/19  -  ISSUED - Visa in hand same day  :thumbs:

 

02/13/19 -  Arrived in US :goofy:

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That's a relief.  Congratulations!


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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On ‎2‎/‎14‎/‎2019 at 9:13 PM, JuniorMints said:

Just an update - my fiance arrived at SFO safely 😊😊  He wasn't asked about having just a 1 way ticket at all, even in Frankfurt, or about only having carry-on luggage.  He did have SSSS on his boarding pass into SFO, so he had extra screening off to the side, but nothing unusual and was just told by the officer to get married within 90 days.    

SFO seems in my opinion a much better airport to deal with in general. Compared to LAX which looks like a 3rd world airport, SFO is nice and clean and not crowded

 

Good choice picking SFO vs LAX also

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At least at SFO and LAX, since October 2018, CBP isn’t collecting customs forms or kiosk receipts at the exit from the baggage claim hall.  Instead the passport

control CBP officer keeps them. The CBP Officer at the exit from baggage claim is thus much less likely to know that the person exiting baggage claim is someone moving to the USA.  

 

I am a strong believer in packing at most 7 days clothes.  Everything else can be cheaply obtained in the USA.  Chinese made stuff is cheaper in the USA than nearly everywhere in the world.  

 

And why not start with new stuff? It’s a brand new life.  

 

However another “enhancement” at SFO is that green card holders and Canadians must now go through the foreigner line instead of the USA citizen line.  So indeed, at SFO, unless you are first off the plane, zero time is saved doing carry on. 

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