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Hello there.

 

I've been reading a lot of posts regarding this topic and I know we don't need a return ticket to enter the US on a K1.

 

You know that, I know that, but sometimes the airline does not.

 

I was talking with a girl from Mexico who had a really hard time in the airport because they won't let her board the plane for not having a return ticket. They didn't even know what a K1 was and almost refused to do research. She knew some people at the airport and after some calls they help her, but she was the last person to board the plane and they almost made her buy a return ticket "just because".

 

Do you have any tips on how to avoid this? I just contact -not one-, but two airlines and both gave me this useless anwer "This is a question that is better directed towards the government or embassy that you choose to travel to and from".

 

Thanks

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NOA 1 *NEW* USCIS website: March 01, 2018

RFE USCIS website: September 26, 2018

RFE Hard copy: October 01, 2018

RFE Response Sent:  October 10, 2018

RFE Received by USCIS:  October 16, 2018

NOA2!!!!! *NEW* USCIS website: November 2, 2018

NVC Received: November 14, 2018

NVC Case Number: November 29, 2018

NVC In Transit: December 11, 2018

NVC Ready: December 13, 2018

Medical: February 18, 2019

CAS (Biometrics): February 19, 2019

Interview: February 20, 2019 - APPROVED!

CEAC Issued: Februery 27, 2019

VOH: March 12, 2019

POE: March 23, 2019

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2 hours ago, Daniela M_______ said:

They didn't even know what a K1 was and almost refused to do research.

 

Ask to speak to a supervisor.  They should know how to contact the CBP's 24/7 call center for the Regional Carrier Liaison Group for any questions on entry requirements and document validity.

 

For your own peace of mind, maybe you can try emailing them yourself.  Details here:

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/travel-industry-personnel/carrier-liaison-prog

 

If you do contact them and get a response about your concern, please update us.  It might help others in a similar situation.  Good luck!

 

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Just now, Ate said:

 

Ask to speak to a supervisor.  They should know how to contact the CBP's 24/7 call center for the Regional Carrier Liaison Group for any questions on entry requirements and document validity.

 

For your own peace of mind, maybe you can try emailing them yourself.  Details here:

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/travel-industry-personnel/carrier-liaison-prog

 

If you do contact them and get a response about your concern, please update us.  It might help others in a similar situation.  Good luck!

 

OMG this is so helpful, I will update for sure!

 

I've been wondering around that website the whole day because I knew there had to be a way to get more information...


NOA 1 *NEW* USCIS website: March 01, 2018

RFE USCIS website: September 26, 2018

RFE Hard copy: October 01, 2018

RFE Response Sent:  October 10, 2018

RFE Received by USCIS:  October 16, 2018

NOA2!!!!! *NEW* USCIS website: November 2, 2018

NVC Received: November 14, 2018

NVC Case Number: November 29, 2018

NVC In Transit: December 11, 2018

NVC Ready: December 13, 2018

Medical: February 18, 2019

CAS (Biometrics): February 19, 2019

Interview: February 20, 2019 - APPROVED!

CEAC Issued: Februery 27, 2019

VOH: March 12, 2019

POE: March 23, 2019

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10 minutes ago, Ate said:

 

Ask to speak to a supervisor.  They should know how to contact the CBP's 24/7 call center for the Regional Carrier Liaison Group for any questions on entry requirements and document validity.

 

For your own peace of mind, maybe you can try emailing them yourself.  Details here:

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/travel-industry-personnel/carrier-liaison-prog

 

If you do contact them and get a response about your concern, please update us.  It might help others in a similar situation.  Good luck!

 

This guide is also really helpful, I found it under "CBP 24/7 Regional Carrier Liaison Group phone center" in google.

 

https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2017-Nov/carrier-information-guide-english.pdf


NOA 1 *NEW* USCIS website: March 01, 2018

RFE USCIS website: September 26, 2018

RFE Hard copy: October 01, 2018

RFE Response Sent:  October 10, 2018

RFE Received by USCIS:  October 16, 2018

NOA2!!!!! *NEW* USCIS website: November 2, 2018

NVC Received: November 14, 2018

NVC Case Number: November 29, 2018

NVC In Transit: December 11, 2018

NVC Ready: December 13, 2018

Medical: February 18, 2019

CAS (Biometrics): February 19, 2019

Interview: February 20, 2019 - APPROVED!

CEAC Issued: Februery 27, 2019

VOH: March 12, 2019

POE: March 23, 2019

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Good morning,

 

  The airline can always be a wild card as the employees are not always schooled with different visas.  Quick story many years ago when my wife had her combo card.  She was flying from Atlanta to Mexico City and the check in ticket agent was ready to refuse to check her in.  I had to school the agent and requested a supervisor.  Finally someone understood the combo card and we checked in after 30 minutes of going round and round.  At that point I asked for the station manager's name and phone number at the Mexico City airport for the airline.  I talked to him before we left Atlanta to confirm he understands the combo card and there would be no problem when we flew from Mexico City back to Atlanta.  

 

  When my wife received her K1 (mind you that was many years ago) she had a one way ticket from Mexico City to Atlanta and had zero issues.  Again the wild card is the airline and which airline employees happens to be checking you in.  My two cents is to contact the airline in the city you are flying from in Mexico and get a manager's name and phone number.  Make sure they understand the K1 and they will be available for assistance if needed on the day/time you are checking in and flying from Mexico.

 

God bless

John

 

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@Daniela M_______ Thanks for posing this question. It gets asked all the time as you well know but I have never found an answer to use to address this problem at the airport. @Ate Thanks for the starting off point with your link which has allowed the couple to get an answer. I am grateful to the both of you. I've saved the information in the event I hear this issue from others. Again, thanks to the two of you for schooling us on what to do. :thumbs::thumbs:

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Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

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

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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2 hours ago, JohnE said:

Good morning,

 

  The airline can always be a wild card as the employees are not always schooled with different visas.  Quick story many years ago when my wife had her combo card.  She was flying from Atlanta to Mexico City and the check in ticket agent was ready to refuse to check her in.  I had to school the agent and requested a supervisor.  Finally someone understood the combo card and we checked in after 30 minutes of going round and round.  At that point I asked for the station manager's name and phone number at the Mexico City airport for the airline.  I talked to him before we left Atlanta to confirm he understands the combo card and there would be no problem when we flew from Mexico City back to Atlanta.  

 

  When my wife received her K1 (mind you that was many years ago) she had a one way ticket from Mexico City to Atlanta and had zero issues.  Again the wild card is the airline and which airline employees happens to be checking you in.  My two cents is to contact the airline in the city you are flying from in Mexico and get a manager's name and phone number.  Make sure they understand the K1 and they will be available for assistance if needed on the day/time you are checking in and flying from Mexico.

 

God bless

John

 

This is a very helpful advice, thank you!


NOA 1 *NEW* USCIS website: March 01, 2018

RFE USCIS website: September 26, 2018

RFE Hard copy: October 01, 2018

RFE Response Sent:  October 10, 2018

RFE Received by USCIS:  October 16, 2018

NOA2!!!!! *NEW* USCIS website: November 2, 2018

NVC Received: November 14, 2018

NVC Case Number: November 29, 2018

NVC In Transit: December 11, 2018

NVC Ready: December 13, 2018

Medical: February 18, 2019

CAS (Biometrics): February 19, 2019

Interview: February 20, 2019 - APPROVED!

CEAC Issued: Februery 27, 2019

VOH: March 12, 2019

POE: March 23, 2019

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1 hour ago, Greenbaum said:

@Daniela M_______ Thanks for posing this question. It gets asked all the time as you well know but I have never found an answer to use to address this problem at the airport. @Ate Thanks for the starting off point with your link which has allowed the couple to get an answer. I am grateful to the both of you. I've saved the information in the event I hear this issue from others. Again, thanks to the two of you for schooling us on what to do. :thumbs::thumbs:

I talked again with my friend from Mexico and she told me that after a long wait the airline (AeroMexico) finally called this CBP line to confirm -she didn't remember the acronym untill I tell her about this- , it's a nice card to have ready to play, I would even give them my phone to make he call lol.


NOA 1 *NEW* USCIS website: March 01, 2018

RFE USCIS website: September 26, 2018

RFE Hard copy: October 01, 2018

RFE Response Sent:  October 10, 2018

RFE Received by USCIS:  October 16, 2018

NOA2!!!!! *NEW* USCIS website: November 2, 2018

NVC Received: November 14, 2018

NVC Case Number: November 29, 2018

NVC In Transit: December 11, 2018

NVC Ready: December 13, 2018

Medical: February 18, 2019

CAS (Biometrics): February 19, 2019

Interview: February 20, 2019 - APPROVED!

CEAC Issued: Februery 27, 2019

VOH: March 12, 2019

POE: March 23, 2019

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3 minutes ago, Daniela M_______ said:

I talked again with my friend from Mexico and she told me that after a long wait the airline (AeroMexico) finally called this CBP line to confirm -she didn't remember the acronym untill I tell her about this- , it's a nice card to have ready to play, I would even give them my phone to make he call lol.

That's the challenge to this process. Everything is ebb and flow. Not till their feet have crossed your threshold to your home is any one safe from "you need this, I have no idea about that, you can't do this or that" it seems like it never ends.


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

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

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
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February 9, 2011: Depart for China
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April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
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April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
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August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
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September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
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November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

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