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hi guys! we are in the CEAC state of my husbands I-130 application process. I am trying to gain a little information on when everybody buys the flight for their spouse to come to the US? We have been waiting so long for this visa and are trying to not have my husband stay in his home country longer than he needs to.  can you buy flights before the interview or do they not give you your passport till way after? I haven't found much information on what happens after the interview. thank you. 

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Never ever buy a ticket before visa IN HAND unless you can afford to lose the money. Some days it's a few days sometimes it's a few weeks before you pick up visa. Besides what if you get AP for some reason? Nothing is 100% certain until you have it 

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Of course you can buy the flight tickets any time you want, just be prepared to pay more for cancellation or date change depending on when he gets the passport with the visa.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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6 minutes ago, brderenne said:

hi guys! we are in the CEAC state of my husbands I-130 application process. I am trying to gain a little information on when everybody buys the flight for their spouse to come to the US? We have been waiting so long for this visa and are trying to not have my husband stay in his home country longer than he needs to.  can you buy flights before the interview or do they not give you your passport till way after? I haven't found much information on what happens after the interview. thank you. 

Wait until you have in hand unless you are buying refundable.   I bought beforehand due to a fare war, and the stress was horrible.  There's no way to know how quickly after the interview you will get your passport and docs.  When my husband got his packet, the cover letter had his named spelled wrong and we had a mad scramble 2 days before his flight.  He ended up getting on the plane with the bad cover letter and we crossed our fingers since the embassy wouldn't respond..

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ok thanks guys, that makes sense. I know there can  be a risk for sure. im thinking to buy a refundable fair. I am curious though, you have to go back to the same embassy that they had their interview at to pick up the visa? such a lame process, as most people don't live in the city they have to go to for their interview. 

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If his interview is approved and fiancee has visa ,  the person must travel within 6 months of the medical exam

a lot of us have need to stay a little longer to sell property or take care of some family business

 

so, i advise to make the medical exam as close to the interview date as possible to give you the extra time needed

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18 minutes ago, brderenne said:

ok thanks guys, that makes sense. I know there can  be a risk for sure. im thinking to buy a refundable fair. I am curious though, you have to go back to the same embassy that they had their interview at to pick up the visa? such a lame process, as most people don't live in the city they have to go to for their interview. 

Generally the cost of a refundable fare is so much higher than a normal one that it usually doesn’t make sense. 

Not sure Brazil specific, most embassies courier to non local applicants.

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30 minutes ago, brderenne said:

ok thanks guys, that makes sense. I know there can  be a risk for sure. im thinking to buy a refundable fair. I am curious though, you have to go back to the same embassy that they had their interview at to pick up the visa? such a lame process, as most people don't live in the city they have to go to for their interview. 

It can be sent to their home address 

 

best to wait til passport is on hand. People had passports stolen from the post office delivery truck, some others had wrong visas... you never know 


07/09/2018: ROC packet sent with USPS 2-day priority shipping

07/11/2018: ROC packet delivered to the Vermont Service Center

07/16/2018: NOA1 received by mail with 18 months extension (notice date 7/12 and check cashed)

08/07/2018: Biometrics appointment letter received by mail (notice date 7/27)

08/13/2018: Biometrics appointment at east Hartford, ct

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I was constantly checking flights for good fares before the interview and when I saw two tickets for $350 each,  I couldn't pass them up. They are normally $900-$1400, each, for the flights I would normally select. I just bought the travel insurance for $35 per ticket just in case and luckily everything has worked out perfectly for us.

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1 minute ago, E & J 2018 said:

I was constantly checking flights for good fares before the interview and when I saw two tickets for $350 each,  I couldn't pass them up. They are normally $900-$1400, each, for the flights I would normally select. I just bought the travel insurance for $35 per ticket just in case and luckily everything has worked out perfectly for us.

Careful with travel insurance - it doesn’t cover every eventuality. I looked into this before but it often only covers unforeseen/unavoidable issues, not getting a visa on time doesn’t fall under that.

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2 hours ago, brderenne said:

ok thanks guys, that makes sense. I know there can  be a risk for sure. im thinking to buy a refundable fair. I am curious though, you have to go back to the same embassy that they had their interview at to pick up the visa? such a lame process, as most people don't live in the city they have to go to for their interview. 

Read the Brazil forum for more details on the passport delivery after the visa is approved--it takes one to two weeks after the interview in Rio for the passport delivery to the home address if all goes well.  But as others have said, there can be delays, problems, it is a big risk to make assumptions about timing, so either get refundable tickets or be prepared to eat the cost of the ticket if there is a delay.  Many non-refundable tickets allow for a re-booking with a big fee, read the fine print or ask before you buy to make sure.

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Progress Reports to Working & Traveling During US Immigration forum.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
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
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
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

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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