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The hardest part is now done.  Received 90 day fiance Visa (K1)  after almost 8 months of waiting.  Will be entering through immigration in Chicago.  What can we expect once she gets there?  Thanks!

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37 minutes ago, Mark and Pooky said:

Hello

The hardest part is now done.  Received 90 day fiance Visa (K1)  after almost 8 months of waiting.  Will be entering through immigration in Chicago.  What can we expect once she gets there?  Thanks!

POE inspection, potentially secondary inspection, waiting in lines, etc.  Most CBP officers are familiar with K1 packages, so overall, the entering process should be smooth.

 

Good Luck!


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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3 minutes ago, Bill & Katya said:

POE inspection, potentially secondary inspection, waiting in lines, etc.  Most CBP officers are familiar with K1 packages, so overall, the entering process should be smooth.

 

Good Luck!

Sorry, what is a POE inspection?

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Make sure you marry and file for Adjustment of Status ( I-485, I-131, I-765)  within 90 days of fiance's arrival in the US.  Good luck...

Edited by missileman

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Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
  • I-797 extension letter  for ROC dated 4/2/2019  MSCxxxxxxxxxx received: 4/6/2019
  • Biometrics apt received for 4/25/2019: on 4/12/2019
 

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1 minute ago, Mark and Pooky said:

Sorry, what is a POE inspection?

Processing through customs and immigration.


                               :idea:MSC (National Benefits Center) I-751 filers- Please add your data :idea:                          https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Id1duRRByZHJmhEzl9N25GqwzcnUyLCR4e4N9W6zGLg/edit#gid=0

 

Retired 20 year US Air Force Missileer (Retired E-8)

Retired Registered Nurse with practice in Labor/Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, Adult Psych

Retired IT Professional, Software Developer, Database Manager

 

Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
  • I-797 extension letter  for ROC dated 4/2/2019  MSCxxxxxxxxxx received: 4/6/2019
  • Biometrics apt received for 4/25/2019: on 4/12/2019
 

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*~*~*POE and arrival question moved to “moving to America”*~*~*

Just now, Mark and Pooky said:

Also what's docs did they want to see, other than the Visa? Thanks so much.

Mark

She hands over the envelope from the embassy - that contains everything that the officer needs to see. 


 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, missileman said:

Make sure you marry and file for Adjustment of Status ( I-485, I-131, I-765)  within 90 days of fiance's arrival in the US.  Good luck...

Thank you for advice.  Wedding scheduled for 4 weeks later.!

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5 minutes ago, Mark and Pooky said:

Sorry, what is a POE inspection?

POE means Port of Entry, and is the first port an international traveler arrives at in the US, this can be a land crossing, sea port, or airport.  She will have to go through the non-USC/PR line that can be long at O'Hare, and meet a CBP officer who will ask her questions.  She has to answer truthfully, but she does not have to offer any additional information.  More than likely, the officer will remind her of the terms of the K1 visa as well as tell her she is under no legal obligation to actually get married, etc.

 

Good Luck!


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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4 hours ago, Mark and Pooky said:

Hello

The hardest part is now done.  Received 90 day fiance Visa (K1)  after almost 8 months of waiting.  Will be entering through immigration in Chicago.  What can we expect once she gets there?  Thanks!

I dare to disagree that this was the hardest part, since you still have AoS ahead of you, but I get what you mean.. 😉

 

File for AoS as soon as you are married so your (then) wife also will be able to freely travel and work. Another 6 months (give or take) for that to be over. 

Edited by Daphne K

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My Wife entered through Chicago with her K1 Visa.   It was very pleasant.   besides the long line, the process was easy.   You can accompany your fiancé through the process if you choose.  There is no need to split up.   I went first and the officer checked me in.  He then called her up to the counter.  She just needed to hand the packet and her passport to the officer.   The officer that we encountered simply opened the packet,  sifted through all of the paper work, asked my then fiancé if she was aware that she needed to marry within 90 day.  She answered " Yes".  He then stamped her Visa, and said "Welcome to the United States" and we were through. 


K-1 Visa Timeline

2016.08.11 - Mailed I-129f to USCIS

2016.08.12 - I-129 Received by USCIS

2016.08.16 - Received NOA1 via Txt Message

2016.08.18 - Received NOA1 I-797C via USPS

2016.09.21 - Received NOA2 via Txt Message (35 days)

2016.09.26 - Received NOA2 Hard copy via USPS

2016.10.06 - Received Case number from NVC

2016.10.12 - Case in Transit from NVC to BKK Embassy

2016.10.15 - Case Received by Consulate

2016.10.19 - Status changed from Transit to Ready

2016.10.20 - Packet 3 Sent to Consulate via Post

2016.10.25 - Packet 4 received from Consulate (Interview scheduled 11/15/16)

2016.11.02 - Medical Exam completed

2016.11.15 - Visa Approved!! (90 Days)

2016.11.17 - Visa received via Thai Post

2016.11.30 - Arrived in the USA!! POE: Chicago

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37 minutes ago, sfcscott said:

My Wife entered through Chicago with her K1 Visa.   It was very pleasant.   besides the long line, the process was easy.   You can accompany your fiancé through the process if you choose.  There is no need to split up.   I went first and the officer checked me in.  He then called her up to the counter.  She just needed to hand the packet and her passport to the officer.   The officer that we encountered simply opened the packet,  sifted through all of the paper work, asked my then fiancé if she was aware that she needed to marry within 90 day.  She answered " Yes".  He then stamped her Visa, and said "Welcome to the United States" and we were through. 

Fantastic!

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4 hours ago, Daphne K said:

I dare to disagree that this was the hardest part, since you still have AoS ahead of you, but I get what you mean.. 😉

 

File for AoS as soon as you are married so your (then) wife also will be able to freely travel and work. Another 6 months (give or take) for that to be over. 

AOS is a walk in the park compared to the K-1 Visa, so I would say OP is correct.


K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)

 

ROC:

04-19-2019 - Earliest filing date

04-22-2019 - I-751 sent with USPS (AZ lockbox)

04-24-2019 - Delivered/Received date

04-30-2019 - Check cashed

04-30-2019 - NOA1 text/email (WAC)

05-03-2019 - NOA1 hardcopy/extension letter

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2 minutes ago, Scandi said:

AOS is a walk in the park compared to the K-1 Visa, so I would say OP is correct.

I did not mean the process itself so much, but the fact that the foreign spouse is kind of 'stuck' in limbo and not free to work or travel for an extended amount of time. This might also be considered hard. 😉


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3 minutes ago, Daphne K said:

I did not mean the process itself so much, but the fact that the foreign spouse is kind of 'stuck' in limbo and not free to work or travel for an extended amount of time. This might also be considered hard. 😉

Yeah the process itself is extremely easy. Many do have a hard time waiting, for me personally it was great. I love vacation time, wish it had lasted longer.

 

Should also add that waiting for the K-1 was way worse than waiting for the AOS anyway. At least we got to be together during the AOS.

Edited by Scandi

K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)

 

ROC:

04-19-2019 - Earliest filing date

04-22-2019 - I-751 sent with USPS (AZ lockbox)

04-24-2019 - Delivered/Received date

04-30-2019 - Check cashed

04-30-2019 - NOA1 text/email (WAC)

05-03-2019 - NOA1 hardcopy/extension letter

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