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Hi all, 

 

So yesterday i entered the United States through L.A.X on a k1 visa and when it was my turn at customs i just gave her the white sealed package and passport and she just put a stamp on the page above my visa with the current date on it. 

 

Is that all i needed? She didn't give me any information or any paperwork. It just seemed too easy. 

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*~*~*POE question moved from “K-1 fiancé visa process and procedures” to “moving to the US”*~*~*

 

Yep, it’s that simple in many cases. Welcome to your new home! 

 

 


 

 

 

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My fiancee and I came thru LAX this past November, and it is that easy. I printed out I94 while waiting for our bags to arrive at the carousel. Welcome to America, now get that I94 printed out, and head to the closest Social Security office and apply for your SS card. Guide here on VJ if you need help, but it is pretty easy. Make that your next step, we applied for my fiancee card 18 hours after landing in LAX when we got to Las Vegas, NV and she was in the system already, card 2 weeks later.

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In my case, they just took it and said : you have 90 days, good luck 😂😂😂


K1

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I-129F sent : 30 November 2015
I-129F NOA1 : 16 December 2015
I-129F NOA2 : 02 February 2016
Packet 3 received : 29 February 2016
Packet 3 sent : 28 April 2016
Packet 4 received : 06 May 2016
Interview date : 13 June 2016 (Result: Administrative Review, document needed)
Visa received : 11 July 2016

 

AOS

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US entry : 09 September 2016
I-94 downloaded: 27 September 2016

SS number requested: 28 September 2016
SS number established: 25 October 2016
Marriage ceremony: 02 December 2016
AOS sent to Chicago lockbox: 16 January 2017
Case accepted confirmation by email/sms: 27 January 2017
NOA1 received: 03 February 2017
Biometrics appointment letter received: 06 February 2017

Biometrics passed: 08 Februay 2017 (walk-in)
EAD status updated to "New Card Is Being Produced": 01 May 2017
NOA for EAD and AP received: 04 May 2017
EAD mailed: 04 May 2017

Combo Card in hand: 06 May 2017

I-485 status updated to "New Card Is Being Produced": 15 July 2017
NOA for Green Card received: 20 July 2017
Green Card in hand: 21 July 2017

 

Removing Conditions

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Package sent: 20 June 2019
Package received: 25 June 2019
NOA1: 18-month extension: 28 June 2019
Check cashed electronically: 01 July 2019
NOA2: Biometrics appointment: 12 July 2019

Biometrics passed: 02 August 2019

 

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In my case, they took me to some back office, they took my passport and envelope. I had to wait for about an hour. No one explained to me anything. I started to get really concerned. 

Eventually I got called me to another office, and they just handed me the passport and told me “you’re all set”. You need to get married within 90 days. Good luck. :) 

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The lines were long when Anastasia came through LAX (took almost two hours from when her plane landed to meeting me), but it was pretty simple for her there too.


K-1                             AOS
NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31    NOA1 Notice Date: 2019-04-11
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16           Biometrics Date: 2019-05-10
Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28
Interview date: 2019-02-14
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14

 

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I say that when done the right way, immigration is for the most part easy and straight forward.


“When starting an immigration journey, the best advice is to understand that sacrifices have to be made; whether it is time, money, or separation or a combination of any or all.” - NuestraUnion

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Although technically CBP can refuse entry to any K-1 or CR-1 entrant for any reason that the consulate would have used, entry at POE is typically perfunctory.  This is because CBP figures that the entrant has recently been scrutinized by the consulate.

 

The above comes from an immigration attorney whom I consulted back when Mrs. T-B.-to-be was about to enter.


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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I'm happy to hear it seemed too easy to you! You probably should have told the CBP that you had expected a pat on the back for all the hard work getting your K-1 ;) 


"Life is a journey." At this moment, it's taking me to the USA to the woman I love.

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28 minutes ago, jeaniecz said:

I'm happy to hear it seemed too easy to you! You probably should have told the CBP that you had expected a pat on the back for all the hard work getting your K-1 ;) 

You know, this comes across as pretty rude. Kinda unnecessary. 

 

I was just expecting more questions from the officer that let me through. 

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7 minutes ago, RoaringMdog said:

You know, this comes across as pretty rude. Kinda unnecessary. 

 

I was just expecting more questions from the officer that let me through. 

I am not sure what comes across as rude. That wasn't my intention at all. I said I was happy for you. En ik dacht dat je het knipoogje zou begrijpen. Het was iig helemaal niet gemeen bedoeld.


"Life is a journey." At this moment, it's taking me to the USA to the woman I love.

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33 minutes ago, jeaniecz said:

I am not sure what comes across as rude. That wasn't my intention at all. I said I was happy for you. En ik dacht dat je het knipoogje zou begrijpen. Het was iig helemaal niet gemeen bedoeld.

Reminder that the upper forums are English-only.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Welcome to the USA!  

 

You'll have a plethora of other steps to go through/stress out over/find more difficult in dealing with once you marry and start to file that AOS paperwork. :D 

 

13 hours ago, RoaringMdog said:

You know, this comes across as pretty rude. Kinda unnecessary. 

 

FWIW...I don't think @jeaniecz was trying to be rude at all.  Online it can be difficult to decipher one's "tone" of speaking.   I think she was acknowledging the hard work behind applying for the K1/how stressful getting the K1 is in the first place while joking about how relieving it must have been to have ANY part of the immigration process actually turn out to be easy.

 

At least, that's how I read her words.   Anyhow, best of luck.


Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Going through said:

Welcome to the USA!  

 

You'll have a plethora of other steps to go through/stress out over/find more difficult in dealing with once you marry and start to file that AOS paperwork. :D 

 

FWIW...I don't think @jeaniecz was trying to be rude at all.  Online it can be difficult to decipher one's "tone" of speaking.   I think she was acknowledging the hard work behind applying for the K1/how stressful getting the K1 is in the first place while joking about how relieving it must have been to have ANY part of the immigration process actually turn out to be easy.

 

At least, that's how I read her words.   Anyhow, best of luck.

Thank you. Exactly what I meant! 

 

I don't know why I'd be making fun of someone who just went through the first stage of K-1 while I'm in the K-1 myself so I know what it's like and I have no reason to not wish well to others. 


"Life is a journey." At this moment, it's taking me to the USA to the woman I love.

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