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Traveling to Bring My Husband to the US

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Very well written, and to the point. I will never forget the look on my fiancees face when we came thru the POE at LAX and we walked past the last turn to walk up the ramp and she saw all the people waving US flags, and holding signs saying welcome to America, and she said " are we in the United States now" i said yes, welcome to America, welcome to our new life together. It made all the wait and hassle to just get into the US with a legit visa and actually begin a new life for her together with me. We got married, filed AOS, Have her EAD/AP, she is working now and just so amazed that she can make in one Saturday at work what she used to make in a month of 7 days a week 12 hour a days. It isn't all roses, she misses her mom, and family a lot, but we will be going back to see them soon, and it has been quite an adjustment for her, but seeing her happy and making a bunch of new friends ( Glad I have her on a unlimited cell phone plan. LOL) and just learning all the new things she only read about or saw on TV. Driving back from LA late that night, actually about 1 or 2am you know I of course got off the freeway and Rolled up Las Vegas Blvd " The Strip" all the way downtown past the Las Vegas sign, all the lights and the casinos, it just blew her away. She had no idea it was all real, and so big. It was nice to have her get a taste of why I look like I do when we go to that beautiful beach in her home country of Thailand, and when I get all excited at things I see that you just are not going to see here in the US. It is all worth it, and I am so looking forward to being with her when she takes the Oath at the naturalization ceremony, next to our wedding day, that day will be right there with the same amount of importance.

 

Congratulations to the OP, as you will have the same experiences, unless your husband has been to the US before, but it is a great time showing the love of your life around. We did a trip to the Grand Canyon last month that she really enjoyed, and I keep telling her there is so much to see, and we will try to see it all.

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Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports.


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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