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So my K1 Visa got approved!

 

I'm looking to book my flight for around the last week of October but I'm unsure of what to do.

For some reason right now a one-way ticket is around £1400 but a return is £350. Do I just buy a return and not get on the return flight obviously or do I have to buy a single trip?

I don't understand why the price difference is so substantial but I'm not sure what to do because it's SO much cheaper.

 

Any help would be appreciated!

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You can purchase either....most people just buy the less expensive one.........after you arrive in the US, just cancel the return flight....or book the return far out enough to use it after you receive Advance Parole.


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Go for the less expensive ticket, you don't have to use the return just cancel it or see if you can use the balance for something in the future. Congratulations!


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08/09/2015: I-129F mailed
08/14/2015: NOA1 received by email; hardcopy received approximately 08/17/2015
09/14/2015: NOA2 received
09/30/2015: NVC received case
10/02/2015: CEAC status changed to "In Transit"
10/08/2015: CEAC status changed to "Ready"
10/09/2015: Consulate acknowledged receipt via phone; Hardcopy from US DoS with case number.
10/19/2015: Received information from Consulate.
10/28/2015: Medical Exam
11/17/2015: Interview...rescheduled due to computer problems. New date as yet unknown.
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02/14/2016: Arrived in the U.S. (POE was Bermuda)...CO was really nice!

02/18/2016: Married! :)

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AOS...

 

03/02/2016: AOS/EAD/AP Package mailed
03/14/2016: I-485/765/131 NOAs received by mail. USCIS Received Date 03/04/2016; USCIS Notice Date 03/10/2016
03/25/2016: Received biometrics appointment letter for I-485 & I-765
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06/01/2016: Received electronic notice that AOS interview has been scheduled.
06/30/2016: I-485 interview at USCIS Baltimore Field Office.
09/01/2016: InfoPass appointment made for 09/07/2016.
09/06/2016: Received electronic notification that I-485 was approved on 09/02/2016.
09/09/2016: Received approval letter.
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06/13/2018: I-751 package mailed to Vermont Service Center
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07/14/2018: Received ASC notice for Biometrics Appointment

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Go for cheaper.  Then when you arrive in the US, try to cancel it and get a credit towards future ticket.  Or simply not show up for the flight and it will be canceled for you.  

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to answer the other as i always wondered too

 

One-Way Airfare is Inconvenient for Airlines

 

Airlines prefer that travelers fly round-trip simply because it is more convenient for their scheduling systems. Travelers who purchase one-way flights with the intention of purchasing another one-way ticket for the return journey make it difficult for airlines to make airplane staffing decisions and set flight schedules ahead of time.

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Agree with going for the cheaper option, and just cancel the return leg, or set it up to get credit for it. And just to be safe I would call and cancel when you know you are not going to use it, just to be safe, and who knows, maybe they will refund a partial amount, or give you a credit for a future flight depending on airline.

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2 hours ago, LDRHollie said:

So my K1 Visa got approved!

 

I'm looking to book my flight for around the last week of October but I'm unsure of what to do.

For some reason right now a one-way ticket is around £1400 but a return is £350. Do I just buy a return and not get on the return flight obviously or do I have to buy a single trip?

I don't understand why the price difference is so substantial but I'm not sure what to do because it's SO much cheaper.

 

Any help would be appreciated!

Buy the return and be happy that you saved 1000 quid. Trying to use the return later is a waste of time. 

 

DO NOT forget to cancel with the airlines. 

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Agreed with the others - go for the cheaper option and cancel the unused portion, if any.


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10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

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Spoiler

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

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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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When my now wife arrived here on her K1, the situation was similar.  We booked the return leg six months out, and when the time came we canceled it, but the credit remained so we used it after she got her CGC on her first trip back minus a rebooking fee.  Don’t ignore the return leg, since the US CBP does not do exit control sometimes computer systems can register a person as leaving the US even if they don’t if their name shows up on a flight manifest.

 

Good Luck!


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16 hours ago, LDRHollie said:

So my K1 Visa got approved!

 

I'm looking to book my flight for around the last week of October but I'm unsure of what to do.

For some reason right now a one-way ticket is around £1400 but a return is £350. Do I just buy a return and not get on the return flight obviously or do I have to buy a single trip?

I don't understand why the price difference is so substantial but I'm not sure what to do because it's SO much cheaper.

 

Any help would be appreciated!

Just book a flight with Icelandair. They do the cheap one-way flights. In fact my one-way flight to the US from Manchester last year cost my less than a return would with my usual airline (American Airlines). I remember being in this predicament the first week of October last year 

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16 hours ago, Eric-Pris said:

Go for cheaper.  Then when you arrive in the US, try to cancel it and get a credit towards future ticket.  Or simply not show up for the flight and it will be canceled for you.  

Sometimes not showing up puts you on the passenger manifest anyway and shows up as an exit you never took.

 

Cancel the return is the best way.

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Any possibilities flying with Norwegian? Their one-way tickets are cheap, unlike most other airlines.


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)

 

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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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