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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Hi all,

 

Hope everyone is staying safe and well!

 

I just moved to the US on my K1 visa and currently completing the AOS paperwork. I’m dreaming of a vacation. (Of course I won’t go anywhere at all for a long while!!), but just looking places up for the future. 
 

What are some of your favourite spots that you’ve been to in the US? Particularly looking for delayed honeymoon suggestions for when it’s finally safe for everyone to travel again! 🙂

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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I am a nature person and my favorite place to visit is the southwest.  I loved Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon in Utah.  It was very beautiful. Take the mule ride to the bottom of Bryce Canyon.  It was beautiful but it was scary.  I would NOT do it again. I did get back on a mule in Zion and they didn't tighten my saddle and it rolled to the side and I fell off.  Was NOT a fun thing.  I no longer like mules.  lol.   The hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque in amazing, especially if you go up with the large group of balloons at sunrise.  I loved Arizona and New Mexico. The Grand Canyon is a must see but is very crowded.  I loved Monument Valley.  We had a Navajo guide and we spent the night on the reservation in a traditional Hogan.  I would highly recommend it.  Estes Park in Colorado was so beautiful but the high altitude got to me due to my lung problems and we had to cut that visit short.  But we were able to take a train ride through the mountains which was beautiful and a lot of fun.  

 

I live in Florida and it does have the ocean to offer.  I like living here and as I approach retirement age I go back and forth about where I want to retire to:  Arizona, New Mexico, or stay in Florida.  

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Get to, let's say, Crystal City, TX (ask how).

Head north on U.S. Hwy. 83 to Uvalde.

Once you hit Concan and Leakey, with the little town of Utopia nearby, you'll be floored.

This is the western edge of the Texas Hill Country.

Continue north to Junction.  From there, two equally appealing choices:

 1) Continue north on 83 to Eden, and cut NW to San Angelo or continue north to Abilene.

 2) Cut NE on 377 to Mason, then Hwy. 29 to Llano, Burnet, & Georgetown; then head south to Austin.

 

The Mason-Llano-Burnet run takes you through Inks Lake State Park, perhaps the most beautiful in Texas.  The Lake has a dam.  Near the dam used to be (I hope still is) a bar called "The Dam Pub."

 

The whole route is staggeringly gorgeous and covers a good bit of the Texas Hill Country, which is worth the visit.  You'll find really decent small-town restaurants, and you'll hit no traffic till Georgetown and (urgh) Austin.  Prerequisite: practice saying "Howdy."

 

For more info, holler.

 

https://www.texas-map.org/road-map.htm

 

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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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Depends really what you are interested in, also if you can afford it you should defintely travel round the US while you are waiting for your EAD/GC otherwise you will be tied down to a job and won't have as much chance. Personally some of the most beautiful places i have seen are in no particular order. Sedona, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and grand tetons, a road trip from Seattle to San Francisco down the coast, hawaii to name a few... start building that list, there are plenty of beautiful amazing places to visit in the USA

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On 5/4/2020 at 10:58 AM, US2UK said:

Hi all,

 

Hope everyone is staying safe and well!

 

I just moved to the US on my K1 visa and currently completing the AOS paperwork. I’m dreaming of a vacation. (Of course I won’t go anywhere at all for a long while!!), but just looking places up for the future. 
 

What are some of your favourite spots that you’ve been to in the US? Particularly looking for delayed honeymoon suggestions for when it’s finally safe for everyone to travel again! 🙂

It depends what you like to do. Some people to to big city first like NYC, some go to Disney World first, other go to Niagara Falls, etc. 
US is huge and has many different things. You have to know what you like 


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04/21/20: NOA1 Issued online

04/27/20: NOA1 Received via postal mail

04/27/20: Touched

05/14/20: Touched 

05/15/20: Touched 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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San Diego California. It's America's Finest City for a reason..... Just sayin :thumbs:


I-130                                                                 I-129F

Spoiler

 

Mailed: Mar. 9, 2019 (Phoenix LB)              Aug. 9,  2019

Delivered: Mar. 12, 2019                               Aug. 12, 2019

NOA1/PD: Mar. 15,  2019 (LIN)                   Aug. 15,  2019

NOA2: Sep. 24, 2019 - Approved                 Sep. 24, 2019 - Denied 

I-130 sent to NVC: Oct. 8, 2019

Received NVC: Oct. 18, 2019

NVC Case#: Nov. 09, 2019 (Assigned to China, should be Japan )

AOS Submitted: Nov. 18, 2019

IV Submitted:  Dec. 23, 2019

AOS/IV Approved: Jan. 16, 2020 

Interview Scheduled: Jan. 23, 2020

 

Request location change: Mid Nov. 2019 --> Feb. 21, 2020

Contacted my Rep's for help: Feb. 5, 2020 - Rep contacted Guangzhou & Tokyo. 

Response 1: Feb. 11, 2020 - Guangzhou gave copy/paste info to my Rep's office.

Response 2: Feb. 18, 2020 - Tokyo Embassy - Requested transfer fm China - Case in Administrative Processing 

Response 3: Feb. 21, 2020 - Transfer complete; New interview scheduled.

 

Interview Date: Mar. 2, 2020 - Tokyo Embassy 

Interview Result: Approved

Visa Issued: Mar. 4, 2020

Visa in hand: Mar. 6, 2020

 

Time: ~359 Days from start to finish 

  Stupid COVID-19 delaying travel to the US :clock:

 

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Ukraine
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Alaska


Aos Packet Sent-09/03/19

Received 09/12/2019

Biometrics 10/04/2019

Ready to be Scheduled for Interview 10/30/2019

Interview was Scheduled Update 11/18/2019

Interview Letter received 11/22/2019

Interview Date 01/06/2020

EAD/AP Approval 12/17/2019

EAD Card has been mailed 12/20/2019

EAD/AP Approval letters received 12/23/2019

EAD/AP Combo Card in hand 12/26/2019

AoS Approved during interview 01/06/2020

Green Card is being produced update 01/06/2020

Green Card Mailed 01/08/2020

Green Card arrived in the mail 01/11/2020

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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On 5/13/2020 at 4:07 PM, Scott001 said:

San Diego California. It's America's Finest City for a reason..... Just sayin :thumbs:

Also, it's home, which was why our honeymoon was a staycation (Anastasia had never been to the US prior to arriving on a K-1, so her first experience of America was driving in the rain from LAX to my place during LA rush hour traffic) ...


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     EAD/AP In Hand: 2019-09-16
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28   GC Interview Date: 2019-09-25
Interview date: 2019-02-14      GC In Hand: 2019-10-02
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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41 minutes ago, DaveAndAnastasia said:

Also, it's home, which was why our honeymoon was a staycation (Anastasia had never been to the US prior to arriving on a K-1, so her first experience of America was driving in the rain from LAX to my place during LA rush hour traffic) ...

haha I know how that goes. I've made that trip several times. Now I just take the train from SD <-> LA. It's quite relaxing. 


I-130                                                                 I-129F

Spoiler

 

Mailed: Mar. 9, 2019 (Phoenix LB)              Aug. 9,  2019

Delivered: Mar. 12, 2019                               Aug. 12, 2019

NOA1/PD: Mar. 15,  2019 (LIN)                   Aug. 15,  2019

NOA2: Sep. 24, 2019 - Approved                 Sep. 24, 2019 - Denied 

I-130 sent to NVC: Oct. 8, 2019

Received NVC: Oct. 18, 2019

NVC Case#: Nov. 09, 2019 (Assigned to China, should be Japan )

AOS Submitted: Nov. 18, 2019

IV Submitted:  Dec. 23, 2019

AOS/IV Approved: Jan. 16, 2020 

Interview Scheduled: Jan. 23, 2020

 

Request location change: Mid Nov. 2019 --> Feb. 21, 2020

Contacted my Rep's for help: Feb. 5, 2020 - Rep contacted Guangzhou & Tokyo. 

Response 1: Feb. 11, 2020 - Guangzhou gave copy/paste info to my Rep's office.

Response 2: Feb. 18, 2020 - Tokyo Embassy - Requested transfer fm China - Case in Administrative Processing 

Response 3: Feb. 21, 2020 - Transfer complete; New interview scheduled.

 

Interview Date: Mar. 2, 2020 - Tokyo Embassy 

Interview Result: Approved

Visa Issued: Mar. 4, 2020

Visa in hand: Mar. 6, 2020

 

Time: ~359 Days from start to finish 

  Stupid COVID-19 delaying travel to the US :clock:

 

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