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Going through customs with a K1 visa

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Romania
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Hey everyone.  My fiancee recently got her K1 visa. She and her parents are coming to the states in a few hours, but there was a problem with the flight. According to the airline, they cannot travel to the states with a stop in the Shengen zone. Scrambling, I was able to contact my travel agent to get re-routed flights through Turkey.  Will they have any problems at Imaginations with there visas? Does anyone have any information about this?  

P.S.  Her parents have tourist visas.    

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Good thing they were stopped beforehand...if they had entered a banned country, she would have to quarantine for 14 days before she could come to the US.

 

Technically, there is no issue. In practice, it's possible the airline already sent the passenger manifest (via APIS) and she is flagged as being in a banned country within the past 14 days. If so, they won't be able to board her anyway for at least 14 days after the departure date. This happened to another member recently. See here:

 

Edit: Best bet is to contact the airline. If they will board her, technically she's fine and that can be worked out with CBP to show that she was not in a banned country. Airlines generally won't take the risk as they are the ones responsible for boarding somebody when the system shows them as ineligible.

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

Spoiler

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:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: 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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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from Progress Reports to Process & Procedures.


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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Romania
Timeline

Yes!    She made it!!!!      They went through Turkish airlines with no problem.   We are so happy.     
          

Thank you all for the advice and help.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Romania
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     It took us about 11 months.  They canceled  her visa interview just three days before it’s scheduled date. It was extremely frustrating getting that close.            
     The embassy in Romania is open, but

they are not conducting physical interviews since they shut down in March.

We had been emailing the embassy about once a month to see if they would set up an interview for her. Eventually they asked us if we wanted if we thought we needed an emergency interview.  I asked my attorney about this, and she expressed her doubt that we would get one. She explained what constitutes an emergency for an interview.

With nothing to loose, I emailed them requesting an emergency interview and answered their questions.  After a few days they emailed us back and said we had been approved for the emergency visa interview the very next week.  We couldn’t believe it!  We had been praying for someway to get the visa.  So she had the interview, got the visa, and I flew her and her parents out here. We’re getting married this Sunday.

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