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February 21, 2011 / thegirlwhotooktheleap

On Leaving and my POE experience

I made it!!

This is my 11th trip to the US, but my first (and last) as a k1 immigrant, and also my first time to travel to the US without my mom. I was definitely nervous but everything went smoothly, thank goodness! But before I tell you about my POE experience, let me talk about the events before that first.

I spent my last day in Manila out with my mom and aunt. We did some last minute shopping and we ate at a Filipino restaurant.. After that we went back home and I did some last minute packing.. then I finally got ready for the airport. The last dinner at home was bittersweet. When it was time to go I could not bring myself to say goodbye. I knew I was being silly because I would see my parents again in a few weeks when they come for the wedding, but still.. its not like they can stay long.. Sigh.. Saying goodbye to my dogs and to everyone at home really sucked, there’s just no other way to put it, but I tried to keep myself together because I know if they saw how upset I was that it would also break my mom’s heart.

When I got to the airport I checked-in and it was an easy process. The immigration officer just checked my visa, and checked if I had the CFO sticker. I stayed in the Mabuhay Lounge and just waited for boarding. I even spotted a “celebrity” (Director Laurenti Dyogi-haha).. When we were asked to board, mom and I were in tears 😦 I gave my mom and dad a call on the plane before we took off..

On the plane I sat beside a nice lady who has lived in the US for over 40 years.. She was just the right kind of chatty, she didn’t ask too many questions or tell too many stories. I liked her. The food in business class was awesome, and the seats are super comfy. It was a very comfortable 12-hour flight. I got to see the movies Unstoppable and Life As We Know It, as well as an episode of The Big Bang Theory πŸ™‚ They started serving breakfast 2 hours before landing, and I started getting nervous just wondering what would happen during the POE. I have read reviews and seen that most k1 visaholders are sent for secondary inspection and processed there, so I was expecting that.

So when the plane landed, I was one of the first to rush off the plane and when I got to the POE, there was no line so I went straight to an Immigration Officer and handed him my passport, i-94, Customs Declaration form and the mysterious brown envelope. He accepted it and asked me the ff. questions:

Who is your petitioner?
I answered with Tim’s name.

Do you know how many days you have before you need to be married?
I answered “I know I have 90 days and my wedding is on April 2nd.”

Do you have kids?
I said “No, Sir”
He said “Not yet”

Then he said “Pennsylvania? I hope you’re not connecting tonight, that’s another 6 hour flight”
and I said “No sir, I leave on Tuesday”

What do you do after you get married?
“File for AOS, sir”
He said “Yup, and you pay another ridiculous amount”
And I said “Yup its 1070 dollars”

He then says, “Okay place your four fingers here and look at the camera” followed by “Okay, you’re all set, and goodluck”

He stamps my passport and i-94 and sends me on my way πŸ™‚

I got my luggage, went through customs and called up my aunt for pick-up. πŸ™‚

Easy breezy!


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  1. Kim / Feb 21 2011 9:03 am

    OMG CONGRATS!!!! I can only hope my fiance’s entry goes as smoothly. Knowing him he’ll talk the poor officer’s ear off haha. Good luck with all the last minute planning and the wedding!!!!

    • thegirlwhotooktheleap / Feb 21 2011 11:12 am

      Don’t worry I am sure it will be a breeze for him too! I guess they can’t really give k1 holders any problems coz we went through the process legally and our intent is obvious πŸ™‚

  2. Crystal Bishop / Feb 21 2011 3:13 pm

    I’m so glad you made it through the POE with no problems! πŸ™‚

  3. Julie / Feb 21 2011 5:16 pm

    This is a part of the process that I haven’t even thought about! It was nice to hear your experience went so smoothly.

  4. Tina Abaya Macafe / Jun 13 2011 1:28 pm

    What’s state is your POE?

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