Moving to the US info

Moving to the US info

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offspring86

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603 posts

138 months

Friday 5th June 2020
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Thank you for the kind words guys. A massive thanks as well for the advice that's been offered on this thread over the last few years, it's been invaluable.

jimmyjimjim

6,088 posts

204 months

Wednesday 10th June 2020
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Congrats!

offspring86 said:
This brings us up to now, we've replied to the RFE and are back to waiting on the application to progress again. We've no idea how long we'll have to wait
USCIS don't half like to make you wait....

It did seem however that every time I logged on, something would then happen in the next day or two - though this may have been due to me logging on far too often....

visa journey is decent at guestimating wait times - find people going for the same visa with the same processing center and compare. I was within a week or two of people with similar situations.

What are you planning on doing work wise?

offspring86

Original Poster:

603 posts

138 months

Sunday 9th May
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Update time!

It's been almost a year since I last posted in this thread. What has happened in that time? Not a whole lot, sadly.

Thankfully the I129f seems to have been approved and has moved to the National Visa Centre. This happened at some point between May 2020 and February of this year. We had attempted to contact the NVC a number of times to confirm where our application was but their response was always along the lines of "You will be contacted when your application moves". Eventually we got a hold of the Office of Marsha Blackburn, the Senator from Tennessee. Her staff were excellent and confirmed that our application is in the queue to be sent to the US Embassy in London, once they start processing applications again. We have also put in a request to expedite our application as yesterday was 15 months since we last saw each other in person.

With the recently released traffic light system for visiting countries I have decided to fly out to the US in July for a week so see my fiancée, although before I book the flight I do want to double check I have read and understand the rules correctly.

Firstly, for anyone with knowledge of the visa process, as far as I can see, I can visit my fiancée while in the middle of the application. I should ensure I take any evidence with me to show my ties back to this country (basically the same stuff I took with me when visiting for 3 months in 2018). Is this correct?

Secondly, with the traffic light system, the US is in the amber group. This means I can visit the US legally but must do the following:

1. Complete a passenger locator anytime in the 48 hours before my return to the UK.
2. Take a COVID-19 test (and have it come back negative) in the 3 days before my return to the UK.
3. Isolate for 10 days once I return to the UK along with taking COVID-19 tests on days 2 and 8.

Have I missed anything? Have I read the rules correctly?

geeman237

942 posts

151 months

Monday 10th May
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offspring86 said:
Update time!
................ I have decided to fly out to the US in July for a week so see my fiancée, although before I book the flight I do want to double check I have read and understand the rules correctly.

Firstly, for anyone with knowledge of the visa process, as far as I can see, I can visit my fiancée while in the middle of the application. I should ensure I take any evidence with me to show my ties back to this country (basically the same stuff I took with me when visiting for 3 months in 2018). Is this correct?

Secondly, with the traffic light system, the US is in the amber group. This means I can visit the US legally but must do the following:

1. Complete a passenger locator anytime in the 48 hours before my return to the UK.
2. Take a COVID-19 test (and have it come back negative) in the 3 days before my return to the UK.
3. Isolate for 10 days once I return to the UK along with taking COVID-19 tests on days 2 and 8.

Have I missed anything? Have I read the rules correctly?
You have the rules for returning to the UK correct, but under what exemptions as a British citizen are you being allowed into the USA, because as far as I know the US has not opened up to allow UK visitors in general.

off_again

9,905 posts

200 months

Tuesday 11th May
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geeman237 said:
You have the rules for returning to the UK correct, but under what exemptions as a British citizen are you being allowed into the USA, because as far as I know the US has not opened up to allow UK visitors in general.
MMmm, interesting. Did a little digging myself (want to plan to visit the rellies in the UK this year) and cant really find precise information. Did find this though:

https://e-visa.co.uk/usa/corona

And it does say that new ESTA's are not getting approved and that travel under the ESTA to the US from the UK are currently not allowed. Interesting. Anyone have more precise information?

geeman237

942 posts

151 months

Tuesday 11th May
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off_again said:
MMmm, interesting. Did a little digging myself (want to plan to visit the rellies in the UK this year) and cant really find precise information. Did find this though:

https://e-visa.co.uk/usa/corona

And it does say that new ESTA's are not getting approved and that travel under the ESTA to the US from the UK are currently not allowed. Interesting. Anyone have more precise information?
UK to USA - It is possible for UK citizens to enter the USA via a country that is not on the US travel ban list if they comply with that country's restrictions. Someone on PH flew to and spent two weeks in Turkey under quarantine, then flew Turkey to the US and got in no problem. I think Mexico is another option.

USA to UK - I did this in March this year as a US citizen. Had to get a negative test/evidence within 3 days of departure. Fill in the UK visitor locator form on the UK Gov website, buy 2 home COVID tests from the UK Gov website (about 200 GBP) and off you go. You MUST have ALL these documents with you or evidence of them before you depart and definitely on arrival at the UK. UK immigration took me about 2.5 hrs...... You have to take the UK Home COVID tests on day 2 & 8 and post the samples in while you also quarantine for 10 days. Provided two -ve tests, then you can go out. Getting a COVID test in the UK prior to your return US trip could be a trickier matter.


blackrabbit

674 posts

11 months

Wednesday 12th May
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I have flown in and out of the US a few times this year on UK passport from EU. Fast antigen test was all that was needed last month. I got a paper test result only and results back in 15 minutes. Test paper only checked by airline staff on checking in and not at all on landing in the US. I do have a green card but it was not asked for last trip which is typical, sometimes it is sometimes it isn't.

Took the saliva PCR test last week to fly back to Spain. Again a paper document which was accepted no problem.

Edited by blackrabbit on Wednesday 12th May 10:19

off_again

9,905 posts

200 months

Wednesday 12th May
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Thanks for the comments - sounds like its not too bad.

Did notice that at my local Walgreens they are selling 2 fast COVID tests from Abbott for $30! I wonder if they are approved? And one of my customers just got back from a vacation in Mexico (flew from Arizona). His feedback was very similar to everyone elses - test results prior to flight, though on the Mexico side it was less of an issue getting in. Then quarantine on the resort for a couple of days and then a test prior to flight back (paid for and organized by the resort) for the return. He's a US citizen and it was all pretty straightforward. The biggest issue they had was service wasnt great at the resort - they fired everyone at the start of the quarantine in Mexico, only to struggle to rehire now. Poor staff were running around at the resort....

blackrabbit

674 posts

11 months

Thursday 13th May
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off_again said:
Thanks for the comments - sounds like its not too bad.

Did notice that at my local Walgreens they are selling 2 fast COVID tests from Abbott for $30! I wonder if they are approved? And one of my customers just got back from a vacation in Mexico (flew from Arizona). His feedback was very similar to everyone elses - test results prior to flight, though on the Mexico side it was less of an issue getting in. Then quarantine on the resort for a couple of days and then a test prior to flight back (paid for and organized by the resort) for the return. He's a US citizen and it was all pretty straightforward. The biggest issue they had was service wasnt great at the resort - they fired everyone at the start of the quarantine in Mexico, only to struggle to rehire now. Poor staff were running around at the resort....
Lots of states have free drive thru covid tests. Trick is to find one that will get you the results back quick before your flight, most are 24 hours but not guarenteed. On a few flights I have had stopovers so by the time you land it may be 72 hours from the time you took the test. Saliva tests are the best, do them in the car and results within 4 hours for full PCR. Cost is about $90.