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    She booked the first available flight to the United States and left
    Wednesday at 6pm our time. With an 8 hr layover in London (spent talking to
    her mother on the phone) she arrived at 7:27 (6:27 our time) at JFK, 45
    minutes later than scheduled. She lost a reserved flight to O'Hare on
    Tuesday because she didn't get it paid for on time and someone else got her
    only available seat (could travel on standby, but in order to avoid transit
    visa she was required to have confirmed flight out of connecting city). Of
    course there was trouble there. She was given forms IN SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Then she had to go back to the end of the line. The Immigratoin Official
    asked how much she paid Brian to marry her. She told him it was a
    legitimate relationship and showed him pictures of them together. It was
    asked in a professional manner, not with a beligerant attitude, so it was
    received in an acceptable manner and she simply presented him with the
    evidence. It took her an hour to get through Immigration and Customs. We
    were hoping that she could make the 7:55 to Detroit (she couldn't book past
    the first airport in the US from Nigeria). THEN the real trouble started.
    She was MIA for 2 hours!!!!!!! Did you know that only certain calling cards
    work at airport pay phones? We spent hours trying to make contact through
    the airport and attempting to get her paged. Finally she borrowed someone's
    cell phone!

    OUR trip was not without problems also. First, she didn't have any flight
    booked to get her closer to us, so we spent over 1 hour checking on flights
    to Detroit or Chicago that she might get Thursday night. We found 2, plus a
    great option to Detroit in the morning if there was trouble. Next, a half
    hour to get 2.5 miles in Chicago and then taking side roads to avoid the
    construction. We hoped to get to Kalamazoo by the time she cleard customs,
    but due to the delay we were barely in Michigan at 7pm our time, 8pm NYC
    time. Extreme difficulty finding any phone number to reach anybody that
    could have any information or get in contact with her. We went to the
    Kalamazoo airport and got help from the NWA clerk. She was EXTREMELY
    helpful. She managed to get in toiuch with Immigration and found that
    nobody was there. Upon further investigation someone told her Abigail was
    sent back!! Further clarification about a half hour later showed that she
    had some problems with something. AARRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Later it was
    discovered it was simply some administrative stuff and that she was
    released, but she didn't respond to any pages.

    The clerk managed to contact some other people and in the mean time our
    borrowed cell phone rang. ABIGAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Victory dance and
    runnign to get Brian and get back outside to keep the signal) Then her
    mother calls and we loose Abigail (remember, borrowed cell phone) : ( After
    playing around she is still on the phone!!!! By now it is too late to get
    any flights out that night and the ticket booths are closed. We book the
    6am flight for her to Detroit and finish our trip to Detroit. We find the
    airport and a motel with a shuttle just down the street.

    Her flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:05 am. She comes down the stairs at
    about 8:30ish. After a long hug and kiss (ok, lots of kisses) and a
    presentation of a lai (Hawaiian flower neck thingy) we get to greet her and
    present her with more lai's we got at Hawaiian Sunday at church (we grabbed
    a few extra for her). We take the shuttle back to the airport, she takes a
    shower while we gas up the car and have breakfast. They join us later and
    they want McD's. He gets hotcakes and sausage and she gets a Big Mac and we
    hit the road at 9:40.

    We get to Chicago JUST before the rush hour and the road destruction traffic
    is moving along just fast enough to decide to stay on the interstate. On
    the way home we stop at the investment property they just bought to show it
    to Abigail. It is better than she expected. On to Walmart for cheap gas
    and discover it went up 10 cents overnight. "It's a big store!" Nothing
    like London or Nigeria. In her first 24 hours in the US she has been in 5
    states: New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa! She slept much of
    the way in the back seat on her husband's lap. They look good together!

    72 hours and 15 minutes from the time her plane left the gate in Nigeria she
    is home. WE come home to 12 messages from the family friend they stayed
    with for part of the time Brian was in Nigeria and I think her father, along
    with several other concerned people. And my wife, who joined us, has to go
    in to work at 11 pm. I get to go to bed after returning many of the phone
    calls (many contacts with the borrowed cell phone) and sleep in. I went to
    work at 5am yesterday and got off at noon. It has been a very stressful and
    exhausting week!

    Some important lessons, GET A GOOD PHONE CARD THAT WILL WORK ON AIRPORT PAY
    PHONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian also could have left the wi-fi card with
    Abigail and we could have had our daughter relay messages from her on the
    internet to us on the cell phone! Communication is VITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Putting together a web site to document the process and will have pictures
    of their experiences. Will publish the address when trhe site si ready.

    We found a recommended attorney to help along with the rest of the process.
    A friend a work has sponsored a number of immigrants and has always worked
    with this attorney and she has always done god by him. Also, we are not
    relying on her for filing dates. We are also putting vital dates on our
    Outlook calendar with several warning dates ahead of time. A local
    immigrant had missed a date and was arrested to be deported. He was a
    well-liked HS coach and the community was in an uproar! From what I
    understand he is now a US citizen! This all happened only about a month
    ago.

    Mike D.



  • #2
    72 hours, 15 minutes home!

    She booked the first available flight to the United States and left Wednesday at 6pm our time. With an 8 hr layover in London (spent talking to her mother on the phone) she arrived at 7:27 (6:27 our time) at JFK, 45 minutes later than scheduled. She lost a reserved flight to O'Hare on Tuesday because she didn't get it paid for on time and someone else got her only available seat (could travel on standby, but in order to avoid transit visa she was required to have confirmed flight out of connecting city). Of course there was trouble there. She was given forms IN SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!! Then she had to go back to the end of the line. The Immigratoin Official asked how much she paid Brian to marry her. She told him it was a legitimate relationship and showed him pictures of them together. It was asked in a professional manner, not with a beligerant attitude, so it was received in an acceptable manner and she simply presented him with the evidence. It took her an hour to get through Immigration and Customs. We were hoping that she could make the 7:55 to Detroit (she couldn't book past the first airport in the US from Nigeria). THEN the real trouble started. She was MIA for 2 hours!!!!!!! Did you know that only certain calling cards work at airport pay phones? We spent hours trying to make contact through the airport and attempting to get her paged. Finally she borrowed someone's cell phone! OUR trip was not without problems also. First, she didn't have any flight booked to get her closer to us, so we spent over 1 hour checking on flights to Detroit or Chicago that she might get Thursday night. We found 2, plus a great option to Detroit in the morning if there was trouble. Next, a half hour to get 2.5 miles in Chicago and then taking side roads to avoid the construction. We hoped to get to Kalamazoo by the time she cleard customs, but due to the delay we were barely in Michigan at 7pm our time, 8pm NYC time. Extreme difficulty finding any phone number to reach anybody that could have any information or get in contact with her. We went to the Kalamazoo airport and got help from the NWA clerk. She was EXTREMELY helpful. She managed to get in toiuch with Immigration and found that nobody was there. Upon further investigation someone told her Abigail was sent back!! Further clarification about a half hour later showed that she had some problems with something. AARRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Later it was discovered it was simply some administrative stuff and that she was released, but she didn't respond to any pages. The clerk managed to contact some other people and in the mean time our borrowed cell phone rang. ABIGAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Victory dance and runnign to get Brian and get back outside to keep the signal) Then her mother calls and we loose Abigail (remember, borrowed cell phone) : ( After playing around she is still on the phone!!!! By now it is too late to get any flights out that night and the ticket booths are closed. We book the 6am flight for her to Detroit and finish our trip to Detroit. We find the airport and a motel with a shuttle just down the street. Her flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:05 am. She comes down the stairs at about 8:30ish. After a long hug and kiss (ok, lots of kisses) and a presentation of a lai (Hawaiian flower neck thingy) we get to greet her and present her with more lai's we got at Hawaiian Sunday at church (we grabbed a few extra for her). We take the shuttle back to the airport, she takes a shower while we gas up the car and have breakfast. They join us later and they want McD's. He gets hotcakes and sausage and she gets a Big Mac and we hit the road at 9:40. We get to Chicago JUST before the rush hour and the road destruction traffic is moving along just fast enough to decide to stay on the interstate. On the way home we stop at the investment property they just bought to show it to Abigail. It is better than she expected. On to Walmart for cheap gas and discover it went up 10 cents overnight. "It's a big store!" Nothing like London or Nigeria. In her first 24 hours in the US she has been in 5 states: New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa! She slept much of the way in the back seat on her husband's lap. They look good together! 72 hours and 15 minutes from the time her plane left the gate in Nigeria she is home. WE come home to 12 messages from the family friend they stayed with for part of the time Brian was in Nigeria and I think her father, along with several other concerned people. And my wife, who joined us, has to go in to work at 11 pm. I get to go to bed after returning many of the phone calls (many contacts with the borrowed cell phone) and sleep in. I went to work at 5am yesterday and got off at noon. It has been a very stressful and exhausting week! Some important lessons, GET A GOOD PHONE CARD THAT WILL WORK ON AIRPORT PAY PHONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian also could have left the wi-fi card with Abigail and we could have had our daughter relay messages from her on the internet to us on the cell phone! Communication is VITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Putting together a web site to document the process and will have pictures of their experiences. Will publish the address when trhe site si ready. We found a recommended attorney to help along with the rest of the process. A friend a work has sponsored a number of immigrants and has always worked with this attorney and she has always done god by him. Also, we are not relying on her for filing dates. We are also putting vital dates on our Outlook calendar with several warning dates ahead of time. A local immigrant had missed a date and was arrested to be deported. He was a well-liked HS coach and the community was in an uproar! From what I understand he is now a US citizen! This all happened only about a month ago. Mike D.
    Glad to hear that Abigail has finally arrived safely. I'm surprised that
    one of you wasn't at JFK to meet her, but it seems to have worked out
    well in the end.

    Ian

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    • #3
      72 hours, 15 minutes home!

      She booked the first available flight to the United States and left Wednesday at 6pm our time. With an 8 hr layover in London (spent talking to her mother on the phone) she arrived at 7:27 (6:27 our time) at JFK, 45 minutes later than scheduled. She lost a reserved flight to O'Hare on Tuesday because she didn't get it paid for on time and someone else got her only available seat (could travel on standby, but in order to avoid transit visa she was required to have confirmed flight out of connecting city). Of course there was trouble there. She was given forms IN SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!! Then she had to go back to the end of the line. The Immigratoin Official asked how much she paid Brian to marry her. She told him it was a legitimate relationship and showed him pictures of them together. It was asked in a professional manner, not with a beligerant attitude, so it was received in an acceptable manner and she simply presented him with the evidence. It took her an hour to get through Immigration and Customs. We were hoping that she could make the 7:55 to Detroit (she couldn't book past the first airport in the US from Nigeria). THEN the real trouble started. She was MIA for 2 hours!!!!!!! Did you know that only certain calling cards work at airport pay phones? We spent hours trying to make contact through the airport and attempting to get her paged. Finally she borrowed someone's cell phone! OUR trip was not without problems also. First, she didn't have any flight booked to get her closer to us, so we spent over 1 hour checking on flights to Detroit or Chicago that she might get Thursday night. We found 2, plus a great option to Detroit in the morning if there was trouble. Next, a half hour to get 2.5 miles in Chicago and then taking side roads to avoid the construction. We hoped to get to Kalamazoo by the time she cleard customs, but due to the delay we were barely in Michigan at 7pm our time, 8pm NYC time. Extreme difficulty finding any phone number to reach anybody that could have any information or get in contact with her. We went to the Kalamazoo airport and got help from the NWA clerk. She was EXTREMELY helpful. She managed to get in toiuch with Immigration and found that nobody was there. Upon further investigation someone told her Abigail was sent back!! Further clarification about a half hour later showed that she had some problems with something. AARRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Later it was discovered it was simply some administrative stuff and that she was released, but she didn't respond to any pages. The clerk managed to contact some other people and in the mean time our borrowed cell phone rang. ABIGAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Victory dance and runnign to get Brian and get back outside to keep the signal) Then her mother calls and we loose Abigail (remember, borrowed cell phone) : ( After playing around she is still on the phone!!!! By now it is too late to get any flights out that night and the ticket booths are closed. We book the 6am flight for her to Detroit and finish our trip to Detroit. We find the airport and a motel with a shuttle just down the street. Her flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:05 am. She comes down the stairs at about 8:30ish. After a long hug and kiss (ok, lots of kisses) and a presentation of a lai (Hawaiian flower neck thingy) we get to greet her and present her with more lai's we got at Hawaiian Sunday at church (we grabbed a few extra for her). We take the shuttle back to the airport, she takes a shower while we gas up the car and have breakfast. They join us later and they want McD's. He gets hotcakes and sausage and she gets a Big Mac and we hit the road at 9:40. We get to Chicago JUST before the rush hour and the road destruction traffic is moving along just fast enough to decide to stay on the interstate. On the way home we stop at the investment property they just bought to show it to Abigail. It is better than she expected. On to Walmart for cheap gas and discover it went up 10 cents overnight. "It's a big store!" Nothing like London or Nigeria. In her first 24 hours in the US she has been in 5 states: New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa! She slept much of the way in the back seat on her husband's lap. They look good together! 72 hours and 15 minutes from the time her plane left the gate in Nigeria she is home. WE come home to 12 messages from the family friend they stayed with for part of the time Brian was in Nigeria and I think her father, along with several other concerned people. And my wife, who joined us, has to go in to work at 11 pm. I get to go to bed after returning many of the phone calls (many contacts with the borrowed cell phone) and sleep in. I went to work at 5am yesterday and got off at noon. It has been a very stressful and exhausting week! Some important lessons, GET A GOOD PHONE CARD THAT WILL WORK ON AIRPORT PAY PHONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian also could have left the wi-fi card with Abigail and we could have had our daughter relay messages from her on the internet to us on the cell phone! Communication is VITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Putting together a web site to document the process and will have pictures of their experiences. Will publish the address when trhe site si ready. We found a recommended attorney to help along with the rest of the process. A friend a work has sponsored a number of immigrants and has always worked with this attorney and she has always done god by him. Also, we are not relying on her for filing dates. We are also putting vital dates on our Outlook calendar with several warning dates ahead of time. A local immigrant had missed a date and was arrested to be deported. He was a well-liked HS coach and the community was in an uproar! From what I understand he is now a US citizen! This all happened only about a month ago. Mike D.
      Good news! A long haul with a happy ending, Mike. Now it's time to
      exhale, eh?

      --
      Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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      • #4
        72 hours, 15 minutes home!


        "ian-mstm" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message
        news:[email protected] m...
        She booked the first available flight to the United States and left Wednesday at 6pm our time. With an 8 hr layover in London (spent talking to her mother on the phone) she arrived at 7:27 (6:27 our time) at JFK, 45 minutes later than scheduled. She lost a reserved flight to O'Hare on Tuesday because she didn't get it paid for on time and someone else got her only available seat (could travel on standby, but in order to avoid transit visa she was required to have confirmed flight out of connecting city). Of course there was trouble there. She was given forms IN SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!! Then she had to go back to the end of the line. The Immigratoin Official asked how much she paid Brian to marry her. She told him it was a legitimate relationship and showed him pictures of them together. It was asked in a professional manner, not with a beligerant attitude, so it was received in an acceptable manner and she simply presented him with the evidence. It took her an hour to get through Immigration and Customs. We were hoping that she could make the 7:55 to Detroit (she couldn't book past the first airport in the US from Nigeria). THEN the real trouble started. She was MIA for 2 hours!!!!!!! Did you know that only certain calling cards work at airport pay phones? We spent hours trying to make contact through the airport and attempting to get her paged. Finally she borrowed someone's cell phone! OUR trip was not without problems also. First, she didn't have any flight booked to get her closer to us, so we spent over 1 hour checking on flights to Detroit or Chicago that she might get Thursday night. We found 2, plus a great option to Detroit in the morning if there was trouble. Next, a half hour to get 2.5 miles in Chicago and then taking side roads to avoid the construction. We hoped to get to Kalamazoo by the time she cleard customs, but due to the delay we were barely in Michigan at 7pm our time, 8pm NYC time. Extreme difficulty finding any phone number to reach anybody that could have any information or get in contact with her. We went to the Kalamazoo airport and got help from the NWA clerk. She was EXTREMELY helpful. She managed to get in toiuch with Immigration and found that nobody was there. Upon further investigation someone told her Abigail was sent back!! Further clarification about a half hour later showed that she had some problems with something. AARRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Later it was discovered it was simply some administrative stuff and that she was released, but she didn't respond to any pages. The clerk managed to contact some other people and in the mean time our borrowed cell phone rang. ABIGAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Victory dance and runnign to get Brian and get back outside to keep the signal) Then her mother calls and we loose Abigail (remember, borrowed cell phone) : ( After playing around she is still on the phone!!!! By now it is too late to get any flights out that night and the ticket booths are closed. We book the 6am flight for her to Detroit and finish our trip to Detroit. We find the airport and a motel with a shuttle just down the street. Her flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:05 am. She comes down the stairs at about 8:30ish. After a long hug and kiss (ok, lots of kisses) and a presentation of a lai (Hawaiian flower neck thingy) we get to greet her and present her with more lai's we got at Hawaiian Sunday at church (we grabbed a few extra for her). We take the shuttle back to the airport, she takes a shower while we gas up the car and have breakfast. They join us later and they want McD's. He gets hotcakes and sausage and she gets a Big Mac and we hit the road at 9:40. We get to Chicago JUST before the rush hour and the road destruction traffic is moving along just fast enough to decide to stay on the interstate. On the way home we stop at the investment property they just bought to show it to Abigail. It is better than she expected. On to Walmart for cheap gas and discover it went up 10 cents overnight. "It's a big store!" Nothing like London or Nigeria. In her first 24 hours in the US she has been in 5 states: New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa! She slept much of the way in the back seat on her husband's lap. They look good together! 72 hours and 15 minutes from the time her plane left the gate in Nigeria she is home. WE come home to 12 messages from the family friend they stayed with for part of the time Brian was in Nigeria and I think her father, along with several other concerned people. And my wife, who joined us, has to go in to work at 11 pm. I get to go to bed after returning many of the phone calls (many contacts with the borrowed cell phone) and sleep in. I went to work at 5am yesterday and got off at noon. It has been a very stressful and exhausting week! Some important lessons, GET A GOOD PHONE CARD THAT WILL WORK ON AIRPORT PAY PHONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian also could have left the wi-fi card with Abigail and we could have had our daughter relay messages from her on the internet to us on the cell phone! Communication is VITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Putting together a web site to document the process and will have pictures of their experiences. Will publish the address when trhe site si ready. We found a recommended attorney to help along with the rest of the process. A friend a work has sponsored a number of immigrants and has always worked with this attorney and she has always done god by him. Also, we are not relying on her for filing dates. We are also putting vital dates on our Outlook calendar with several warning dates ahead of time. A local immigrant had missed a date and was arrested to be deported. He was a well-liked HS coach and the community was in an uproar! From what I understand he is now a US citizen! This all happened only about a month ago. Mike D.
        Glad to hear that Abigail has finally arrived safely. I'm surprised that one of you wasn't at JFK to meet her, but it seems to have worked out well in the end.
        No vacation time available and too short a notice to arrange flights. Had
        trouble getting the 1.5 days off as it is. His area just went to 9 hours a
        day and lost a person to another area. I took points for Thursday and had a
        vacation day Friday. My wife had to go to the plant HR supervisor to get
        permission to get off Thursday night because all vacations were canceled for
        August unless arranged in January. We all fought to get the time off we
        already took. I just got up at 11 am and went to bed immediately after
        posting last night.
        Ian -- Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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        • #5
          72 hours, 15 minutes home!


          "bionomique" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message
          news:[email protected] m...
          She booked the first available flight to the United States and left Wednesday at 6pm our time. With an 8 hr layover in London (spent talking to her mother on the phone) she arrived at 7:27 (6:27 our time) at JFK, 45 minutes later than scheduled. She lost a reserved flight to O'Hare on Tuesday because she didn't get it paid for on time and someone else got her only available seat (could travel on standby, but in order to avoid transit visa she was required to have confirmed flight out of connecting city). Of course there was trouble there. She was given forms IN SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!! Then she had to go back to the end of the line. The Immigratoin Official asked how much she paid Brian to marry her. She told him it was a legitimate relationship and showed him pictures of them together. It was asked in a professional manner, not with a beligerant attitude, so it was received in an acceptable manner and she simply presented him with the evidence. It took her an hour to get through Immigration and Customs. We were hoping that she could make the 7:55 to Detroit (she couldn't book past the first airport in the US from Nigeria). THEN the real trouble started. She was MIA for 2 hours!!!!!!! Did you know that only certain calling cards work at airport pay phones? We spent hours trying to make contact through the airport and attempting to get her paged. Finally she borrowed someone's cell phone! OUR trip was not without problems also. First, she didn't have any flight booked to get her closer to us, so we spent over 1 hour checking on flights to Detroit or Chicago that she might get Thursday night. We found 2, plus a great option to Detroit in the morning if there was trouble. Next, a half hour to get 2.5 miles in Chicago and then taking side roads to avoid the construction. We hoped to get to Kalamazoo by the time she cleard customs, but due to the delay we were barely in Michigan at 7pm our time, 8pm NYC time. Extreme difficulty finding any phone number to reach anybody that could have any information or get in contact with her. We went to the Kalamazoo airport and got help from the NWA clerk. She was EXTREMELY helpful. She managed to get in toiuch with Immigration and found that nobody was there. Upon further investigation someone told her Abigail was sent back!! Further clarification about a half hour later showed that she had some problems with something. AARRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Later it was discovered it was simply some administrative stuff and that she was released, but she didn't respond to any pages. The clerk managed to contact some other people and in the mean time our borrowed cell phone rang. ABIGAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Victory dance and runnign to get Brian and get back outside to keep the signal) Then her mother calls and we loose Abigail (remember, borrowed cell phone) : ( After playing around she is still on the phone!!!! By now it is too late to get any flights out that night and the ticket booths are closed. We book the 6am flight for her to Detroit and finish our trip to Detroit. We find the airport and a motel with a shuttle just down the street. Her flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:05 am. She comes down the stairs at about 8:30ish. After a long hug and kiss (ok, lots of kisses) and a presentation of a lai (Hawaiian flower neck thingy) we get to greet her and present her with more lai's we got at Hawaiian Sunday at church (we grabbed a few extra for her). We take the shuttle back to the airport, she takes a shower while we gas up the car and have breakfast. They join us later and they want McD's. He gets hotcakes and sausage and she gets a Big Mac and we hit the road at 9:40. We get to Chicago JUST before the rush hour and the road destruction traffic is moving along just fast enough to decide to stay on the interstate. On the way home we stop at the investment property they just bought to show it to Abigail. It is better than she expected. On to Walmart for cheap gas and discover it went up 10 cents overnight. "It's a big store!" Nothing like London or Nigeria. In her first 24 hours in the US she has been in 5 states: New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa! She slept much of the way in the back seat on her husband's lap. They look good together! 72 hours and 15 minutes from the time her plane left the gate in Nigeria she is home. WE come home to 12 messages from the family friend they stayed with for part of the time Brian was in Nigeria and I think her father, along with several other concerned people. And my wife, who joined us, has to go in to work at 11 pm. I get to go to bed after returning many of the phone calls (many contacts with the borrowed cell phone) and sleep in. I went to work at 5am yesterday and got off at noon. It has been a very stressful and exhausting week! Some important lessons, GET A GOOD PHONE CARD THAT WILL WORK ON AIRPORT PAY PHONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian also could have left the wi-fi card with Abigail and we could have had our daughter relay messages from her on the internet to us on the cell phone! Communication is VITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Putting together a web site to document the process and will have pictures of their experiences. Will publish the address when trhe site si ready. We found a recommended attorney to help along with the rest of the process. A friend a work has sponsored a number of immigrants and has always worked with this attorney and she has always done god by him. Also, we are not relying on her for filing dates. We are also putting vital dates on our Outlook calendar with several warning dates ahead of time. A local immigrant had missed a date and was arrested to be deported. He was a well-liked HS coach and the community was in an uproar! From what I understand he is now a US citizen! This all happened only about a month ago. Mike D.
          Good news! A long haul with a happy ending, Mike. Now it's time to exhale, eh?
          What is "exhale?" It will take a few days to recover from this week, but
          now we are at least together!
          -- Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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          • #6
            72 hours, 15 minutes home!

            She booked the first available flight to the United States and left Wednesday at 6pm our time. With an 8 hr layover in London (spent talking to her mother on the phone) she arrived at 7:27 (6:27 our time) at JFK, 45 minutes later than scheduled. She lost a reserved flight to O'Hare on Tuesday because she didn't get it paid for on time and someone else got her only available seat (could travel on standby, but in order to avoid transit visa she was required to have confirmed flight out of connecting city). Of course there was trouble there. She was given forms IN SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!! Then she had to go back to the end of the line. The Immigratoin Official asked how much she paid Brian to marry her. She told him it was a legitimate relationship and showed him pictures of them together. It was asked in a professional manner, not with a beligerant attitude, so it was received in an acceptable manner and she simply presented him with the evidence. It took her an hour to get through Immigration and Customs. We were hoping that she could make the 7:55 to Detroit (she couldn't book past the first airport in the US from Nigeria). THEN the real trouble started. She was MIA for 2 hours!!!!!!! Did you know that only certain calling cards work at airport pay phones? We spent hours trying to make contact through the airport and attempting to get her paged. Finally she borrowed someone's cell phone! OUR trip was not without problems also. First, she didn't have any flight booked to get her closer to us, so we spent over 1 hour checking on flights to Detroit or Chicago that she might get Thursday night. We found 2, plus a great option to Detroit in the morning if there was trouble. Next, a half hour to get 2.5 miles in Chicago and then taking side roads to avoid the construction. We hoped to get to Kalamazoo by the time she cleard customs, but due to the delay we were barely in Michigan at 7pm our time, 8pm NYC time. Extreme difficulty finding any phone number to reach anybody that could have any information or get in contact with her. We went to the Kalamazoo airport and got help from the NWA clerk. She was EXTREMELY helpful. She managed to get in toiuch with Immigration and found that nobody was there. Upon further investigation someone told her Abigail was sent back!! Further clarification about a half hour later showed that she had some problems with something. AARRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Later it was discovered it was simply some administrative stuff and that she was released, but she didn't respond to any pages. The clerk managed to contact some other people and in the mean time our borrowed cell phone rang. ABIGAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Victory dance and runnign to get Brian and get back outside to keep the signal) Then her mother calls and we loose Abigail (remember, borrowed cell phone) : ( After playing around she is still on the phone!!!! By now it is too late to get any flights out that night and the ticket booths are closed. We book the 6am flight for her to Detroit and finish our trip to Detroit. We find the airport and a motel with a shuttle just down the street. Her flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:05 am. She comes down the stairs at about 8:30ish. After a long hug and kiss (ok, lots of kisses) and a presentation of a lai (Hawaiian flower neck thingy) we get to greet her and present her with more lai's we got at Hawaiian Sunday at church (we grabbed a few extra for her). We take the shuttle back to the airport, she takes a shower while we gas up the car and have breakfast. They join us later and they want McD's. He gets hotcakes and sausage and she gets a Big Mac and we hit the road at 9:40. We get to Chicago JUST before the rush hour and the road destruction traffic is moving along just fast enough to decide to stay on the interstate. On the way home we stop at the investment property they just bought to show it to Abigail. It is better than she expected. On to Walmart for cheap gas and discover it went up 10 cents overnight. "It's a big store!" Nothing like London or Nigeria. In her first 24 hours in the US she has been in 5 states: New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa! She slept much of the way in the back seat on her husband's lap. They look good together! 72 hours and 15 minutes from the time her plane left the gate in Nigeria she is home. WE come home to 12 messages from the family friend they stayed with for part of the time Brian was in Nigeria and I think her father, along with several other concerned people. And my wife, who joined us, has to go in to work at 11 pm. I get to go to bed after returning many of the phone calls (many contacts with the borrowed cell phone) and sleep in. I went to work at 5am yesterday and got off at noon. It has been a very stressful and exhausting week! Some important lessons, GET A GOOD PHONE CARD THAT WILL WORK ON AIRPORT PAY PHONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian also could have left the wi-fi card with Abigail and we could have had our daughter relay messages from her on the internet to us on the cell phone! Communication is VITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Putting together a web site to document the process and will have pictures of their experiences. Will publish the address when trhe site si ready. We found a recommended attorney to help along with the rest of the process. A friend a work has sponsored a number of immigrants and has always worked with this attorney and she has always done god by him. Also, we are not relying on her for filing dates. We are also putting vital dates on our Outlook calendar with several warning dates ahead of time. A local immigrant had missed a date and was arrested to be deported. He was a well-liked HS coach and the community was in an uproar! From what I understand he is now a US citizen! This all happened only about a month ago. Mike D.
            Well I am glad she finally made it, one thing is so dusgusting and
            imature from the officer when he asked her how much she paid you to
            marry you! SHAME ON YOU YOU STUPID IMATURE OFFICER. good luck Mike

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            • #7
              72 hours, 15 minutes home!

              "bionomique" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message news:[email protected] m...
              She booked the first available flight to the United States and left Wednesday at 6pm our time. With an 8 hr layover in London (spent talking to her mother on the phone) she arrived at 7:27 (6:27 our time) at JFK, 45 minutes later than scheduled. She lost a reserved flight to O'Hare on Tuesday because she didn't get it paid for on time and someone else got her only available seat (could travel on standby, but in order to avoid transit visa she was required to have confirmed flight out of connecting city). Of course there was trouble there. She was given forms IN SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!! Then she had to go back to the end of the line. The Immigratoin Official asked how much she paid Brian to marry her. She told him it was a legitimate relationship and showed him pictures of them together. It was asked in a professional manner, not with a beligerant attitude, so it was received in an acceptable manner and she simply presented him with the evidence. It took her an hour to get through Immigration and Customs. We were hoping that she could make the 7:55 to Detroit (she couldn't book past the first airport in the US from Nigeria). THEN the real trouble started. She was MIA for 2 hours!!!!!!! Did you know that only certain calling cards work at airport pay phones? We spent hours trying to make contact through the airport and attempting to get her paged. Finally she borrowed someone's cell phone! OUR trip was not without problems also. First, she didn't have any flight booked to get her closer to us, so we spent over 1 hour checking on flights to Detroit or Chicago that she might get Thursday night. We found 2, plus a great option to Detroit in the morning if there was trouble. Next, a half hour to get 2.5 miles in Chicago and then taking side roads to avoid the construction. We hoped to get to Kalamazoo by the time she cleard customs, but due to the delay we were barely in Michigan at 7pm our time, 8pm NYC time. Extreme difficulty finding any phone number to reach anybody that could have any information or get in contact with her. We went to the Kalamazoo airport and got help from the NWA clerk. She was EXTREMELY helpful. She managed to get in toiuch with Immigration and found that nobody was there. Upon further investigation someone told her Abigail was sent back!! Further clarification about a half hour later showed that she had some problems with something. AARRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Later it was discovered it was simply some administrative stuff and that she was released, but she didn't respond to any pages. The clerk managed to contact some other people and in the mean time our borrowed cell phone rang. ABIGAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Victory dance and runnign to get Brian and get back outside to keep the signal) Then her mother calls and we loose Abigail (remember, borrowed cell phone) : ( After playing around she is still on the phone!!!! By now it is too late to get any flights out that night and the ticket booths are closed. We book the 6am flight for her to Detroit and finish our trip to Detroit. We find the airport and a motel with a shuttle just down the street. Her flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:05 am. She comes down the stairs at about 8:30ish. After a long hug and kiss (ok, lots of kisses) and a presentation of a lai (Hawaiian flower neck thingy) we get to greet her and present her with more lai's we got at Hawaiian Sunday at church (we grabbed a few extra for her). We take the shuttle back to the airport, she takes a shower while we gas up the car and have breakfast. They join us later and they want McD's. He gets hotcakes and sausage and she gets a Big Mac and we hit the road at 9:40. We get to Chicago JUST before the rush hour and the road destruction traffic is moving along just fast enough to decide to stay on the interstate. On the way home we stop at the investment property they just bought to show it to Abigail. It is better than she expected. On to Walmart for cheap gas and discover it went up 10 cents overnight. "It's a big store!" Nothing like London or Nigeria. In her first 24 hours in the US she has been in 5 states: New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa! She slept much of the way in the back seat on her husband's lap. They look good together! 72 hours and 15 minutes from the time her plane left the gate in Nigeria she is home. WE come home to 12 messages from the family friend they stayed with for part of the time Brian was in Nigeria and I think her father, along with several other concerned people. And my wife, who joined us, has to go in to work at 11 pm. I get to go to bed after returning many of the phone calls (many contacts with the borrowed cell phone) and sleep in. I went to work at 5am yesterday and got off at noon. It has been a very stressful and exhausting week! Some important lessons, GET A GOOD PHONE CARD THAT WILL WORK ON AIRPORT PAY PHONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian also could have left the wi-fi card with Abigail and we could have had our daughter relay messages from her on the internet to us on the cell phone! Communication is VITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Putting together a web site to document the process and will have pictures of their experiences. Will publish the address when trhe site si ready. We found a recommended attorney to help along with the rest of the process. A friend a work has sponsored a number of immigrants and has always worked with this attorney and she has always done god by him. Also, we are not relying on her for filing dates. We are also putting vital dates on our Outlook calendar with several warning dates ahead of time. A local immigrant had missed a date and was arrested to be deported. He was a well-liked HS coach and the community was in an uproar! From what I understand he is now a US citizen! This all happened only about a month ago. Mike D. Good news! A long haul with a happy ending, Mike. Now it's time to exhale, eh?
              What is "exhale?" It will take a few days to recover from this week, but now we are at least together!
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              "Exhale" means "breathing out" (as opposed to "breathing in").

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              • #8
                72 hours, 15 minutes home!

                Well I am glad she finally made it, one thing is so dusgusting and imature from the officer when he asked her how much she paid you to marry you! SHAME ON YOU YOU STUPID IMATURE OFFICER. good luck Mike
                The officer was neither disgusting nor immature? It's a perfectly
                reasonable question considering that she's from Nigeria - a country well
                known for its incidence of immigration fraud. At any rate, he was doing
                his job whether you approve of his method or not.

                Ian

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                • #9
                  72 hours, 15 minutes home!

                  The officer was neither disgusting nor immature? It's a perfectly reasonable question considering that she's from Nigeria - a country well known for its incidence of immigration fraud. At any rate, he was doing his job whether you approve of his method or not. Ian
                  ok thanks Ian I didn't know that

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                  • #10
                    72 hours, 15 minutes home!

                    "bionomique" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message news:[email protected] m...
                    She booked the first available flight to the United States and left Wednesday at 6pm our time. With an 8 hr layover in London (spent talking to her mother on the phone) she arrived at 7:27 (6:27 our time) at JFK, 45 minutes later than scheduled. She lost a reserved flight to O'Hare on Tuesday because she didn't get it paid for on time and someone else got her only available seat (could travel on standby, but in order to avoid transit visa she was required to have confirmed flight out of connecting city). Of course there was trouble there. She was given forms IN SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!! Then she had to go back to the end of the line. The Immigratoin Official asked how much she paid Brian to marry her. She told him it was a legitimate relationship and showed him pictures of them together. It was asked in a professional manner, not with a beligerant attitude, so it was received in an acceptable manner and she simply presented him with the evidence. It took her an hour to get through Immigration and Customs. We were hoping that she could make the 7:55 to Detroit (she couldn't book past the first airport in the US from Nigeria). THEN the real trouble started. She was MIA for 2 hours!!!!!!! Did you know that only certain calling cards work at airport pay phones? We spent hours trying to make contact through the airport and attempting to get her paged. Finally she borrowed someone's cell phone! OUR trip was not without problems also. First, she didn't have any flight booked to get her closer to us, so we spent over 1 hour checking on flights to Detroit or Chicago that she might get Thursday night. We found 2, plus a great option to Detroit in the morning if there was trouble. Next, a half hour to get 2.5 miles in Chicago and then taking side roads to avoid the construction. We hoped to get to Kalamazoo by the time she cleard customs, but due to the delay we were barely in Michigan at 7pm our time, 8pm NYC time. Extreme difficulty finding any phone number to reach anybody that could have any information or get in contact with her. We went to the Kalamazoo airport and got help from the NWA clerk. She was EXTREMELY helpful. She managed to get in toiuch with Immigration and found that nobody was there. Upon further investigation someone told her Abigail was sent back!! Further clarification about a half hour later showed that she had some problems with something. AARRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Later it was discovered it was simply some administrative stuff and that she was released, but she didn't respond to any pages. The clerk managed to contact some other people and in the mean time our borrowed cell phone rang. ABIGAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Victory dance and runnign to get Brian and get back outside to keep the signal) Then her mother calls and we loose Abigail (remember, borrowed cell phone) : ( After playing around she is still on the phone!!!! By now it is too late to get any flights out that night and the ticket booths are closed. We book the 6am flight for her to Detroit and finish our trip to Detroit. We find the airport and a motel with a shuttle just down the street. Her flight is scheduled to arrive at 8:05 am. She comes down the stairs at about 8:30ish. After a long hug and kiss (ok, lots of kisses) and a presentation of a lai (Hawaiian flower neck thingy) we get to greet her and present her with more lai's we got at Hawaiian Sunday at church (we grabbed a few extra for her). We take the shuttle back to the airport, she takes a shower while we gas up the car and have breakfast. They join us later and they want McD's. He gets hotcakes and sausage and she gets a Big Mac and we hit the road at 9:40. We get to Chicago JUST before the rush hour and the road destruction traffic is moving along just fast enough to decide to stay on the interstate. On the way home we stop at the investment property they just bought to show it to Abigail. It is better than she expected. On to Walmart for cheap gas and discover it went up 10 cents overnight. "It's a big store!" Nothing like London or Nigeria. In her first 24 hours in the US she has been in 5 states: New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa! She slept much of the way in the back seat on her husband's lap. They look good together! 72 hours and 15 minutes from the time her plane left the gate in Nigeria she is home. WE come home to 12 messages from the family friend they stayed with for part of the time Brian was in Nigeria and I think her father, along with several other concerned people. And my wife, who joined us, has to go in to work at 11 pm. I get to go to bed after returning many of the phone calls (many contacts with the borrowed cell phone) and sleep in. I went to work at 5am yesterday and got off at noon. It has been a very stressful and exhausting week! Some important lessons, GET A GOOD PHONE CARD THAT WILL WORK ON AIRPORT PAY PHONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brian also could have left the wi-fi card with Abigail and we could have had our daughter relay messages from her on the internet to us on the cell phone! Communication is VITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Putting together a web site to document the process and will have pictures of their experiences. Will publish the address when trhe site si ready. We found a recommended attorney to help along with the rest of the process. A friend a work has sponsored a number of immigrants and has always worked with this attorney and she has always done god by him. Also, we are not relying on her for filing dates. We are also putting vital dates on our Outlook calendar with several warning dates ahead of time. A local immigrant had missed a date and was arrested to be deported. He was a well-liked HS coach and the community was in an uproar! From what I understand he is now a US citizen! This all happened only about a month ago. Mike D. Good news! A long haul with a happy ending, Mike. Now it's time to exhale, eh?
                    What is "exhale?" It will take a few days to recover from this week, but now we are at least together!
                    -- Posted via http://britishexpats.com
                    Exhale ~Time to relax emotionally even if not possible physically.
                    Imagine how easy that will be, now that the consulate ordeal is over

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