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I want to take my wife to Thailand on vacation and she would return to the Philippines after. She has a Philippines passport as she was a OFW. She still has her maiden name as I told her not to bother to change it tell later. We are currently in the NVC process.

I'm worried about airport immigration letting her leave. I could get here the CFO certificate to be sure as we will need it anyway, but the sticker I wont be able to get. I just hate to buy airline tickets and have them go to waste.

Has anyone went to another country while waiting for the immigration process?

Thanks!


Consulate Manila, Philippines
Nebraska Service Center

2014-09-26 Marriage

USCIS

2014-10-16 I-130 Received
2014-10-24 NOA 1 Received
2014-11-07 RFE Received Online
2014-12-05 NSO Marriage Certificate received
2014-12-14 I-130 petition approved by USCIS
2014-12-15 Email from USCIS stating file has been sent to NVC

NVC

2014-12-19 NVC received our case
2015-01-23 NVC case number available
2015-01-24 Submitted DS 261
2015-01-26 Paid AOS fee
2015-01-29 Scanned the AOS & IV documents
2015-02-18 NVC IV fee was marked as paid on CEAC
2015-02-18 DS 260 Completed
2015-03-31 Received Expected Checklist for Singapore Police Certificates
2015-04-12 NVC Certificate of Clearance received

2015-05-08 Case Complete

2015 -05-21 Case sent to Manila via DHL

MANILA

2015-05-11 SLEC Medical
2015-05-15 CFO Certificate issued

2015-05-25 Case received by Manila Emabssy

2015-06-04 Interview Scheduled

2015-06-02 Manila Embassy didn't have Hong Kong Police Certificate. Apparently Phil Post didn't deliver it per their tracking.

2015-06-08 Hong Kong Police sent another Police Certificate.

2015-06-23 Hong Kong Police Certificate received by Embassy

2015-07-15 Ready for Interview on CEAC (already had interview)

2015-07-22 Visa ready at 2GO

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The wouldn't let my fiance out of the country for vacation to Thailand, they split us and interviewed us for almost an hour.....in the end they decided they weren't convinced she would return to the Philippines. Over a year later and I'm still salty about that. I don't understand why they would even care if she came back or not. I don't understnad Phils immigration at all, it truly baffles me. Even this?..........

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3000298/Airport-staff-discover-mother-smuggling-baby-plane-BACKPACK-spotting-unusual-form-X-ray-scanner.html

They just let her go? Lols....

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As crowded as the Philippines is, I would think they would want some people to go to other countries..,.,been there, and saw it!!!!!!!

Cebu City to a point but definitely Manila, whoah man....crowded. It's insane in some areas. Highest concentrated area of people in the world.

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I want to take my wife to Thailand on vacation and she would return to the Philippines after. She has a Philippines passport as she was a OFW. She still has her maiden name as I told her not to bother to change it tell later. We are currently in the NVC process.

I'm worried about airport immigration letting her leave. I could get here the CFO certificate to be sure as we will need it anyway, but the sticker I wont be able to get. I just hate to buy airline tickets and have them go to waste.

Has anyone went to another country while waiting for the immigration process?

Thanks!

According to this, you and your wife can visit Thailand visa-free: http://www.mfa.go.th/main/contents/files/services-20150120-100712-551809.pdf

As for Shauneg's experience, Thailand has been viewed as a waypoint for illegal workers/human trafficking so perhaps that's that. Perhaps due to whatever reason they figured her as a potential illegal OFW. Or, most likely, it was a ploy for extortion where you have to give a bribe to the immigration people as has been complained of in the local newspapers the last couple years:

http://www.philstar.com/metro/699832/pinoy-tourists-complain-abusive-bi-examiners-naia

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/03/27/924453/bi-bribery-naia-probed

http://lakwatcha.com/lakwatcha-news/open-letter-to-urge-chr-to-effectively-act-on-the-issue-of-“offloading”-and-denial-of-right-to-travel-of-filipinos-in-philippine-airports/

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/351441/pinoyabroad/news/40-pinoys-get-offloaded-at-naia-1-every-day-bi

Wife & I have been able to travel to Hong Kong no problem, with her on her PHL Passport. Was actually planning a trip to Thailand and Singapore this year before we were caught by surprise by the speed of the DCF process. Don't need CFO clearance if you're leaving as a tourist. CFO is needed for leaving for good as an emigrant.


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Dec 11, 2014 - Filed I-130 via DCF @ US Embassy Manila (...and we're on the clock...) - Read about my experience filing DCF here > http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/527064-filed-dcf-i-130-for-ir-1-at-us-embassy-manila-aar/

Dec 11, 2014 - NOA1: Not sure what to put here, Dec 11, 2014, Dec 24, 2014 or something in between.

Dec 24, 2014 - NOA2: I called USCIS @ USEM on Jan 5, 2015 and was told the I-130 was approved on Christmas Eve. Thank you Santa!

Jan 13, 2015 - MNL Case Number & Packet 3 Received via email (I emailed the IV Unit-Manila requesting these on Jan 5, 2015 and Jan 12, 2015)

Jan 21, 2015 - NOA2: Mailed (via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to our place here in Manila.

Jan 22, 2015 - Packet 3: Mailed (again via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to out place here in Manila.

Feb 24 & 25, 2015 - Day 1 & Day 2 of Medical @ SLEC. Immunizations given on Day 2, thankfully

Mar 5, 2015 - USEM Interview Appointment - IR-1 Visa Approved! (CEAC Status updated to ISSUED afternoon of interview day)

Mar 10, 2015 - 3pm - Received SMS saying IV Package ready for pickup at 2GO MoA. Picked up at 5pm. (Shipped/Picked Up/In Hand on 3rd Business Day post interview)

Mar 13, 2015 - CFO Manila - Done

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Now disposing/selling/giving away/shipping to the US stuff from 14 years in the PHL and 4 years together before heading to POE.

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According to this, you and your wife can visit Thailand visa-free: http://www.mfa.go.th/main/contents/files/services-20150120-100712-551809.pdf

As for Shauneg's experience, Thailand has been viewed as a waypoint for illegal workers/human trafficking so perhaps that's that. Perhaps due to whatever reason they figured her as a potential illegal OFW. Or, most likely, it was a ploy for extortion where you have to give a bribe to the immigration people as has been complained of in the local newspapers the last couple years:

http://www.philstar.com/metro/699832/pinoy-tourists-complain-abusive-bi-examiners-naia

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/03/27/924453/bi-bribery-naia-probed

http://lakwatcha.com/lakwatcha-news/open-letter-to-urge-chr-to-effectively-act-on-the-issue-of-“offloading”-and-denial-of-right-to-travel-of-filipinos-in-philippine-airports/

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/351441/pinoyabroad/news/40-pinoys-get-offloaded-at-naia-1-every-day-bi

Wife & I have been able to travel to Hong Kong no problem, with her on her PHL Passport. Was actually planning a trip to Thailand and Singapore this year before we were caught by surprise by the speed of the DCF process. Don't need CFO clearance if you're leaving as a tourist. CFO is needed for leaving for good as an emigrant.

I have no doubt that was their initial thinking. I only had a problem after I showed proof I had been to the Phils 4 times before that, and showed our 5 plus year skype and facebook records and many many pictures of myself and her family. That's what makes me salty about it, one female said we convinced but the other guy said no. Soon she will be here though so whatever.

Good Luck to you and I would imagine you wont have the same problems as me.

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According to this, you and your wife can visit Thailand visa-free: http://www.mfa.go.th/main/contents/files/services-20150120-100712-551809.pdf

As for Shauneg's experience, Thailand has been viewed as a waypoint for illegal workers/human trafficking so perhaps that's that. Perhaps due to whatever reason they figured her as a potential illegal OFW. Or, most likely, it was a ploy for extortion where you have to give a bribe to the immigration people as has been complained of in the local newspapers the last couple years:

http://www.philstar.com/metro/699832/pinoy-tourists-complain-abusive-bi-examiners-naia

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/03/27/924453/bi-bribery-naia-probed

http://lakwatcha.com/lakwatcha-news/open-letter-to-urge-chr-to-effectively-act-on-the-issue-of-“offloading”-and-denial-of-right-to-travel-of-filipinos-in-philippine-airports/

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/351441/pinoyabroad/news/40-pinoys-get-offloaded-at-naia-1-every-day-bi

Wife & I have been able to travel to Hong Kong no problem, with her on her PHL Passport. Was actually planning a trip to Thailand and Singapore this year before we were caught by surprise by the speed of the DCF process. Don't need CFO clearance if you're leaving as a tourist. CFO is needed for leaving for good as an emigrant.

I think the main point is if your married or not by reading online. I read that they have issues filipinas traveling with foreign men not their relatives. I'm glad to read that you went to Hong Kong with your wife so maybe it's worth the risk.

Our documents will support we are tourist and we are returning. I have a flight back to the US from Manila. I'm even taking my american daughter so it should be ok. Just in case I'll have her take the CFO as she will need it anyway.

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Consulate Manila, Philippines
Nebraska Service Center

2014-09-26 Marriage

USCIS

2014-10-16 I-130 Received
2014-10-24 NOA 1 Received
2014-11-07 RFE Received Online
2014-12-05 NSO Marriage Certificate received
2014-12-14 I-130 petition approved by USCIS
2014-12-15 Email from USCIS stating file has been sent to NVC

NVC

2014-12-19 NVC received our case
2015-01-23 NVC case number available
2015-01-24 Submitted DS 261
2015-01-26 Paid AOS fee
2015-01-29 Scanned the AOS & IV documents
2015-02-18 NVC IV fee was marked as paid on CEAC
2015-02-18 DS 260 Completed
2015-03-31 Received Expected Checklist for Singapore Police Certificates
2015-04-12 NVC Certificate of Clearance received

2015-05-08 Case Complete

2015 -05-21 Case sent to Manila via DHL

MANILA

2015-05-11 SLEC Medical
2015-05-15 CFO Certificate issued

2015-05-25 Case received by Manila Emabssy

2015-06-04 Interview Scheduled

2015-06-02 Manila Embassy didn't have Hong Kong Police Certificate. Apparently Phil Post didn't deliver it per their tracking.

2015-06-08 Hong Kong Police sent another Police Certificate.

2015-06-23 Hong Kong Police Certificate received by Embassy

2015-07-15 Ready for Interview on CEAC (already had interview)

2015-07-22 Visa ready at 2GO

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I think the main point is if your married or not by reading online. I read that they have issues filipinas traveling with foreign men not their relatives. I'm glad to read that you went to Hong Kong with your wife so maybe it's worth the risk. Our documents will support we are tourist and we are returning. I have a flight back to the US from Manila. I'm even taking my american daughter so it should be ok. If not 2 flights to waste.

I agree with everything and I knew we would get pulled aside. I just thought that with the length of our relationship and the proof we had of it (pulled up on their computer) coupled with being U.S. military would stand for something....but nope. I even had return tickets the same as you. I truly wish you better luck than I.

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I agree with everything and I knew we would get pulled aside. I just thought that with the length of our relationship and the proof we had of it (pulled up on their computer) coupled with being U.S. military would stand for something....but nope. I even had return tickets the same as you. I truly wish you better luck than I.

Thanks!

It is a frustrating country to deal with. Don't even get me started on how hard the NBI was for my wife and they still messed it up.


Consulate Manila, Philippines
Nebraska Service Center

2014-09-26 Marriage

USCIS

2014-10-16 I-130 Received
2014-10-24 NOA 1 Received
2014-11-07 RFE Received Online
2014-12-05 NSO Marriage Certificate received
2014-12-14 I-130 petition approved by USCIS
2014-12-15 Email from USCIS stating file has been sent to NVC

NVC

2014-12-19 NVC received our case
2015-01-23 NVC case number available
2015-01-24 Submitted DS 261
2015-01-26 Paid AOS fee
2015-01-29 Scanned the AOS & IV documents
2015-02-18 NVC IV fee was marked as paid on CEAC
2015-02-18 DS 260 Completed
2015-03-31 Received Expected Checklist for Singapore Police Certificates
2015-04-12 NVC Certificate of Clearance received

2015-05-08 Case Complete

2015 -05-21 Case sent to Manila via DHL

MANILA

2015-05-11 SLEC Medical
2015-05-15 CFO Certificate issued

2015-05-25 Case received by Manila Emabssy

2015-06-04 Interview Scheduled

2015-06-02 Manila Embassy didn't have Hong Kong Police Certificate. Apparently Phil Post didn't deliver it per their tracking.

2015-06-08 Hong Kong Police sent another Police Certificate.

2015-06-23 Hong Kong Police Certificate received by Embassy

2015-07-15 Ready for Interview on CEAC (already had interview)

2015-07-22 Visa ready at 2GO

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