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Ana is having her med exam next week. I'm waiting for those results before I schedule my embassy appointment.

I'll meet her in Manila a couple of days before the interview. I'll stay in Phils for 29 days max but we are excited to leave as soon as possible.

I'd like to communicate with anyone who has completed the process or who is just starting out. Comparing notes.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Mark

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*** Country-specific thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Philippines regional subforum. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Hey Mark ! I'm Darnell !

A lot of the stuff you seek is in the Embassy Review section - you can view it from a PC easily. Handphones and tablets suck for this type of research.


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Post edited to remove personal information and returned to thread as follows:

Hi Mark, I am Bill. If you are still states side, feel free to call or text me at EDITED BY VJ MODERATION. Marilyn and I are still going through the process, but almost completed (fingers crossed lol). I filed the papers on my own in August 2014, never heard anything until the week of Christmas and was able to get her medical, passport renewal, and interview all completed in about two weeks time. UGH that was among the most stressful things for us both. I was unable to go with her to manila for the medical and interview, I am envious that you can. It is not easy for the medical. Feel free to email me as well EDITED BY VJ MODERATION

Good Luck,

Bill


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Hi

Thanks for your response.

My fiancee is from Negros Occidental, San Carlos City

I plan to attend the interview. I'll be disappointed if I'm not allowed.

Most of what I read on VJ is about the petitioner being allowed to attend.

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Ana is having her med exam next week. I'm waiting for those results before I schedule my embassy appointment.

I'll meet her in Manila a couple of days before the interview. I'll stay in Phils for 29 days max but we are excited to leave as soon as possible.

I'd like to communicate with anyone who has completed the process or who is just starting out. Comparing notes.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Mark

Schedule your interview before attending the interview the medical as SLEC will want copies of the interview confirmation, complete the medical at least 7 days before the date of the interview.

There is no issue with you attending the iterview with your fiancee. I was there with my asawa and it for sure is a great experience.


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

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Contact Hank: HERE

K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012

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Hi Hank

Thanks for your reply.

I don't remember seeing a requirement for having scheduled an interview. Just bringing a DS 160.

I really can't schedule one until I am free on June 1st. I want to stay for 29 days (as usual)

Have you written about your interview experience? I would love to read it. Or talk on the celpon

Salamat kaibigan ko

Mark

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Hi Hank

Thanks for your reply.

I don't remember seeing a requirement for having scheduled an interview. Just bringing a DS 160.

I really can't schedule one until I am free on June 1st. I want to stay for 29 days (as usual)

Have you written about your interview experience? I would love to read it. Or talk on the celpon

Salamat kaibigan ko

Mark

You can read my embassy interview experience if you click on my timeline. I was there with my wife and it was super easy and relaxed.


K-1
NOA1: 04/08/2014; NOA2: 04/21/2014; Visa interview, approved: 07/15/2014; POE: 07/25/2014; Marriage: 09/05/2014

 

AOS

NOA1:  09/12/2014;  Biometrics:  10/06/2014;  EAD/AP Received:  11/26/2014;

Interview Waiver Letter:  01/02/2015;  RFE:  07/09/2015;

Permanent Residency Granted:  07/27/2015;  Green card Received:  08/22/2015

 

ROC

05/23/2017 -- Mailed ROC application

05/24/2017 -- NOA1 date

05/30/2017 -- NOA1 received in the mail

06/05/2017 -- Biometrics letter received

06/13/2017 -- Biometrics appointment

09/05/2018 -- Approved without interview!

09/13/2018 -- 10 Yr Green card Received

 

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Hi Hank

Thanks for your reply.

I don't remember seeing a requirement for having scheduled an interview. Just bringing a DS 160.

I really can't schedule one until I am free on June 1st. I want to stay for 29 days (as usual)

Have you written about your interview experience? I would love to read it. Or talk on the celpon

Salamat kaibigan ko

Mark

Yes I did a write up, you can find it by clicking on my timeline link to the left

In my link below under the St. Luke's tab are links to their website and more info. Don't forget to preregister.. saves a little time.

Here is the SLEC link for requirements. http://www.slec.ph/us-visa-applicants.shtml#required-docs


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

      HandArrow.gif.adeb854ba620933849ae921ca0b44a0c.gif  Link to the Visa Process for Manila Embassy once you have your NOA2 : Click Here

 

Contact Hank: HERE

K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012

...Citizenship... complete!

 

 

 

 

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Hi Hank

I look forward to reading your story as soon as I clear up some things.

I don't mean to drag you down with my stupid problems.

Please consider the following just a rant.

St Luke's wants the original copy of The Letter of Case Number. She doesn't have that. Only copies.

And they want copies on "bond paper". Where is she going to get that in the jungle

Same thing with the Visa Interview Appointment Confirmation.

She has never received ANYTHING EVER in the mail from anybody.

I'm flying her to Manila next week for med exam. It will be a miracle if she doesn't have to go back.

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Hi Hank

I look forward to reading your story as soon as I clear up some things.

I don't mean to drag you down with my stupid problems.

Please consider the following just a rant.

St Luke's wants the original copy of The Letter of Case Number. She doesn't have that. Only copies.

And they want copies on "bond paper". Where is she going to get that in the jungle

Same thing with the Visa Interview Appointment Confirmation.

She has never received ANYTHING EVER in the mail from anybody.

I'm flying her to Manila next week for med exam. It will be a miracle if she doesn't have to go back.

A copy of the letter from the NVC that has the MNL case number will work fine OR a copy of the interview confirmation letter. You don't need both, and they certainly don't need to be on bond paper. If you have the NVC letter, simply email it to your fiancée and have her print it out.


K-1
NOA1: 04/08/2014; NOA2: 04/21/2014; Visa interview, approved: 07/15/2014; POE: 07/25/2014; Marriage: 09/05/2014

 

AOS

NOA1:  09/12/2014;  Biometrics:  10/06/2014;  EAD/AP Received:  11/26/2014;

Interview Waiver Letter:  01/02/2015;  RFE:  07/09/2015;

Permanent Residency Granted:  07/27/2015;  Green card Received:  08/22/2015

 

ROC

05/23/2017 -- Mailed ROC application

05/24/2017 -- NOA1 date

05/30/2017 -- NOA1 received in the mail

06/05/2017 -- Biometrics letter received

06/13/2017 -- Biometrics appointment

09/05/2018 -- Approved without interview!

09/13/2018 -- 10 Yr Green card Received

 

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Hi Hank

I look forward to reading your story as soon as I clear up some things.

I don't mean to drag you down with my stupid problems.

Please consider the following just a rant.

St Luke's wants the original copy of The Letter of Case Number. She doesn't have that. Only copies.

And they want copies on "bond paper". Where is she going to get that in the jungle

Same thing with the Visa Interview Appointment Confirmation.

She has never received ANYTHING EVER in the mail from anybody.

I'm flying her to Manila next week for med exam. It will be a miracle if she doesn't have to go back.

No SLEC does not need originals, copies of everything works just fine. The copy of the NVC letter/email works just fine.

As for the interview confirmation, you need to schedule the appointment first, then at the end of the scheduling you click the button to email the confirmation to you, plus you print out the interview confirmation page.... this is not mailed to your fiancee. NOTHING of importance is mailed to your fiancee.

Relax... everything is fine. ;)


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

      HandArrow.gif.adeb854ba620933849ae921ca0b44a0c.gif  Link to the Visa Process for Manila Embassy once you have your NOA2 : Click Here

 

Contact Hank: HERE

K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012

...Citizenship... complete!

 

 

 

 

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