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According to my research on google, and few people I know, it's taking few months to get the marriage certificate from NSO in the Philippines (in case if I married in cities other than Manila) for newly married couple. Is that true? If so do I have to wait for certificate to be available from NSO before I apply for spouse visa? or can I go ahead apply for visa while I wait for the certificate?

thanks in advance


AOS

11/22 Arrival

12/12 Married

1/26 Sent I-485, 131, 765

1/29 email / sms received; i-797 dated 1/29

3/28 With congressman's help, we finally got the biometric letter in email after 8 weeks from the NOA

4/15 Biometric done.

5/23 EAD/AP combo card was sent

6/29 Interview request notice came for I-485

8/1 Interview

K1

7/11 Sent I-129F

7/15 NOA1

7/20 NOA1 hard copy

7/30 NOA2

8/3 NOA2 hard copy

8/24 NVC Case No. assigned

8/26 Case left NVC

8/27 Case READY

10/21 Interview and visa APPROVED :)

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It does take a while for the nso to get the certificate process. You can ask the local civil regestar to expedite it to the nso. Before the Uscis was not asking for the nso copy only the nvc was requiring it. However that is not true now as me and several other members on here having gotten rfe from the uscis nebraska service center

If you had been married for a while you could go ahead and start the process. If you just gotten married recently you might wait a little bit. Most petitions for the philippines are approve rather fast now

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ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

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It does take a while for the nso to get the certificate process. You can ask the local civil regestar to expedite it to the nso. Before the Uscis was not asking for the nso copy only the nvc was requiring it. However that is no true now as me and several other members on here having gotten rfe from the uscis nebraska service center

Ig you had been married for a while you could go ahead and start the process. If you just gotten married recently you might wait a little bit. Most petitions for the philippines are approve rather fast

Thank you for your reply. I truly appreciate it. Can I ask what RFE stands for? Looking at your timeline, it took 5 months to apply for your spouse visa after the wedding. Is that something I can expect as far as how long it takes to get the certificate?


AOS

11/22 Arrival

12/12 Married

1/26 Sent I-485, 131, 765

1/29 email / sms received; i-797 dated 1/29

3/28 With congressman's help, we finally got the biometric letter in email after 8 weeks from the NOA

4/15 Biometric done.

5/23 EAD/AP combo card was sent

6/29 Interview request notice came for I-485

8/1 Interview

K1

7/11 Sent I-129F

7/15 NOA1

7/20 NOA1 hard copy

7/30 NOA2

8/3 NOA2 hard copy

8/24 NVC Case No. assigned

8/26 Case left NVC

8/27 Case READY

10/21 Interview and visa APPROVED :)

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Hi jandjin. I believe RFE stands for "request for evidence". Meaning they weren't satisfied with a particular document or evidence that was sent. Regarding the NSO copy, it took us around 1 month to request from the NSO after we got married. But we asked our local civil registrar to do an "electronic endorsement" (aka expedite the papers to NSO). I believe you have to pay a little extra for it.. Also i cannot vouch that it's only 1 month if you do this where you will get married, only at the local civil registrar where we were married (Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu). So best thing you can do is ask the local civil registrar where you plan to be wed what your options are. Goodluck!


Service Center : Nebraska Service Center

Marriage : July 2, 2014

March 7, 2015: I-130 Sent

March 17, 2015: I-130 NOA1 received in mail

March 17, 2015: I-129F Sent

March 28, 2015: I-129F NOA1 received in mail

April 3, 2015: I-130 updated on USCIS website to approved! awaiting hardcopy of NOA2

April 14, 2015: Case was sent to NVC

April 18, 2015: I-130 NOA2 hardcopy received in mail

April 22, 2015: Case was received by NVC

May 1, 2015: Case number assigned

May 4, 2015 : I-129F NOA2 received in mail

June 2, 2015 : Selected Agent Via Phone

June 16, 2015 : Paid AOS and IV Fees Via Mail

June 22, 2015 : Wife receives Appointment letter from Manila Embassy (I-129F)

*proceeding with K-3 Visa instead. Cannot wait for the NVC problems to resolve

June 23, 2015: Interview scheduled for July 30

July 9, 2015 : Medical Completed

July 30, 2015 : Interview Complete APPROVED!!

August 16, 2015 : Received Letter from NVC that I-130 is being expedited to Manila Embassy.

August 26, 2015 : Manila Embassy closes K3. Proceeding with CR1 again. New interview date September 16, 2015

September 16, 2015 : Interview Complete APPROVED!! ISSUED on same day. :dance:

September 23, 2015 : Visa in hand
September 29, 2015 : POE

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Rfe is request for evident. The uscis will send that if they need more evidence and they will send a letter stating what is needed

The reason i waited after i got married is i decided to move to another city and i had to get another job first. It had nothing to do with waiting on the nso copy of certificate. Of course the extra time i had to wait to file the petition help with the time for the nso to have copy of my marriage certificate

Edited by j&ana

ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

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Thank you for your reply. I truly appreciate it. Can I ask what RFE stands for? Looking at your timeline, it took 5 months to apply for your spouse visa after the wedding. Is that something I can expect as far as how long it takes to get the certificate?

RFE is Request for Evidence

I got married in the Philippines on September 20, 2014. My package was received by USCIS on October 15, 2014. I sent the local certificate and like J&ANA I received a RFE. I had my wife request a expedite after I left, unfortunately they never sent the package.

When I received the RFE she was able to pick up the marriage certificate from her local register office including the letter of expedite and she sent it to her local NSO. About a week or so it was ready for pickup. I recommend you order multiple copies as they are cheap.

After I submitted the NSO copy with my NSO marriage certificate it was real fast to get approved. If I was you I would submit the package if you have recently been married like I was. If it's been awhile since you have been married then you can get a copy fast and then send the package.


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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Thank you so much for your detail info and suggestion.

I think I'll go ahead and apply with the local certificate first just to save time. While the NSO gets their system updated, USCIS can process my application, then I will send the NSO certificate if/when USCIS requests for evidence. That'd save me at least few months than wait for NSO to have our marriage certificate ready.

RFE is Request for Evidence

I got married in the Philippines on September 20, 2014. My package was received by USCIS on October 15, 2014. I sent the local certificate and like J&ANA I received a RFE. I had my wife request a expedite after I left, unfortunately they never sent the package.

When I received the RFE she was able to pick up the marriage certificate from her local register office including the letter of expedite and she sent it to her local NSO. About a week or so it was ready for pickup. I recommend you order multiple copies as they are cheap.

After I submitted the NSO copy with my NSO marriage certificate it was real fast to get approved. If I was you I would submit the package if you have recently been married like I was. If it's been awhile since you have been married then you can get a copy fast and then send the package.


AOS

11/22 Arrival

12/12 Married

1/26 Sent I-485, 131, 765

1/29 email / sms received; i-797 dated 1/29

3/28 With congressman's help, we finally got the biometric letter in email after 8 weeks from the NOA

4/15 Biometric done.

5/23 EAD/AP combo card was sent

6/29 Interview request notice came for I-485

8/1 Interview

K1

7/11 Sent I-129F

7/15 NOA1

7/20 NOA1 hard copy

7/30 NOA2

8/3 NOA2 hard copy

8/24 NVC Case No. assigned

8/26 Case left NVC

8/27 Case READY

10/21 Interview and visa APPROVED :)

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According to the site I visited http://pinayvisa.com/getting-married-in-the-philippines.html Cebu office requires that I'm supposed to bring my fiancee to the US consulate, is this the case? Has anyone been to the Cebu office without your fiancee and applied for the affidavit? How long is the line in the morning around 8am? I'm planning to stay over night at the waterfront hotel so that I can save time on the road.

Thank you all.


AOS

11/22 Arrival

12/12 Married

1/26 Sent I-485, 131, 765

1/29 email / sms received; i-797 dated 1/29

3/28 With congressman's help, we finally got the biometric letter in email after 8 weeks from the NOA

4/15 Biometric done.

5/23 EAD/AP combo card was sent

6/29 Interview request notice came for I-485

8/1 Interview

K1

7/11 Sent I-129F

7/15 NOA1

7/20 NOA1 hard copy

7/30 NOA2

8/3 NOA2 hard copy

8/24 NVC Case No. assigned

8/26 Case left NVC

8/27 Case READY

10/21 Interview and visa APPROVED :)

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I do not know how it is done in Cebu. In Manila you do not , but of course my wife, (fiancé ) at the time went with me

Can your fiancé not go with you in Cebu? Is it possible to go to the embassy in Manila?

where are you planning to get married?


ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

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I do not know how it is done in Cebu. In Manila you do not , but of course my wife, (fiancé ) at the time went with me

Can your fiancé not go with you in Cebu? Is it possible to go to the embassy in Manila?

where are you planning to get married?

I'm planning to get married in Butuan and she lives very far from the city. If possible I'd like to avoid Manila at all.


AOS

11/22 Arrival

12/12 Married

1/26 Sent I-485, 131, 765

1/29 email / sms received; i-797 dated 1/29

3/28 With congressman's help, we finally got the biometric letter in email after 8 weeks from the NOA

4/15 Biometric done.

5/23 EAD/AP combo card was sent

6/29 Interview request notice came for I-485

8/1 Interview

K1

7/11 Sent I-129F

7/15 NOA1

7/20 NOA1 hard copy

7/30 NOA2

8/3 NOA2 hard copy

8/24 NVC Case No. assigned

8/26 Case left NVC

8/27 Case READY

10/21 Interview and visa APPROVED :)

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oh ok here is the contact (If you do not have it yet) for the Cebu cosular you or your fiancé could try to call or e-mail them

(63 32) 231-1261. To send a fax, dial (63 32) 231-0174. Alternatively, you may contact the Agency by email at ACSInfoManila@state.gov.


ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

http://jerryjja.wix.com/filipinasaswa?_ga=1.194674661.91538870.1441656248

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According to the site I visited http://pinayvisa.com/getting-married-in-the-philippines.html Cebu office requires that I'm supposed to bring my fiancee to the US consulate, is this the case? Has anyone been to the Cebu office without your fiancee and applied for the affidavit? How long is the line in the morning around 8am? I'm planning to stay over night at the waterfront hotel so that I can save time on the road.

Thank you all.

For me I did not bring my fiance because the local civil registrar wasn't clear if I should bring her or not. I arrived there at exactly 9AM (consulate is open 9-11 AM) but they actually can start seating you inside with priority numbers around 8:30AM. There were 11 people ahead of me and I finished in around 2hrs and 30mins. I don't know If the consulate officer let is slide because I'm a Filipino (born in US which made me a USC) or if that is an outdated rule. All of the foreigners i saw there brought their fiances. To be safe I would bring my fiance.


Service Center : Nebraska Service Center

Marriage : July 2, 2014

March 7, 2015: I-130 Sent

March 17, 2015: I-130 NOA1 received in mail

March 17, 2015: I-129F Sent

March 28, 2015: I-129F NOA1 received in mail

April 3, 2015: I-130 updated on USCIS website to approved! awaiting hardcopy of NOA2

April 14, 2015: Case was sent to NVC

April 18, 2015: I-130 NOA2 hardcopy received in mail

April 22, 2015: Case was received by NVC

May 1, 2015: Case number assigned

May 4, 2015 : I-129F NOA2 received in mail

June 2, 2015 : Selected Agent Via Phone

June 16, 2015 : Paid AOS and IV Fees Via Mail

June 22, 2015 : Wife receives Appointment letter from Manila Embassy (I-129F)

*proceeding with K-3 Visa instead. Cannot wait for the NVC problems to resolve

June 23, 2015: Interview scheduled for July 30

July 9, 2015 : Medical Completed

July 30, 2015 : Interview Complete APPROVED!!

August 16, 2015 : Received Letter from NVC that I-130 is being expedited to Manila Embassy.

August 26, 2015 : Manila Embassy closes K3. Proceeding with CR1 again. New interview date September 16, 2015

September 16, 2015 : Interview Complete APPROVED!! ISSUED on same day. :dance:

September 23, 2015 : Visa in hand
September 29, 2015 : POE

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