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Our Journey is almost complete!! She will fly tomorrow!!

Any last words of advice?? She already plans to be at MNL Airport very early.. but we were wondering about things like:

Like how much money she should take with her??

customs/immigrations tips??

any thoughts would be greatly appreciated..

Just want to say how much we appreciate this website!! and thanks for all the kindness of the members that helped us along the way!!


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The first piece of advice would be to relax, and enjoy the flight. As to your other questions, this really depends on her itinerary. Is she connecting anywhere inside or outside the U.S. I would make sure she brings enough money to cover any incidental costs if she is connecting (food, drink, etc.). As to customs and immigration, again, just relax. Provide he passport with the visa and sealed package, and answer any questions honestly. Most of the time, the process only takes 10-15 minutes once you get to the window, but that varies by entry port and officer. Does she connect to another flight after her entry?

Regardless, Good Luck!


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Have a safe and pleasant flight!!


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i say - carry about 100 in usd currency, maybe also 4 dollars in coin.

2 pairs of clean underbritches in the carry on.

when at a poe, use the bathroom located between the airplane and the immigration queue line, freshen up, take 15 minutes or less.


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Our Journey is almost complete!! She will fly tomorrow!!

Any last words of advice?? She already plans to be at MNL Airport very early.. but we were wondering about things like:

Like how much money she should take with her??

customs/immigrations tips??

any thoughts would be greatly appreciated..

Just want to say how much we appreciate this website!! and thanks for all the kindness of the members that helped us along the way!!

Just a couple of heads up.

1. You can bring a pen to fill in the custom documents or go online here to fill it out and print it to take it along.

2. Have cash money (peso's) for airport tax.

3. Be sure to carry your packet in your carry on luggage. Don't give it to anyone other than immigration when she arrives at her POE.

4. The amount of money depends. I say plan for the worse and the worse will be enjoyable because you planned.

5. Allow at least 3 hours at NAIA. It will take about 2 hours to get from the front of the building to the gate area. Leave a little extra and you will be fine. Each trip I have taken it has taken me 2-2.5 hours to get to my departing gate.

6. Relax, Relax. Be sure to bring something to do as the flight is about 13 hours to mainland USA.


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Which terminal at NAIA and which airline and route? Time from outside of terminal to gate can vary tremendously. I have flown from Terminal 3 on Delta 4 times in the last 8 months. Outside of terminal to gate has never taken me 30 minutes, including checking a bag. But as Greenbaum says, allowing for things to go wrong is prudent. At least on Delta, there is another security check at the gate, after you have gone through airport security. I have seen tremendous variability in how long it takes to get in to Terminal 3. Downstairs (arrivals) typically has a shorter line. So do the upstairs entrances after the first two.

Terminal 1, with most of the International flights takes MUCH longer.

Bring at least one or two empty water bottles. In Terminal 3, international side, there is a station to fill your water bottle(s) about half way down the terminal, perhaps near gate 108? But ask the airline first. I don't if the secondary screening will allow water to be carried on. Also, small scissors, nail clippers, etc. that are routinely allowed in the US are sometimes not allowed by Philippines security, so I always put those in my checked bag.

Recently purchased international airline tickets are supposed to include the 550 PhP Manila terminal fee. Check with your airline, so that you don't pay if you don't need to (because you already have in your ticket price).

Good luck! Congratulations on getting this far. Now the real journey begins!

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Our Journey is almost complete!! She will fly tomorrow!!

Any last words of advice?? She already plans to be at MNL Airport very early.. but we were wondering about things like:

Like how much money she should take with her??

customs/immigrations tips??

any thoughts would be greatly appreciated..

Just want to say how much we appreciate this website!! and thanks for all the kindness of the members that helped us along the way!!

Just few days ago, someone packed their "yellow envelope" into the checked bags...

Make sure she keeps that close to her.


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

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09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
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10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
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All good advice so far. My $0.02:

Minimum of P2500 for travel tax and possible terminal fee. P3000-4000 would be better. Any leftover just keep for a return trip or send in balikbayan box. Or burn it up at one of the shops after clearing security.

Some $ to have enroute. For snacks, incidentals and the possible worst case condition what ever that may be.

Final advice: Don't be shy. Ask questions if there is any doubt on what to do next. I would recommend going to the ticket counter first after entering the terminal and ask the agent what to do, where to go next. If first time traveler there will be a lot of stress, but just take a deep breath and try to relax. I personally would recommend to just take a small carryon with the visa packet and a possible change of clothes and personal effects if she thinks they are needed. Makes it much easier at connecting locations and again ASK QUESTIONS as to where the next gate is if connecting.

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I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-130 RFE : 2014-08-11 (Wanted NSO Marriage Certificate, not LCR)
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-08-14
I-130 Approved : 2014-08-27
NVC Received : 2014-09-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-09-17
Send AOS Package : 2014-09-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Pay IV Bill : 2014-10-03
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SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

Visa Received: 2015-05-21

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ask questions only to uniformed personnel in any airport, make sure they have an ID visible too. And don't accept anything from any other person in the airport, just like somebody will go to the bathroom and that person will let you guard his/her belongings or somebody will want you to carry his belongings in the airport, please say NO. Just precaution.


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1/31/16 - Got married

2/24/16 - AOS, EAD, AP packet sent

2/29/16 - Received Date

3/03/16 - Received text and email notification

3/04/16 - Check cashed

3/07/16 - I-797 hardcopy received

3/19/16 - Biometric scheduled received by mail

4/06/16 - I-485 online status changed to Ready to be Scheduled for Interview

4/15/16 - I-485 online status changed to INTERVIEW SCHEDULED

4/17/16 - Interview Notice hardcopy received

4/28/16 - AP & EAD approval date

5/02/16 - AP approval letter received

5/05/16 - EAD card received

5/17/16 - AOS interview

5/23/16 - Online status changed to CASE APPROVE dated 5/18/16

5/23/16 - Received AOS approval letter in the mail

5/23/16 - Online status changed to CARD WAS MAILED TO ME

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