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DS-160 Timing - Manila, Philippines

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I have read many posts on here about when you should start the DS-160 is after you receive packet 3 from the embassy. However.... there are tons of stories for the Manila US embassy where people do not wait for the packet 3 to arrive. Most of these stories end with the packet arriving AFTER they have already interviewed and received their visa. Which brings me to my next point... we received our noa2 on July 22. I know I am waiting for the NVC to receive and forward the application to Manila. I guess once we receive the NVC number, and the CEAC status is READY, we can pay our interview fees, fill out the DS-160, go for the medical, and schedule the interview. Is this correct? If so, at what point can we fill out the DS-160? Do we actually need the NVC MNL##### number to fill it out? Could someone who has interviewed early like this break down the process into details of what to expect next and the steps that will be involved? Thanks in advance!!!

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Chances are there is no packet 3. Many people no longer report getting one, and according to USEM Manila website, they post the instructions online only now.

So that leaves you with calling the NVC to get your MNL case number. You must have this for everything in the next process. The next step once you have your case number is to acquire all the needed documents and prepare/plan ahead. Many documents you need originals now, you will need originals and copies later. You should have already mailed your beneficiary all the items and documents from your side, if you haven't, do so immediately.

During all this time your fiancé can use the MNL case number to pay and schedule interview, to attend and pay for medical at St Lukes, and if you wish to, attend and pay for CFO seminar (though you will need to return after you complete interview and receive passport with K1 visa in it."

Greenbaum has an excellent step by step process guide, I suggest you look at it. http://dennyeyberg.wix.com/filipino-am-visa

Also if you google mrs presson, she too has a detailed Pinay k1 visa guide.

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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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I have read many posts on here about when you should start the DS-160 is after you receive packet 3 from the embassy. However.... there are tons of stories for the Manila US embassy where people do not wait for the packet 3 to arrive. Most of these stories end with the packet arriving AFTER they have already interviewed and received their visa. Which brings me to my next point... we received our noa2 on July 22. I know I am waiting for the NVC to receive and forward the application to Manila. I guess once we receive the NVC number, and the CEAC status is READY, we can pay our interview fees, fill out the DS-160, go for the medical, and schedule the interview. Is this correct? If so, at what point can we fill out the DS-160? Do we actually need the NVC MNL##### number to fill it out? Could someone who has interviewed early like this break down the process into details of what to expect next and the steps that will be involved? Thanks in advance!!!

You start your DS-160 once you have your MNL # .... there is not a packet 3. Everything is online. There is nothing to wait for once you get that magical MNL# !!!

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