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My Wife is Filipino, this coming Sept she will be attending the requirement Guidance Counseling Seminar, for to recieve her certificate. What we are unsure of is..

1. How far in advance can "we" schedule a appointment in cebu?

2. Is it possible for the Foreign Spouse to schedule the appointment online?

3. When does she receive her certificate?

The seminar she will be taking is the "CFO Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP)"

We have to our knowledge all the docs needed for her seminar. Thank you for reading this, we really need to know as I've said, we will be in Cebu Sept. So I am wondering if I (spouse) can schedule her appointment ahead for her.

Thanks,

Andrew & Vangie

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My Wife is Filipino, this coming Sept she will be attending the requirement Guidance Counseling Seminar, for to recieve her certificate. What we are unsure of is..

1. How far in advance can "we" schedule a appointment in cebu?

2. Is it possible for the Foreign Spouse to schedule the appointment online?

3. When does she receive her certificate?

The seminar she will be taking is the "CFO Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP)"

We have to our knowledge all the docs needed for her seminar. Thank you for reading this, we really need to know as I've said, we will be in Cebu Sept. So I am wondering if I (spouse) can schedule her appointment ahead for her.

Thanks,

Andrew & Vangie

1. I think you can schedule it whenever you like but if it's before she has the VISA she will go back to get the sticker when VISA is in hand.

2. I scheduled my fiancees appointment

3. she gets the certificate the same day but if she doesn't have the visa shw will have to return for the sticker when she odes

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My Wife is Filipino, this coming Sept she will be attending the requirement Guidance Counseling Seminar, for to recieve her certificate. What we are unsure of is..

1. How far in advance can "we" schedule a appointment in cebu?

2. Is it possible for the Foreign Spouse to schedule the appointment online?

3. When does she receive her certificate?

The seminar she will be taking is the "CFO Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP)"

We have to our knowledge all the docs needed for her seminar. Thank you for reading this, we really need to know as I've said, we will be in Cebu Sept. So I am wondering if I (spouse) can schedule her appointment ahead for her.

Thanks,

Andrew & Vangie

  1. You can schedule at any time, but it is best to do it after she receives her visa. That way, she is only making one trip. But it is your choice.
  2. Yes, the Foreign Spouse can schedule the appointment.
  3. She will receive her certificate when she presents her visa. This all hinges on whether on the day of the CFO class she has her visa. If she has it then they will secure the CFO sticker in with the visa that's contained in the passport. If she does not have her visa, then she must return to either Cebu, Manila or NAIA CFO locations to receive her sticker before departing the Philippines.

More information can be found here.


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AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Previous not totally accurate:

Certificate of completion is given after completing the seminar regardless if she doesn't have a US visa. Actual 'sticker' to allow leaving the country is affixed to her passport after the visa is entered by the USEM.

Also when you schedule the appointment you will get a confirmation page that she will have to present when she shows up at the CFO office.


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Previous not totally accurate:

Certificate of completion is given after completing the seminar regardless if she doesn't have a US visa. Actual 'sticker' to allow leaving the country is affixed to her passport after the visa is entered by the USEM.

Also when you schedule the appointment you will get a confirmation page that she will have to present when she shows up at the CFO office.

Yes your right. I meant to say you get the certificate once you finish the seminar.


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-17
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-23
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
Received Interview Letter by E-mail: 2015-03-20 (May 5, 2015)
SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

Visa Received: 2015-05-21

POE: Chicago 2015-09-14

GC Received: 2015-11-17

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  1. You can schedule at any time, but it is best to do it after she receives her visa. That way, she is only making one trip. But it is your choice.
  2. Yes, the Foreign Spouse can schedule the appointment.
  3. She will receive her certificate when she presents her visa. This all hinges on whether on the day of the CFO class she has her visa. If she has it then they will secure the CFO sticker in with the visa that's contained in the passport. If she does not have her visa, then she must return to either Cebu, Manila or NAIA CFO locations to receive her sticker before departing the Philippines.

More information can be found here.

brassballs caught it already... never mind. :lol:

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brassballs caught it already... never mind. :lol:

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Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Hey! thank you all for replying, i greatly appreciate it! :) We was confused, Wifey was sent there to Cebu for attending seminar, she later on mentioned to me they needed a copy of my passport or naturalization (u.s.) and an confirmed print out appointment. We will be trying out this again in September. I was wondering if I (the Husband) can schedule the appointment on a specific date, seeing we will have a short stay in cebu on the date I arrive. My Wife mentioned that when she arrived at the DFA sub_office location in Tacloban, they told her she couldn't get her passport until she attended seminar and get her certificate, has anyone heard such thing, needing to get passport and they turn a citizen down for a passport because they don't have the seminar certificate?

Some thoughts I am unclear on:

1.Can i (the Husband) schedule a date on a month advance? ( we want to schedule the date for right after i fly in)

2. What questions the cfo officer will ask my Wife?

3. What docs we need to prepare and copy?

4. About the print out confirmation of appointment, can I (the husband) print out this here in the states and bring it for on the date of seminar?

Thank you all for helping me :)

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Hey! thank you all for replying, i greatly appreciate it! :) We was confused, Wifey was sent there to Cebu for attending seminar, she later on mentioned to me they needed a copy of my passport or naturalization (u.s.) and an confirmed print out appointment. We will be trying out this again in September. I was wondering if I (the Husband) can schedule the appointment on a specific date, seeing we will have a short stay in cebu on the date I arrive. My Wife mentioned that when she arrived at the DFA sub_office location in Tacloban, they told her she couldn't get her passport until she attended seminar and get her certificate, has anyone heard such thing, needing to get passport and they turn a citizen down for a passport because they don't have the seminar certificate?

Some thoughts I am unclear on:

1.Can i (the Husband) schedule a date on a month advance? ( we want to schedule the date for right after i fly in)

2. What questions the cfo officer will ask my Wife?

3. What docs we need to prepare and copy?

4. About the print out confirmation of appointment, can I (the husband) print out this here in the states and bring it for on the date of seminar?

Thank you all for helping me :)

Did you go to Hank's guide or mine. You'll find most of these questions answered. Links are in our signature at the arrows.


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Hey! thank you all for replying, i greatly appreciate it! :) We was confused, Wifey was sent there to Cebu for attending seminar, she later on mentioned to me they needed a copy of my passport or naturalization (u.s.) and an confirmed print out appointment. We will be trying out this again in September. I was wondering if I (the Husband) can schedule the appointment on a specific date, seeing we will have a short stay in cebu on the date I arrive. My Wife mentioned that when she arrived at the DFA sub_office location in Tacloban, they told her she couldn't get her passport until she attended seminar and get her certificate, has anyone heard such thing, needing to get passport and they turn a citizen down for a passport because they don't have the seminar certificate?

Some thoughts I am unclear on:

1.Can i (the Husband) schedule a date on a month advance? ( we want to schedule the date for right after i fly in)

2. What questions the cfo officer will ask my Wife?

3. What docs we need to prepare and copy?

4. About the print out confirmation of appointment, can I (the husband) print out this here in the states and bring it for on the date of seminar?

Thank you all for helping me :)

1. You can schedule on the open appointment dates when you log on - not sure if they go a month ahead but they may. I seem to recall them being within the next 2 weeks.

2. All kinds. If you are divorced, they will ask about that - why, when etc. Ask for copy of divorce decree.

3. (see below from appointment print out)

4. I made it. PDFed it and emailed it to her. (You will need a digital photo of her to upload with the app)

Copied from Appointment Confirmation:

Requirements for Attendance to Guidance and Counseling Program
1. Original and photocopy of two (2) valid identification cards with photograph;
2. Duly completed guidance and counseling form;
3. If married, original and photocopy of marriage contract on security paper from the National Statistics Office
(NSO), or from Local Civil Registry Offices (LCRO); or original and photocopy of Report of Marriage duly
registered by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate or the Department of Foreign Affairs (if married abroad);
4. Other documents as may be required by the counselors; and
5. Payment of Php 400.00 counseling and registration fee.

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CFO requirements are becoming so much pain in the @$$... Now they want copy of husbands passport and even naturalization????

My fiancee is planning to attend CFO seminar in a few month and I'm just wondering what else they will ask once my fiancee brings all of their requirements ....

Hey! thank you all for replying, i greatly appreciate it! :) We was confused, Wifey was sent there to Cebu for attending seminar, she later on mentioned to me they needed a copy of my passport or naturalization (u.s.) and an confirmed print out appointment. We will be trying out this again in September. I was wondering if I (the Husband) can schedule the appointment on a specific date, seeing we will have a short stay in cebu on the date I arrive. My Wife mentioned that when she arrived at the DFA sub_office location in Tacloban, they told her she couldn't get her passport until she attended seminar and get her certificate, has anyone heard such thing, needing to get passport and they turn a citizen down for a passport because they don't have the seminar certificate?

Some thoughts I am unclear on:

1.Can i (the Husband) schedule a date on a month advance? ( we want to schedule the date for right after i fly in)

2. What questions the cfo officer will ask my Wife?

3. What docs we need to prepare and copy?

4. About the print out confirmation of appointment, can I (the husband) print out this here in the states and bring it for on the date of seminar?

Thank you all for helping me :)

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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

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7/11 Sent I-129F

7/15 NOA1

7/20 NOA1 hard copy

7/30 NOA2

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Hey! thank you all for replying, i greatly appreciate it! :) We was confused, Wifey was sent there to Cebu for attending seminar, she later on mentioned to me they needed a copy of my passport or naturalization (u.s.) and an confirmed print out appointment. We will be trying out this again in September. I was wondering if I (the Husband) can schedule the appointment on a specific date, seeing we will have a short stay in cebu on the date I arrive. My Wife mentioned that when she arrived at the DFA sub_office location in Tacloban, they told her she couldn't get her passport until she attended seminar and get her certificate, has anyone heard such thing, needing to get passport and they turn a citizen down for a passport because they don't have the seminar certificate?

Some thoughts I am unclear on:

1.Can i (the Husband) schedule a date on a month advance? ( we want to schedule the date for right after i fly in) YES

2. What questions the cfo officer will ask my Wife? Maiden name of your mother, where you work, how you met.. and so on. the maiden name is a sneaky... that one make sure she knows.

3. What docs we need to prepare and copy? see below

4. About the print out confirmation of appointment, can I (the husband) print out this here in the states and bring it for on the date of seminar? DOESN'T MATTER WHO PRINTS IT OUT, just bring it.

Thank you all for helping me :)

http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2345:requirements-with-images&catid=110:frequently-asked-questions&Itemid=858

Required documents & "OTHER DOCUMENTS" they ask for at CFO: originals & copies of; CENOMAR (CEMAR and marriage certificate if married), certified birth certificate. Passport and copies of bio page of passport, visa page from passport, pictures together. From USC (copies of) - bio page of passport, birth certificate, divorce decree are the most common requests. The "other documents" clause can be ANYTHING with those nit-wits at CFO.

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Hank

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      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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