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I am asking for a few questions about my brother who is from the Philippines. He's been her for about 4 years and is a permanant resident here with a visa. He's not a US Citizen at this time but wants to petition his children from the Philippines. He has 6 children all under 18 years old. He wants to bring them here. He doen't know where to start. I'm an American Filipino and don't know too much on the child petition. It's a lot different than my petition with my wife. Is there a filing fee for each of the children he wants to petition? Or is there a one fee to bring all them here. I think he wants to bring them two by two but wants to know the costly rates to bring them here and the exact petitions to fill up. Anything would help at this time with info. Message me and I will work with all you there. I am trying to help my brother, thanks.

God bless.


CITIZENSHIP 06-19-2013 Sent N400 Application (Chicago Lockbox)

06-21-2013 USCIS received my N400 application

06-25-2013 USCIS mailed the NOA1

06-28-2013 USCIS mailed the Biometrics appt

07-01-2013 Received NOA1 and Biometrics appt letter

​07-15-2013 Biometrics Appt.

08-27-2013 Interview/Test passed

10-07-2013 Oath taking


02-20-2014 mailed I-130 for my parents

02-24-2014 USCIS received the I-130 docs

03-17-2014 USCIS approved the petition (took 15 days, weekdays only)

03-25-2014 USCIS shipped the approved case to NVC

04-02-2014 NVC received the papers (6 days from the approval date)

05-01-2014 Got the 2 case numbers. (21 days)

05-07-2014 Got an email & paid the AOS fee (4 days); DS-261(Choice of Agent) sent

05-09-2014 AOS status "PAID" (2 days from the date the was paid)

05-22-2014 AOS docs delivered in NVC

06-27-2014 RFE for I864 and I864A (i left the Place of residence blank, 26 days from the date they received the AOS)

06-28-2014 Mailed the corrected forms to NVC

06-30-2014 NVC received the AOS corrected forms

07-01-2014 Received IV Bill Invoice, paid.

07-02-2014 PAID status of the mother

07-07-2014 PAID status of the father

07-08-2014 Mailed the supporting docs

07-10-2014 Supporting docs arrived at NVC

07-11-2014 Submitted DS260 of mother

07-13-2014 Submitted DS260 of father

09-04-2014 Called NVC and the lady said CASE COMPLETE! (136 days total from the day they received the I-130)

09-11-2014 Received an email regarding the Interview (5 days from the day the case was completed)

09-15-2014 Status "In Transit" inCEAC

09-16-2014 Status "Ready" CEAC

10-03-2014 Interview/AP/USEM (no record of their medical,DAD needs to get an NBI explanation letter&new NBI clearance with his "aka"

10-8-2014 Mom called St Lukes and asked about the medical results, they said they submitted it already back in June

10-10-2014 Mom mailed the NBI Clearance of my dad

10-14-2014 NBI clearance delivered in USEM

10-06-2014 Visa Issued CEAC

10-09-2014 Got an email that my dad's visa was issued

10-14-2014 Visa delivered 11-29-2014 POE

12-08-2014 SS Card arrived

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I can't answer all your questions, but here's some info:

Take a look at this website: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html

It's called the visa bulletin, where you can see how long it takes for certain immigrants to get here, at a minimum.

Your brother would be filing for his kids under the Family-Sponsored Preferences, 2A since they are under 21 and he is a permanent resident. Because they are from the Phillipines, there is a backlog and limitation on the number of immigrants. Looking under the 2A column under the Phillipines, it looks like the Dept.of State is issuing numbers for those before January 1st, 2008. So, at a minimum, it would take two years and a few months once he files.

If he becomes a U.S. citizen, he can file another petition (two petitions can exist at the same time) and be in the 1st preference. However (and please anybody correct me if this is wrong), it looks like the visa bulletin says that in the 1st column under unmarried daughters and sons of citizens for the Phillipines, the DOS is processing applications from March 15, 1995. It looks like it would behoove your brother not to become a U.S. citizen until his children are here since the processing time is 13 years apart...

Which doesn't seem to make sense to me that you would have an earlier chance of getting your kids here if you're a permanent resident vs being a citizen. Can anyone confirm that I am reading this right?


9/9: Mailed N-400 package off

9/11: Arrived at Dallas, TX

9/17: NOA

9/19: Check cashed

9/23: Received NOA

10/7: Text from USCIS on status update: Biometrics in the mail

10/9: Received Biometrics letter

10/29: Biometrics

10/31: In-line

2/16: Text from USCIS that Baltimore has scheduled an interview...finally!!

2/24: Interview letter received

3/24: Naturalization interview

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales

Different queues.

I seem to remember that you can avoid upgrading when getting your Citizenship.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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