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USCIS

Dec. 1, 2009 - Husband mailed I-130 thru Express Mail

Dec. 2, 2009 - I-130 delivered at 9:52 AM and item was signed for by L BOX

Dec. 8, 2009 - Check cashed/cleared

Dec. 11, 2009 - NOA1 hardcopy received thru mail (Receipt date Dec. 9)

Mar.11, 2010 - NOA2 Approved (Email received)

NVC

Mar.18, 2010 - NVC case number assigned and gave email addresses

Mar.26, 2010 - DS3032 and AOS Bill email received

Mar.26, 2010 - Emailed DS3032 and paid AOS Bill online

Mar.29, 2010 - AOS Bill shows paid (Cover sheet printed)

Mar 31, 2010 - DS3032 email accepted and IV Bill generated

Mar.31, 2010 - Paid IV Bill online

Apr. 1, 2010 - Sent AOS packet thru Express Mail

Apr. 2, 2010 - AOS packet delivered at 11 AM and item was signed for by N VISA CENTER

Apr. 5, 2010 - IV Bill shows paid (Cover sheet printed)

May 5, 2010 - DS230 packet sent to husband

May 11, 2010 - Husband mailed DS230 packet thru Express Mail

May 12, 2010 - DS230 packet delivered at 11:15am and item was signed for by N VISA CENTER

May 20, 2010 - AVR updated (Checklist Letter Response received May 20, 2010)

May 27, 2010 - SIF!!! (Sign-in Failed)

May 28, 2010 - NVC AVR - Case Complete

June 16-17, 2010 - Medical (PASSED)

July 6, 2010 - Interview at 630am (PASSED)

July 7, 2010 - Picked-up visa at 9am then went to CFO to get the sticker

July 14, 2010 - Hubby and I will depart for the US together

Thank you Lord!

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Filed: Country: Philippines
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I plan to marry my girlfriend in the Philippines and am a US citizen. Can anyone tell me what requirements and paperwork she and I will both need to move forward with this?

Hello and congrats!

Start by reading the Guides for immigrating a spouse:

Click here

FYI - you don't have to marry her first in order to get her over here to the states. You can also petition her on a fiancee visa. Read through the guides and see what options might work best for you. :)

Edited by El Buscador

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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This is the link you can use from the Embassy in Manila.

http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwha009.html

Edited by Mae and Jack

K-1 Visa

Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Manilla, Philipines

I-129F Sent : 2009-04-06

I-129F Received: 2009-04-08

I-129F NOA1 : 2009-04-08

Check Cashed: 2009-04-10

I-129F NOA1: (hardcopy): 2009-04-14

I-129f NOA2: 2009-08-18

NVC received case: 2009-08-20

NVC shipped case: 2009-08-24

Medical: 2009-09-22

Interview Passed: 2009-10-08

Visa delivered: 2009-10-14

Flight to States: 2009-10-28

AOS

I-485 Sent: 2010-03-01

I-485 Received: 2010-03-04

Email Noticfication of receipt: 2010-03-11

Hard copy NOA receipt: 2010-03-20

I-485 Transferred to CSC: 2010-30-26

Biometrics scheduled: 2010-04-07

EAD Approved: 2010-05-07

EAD Received: 2010-05-29

AOS Approved: 2010-05-28

Green Card Received: 2010-06-17

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welcome Kozmo

I just married recently and am starting visa process. There is such a wealth of information here.


April 24, 2010: Married in Butuan City
May 23, 2010: Submitted I-130
May 28, 2010: NOA-1 Received
October 19, 2010: NOA-2 Received
October 26, 2010: Case Number Assigned
October 28, 2010: IIN Received
November 3, 2010: AOS paid
November 5, 2010: AOS status "PAID". Sent AOS packet
November 6, 2010: DS-3032 email received. Emailed DS-3032
November 8, 2010: IV paid, DS-3032 accepted
November 10, 2010: IV status "PAID". Sent IV packet
November 15, 2010: IV received at NVC
November 22, 2010: False Checklist for missing DS-230
November 29, 2010: AOS + IV entered into system
December 4, 2010: SIF, Case Completed
December 6, 2010: Interview Scheduled
December 27-28, 2010: Passed Physical
January 6, 2011: Interview @ 0830 Approved
January 14, 2011: Visa received
January 31, 2011: CFO seminar completed
February 11, 2011: POE- LAX

Removal of Conditions
January 8, 2013: Mailed I-751
January 10,2013: NOA1
February 6, 2013: Biometrics Appoint.

June 4, 2013: Received I-797 NOA removal of conditions
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Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.

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As someone who got married in the Philippines, I think there are several advantages:

1. The visa process is a lot simpler AND cheaper! (if you can call anything dealing with the US government simple)

2. Once your wife arrives in the US, she can start work, school, apply for driver's license within a few weeks instead of having to file AOS.

3. You can throw one heck of a wedding in the Philippines for pennies on the dollar compared to the US!

4. Having the wedding there lets you show you care about her family as well as her. (Lots of brownie points from wife and in-laws!) (joke!)

Just remember to get your 'Legal Capacity to Marry' from the US Embassy so you can get your marriage license and to plan for the 10-day waiting period before you can get married.


Ako gugma ko GWAPA asawa Kathlene!

(I love my BEAUTIFUL wife Kathlene!)

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"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."

George Bernard Shaw

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As someone who got married in the Philippines, I think there are several advantages:

1. The visa process is a lot simpler AND cheaper! (if you can call anything dealing with the US government simple)

2. Once your wife arrives in the US, she can start work, school, apply for driver's license within a few weeks instead of having to file AOS.

3. You can throw one heck of a wedding in the Philippines for pennies on the dollar compared to the US!

4. Having the wedding there lets you show you care about her family as well as her. (Lots of brownie points from wife and in-laws!) (joke!)

Just remember to get your 'Legal Capacity to Marry' from the US Embassy so you can get your marriage license and to plan for the 10-day waiting period before you can get married.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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As someone who got married in the Philippines, I think there are several advantages:

1. The visa process is a lot simpler AND cheaper! (if you can call anything dealing with the US government simple)

2. Once your wife arrives in the US, she can start work, school, apply for driver's license within a few weeks instead of having to file AOS.

3. You can throw one heck of a wedding in the Philippines for pennies on the dollar compared to the US!

4. Having the wedding there lets you show you care about her family as well as her. (Lots of brownie points from wife and in-laws!) (joke!)

Just remember to get your 'Legal Capacity to Marry' from the US Embassy so you can get your marriage license and to plan for the 10-day waiting period before you can get married.

If we get denied with the f129i, we are going to get married in the phil.


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"The perfection/respect/credibility of a man decreases by the number of marriages he has had and by the number of kids he has outside his current marriage. ", Quote by Bite YourDust
  • Met on yahoo chat through a friend.
  • April 2010 - Decided to meet in person
  • 06.01.2010 - She flew from Dubai to Philippines for vacationing
  • 06.21.2010 - We met in Philippines
  • 06.24.2010 - Engaged
  • 06.28.2010 - Came back to USA
  • 07.05.2010 - She flew back to Dubai (work)
  • 08.02.2010 - Mailed I129F to VSC
  • 08.03.2010 - Delivered to VSC. Signed by D RENAUD.
  • 08.09.2010 - Check cashed
  • 08.14.2010 - NOA1 (Dated 08/06/2010)!!!!!!!!
  • 08.19.2010 - Touched!
  • 08.27.2010 - Received snail mail that typographical error was fixed.
  • 10.03.2010 - Touched!
  • 11.21.2010 - Visited her for a week in Dubai!
  • 02.14.2011 - NOA2 Approved on St. Valentine day!!!!!!!
  • 02.17.2011 - Packet left from NVC to ABU DHABI (Dubai)
  • 02.19.2011 - NOA2 hard copy received
  • 02.22.2011 - Packet reached ABU DHABI's consulate
  • 03.02.2011 - packet 3 & 4 received by email
  • 03.02.2011 - Confirmation of Interview on 04.14.2011 -
  • 03.07.2011 - Fiancee passed medical exam.
  • 04.14.2011 - K1-Visa Approved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 04.21.2011 - Picked up Visa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Why do you choose to marry her over there and not in the US?

I would have really preferred to go the K1 route but my wife's parents are 75 and 73 and they really wanted to see her get married.


April 24, 2010: Married in Butuan City
May 23, 2010: Submitted I-130
May 28, 2010: NOA-1 Received
October 19, 2010: NOA-2 Received
October 26, 2010: Case Number Assigned
October 28, 2010: IIN Received
November 3, 2010: AOS paid
November 5, 2010: AOS status "PAID". Sent AOS packet
November 6, 2010: DS-3032 email received. Emailed DS-3032
November 8, 2010: IV paid, DS-3032 accepted
November 10, 2010: IV status "PAID". Sent IV packet
November 15, 2010: IV received at NVC
November 22, 2010: False Checklist for missing DS-230
November 29, 2010: AOS + IV entered into system
December 4, 2010: SIF, Case Completed
December 6, 2010: Interview Scheduled
December 27-28, 2010: Passed Physical
January 6, 2011: Interview @ 0830 Approved
January 14, 2011: Visa received
January 31, 2011: CFO seminar completed
February 11, 2011: POE- LAX

Removal of Conditions
January 8, 2013: Mailed I-751
January 10,2013: NOA1
February 6, 2013: Biometrics Appoint.

June 4, 2013: Received I-797 NOA removal of conditions
_____________________________________________________________________________
Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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As someone who got married in the Philippines, I think there are several advantages:

1. The visa process is a lot simpler AND cheaper! (if you can call anything dealing with the US government simple)

2. Once your wife arrives in the US, she can start work, school, apply for driver's license within a few weeks instead of having to file AOS.

3. You can throw one heck of a wedding in the Philippines for pennies on the dollar compared to the US!

4. Having the wedding there lets you show you care about her family as well as her. (Lots of brownie points from wife and in-laws!) (joke!)

Just remember to get your 'Legal Capacity to Marry' from the US Embassy so you can get your marriage license and to plan for the 10-day waiting period before you can get married.

This is all true and very good advice..


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