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Hello, I've been reading this forum for a while and decided to post and ask for advice and thoughts.

I'm about to take an Oath Ceremony this 23rd of June, and then I plan to get a US passport in the Regional Office. After that, I will be submitting my I-130 petition for my wife who is currently in the Philippines. I already have a plane ticket and will leave on the 2nd week of July. Is it okay to travel while the I-130 is being processed and for how long can I stay? I've been apart from my wife for almost a year now.


Timelines:
 

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N400 (Wife):

03-11-2020: Submitted application online

04-01-2020: Biometrics appointment (Cancelled due to covid19)

10-30-2020: Called USCIS for rescheduling

11-10-2020: New rescheduled biometrics appointment and finished biometrics.

12-03-2020: Interview schedule notice

01-05-2021: Interview Date
01-05:2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled and taken same day

 

 

Spoiler

I-130 Petition for Spouse (Wife):
07-09-2010: Mailed the I-130 package (Chicago Lockbox)

07-11-2010: Package delivered

08-05-2010: Package returned (Error in Address)

08-11-2010: Resent I-130 Package (Chicago Lockbox)

08-13-2010: Package delivered

08-24-2010: Received USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via E-mail

03-21-2011: Approved I-130

03-23-2011: Texas Service Center mailed application to NVC

03-30-2011: Email Received from NVC

04-03-2011: Paid AOS Fee

05-29-2011: Paid IV Fee

06-04-2011: Sent AOS Package

06-06-2011: AOS Package Received

06-20-2011: Sent IV Package

06-21-2011: IV Package Received

07-05-2011: Sign in Failed

07-06-2011: Case Completed

07-22-2011: Interview letter received via E-mail

07-26-2011: Day 1 Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (Manila)

07-27-2011: Day 2 Medical Exam Completed and Passed!

08-11-2011: Interview Passed!

08-16-2011: Visa received!

09-07-2011: Port of Entry via Atlanta

 

 

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Congrats!!!! Of course you can travel to the PI while the I-130 application is pending. How long you can stay depends mostly on how long you are allowed to stay in the PI as a tourist. Have a good oath ceremony and a safe trip after!

Best of luck on your journey!


*~Cr1 Journey~* CSC

-NOA 1 Receipt date: 3/1/10 (sent 2/18/10)

-Touched 4 different times in between

-APPROVED: 6/2/10

93 days from NOA1 to NOA2

-Received NVC case number: 6/9/10/10

-Gave NVC my e-mail address & e-mailed DS3032: 6/10/10

-Received NVC e-mails (DS3032 and AOS Fee)& paid AOS fee: 6/11/10

-AOS Fee shows as PAID & paid IV Bill: 6/15/10

-IV Bill shows as paid: 6/6/10

-Received IV instruction packet: 6/8/10

-Received dox from co-sponsor: 10/14/15/10

-Sent AOS package: 10/18/10

-AOS package received: 10/19/10-J.Desmond

-IV Package mailed out: 11/3/10

-AVR says I have an RFE: 11/5/10

-NVC operator told me what my RFE's are: 11/8/10

-NVC sent checklist letter (for the 2 AOS RFE's): 11/13/10

-NVC operator says the IV package has been entered: 11/18/10

-E-mailed SUE to see if that would do anything (3 diff times...): 11/29/30/10

-Sent AOS RFE's: 12/1/10

-AOS RFE's received: 12/2/10

-Checked payment portal for fun (SIF!!!!): 12/3/10

-AVR still say AOS missing info: 12/3/10

-NVC operator says case was shipped to USE in Lima: 12/3/10

-Received interview date (12/13/10): JANUARY 6th, 2011!!

-Medical: 12/21/10- Passed :)

-Interivew: 1/6/11- PASSED :D

-Visa received- 1/13/11

-POE FLL- 1/23/11 YES! BUTTTTTTT....still not reunited :'( (Reunited on the 24th)

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Congrats!!!! Of course you can travel to the PI while the I-130 application is pending. How long you can stay depends mostly on how long you are allowed to stay in the PI as a tourist. Have a good oath ceremony and a safe trip after!

Best of luck on your journey!

Thank you! I plan on staying as long as I can since I'm a former Philippine citizen, I will be processing my dual citizen (or should I?). Will there be a problem if I stay too long? (6 months to 1 year).


Timelines:
 

Spoiler

N400 (Wife):

03-11-2020: Submitted application online

04-01-2020: Biometrics appointment (Cancelled due to covid19)

10-30-2020: Called USCIS for rescheduling

11-10-2020: New rescheduled biometrics appointment and finished biometrics.

12-03-2020: Interview schedule notice

01-05-2021: Interview Date
01-05:2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled and taken same day

 

 

Spoiler

I-130 Petition for Spouse (Wife):
07-09-2010: Mailed the I-130 package (Chicago Lockbox)

07-11-2010: Package delivered

08-05-2010: Package returned (Error in Address)

08-11-2010: Resent I-130 Package (Chicago Lockbox)

08-13-2010: Package delivered

08-24-2010: Received USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via E-mail

03-21-2011: Approved I-130

03-23-2011: Texas Service Center mailed application to NVC

03-30-2011: Email Received from NVC

04-03-2011: Paid AOS Fee

05-29-2011: Paid IV Fee

06-04-2011: Sent AOS Package

06-06-2011: AOS Package Received

06-20-2011: Sent IV Package

06-21-2011: IV Package Received

07-05-2011: Sign in Failed

07-06-2011: Case Completed

07-22-2011: Interview letter received via E-mail

07-26-2011: Day 1 Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (Manila)

07-27-2011: Day 2 Medical Exam Completed and Passed!

08-11-2011: Interview Passed!

08-16-2011: Visa received!

09-07-2011: Port of Entry via Atlanta

 

 

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I don't know what the rules are for the PI. Hopefully some one else will come along and help you out.


*~Cr1 Journey~* CSC

-NOA 1 Receipt date: 3/1/10 (sent 2/18/10)

-Touched 4 different times in between

-APPROVED: 6/2/10

93 days from NOA1 to NOA2

-Received NVC case number: 6/9/10/10

-Gave NVC my e-mail address & e-mailed DS3032: 6/10/10

-Received NVC e-mails (DS3032 and AOS Fee)& paid AOS fee: 6/11/10

-AOS Fee shows as PAID & paid IV Bill: 6/15/10

-IV Bill shows as paid: 6/6/10

-Received IV instruction packet: 6/8/10

-Received dox from co-sponsor: 10/14/15/10

-Sent AOS package: 10/18/10

-AOS package received: 10/19/10-J.Desmond

-IV Package mailed out: 11/3/10

-AVR says I have an RFE: 11/5/10

-NVC operator told me what my RFE's are: 11/8/10

-NVC sent checklist letter (for the 2 AOS RFE's): 11/13/10

-NVC operator says the IV package has been entered: 11/18/10

-E-mailed SUE to see if that would do anything (3 diff times...): 11/29/30/10

-Sent AOS RFE's: 12/1/10

-AOS RFE's received: 12/2/10

-Checked payment portal for fun (SIF!!!!): 12/3/10

-AVR still say AOS missing info: 12/3/10

-NVC operator says case was shipped to USE in Lima: 12/3/10

-Received interview date (12/13/10): JANUARY 6th, 2011!!

-Medical: 12/21/10- Passed :)

-Interivew: 1/6/11- PASSED :D

-Visa received- 1/13/11

-POE FLL- 1/23/11 YES! BUTTTTTTT....still not reunited :'( (Reunited on the 24th)

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I'd also like to find out if I can do all the process while staying with my wife in the Philippines. I have family in the US that can help if ever. Please help.


Timelines:
 

Spoiler

N400 (Wife):

03-11-2020: Submitted application online

04-01-2020: Biometrics appointment (Cancelled due to covid19)

10-30-2020: Called USCIS for rescheduling

11-10-2020: New rescheduled biometrics appointment and finished biometrics.

12-03-2020: Interview schedule notice

01-05-2021: Interview Date
01-05:2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled and taken same day

 

 

Spoiler

I-130 Petition for Spouse (Wife):
07-09-2010: Mailed the I-130 package (Chicago Lockbox)

07-11-2010: Package delivered

08-05-2010: Package returned (Error in Address)

08-11-2010: Resent I-130 Package (Chicago Lockbox)

08-13-2010: Package delivered

08-24-2010: Received USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via E-mail

03-21-2011: Approved I-130

03-23-2011: Texas Service Center mailed application to NVC

03-30-2011: Email Received from NVC

04-03-2011: Paid AOS Fee

05-29-2011: Paid IV Fee

06-04-2011: Sent AOS Package

06-06-2011: AOS Package Received

06-20-2011: Sent IV Package

06-21-2011: IV Package Received

07-05-2011: Sign in Failed

07-06-2011: Case Completed

07-22-2011: Interview letter received via E-mail

07-26-2011: Day 1 Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (Manila)

07-27-2011: Day 2 Medical Exam Completed and Passed!

08-11-2011: Interview Passed!

08-16-2011: Visa received!

09-07-2011: Port of Entry via Atlanta

 

 

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Hello, I've been reading this forum for a while and decided to post and ask for advice and thoughts.

I'm about to take an Oath Ceremony this 23rd of June, and then I plan to get a US passport in the Regional Office. After that, I will be submitting my I-130 petition for my wife who is currently in the Philippines. I already have a plane ticket and will leave on the 2nd week of July. Is it okay to travel while the I-130 is being processed and for how long can I stay? I've been apart from my wife for almost a year now.

I can't help you in terms of how long you can stay in the PI, but I hope you have not gotten you ticket yet.

Once you finish the Oath ceremony you have to go to your local post office and apply for the U.S. Passport and do a little interview which sometime you will be given a appointment for and may have to come back at a later date. Than you have to wait for the passport to arrive and that could take anywhere between 2 to 6 weeks so you will be cutting it really close.


Alex A

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9/16/2009 - Married

USCIS

1/22/2010 - I-130 sent

1/27/2010 - USPS tracking - Delivered, CHICAGO, IL 60680

2/02/2010 - NOA1

2/07/2010 - NOA1 - Hard copy

3/31/2010 - NOA2

4/1/2010 - NOA2 - Email & Text (~58 days)

4/5/2010 - NOA2 - Hard copy

NVC - Taking my time with it...

4/8/2010 - got NVC case # & gave them email address (~ 1 week)

4/13/2010 - Choice of Agent email from NVC (~ 5 days)

4/14/2010 - Email sent to NVC with "Choice of Agent

4/19/2010 - NVC email confirming "Choice of Agent" email (~5 days)

4/20/2010 - NVC email with AOS and IV bill

4/23/2010 - AOS fee paid & package send

4/26/2010 - IV fee paid

5/21/2010 - IV pack mailed to NVC

5/28/2010 - NVC received IV packet

6/10/2010 - SIF & RFE (for PCC different for Sir Lanka)

6/11/2010 - CC (with RFE)

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I can't help you in terms of how long you can stay in the PI, but I hope you have not gotten you ticket yet.

Once you finish the Oath ceremony you have to go to your local post office and apply for the U.S. Passport and do a little interview which sometime you will be given a appointment for and may have to come back at a later date. Than you have to wait for the passport to arrive and that could take anywhere between 2 to 6 weeks so you will be cutting it really close.

I already have purchased the airplane tickets :(

I read in the travel.gov website that you get an appointment and visit a Regional Passport Agency and then they will issue you a passport same day if you need to travel within 2 weeks.


Timelines:
 

Spoiler

N400 (Wife):

03-11-2020: Submitted application online

04-01-2020: Biometrics appointment (Cancelled due to covid19)

10-30-2020: Called USCIS for rescheduling

11-10-2020: New rescheduled biometrics appointment and finished biometrics.

12-03-2020: Interview schedule notice

01-05-2021: Interview Date
01-05:2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled and taken same day

 

 

Spoiler

I-130 Petition for Spouse (Wife):
07-09-2010: Mailed the I-130 package (Chicago Lockbox)

07-11-2010: Package delivered

08-05-2010: Package returned (Error in Address)

08-11-2010: Resent I-130 Package (Chicago Lockbox)

08-13-2010: Package delivered

08-24-2010: Received USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via E-mail

03-21-2011: Approved I-130

03-23-2011: Texas Service Center mailed application to NVC

03-30-2011: Email Received from NVC

04-03-2011: Paid AOS Fee

05-29-2011: Paid IV Fee

06-04-2011: Sent AOS Package

06-06-2011: AOS Package Received

06-20-2011: Sent IV Package

06-21-2011: IV Package Received

07-05-2011: Sign in Failed

07-06-2011: Case Completed

07-22-2011: Interview letter received via E-mail

07-26-2011: Day 1 Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (Manila)

07-27-2011: Day 2 Medical Exam Completed and Passed!

08-11-2011: Interview Passed!

08-16-2011: Visa received!

09-07-2011: Port of Entry via Atlanta

 

 

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When I was first getting my passport at the post office I expidited it , and it came in came so quick! Only a week. Im sure if you show them your ticket and tell them you have a trip it will be fine. I had a trip planned at the end of then month, and I expidited it by choice, didn't tell them I had a trip! And the question thing was really quick.


2009 Sept 26: We were married in Turlock, California =D

USCIS

2010 Apr 29: Filed I-130

2010 May 12: I-130 recieved

2010 May 13: Check cashed

2010 May 12: NOA1

2010 Jun 8: Touched

2010 Jun 9: Touched ...again???

2010 Oct 26: Touched !! (after calling USCIS, and congressman 3 days earlier)

2010 Nov 1: RFE (G-325A & Photos)

2010 Nov 9: Touched

2010 Nov 10: Touched

2010 Nov 16: Touched

2010 Nov 17: Touched ... again.

2010 NOV 22: NOA2 =)

NVC

11/xx/10: NVC Assigns a Case#

11/30/10: Called NVC provided emails/ got case# & IIN #

11/30/10: hubby emailed DS3032

11/30/10: paid AOS fee

12/01/10: AOS status paid

12/06/10: hubby emailed DS3032 again..got a confirmation same day!

12/06/10: IV bill invoiced

12/07/10: DS-3032 (Choice of agent) accepted

12/10/10: mailed AOS packet!

12/15/10: pay IV bill

01/10/11: hubby mailed IV packet

02/01/11: checklist from NVC hubby has to fill out EP for montreal!

02/06/11: hubby completed and submitted EP application.

03/10/11: SIF/ case complete=)

04/12/11: Medical completed!

04/20/11: Picked up medical...passed =)

05/03/11: Interview Scheduled @ 8AM!!! =)

05/03/11: APPROVED YAY! =)

05/09/11: Visa in hand! =)

07/02/11: POE =)=)

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When I was first getting my passport at the post office I expidited it , and it came in came so quick! Only a week. Im sure if you show them your ticket and tell them you have a trip it will be fine. I had a trip planned at the end of then month, and I expidited it by choice, didn't tell them I had a trip! And the question thing was really quick.

I've been thinking to do this also but it might be risky also at the same time, so I will be playing it safe and just go to the Regional Agency in Miami.


Timelines:
 

Spoiler

N400 (Wife):

03-11-2020: Submitted application online

04-01-2020: Biometrics appointment (Cancelled due to covid19)

10-30-2020: Called USCIS for rescheduling

11-10-2020: New rescheduled biometrics appointment and finished biometrics.

12-03-2020: Interview schedule notice

01-05-2021: Interview Date
01-05:2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled and taken same day

 

 

Spoiler

I-130 Petition for Spouse (Wife):
07-09-2010: Mailed the I-130 package (Chicago Lockbox)

07-11-2010: Package delivered

08-05-2010: Package returned (Error in Address)

08-11-2010: Resent I-130 Package (Chicago Lockbox)

08-13-2010: Package delivered

08-24-2010: Received USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via E-mail

03-21-2011: Approved I-130

03-23-2011: Texas Service Center mailed application to NVC

03-30-2011: Email Received from NVC

04-03-2011: Paid AOS Fee

05-29-2011: Paid IV Fee

06-04-2011: Sent AOS Package

06-06-2011: AOS Package Received

06-20-2011: Sent IV Package

06-21-2011: IV Package Received

07-05-2011: Sign in Failed

07-06-2011: Case Completed

07-22-2011: Interview letter received via E-mail

07-26-2011: Day 1 Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (Manila)

07-27-2011: Day 2 Medical Exam Completed and Passed!

08-11-2011: Interview Passed!

08-16-2011: Visa received!

09-07-2011: Port of Entry via Atlanta

 

 

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I would like to do a follow up post.

After filing I-130 for my wife and then flying back to the Philippines, can we do all the process while not in the US? (with the help of my family in the US) Examples like submitting requirements, taking care of the mail for me, etc. I want to stay in the Philippines until my wife gets her IR1 visa thats why. Any thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated.


Timelines:
 

Spoiler

N400 (Wife):

03-11-2020: Submitted application online

04-01-2020: Biometrics appointment (Cancelled due to covid19)

10-30-2020: Called USCIS for rescheduling

11-10-2020: New rescheduled biometrics appointment and finished biometrics.

12-03-2020: Interview schedule notice

01-05-2021: Interview Date
01-05:2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled and taken same day

 

 

Spoiler

I-130 Petition for Spouse (Wife):
07-09-2010: Mailed the I-130 package (Chicago Lockbox)

07-11-2010: Package delivered

08-05-2010: Package returned (Error in Address)

08-11-2010: Resent I-130 Package (Chicago Lockbox)

08-13-2010: Package delivered

08-24-2010: Received USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via E-mail

03-21-2011: Approved I-130

03-23-2011: Texas Service Center mailed application to NVC

03-30-2011: Email Received from NVC

04-03-2011: Paid AOS Fee

05-29-2011: Paid IV Fee

06-04-2011: Sent AOS Package

06-06-2011: AOS Package Received

06-20-2011: Sent IV Package

06-21-2011: IV Package Received

07-05-2011: Sign in Failed

07-06-2011: Case Completed

07-22-2011: Interview letter received via E-mail

07-26-2011: Day 1 Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (Manila)

07-27-2011: Day 2 Medical Exam Completed and Passed!

08-11-2011: Interview Passed!

08-16-2011: Visa received!

09-07-2011: Port of Entry via Atlanta

 

 

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advice anyone?


Timelines:
 

Spoiler

N400 (Wife):

03-11-2020: Submitted application online

04-01-2020: Biometrics appointment (Cancelled due to covid19)

10-30-2020: Called USCIS for rescheduling

11-10-2020: New rescheduled biometrics appointment and finished biometrics.

12-03-2020: Interview schedule notice

01-05-2021: Interview Date
01-05:2021: Oath Ceremony scheduled and taken same day

 

 

Spoiler

I-130 Petition for Spouse (Wife):
07-09-2010: Mailed the I-130 package (Chicago Lockbox)

07-11-2010: Package delivered

08-05-2010: Package returned (Error in Address)

08-11-2010: Resent I-130 Package (Chicago Lockbox)

08-13-2010: Package delivered

08-24-2010: Received USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via E-mail

03-21-2011: Approved I-130

03-23-2011: Texas Service Center mailed application to NVC

03-30-2011: Email Received from NVC

04-03-2011: Paid AOS Fee

05-29-2011: Paid IV Fee

06-04-2011: Sent AOS Package

06-06-2011: AOS Package Received

06-20-2011: Sent IV Package

06-21-2011: IV Package Received

07-05-2011: Sign in Failed

07-06-2011: Case Completed

07-22-2011: Interview letter received via E-mail

07-26-2011: Day 1 Medical Exam at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (Manila)

07-27-2011: Day 2 Medical Exam Completed and Passed!

08-11-2011: Interview Passed!

08-16-2011: Visa received!

09-07-2011: Port of Entry via Atlanta

 

 

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