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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines

The Basics for The Philipphines:

Pictures for Passport about $8.00. Passport about $100.00 and a month wait.

Plane ticket: About $1,300.00 Round trip. Taxi fare depending on how far she is from Manila. (Figure each way) cost me about $300.00. ($150.00 each way)

Motel room for about 2 weeks. (Was cheap, about $350.00)

Living expense vary but take her out and make her feel good.

I only brought carry-on so no extra baggage was charged.

Leaving Manila: This is funny: The guards asked for $3.00 USD to put me in front of the line and not have to wait in line with the others.

Tax for departing Manila was 750 pesos or less than $20.00.

Now, when you arrive home and assemble your petition:

$340.00 for the Petition for the I-129-F.

(more Passport pictures of you and your Fiance'. there not free)

Now wait for your NOA2.

Pay Approx. $ 350.00 for the Medical Exam. Not counting Cenomar, Transportation and a Overnight stay in Manila plus the Video required to watch that is also not free. Figure $550.00 or more.

If all goes good and the petition is Approved. Plan on a $1000.00 Plane Ticket one way and there is always EXTRA for baggage depending on the Airline you choose.

Get Married. There is no such thing as a Coupon for this so you get the idea.

Then the Adjustment of Status if K-1. I think about $1,070.00.

I'm sure More qualified Members that know the Philiphhines would say these figures are close: And This is WITHOUT A ATTOURNEY..

If you can do this without an Attourney (like I did) Good. My Attourney charged $1,500.00 for the petition alone.

Good luck and study and you'll be fine!


3/27/2007....We first met on myspace
1/30/10 ......My Honey proposed
8/15/10 ......He visit Philippines(2wks) & met my family
12/17/10 ....USCIS received the Filed I-129F for K1-visa
12/21/10 ....Received hard copy,NOA1
5/25/11.......Received RFE
6/09/11.......NOA2 approved
12/07/11.....Visa fee paid at BPI

6/11/13.......2nd visa fee payment
7/10-11/13.. Medical Exam completed@St.Lukes Clinic
1/15-16/14.. 2nd Medical exam updated
1/21/14...... k1 interview-Visa Approved
8/29/14...... Submitted AOS application
01/07/15.....Received my EAD card

01/31/15..... I got my SSN from the mail

04/20/15......AOS Interview - Approved :star:

4/24/15 .......Got the Driving Permit Card

4/30/15 .......Green Card Received :) (Exp.4/20/17)


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines

That's pretty much spot on. And it has been said hundreds of times on this forum:

Unless you have extenuating circumstances which require the assistance of an attorney, you can do it yourself.

Especially in the Philippines, where it goes fairly easily if all of your ducks are in a row. This forum, between its members and posted guides, will direct you the entire way.

Just study exactly what you need to do, follow the guide, and begin the process when you completely understand it. Do no rush as a mistake can be costly, or delay you.

You'll undoubtedly have questions that'll need to be answered, so the search button will be your friend. Good luck.

17-Jan-10 - Filed K-1

26-Apr-10 - Approved

06-May-10 - Entered POE

24-May-10 - Married

22-Jul-10 - Filed AOS

24-Sep-10 - Biometrics Appointment

18-Nov-10 - Approved

29-Nov-10 - Received Green Card

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