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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Hello again ka-VJ! I want to have my CFO seminar done somewhere next month during my and my fiance's vacation. I will do it whether in Manila or Cebu. Is it too early yet to have it done? We will not make appointment yet for the K1 visa interview, will schedule interview appointment in due time.

And by the way, can I bring my fiance' to that seminar even if he will just be sitting beside me and wait for the session to be finished? I am also planning to bring our 9 months old baby in that seminar. Does the CFO people allow it? What other documents should I bring aside from those listed on the site?


Sam's CRBA, US Passport, and SSN Journey

Nov. 2010: CRBA and US passport application sent(via Air21)

Dec. 08, 2010: Interview(DNA was recommended)

April 04, 2011: CRBA and US passport on hand

April 2011: SSN Application sent (mailed original docs thru 2GO)

April 29, 2011: SSN card on hand

My K1 Visa Journey

March 05, 2011: I-129F packet sent

March 14, 2011: NOA1

May 20, 2011: NOA2(approved in 67 days from NOA1, with no RFEs)

June 24, 2011: NVC received approved petition from USCIS

June 29, 2011: Approved original petition left NVC to US Embassy-Manila

July 15, 2011: Eligibility letter received from US Embassy-Manila(dated July 11, 2011)

October 26 - June 5, 2012: SLEC trap!!! (DOT tx to vaccine administration)

June 7, 2012: Interview (APPROVED!) :)

June 18, 2012: Visa picked up at the embassy

June 20, 2012: POE in Detroit

proud of my family

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Hello! I dont know much about CFO seminar since I am still waiting for our NOA2 but I heard from friends experiences where they attended the seminar without any NOA2 but just brought along the necessary documents that are needed. They were just given this slip or whatever it is after the seminar and got their sticker when their visa finally arrived.


K1 Timeline

02-28-11 I-29F SENT

06-01-11 PETITION APPROVED

07-15-11 VISA APPROVED

AOS Timeline

03-02-12 I-485 SENT

05-22-12 INTERVIEW APPROVED

ROC Timeline

04-18-14 I-751 SENT

07-29-14 APPROVED

Naturalization Timeline

06-29-16 N400 SENT

08-02-16 BIOMETRICS

10-12-16 INTERVIEW

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It is best to just attend the seminar when you have your visa in hand. You can attend now as well, however, you will still need to go back when you have your visa in your hand so they can put the sticker in your passport. So, to save time, energy, and money it's best to just go there when you have the actual visa.

They won't let you have your husband and child inside the seminar room. There is a waiting area and they can wait there. I dunno with PRISM but with the other one, the waiting area is outside the place itself - so hot.

Hope that helps.


October 2008 - we first met each other at work (Makati, Philippines)

February 2010 - we finally admitted that we are in love (yay!)

Mar 18-Apr 5, 2010 - hubby went to the Philippines for vacation to celebrate his birthday

March 31, 2010 - engagement day!! yay!!

August 21-29, 2010 - hubby went back again to PH for the wedding prep

October 19-November 2, 2010 - hubby arrived in PH for our wedding :)

October 23, 2010 - WEDDING DAY!!

March 18-28, 2011 - hubby's visit to Philippines for his bday (2nd bday together)

USCIS Stage - 136 days for USCIS journey

December 2, 2010 - I-130 sent to Chicago Lockbox

December 6, 2010 - I-130 received!! yay!!

December 13, 2010 - NOA1 text message received!

December 16, 2010 - NOA1 hard copy received in the mail

April 28, 2011 - NOA2!!! Thank you LORD!

NVC Stage - 21 days for NVC journey

May 2, 2011 - NOA2 hard copy received in the mail; NVC received our case

May 6, 2011 - Case number and IIN ; DS3230 sent by beneficiary through email to NVC

May 10, 2011 - AOS bill invoiced and paid

May 13, 2011 - IV bill generated and paid

May 16, 2011 - IV bill shows "PAID" ; AOS and DS230 packets sent to NVC

May 18, 2011 - NVC received both packets

May 19, 2011 - Medical exam - PASSED!!! :)

May 27, 2011 - Sign in Failed and Case Complete!!! Woot!

June 9, 2011 - Interview date assigned

July 14, 2011 - Interview @8:30am - APPROVED!!!!

July 21, 2011 - Visa Received! FINALLY!

July 23, 2011 - POE - Salt Lake City, Utah *home sweet home*

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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It is best to just attend the seminar when you have your visa in hand. You can attend now as well, however, you will still need to go back when you have your visa in your hand so they can put the sticker in your passport. So, to save time, energy, and money it's best to just go there when you have the actual visa.

They won't let you have your husband and child inside the seminar room. There is a waiting area and they can wait there. I dunno with PRISM but with the other one, the waiting area is outside the place itself - so hot.

Hope that helps.

Oh thank you for that suggestion, it helps! :)


Sam's CRBA, US Passport, and SSN Journey

Nov. 2010: CRBA and US passport application sent(via Air21)

Dec. 08, 2010: Interview(DNA was recommended)

April 04, 2011: CRBA and US passport on hand

April 2011: SSN Application sent (mailed original docs thru 2GO)

April 29, 2011: SSN card on hand

My K1 Visa Journey

March 05, 2011: I-129F packet sent

March 14, 2011: NOA1

May 20, 2011: NOA2(approved in 67 days from NOA1, with no RFEs)

June 24, 2011: NVC received approved petition from USCIS

June 29, 2011: Approved original petition left NVC to US Embassy-Manila

July 15, 2011: Eligibility letter received from US Embassy-Manila(dated July 11, 2011)

October 26 - June 5, 2012: SLEC trap!!! (DOT tx to vaccine administration)

June 7, 2012: Interview (APPROVED!) :)

June 18, 2012: Visa picked up at the embassy

June 20, 2012: POE in Detroit

proud of my family

:)

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I was wondering this as well too because my fiance will be here next week and I was planning to have the CFO seminar. Also, I thought they would allow it because it would be enough proof for them that we are truly serious in the relationship because I heard that they ask for really weird documents and stuff. I wish they would allow my fiance, since he is a USC anyway, but oh well. :huh:

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From what I have read, they dont allow anyone but the individual needing the seminar in there. I would think it would help to show them (CFO) that the relationship is real and if there were any questions, they could ask your fiance directly. Like it has been stated before, the CFO is a racket...just another way to get more money.

My wife did her CFO right after her embassy interview and she told me that they asked more questions at the CFO seminar than at the visa interview. I would recommend to bring everything you are planning to take to the interview to the CFO seminar though. They wanted to see my divorce decree (USC's) there at the CFO (PRISM)...I dont feel that was any of their business. The embassy and USCIS can request that, but of what use was it to them other than to fill my wife's head with ideas and doubts?

Anyway, good luck with the seminar. It is up to you if you will do it before the visa, but my wife did it before she did her visa just to knock it out while she was in manila. Make sure that if you do it before you get your visa, you have a copy of your passport bio data page.


For our Full timeline

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Removal of conditions Journey

16 March 2012 Sent I-751 package from Aviano AB, Italy.

29 March 2012 Received everything back...wrong fee. thought we didn't have to pay biometrics since we were sending fingerprint cards and passport photos.

30 March 2012 Sent everything out again from Aviano AB, Italy.

10 April 2012 Check cashed

17 April 2012 Received NOA1 dated 6 April.

06 Dec 2012 Received 10 yr green card. Letter said it was approved 28 November 2012.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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FOr the CFO, parents are expected if age requirements are met as if a philippine wedding. Please also note fiancee is not permitted in the building during this time. The fiancee can wait outside the building, but expect to be monitored by local authorities. (this is not only for your protection, but if the signal is given inside, the fiancee will be arrested.) And according to the accounts I have read, and people talked to recently going through the CFO, have ALL papers you will be using at the embassy with you. You do not know what documents they will wish to examine. Also, expect to have one on one time as well. I cannot say what or how they choose certain people to interview deeper then others. The CFO is inexpensive compared to other things, but the CFO is interested in protecting the Filipino citizens. The CFO approach is from the standpoint the "outsider may be a bad person". The CFO is not the approach of the embassy where is the relationship real, and genuine. The CFO is trying to talk you out of leaving the Philippines, the question they ask, are you absolutely sure you are ready to go live in another country? Are you absolutely sure your spouse will take care of you? How well do you know him? (there are rumors they do a background check on the foreign fiancee/spouse to see if they can find anything. )


K-1 Visa Timeline:

02/11/2011 - Engaged at her house by her Godmother.

02/18/2011 - Engagement party with relatives - propose in Visayan.

02/24/2011 - K-1 packet sent.

09/18/2011 - POE, Viva Las Vegas, Baby !!!!! Home to Phoenix.

12/10/2011 - Official Wedding

07/05/2012 - Princess Rose born.

07/07/2012 - AP/EAD received.

07/17/2012 - AOS passed. (Birthday for Mama Rayos)

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Hello again ka-VJ! I want to have my CFO seminar done somewhere next month during my and my fiance's vacation. I will do it whether in Manila or Cebu. Is it too early yet to have it done? We will not make appointment yet for the K1 visa interview, will schedule interview appointment in due time.

And by the way, can I bring my fiance' to that seminar even if he will just be sitting beside me and wait for the session to be finished? I am also planning to bring our 9 months old baby in that seminar. Does the CFO people allow it? What other documents should I bring aside from those listed on the site?

You can have your CFO seminar done either before or after the the interview, your choice.

You can bring your faince with you but, he won't be allowed to get inside. Again, your choice...

Good Luck!


Immigration Timeline Summary

10.21.2008 – CR-1 Visa Application Filed (By Hubby's Sec)
09.04.2009 – Visa Interview | Passed
09.10.2009 – Visa Packet Received
09.17.2009 – US Entry | Home
07.05.2011 – ROC Petition Filed
05.01.2012 – ROC Approved (No Interview)
05.18.2012 – 10-year GC Received
06.19.2012 – Eligible to apply for Naturalization
(procrastinated)
06.24.2013 – N-400 Application Filed
09.30.2013 – Civics Test / Interview | Passed
10.03.2013 – Oath Taking Ceremony | Became a USCitizen!
04.14.2014 – Applied for "Expedite Service" Passport (as PI travel date was fast approaching)
04.16.2014 – Passport Issued & Shipped
04.17.2014 – US Passport Received

Our timeline vanished into thin air.

I've contacted the admin several times but I got zero response.

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(there are rumors they do a background check on the foreign fiancee/spouse to see if they can find anything. )

That's crazy! :bonk:


Immigration Timeline Summary

10.21.2008 – CR-1 Visa Application Filed (By Hubby's Sec)
09.04.2009 – Visa Interview | Passed
09.10.2009 – Visa Packet Received
09.17.2009 – US Entry | Home
07.05.2011 – ROC Petition Filed
05.01.2012 – ROC Approved (No Interview)
05.18.2012 – 10-year GC Received
06.19.2012 – Eligible to apply for Naturalization
(procrastinated)
06.24.2013 – N-400 Application Filed
09.30.2013 – Civics Test / Interview | Passed
10.03.2013 – Oath Taking Ceremony | Became a USCitizen!
04.14.2014 – Applied for "Expedite Service" Passport (as PI travel date was fast approaching)
04.16.2014 – Passport Issued & Shipped
04.17.2014 – US Passport Received

Our timeline vanished into thin air.

I've contacted the admin several times but I got zero response.

https://meiscookery.wordpress.com

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FOr the CFO, parents are expected if age requirements are met as if a philippine wedding. Please also note fiancee is not permitted in the building during this time. The fiancee can wait outside the building, but expect to be monitored by local authorities. (this is not only for your protection, but if the signal is given inside, the fiancee will be arrested.) And according to the accounts I have read, and people talked to recently going through the CFO, have ALL papers you will be using at the embassy with you. You do not know what documents they will wish to examine. Also, expect to have one on one time as well. I cannot say what or how they choose certain people to interview deeper then others. The CFO is inexpensive compared to other things, but the CFO is interested in protecting the Filipino citizens. The CFO approach is from the standpoint the "outsider may be a bad person". The CFO is not the approach of the embassy where is the relationship real, and genuine. The CFO is trying to talk you out of leaving the Philippines, the question they ask, are you absolutely sure you are ready to go live in another country? Are you absolutely sure your spouse will take care of you? How well do you know him? (there are rumors they do a background check on the foreign fiancee/spouse to see if they can find anything. )

Conspiracy theorist? :rolleyes::unsure:


11/15/10: I-130 package FEDEX'd to Chicago Lockbox

11/15/10: NSO Marriage and Birth Certificates available for pick-up at NSO

11/17/10: Receipt Date of I-130 petition at Chicago Lockbox

11/19/10: NSO Marriage Cert and Birth Cert (4x each) received by Gina in Philippines

11/19/10: CRBA package couriered to US Embassy in Manila

11/22/10: CRBA package/application including NSO BC & MC received by embassy

11/22/10: NOA1 Date

11/24/10: Electronic notification of receipt received from Chicago Lockbox

11/24/10: Embassy scheduled CRBA appointment for 12/21/2010

11/26/20: Check cashed

11/27/10: NOA1 Hardcopy received via USPS

12/21/10: Interview/Personal appearance at Manila Embassy for CRBA **approved**

01/03/11: CRBA and US Passport for daughter received by Gina via FEDEX

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Hello again ka-VJ! I want to have my CFO seminar done somewhere next month during my and my fiance's vacation. I will do it whether in Manila or Cebu. Is it too early yet to have it done? We will not make appointment yet for the K1 visa interview, will schedule interview appointment in due time.

And by the way, can I bring my fiance' to that seminar even if he will just be sitting beside me and wait for the session to be finished? I am also planning to bring our 9 months old baby in that seminar. Does the CFO people allow it? What other documents should I bring aside from those listed on the site?

First of all, No he can not sit in with you. Second, why would you want to subject your man to that? Its an all day process and the whole idea is to find out what you know about him and establish a real relationship. Also they will inform you of your rights as well. You must know him and the answers to their questions. This seminar is required for travel abroad a well as application for a passport in your married name. You may take this seminar before you visa interview, I personally would recommend it. One less thing to do when your Visa is approved. Bare in mind you will have to go to DFA with your visa and CFO Certificate with your passport to get a stamp in it for travel abroard. Good Luck.

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FOr the CFO, parents are expected if age requirements are met as if a philippine wedding. Please also note fiancee is not permitted in the building during this time. The fiancee can wait outside the building, but expect to be monitored by local authorities. (this is not only for your protection, but if the signal is given inside, the fiancee will be arrested.) And according to the accounts I have read, and people talked to recently going through the CFO, have ALL papers you will be using at the embassy with you. You do not know what documents they will wish to examine. Also, expect to have one on one time as well. I cannot say what or how they choose certain people to interview deeper then others. The CFO is inexpensive compared to other things, but the CFO is interested in protecting the Filipino citizens. The CFO approach is from the standpoint the "outsider may be a bad person". The CFO is not the approach of the embassy where is the relationship real, and genuine. The CFO is trying to talk you out of leaving the Philippines, the question they ask, are you absolutely sure you are ready to go live in another country? Are you absolutely sure your spouse will take care of you? How well do you know him? (there are rumors they do a background check on the foreign fiancee/spouse to see if they can find anything. )

Half of the above is BS.....they are only wanting to make sure you are aware of the rights you have and the rights you have in the country you are traveling to. They want to make sure you know the person you are in a relationship with. They will ask you questions about his previous marriages, childrens names, maybe ex's name, why they got a divorce and what he does for a living. They will want to see a original final divorce decree if he's been married before. There is no way in hell they can or will do a background check on him. This is the Philippines and they can not and do not have the technology to do that in one day. Your answers to their questions is what they base their asumptions on. If you really know him and his past then you have nothing to worry about.

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FOr the CFO, parents are expected if age requirements are met as if a philippine wedding. Please also note fiancee is not permitted in the building during this time. The fiancee can wait outside the building, but expect to be monitored by local authorities. (this is not only for your protection, but if the signal is given inside, the fiancee will be arrested.) And according to the accounts I have read, and people talked to recently going through the CFO, have ALL papers you will be using at the embassy with you. You do not know what documents they will wish to examine. Also, expect to have one on one time as well. I cannot say what or how they choose certain people to interview deeper then others. The CFO is inexpensive compared to other things, but the CFO is interested in protecting the Filipino citizens. The CFO approach is from the standpoint the "outsider may be a bad person". The CFO is not the approach of the embassy where is the relationship real, and genuine. The CFO is trying to talk you out of leaving the Philippines, the question they ask, are you absolutely sure you are ready to go live in another country? Are you absolutely sure your spouse will take care of you? How well do you know him? (there are rumors they do a background check on the foreign fiancee/spouse to see if they can find anything. )

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FOr the CFO, parents are expected if age requirements are met as if a philippine wedding. Please also note fiancee is not permitted in the building during this time. The fiancee can wait outside the building, but expect to be monitored by local authorities. (this is not only for your protection, but if the signal is given inside, the fiancee will be arrested.) And according to the accounts I have read, and people talked to recently going through the CFO, have ALL papers you will be using at the embassy with you. You do not know what documents they will wish to examine. Also, expect to have one on one time as well. I cannot say what or how they choose certain people to interview deeper then others. The CFO is inexpensive compared to other things, but the CFO is interested in protecting the Filipino citizens. The CFO approach is from the standpoint the "outsider may be a bad person". The CFO is not the approach of the embassy where is the relationship real, and genuine. The CFO is trying to talk you out of leaving the Philippines, the question they ask, are you absolutely sure you are ready to go live in another country? Are you absolutely sure your spouse will take care of you? How well do you know him? (there are rumors they do a background check on the foreign fiancee/spouse to see if they can find anything. )

I do not mean to rain on your parade. But I was just looking at your time line.......Lucky for you I'm not the one looking over your paper work. Let alone the eyes of the Philippine bureaucrats. I can see where you may run into some problems, either here or there. You may find that your relationship comes under some scrutiny because of the time line itself. Hopefully it will work out for you. But one thing I can tell you is that you really need to look a bit deeper into the culture and understand the people here. As one USC to another, and this one has lived here over 2 years, do your homework and alway think with the right head. Good Luck.

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I do not mean to rain on your parade. But I was just looking at your time line.......Lucky for you I'm not the one looking over your paper work. Let alone the eyes of the Philippine bureaucrats. I can see where you may run into some problems, either here or there. You may find that your relationship comes under some scrutiny because of the time line itself. Hopefully it will work out for you. But one thing I can tell you is that you really need to look a bit deeper into the culture and understand the people here. As one USC to another, and this one has lived here over 2 years, do your homework and alway think with the right head. Good Luck.

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K1 Visa -

AOS Timeline
AUG 24 2011 > K1 Visa POE San Francisco CA (Finally
OCT 06 2011 > Got Married in Redwood City CA (Ehem!)

NOV 14 2011 > SUBMITTED I-1485, I-765 & I-131 Application via USPS to Chicago Lockbox
NOV 18 2011 > Received text and email (I-797 Notice of action was sent via mail)
NOV 26 2011 > Received Biometrics Appointment Letter for DECEMBER 13...
DEC 13 2011 > BIOMETRICS DONE
JAN 07 2011 > Received INTERVIEW Notice for FEB 1st!
JAN 14 2012 > EAD RECEIVED
FEB 01 2012 > INTERVIEW DONE we got APPROVED for conditional GREENCARD yESSSS!!!

I-751 Removal of Condition Journey
DEC 27 2013 > Sent I-751 packet Laguna Niguel Office, CSC
JAN 2 2014 > Packet sent back because of wrong filing fee (wrote $585 instead of $590)
JAN 2 2014 > Re-sent I-751 packet with the correct filing fee this time
JAN 6 2014 > They have received my packet

JAN 9 2014 > Check enchashed

JAN 12 2014> Received Biometrics Appointment

JAN 31 2014> Biometrics done!

April 30 2014> GC Approved

May 4 2014> Letter received Card in production

May 7 2014> Received 10 yr GC! WEEEEEE!!! THANK GOD!

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