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My interview was scheduled at 8:30am of July 14, 2011. I went to bed at 9pm and set my alarm at 4am but can't sleep. hehe. Woke up at 2am, went online to see if hubby was already at home. Chatted with hubby for awhile and went to shower at almost 4am. Had my breakfast at the hotel at 6am and went to the embassy at 6:30am. There were hundreds of people already waiting and I thought I have to wait til they call those people who have appointment at 8:30. I was wrong. As soon as I got there, all I did was to fall in line under immigrant visa and they let me enter the premises ahead of my scheduled time. That being said, I guess it's best to go there as early as you can if you want to be done early too. Before entering the embassy, I was asked to show them my appointment letter and my passport. Went through the first security check and after that, I was asked to fall in line to get my number (I got 6074). They asked for my interview letter, handed me the 2go form and my number, and instructed me to drop my interview letter with a stapled number on window 39. Went through second security check, dropped by appointment letter at window 39 and went to look for a vacant seat. There are tons of people waiting inside already. After an hour, my number flashed on the screen, instructed me to go to window 40 and so I did. It was for finger scanning. They asked for my name and birth day and took my scanned my fingers. Waited for another 30 minutes and my number flashed again and instructed me to proceed to window 48. It was for my pre-interview with a filipina officer. It only lasted 5 minutes. She asked me the following questions:

1. What is your name? stated my name

2. Who is your petitioner? my husband

3. When did you get married? Oct 23, 2010

4. Where did you get married? The Lakeshore, Mexico, Pampanga

5. How many times has he been in he Philippines? 6 times

6. Do you have kids? no

7. Is this your first marriage? yes

8. Is this your husband's first marriage? no

9. How did you meet? we work together and we met each other during one of our company's meeting.

10 When did you meet? September 2008

11. What is a Coach?(not the brand name, haha, I was a coach/team manager before and I met my husband at work, he's a Policy Operations Manager)

She said NVC did not include my husband's divorce decree in the packet they sent to the embassy. (Interesting huh? What's new with NVC anyway :P )She asked for my copy and I gave it to her. She then instructed me to wait for my number to flash on the board for my final interview.

I waited 2 freaking hours for my final interview! haha! I was dizzy already looking at each numbers that were flashing randomly on the board. Finally, after 2 hrs my number flashed and I was instructed to proceed on window 64. A blond curly woman was my CO and she was nice. As I was approaching her, she said (while her mic was on, haha) "This is a wife!" I laughed and said, "how did you know?" She smiled back and said I look professional. I don't know what that means but I've seen people wearing clothes showing their boobies. LOL. So I guess my denim skinny jeans and long sleeves did the work for me. haha. I greeted her good morning and she smiled back and said good morning. She asked me to raise my right hand and swear that I will only say the truth. I said yes. My final interview only took 5 minutes. Then she proceeded with the questions:

1. Who is your petitioner? My husband.

2. What is his name? Stated my husband's name

3. Was he married before? yes

4. How many kids he have? he have an adopted daughter

5. When did you get married? October 23, 2010

6. When was the last time you saw him? March 28, 2011

7. When did you meet? September 2008

8. Where did you meet? at work, inside the meeting/conference room.

9. How many times has he visited you? he's been here 6 times. 2 for business trip and 4 for personal vacation. She then said, "Wow! That's a lot of miles!" I laughed and said, yes! :P

10. She asked if I have pictures with me, I said we have more than 5000 photos and I only printed 50. haha. She laughed and said, "Just pick one - your favorite". I gave her one of our wedding photos which is my favorite and she said, "You guys look so happy. Happiness radiates." I said, thank you.

She continued typing and after a few seconds she said, "It's a long wait til the interview day and it's just quick huh? (I smiled and she said) I'll approve your visa and good luck in America!" Sweet!!! I gave her my biggest smile and said thank you. She instructed me to wait for my name to be called for the delivery instructions. I waited for a minute and my name was called, gave them (2go) my 2go form and left the building. Was so hungry and sleepy after but I'm very happy. Took a cab and went back to the hotel and told my husband about the good news!!

Thank you all for the help you gave us and all the prayers too! Good Luck to everyone!


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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Congratulations for your approval


K-1 Time Line

Service Center:_California Service Center

Consulate: _Frankfurt, Germany

I-129F Sent: _2011-03-20

I-129F NOA1:_ 2011-03-30

I-129F NOA2:_2011-06-18

NVC Received: _2011-07-19

NVC Left:_2011-07-20

Consulate Received:_2011-07-25

Packet 3 Received: _2011-07-28

Packet 3 Sent: _2011-07-29

Packet 4 Received:_ 2011-08-09

Interview Date: _ 2011-08-24

Interview Result:_ Approved(After 3 weeks AP)

Visa Received:_2011-09-21

US Entry:_@ JFK 2011-11-16

Marriage: _2011-12-20

AOS, EAD, AP

Date Filed: _2012-02-07

NOA Date: _2012-02-13

Bio. Appt. Notice recieved_2012-02-17

Bio. Appt.:2012-03-12@ 8:00 AM in Columbus OH

Bio Done:2012-03-05 WALK IN- Columbus OH

State ID: 2012-03-05

DL Permit: 2012-03-08

AOS Transfer: 2012-03-14

AOS Touched @ USCIS: 2012-03-21

EAD/AP Approved & Card Producton: 2012-04-03

EAD/AP on Hand:2012-04-11

AOS_RFE: 2012-09-28

RFE Sent: 2012-11-09

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I forgot to include - They did not ask for any documents from me. Just the divorce decree and one picture. I killed tons of trees to print everything and went to government offices to get all my clearances and NSO copies! :bonk: Well, no complaining now! haha! I'm approved! :dance: :dance: :dance:


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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I killed tons of trees to print everything and went to government offices to get all my clearances and NSO copies! :bonk: Well, no complaining now! haha! I'm approved! :dance: :dance: :dance:

That's kind of how I felt...but, it was better than not having it and needing it.

CONGRATS!!! :thumbs:


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Our Visa Journey

09/06/11 - Home!

09/24/11 - Married

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Congratulations!!! What wonderful news!!! (F)


NATURALIZATION
02/15/13 - Mailed N-400
02/19/13 - Received by Phoenix Lockbox (day 01)
02/21/13 - NOA1 issued (day 03)


REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS (WIFE)
02/18/12 - Eligible for Removal of Conditions on Residence
03/23/12 - Mailed I-751 to CSC
03/26/12 - Received by CSC (day 01)
03/31/12 - Received NOA1 (day 06)
05/02/12 - Biometrics done (day 38)
10/23/12 - Received approval email (day 212)
11/01/12 - Received green card (day 221)


IR-2 (STEPDAUGHTER)
06/01/10 - Mailed I-130 petition
06/03/10 - Package delivered to USCIS (day 01)
06/08/10 - NOA1 issued (day 06)
11/03/10 - Received approval email (day 154)
11/08/10 - Received approval notice in mail (day 159)


NATIONAL VISA CENTER (STEPDAUGHTER)
11/08/10 - NVC received case from USCIS
11/09/10 - NVC case # & IIN generated, email addresses given, DS-3032 sent via email & USPS (day 01)
11/16/10 - Received and paid AOS bill (day 08)
11/17/10 - AOS bill marked as PAID; AOS packet express mailed (day 09)
11/19/10 - Received and paid IV bill; DS-3032 accepted (day 11)
11/22/10 - IV bill marked as PAID; IV packet express mailed (day 14)
12/03/10 - Sign-in failed (day 25)
12/09/10 - INTERVIEW SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 10, 2011 @ 6:45AM
12/28/10 - Medical exam done at SLEC Manila - PASSED! (day 40)
01/10/11 - Interview at USEM Manila - APPROVED! (day 53)
01/21/11 - Stepdaughter received passport with IR-2 visa! (day 64)

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CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! and happy flying......i'll have my asawa read this, she interviews in 3 weeks..... :thumbs::dance:


12/22/2010...married my soulmate,in tagaytay city.


USCIS...
01/28/2011...mailed I-130 to chicago Lockbox.....The journey begins
01/31/2011...receive I-130
02/05/2011...get a e-mail notice of NOA-1...states case transferred to CSC
02/08/2011...check clears my bank
02/10/2011... rec. hardcopy NOA-1 in mail...priority date..01/31/2011.....sit back relax and ride this slow mule!!
02/14/2011... touched ( it must have fallen on the floor )..hehe
05/12/2011...NOA-2 OMG...98days u kidding me!!!!!!!

NVC......

05/26/2011... finally got NVC case number...
05/28/2011... receive DS-3032 in e-mail/e-mailed the DS-3032 back
05/28/2011... receive AOS fee bill/ and paid online.
06/01/2011... AOS fee bill shows paid.
06/02/2011... DS-3032 accepted
06/03/2011... IV-bill generated and sented by e-mail
06/04/2011... Paid IV fee bill/ in progress
06/07/2011... IV fee bill showed paid/ downloaded cover sheet
06/08/2011... Express mail both the I-864(AOS) and DS-230
06/09/2011... Confirmed del at 11:10am signed by N visa center.
06/21/2011... SIF...yea!!! called NVC..yes case complete but no interview dates until aug..rats!!
06/28/2011... issured interview date set for 08/08/2011 At 6:30am.
07/12&13/2011... medical
YEA SHE PASSED MEDICAL

08/08/2011... interview approved!!!
08/19/2011...usa/arkansas.....

ROC

05/23/2013... mailed I-751 to Vermont

05/25/2013...delivery confirm received

05/30/2013...check cleared bank

06/01/2013...rec. NOA1 (receipt date 05/28/2013)

06/24/2013... biometrics appointment

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I forgot to include - They did not ask for any documents from me. Just the divorce decree and one picture. I killed tons of trees to print everything and went to government offices to get all my clearances and NSO copies! :bonk: Well, no complaining now! haha! I'm approved! :dance: :dance: :dance:

I KILLED TONS OF TREES. LOL FOR ALL THIS PAPERWORK ! :rofl:

CONGRATS


TIM/MAV K1-JOURNEY
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
10/03/14.....Biometrics
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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Hoorayyyy!!! Congrats!!!:dance:

I'll try not to kill a tree when it is our turn...:rofl:


Philippians 4:13...I can do all things through Christ who strengthens meGC Received: 02/04/2012

Useful Links for K-1 Visa Petition for USEM Philippines:

Packet 3 for K-1: http://photos.state....3__rtf2_001.pdf

St Luke's Website: http://www.slec.ph/u...ml#clinic-hours

Link to Schedule Interview: http://cgifederal.force.com/

CFO Website for Seminar: http://www.cfo.gov.p...onals&catid=140

Povery Guideline: http://www.uscis.gov...form/i-864p.pdf

Website to Download DS 156, 156K, & 157: http://travel.state....forms_1342.html

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Hehe! Thank you for all the congrats! Hopefully I'll have my visa before Wednesday of next week so I can fly on the 22nd! C'mon 2go!! :dance:


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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