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Note: A Catholic religious ceremony may be performed even without a civil ceremony and the marriage will still be considered legal in the Philippines.

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


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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True. The only requirement for marriage is that it should be recognized by the country in which the marriage took place. For example, in Ethiopia you can get married in a church (if you are a christian), or in a Sharia court (if you are Muslim) or before a civil registrar (any one) and all will be recognized by the US embassy in Ethiopia. The document just has to be authenticated by the appropriate authorities - city government etc.

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Correct. That's what we did. We had a church wedding - no need for a civil wedding.


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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We just went to City hall and got married. There wasnt any time to get married in a church. The official who married us though was a part time pastor. It was in Quezon City.

One day we would still like to renew our vows at our church here though

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I got maried there and it was a catholic church wedding. But we also did a lot of local registrar things (a lot!) before the actual wedding at the church. But this was well over a decade ago and things may have been different then. But we did not just show up at the church and get married, that's for sure. There was waaaaaaaaay more involved on both the religious and civil sides.


10/17/2008 - First Contact via message in CB

03/15/2009 - Engaged

05/15/2009 - First meeting in person (I traveled to Philippines)

10/05/2010 - Sent I-129F package to Fiancee VISA service for review and forwarding

12/08/2011 - Interview - Approved!

12/20/2011 - VISA in hand! (Never showed up in 2go online tracking!)

01/04/2012 - POE San Francisco(SFO)I met her there.

01/05/2012 - We're Home!

02/14/2012 - Married Valentine's Day 2012!

05/04/2012 - Mailed AOS/EAD/AP packages via FedEx ground

07/26/2012 - EAD/AP Combo card received

"TeddyHoney and SqueezyBear"

(Derrick and Ritchie)

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Yeah, as long as it is recognized officially. In Alaska, you can apply for a friend or a family member (ANYONE, technically) to marry you, the permit is only good for one day, but you can do it in your bathroom if you want, and it is totally legal.

You could leave your front door unlocked, have your sister come in, right into your bedroom, and be married without ever getting out of bed. If she's nice, she will bring you breakfast, too. Breakfast and wedding ceremony in bed, naks!! (toothpaste optional, but preferred!)

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