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St. Raphaels Travel Agency for ticket to the US.

St Raphael's Travel, Manila to US  

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  2. 2. Have you PERSONALLY used them?



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I have read several people suggesting the use of St. Raphaels Travel Agency for tickets to the US. However, I cannot seem to find anyone actually saying they used the service. I have found several people saying that they did use St. Raphaels Travel Agency, and had bad experiences. Does anyone here that has something good to say about the company actually used them?

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Well, someone was also recommending their services to me,

I tried to call them to inquire if they have airline tickets for a party of 3,

the receptionist was really nice and courteous, though she wasn't able to

find me a ticket that I need on a certain date. In her end, she was telling me that

everything is booked already.

So I told my wife who is waiting in the US about this development,

she called on her travel agent, and told her about our plans,

her travel agent requested for a day or two, and VOILA,.!

We are now booked and confirmed on the day we want to leave,

plus, we got a cheaper deal out of it...

Cheers and good hunting sir,...


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DMV Actual ~ May 21, 2012 (passed TAKE 1)

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I have read several people suggesting the use of St. Raphaels Travel Agency for tickets to the US. However, I cannot seem to find anyone actually saying they used the service. I have found several people saying that they did use St. Raphaels Travel Agency, and had bad experiences. Does anyone here that has something good to say about the company actually used them?

I used them. They were able to get the 1st time immigrant rate for my wife and son, and a 'child repatriation' rate for my U.S. Citizen daughter. All three tickets from Manila to Los Angeles came to a total of $1950. We had to scan and send copies of visa/passport to show that they really met the immigrant/child requirement.

They handled many questions from me very promptly. Payment was easy through a BPI branch near my wife. She could have paid in pesos or $$..

I had no problems, would use them again, and would recommend them to a friend.

Edited by dantespal

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I purchased my one-way ticket through them back in August 2011, it was a 1st time immigrant rate as well. I first chatted with them through YM to inquire & asked for rates which they were very prompt in replying. It was a clean & quick transaction. I paid in cash.


K-1 Timeline

2-01-2011 > Mailed 129F

02-09-2011 > NOA1 email & SMS notification

02-12-2011 > NOA1 hardcopy received via mail (official date on NOA1 is 02-07-11)

05-17-2011 > NOA2 email & SMS notification (approved in 99 days from NOA1 date)

06-06-2011 > Got MNL case number

06-08-2011 > Paid Visa fee @ BPI bank (scheduled interview appointment online the same day)

06-13 & 14-2011 > 2-day medical exam

07-08-2011 > Received Letter of Eligibility

08-02-2011 > USEM Interview (rescheduled from July 18) - APPROVED!

08-11-2011 > Visa issued (accdg. to USEM email inquiry; 9 days from interview date)

08-15-2011 > 2go site showed Visa is already in transit

08-16-2011 > Visa received! (10 working days from interview date)

08-22-2011 > CFO Seminar

09-02-2011 > POE: SFO

AOS Timeline

10-13-2011 > Obtained marriage license

11-17-2011 > WEDDING

11-18-2011 > Sent AOS packet (with AOS & EAD)

12-01-2011 > Received hard copy NOA 1 for AOS & EAD

12-10-2011 > Received biometrics letter for 12-29

12-29-2011 > Biometrics taken

01-09-2012 > Letter for Request for Initial Interview received scheduled on Feb. 8

01-20-2012 > EAD status - Document/Card production

01-26-2012 > Accdg. to USCIS site: "We mailed you a notice that we have approved this I765 APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION."

01-28-2012 > EAD card arrives

02-08-2012 > AOS interview - APPROVED!

02-11-2012 > Welcome Notice received

02-13-2012 > Card production ordered

02-14-2012 > Green card mailed

02-18-2012 > Green card arrives

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My wife and I just purchased a 1st time immigrant through them for one way. There were no problems with the transaction and actually bent over backwards for us to accommodate a tight schedule. I would highly recommend them to friends and family. Tessa was very helpful.

Bob


  • Married in Manila: 08/20/2010
  • I-130 Sent to lockbox: 10/01/2010
  • I-130 Received: 10/03/2010
  • NOA-1 Received: 10/04/2010
  • NOA-2 Received: 02/01/2011
  • Received NVC: 02/08/2011
  • AOS Bill Generated: 02/10/2011
  • AOS Bill Paid: 02/10/2011
  • DS 3032 Emailed: 02/10/2011
  • IV Bill Generated: 02/14/2011
  • IV Bill Paid: 02/14/2011
  • IV Packet Received @ NVC:02/22/2011
  • NVC Completed 03/08/2011
  • Interview Date Post Sputum results May 17
  • Results negative, Interview scheduled 6/13
  • Placed in A/R 06/13/2011
  • I-601 required 07/18/2011
  • I-601 filed 11/9/2011
  • I-601 approved 11/29/11
  • 2nd Sputum test ordered 12/21/11
  • 2nd Sputum Test passed 02/21/12
  • Visa Approved!! 03/15/2012
  • Visa In Hand 03/17/2012
  • POE SFO 03/24/2012

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I have read several people suggesting the use of St. Raphaels Travel Agency for tickets to the US. However, I cannot seem to find anyone actually saying they used the service. I have found several people saying that they did use St. Raphaels Travel Agency, and had bad experiences. Does anyone here that has something good to say about the company actually used them?

I can book for you if you want, I am ticketing and reservation officer of Jupiter Travel & Tours, small office but lower price than big company.


Jazel & Paul Stickel

January 2009 : met online via Filipino dating and singles site (Filipino Cupid);

chatting No E-mails.

February 2009 : arrived for first meeting in-person! We become friend.

September 2009 : arrived for second meeting in-person

February 2011 : Arrived for third meeting Engaged!!!

June 2011 : Propose to marry in 2012!!!

February 2,2012 : arrived forth meeting in person

February 3, 2012 : got the capacity to marry from the US Embassy Manila

February 14, 2012: Wedding ceremony at Municipality of Cainta, Rizal Philippines

February 16, 2012: signing the contract of marriage

IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Manila, Philippines

Marriage (if applicable): 2012-02-16

I-130 Sent : 2012-05-07

I-130 NOA1 : 2012-05-14

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Someone did recommended them to me but the 1st time immigrant fare given to us by the airline (Cathay) was much cheaper that what St. Raphael quoted us.


USCIS

07-20-2010: I-130 package mailed.

07-22-2010: I-130 Package Received - Priority Date.

07-29-2010: Received text & email from USCIS - Notice Date.

07-30-2010: Check Cashed by USCIS.

08-02-2010: Received NOA1 hard copy.

08-02,04,05: Touched.

09-28-2010: Received text & email - petition approved.

10-04-2010: Received NOA2 hard copy.

NVC

10-13-2010: NVC Case# Received (after calling).

10-15-2010: Emailed DS-3032 to NVC.

10-16-2020: Received the DS-3032 package, IIN number & AOS bill via email.

10-22-2010: Paid AOS bill ($88) - showing IN PROCESS

10-25-2010: AOS fee PAID.

10-27-2010: Express Mail AOS Package.

10-27-2010: Paid IV bill - showing IN PROCESS.

10-28-2010: AOS package delivered.

10-28-2010: IV fee PAID.

10-29-2010: Express Mail IV package.

11-01-2010: IV package delivered.

11-08-2010: AOS packages entered into NVC system.

11-15-2010: IV package entered into NVC system.

11-23-2010: SIF.

11-24-2010: Case Complete.

CONSULATE

12-21-2010: Medical at SLMC - Passed

12-22-2010: Immunization at SLMC

01-04-2011: Interview @USEM ~ Approval

OTHER

02-05-2011: POE at JFK

N-400

05-01-2017: N-400 Sent

05-09-2017: Case accepted

05-15-2017: Biometric appointment scheduled

05-30-2017: Biometric

06-05-2017: Inline for interview

08-15-2017: Interview scheduled

09-19-2017: Interview (approved).

01-19-2018: Oath Ceremony

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Well, we used them. Besides a little disagreement on what exchange rate to use, and some initial communication difficulties, it went pretty smoothly. Fiance and daughter leave manila on the 20th. So, pending any mishaps at the airport, I'd recommend St. Raphaels. Cost of TWO 1 way tickets from Manila to San Francisco purchased 3 weeks before flight, $1204 USD.

That was the price after all taxes and fees.

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