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Hello, everyone!

This may have been asked a thousand times here on VisaJourney.com, but I'd like to know from those who have attended the Guidance and Counseling Program at CFO (Quirino Ave., Manila) what they presented as documents before the seminar. Although I have checked from the website, I feel like there are more documents needed other than those already mentioned.

Please can anyone who have recently attended share what requirements they brought with them?

I need to obtain the certificate of attendance/completion in order to have my passport updated to reflect my married name.

Your help and assistance will be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Jae

P.S. For the VJ Mods/Admins: please feel free to move this thread as you deem fit. :)

Edited by Gorjaeous

XX Jun 1999: We have known each other since high school.

[Read history in between here.]

07 Dec 2013: We got married in Batangas, Philippines.

26 Jan 2014: He returned to the US.

USCIS

I-130

18 Feb 2014: Preparation of all requirements for I-130 packet.

20 Feb 2014: I-130 packet sent to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox facility; priority date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1).

23 Feb 2014: Notice date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1).

26 Feb 2014: I-797C (NOA1) received by mail.

18 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by email.

22 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by mail.

23 Jun 2014: Approved case shipped to Department of State for visa processing.

I-129F

03 Mar 2014: I-129F packet sent to USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility.

14 Mar 2014: Notice date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1); routed to Nebraska Service Center.

21 Mar 2014: I-797C (NOA1) received by mail.

18 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by email.

22 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by mail.

23 Jun 2014: Approved case shipped to Department of State for visa processing.

NVC

02 Aug 2014: Immigration papers received at NVC

14 Aug 2014: Case Number, IIN, BIN have been assigned

17 Aug 2014: Submitted/Received DS-261; AOS Bill

19 Aug 2014: AOS Bill Paid

02 Sept 2014: AOS Package Sent

26 Sept 2014: IV Bill Received

30 Sept 2014: IV Bill Paid

18 Nov 2014: Send IV Package

06 Feb 2015: Case Completed at NVC

Consulate

06 Feb 2015: Received Interview Schedule

16 Mar 2015: US Visa Interview at US Embassy, Manila

18 Mar 2015: US Visa Issued

21 Mar 2015: US Visa Received via 2GO

ROC

19 Jan 2017: Filed I-751 Form

23 Jan 2017: Received NOA1

17 Feb 2017: Biometrics

26 Feb 2018: Case Received at My Local Office

25 Jun 2018: Case Approved!

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Hi, ppihtr123. By EVERYTHING, you mean...? Can we be more specific, please? Thanks in advance.

Bring EVERYTHING. Unfortunately they can ask for anything they want.


XX Jun 1999: We have known each other since high school.

[Read history in between here.]

07 Dec 2013: We got married in Batangas, Philippines.

26 Jan 2014: He returned to the US.

USCIS

I-130

18 Feb 2014: Preparation of all requirements for I-130 packet.

20 Feb 2014: I-130 packet sent to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox facility; priority date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1).

23 Feb 2014: Notice date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1).

26 Feb 2014: I-797C (NOA1) received by mail.

18 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by email.

22 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by mail.

23 Jun 2014: Approved case shipped to Department of State for visa processing.

I-129F

03 Mar 2014: I-129F packet sent to USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility.

14 Mar 2014: Notice date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1); routed to Nebraska Service Center.

21 Mar 2014: I-797C (NOA1) received by mail.

18 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by email.

22 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by mail.

23 Jun 2014: Approved case shipped to Department of State for visa processing.

NVC

02 Aug 2014: Immigration papers received at NVC

14 Aug 2014: Case Number, IIN, BIN have been assigned

17 Aug 2014: Submitted/Received DS-261; AOS Bill

19 Aug 2014: AOS Bill Paid

02 Sept 2014: AOS Package Sent

26 Sept 2014: IV Bill Received

30 Sept 2014: IV Bill Paid

18 Nov 2014: Send IV Package

06 Feb 2015: Case Completed at NVC

Consulate

06 Feb 2015: Received Interview Schedule

16 Mar 2015: US Visa Interview at US Embassy, Manila

18 Mar 2015: US Visa Issued

21 Mar 2015: US Visa Received via 2GO

ROC

19 Jan 2017: Filed I-751 Form

23 Jan 2017: Received NOA1

17 Feb 2017: Biometrics

26 Feb 2018: Case Received at My Local Office

25 Jun 2018: Case Approved!

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Copies of everything included in 130, 485, birth, marriage cert, paystubs, Parental permission (if under 25) NSO documents, etc. Basically copies of everything you have sent to NVC, USCIS, or the embassy! Also be ready for questions like the embassy interview...



CFO does not have copies of what you have sent already. While they don't build a complete file on you, in the details, they are free to ask for anything they want so you can't predict what they will want.



Look at item number 4 of the link you attached.


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My wife brought everything she needed for the visa interview with her to CFO, plus documents about me and proof of our relationship. Specific examples she brought:

  • Her NSO birth certificate
  • My NSO birth certificate (I was born in Philippines)
  • Her CENOMAR
  • Her NBI
  • Copies of both my divorce decrees
  • Copy of bio page of my passport
  • Copy of bio page of her passport
  • Copy of our NOA2 approval
  • Chat logs from Skype and Viber
  • Pictures of us together

My wife attended CFO in Manila on June 11.

You may need to provide similar or other documents since you are already married. My wife was only my fiancée at the time she attended CFO, but maybe my list of examples can give you an idea of what you might want to bring.

Edited by Zedayn

K-1
NOA1: 04/08/2014; NOA2: 04/21/2014; Visa interview, approved: 07/15/2014; POE: 07/25/2014; Marriage: 09/05/2014

 

AOS

NOA1:  09/12/2014;  Biometrics:  10/06/2014;  EAD/AP Received:  11/26/2014;  Interview Waiver Letter:  01/02/2015;  

RFE:  07/09/2015;  Permanent Residency Granted:  07/27/2015;  Green card Received:  08/22/2015

 

ROC

NOA1:  05/24/2017;  Biometrics:  06/13/2017;  Approved without interview:  09/05/2018;  10 Yr Green card Received:  09/13/2018

 

Naturalization

08/09/2020 -- Filed N-400 online

08/09/2020 -- NOA1 date

08/11/2020 -- NOA1 received in the mail

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Thanks, ppihtr123!

Copies of everything included in 130, 485, birth, marriage cert, paystubs, Parental permission (if under 25) NSO documents, etc. Basically copies of everything you have sent to NVC, USCIS, or the embassy! Also be ready for questions like the embassy interview...

CFO does not have copies of what you have sent already. While they don't build a complete file on you, in the details, they are free to ask for anything they want so you can't predict what they will want.

Look at item number 4 of the link you attached.


XX Jun 1999: We have known each other since high school.

[Read history in between here.]

07 Dec 2013: We got married in Batangas, Philippines.

26 Jan 2014: He returned to the US.

USCIS

I-130

18 Feb 2014: Preparation of all requirements for I-130 packet.

20 Feb 2014: I-130 packet sent to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox facility; priority date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1).

23 Feb 2014: Notice date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1).

26 Feb 2014: I-797C (NOA1) received by mail.

18 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by email.

22 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by mail.

23 Jun 2014: Approved case shipped to Department of State for visa processing.

I-129F

03 Mar 2014: I-129F packet sent to USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility.

14 Mar 2014: Notice date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1); routed to Nebraska Service Center.

21 Mar 2014: I-797C (NOA1) received by mail.

18 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by email.

22 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by mail.

23 Jun 2014: Approved case shipped to Department of State for visa processing.

NVC

02 Aug 2014: Immigration papers received at NVC

14 Aug 2014: Case Number, IIN, BIN have been assigned

17 Aug 2014: Submitted/Received DS-261; AOS Bill

19 Aug 2014: AOS Bill Paid

02 Sept 2014: AOS Package Sent

26 Sept 2014: IV Bill Received

30 Sept 2014: IV Bill Paid

18 Nov 2014: Send IV Package

06 Feb 2015: Case Completed at NVC

Consulate

06 Feb 2015: Received Interview Schedule

16 Mar 2015: US Visa Interview at US Embassy, Manila

18 Mar 2015: US Visa Issued

21 Mar 2015: US Visa Received via 2GO

ROC

19 Jan 2017: Filed I-751 Form

23 Jan 2017: Received NOA1

17 Feb 2017: Biometrics

26 Feb 2018: Case Received at My Local Office

25 Jun 2018: Case Approved!

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Hi, Zedayn! Thanks for enumerating the documents your wife brought with her to the seminar. Is the CENOMAR really necessary even if we've been married since December 2013? I'm sorry, but I really find this confusing. I guess this is unnecessary because logically, I wouldn't get a NO MARRIAGE record from NSO at this time...

These are really helpful, thanks again!

My wife brought everything she needed for the visa interview with her to CFO, plus documents about me and proof of our relationship. Specific examples she brought:

  • Her NSO birth certificate
  • My NSO birth certificate (I was born in Philippines)
  • Her CENOMAR
  • Her NBI
  • Copies of both my divorce decrees
  • Copy of bio page of my passport
  • Copy of bio page of her passport
  • Copy of our NOA2 approval
  • Chat logs from Skype and Viber
  • Pictures of us together

My wife attended CFO in Manila on June 11.

You may need to provide similar or other documents since you are already married. My wife was only my fiancée at the time she attended CFO, but maybe my list of examples can give you an idea of what you might want to bring.

Edited by Gorjaeous

XX Jun 1999: We have known each other since high school.

[Read history in between here.]

07 Dec 2013: We got married in Batangas, Philippines.

26 Jan 2014: He returned to the US.

USCIS

I-130

18 Feb 2014: Preparation of all requirements for I-130 packet.

20 Feb 2014: I-130 packet sent to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox facility; priority date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1).

23 Feb 2014: Notice date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1).

26 Feb 2014: I-797C (NOA1) received by mail.

18 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by email.

22 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by mail.

23 Jun 2014: Approved case shipped to Department of State for visa processing.

I-129F

03 Mar 2014: I-129F packet sent to USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility.

14 Mar 2014: Notice date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1); routed to Nebraska Service Center.

21 Mar 2014: I-797C (NOA1) received by mail.

18 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by email.

22 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by mail.

23 Jun 2014: Approved case shipped to Department of State for visa processing.

NVC

02 Aug 2014: Immigration papers received at NVC

14 Aug 2014: Case Number, IIN, BIN have been assigned

17 Aug 2014: Submitted/Received DS-261; AOS Bill

19 Aug 2014: AOS Bill Paid

02 Sept 2014: AOS Package Sent

26 Sept 2014: IV Bill Received

30 Sept 2014: IV Bill Paid

18 Nov 2014: Send IV Package

06 Feb 2015: Case Completed at NVC

Consulate

06 Feb 2015: Received Interview Schedule

16 Mar 2015: US Visa Interview at US Embassy, Manila

18 Mar 2015: US Visa Issued

21 Mar 2015: US Visa Received via 2GO

ROC

19 Jan 2017: Filed I-751 Form

23 Jan 2017: Received NOA1

17 Feb 2017: Biometrics

26 Feb 2018: Case Received at My Local Office

25 Jun 2018: Case Approved!

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~~moved to Philippines regional forum from IR1/CR1 process and procedures as topic is regionally specific.~~


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Hello, everyone!

This may have been asked a thousand times here on VisaJourney.com, but I'd like to know from those who have attended the Guidance and Counseling Program at CFO (Quirino Ave., Manila) what they presented as documents before the seminar. Although I have checked from the website, I feel like there are more documents needed other than those already mentioned.

Please can anyone who have recently attended share what requirements they brought with them?

I need to obtain the certificate of attendance/completion in order to have my passport updated to reflect my married name.

Your help and assistance will be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Jae

P.S. For the VJ Mods/Admins: please feel free to move this thread as you deem fit. :)

Follow the flashing arrow below, click the link, then click the CFO tab for info on what to bring. One never knows with CFO but the guide has a list of the known documents and info asked for.


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

 

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Thanks, Hank_.

Follow the flashing arrow below, click the link, then click the CFO tab for info on what to bring. One never knows with CFO but the guide has a list of the known documents and info asked for.


XX Jun 1999: We have known each other since high school.

[Read history in between here.]

07 Dec 2013: We got married in Batangas, Philippines.

26 Jan 2014: He returned to the US.

USCIS

I-130

18 Feb 2014: Preparation of all requirements for I-130 packet.

20 Feb 2014: I-130 packet sent to USCIS Phoenix Lockbox facility; priority date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1).

23 Feb 2014: Notice date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1).

26 Feb 2014: I-797C (NOA1) received by mail.

18 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by email.

22 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by mail.

23 Jun 2014: Approved case shipped to Department of State for visa processing.

I-129F

03 Mar 2014: I-129F packet sent to USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility.

14 Mar 2014: Notice date as indicated in I-797C (NOA1); routed to Nebraska Service Center.

21 Mar 2014: I-797C (NOA1) received by mail.

18 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by email.

22 Jun 2014: NOA2 received by mail.

23 Jun 2014: Approved case shipped to Department of State for visa processing.

NVC

02 Aug 2014: Immigration papers received at NVC

14 Aug 2014: Case Number, IIN, BIN have been assigned

17 Aug 2014: Submitted/Received DS-261; AOS Bill

19 Aug 2014: AOS Bill Paid

02 Sept 2014: AOS Package Sent

26 Sept 2014: IV Bill Received

30 Sept 2014: IV Bill Paid

18 Nov 2014: Send IV Package

06 Feb 2015: Case Completed at NVC

Consulate

06 Feb 2015: Received Interview Schedule

16 Mar 2015: US Visa Interview at US Embassy, Manila

18 Mar 2015: US Visa Issued

21 Mar 2015: US Visa Received via 2GO

ROC

19 Jan 2017: Filed I-751 Form

23 Jan 2017: Received NOA1

17 Feb 2017: Biometrics

26 Feb 2018: Case Received at My Local Office

25 Jun 2018: Case Approved!

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