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Got the NOA2 and now I need to send her some documents. I want to send them quickly. Regular mail takes at least a month (as does Priority Mail). I'm thinking DHL? FedEx?

I'm particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has sent to General Santos or Koronadal. What has your experience been?

Thanks for any help!

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Haven't shipped to either using either. Just the perspective of a Filipino-American living in Manila. Both Fedex and DHL have a heavy presence here. Shipping times will be definitely faster using either. Never send important stuff using USPS.

Just as an example of their presence, just check out their offices/drop points in Gen San. Check online, you may be able to get a price & shipping time estimate:

http://www.fedex.com/ph/dropoff/#tab2

http://www.dhl.com.ph/en/express/shipping/find_dhl_locations/philippines_offices_4.html


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Dec 11, 2014 - NOA1: Not sure what to put here, Dec 11, 2014, Dec 24, 2014 or something in between.

Dec 24, 2014 - NOA2: I called USCIS @ USEM on Jan 5, 2015 and was told the I-130 was approved on Christmas Eve. Thank you Santa!

Jan 13, 2015 - MNL Case Number & Packet 3 Received via email (I emailed the IV Unit-Manila requesting these on Jan 5, 2015 and Jan 12, 2015)

Jan 21, 2015 - NOA2: Mailed (via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to our place here in Manila.

Jan 22, 2015 - Packet 3: Mailed (again via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to out place here in Manila.

Feb 24 & 25, 2015 - Day 1 & Day 2 of Medical @ SLEC. Immunizations given on Day 2, thankfully

Mar 5, 2015 - USEM Interview Appointment - IR-1 Visa Approved! (CEAC Status updated to ISSUED afternoon of interview day)

Mar 10, 2015 - 3pm - Received SMS saying IV Package ready for pickup at 2GO MoA. Picked up at 5pm. (Shipped/Picked Up/In Hand on 3rd Business Day post interview)

Mar 13, 2015 - CFO Manila - Done

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Now disposing/selling/giving away/shipping to the US stuff from 14 years in the PHL and 4 years together before heading to POE.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Romania
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I dont know much about Philippines mail but my envelope got here (Romania) from my fiance in a week with regular usps mail, some other girls from Romania received their envelopes via fedex or dhl and it took from 1 to 2 weeks but paying alot more

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K1/K2 Visa
05-28-2014 - I-129F Sent
06-09-2014 - I-129F NOA1
10-27-2014 - I-129F NOA2
12-05-2014 - NVC Received
12-08-2014 - Left NVC 
12-12-2014 - Consulate Received
12-15-2014 - Pack 3 Received

01-08-2015 - Interview Date APPROVED!!!!!
01-11-2015 - Visa Received
01-16-2015 - US Entry
03-25-2015 - Marriage

AOS

08-28-2015 - AOS pack sent in 00-00-20__ - I-751 Sent
08-31-2015 - NOA for all 3 packs received via email
09-29-2015 - Bio Appt
11-27-2015 - Approval (No interview)
12-03-2015- Green card received

ROC

10-04-2017- I-751 sent

10-16-2017- NOA 1

11-14-2017 - Bio. Appt.

2 extension letters received 

03-06-2019 - RFE

06-15-2019 - requested a passport stamp/approved 

06-18-2019 - 10 years green card approved (no interview)

USC

07-05-2019 - N400 sent online

07-06-2019 - Noa 1

07-25-2019 - Bio.Appt

 

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I will reiterate. NEVER, EVER send anything of value, importance, or consequence to the Philippines via USPS.

It's not the USPS part that's problematic, it's once it's here in the hands of PhilPost. Particularly if it's provincial delivery.

That's speaking from personal experience living here. Things are usually sent via air courier. You pay more, but it'll definitely get where it needs to go, faster, unopened, and intact.

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"Ad Astra Per Aspera"

"Audentes Fortuna Adiuvat"

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Dec 11, 2014 - Filed I-130 via DCF @ US Embassy Manila (...and we're on the clock...) - Read about my experience filing DCF here > http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/527064-filed-dcf-i-130-for-ir-1-at-us-embassy-manila-aar/

Dec 11, 2014 - NOA1: Not sure what to put here, Dec 11, 2014, Dec 24, 2014 or something in between.

Dec 24, 2014 - NOA2: I called USCIS @ USEM on Jan 5, 2015 and was told the I-130 was approved on Christmas Eve. Thank you Santa!

Jan 13, 2015 - MNL Case Number & Packet 3 Received via email (I emailed the IV Unit-Manila requesting these on Jan 5, 2015 and Jan 12, 2015)

Jan 21, 2015 - NOA2: Mailed (via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to our place here in Manila.

Jan 22, 2015 - Packet 3: Mailed (again via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to out place here in Manila.

Feb 24 & 25, 2015 - Day 1 & Day 2 of Medical @ SLEC. Immunizations given on Day 2, thankfully

Mar 5, 2015 - USEM Interview Appointment - IR-1 Visa Approved! (CEAC Status updated to ISSUED afternoon of interview day)

Mar 10, 2015 - 3pm - Received SMS saying IV Package ready for pickup at 2GO MoA. Picked up at 5pm. (Shipped/Picked Up/In Hand on 3rd Business Day post interview)

Mar 13, 2015 - CFO Manila - Done

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Now disposing/selling/giving away/shipping to the US stuff from 14 years in the PHL and 4 years together before heading to POE.

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Either will be better than UPS. UPS Letter PAK to Bulacan rated out at 3 times the cost of FedEx, so they must have extremely limited Phil presence.

DHL I believe will interface with LBC, at least it worked that way when sending docs from Phil to US.

USPS is good for inconsequential letters, nothing else.


IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-17
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-130 RFE : 2014-08-11 (Wanted NSO Marriage Certificate, not LCR)
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-08-14
I-130 Approved : 2014-08-27
NVC Received : 2014-09-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-09-17
Send AOS Package : 2014-09-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Pay IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Received Interview Letter by E-mail: 2015-03-20 (May 5, 2015)
SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

Visa Received: 2015-05-21

POE: Chicago 2015-09-14

GC Received: 2015-11-17

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Never ever use USPS/Phil Post to ship anything to the Philippines. I have always used DHL and Fedex to ship anything to the Philippines, this includes gifts and official papers. The guy delivered it straight to my wife's house up in Compostela Valley province, which is North of Davao City.

I have shipped one thing to Korondal for a friend of mine who is from there. I bought a watch online for my friend's sister using Amazon.com. They used the USPS to ship it and it transferred over to Phil Post to take it down to Mindanao. My friend's sister finally got the watch after 3 weeks of it saying that it was transferred over to Phil Post, also her sister and I kept calling and calling the office. Be advised that if you use Phil Post shipments have a tendency of NEVER showing up or even showing up months later usually lighter by a few things in the shipment.

I understand that DHL and Fedex costs more, but I pay more to get a better peace of mind.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Yeah, after I sent in my I-129F, I sent her a copy of it via USPS Priority Mail. That was October 2nd. She still hasn't received it. The last tracking update was October 4th in California. I'll wait a few more weeks and if she still doesn't have it, I'll resend it via DHL.

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FedEx, pricey but will received in Phil 3-5 business days


AOS Journey

1/31/16 - Got married

2/24/16 - AOS, EAD, AP packet sent

2/29/16 - Received Date

3/03/16 - Received text and email notification

3/04/16 - Check cashed

3/07/16 - I-797 hardcopy received

3/19/16 - Biometric scheduled received by mail

4/06/16 - I-485 online status changed to Ready to be Scheduled for Interview

4/15/16 - I-485 online status changed to INTERVIEW SCHEDULED

4/17/16 - Interview Notice hardcopy received

4/28/16 - AP & EAD approval date

5/02/16 - AP approval letter received

5/05/16 - EAD card received

5/17/16 - AOS interview

5/23/16 - Online status changed to CASE APPROVE dated 5/18/16

5/23/16 - Received AOS approval letter in the mail

5/23/16 - Online status changed to CARD WAS MAILED TO ME

5/24/16 - Card was picked-up by USPS (online status)

5/26/16 - Green Card on Hand!!! :goofy:

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Filed: Other Country: Philippines
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Yeah, after I sent in my I-129F, I sent her a copy of it via USPS Priority Mail. That was October 2nd. She still hasn't received it. The last tracking update was October 4th in California. I'll wait a few more weeks and if she still doesn't have it, I'll resend it via DHL.

A copy of the I-129F petition package is not needed for the visa application process. With that said if you want to send a copy to her why don't you simply email it as a .PDF much easier and for sure cheaper, most printer/scanners do this "out of the box".

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Hank

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Good to know, Hank. I was just doing what the VJ guide said to do. I'm glad I shouldn't have to worry too much about it.

The VJ guide for the embassy process is not the best, seriously lacking and misguided.

For the process at USEM follow the flashing arrow below, everything that is required is listed there.


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

 

HandArrow.gif       Visa Process at USEM for the Philippines;  https://www.visaconnection-philippines.com/us-embassy-usem.html

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USPS Registered Mail seems to get to that region in less than 2 weeks. I've sent letters and post cards to my wife in Davao del Norte via regular first class mail, but they never got there. Then I tried Registered Mail and it seems it gets there fine. The last Registered Mail letter I sent got there in 9 days. I guess the chain of custody that comes with Registered Mail keeps PhilPost honest.


Feb 24, 2014 We got married in the Philippines
Aug 12, 2014 Returned to USA after staying 6 months in the Philippines

Petition for my wife
USCIS
Sep 30, 2014 Mailed I-130 Pagkage @ Norco, CA
Oct 01, 2014 Received @ Phoenix, AZ Lockbox
Oct 06, 2014 USCIS E-notification
Oct 07, 2014 Check Cashed
Oct 09, 2014 NOA1 Received
Oct 30, 2014 NOA2 Received (Oct 26 Notice Date)

NVC
Nov 18, 2014 NVC Received Case
Dec 16, 2014 NVC Welcome Letter E-mail Received (Including Case Number & IIN)
Dec 16, 2014 DS-261 Submitted
Dec 17, 2014 Affidavit of Support Invoice Received
Dec 18, 2014 Affidavit of Support Invoice Paid
Dec 21, 2014 Mailed AOS and IV Package
Jan 14, 2015 Immigrant Visa Invoice Received
Jan 14, 2015 Immigrant Visa Invoice Paid
Jan 24, 2015 DS-260 Submitted
Mar 04, 2015 Case Complete
Mar 09, 2015 Interview Scheduled E-mail Received

US Embassy
Mar 20, 2015 Medical Exam
Mar 23, 2015 Medical Results Received
Apr 15, 2015 Interview - Visa Approved
Apr 18, 2015 Visa Delivered

USA
May 17, 2015 Point of Entry - Los Angeles
May 26, 2015 Social Security Card Received
Jun 23, 2015 Permanent Resident Card Received *** Removal of Conditions Apr 22, 2017 Mailed I-751 package from Norco, CA to California Service Center *** May 8, 2017 Check Cashed *** May 8, 2017 NOA Received

Petition for my step-son
USCIS Dec 30, 2015 Mailed I-130 package from Norco, CA *** Jan 04, 2016 Received @ Phoenix, AZ Lockbox *** Jan 06, 2016 USCIS E-notification *** Jan 07, 2016 Check Cashed *** Jan 11, 2016 NOA1 Received *** Feb 10, 2016 NOA2 Received (Feb 03 Notice Date) *** NVC Mar 05, 2016 NVC Welcome Letter Received (Including Case Number & IIN) *** Mar 17, 2016 DS-261 Submitted *** Apr 01, 2016 Immigrant Visa Invoice Received *** Apr 1, 2016 Affidavit of Support Invoice Paid *** Apr 01, 2016 Immigrant Visa Invoice Paid *** Jun 8, 2016 DS-260 Submitted *** Jun 11, 2016 Mailed AOS and IV Package *** Jul 22, 2016 Case Complete *** Aug 5, 2016 Interview Scheduled E-mail Received *** US Embassy Oct 17, 2016 Medical Exam *** Oct 19, 2016 Medical Results Received *** October 28, 2016 Interview *** Nov 3, 2016 Visa Delivered *** USA Mar 27, 2017 Point of Entry - Los Angeles *** Apr 21, 2017 Permanent Resident Card Received *** Apr 21, 2017 Social Security Card Requested (USCIS didn't process)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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USPS Registered Mail seems to get to that region in less than 2 weeks. I've sent letters and post cards to my wife in Davao del Norte via regular first class mail, but they never got there. Then I tried Registered Mail and it seems it gets there fine. The last Registered Mail letter I sent got there in 9 days. I guess the chain of custody that comes with Registered Mail keeps PhilPost honest.

Thanks! I think I'll give this a try with just a regular letter and see how it goes. I'm planning to send important stuff via FedEx or DHL.

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@ Hank We're currently waiting for my case # from the NVC. Now my question is, my fiance plans to mail me tomorrow (LBC) all the supporting documents that l will be needed during my interview. You think it's too early for him to mail me those if in case l could have my slot for my interview either December or early January?

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