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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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hi, i am a american born citizen, for the past 3 years ive lived in philippines, i now have a 6 month old son to my fiance here in the philippines, because i have had no reason to send letters, or write emails since we live together, would it be hard to get approved for a k1 visa? if i can not submit proof of emails, or letters? we have many pictures, and birth certificate of our son, and pictures of our christening for our son..

other thing is being that i have not worked in the states since being here the past 3 years, my job here has me on a w8ben form but i have income showing in my philippines bank over the past 3 years showing 12,000 to 16,000 a year.. also my parents who do very well financially said they will help co sponsor, if because i have not worked in the states the past 3 years causes a problem. in the end i we will be filing for a k1 visa and bringing my fiance and our son to the states ( california to be exact) my question is , because of my situation what are the chances of her getting approved a k1 visa? thank you

i will have work when i get back to the states, and again my family (mom and dad) will co sponsor and they make well above the required yearly income stated on the immigration site for co sponsors

thank you

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Welcome to the forum.

You may want to reconsider your plans and adjust accordingly. The Manila embassy tends not to favor co-sponsors for K1 visa.

Good luck on your immigration journey.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Welcome to the forum.

You may want to reconsider your plans and adjust accordingly. The Manila embassy tends not to favor co-sponsors for K1 visa.

Good luck on your immigration journey.

what about if spouse visa?

we have not decided yet which is our best option. i know the spouse visa takes a little longer but includes greencard.

how are they with co sponsors for the spouse visa?

my philippines bank statements do show the minimum required yearly income but im not sure if that will be accepted. im the one supporting her and my son right now,

and have my same job lined up when i get back. i just dont want to be away from my son and fiance for too long, esp with my son only 6 months old.

and thank you

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You ask some good country-specific questions. I will be moving this thread to the Phil. Regional Forum, since you are asking about USEM-specific policies. You will likely get more informed responses there. Good luck on your immigration journey.

~Moved from K1 Process to Phil. Regional Forum~

~Inquiries are country/embassy-specific~


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

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hi, i am a american born citizen, for the past 3 years ive lived in philippines, i now have a 6 month old son to my fiance here in the philippines, because i have had no reason to send letters, or write emails since we live together, would it be hard to get approved for a k1 visa? if i can not submit proof of emails, or letters? we have many pictures, and birth certificate of our son, and pictures of our christening for our son..

other thing is being that i have not worked in the states since being here the past 3 years, my job here has me on a w8ben form but i have income showing in my philippines bank over the past 3 years showing 12,000 to 16,000 a year.. also my parents who do very well financially said they will help co sponsor, if because i have not worked in the states the past 3 years causes a problem. in the end i we will be filing for a k1 visa and bringing my fiance and our son to the states ( california to be exact) my question is , because of my situation what are the chances of her getting approved a k1 visa? thank you

i will have work when i get back to the states, and again my family (mom and dad) will co sponsor and they make well above the required yearly income stated on the immigration site for co sponsors

thank you

Embassy instructions letter only asks for the most recent tax return, not 3 years.

If you are still in the Philippines - get married. Then file for the CR-1 visa with a DCF (Direct Consulate Filing, whole process takes 60 days or less ;):thumbs: ). Embassy has to accept a co-sponsor with the IR/CR-1 visa.

Your income from the Philippines will not be accepted. For sure need a co-sponsor

Did you complete CRBA for your son so his birth has been recorded with the embassy and he has a U.S. passport?

Also make sure to get his Philippines passport while at it.

Edited by Hank_

Hank

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I am not well versed in IR-1/CR-1 but you have a good answer from Hank. Background reading is available here:

http://www.uscis.gov/family/family-us-citizens/spouse/bringing-spouses-live-united-states-permanent-residents

http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Supplemental/MNL%20-%20Manila.pdf

http://www.visajourney.com/content/dcf

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AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Embassy instructions letter only asks for the most recent tax return, not 3 years.

If you are still in the Philippines - get married. Then file for the CR-1 visa with a DCF (Direct Consulate Filing, whole process takes 60 days or less ;):thumbs: ). Embassy has to accept a co-sponsor with the IR/CR-1 visa.

Your income from the Philippines will not be accepted. For sure need a co-sponsor

Did you complete CRBA for your son so his birth has been recorded with the embassy and he has a U.S. passport?

Also make sure to get his Philippines passport while at it.

no i did not file for my son, im not familiar with all this, he was born on june 15th 2014, all i filed for was his birth certificate. i will look into the CRBA, hopefully its not too late to cause problems getting that.

this is also the first time hearing about DCF, 60 days? really? that is a hell of a lot shorter wait time than the 5 month to 1 1/2 years ive been reading for normal filing.. so they are more willing to accept co sponsors filing through the DCF compared to normal filing ?

thanks for the info, ive been researching for about 2 months now and this is the first ive heard of DCF :) thank you

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no i did not file for my son, im not familiar with all this, he was born on june 15th 2014, all i filed for was his birth certificate. i will look into the CRBA, hopefully its not too late to cause problems getting that.

this is also the first time hearing about DCF, 60 days? really? that is a hell of a lot shorter wait time than the 5 month to 1 1/2 years ive been reading for normal filing.. so they are more willing to accept co sponsors filing through the DCF compared to normal filing ?

thanks for the info, ive been researching for about 2 months now and this is the first ive heard of DCF :) thank you

CRBA is a MUST DO no matter what!! http://manila.usembassy.gov/service/citizenship.html

Yes DCF is 60 days or less, once you are married and have your NSO copy of marriage certificate. (friends of mine completed the DCF in 30 days)

http://manila.usembassy.gov/offices-agencies/us-citizenship-immigration-services.html

http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/philippines-manila-field-office

Embassy accepting a co-sponsor has to do with the type of visa, and with the CR/IR-1 spousal visa the embassy has to accept a qualified co-sponsor.


Hank

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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CRBA is a MUST DO no matter what!! http://manila.usembassy.gov/service/citizenship.html

Yes DCF is 60 days or less, once you are married and have your NSO copy of marriage certificate. (friends of mine completed the DCF in 30 days)

http://manila.usembassy.gov/offices-agencies/us-citizenship-immigration-services.html

http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/philippines-manila-field-office

Embassy accepting a co-sponsor has to do with the type of visa, and with the CR/IR-1 spousal visa the embassy has to accept a qualified co-sponsor.

ok thanks, do you happen to know for the CRBA, if they care at the embassy if my passport 1 month overdue for the extension? or do they just check the front page information to verifiy i am who i say i am? what i do is i stay here for the 16 months, head out for a few days/or week and come back.. but sometimes im late to pay my extension and just pay the late fees. (late right now) my next 16 months is over come may so i am hoping to get all this taken care of so by then we all can go back to the states.

thanks again for all the info, you gave me a really good option to think about and look into.

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ok thanks, do you happen to know for the CRBA, if they care at the embassy if my passport 1 month overdue for the extension? or do they just check the front page information to verifiy i am who i say i am? what i do is i stay here for the 16 months, head out for a few days/or week and come back.. but sometimes im late to pay my extension and just pay the late fees. (late right now) my next 16 months is over come may so i am hoping to get all this taken care of so by then we all can go back to the states.

thanks again for all the info, you gave me a really good option to think about and look into.

Overdue? I am gathering you are referring to a Philippines visa for staying there.... not a concern of the USA. But the Philippines government does care ;)


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falcontwosix, on 30 Nov 2014 - 12:39 PM, said:

ok thanks, do you happen to know for the CRBA, if they care at the embassy if my passport 1 month overdue for the extension? or do they just check the front page information to verifiy i am who i say i am? what i do is i stay here for the 16 months, head out for a few days/or week and come back.. but sometimes im late to pay my extension and just pay the late fees. (late right now) my next 16 months is over come may so i am hoping to get all this taken care of so by then we all can go back to the states.

thanks again for all the info, you gave me a really good option to think about and look into.

For the future you can avail yourself of the Balikbayan since your wife is still Philippine citizen and if she becomes a Nat-USC then she can reacquire her Phil Cit and travel in and out of Phil with no problems. More information/advantages is as follows:

Balikbayan one-year visa-free stay

Balikbayans any overseas Filipino returning to the Philippines, including former Filipinos who have acquired foreign citizenship can stay in the Philippines without a visa for a period of one year. The balikbayan visa-free stay privilege is extended to the balikbayans non-Filipino spouse and children, provided they enter the Philippines with the balikbayan.

Former Filipino Balikbayans traveling to the Philippines are advised to bring either their old Philippine passport or copy of Philippine birth certificate as proof of their former Philippine citizenship. Accompanying family members of the balikbayan can bring appropriate supporting documents:

  • For the spouse: copy of marriage certificate
  • For each child: copy of birth certificate
  • For adopted children: copy of adoption papers Philippine Law (R.A. 9174) provides benefits to baikbayans:
  • Tax-exempt maximum purchases in the amount of USD 1,500, or the equivalent in Philippine and other currency, at Philippine Governmentoperated duty free shops
  • Exemption from Travel Tax, provided that their stay in the Philippines is one year or less. If their stay in the Philippines exceeds one year, Travel tax will apply to them.

From: http://www.philippineconsulate.com.au/balikbayan-one-year-visa-free-stay.html


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Overdue? I am gathering you are referring to a Philippines visa for staying there.... not a concern of the USA. But the Philippines government does care ;)

yes, starts with 21 days, then must get your passport stamped usually lasts 2 months each time, if late just pay the fee, and can stay up to 16 months total, then must leave the country even for a day and come back and start over with the 21 days again..

sorry if this is a stupid question, but the people i will be dealing with at the embassy, is this the united states government or philippines government im dealing with for all this? its just a hasle to do it every 2 months so i usually do it every 4 or 5 months and pay the fee.

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For the future you can avail yourself of the Balikbayan since your wife is still Philippine citizen and if she becomes a Nat-USC then she can reacquire her Phil Cit and travel in and out of Phil with no problems. More information/advantages is as follows:

Balikbayan one-year visa-free stay

Balikbayans any overseas Filipino returning to the Philippines, including former Filipinos who have acquired foreign citizenship can stay in the Philippines without a visa for a period of one year. The balikbayan visa-free stay privilege is extended to the balikbayans non-Filipino spouse and children, provided they enter the Philippines with the balikbayan.

Former Filipino Balikbayans traveling to the Philippines are advised to bring either their old Philippine passport or copy of Philippine birth certificate as proof of their former Philippine citizenship. Accompanying family members of the balikbayan can bring appropriate supporting documents:

  • For the spouse: copy of marriage certificate
  • For each child: copy of birth certificate
  • For adopted children: copy of adoption papers Philippine Law (R.A. 9174) provides benefits to baikbayans:
  • Tax-exempt maximum purchases in the amount of USD 1,500, or the equivalent in Philippine and other currency, at Philippine Governmentoperated duty free shops
  • Exemption from Travel Tax, provided that their stay in the Philippines is one year or less. If their stay in the Philippines exceeds one year, Travel tax will apply to them.

From: http://www.philippineconsulate.com.au/balikbayan-one-year-visa-free-stay.html

thanks for the info, but we are not married yet.. we have a 6 month old son together, and engaged, but not married yet.

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hi, i am a american born citizen, for the past 3 years ive lived in philippines, i now have a 6 month old son to my fiance here in the philippines, because i have had no reason to send letters, or write emails since we live together, would it be hard to get approved for a k1 visa? if i can not submit proof of emails, or letters? we have many pictures, and birth certificate of our son, and pictures of our christening for our son..

other thing is being that i have not worked in the states since being here the past 3 years, my job here has me on a w8ben form but i have income showing in my philippines bank over the past 3 years showing 12,000 to 16,000 a year.. also my parents who do very well financially said they will help co sponsor, if because i have not worked in the states the past 3 years causes a problem. in the end i we will be filing for a k1 visa and bringing my fiance and our son to the states ( california to be exact) my question is , because of my situation what are the chances of her getting approved a k1 visa? thank you

i will have work when i get back to the states, and again my family (mom and dad) will co sponsor and they make well above the required yearly income stated on the immigration site for co sponsors

thank you

File for the CR-1 (spousal visa). The Consulate in Manila does not accept co-sponsors with K-1 but it does with CR-1.

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