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Hi,

I am not really experienced with this so I need help from VJ members (and I appreciate in advance!)

I eloped and married my husband last October 2014.. so instead of me staying there for AOS, we agreed that it's best to have my affairs in order and go home to file the CR1 visa...

I have been reading regarding threads about CEMAR and CENOMAR... I personally don't want to change my last name yet to my married name yet until I am settled in the US.. this is to savor my last name and not really bother with the paperwork now..

Do I have to report my marriage here in the Philippines? Has anyone every encountered that? I really need help as I don't want to have a 221g if ever the time comes for my interview (which is months and months away but I'd like to be prepared early)

Thanks!


CR1

  • Consulate : Manila, Philippines
  • Marriage: 2014-10-01
  • I-130 Sent : 2014-10-16
  • I-130 NOA1 (Email) : 2014-10-22
  • I-130 NOA1 (Hardcopy) : 2014-10-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Email) : 2014-11-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Hardcopy) : 2014-12-03
  • NVC Case Received : 2014-12-10
  • Case Number Received : 2015-01-15
  • Submitted DS-261 : 2015-01-20
  • NVC Received AOS and IV Packages : 2015-02-25
  • Case Completed at NVC: 2015-03-30
  • Interview Scheduled: 2015-04-18
  • Interview Date: 2015-05-27
  • Interview Result: Approved
  • Visa Received: 2015-06-05
  • POE: 2015-07-03 (JFK)
  • Received Greencard: 2015-08-15
  • Returned Greencard: 2015-08-23
  • Recieved Corrected Greencard: 2015-11-16 (JFK)

 

ROC

  • Sent I-751 Packet: 2017-05-19
  • VSC Received: 2017-05-22
  • Check Cashed: 2017-05-26
  • NOA1 Received2017-05-30
  • Biometrics Letter Received2017-06-16
  • Biometrics Appointment2017-06-27
  • Interview: 2018-11-20
  • Approval Letter: 2018-11-26
  • Received Greencard2018-11-27

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
Timeline

*** Country-specific thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Philippines regional subforum. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Filed: Other Country: Philippines
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Hi,

I am not really experienced with this so I need help from VJ members (and I appreciate in advance!)

I eloped and married my husband last October 2014.. so instead of me staying there for AOS, we agreed that it's best to have my affairs in order and go home to file the CR1 visa...

I have been reading regarding threads about CEMAR and CENOMAR... I personally don't want to change my last name yet to my married name yet until I am settled in the US.. this is to savor my last name and not really bother with the paperwork now..

Do I have to report my marriage here in the Philippines? Has anyone every encountered that? I really need help as I don't want to have a 221g if ever the time comes for my interview (which is months and months away but I'd like to be prepared early)

Thanks!

No you do not have to report your marriage to the Philippines, that is a choice not a requirement. The marriage certificate (certified copy) you present at the interview will be from whatever state here in the USA your marriage was performed. NSO CENOMAR or CEMAR are only for marriages from within the Philippines according to the embassy instructions letter.

3. MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (if applicable). For Philippine marriages, copies must be issued
by the National Statistics Office (NSO) on security paper (not from the Local Civil Registry
Office). You may call the NSO Information Center at (632) 737-1111 to inquire about securing a
marriage certificate or visit their web site at http://www.census.gov.ph.

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/manila/865058/instructionpackets/IV%20Applicants_%20Interview%20Preparation%20Instructions%20_as%20of%2017%20September%202013_%20without%20footer.pdf


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

 

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No you do not have to report your marriage to the Philippines, that is a choice not a requirement. The marriage certificate (certified copy) you present at the interview will be from whatever state here in the USA your marriage was performed. NSO CENOMAR or CEMAR are only for marriages from within the Philippines according to the embassy instructions letter.

3. MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (if applicable). For Philippine marriages, copies must be issued
by the National Statistics Office (NSO) on security paper (not from the Local Civil Registry
Office). You may call the NSO Information Center at (632) 737-1111 to inquire about securing a
marriage certificate or visit their web site at http://www.census.gov.ph.

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/manila/865058/instructionpackets/IV%20Applicants_%20Interview%20Preparation%20Instructions%20_as%20of%2017%20September%202013_%20without%20footer.pdf

oh wow what a relief! thank you so much!


CR1

  • Consulate : Manila, Philippines
  • Marriage: 2014-10-01
  • I-130 Sent : 2014-10-16
  • I-130 NOA1 (Email) : 2014-10-22
  • I-130 NOA1 (Hardcopy) : 2014-10-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Email) : 2014-11-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Hardcopy) : 2014-12-03
  • NVC Case Received : 2014-12-10
  • Case Number Received : 2015-01-15
  • Submitted DS-261 : 2015-01-20
  • NVC Received AOS and IV Packages : 2015-02-25
  • Case Completed at NVC: 2015-03-30
  • Interview Scheduled: 2015-04-18
  • Interview Date: 2015-05-27
  • Interview Result: Approved
  • Visa Received: 2015-06-05
  • POE: 2015-07-03 (JFK)
  • Received Greencard: 2015-08-15
  • Returned Greencard: 2015-08-23
  • Recieved Corrected Greencard: 2015-11-16 (JFK)

 

ROC

  • Sent I-751 Packet: 2017-05-19
  • VSC Received: 2017-05-22
  • Check Cashed: 2017-05-26
  • NOA1 Received2017-05-30
  • Biometrics Letter Received2017-06-16
  • Biometrics Appointment2017-06-27
  • Interview: 2018-11-20
  • Approval Letter: 2018-11-26
  • Received Greencard2018-11-27

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