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Hi everyone! Finished CFO today and thankfully received the certificate and sticker on my passport.

Just want to share a few tips I've picked up based on what I've seen, heard, and experienced today:

- Make sure you have all the listed requirements

- Take the 'Other Requirements' part seriously


Our K1 Timeline:
9/4/2014 - Package sent to USCIS in Texas
9/12/2014 - Received NOA 1
10/19/2014 - Received NOA 2
10/31/2014 - Received Manila Case number
11/5/2014 - CEAC status updated to Ready
11/14/2014 - Paid Visa fee via BPI
12/3/2014 - Received Packet 3 from US Embassy Manila
1/13-14, 2015 - Finished 2 day medical exam at SLEC
2/9/2015 - US Embassy Interview done and approved
2/12/2015 - CEAC status updated to Issued
2/18/2015 - Picked up passport with Visa from 2Go
3/16/2015 - CFO
4/19/15 - POE
6/16/15 - Got married! ❤️

AOS:

12/22/15 - Sent AOS package via local post office

01/05/16 - Received I-797C for EAD, Travel Permit, and AOS via mail

01/29/16 - Biometrics

3/14/16 - AOS approved (no interview)

3/18/16 - Received Green card in the mail

4/03/16 - Baby T is here! <3

ROC:

1/25/18 - Sent ROC package via local post office

1/29/18 - Received I-797

5/11/18 - Received No Biometrics notice

 

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Take the other requirements part seriously

- This could depend on your case. If you are 21 below, make sure you have your parental consent letter with you. Better if notarized. Bring a photocopy of your parent's valid ID

- If your petitioner has been previously divorced, bring copies of divorce papers

- Bring anything else extra that you think may be asked from you: petitioner's birth cert copy, pictures of you and your partner, etc

- Memorize your petitioner's information by heart: I was asked for my fiance's physical address in the States, landline, and mobile phone number. Know his mother's maiden name. Understand the nature of his job.

- Answer confidently and truthfully.

Hope this helps, and good luck! :)


Our K1 Timeline:
9/4/2014 - Package sent to USCIS in Texas
9/12/2014 - Received NOA 1
10/19/2014 - Received NOA 2
10/31/2014 - Received Manila Case number
11/5/2014 - CEAC status updated to Ready
11/14/2014 - Paid Visa fee via BPI
12/3/2014 - Received Packet 3 from US Embassy Manila
1/13-14, 2015 - Finished 2 day medical exam at SLEC
2/9/2015 - US Embassy Interview done and approved
2/12/2015 - CEAC status updated to Issued
2/18/2015 - Picked up passport with Visa from 2Go
3/16/2015 - CFO
4/19/15 - POE
6/16/15 - Got married! ❤️

AOS:

12/22/15 - Sent AOS package via local post office

01/05/16 - Received I-797C for EAD, Travel Permit, and AOS via mail

01/29/16 - Biometrics

3/14/16 - AOS approved (no interview)

3/18/16 - Received Green card in the mail

4/03/16 - Baby T is here! <3

ROC:

1/25/18 - Sent ROC package via local post office

1/29/18 - Received I-797

5/11/18 - Received No Biometrics notice

 

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Yup.


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Congrats! I had my seminar 8months ago and went smooth! They just ask me my plans when i get to the US and viola finish. Just going to get my sticker after my interview (God knows when). Happy trip!


   

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Nice review. Seems you have touched on the points that most often are recommended to pass the CFO without concerns. Thanks for the post.


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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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I will have my cfo seminar tom. I'm so nervous because I'm married before to a Japanese national & get divorce in Japan.. I haven't apply for recognition of divorce here in the philippines! I'm just wondering if the Cfo will accept my divorce decree from Japan? I have my annotated MC from the NSO from my present husband! I hope they will accept that bec. I don't want to go through the process of judicial recognition of divorce bec. we don't have the money for that! I don't know what to do? Can someone pls. give me some advice!:(

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Continued: my post got posted too soon-

Take the other requirements part seriously

- This could depend on your case. If you are 21 below, make sure you have your parental consent letter with you. Better if notarized. Bring a photocopy of your parent's valid ID

- If your petitioner has been previously divorced, bring copies of divorce papers

- Bring anything else extra that you think may be asked from you: petitioner's birth cert copy, pictures of you and your partner, etc

- Memorize your petitioner's information by heart: I was asked for my fiance's physical address in the States, landline, and mobile phone number. Know his mother's maiden name. Understand the nature of his job.

- Answer confidently and truthfully.

Hope this helps, and good luck! :)

Hi, thanks for the heads up. How many hours was it? Did they put a sticker on your passport after the CFO seminar? Thanks! :)


K1 visa timeline10/10/2014 - NOA1 > 11/14/2014 - NOA2 > 12/12/2014 - MNL Case# > 02/5-6/2015 - Medical exam > 03/12/2015 - Interview, Approved (Thank God!) > 03/12/2015 CEAC created // 3-17-2015 (AP)  >  3-18-2015 (ISSUED) > 03/23/2015 - visa in-hand > 03/30/2015 - CFO sticker > 05/11/2015 - POE, SFO > 06/20/2015 - Got married!
AOS timeline - 6/26/2015 - applied for SS card (in my MAIDEN name) > 7/6/2015 - received SS card in the mail > 7/3/2015 - Sent AOS packet > 7/14/2015 - Got confirmation text/email from USCIS > 7/20/2015 - Received NOAs for I-485 & I-765 > Aug. 2015 - Received EADMar. 2016 Received conditional GC (no interview) expires March 2018

GC (ROC) timeline

Jan. 25, 2018 Submitted I-751 paperwork to remove GC conditions > Feb. '18 Received I-797 > Mar. '18 Received appointment for bio-metrics / biometrics done.

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I was there a long time because our counselor was late and someone else had to fill in.

Seminar was roughly 1.5 hours and one on one interviews around 1.5 hours too. Then some waiting for payment and releasing of cert and passport with sticker. After the seminar they will instruct you to pay and wait for cert and sticker.

I was there roughly 5 hours or so, with all the waiting included :)


Our K1 Timeline:
9/4/2014 - Package sent to USCIS in Texas
9/12/2014 - Received NOA 1
10/19/2014 - Received NOA 2
10/31/2014 - Received Manila Case number
11/5/2014 - CEAC status updated to Ready
11/14/2014 - Paid Visa fee via BPI
12/3/2014 - Received Packet 3 from US Embassy Manila
1/13-14, 2015 - Finished 2 day medical exam at SLEC
2/9/2015 - US Embassy Interview done and approved
2/12/2015 - CEAC status updated to Issued
2/18/2015 - Picked up passport with Visa from 2Go
3/16/2015 - CFO
4/19/15 - POE
6/16/15 - Got married! ❤️

AOS:

12/22/15 - Sent AOS package via local post office

01/05/16 - Received I-797C for EAD, Travel Permit, and AOS via mail

01/29/16 - Biometrics

3/14/16 - AOS approved (no interview)

3/18/16 - Received Green card in the mail

4/03/16 - Baby T is here! <3

ROC:

1/25/18 - Sent ROC package via local post office

1/29/18 - Received I-797

5/11/18 - Received No Biometrics notice

 

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I will have my cfo seminar tom. I'm so nervous because I'm married before to a Japanese national & get divorce in Japan.. I haven't apply for recognition of divorce here in the philippines! I'm just wondering if the Cfo will accept my divorce decree from Japan? I have my annotated MC from the NSO from my present husband! I hope they will accept that bec. I don't want to go through the process of judicial recognition of divorce bec. we don't have the money for that! I don't know what to do? Can someone pls. give me some advice! :(

Here is how it works: (You might have done some of the steps that's ok... just walk through each step to completion)

  1. Once you attain the divorce you will need the decision of the divorce (works also for an annulment), entry of judgment, then the decree of divorce (annulment).
  2. Then you’ll need to secure copy of the marriage contract with the divorce (annulment) annotated on it. A total of four documents.
  3. You’ll need to wait 20 days from receipt of the Solicitor General of copy of the decision before you can secure the Entry of Judgment.
  4. After securing the Entry of Judgment, you will have to register the same to the Local Civil Registrar where the marriage took place or Filipino’s hometown. The said office will transmit the same to the NSO.
  5. You will show the Court what date the LCR transmitted the documents to the NSO. With the proof of receipt of the NSO, the Court will then issue the Decree of Divorce (Annulment). After 15 days from receipt of the NSO of your documents, you can now request a copy of the marriage contract with the annotated divorce (annulment) proceedings. You need to request at least 4 certified copies for future use.

These are the steps for marriage in the Philippines but a divorce elsewhere.


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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If I remember correctly, the CFO is only for those who are under 30 correct?


Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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If I remember correctly, the CFO is only for those who are under 30 correct?

INCORRECT. CFO is for ALL exiting the Philippines with an immigrant visa (or K-1) irregardless of age.

http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1347:for-filipinos-leaving-the-country-with-an-immigrant-visa&catid=139

Edited by Hank_

Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

      HandArrow.gif.adeb854ba620933849ae921ca0b44a0c.gif  Link to the Visa Process for Manila Embassy once you have your NOA2 : Click Here

 

Contact Hank: HERE

K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012

...Citizenship... complete!

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the information.


Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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Thanks for the info Greenbaum.. I got my CFO certificate today! :)

:dancing: Your welcome. Good luck.

Edited by Greenbaum

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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