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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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We're already at the point where we are gathering all documents necessary for the interview. :( Our worry is what are our chances of approval because lately we've been reading that the manila embassy doesn't accept joint sponsors or its a case to case basis. Has anyone lately been approved at manila using a joint sponsor? And what situation were they in? In our case, petitioner is a medical student, joint sponsor is father, household of 6 (including the petitioner, beneficiary and a k2). Fathers income is around 80k at the least annually which is well above the needed amount. Thank you for your help. Would also appreciate any tips. :thumbs:

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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This may be of interest or somewhat helpful:

http://mrspresson.com/knowledgebase/us-embassy-manila-philippines-accept-co-sponsors-joint-sponsors-k1-visa-application/

http://blogs.usembassy.gov/philippines/k-visas-and-the-i-134-affidavit-of-support-iv/

As far as I know they do not "allow" co-sponsors for K-1 visa..

While the father may make a good income, you said would be household of 6(to include you, a K-2 beneficiary and your spouse). That is quite a few people for that money annually, even though again it is still a good income.

Each case in unique and have their own specifics, same as the person performing the interview at that time has their own opinions/looks on things.

Wish I could state more specific answers to help with this issue and hopefully someone more knowledgeable on this issue will be able to give better answers. Best of luck and hope all goes smoothly for you both.


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US embassy Manila prefers that the joint sponsor for K1 is an immediate relative of the petitioner (ex: parent or sibling). They do not have to except the co-sponsor for a K1, but each case is different. We have seen approvals and we have seen rejected applications.

If the K1 visa application fails, you can take the spousal route. You would marry in the Philippines and then file for a visa In the IR1/CR1 category, the joint sponsor can be anybody (relative or friend) as long as they meet the requirements. This process the CO must take the sponsor.

A Joint Sponsor must meet all these requirements;

1. Be over age 18; AND

2. Be either a USC or LPR; AND

3. Be domiciled in the US; AND

4. Meets or exceed the 125% poverty level with income and/or assets for his/her household size

These are the poverty levels that USEM and USCIS use:

https://www.uscis.go...form/i-864p.pdf

K-1 filing with a co-sponsor

You fill out the I-134 and provide most recent tax transcript, letter from employer and/or most recent pay stubs. Co-sponsor fills out their own separate I-134 and provides the same types of documentation, plus proof of being a USC or LPR. Any USC or LPR residing in the US that meets the income requirement for their own household size plus the foreign fiancé(e) can be the co-sponsor.

BTW you may want to look through the current history as this topic was just post 2 days ago and last week.

I wish you luck on your journey.

Edited by Greenbaum

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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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This may be of interest or somewhat helpful:

http://mrspresson.com/knowledgebase/us-embassy-manila-philippines-accept-co-sponsors-joint-sponsors-k1-visa-application/

http://blogs.usembassy.gov/philippines/k-visas-and-the-i-134-affidavit-of-support-iv/

As far as I know they do not "allow" co-sponsors for K-1 visa..

While the father may make a good income, you said would be household of 6(to include you, a K-2 beneficiary and your spouse). That is quite a few people for that money annually, even though again it is still a good income.

Each case in unique and have their own specifics, same as the person performing the interview at that time has their own opinions/looks on things.

Wish I could state more specific answers to help with this issue and hopefully someone more knowledgeable on this issue will be able to give better answers. Best of luck and hope all goes smoothly for you both.

They do allow a co-sponsor but it's on a case by case basis for USEM.


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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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I have never been asked for an Affidavit of Support from my August 30, 2016 interview and most recent VJ posts claimed that they were not being asked for an Affidavit of Support. I really wish you a good luck and hope that you will not be asked for that.

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Don't take chances with your interview approval by not being prepared with the documents that could be asked for. If you don't have them then expect a 2-3 week delay in receiving your visa.

Refer to the Embassy Letter and follow it. I gave you the link in an earlier post.


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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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This may be of interest or somewhat helpful:

http://mrspresson.com/knowledgebase/us-embassy-manila-philippines-accept-co-sponsors-joint-sponsors-k1-visa-application/

http://blogs.usembassy.gov/philippines/k-visas-and-the-i-134-affidavit-of-support-iv/

As far as I know they do not "allow" co-sponsors for K-1 visa..

While the father may make a good income, you said would be household of 6(to include you, a K-2 beneficiary and your spouse). That is quite a few people for that money annually, even though again it is still a good income.

Each case in unique and have their own specifics, same as the person performing the interview at that time has their own opinions/looks on things.

Wish I could state more specific answers to help with this issue and hopefully someone more knowledgeable on this issue will be able to give better answers. Best of luck and hope all goes smoothly for you both.

Thanks for your response. I've already read those and I understand your point.

Yeah as I see it, like much of it is based on the consuls mood and his opinion. I really just pray and wish for the best.

Thank you :)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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US embassy Manila prefers that the joint sponsor for K1 is an immediate relative of the petitioner (ex: parent or sibling). They do not have to except the co-sponsor for a K1, but each case is different. We have seen approvals and we have seen rejected applications.

If the K1 visa application fails, you can take the spousal route. You would marry in the Philippines and then file for a visa In the IR1/CR1 category, the joint sponsor can be anybody (relative or friend) as long as they meet the requirements. This process the CO must take the sponsor.

A Joint Sponsor must meet all these requirements;

1. Be over age 18; AND

2. Be either a USC or LPR; AND

3. Be domiciled in the US; AND

4. Meets or exceed the 125% poverty level with income and/or assets for his/her household size

These are the poverty levels that USEM and USCIS use:

https://www.uscis.go...form/i-864p.pdf

K-1 filing with a co-sponsor

You fill out the I-134 and provide most recent tax transcript, letter from employer and/or most recent pay stubs. Co-sponsor fills out their own separate I-134 and provides the same types of documentation, plus proof of being a USC or LPR. Any USC or LPR residing in the US that meets the income requirement for their own household size plus the foreign fiancé(e) can be the co-sponsor.

BTW you may want to look through the current history as this topic was just post 2 days ago and last week.

I wish you luck on your journey.

Hello, thank you for answering.

The co sponsor does meet all requirements. I'm just worried cause the petitioner is still a student w a part time job plus there is a k2. we'll fill out and pass all documentation needed plus we thought of having a notarized document stating the co sponsor will finance and support whatever needs etc of the applicant. We unfortunately can't take the spousal route because same sex marriage isn't allowed in the PH. So this is our last and only chance.

would you have any tips? I read scheduling the interview as early as possible is the best time.

Thank you.

I have never been asked for an Affidavit of Support from my August 30, 2016 interview and most recent VJ posts claimed that they were not being asked for an Affidavit of Support. I really wish you a good luck and hope that you will not be asked for that.

This is great to know. I sincerely hope the same happens for us. By any chance did you or have you heard of others who had a K2?

we also thought of showing a bank account w a couple of thousands saved would help. do you think it would?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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This is great to know. I sincerely hope the same happens for us. By any chance did you or have you heard of others who had a K2?

I'm a bearer of a recently issued K1 visa and never had kids (hehehe) so K2 doesn't apply to me and no, never knew someone who had their kids apply for K2.

Nowadays, consular officers rarely ask for an Affidavit of Support and if it was an enforceable requirement, I would have been asked for. Therefore, an Affidavit of Support is just a suggested documentation. The Affidavit of Support can only be mandatory when filing for the Adjustment of Status and I think that once you marry in the US using the K-1, you can avail the option of having a joint sponsor. I think that is why it is understandable that you should always prepare any documentation even if you're confident enough that you will not be asked for that. An applicant's case is unique. Depending on what you have supplied in DS-160 specifically the petitioner's employment history or the petitioner's employment history in G-325A, the consular officer will make a determination whether you will not become a public charge based on that information. You can also satisfy the consular officer that you are able to work there based on whatever skills you have in accordance with how qualified your skills are which are defined by the US Department of Labor. Whatever the case is, you have to successfully demonstrate in front of the consular officer that you will not likely become a public charge once you are accorded as immigrant in the US. Although you have nothing to lose if you have no supporting documentation for that Affidavit of Support, the embassy will just put you on hold (if in the event it could) until you submit the required documentation (unless if you're in a hurry to move to the US). As with any immigrant visa including K visas, there is no such thing as failed interviews. My suggestion is gather all possible documentation that you can possibly get before your interview date. Better be prepared than risking your case. So good luck! :)

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Hello, thank you for answering.

The co sponsor does meet all requirements. I'm just worried cause the petitioner is still a student w a part time job plus there is a k2. we'll fill out and pass all documentation needed plus we thought of having a notarized document stating the co sponsor will finance and support whatever needs etc of the applicant. We unfortunately can't take the spousal route because same sex marriage isn't allowed in the PH. So this is our last and only chance.

would you have any tips? I read scheduling the interview as early as possible is the best time.

Thank you.

This is great to know. I sincerely hope the same happens for us. By any chance did you or have you heard of others who had a K2? I had two K2's and would gladly answer any of your questions.

we also thought of showing a bank account w a couple of thousands saved would help. do you think it would? For the bank statement it would only be effective if you had more than 5 times the poverty level in liquid assets which cash in the bank is one of those assits.


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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