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Good evening everyone. I'm trying to petition my fiance from the Philippines, but I'm running into some concerns regarding the application. In the application, I have to put in her parents information, but as a child she became an orphan due to both parents being deceased. She has been adopted and also underwent a complete name change, first, middle, and last name. In the petition, do I put her biological parents or her adopted parents information. Also another concern of mine is that I lost my job fairly recently, but I have a co-sponsor ready for the affidavit of support. I'm seeking to fix my employment status, but would I be ok to proceed with the petition without issue? Don't want to mess this up.

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I can’t comment on her parents because I’m not sure but from what I understand. Manila does not accept Co-sponsors. I would try to find another job asap. You will have a while until NOA 2 so you will have time before you product the I-134.




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1 minute ago, NigeriaorBust said:

  An adoption ( legal ones )  erases the bio donors relationship and replaces it with the adoptive parent(s) 


Her parents are deceased since she was very young and a neighboring family has taken her in and adopted her. I believe her birth certificate has her new information, since her now parents changed her name as well.

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1 minute ago, NigeriaorBust said:

  The question is was there a formal adoption.  Who is listed on the birth certificate as parent(s)  

I'll just go with what's on her birth certificate. I'm pretty sure her adoptive parents information is on it. Guess we should also work on getting that too. She's going to have to go to Bicol to get a new one. She's currently in Cebu.

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Use the info on the birth certificate. legal adoptions void any other parental info.


for example, my mother remarried when i was 10 (i didnt even know my bio dad at the time). her husband adopted me. The name, and info on my birth certificate changed. I (since that time) have reconnected with my bio dad and CONSIDER him dad - i dont speak often to my adopted dad, i speak to my bio dad all the time). I had to watch myself on my application because i consider my dad...my dad. not my adopted dad. lol

5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

12/13/2018        Consulate received/ ready to schedule interview


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MODERATORS please move this to the Philippines subforum as it is Manila specific. OP,  Manila has been tougher on co-sponsor than perhaps other embassies, but it DOES happen...usually with a close relative as co-sponsor. You may also have time to get your employment status stabilized by the time of the interview. Documents such as birth certificates and adoptions can also be "interesting" in the Philippines, so you might get more specific and recent information in that subforum. Good luck.


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