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Hi, first of all I know there are other BPI threads but they all seem a bit old.

We payed for the Visa Interview on the14th through BPI online using my Fiancee's sister's account. We have the merchant number and from what it says on their page it should have been ready by 11am this morning. Unfortunately it is not showing up as valid yet. Calling BPI is no help, when we finally got through they dropped the call. Their help online is also non responsive. Honestly I wish I could have just gone to the embassy and paid in cash, Could I have? I guess we cant do anything but wait for now, but we are wondering if others have done this. Her sister has had so many issues with BPI, ATM's not dispensing money but deducting it from her account, or money just disappearing for days. 

 

Is there a reason the US Embassy in manila uses BPI? Couldn't they just set up online credit card payments instead?

Other banks aren't much better but I think I prefer BDO.

 

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Time Line:

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We've known each other online since we were teenagers, almost 2 decades later we started talking a lot more online, and we finally met in person. I am lucky to have a good friend who works for the airline and therefore gives me flight benefits (I pretty much travel for free) Which is why I go back and forth a lot.


Mar. 20 2017              First in person meeting 🐇❤️🐢

Oct. 02 2017              Traveling around Asia on our Birthdays ✈️

Feb. 07 2018              Surprise visit for Valentine's Day 💘

Mar. 14 2018              Met 1st Year Anniversary 🎉

Apr. 07 2018               Looked for apartments 🏙️

May 22 2018              I-129F Filed
May 30 2018              I-129F NOA1 

Jun. 29 2018              Moved in together for the long wait together 

Jul. 02 2018               Formal Proposal 💍 
Nov. 07 2018              I-129F NOA2
Nov. 21 2018              Case received by NVC

Dec. 04 2018              Case # Assigned

Dec. 11 2018              Visa Application in Transit to Manila Embassy 📭

Dec. 13 2018              Visa Application set to READY 📬

Dec. 27 2018              Interview Date 🇺🇸

 

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29 minutes ago, confusedshoes said:

Couldn't they just set up online credit card payments instead?

That involves extra fees, PCI compliance, other federal compliance for payment, overhead/management/support, etc. Keep in mind this isn't like a private business where you can just go to Square/PayPal/Stripe...US federal agencies have a massive amount of policies and rules in place. I can't disclose specifics, but it's a very long and cumbersome process to be able to receive funds on credit for a federal agency...think 1-2 years once they get the go business buy-in and funding.

USCIS is much, much larger and only handles US-based items...and they only started taking credit card payments (via writing, not online) for most processes within the past year.

 

They could contract it out. And some embassies do offer credit card payment. I'd be surprised if Manila didn't offer it in the somewhat-near future (years), but it's just not there yet.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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1 hour ago, confusedshoes said:

Hi, first of all I know there are other BPI threads but they all seem a bit old.

We payed for the Visa Interview on the14th through BPI online using my Fiancee's sister's account. We have the merchant number and from what it says on their page it should have been ready by 11am this morning. Unfortunately it is not showing up as valid yet. Calling BPI is no help, when we finally got through they dropped the call. Their help online is also non responsive. Honestly I wish I could have just gone to the embassy and paid in cash, Could I have? I guess we cant do anything but wait for now, but we are wondering if others have done this. Her sister has had so many issues with BPI, ATM's not dispensing money but deducting it from her account, or money just disappearing for days. 

 

Is there a reason the US Embassy in manila uses BPI? Couldn't they just set up online credit card payments instead?

Other banks aren't much better but I think I prefer BDO.

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14th was Friday ... "government" isn't open on weekend.    Plus it normally takes 12 to 24 hrs before the payment shows up so you can schedule an interview  ... not counting WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS.

 

Figure Monday afternoon if lucky.

 

No you could not have paid the fee at the embassy.   Payment is through BPI only.   


Hank

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Welp, I guess somebody up there in filipino heaven is looking out for us because it cleared right before closing. We got our Interview for the 27th. 😅 I guess we can celebrate with Miss Universe today.


Time Line:

Spoiler

 

We've known each other online since we were teenagers, almost 2 decades later we started talking a lot more online, and we finally met in person. I am lucky to have a good friend who works for the airline and therefore gives me flight benefits (I pretty much travel for free) Which is why I go back and forth a lot.


Mar. 20 2017              First in person meeting 🐇❤️🐢

Oct. 02 2017              Traveling around Asia on our Birthdays ✈️

Feb. 07 2018              Surprise visit for Valentine's Day 💘

Mar. 14 2018              Met 1st Year Anniversary 🎉

Apr. 07 2018               Looked for apartments 🏙️

May 22 2018              I-129F Filed
May 30 2018              I-129F NOA1 

Jun. 29 2018              Moved in together for the long wait together 

Jul. 02 2018               Formal Proposal 💍 
Nov. 07 2018              I-129F NOA2
Nov. 21 2018              Case received by NVC

Dec. 04 2018              Case # Assigned

Dec. 11 2018              Visa Application in Transit to Manila Embassy 📭

Dec. 13 2018              Visa Application set to READY 📬

Dec. 27 2018              Interview Date 🇺🇸

 

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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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