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We got approved in 13 days from filing!  

DCF (Direct Consular Filing) US Embassy Manila, Philippines

 

We finally got an email of approval in our filed I-130 / CR1 !!!😁 Just 13 days from filing!  ( Well, I know that some even got approved here within 4-7days in DCF)🤔

 

           On February 12, 2019 we went to Manila US Embassy to file the I-130 , Category - CR1  , petitioner must provide proof of residency in the Philippines (They are quite strict about this , requiring minimum of 6 months residency in the Philippines ,it will help you if you can provide these things with the petitioner's name on it ,Philippines Bank account, Car Registration , Car Insurance , Debit/Credit Cards of some banks in the Philippines , Driving License, contract of Lease or house you own Showing petitioner's name ,Ph Shopping Malls Cards ,internet billings, ACR card, etc. it's up to what you have . As long as  you provide as much as you can to show residency in the country or else the woman receiving your petition at window 25 might advise you not to file through DCF if you can't provide enough proof -WHICH NOTE THAT THIS THING DID HAPPENED WHEN WE WERE THERE, There was a couple who wants to file I-130 through DCF Manila US Embassy the same day we filed and we heard the lady talking to them in window 25 that she was advising them not to file because they would definitely will be denied , as what I heard the couple only provide contract of lease of 6 months and ACR Card  as proof of residency for the petitioner which is clearly not convincing enough. 

         While we did the Direct Consular Filing in Manila Embassy , We also got approval for expedite processing due to petitioner's health condition( must provide proof , in our case we provided documents from hospital showing diagnosed health problems related  ,Note that you can't easily get approval with requesting expedition process without proof. 

     💛  February 25,2019 they approved our petition but they sent the email Feb.26 at 7AM - I have also attached here the approval letter that we received,

 -----  ☺️So Excited now and just waiting for our Manila Case Number to schedule the medical and the interview! 

 

--Neneth

 

Approval letter ,,,.jpg

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Congrats!


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 🇷🇺  ♥  CR-1 via DCF in Moscow* (2016-2017) 🇺🇸  Read about my DCF experience here and here.

Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS field office in Moscow is closing in March 2019.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sept-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (2019-???) 📝

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

??-???-2019: TBA...

 

 

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Congrats on the 1st step.  I'm prepared to do DCF in China later this year.  First thing I did to prepare was get a 2 year residence permit, and it should be easy to prove if needed with my drivers license listing my address and other random bills I pay.  There's no way I want to run into that situation as the other couple you overheard while you were in the office.  The wait gap between DCF and non-DCF is huge, so I've done all I can to prepare to avoid having to forward it to Chicago.

 

Out of curiosity, is the ACR card you mentioned some equivalent of a tourist visa?  I've never been to the Philippines, so a bit curious what type of visa that foreigner may have had.

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3 hours ago, givionte said:

Congrats on the 1st step.  I'm prepared to do DCF in China later this year.  First thing I did to prepare was get a 2 year residence permit, and it should be easy to prove if needed with my drivers license listing my address and other random bills I pay.  There's no way I want to run into that situation as the other couple you overheard while you were in the office.  The wait gap between DCF and non-DCF is huge, so I've done all I can to prepare to avoid having to forward it to Chicago.

 

Out of curiosity, is the ACR card you mentioned some equivalent of a tourist visa?  I've never been to the Philippines, so a bit curious what type of visa that foreigner may have had.

Hi there! ACR Card known as ( Alien Certificate of Registration ) is from the Philippines . China would probably have a different kind of card  for foreigners residing in China ( Which i dont know About ) . As in the  Philippines ACR is a credit card-sized identification card issued to all registered aliens who stayed in the Philippines for more than fifty-nine (59) days. Most expats and foreigners living in the Philippines have this (it is not a permanent residence card though) but it shows proof of residence in the Philippines . Note again  that you Will be filing in China for DCF and they probably have a different kind of card ,etc . :)

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34 minutes ago, JordanT said:

Congrats!

When did you receive the email from the Immigrant Visa office with your case number? How many days was it after your approval letter from USCIS?

Thanks!
Jordan

Hi Jordan ,

I have not receive my case number yet still anxiously and patiently waiting til now its been only 1 day since i received the approval letter . I don’t know how many days it will take but if I’ll still dont get it after 10 days . I Will call the IV office in US embassy Manila . 

I Will update it here if ever i Will get My case number . 

 

Thanks , :) Neneth

 

 

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Just now, WeareReady2go000 said:

Hi Jordan ,

I have not receive my case number yet still anxiously and patiently waiting til now its been only 1 day since i received the approval letter . I don’t know how many days it will take but if I’ll still dont get it after 10 days . I Will call the IV office in US embassy Manila . 

I Will update it here if ever i Will get My case number . 

 

Thanks , :) Neneth

 

 

Ahh ok! Same status, then. 

We applied on the 20th, and also received the approval from USCIS on Feb 26!  Now we wait for the case number and *pray* that the wait for interview is not extremely long. 😕 

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16 hours ago, WeareReady2go000 said:

 As in the  Philippines ACR is a credit card-sized identification card issued to all registered aliens who stayed in the Philippines for more than fifty-nine (59) days.

Thanks, I was just asking for curiosity sake, because I have never visited the Philippines, but I'd like to one day in the future.  Yes, in China we have different residence permits depending on what you do here, and looks like a visa in the passport.

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22 hours ago, JordanT said:

Ahh ok! Same status, then. 

We applied on the 20th, and also received the approval from USCIS on Feb 26!  Now we wait for the case number and *pray* that the wait for interview is not extremely long. 😕 

 

Hi there !  , 

February 12,2019 9:30AM : I-130 petition filed via DCF Manila

February 25,2019  I-130 petition approved  (been emailed on February 26,2019 7:00AM

February  28, 2019 2:15PM : Case Number received in Email

   ------ 😉So it came within 3 days ! yeahh but some even got their case number the same time they got their approval letter . 

 

          Anyways, I'm so happy now and I just want to update you all in this forum  ( I'm posting here late because I got so anxious and right away took care of the DS-260 online filling up /printing all the confirmation letter/appointment letter, St Lukes Medical Registration, And the Visa interview that I made for this coming 2nd week of March.

I have attached the email that I got with my case number here's how it looks

Manila Case Number,,.jpg

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Congratulations!

 

It's crazy the speed that they can approve you once they have the file. It's a shame that USCIS doesn't' dedicate CR-1/IR-1 petitions to dedicated personal  but instead they got to deal with random visas requiring different methods of checking. I honestly think that if you do all the work of traveling out to the country to get married that the service center should just route your file to the embassy to do the paperwork there. 


01/28/2019 - Mailed Express Mail USCIS Lockbox Phoenix

01/29/2019 - Received by Phoenix Lockbox
02/04/2019 - Receipt Notice Via Text Message assigned to Nebraska Service Center 

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Hello, congrats on getting approved!

 

My wife and I also just got our case number this week (almost the exact same amount of time as you) and we are just wondering if you have paid any fees or anything online when completing the DS-260 and other online forms. All the instructions given to us tell us to get and agent and pay fees, but when we look the IV Fees say "N/A" and we can't seem to click onto anything. We have scheduled our appointment for the 2nd week of March and completed the DS-260 but we haven't seen any kind of fees to pay. Also (if you don't mind me asking) what are you bringing with you to the interview to prove domicile in the US? 

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2 minutes ago, Keanu_Reid said:

Hello, congrats on getting approved!

 

My wife and I also just got our case number this week (almost the exact same amount of time as you) and we are just wondering if you have paid any fees or anything online when completing the DS-260 and other online forms. All the instructions given to us tell us to get and agent and pay fees, but when we look the IV Fees say "N/A" and we can't seem to click onto anything. We have scheduled our appointment for the 2nd week of March and completed the DS-260 but we haven't seen any kind of fees to pay. Also (if you don't mind me asking) what are you bringing with you to the interview to prove domicile in the US? 

 

Hi ! Congrats too! :)

You dont have to pay fees for now while you submit DS-260 online if you did the DCF ( direct consular filing) way . They said on the email that you will just pay the $325 in US embassy manila at the cashier on the interview . Note: this is a CR1 visa fee

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6 minutes ago, Keanu_Reid said:

Hello, congrats on getting approved!

 

My wife and I also just got our case number this week (almost the exact same amount of time as you) and we are just wondering if you have paid any fees or anything online when completing the DS-260 and other online forms. All the instructions given to us tell us to get and agent and pay fees, but when we look the IV Fees say "N/A" and we can't seem to click onto anything. We have scheduled our appointment for the 2nd week of March and completed the DS-260 but we haven't seen any kind of fees to pay. Also (if you don't mind me asking) what are you bringing with you to the interview to prove domicile in the US? 

Regarding to Proof of Domicile ;

I made a Proof of domicile letter explaining that i intent to live permanently back in United States explaining that I have attached the ff documents as a proof of domicile

 

-A proof of domicile letter composed by myself (the petitioner)

- US Driving License 

-Car Registration in the USA

- Active Debit/Credit Cards 

- Active Bank Accounts 

- My USA Health Insurance 

etc. AnY document that you may think Will help you prove your domicile in the United States

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13 minutes ago, Kuneesa said:

Congrats! 

This is crazy fast! We applied for I-130 DCF in Delhi, India on 8th January got approved on 8th February. Our notice of approval reached on 19th Feb. Still no case number, but keeping our fingers crossed. 

Good luck with the interview! 

 

Thanks ! Good LUck too :) 

That case number Will come soon , you can maybe try to contact the Immigration office in that country by calling them and see if they can help you get some update About your case number 

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