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Hi guys!

 

Does any of you got married in a state under the jurisdiction of (PCG) Philippine Consulate General of New York?

 

Our trip here today to report our marriage and renew my passport at PCG-NY is a total disappointment. They didn’t accept the marriage certificate I have from Vermont. 😞 The one issued to me by the City Clerk.


They said the one I have is a standard Vermont Marriage Certificate. And they needed the one with the “Confidential Information”. It’s the one that states how many marriages my husband and I have had prior to ours.

 

And that I need to make a “special request” for that from VT Department of Health.

———(The pcg employee told me at first to request it to the city where I got married. And when I called the city clerk she told me that she cannot do that. So I asked her if she could talk to the pcg which she did. And from there, we got the information about Dept of Health. So, new knowledge for the pcg employee too).

 

I was able to confirm that when I called the VT Dept of Health. Luckily, the staff was very informative and helpful. He helped me order it and told me I must also request for an “Apostille”. 

 

Anyway, I found out that other Philippine consulate around USA like LA and Washington, DC didn’t even require that. Sigh.

I have a friend from Florida and she said her marriage certificate didn’t have what NY is looking for. 

 

I’m so sad and so frustrated.

(We btw flew to NYC from upstate NY!)

What a waste of money and time. And to be honest, I was actually 5th in line and the first 4 wasn’t so successful with their ROM either.

So, I thought maybe it’s not just me or them, it could be PCG-NY themselves. Sigh.

 

Lastly!! I couldn’t even believe that pcg employee for suggesting to me to just renew my passport today and stick with my Maiden Full Name! I told her why would I do that when USCIS even let me use PH naming on my GC. I told her it’s gonna mismatch all my documents and she even said it should be okay like “#######?”

I just ignored her cuz I was already getting worked up.

 

My husband handled it calmly and took me to Jolibee and told me that there’s really nothing we can do. And that we should just enjoy our stay here and come back next time. 🥺

 

Anyone had the same experience? I attached below the sample marriage certificate PCG-NY wanted.

(Unfortunately, mine didn’t have the info encircled in red).

 

So for all of you who got married in the state under NY jurisdiction, if your Marriage Certificate didn’t have that information, go ahead and give your Dept of Health a call.

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It's the Filipino way. . .

 

7 minutes ago, babybabycakes said:

My husband handled it calmly and took me to Jolibee and told me that there’s really nothing we can do. And that we should just enjoy our stay here and come back next time. 🥺

At least you had Jollibee!  My wife once flew to Hong Kong and it was a city holiday.

 

Just so everyone knows the marriage certificate needs to always be with an Apostille.


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My wife and I did ROM via the same consulate. Our marriage was in PA, in which the certified marriage certificate already had this information, so it wasn't an issue.


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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Not all states have those type of certificates, the person at the consulate seem to be very aware of what states offer this.    Interesting.

 

Did you email copies of all the documents to the consulate before your appt ?


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* my friend from Florida said her marriage certificate didn’t have what NY is looking for. BUT she was able to register her marriage in pcg-washington dc. And I believe, she didn’t even have apostille. 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Hank_ said:

Not all states have those type of certificates, the person at the consulate seem to be very aware of what states offer this.    Interesting.

 

Did you email copies of all the documents to the consulate before your appt ?

 

Well, she went behind the counter where she have folders of (I believe) how a marriage certificate looked like in every state.

She said that’s her only copy, and asked me to just take a photo of it.

 

And no, I didn’t email them copies of my docs, unfortunately. (I even thought I was over prepaid. My husband always says “I am loaded for bear”) But that’s the only thing they didn’t accept. Otherwise, all is good she said.

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Im hoping not to have any issues either. I was unaware that I had to file a ROM. Looks like if you have the green card with your married name and you sent a marriage certificate then it should be in the system. I am scheduled to go to DC on the 14th and have spent all morning making all these copies. 

Can I file a late ROM and then apply to renew passport the same day?

How to email documents ahead of time?

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4 minutes ago, bigjohn7502 said:

Im hoping not to have any issues either. I was unaware that I had to file a ROM. Looks like if you have the green card with your married name and you sent a marriage certificate then it should be in the system. I am scheduled to go to DC on the 14th and have spent all morning making all these copies. 

Can I file a late ROM and then apply to renew passport the same day?

How to email documents ahead of time?

Hi! Yes you can. Make sure to bring all necessary documents. It’s better to be over prepared than miss a single file, or else you might have to come back.

 

Also it’s not gonna hurt to bring extra copies of your files. As far as I know they charge $1/photocopy.

Also tell them you flew all the way from Florida.

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2 minutes ago, babybabycakes said:

Hi! Yes you can. Make sure to bring all necessary documents. It’s better to be over prepared than miss a single file, or else you might have to come back.

 

Also it’s not gonna hurt to bring extra copies of your files. As far as I know they charge $1/photocopy.

Also tell them you flew all the way from Florida.

Thanks

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3 minutes ago, babybabycakes said:

Hi! Yes you can. Make sure to bring all necessary documents. It’s better to be over prepared than miss a single file, or else you might have to come back.

 

Also it’s not gonna hurt to bring extra copies of your files. As far as I know they charge $1/photocopy.

Also tell them you flew all the way from Florida.

Will they keep the originals since im doing it in person?

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1 hour ago, bigjohn7502 said:

Im hoping not to have any issues either. I was unaware that I had to file a ROM. Looks like if you have the green card with your married name and you sent a marriage certificate then it should be in the system. I am scheduled to go to DC on the 14th and have spent all morning making all these copies. 

Can I file a late ROM and then apply to renew passport the same day?

How to email documents ahead of time?

You can complete both the same day, but you need to schedule the ROM appt before the passport renewal, allow time to get ROM filed then complete the passport renewal.

 

1 hour ago, bigjohn7502 said:

Will they keep the originals since im doing it in person?

They will only keep the copies.   So do have adequate copies

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Hank

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      HandArrow.gif.adeb854ba620933849ae921ca0b44a0c.gif  Link to the Visa Process for Manila Embassy  : Click Here

 

Contact Hank: HERE

K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012

...Citizenship... complete!

 

 

 

 

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15 hours ago, Hank_ said:

You can complete both the same day, but you need to schedule the ROM appt before the passport renewal, allow time to get ROM filed then complete the passport renewal.

 

They will only keep the copies.   So do have adequate copies

Thanks for the info. For scheduling the ROM appt, is that something you get in queue when you arrive or do I make appt before even going to the embassy?

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2 hours ago, bigjohn7502 said:

Thanks for the info. For scheduling the ROM appt, is that something you get in queue when you arrive or do I make appt before even going to the embassy?

Make the appt is what I hear with Washington.   And email copies of everything to the consulate

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Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

      HandArrow.gif.adeb854ba620933849ae921ca0b44a0c.gif  Link to the Visa Process for Manila Embassy  : Click Here

 

Contact Hank: HERE

K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012

...Citizenship... complete!

 

 

 

 

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