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I decided to create a new topic on this because the other topic that was created has a mixed discussion between those filing Spousal vs. and K1.  I think it's super important that the discussions do not get crossed otherwise it can really throw someone off.  I am not really looking for links to tutorials because I am not doing it myself.  I am receiving conflicting information about Packet 3. Both my NVC confirmation and our attorney says that we should wait for the Packet 3 letter before proceeding.  However, others on visajourney are saying you should never wait for it and act now.  Also, others are saying, you will never receive it.  I am getting mixed messages.  Did others who went through the K1 (only) process receive their packets within the 2 week window? I would love to hear your experience as I am lost and confused on what to do next.  Do they send packet 3 via AirMail?

 

Look at this packet 3 sample I found from Canada. It explicitly says don't schedule and interview:

https://ca.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2016/07/Packet3Instructions-IV.pdf

 

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* Moved from K-1 Progress Reports to Philippines forum. Question is about specifics of the K-1 process through Manila. *

 

PH does not have a packet 3. Packet 3 is a list of documents you need to provide and steps to do before they schedule the interview.

With Manila, there is only a packet 4 - basically the interview instructions. I'm not sure if it is even mailed, but there should have been a link to the instructions sent via email.

You will schedule your own interview.

 

Official instructions: https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/fiancee-visa/the-interview/

Unofficial (but better IMO) instructions:  https://www.visaconnection-philippines.com/us-embassy-usem.html

Don't forget CFO requirements (GCP requirement). Info in the link above.


Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

Spoiler

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:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: 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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14 minutes ago, geowrian said:

* Moved from K-1 Progress Reports to Philippines forum. Question is about specifics of the K-1 process through Manila. *

 

PH does not have a packet 3. Packet 3 is a list of documents you need to provide and steps to do before they schedule the interview.

With Manila, there is only a packet 4 - basically the interview instructions. I'm not sure if it is even mailed, but there should have been a link to the instructions sent via email.

You will schedule your own interview.

 

Official instructions: https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/fiancee-visa/the-interview/

Unofficial (but better IMO) instructions:  https://www.visaconnection-philippines.com/us-embassy-usem.html

Don't forget CFO requirements (GCP requirement). Info in the link above.

I am not sure what the packet is called officially but the confirmation status says, "Please follow the appointment schedule provided to you by NVC. If you do not have a schedule from NVC, please wait for scheduling instructions or a notification from the US Embassy Manila."     It doesn't say at all to start the process without the schedule.

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5 minutes ago, praisejourney said:

I am not sure what the packet is called officially but the confirmation status says, "Please follow the appointment schedule provided to you by NVC. If you do not have a schedule from NVC, please wait for scheduling instructions or a notification from the US Embassy Manila."     It doesn't say at all to start the process without the schedule.

NVC does not provide instructions for K-1s. That's a generic message for any visa handled by the IV unit. K-1s are unique in that they are NIV but handled by the IV unit.


Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

Spoiler

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:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: 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, praisejourney said:

I decided to create a new topic on this because the other topic that was created has a mixed discussion between those filing Spousal vs. and K1.  I think it's super important that the discussions do not get crossed otherwise it can really throw someone off.  I am not really looking for links to tutorials because I am not doing it myself.  I am receiving conflicting information about Packet 3. Both my NVC confirmation and our attorney says that we should wait for the Packet 3 letter before proceeding.  However, others on visajourney are saying you should never wait for it and act now.  Also, others are saying, you will never receive it.  I am getting mixed messages.  Did others who went through the K1 (only) process receive their packets within the 2 week window? I would love to hear your experience as I am lost and confused on what to do next.  Do they send packet 3 via AirMail?

 

Look at this packet 3 sample I found from Canada. It explicitly says don't schedule and interview:

https://ca.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2016/07/Packet3Instructions-IV.pdf                       <<<<<  DOESN'T MATTER WHAT IS DONE AT ANOTHER EMBASSY, YOU ARE IN THE PHILIPPINES

 

As stated earlier .. NVC does NOT schedule interviews for the K-1

 

 

Not sure how your expect your attorney to complete the process for you in the Philippines.    The DS-160 is the visa application form, he can fill in the information YOU provide to him, but HE can not click the submit button to submit the application, by LAW you are the only one that is to do this. 

 

https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

 

Other people can assist you with your visa application. Note that under U.S. law (22 C.F.R. 41.103) you must electronically sign and submit your own application unless you qualify for an exemption. Even if someone else helped you complete the application, you (the applicant) must click the “Sign Application” button, or your application may not be accepted. "
 
You pay the visa fee at BPI  (after printing out the deposit slip)
 
I guess he could create your profile for you, but again YOU have to provide all the information to him.   Then he could, possibly, schedule your interview ... maybe.
 
An attorney can't complete the medical for you
 
An attorney can't attend the interview for you.  An attorney can not collect the required documents for you (as listed in STEP 5)
 
An attorney can't attend CFO-GCP with you
 
 
Guess what... YOU will be doing this.
 
You came onto a website that is based on DO IT YOURSELF, you got good suggestions and information.   If you want your attorney to handle everything that is cool ... sit back, relax and wait for the attorney to get everything completed.    
 
 
 
 
Edited by Hank_

Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

 

HandArrow.gif       Visa Process at USEM for the Philippines;  https://www.visaconnection-philippines.com/us-embassy-usem.html

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You are not getting mixed messages from here. Your Attorney is wrong....Attorneys are basically worthless for the vast majority of K1 filers. Especially for Manila. I hope your interview in Montreal goes well....😉

Edited by boris64

Not a newbie but lost my old info years ago) I have been through this process before --all the way through naturalization-- This site has always been a great help to me. 

 

 

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18 minutes ago, boris64 said:

I hope your interview in Montreal goes well....😉

Mary loves the poutine and the churches in Montreal.   She met me there last spring; traveling on her own as I was at a conference in Barbados.  It was snowing when she arrived.  I was tan and left Montreal with a cold.

 

OP, hopefully you have better sense than your lawyer. 

Fill out the DS-160, pay the fee, do the CFO, schedule the medical and interview.  Or wait for the lawyer if you are in no rush.

Edited by Paul & Mary

March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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2 hours ago, Hank_ said:

As stated earlier .. NVC does NOT schedule interviews for the K-1

 

 

Not sure how your expect your attorney to complete the process for you in the Philippines.    The DS-160 is the visa application form, he can fill in the information YOU provide to him, but HE can not click the submit button to submit the application, by LAW you are the only one that is to do this. 

 

https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

 

Other people can assist you with your visa application. Note that under U.S. law (22 C.F.R. 41.103) you must electronically sign and submit your own application unless you qualify for an exemption. Even if someone else helped you complete the application, you (the applicant) must click the “Sign Application” button, or your application may not be accepted. "
 
You pay the visa fee at BPI  (after printing out the deposit slip)
 
I guess he could create your profile for you, but again YOU have to provide all the information to him.   Then he could, possibly, schedule your interview ... maybe.
 
An attorney can't complete the medical for you
 
An attorney can't attend the interview for you.  An attorney can not collect the required documents for you (as listed in STEP 5)
 
An attorney can't attend CFO-GCP with you
 
 
Guess what... YOU will be doing this.
 
You came onto a website that is based on DO IT YOURSELF, you got good suggestions and information.   If you want your attorney to handle everything that is cool ... sit back, relax and wait for the attorney to get everything completed.    
 
 
 
 

Thanks Hank that is great info! 

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I called both NVC and visa office in Manila and they are both saying that we have to wait for the schedule which makes sense.  I don't know why everyone is saying, go for it now.

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2 minutes ago, praisejourney said:

I called both NVC and visa office in Manila and they are both saying that we have to wait for the schedule which makes sense.  I don't know why everyone is saying, go for it now.

 

Of course they are.     You want to wait for the letter/email from the embassy then wait ..   it is that simple.    We don't care what you do, that is your decision

 

 


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

 

HandArrow.gif       Visa Process at USEM for the Philippines;  https://www.visaconnection-philippines.com/us-embassy-usem.html

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You will be waiting a very long time. :pop:

 


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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13 minutes ago, praisejourney said:

I will let you know what happens.  Thank you all for your help.

Do you have the case number yet?   MNL20XXXXXXXXX 

 

the website for scheduling: https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=English&country=Philippines

A video from 2017: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-appointmentschedule.asp

Edited by Paul & Mary

March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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19 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

Do you have the case number yet?   MNL20XXXXXXXXX 

 

the website for scheduling: https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=English&country=Philippines

A video from 2017: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-appointmentschedule.asp

Yes. And our status is currently set at ready. 

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