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    EmelyNJoel reacted to Andie in is he lying or is the USCIS messed up?   
    Wow!! how can you assume this merely because it didn't happen to you. Our petition was submitted in March, complete with G-1145 form. We didn't receive an NOA1, and the check wasn't cashed till May. By then, we were frantic. It has taken some unravelling but it appears that our petition was split up and sent to several places. It HAPPENS !!!!!!!
    OP, do not assume that your USC partner is at fault. Get them to follow up and ask to speak to a Tier 2 person at USCIS. There are several other people that have posted recently that didn't get an NOA1, the system is in a mess.
    Best of luck... don't automatically doubt your fiance. Also, the Case Status is unreliable. In many cases the status never leaves INITIAL REVIEW. Updating of this is not a priority and many people have been approved and beyond and their status has never changed from Initial review. By all means check with USCIS with a Tier 2 person before accepting what you have been told on this thread. Believe me, its not unusual for this to happen... best with your process..
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    EmelyNJoel got a reaction from AngelinaBlack in Harsh Question   
    I've seen a number of people complain about the 125% of poverty requirement. 125% of Poverty level is really NOT a lot of money.
    The next part might seem harsh, but if 125% of poverty level IS a lot of money to the USC, then maybe they should reconsider whether they have the means to bring a foreign national to the US for marriage, and to start a family.
    No I'm not hating... and I don't' want to start a flame war, I just want to make sure people are prepared for their situations. Part of that is planning for the unexpected, having money put away for a rainy day, etc. is part of that being prepared.
    So I'm asking the VJ community for their opinions on this. Seriously no flaming. An intelligent discussion on being prepared for major life events.
    I'd liken this to couples who actually plan a pregnancy for when they are emotionally and financially ready, and those couples (like most of us) who get pregnant and deal with the repercussions as they are able.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to NigeriaorBust in Bringing sick mother   
    Your mother can't stay. She came on a visitors visa, for visiting. Even if you tried to AOS in country they will get the current petition and see that you are trying to aviod being fiancially responsible for your mother. She will be deportable if she overstays her visa and that will only make it harder on her ever getting a visa. Does your family have any assets that could be converted to cash ? It is a requirement that you show you can care for her before she will be granted a visa here or there. Forget trying to fudge the system and concentrate on overcoming the issue of support. If you can't overcome the issue then you may have to move on to finding the best way to care for her in your country.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to Sirdaniel42 in Very upsetting answers on Visajourney   
    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :wow:
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    EmelyNJoel got a reaction from Cathi in Very upsetting answers on Visajourney   
    Most rules are written for typical situations, not the outliers.
    So when I say that 'most' people try to capture special moments on 'film' with their families, I think that is a true statement.
    When I say that 'most' couples happen to have documents which tie them together with their spouses, I think that is also a true statement.
    (think mortgage, rental agreements, loans, birth certificates, marriage certificates, travel receipts from trips together)
    When someone doesn't fit the typical mold, or differs from the norm, that is reason for a little extra scrutiny. I say this as a former child abuse/neglect investigator for the State of Kansas.
    The less like the norm they are, without reasons for not being closer to the norm, the more skepticism increases.
    That is human nature, not to mention training to notice things out of place or norm, which sharpen as one continues in investigative roles.
    Now, I don't know the reality of your situation. I don't care if you get your visa or not, it doesn't affect me to the best of my knowledge.
    But I'd rather life treat you well, than treat you poorly, just on general principles.
    I have found that life treats *me* much better, the better *I* prepare for what challenges might lay ahead of me. Chance favors the well prepared.
    So, take stock of what everyone is saying, accept that we are trying to help. (even me).
    Start re-reading the posts as though they were offering good advice. (they are)
    Start acting on those posts.
    Prayer can't hurt.
    Good luck.
    *I get my answer a week from today, so we'll see if I have followed my own advice well enough for my fiancee's visa to be approved or not.
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    EmelyNJoel got a reaction from Miss M in Very upsetting answers on Visajourney   
    Most rules are written for typical situations, not the outliers.
    So when I say that 'most' people try to capture special moments on 'film' with their families, I think that is a true statement.
    When I say that 'most' couples happen to have documents which tie them together with their spouses, I think that is also a true statement.
    (think mortgage, rental agreements, loans, birth certificates, marriage certificates, travel receipts from trips together)
    When someone doesn't fit the typical mold, or differs from the norm, that is reason for a little extra scrutiny. I say this as a former child abuse/neglect investigator for the State of Kansas.
    The less like the norm they are, without reasons for not being closer to the norm, the more skepticism increases.
    That is human nature, not to mention training to notice things out of place or norm, which sharpen as one continues in investigative roles.
    Now, I don't know the reality of your situation. I don't care if you get your visa or not, it doesn't affect me to the best of my knowledge.
    But I'd rather life treat you well, than treat you poorly, just on general principles.
    I have found that life treats *me* much better, the better *I* prepare for what challenges might lay ahead of me. Chance favors the well prepared.
    So, take stock of what everyone is saying, accept that we are trying to help. (even me).
    Start re-reading the posts as though they were offering good advice. (they are)
    Start acting on those posts.
    Prayer can't hurt.
    Good luck.
    *I get my answer a week from today, so we'll see if I have followed my own advice well enough for my fiancee's visa to be approved or not.
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    EmelyNJoel got a reaction from CarolAnn&Eddy in Very upsetting answers on Visajourney   
    Most rules are written for typical situations, not the outliers.
    So when I say that 'most' people try to capture special moments on 'film' with their families, I think that is a true statement.
    When I say that 'most' couples happen to have documents which tie them together with their spouses, I think that is also a true statement.
    (think mortgage, rental agreements, loans, birth certificates, marriage certificates, travel receipts from trips together)
    When someone doesn't fit the typical mold, or differs from the norm, that is reason for a little extra scrutiny. I say this as a former child abuse/neglect investigator for the State of Kansas.
    The less like the norm they are, without reasons for not being closer to the norm, the more skepticism increases.
    That is human nature, not to mention training to notice things out of place or norm, which sharpen as one continues in investigative roles.
    Now, I don't know the reality of your situation. I don't care if you get your visa or not, it doesn't affect me to the best of my knowledge.
    But I'd rather life treat you well, than treat you poorly, just on general principles.
    I have found that life treats *me* much better, the better *I* prepare for what challenges might lay ahead of me. Chance favors the well prepared.
    So, take stock of what everyone is saying, accept that we are trying to help. (even me).
    Start re-reading the posts as though they were offering good advice. (they are)
    Start acting on those posts.
    Prayer can't hurt.
    Good luck.
    *I get my answer a week from today, so we'll see if I have followed my own advice well enough for my fiancee's visa to be approved or not.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to GCPony in Very upsetting answers on Visajourney   
    This is the internet and nothing more than a discussion forum. People here are random strangers sitting at desks hundreds and thousands of miles from wherever you are.
    You've never met any of us and likely never will. People in forums are not your family and they're not your personal friends. Nothing anyone says on any internet forum should be taken personally. If a stranger of a forum says you sleep with ferrets, it doesn't affect you, your life or what you'll have for breakfast.
    Relax, take a deep breath and enjoy your life
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to jaycali in Very upsetting answers on Visajourney   
    One thing that I have learned on VJ is that in many cases the best, and most helpful answers are also the harsh, straightforward and blunt answers. Sugarcoating doesn't help anyone.
    Remember this: It's not us you're trying to convince, it's the IO who has complete authority to approve or deny your case, and thus decide your fate. If a VJ member plays devil's advocate, it's to prepare you for a worst case scenario.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to Hank_ in Thing to do in Manila   
    If you think the Mall of Asia is big you really need to check out the Mall of America.... ok its not in Manila....
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to The Nature Boy in Front Loading on a K-1 Application   
    Again well said. collecting 100's of pages on either end is a complete waste. If you have a real relationship and meet the guidelines, they are barely going to glance and the proof of relationship. If it makes you feel better to print 100's of chat transcripts, send 30 or 40 pictures, journal etc, then go for it, but it's a complete waste other than making you feel better.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to Sayha or bust. in What should the Asian women do for their lives and their families if they married to American citizen men?   
    I totally agree. I know my wife loves me but she also said she wantred a better life for her children and her and I'm ok with it.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to engineer21 in What should the Asian women do for their lives and their families if they married to American citizen men?   
    Should not matter where you live.. So long as you have a nice porch to sit side by side on a Friday night, playing footsie. Forever and always
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to dalegg in What should the Asian women do for their lives and their families if they married to American citizen men?   
    They should concentrate all of their efforts on serving their American husband. Their very existence should revolve around it. They shouldn't even consider working outside of the home lest it detract from their duty of making the household a perfect domicile for their husband.
    --And daily massages would be nice.
    ..and why wasn't there anyone around to give this awesome advice to my wife 9 years ago?- because she clearly didn't get the memo.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to X Factor in What should the Asian women do for their lives and their families if they married to American citizen men?   
    Isn't it their decision. Our opinion doesn't count :bonk:
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    EmelyNJoel got a reaction from chaine1 in My Immigration Letter to the President   
    A large part of the problems facing us as a country and many of us as individuals is that we've been spoiled by the media to want sound-byte style answers to complex situations. Lots of answers sound great when you first hear them, people in positions of power hire professional writers to do just that, write amazing sounding responses, to enable them to move on to the next question. The problem is those type of quick, great sounding answers often lack the substance to really fix the problems they are so easily fired off against.
    We get used to these kind of quick answers because we see them on the news all the time. So we want quick answers to OUR problems. The issue is, there are no easy answers to most of our problems. None of us want to hear that, but it's basically true.
    We want immigration easier so we can be with the one we love. Makes sense. But how often have we heard a story of some man or woman being taken advantage of by someone who was deceitful about their true purpose in coming here. Remember this is AFTER all the screening.
    Id write more, but my fiancee just got online. So you know where MY priorities lie.
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    EmelyNJoel got a reaction from elmcitymaven in My Immigration Letter to the President   
    A large part of the problems facing us as a country and many of us as individuals is that we've been spoiled by the media to want sound-byte style answers to complex situations. Lots of answers sound great when you first hear them, people in positions of power hire professional writers to do just that, write amazing sounding responses, to enable them to move on to the next question. The problem is those type of quick, great sounding answers often lack the substance to really fix the problems they are so easily fired off against.
    We get used to these kind of quick answers because we see them on the news all the time. So we want quick answers to OUR problems. The issue is, there are no easy answers to most of our problems. None of us want to hear that, but it's basically true.
    We want immigration easier so we can be with the one we love. Makes sense. But how often have we heard a story of some man or woman being taken advantage of by someone who was deceitful about their true purpose in coming here. Remember this is AFTER all the screening.
    Id write more, but my fiancee just got online. So you know where MY priorities lie.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to Cathi in not following the 90 day rule for the K1 visa   
    and this is exactly the reason it makes it so hard for the rest of us abiding by the rules. just irritates me that people take advantage of the system then wait until they get in the country to screw around with the rules of the visa...i will shut up before i get myself in trouble
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to steffbry in Medical done! and will share my walkt hrough as well:)   
    Finally! My Medical was done in 2days.. and I almost missed my Flight! Good thing I was able to talk to one of the personnel on the releasing area and told him that I have 1 1/1hr left till my flight. He looked for my medical worksheet and gave it to the counter and was able to finish in time
    Anyhow, here's my experience when I had my medical.. I'd like to share it since this is also in return to those who posted here before regarding their medical walk through which really helped me a lot and was able to gain ideas from them before I went for my medical
    *I arrived at St.Luke's 11am (since my flight was 630am so arrived 9am at the hotel, decided to eat breakfast first to have plenty of energy). It's really GOOD to go late noon time/in the afternoon everything moves fast in the first day and finished everything in less than 3hours. so the whole 1st day medical It was 1130-1230 (1230-2pm BREAK at the Mall) and 2-3:00 pm Done until Immunization Interview and scheduled for vaccine the next day.
    MEDICAL EXAM FIRST DAY
    1st step: VERIFICATION at the Main Entrance
    Before Entering, I approached the Security Guards and they Verified my Documents (they asked for my NVC letter w/the MNL case no. and Schedule of my Interview date at the Embassy)
    2nd Step: Fill out Patient Data Sheet and proceed to the Counter at the Reception Area
    Although I have already Registered online for my Medical, It took up less of my time to fill out my registration and the person from the Information area just gave me a Form to fill out my BIO. then directed me to the K-Counter at the Reception Area for data encoding, digital picture taking and fingerprint scanning (Right Index finger, 4x) She then told me to pay at the Cashier on the 5th floor.
    Req's: Passport, Passport Photocopy, NVC letter (2copies), Appointment Letter/Schedule of Interview at the US Embassy, 1pc. 2x2 Visa Photo with your name written on the back and together with my Online Registration Printed Copy (If you did online Registration)
    3rd Step: U.S.A Counter w/vital sign taking
    Although the lady told me to go to the cashier, the guard from the 5th floor directed me to the U.S counter and told me to go to the vital signs counter and they took my BP (Blood Pressure) and was asked to take a seat after and wait for my name to be called.
    4th Step: Eye test (using Snellen Chart), Height and Weight determination
    When my name was called, I was told to go inside the Room to have my eye test done and determine my height and weight. (although I don't have glasses nor wore contact lens, i had a hard time with some small letters.. I guess I really need to get my eyes fixed )
    5th Step: Radiology
    From the 5th floor they told me to go to the 3rd floor for my Chest X-ray. Changed into my gown and went inside the X-ray room. Then after I was told to go to the 4th floor for my Blood test and Urine.
    6th Step: Laboratory (for Blood/Urine)
    (This is really unforgettable and such a mess i made ) From the 2nd floor, I went to the counter and told them I'm here for my Blood test.. they we're all looking to me in their confused faces.. and told me "there's no blood test here".. and told them "they told me to go here in the 4th floor to have my blood test.." and boing! told me "sorry this is the 2nd floor, not the 4th" I was really embarrassed since I decided to take the stairs from the 3rd floor.. so instead of going up, I went down.. thinking I was still in the 5th floor. lol. So from there, They took my Blood test and after that, (another mess) after I had my urine sample, it accidentally slipped on the floor.. (such an embarrassment..) and Nurse told me that she'll give me another specimen cup and told me to be back after drinking lots of water.. (but although I don't wanna waste time) told her that i'll be doing it now since I still gotta go, but when I urinated, just a few drops of urine i was able to provide.. But it's still ok though they just need a very few amount. and after my embarrassing mess, they told me to sit down and wait for my name to be called..after less than 5 minutes...
    7th Step: Check out Counter
    they told me to proceed to the 5th floor.. so when I went there, they told me to be back at 2pm for my Physical Exam
    8th Step: Physical Exam conducted by the Doctor
    so 10 minutes to 2pm, I arrived at the 5th floor and proceeded at the U.S Counter and told me to wait for my name to be called. After like, 10minutes, they told me to sit down outside the Doctor's room and wait for my turn. So when I entered the Doctor's room, she asked me some questions then asked me to disrobe my clothes, told me to wear a gown, and asked me as well to lower down my gown for Physical check-up. Everything turned fine, and then after changing my clothes, she asked me another set of questions and told me to go down at the 2nd floor for my Immunization Interview.
    9th Step Immunization Interview
    I went to the counter on the 2nd floor and told them I'm here for my Immunization Interview. So they directly told me to go inside the room for the Doctor is already there and will ask me some Immunization Questions.
    Just a tip: Just be Honest w/everything they ask, it's still for your own benefit
    then after my Immunization Interview, I was asked to go back to the counter, and after that the Lady on the Counter scheduled me to be back at 2pm the next day.
    Everything done at 330 pm:) was able to go shopping and had a plentiful dinner w/my Mom and sister(who was already staying in Manila)
    MEDICAL EXAM SECOND DAY (The start of the long WAIT)
    1st Step: Guard Counter checks my name on their record/master list
    The Guard asked me for my receipt (from the Clinic) and Searched for my data on their record.. He then told me to proceed to the Second Floor under Immunizations
    2nd Step: Immunization
    When I proceeded to the Immunization Section Counter, I was told to sit down and wait for my name to be called. (After 20mins).. I was asked to go to the Immunization Room and before Injecting (3vaccines) the Nurse Interviewed me w/some questions like when's my last period, allergies, hospitalizations..etc.. until we led to the topic on what's my profession and told her I'm a nurse, and she was surprised that she was also talking to her colleague all along Anyhow, She gave me my vaccine (3 shots) and then was told to go to the ground floor for the releasing of my Worksheet (Immunization Copy and Xray CD).. this is the last part of the whole thing, but was the LONGEST WAIT during the whole process.. I went down around 230 am and waiting for my name to be called (I was really worried since I have a flight at 630pm back to my Province) so 430pm they called my name and had me sign for me agreeing w/whatever the terms were stated there.. then told me to SIT DOWN again and wait for my name to be called Clock's ticking and every minute I look at the time since Manila is really traffic and very congested.. So 2hrs before I must check-in and 5pm, my name still isn't called.. so i decided to approach one personnel on the Releasing Section and asked if he could do me a favor if he could check on my papers since I still have a 630pm flight.. (thank God to this good Samaritan) he looked for my Data and asked favor for the Counter for Fiance Visa section that I'd be the next one to be released.. so they we're really generous enough and the Nurse from the Counter gave me Final Instructions and what to bring to the Embassy and what to photocopy and in less than 5minutes was able to finish everything and I really looked for the guy who helped me and thanked him and ran outside the clinic, saw my mom really worried that we'll miss our flight.. and THANK GOD the driver from the taxi we rode, had a lot of shortcuts and drove as fast as he could get us to the airport(avoided all traffics) and when we we're about to check in, it's already the Final Call! and FINALLY, went safe back home!
    Hope this helped you guys especially to those who are about to have their Medical Exam at SLEC
    Just a tip: 1. Don't waste your sleep going to the Clinic very early in the Morning (trust me) if you're not patient enough in waiting. Going during noon time/in the afternoon is a very smooth sail to get things done without any hassles and no hurrying and less worrying!
    2. It's GOOD if you were able to register online at SLEC. it saves time here's their site for online registration: http://www.slec.ph/us-visa-applicants.shtml#required-docs (hover on the ONLINE REGISTRATION link and click)...and voila! fill out all that is required.. open your email, and print the Confirmation Letter
    Good luck guys! Stay Healthy to avoid delays on your Medical, and petition as well God bless!
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to Gary and Alla in Should I take K-1 application forms while visiting my finacee?   
    We used the sample letters here exactly as presented, added our names and the correct date of course. Have her sign a couple of them just in case.
    In addition to filling out a G-325 bring a few extra, signed, blank forms for her to sign. I actually had Alla sign the forms and we later added the information over the phone when I got back. We had better things to do when we were together.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to Wally G! in Manila case number   
    Now that you have your MNL case number. You can follow my Visa Application walk-through as a guide or reference. If you have any questions, please do ask.
    At this point you should start preparing your fiancé’s Packet 3.
    http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3224.html
    Download the K1/K2 Interview Preparation Instructions. Make sure to have all the requirements in the instructions. Review and go over it 3 or 4 times to make sure all is filled correct.
    Now your fiancé will pay and schedule the USEM appointment.
    http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/
    Click on the apply button (Green Button " Apply Now ". Fill out the registration information. It is straight forward.
    Click Schedule Appointment
    Select Immigrant Visa
    Click continue
    Select K Visas ( Visa for Fiancée , Visa For Spouse )
    Select K1 - Fiancé or Fiancée of U.S. Citizen
    Click continue
    Fill out all information
    Click continue
    You will receive a confirmation email of you appointment.
    If your are not comfortable with the online appointment system. You can always call and set appointment via phone.
    To schedule a visa appointment for IV or K petitions, please contact the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930.
    http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3238.html
    what to give her to fill out. If she is unsure on what to fill out ask the staff there to help her fill it out.
    BPI Branch Locator:
    http://info.bpiexpressonline.com/bpiprod/prodserv.nsf/Pop-Ups/BranchesSearch
    Require documents at BPI:
    Passport and MNL number
    When filling out the online applicant or speaking to the USEM agent. You will need the receipt number on the receipt from BPI.
    USEM will give her some dates to choose from. Once she selects a date. Appointment is set!! You can reschedule but they will push you further in the month or next month.
    Your fiancé will need to prepare for her Medical at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC)
    Required Documents:
    http://www.slec.ph/us-visa-applicants.shtml#required-docs
    Pre-register online and have her print out this letter. This is the appointment letter she needs to present at SLMEC.
    http://www.slec.ph/us/registration/
    Medical fees are: 15 years and older USD 213.35 / PhP 9,387.50. This is paid at SLMEC.
    ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL CENTER EXTENSION CLINIC
    1177 J. Bocobo St. Ermita, Manila 1000 PHILIPPINES
    If your fiancé passes her Medical They will give her a date to come back to SLEC and get her results and medical will CD of chest X-ray
    On the interview date she will have a time most likely 6:00 - 6:30 AM to be at the Manila USEM. She needs to have all her required documents in hand, appointment letter, and passport. Again refer to K1/K2 Interview Preparation Instructions as for what is needed. Make sure she has all papers organized. It makes for a easier processing at the embassy and shows seriousness. Buy a organizer with tabs. Label the tabs for each requirement.
    Once at the embassy, she will fall in line. They will take her appointment letter, check passport and assign her a number. At the embassy they don't allow any electronic devices.
    You are not allowed to enter the U.S. Embassy/Consulate while carrying any of the following items:
    battery-operated or electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital diaries, digital watches, pagers, cameras, audio/video cassettes, compact discs, MP3s, floppy disks, laptops, or portable music players
    large shoulder bags/purses - only bags that can be carried by hand will be permitted
    bags such as travel bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, leather, cloth bags, and zip folders - you can only carry plastic bags containing application-related papers
    food items (refreshments are available for purchase in the waiting area)
    sealed envelopes or packages
    cigarettes, cigars, match boxes, lighters
    sharp objects such as scissors, pen knives or nail files
    weapons or explosive materials of any kind
    If she needs her cell phone they will ask her to check it in at the security section. They will give her a card so she can retrieve at the end of interview.
    They will give her a form to fill out on how to deliver the passport with visa. Either it's deliver to her home address or she can go pick it up at a 2GO location.
    Once inside, she will need to look on the board for her number to be called. She will go to the window and ask for her paperwork. Then she will be finger printed. They will tell her to wait again. Once her number flashes again, she will have her first interview with Filipino consulate. They will ask her a few questions and check and process her documents. (MAKE SURE SHE HAS ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS). If all is in order she answered all questions to satisfaction. She will then wait again for her number to flash again on the board. Then she will have her final interviewer US consulate. Consulate will process her paperwork and ask a few questions. If all is in order she will be told to wait again for her number to flash. Then she will go to the 2GO window where they will take her passport. They will give her a receipt (make sure to ask if they do not give one).
    That's it for the USEM interview. You can now breathe a little easier.
    Now if there is a problem. They will give a 221g form and state what the issue is. Now you will need to get them whatever they want in order to proceed. Now this is pull a long process when your in Admin Review. Look on VJ for Admin Review stories.
    It will take 5 - 10 days for 2GO to receive visa and passport from USEM.
    2GO locator:
    http://supplychain.2go.com.ph/CustomerSupport/tools/outlets.asp
    2GO Tracking (enter MNL number):
    http://supplychain.2go.com.ph/CustomerSupport/etrace/index.asp
    Once you have received your passport with visa. Now its time for CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas). Now CFO seminar can be done in the beginning before obtaining the visa and passport. You will need to return to get the CFO sticker and Stamp in the passport after receiving the visa passport upon approval and delivery.
    St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation - Center for Overseas Workers.
    CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) Information.
    CFO Seminar is a 1 day seminar and process.
    She will need to register for her seminar.
    http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1348%3Afiancee-spouses-and-other-partners-of-foreign-nationals&catid=140&Itemid=813
    CFO is to inform fipinos about the country they are traveling to. The Good, Bad and Ugly. They will ask her some questions and issue her CFO sticker and seminar certificate.
    Requirements for Registration:
    Original and photocopy of Passport;
    Original and photocopy of visa;
    Original and photocopy of Immigrant Data Summary for US bound/ Confirmation of Permanent Residence for Canada bound/ Certification of Eligibility (for Japan-bound);
    Original CFO guidance and counseling certificate;
    Duly completed emigrant registration form; and
    Payment of the authorized registration fee.
    Requirements for Attendance to Guidance and Counseling Program
    http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1348%3Afiancee-spouses-and-other-partners-of-foreign-nationals&catid=140&Itemid=813
    Two (2) valid identification cards (IDs) with photograph; (Postal ID, NBI Clearance, Passport w/ Visa)
    Duly completed guidance and counseling form;
    http://www.cfo.gov.ph/pdf/downloadable%20forms/overseasbasedemigrantform.pdf
    If married, certified true copy and photocopy of marriage contract on security paper from the National Statistics Office, or Local Civil Registry Offices; or original and photocopy of marriage contract duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/ Consulate (if married abroad)
    Other documents as may be required by the counselors; and
    You will pay a fee totaling PhP 650.00. The PhP 250.00 is paid as counseling fee at SMEF-COW or PRISM while the PhP 400.00 is for registration at the CFO.
    If you fiancee is under 25 yrs. She will need a written consent letter from her parents or a parent will need to be there with her to give consent of there child's marriage.
    > If you are between the ages of 21-24, CFO may require you to submit a letter of parental advice to marry.
    > If you are between the ages of 18-20, CFO may require you to submit a letter of parental consent to marry.
    Here's why you didn't see anything on the CFO website about those requirements:
    The following is from the CFO website:
    Requirements for Attendance to Guidance and Counseling Program
    Two (2) valid identification cards (IDs) with photograph;
    Duly completed guidance and counseling form;
    If married, certified true copy and photocopy of marriage contract on security paper from the National Statistics Office, or Local Civil Registry Offices; or original and photocopy of marriage contract duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/ Consulate (if married abroad)
    Other documents as may be required by the counselors <-----------------------------
    Payment of P250.00 counseling fee.
    CFO link.
    The following forms may come in handy:
    Sworn statement that advice of parents or guardian has been asked. (for those who are 21-24 years old)
    Consent to marriage of a person under age. (for those who are 18-20 years old)
    Marriage applicants who are age 18 to 21 must have parental consent in writing, those age 21 to 25 must have written parental advice (a written indication that the parents are aware of the couple's intent to marry). The revised Family Code of the Philippines, which took effect on August 4, 1988, prohibits marriage for individuals below the age of 18.
    U.S. Department of State link.
    The quote above is from the section where they are talking about getting married in the Philippines. However, the CFO has been known to require parental advice or parental consent from K-1ers.
    It's all on the Consular's discretion whether they require consent from a parent or guardian.
    SMEF-Center for Overseas Workers
    Good Shepherd Convent
    1043 Aurora Boulevard
    Quezon City 1108
    Philippines
    http://www.smef-cow-phil.org/
    Once CFO seminar, certificate, Sticker and stamp is completed, you’re done. Book the Flight!!
    You will need to pay a NAIA International Departure Fee: PHP 550 mandatory at NAIA.
    Also when you book your flight. Check to see if all airport taxes are include in the price of the ticket. If not, your fiancee will need to pay the " Filipino Travel Tax " of P1,620.
    Good Luck and God bless!!!
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    EmelyNJoel got a reaction from cheekyerica in Had American ignorance affected yours or your spouse's adjustment to life in the U.S.?   
    Wow, sounds like a southern baptist. They LOVE to judge, and are way more focused on Hell in my experiences than other denominations. [No flames I was raised methodist / baptist and have attended a southern baptist church for 2 years. (in the past)] I am surprised he didn't realize the thing about religions springing from the God of Abraham. But good for you for recognizing that Jews, Christians and Muslims all pray to the same God. That shocks a LOT of people. I often think God is really pissed at a lot of his followers (of all faiths )
    We are no where close to a perfect society, but I think we are the best country overall. I'm a true believer on that. I just try to not be blind to our faults.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to Anh map in a fight with my lawyer   
    Tonnage does not equal better. A small selection from the entire length of the relationship is preferable.
    If you were a CO would want to look through all of someone else's vacation pictures?
    You can certainly send whatever you want. But you'll be wasting postage $$.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to zapatosfeos in i've had enough of this marriage. i'm slowly dying   
    Country of origin has nothing to do with ethics and morals, just saying. The same American that you loved enough to marry one day has not changed his nationality. Just his claws came out. I will marry a Peruvian man soon, but I will always defend my American men ! What I wont defend are low lives who mistreat their women.
    Instead of thinking about suicide and feeling sorry for yourself, I encourage you to be proactive.
    #1 decide what you want in life -- TO BE HAPPY
    #2 decide what is keeping you from #1 -- SCUMBAG LOW LIFE
    #3 decide how can you get away from #2 -- ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS THAT HE GOES TO THE BAR, GRAB 2 OR 3 THINGS THAT YOU CANNOT LEAVE BEHIND (DONT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT) AND RUN !!! -- dont turn back !!
    #4 please dont do what countless other women (of ANY nationality) have done in the past and return, because yes he will tell you he has changed and things will be better. But NO they will not, if he wanted change and he wanted better he would have done it while you were still there.
    In your shoes, I would consider going back home and surrounding myself with people that love me and care about me. But I dont really know you or your life or situation so all I can tell you is good luck.
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    EmelyNJoel reacted to AngelAndJoy in I guess all the ppl in the world love american, eh!   
    Speaking for myself and my observations only, American men turn elsewhere because American women are socialized to castrate the "traditional" male role (the provider, the decision maker, etc.) here in the USA. American women are more manly in their ways than foreign women, and screw and bedhop and cheat with ease as their male counterparts (a very general, myopic observation of course from a man who spent his life mostly in San Francisco Bay Area). I may sound bitter, but from what I've seen, the Latin American and East Asian women are so much more 'feminine' in the traditional way.
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