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  1. I wouldn't try it if I were you. We had both the I-130 and I-129F approved at the same time. During that period, NVC was having issues with their website which took months to fix. We went with the K-3 route to bypass NVC and got all the way to the interview which was approved. A few days after the successful interview we get notification that the I-130 was expedited straight to Manila embassy and that they closed the K-3. We had to set up a new interview for the CR-1 visa which was thankfully approved as well. From what I have read and through personal experience, I'd like to say that Philippine applications tend to have fast approval rates. I would just stick to the CR-1/IR-1 route.
  2. I was in your same boat. They usually ask for an income tax return for the past 3 years but since I have lived in the Philippines for most of my adult life and didn't make nearly enough to meet the minimum amount, I never had to file. My letter was very simple. "To whom it may concern: I have not filed an income tax return for tax years 20xx, 20xx, and 20xx because I am a full time student and have not made any income during that period. I am currently enrolled as a full time _____ student and I am being supported by my brother, ________, who is my joint sponsor. Due to these circumstances I was not required to file an income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. Sincerely, _____________"
  3. I too initially hired the services of a visa assistance agency that was headed by an immigration lawyer (albeit in my wife's home country). Long story short, the information they were telling me did not match up to what I was reading on VJ. They kept telling me to wait to start the process but to pay in advance 🙄. I am happy I only made one payment before I decided to do the process on my own. Got the wife here in less than a year. I guess it really depends on who you hire. But on the other hand, I'd rather do it myself for free than pay someone extra money on top of all the immigration fees.
  4. Hello Skylar! I see you have already received a lot of advice. I just want to chime in with my own thoughts. For advice on the immigration process, the best way to get this information is to look at the guides here on VJ and to go on the USCIS website. To put it in very simple terms there are 2 main pathways that your partner can use to bring you over here; coming here as a fiance and getting married or him petitioning you to come here as your spouse. Both will cost an immense amount of money and time, but getting married ahead of time and being brought here in my own personal opinion will cost a little bit less and allow you to work/start school faster. But before you can even attempt the process, you need evidence of a genuine relationship. It is extremely important to have some evidence of face to face visits. And not just for the immigration process but to also truly know if this person is "the one". I do not mean to discourage you or anything, and I do not doubt your life experiences, but we can only truly say we know something once we have experienced it. I met my spouse when we were both attending the same school in the Philippines. We started dating at age 17. We got married when we were both 24 and I brought her over here at that time. We are both 28, almost 29 now. Everyone's situation is different, but there were many times early on in the relationship where I was sure it was going to end. And during our dating phase, we did break it off for a year before we got together again. Where I'm trying to go with this is that even dating someone and seeing them face to face is only a fraction of what you can see. Sometimes many traits of the person only come out when you start living with them or seeing them every day haha 😂. Again, I'm not trying to say anything bad, just please be cautious with your next steps and I really hope it works out for the both of you. From a financial standpoint, the USA is probably one of the most expensive places to live in on the planet (and most people don't know it until they start living here). I went back to school here in the USA because my degree did not transfer. The whole cost of the program (with some transferred credits) amounted to $55,000 for an associate's degree. I currently have the burden of a $26,000 student loan. If the grandparents give your partner the house, there are still a lot of costs that still need to be paid for such as utilities, insurance, homeowner association fees, etc. Medical insurance is also something that needs to be paid for each month and it can run you hundreds of dollars (many jobs in the US do not offer health insurance). The transportation system in many states is also not reliable and many Americans rely on having their own car. Cost of owning and maintaining a car as well as gas can run you hundreds of dollars a month. And as what many have stated, if your partner does not meet the poverty guidelines for financial support, you will both need a joint sponsor. If your partner does not have the income to support himself, the joint sponsor will also need to be able to reach the guidelines to support you both (and themselves as well). As someone stated, the government will accept cash and assets as income but if I remember correctly the amount will need to be triple what the guidelines state if using assets. I apologize for the long post, but I'm just trying to display the reality of this process. The process is not just coming over here, but living here and adjusting to this country as well if the petition is approved. If you go through the forums, you will see that there are some unhappy people who came here to the US and only realized their regret once they saw that their partner wasn't what he/she thought they would be or was not ready for some of the consequences that accompany living in a foreign country. Please realize that you will be leaving behind family, friends, food, atmosphere, being able to speak your native tongue to other people, etc. Again, this is not to discourage you, but to prepare you for some things that you might face. I am not saying this because you are 18, because there are people who are much older than you and I that have experienced these regrets. I truly wish you well in the process. Best of luck!
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