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Del A.

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    Montague
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    Michigan

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    K-1 Visa
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    Philippines

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  1. As the title suggests. I've been researching online for a while now to no avail. I'm not sure if I should pay the Philippine travel tax of Php1,620 for my flight to Chicago. The ticket receipt only indicates a "taxes and fees" item for $91.07, no breakdown of these charges. Maybe someone out there has flown/knows EVA Air and could help me out. I don't want to make duplicate payments. Note: Flight was booked through a third party app called "Orbitz", not the airline site. I thought about calling the airline but I just thought it's unlikely they would have expertise in these local matters. Or is calling them the best option right now? Please enlighten me. If you could give me official links containing the answer I would greatly appreciate it. But any help is most welcome. P.S. I will be flying from Manila/NAIA Terminal 1. Am I correct in saying I don't have to pay the terminal fee? From what I know, this fee applies to airports outside Manila. Kindly confirm if you can. Thanks in advance!
  2. Thank you very much! Our case was quick and easy, we are very lucky. No red flags for me, but if you have any questions I might be able to help. Just message me. I posted my interview experience and some tips, you can read it here: I also posted my CFO seminar experience. Maybe it will help you, too: Best of luck to you! 😊
  3. My Visa Status Timeline:  Jul. 9-10 (Tue-Wed) - "No Status" Jul. 11 (Thu) AM - "Application Received" Jul. 11 (Thu) PM - "Administrative Processing" Jul. 12 (Fri) PM - "Issued" Jul. 16 (Tue) PM - "In Transit From Post" (via e-mail to passportstatus@ustraveldocs.com) Jul. 17 (Wed) AM - "Ready for pickup" (via SMS from courier)
  4. Hi all, what would be the instances where you can get "caught" without an AOS filed and an expired I-94? Does immigration check up on you at random or do you only get tagged during travel? I think I read something somewhere that immigration knocked on their door and found their I-94 expired... Terribly unlucky or routine check?
  5. Congrats on getting Issued! As an added tip try to e-mail passportstatus@ustraveldocs.com with your passport number in the subject line. I e-mailed them 5 minutes ago and got a response just now saying: "The current status of your passport is In Transit From Post" I'm sure we'll get ours soon like the admins advised. Best of luck to you! 😊
  6. Edit: I forgot to mention the finger scanning. That happened between the two consul interviews, at a separate window. They scanned 4 fingers on each hand and then both thumbs. Make sure your fingers are pressed together and that you apply a bit of pressure during the scan. I had to repeat mine, which is why I know. 😂
  7. Just me sharing my embassy interview experience and some tips. Disclaimer: Do not use this anecdote as a strict reference to determine your visa application process/needs. Please refer to the official sources and authorities. My timeline (2019): K1 Fiance(e) Visa Sent I-129F - Jan. 24 NOA1 - Jan. 30 (6 days) NOA2 - Apr. 18 (78 days) Case# - May 9 (21 days) Ready - Jun. 3 (25 days) Eligibility Letter - Jun. 6 (dated), in the mail Jun. 14 Interview - Jul. 9 (visa approved) My interview was scheduled for 7:45am. I arrived at the US Embassy Manila before 7:30am at the entrance near the footbridge on Roxas Blvd. (if you look across the street there's Ermita Center building, BPI and AUB). At that point they were already letting in applicants scheduled for 8:30am, but don't take this as a solid reason to come waaay earlier than your appointment because I had to fall in line behind about 60 people once I was inside anyway. NOTE: If you have companions, you may ask them to wait outside where there are monobloc chairs, but be prepared to pay Php30 per seat (unlimited hours). If your fiance(e) is accompanying you, they can come with you inside but some time in the middle of the process they would have to sit apart from the applicants. Also, remember the no-electronics rule applies to them, too. They may surrender phones or whatnot at the security guard post. Before you go in somebody may also try to sell you a pen, telling you how it's necessary for whatever process you need inside. I would suggest you just bring your own pen to begin with. Most visa applicants don't need it (I didn't) but there are some cases when they do (I guess depending on your business there). I've had to lend my pen to some frantic people when I was there as the consul asked them to sign papers. At the first point of security, they asked for my DS-160 confirmation page, appointment page, and they verified my visa type and interview schedule, then told me which numbered lane I should go to (this is still outside the building). I was in lane 3. At this point, prepare your DS-160 conf page and your passport. The staff would put a sticker bar code on your DS-160 conf page and place your passport in a ziploc bag. The building entrance is to the left, look for the door that looks quite heavy and durable. LOL If you're bringing a bag, the guard would check it before you go through the scanner. Otherwise, you'll go through airport-type security next. Place your items in the plastic bin, onto the conveyor, and go through the body scanner. I followed the signs and exited accordingly. Turning right I saw the photo booth (for last minute passport photos, I assume), followed the signs until the area labeled "NIV" (lots of people seated on monobloc chairs - I think this is also a waiting area where you can get food and drinks) then turned left until the labeled door. If I remember correctly I think I entered the one with "K1" on it. Once inside, a lady told me to fall in line for the Filipino consul and I was in line for maybe 30 minutes or more only to be told that I had to go to window 38 to have my 2x2 photo scanned first, LOL. Then I went back in line for the initial interview. The consul asked for my DS-160 conf page, birth certificate, NBI clearance, MRV receipt, CENOMAR, medical docs (sealed brown envelope from SLEC); then later on the affidavit of support, my fiance's divorce decree, W2s and 1040 (tax return). He asked me basic questions about myself and my fiance, how we met, marriage history, children, etc. Then he directed me to another window for the interview with the American consul (waiting in line again). On my turn, the consul asked for my DS-160 conf page and for me to raise my right hand, swear this and that (sorry I couldn't remember, I was a bit nervous and would say yes to anything at this point LOL), and I said "Yes". Then he asked me basically the same things that the previous consul asked, even fewer questions actually. Stuff I could answer briefly. Didn't even ask for proof of relationship or anything. A lot of silence as he went through my documents, I think he was going through the proof of relationship section of my I-129F (but I still brought my own copy). Guess I was lucky. After that he said my visa is approved and he's making it so it would be ready in 1-3 weeks. He gave me the 2 pamphlets on domestic violence plus the little embassy info sheet, then I was done. I exited the embassy at 9:30am (about 2 hours total, most of which was just waiting in line). Other Notes: 1. Make sure the surface of your 2x2 photo is clean, or if you can't assure this, bring extra copies because the scanner there won't work if it has dirt and such. 2. If you're hungry or thirsty there's a mini-store outside the building near the 30-Peso waiting area (apart from the one inside). 3. I would suggest for you to just bring a clear long envelope to put your documents in so that you can go through security quickly. 4. I didn't see any clocks so maybe wear a watch if you wanna keep track of the time, just make sure it's not digital/electronic. 5. If you have kids with you, there's a play area for them inside, too. After the interview you may check your visa application status here: https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/ For K1 visa it's under non-immigrant. Your application ID is the code found on your DS-160 confirmation page. (Mine was AA00****** format); Location - "PHILIPPINES, MANILA". If you try to pull it up under immigrant you may see that it still says "Ready" like before, the "case last updated" details may change on the first day or two after the interview, and then eventually you won't be able to check it under immigrant. At least that's what happened in my case. Again, please don't use my anecdote to strictly determine what documents you need, how easy/difficult the experience will be with you, or any other specifics. It's case-to-case basis, always. My aim is to provide an overview of the process because it's better than being clueless, LOL. And I just enjoy writing my visa experiences in detail. 😅 Good luck to everyone! My CEAC Status Timeline: Jul. 9-10 (Tue-Wed) - "No Status" Jul. 11 (Thu) AM - "Application Received" Jul. 11 (Thu) PM - "Administrative Processing" Jul. 12 (Fri) PM - "Issued"
  8. This is so true. I just had my interview yesterday scheduled for 7:45. I got there before 7:30. At that point they were already calling in people scheduled for 8:30! And then inside was a really looooong line, but we were all seated so I guess it could have been worse.
  9. Hi all! I just had my interview at the US Embassy yesterday, July 9 2019 Tuesday. My visa was approved. I was wondering, when can I expect a status update on the CEAC website? When I check using the AA00****** code from the DS 160 under non-immigrant, it comes up as "No Status". When I check using my case number MNL2019****** under immigrant, it comes up as "Ready" like before, but it also says Case Last Updated: 9 July 2019. A lot of other people are getting AP status right after their interview, and it's been more than 24 hours since approval, so I don't know what to expect now. Please enlighten me. Thank you!
  10. Oof. My bad. I thought the letter instructions are to be strictly followed. This thread/topic should probably be deleted?
  11. Hi all! I would like to share with everyone what I did after receiving the visa interview eligibility letter from the US Embassy in Manila: I sent an e-mail confirming that I have completed my DS-160, as instructed in the letter. I'd like to show y'all how I wrote the e-mail and how the Embassy responded; just so you guys would get an idea of what worked for me and what to expect. I know this matter a trifle, but maybe it'll help someone out there anyways. To give you an idea of my progress, here is my timeline summary (2019): Sent I-129F - Jan. 24 NOA1 - Jan. 30 (6 days) NOA2 - Apr. 18 (78 days) Case# - May 9 (21 days) Ready - Jun. 3 (25 days) Eligibility Letter - Jun. 6 (dated), but received in the mail Jun. 14 The eligibility letter says: "...You should notify the Embassy by e-mail at support-philippines@ustraveldocs.com once the DS-160 has been completed." and: "When communicating with the Embassy by telephone, e-mail, letter, or fax, always refer to your name, case number and visa category as they appear below. Sincerely, Immigrant Visa Unit" (Your info comes right after this part) With these in mind, here is a template of how I constructed my e-mail: Notes: (1) For the header, I inserted Visa: K1 as it was not on the bottom section. (2) I attached the 2-page PDF file of the Confirmation Page, not just page 1 (although I think they only needed that one, I went for the safer route). (3) I sent the e-mail on Friday afternoon and got the response Monday afternoon. After 1 business day, this was the embassy's e-mail response: Welp. That's me trying to be useful. 😂 Good luck to everyone!
  12. Yes, it's mostly showing only Tuesdays and Thursdays. But closer dates will sometimes open random Monday or Wednesday slots, perhaps others are rescheduling last minute. I know because I'm an appointment vulture now. 😂
  13. Hey guys, how early should I be at the embassy if my interview is at 7:45am?
  14. Thanks, Hank! And yes, having all documents on-hand throughout the visa process ensures you have everything you need regardless of which phase you're in. I can use the files I prepared for the CFO Seminar for the embassy interview. 😊
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