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    IR-1/CR-1 Visa
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    Philippines

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  1. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Supplements/Supplements_by_Post/MNL-Manila.html The US Department of State lists this for Manila: "If you are married: Your original marriage certificate, and English translation. If celebrated in the Philippines – bring an Advisory on Marriage obtained from the PSA." This "Advisory on Marriage" is the CEMAR. You request a CENOMAR from PSA, but if you are married, they will send you a CEMAR. This is what the embassy wants. It shows the marriage of the Filipina. Unfortunately, the US Embassy in Manila doesn't state anything about a CEMAR (just a CENOMAR if applicable) in Step 5 (https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/family-based-immigration/the-interview/) The embassy gives the wrong information to applicants and they have been doing that for years.
  2. Don't listen to James. Assets include stocks. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/step-1-submit-a-petition/i-864-affidavit-faqs.html#aos13 What can be used as assets? Financial sponsors can only include assets that are convertible into cash within one year and without considerable hardship or financial loss to the sponsor and his/her family. Examples of assets easily convertible to cash are savings, stocks, bonds and property. Sponsors may include the value of their home. It depends on the officer that interviews you. You meet the guidelines set forth by USCIS, but the officer still has the right to require you to get a joint sponsor.
  3. Yikes. It sounds like you'll just have to wait. The service centers are just moving stuff around. The problem with Big Government.
  4. What is the electricity bill of the locals? I am living in Manila in a condo and run the AC every night for 8 hours. Our electricity bill averages under 3,000 pesos a month (2,900 this month which is around $60). That means a Filipino family is making 9,000 pesos a month. Meralco Electric company charges about 9 pesos (around 19 cents) per kWh. We have an AC, water heater in the shower, two laptops, TV, washing machine, fan, microwave, and refrigerator. Did the expats in the departure service have a house? Did they run the AC 24/7? An electricity bill you saw was $3,800 per month? 186,000 pesos for 1 month of electricity? Are you sure this wasn't for a business? I don't see how a house could use up that much.
  5. The government gave $160 to certain people and a bag of food. They expected it to last families for 5 months. That didn't happen. Yes, people have been selling stuff or moving in with relatives to save on rent. Also, they cook food and sell it, deliver things for people and charge a fee, sew fabric together for face masks, or teach English online to other Asian countries. The Filipinos are a scrappy bunch.
  6. Look at the spouse timelines for Pakistan: https://www.visajourney.com/timeline/k1list.php?op6=All&op66=All&op7=Pakistan&op1=3&op2=&dfile=No&op3=5&op4=1&op5=5%2C6%2C8%2C10%2C11%2C13%2C14%2C15%2C16%2C17%2C18%2C20%2C21%2C22%2C25%2C26%2C27%2C28%2C108%2C110%2C111%2C208%2C210%2C211&cfl=0 Months it took for the I-130 approval for the latest 9 members who've updated their profiles: 9, 8, 10, 12, 6, 6, 4, 9, 12 So if your case is at 10 months, you're doing ok. Have some patience. It's free! : )
  7. I've seen a few on here that have been approved in 6 weeks and moved to NVC. Do a search!
  8. There are 3 IR1/CR1 spouse visa interviews scheduled in Manila. https://www.visajourney.com/timeline/k1list.php?op6=All&op66=All&op7=Philippines&op1=3&op2=&dfile=No&op3=5&op4=1&op5=5%2C6%2C8%2C10%2C11%2C13%2C14%2C15%2C16%2C17%2C18%2C20%2C21%2C22%2C25%2C26%2C27%2C28%2C108%2C110%2C111%2C208%2C210%2C211&cfl=0 Plus, look at the embassy's July 31st update: "U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is resuming certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including F student visa applications."
  9. Current case review time: As of 27-JUL-2020, NVC is reviewing documents submitted to them on 8-MAY-2020. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/nvc-timeframes.html Looking at the VJ timelines, for the PH CR1/IR1, they are doing expedited interviews at the Manila embassy (around 10 have been recorded in July 2020 and 3 set up for August). There was 1 case that said they didn't expedite their case but still had an interview, but it was at the Singapore consulate and recorded under the Philippines section.
  10. Ok. Are they part of Visa Journey? I only know what VJ members have posted. I estimate that only 1% of all visa applicants are members here and update their timelines.
  11. It is a nonimmigrant visa, but it does say it will eventually turn into an immigrant visa if you do marry and adjust status. Looking at the VJ timelines, there have been zero interview dates recorded for PH K1 visas (the last was March 2020). For the CR1/IR1, they are doing expedited interviews at the Manila embassy (around 10 have been recorded in July 2020). There was 1 case that said they didn't expediate their case but still had an interview, but it was at the Singapore consulate and recorded under the Philippines section. Nonimmigrant visa for spouse (K-3) - It is important to note that application for the nonimmigrant visa for spouse (K-3) who married a U.S. citizen must be filed and the visa must be issued in the country where the marriage took place. After the visa process has been completed, and the visa is issued, the spouse can travel to the United States to wait for the processing of the immigrant visa case. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/family-immigration/immigrant-visa-for-a-spouse-or-fiance-of-a-us-citizen.html The US embassy posted a new update today: "As of July 27, 2020, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is resuming certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including F student visa applications."
  12. I'm surprised they did approve it because she was still married to the other guy in 2013 when you guys married. USCIS didn't ask for a CENOMAR?
  13. I looked through the forums to see if there were other cases where the first marriage ended in divorce (there are many threads about this), and the spouse is now trying to remove conditions on the second marriage due to battery, but the ex-husband is now claiming "fraud." I couldn't find any.
  14. My friend paid them $500 and got an RFE (request for evidence). He didn't include enough evidence and they told him he that had enough. They were wrong. He is still waiting for approval from USCIS after 1 year. I used this site and did not get an RFE. I was approved by USCIS within 5 months.
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