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  1. I feel that I really need to clarify this, I am not at all desperate. Nor will I ever consider marriage as an option to move to the US. I am engaged and looking to start a family and was exploring the possibility of giving them a better setup overall than what we have in the Ph. I had petitioned in the past and was wondering if there was any chance I could still consummate that. So when people said that that ship has sailed, I asked if other Visa categories might apply to me, that may have been misconstrued as desperation. I did some reading first before coming here, and was simply pasting stuff that I read to ask if it may apply to me. Perhaps I hadn't been very clear, I do want to move to the US, yes. Am I desperate? No. Am I exploring possibilities? Yes. Do I want to marry someone from the US to get there? ABSOLUTELY NOT. I do appreciate all the answers and responses I've been getting.
  2. Yes, Canada is an option too actually. I just thought the US would be an easier transition coz of my cousin who can help me network, find employers and get settled. But it looks like the odds are simply not in my favor.
  3. That is in fact an angle I was looking at, another reason for the 5 to 7 year timeline I had previously stated, and was hoping that the attitude towards immigrants may have already shifted by then. Although admittedly, what I know of Trump is only through media (both Fox and CNN) which may or may not be an accurate representation of him. Duterte will only be in power until 2022, but he practically owns both houses of Congress and they may very well change the constitution to extend his term. That or his daughter runs for President who is also already gaining a lot of popularity and political clout. Our islands and waters are being taken over by the Chinese and if you ever get a chance to go to Metro Manila, the place is over run by mainland Chinese by the millions. They have taken over most residential towers, loud and rude AF, do not follow our laws and run businesses that only employ Chinese workers and accept Chinese customers exclusively. Boracay, our top tourist destination, divided into 3 stations (Stations 1, 2 and 3), are now over run by them, Station 2 specifically now almost exclusively Chinese; hotels, resto's, bar's, groceries etc. They also are the top violators of Island regulations. It's nuts. Anyways, this has gotten political but that's where this desire to move elsewhere is coming from. I will continue to look for options but like I said, if I am unsuccessful then it is what it is. I will probably have to start learning Mandarin.
  4. If I had that much paper on me I will have probably already retired to a beach house on one of our 7000 plus islands lol
  5. That is in fact an angle I was looking at, another reason for the 5 to 7 year timeline I had previously stated, and was hoping that the attitude towards immigrants may have already shifted by then. Although admittedly, what I know of Trump is only through media (both Fox and CNN) which may or may not be an accurate representation of him. Duterte will only be in power until 2022, but he practically owns both houses of Congress and they may very well change the constitution to extend his term. That or his daughter runs for President who is also already gaining a lot of popularity and political clout. Our islands and waters are being taken over by the Chinese and if you ever get a chance to go to Metro Manila, the place is over run by mainland Chinese by the millions. They have taken over most residential towers, loud and rude AF, do not follow our laws and run businesses that employ and accept Chinese exclusively. Boracay, our top tourist destination, divided into 3 stations (Stations 1, 2 and 3), are now over run by them, Station 2 specifically now almost exclusively Chinese; hotels, resto's, bar's, groceries etc. They also are the top violators of Island regulations. It's nuts. Anyways, this has gotten political but that's where this desire to move elsewhere is coming from. I will continue to look for options but like I said, if I am unsuccessful then it is what it is. I will probably have to start learning Mandarin.
  6. Did I sound desperate? I might have misrepresented myself. I am in no way desperate or in a hurry ("come to the US suddenly now?"). For the longest time I did not think I would consider living anywhere else quite honestly. I am, however, dismayed with the way things are politically and economically in the Philippines and what that may entail in the long run if that continues. I do know that I was petitioned some time ago and was wondering if there were any chances I could still pursue it. If it that were the case, I will have given myself some 5 to 7 more years to prepare financially as well probably go back to school to make myself more competitive or least close the gap between myself and the average workforce demographics in the US. It does appear that I can't and while I am not easily discouraged and still looking for other options (I am very persistent) and if in the end this does not materialize I will not lose sleep over it or sink into depths of despair and loathing. But I will explore options wherever and whenever I can before calling it quits. and yes, I do understood that cousins can't petition each other. Thanks for your response though.
  7. none of my dad's siblings are in the US. My cousin made it to the US on a petition from her relatives not related to me (her Dad's side. It's her mom who's siblings with my Dad).
  8. Thanks, Paul & Mary. Is there a way that I may qualify for this? Employment Third Preference (E3): Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Unskilled Workers (Other Workers) A Third Preference applicant must have an approved Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, filed by the prospective employer. All such workers generally require labor certification approved by the Department of Labor. Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Unskilled Workers (Other Workers) receive 28.6 percent of the yearly worldwide limit of employment-based immigrant visas, plus any unused visas from the Employment First Preference and Second Preference categories. There are three subgroups within this category: Skilled workers are persons whose jobs require a minimum of 2 years training or work experience that are not temporary or seasonal. Professionals are members of the professions whose jobs require at least a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. university or college or its foreign equivalent degree. Unskilled workers (Other workers) are persons capable of filling positions that require less than two years training or experience that are not temporary or seasonal.
  9. Hi apple21, I am very new to this platform. Thanks for replying. I didn't expect anyone would actually notice. I don't know how to reply to your post directly, so I am reply on the main thread. My apologies. Under Employment Fourth Preference (E4): Certain Special Immigrants, 18) Persons who are beneficiaries of petitions or labor certification applications filed prior to September 11th, 2001, if the petition or application was rendered void due to a terrorist act on September 11th, 2001. Does this cover my case or not?
  10. I was raised by my grandparents on my father's in the Philippines. My grandfather a WWII veteran, moved to the US in the mid-90s (first in 93, then again in 95), he was granted American Citizenship for his services during the war and petitioned all 7 of his children and 1 grandchild (me). He had fallen very ill whilst in the US in 96 and decided to come home to the Philippines before any of us can go to the US. He died in 2001. Can I still pursue my immigrant Visa now that he is no longer around? I do have a first cousin (her mom and my dad are siblings) who has been residing in the States since 1998 (who is also now a US Citizen, she was petitioned in 98 by an Aunt on her Dad's side, not related to me) who would like to be my replacement sponsor. I am now 37 years old, single, of sound financial sounding, no bad debts, have a flourishing career as Senior Training Manager.I have been to US on several occasions, all on business trips, 2010, 2014 and then again now in 2019. I have a multiple entry US visa valid til 2020. I have not overstayed my visa in any one of my visits. I don't know if that is relevant to my situation though.
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