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  1. On 3/26/2024 at 1:30 AM, top_secret said:

    Those who received auto-expedites.  In the previous mass expedites, the whole system gets hit all at once, Philippine parts get jammed up and break down, and those who move quickly hold the advantage.  If you got an expedite, book Saint Luke's now, create your http://ustraveldocs.com/ph account now, and as soon as your case status is "Ready" start trying to schedule.  Don't wait for an e-mail from the embassy with instructions. If it's "Ready" you can proceed as soon as it lets you. If you get "case number not found" try again later.

     

    Any CR's yet? 

     

    Hey man, I just wanted to personally thank you for this post. The fact that I followed your advice was THE reason why my wife was already able to complete her interview at USEM on April 8, after we got auto-expedited at the end of March. My wife talked with another lady whose case got auto-expedited at the same time as ours did...they waited for the email with instructions to book an interview, and the earliest interview appointment they could book was in July.

     

    I will be able to bring my wife over to America in time to celebrate my 30th birthday with my family in May, and to attend my cousin's baby shower in June. She would have missed both of these events if I hadn't seen your post and done what you had suggested. I really appreciate it!

  2. 7 hours ago, Walter94 said:

     

    I just tried to create an account on that site and it wouldn't let me. When it asked for first and last name, I started off with my name and it said "please make sure you are entering your name correctly as it appears on your passport". I then tried using my wife's name, thinking maybe that's what it was asking for. It then said there was an error and the site administrator had been notified. Anyone have any idea what's going on here?

     

    Okay never mind, I just figured this one out. Apparently there are other VJ members that had the same issue, the solution was to click "forgot password" and then enter your email under "username". They sent me a temporary login code and I was able to access an account which I apparently had, but I never created. I guess they automatically created one under the same email I gave to USCIS at the time of petition. Weird.

  3. 11 hours ago, top_secret said:

    Those who received auto-expedites.  In the previous mass expedites, the whole system gets hit all at once, Philippine parts get jammed up and break down, and those who move quickly hold the advantage.  If you got an expedite, book Saint Luke's now, create your http://ustraveldocs.com/ph account now, and as soon as your case status is "Ready" start trying to schedule.  Don't wait for an e-mail from the embassy with instructions. If it's "Ready" you can proceed as soon as it lets you. If you get "case number not found" try again later.

     

    Any CR's yet? 

     

    I just tried to create an account on that site and it wouldn't let me. When it asked for first and last name, I started off with my name and it said "please make sure you are entering your name correctly as it appears on your passport". I then tried using my wife's name, thinking maybe that's what it was asking for. It then said there was an error and the site administrator had been notified. Anyone have any idea what's going on here?

  4. I have also received an auto expedite notice today, my case was DQ'd on June 26 2023. My case is now an IR1 since we got legally married at the very end of 2021 and I filed my petition in April 2022.

     

    I was one of those early 2021 K1 filers who aborted my fiance visa case and switched to the spousal visa once I learned about the insane 2-3 year backlog for K1 interviews at USEM Manila. At the time there was no backlog for spousal visa interviews, so it made total sense to drop the fiance visa case even though I was already 8 months into that whole process. 

     

    Little did I know that I would be encountering ANOTHER interview backlog from USEM...one which I never would have had to deal with if my case had been DQ'd just one month earlier. Just maddening. But I am relieved that this one didn't turn into another 3 year ordeal like it did for the K1 visas.

  5. Hey guys, I'm another May 2023 DQ case with no interview date in sight, and I've just started reading through this thread.

     

    Question: for cases that are "auto-expedited", does that typically happen without the petitioner doing anything at all? Or is that usually something that occurs for people who have sent an expedite request in the past?

     

  6. Our case has been documentarily qualified at the NVC since May of last year, but we still have not been contacted for an interview date. It was my understanding that the embassy in Manila didn't have much of a backlog for processing spousal visa cases. Any idea what's going on here? Is there a way to request an expedite, or to at least request more info on the status of our case?

     

    Thanks

  7. Okay, I have filled out the I-130 and I-130a with her name listed as the one which she will be changing it to very soon, and I have listed her maiden name in the "other names" section.

     

    Problem is, all the documents I'm providing with her name on them still show her maiden name. So I'm thinking of adding this explanation to the cover letter:

     

     

    "You will notice that my wife’s name appears as “(maiden name)” on some of the documents I have provided. As of today’s date, we are still waiting on the Philippine consulate to process our Report of Marriage (I filed in February, they are currently processing RoMs from January). Once they have processed our RoM, my wife will be able to immediately change her name to (new name, with my last name). By the time this petition is reviewed, her name change should already be complete, and she will obtain a new passport with her new name."

     

     

    Should I add this paragraph in my I-130 cover letter just to clarify things? Or no

  8. On 4/2/2022 at 6:17 PM, pushbrk said:

    Unofficial names used on social media accounts are not entered in other names field.  It's for official names.  In actuality, if she's planning to use a married name in the future, she should go ahead and at least get a passport in the married name.  Once she does that, her visa and green card will be in that name.  When you file the I-130, go ahead and use the married name, even if she doesn't have the new passport or ANY passport yet.  Waiting until the process is over will complicate the name change greatly.  

     

    Your plan will work, but far more complications with doing it that way.

    Thanks for the advice in this thread.

     

    My wife does have a passport already, but it's in her maiden name. If I file the petition now while her legal name change is still pending, then wouldn't it create problems? The I-130 form asks for her passport number; I would be entering her current one, and by the time her case is reviewed by USCIS, she would already have a different passport.

  9. I married my Filipina wife through Utah Zoom marriage in Dec 2021. She has not legally changed her name yet, but she is planning to take my last name once the whole immigration process has been done.

     

    However, she is already using my last name on her social media accounts. The I-130 form has a section for "other names used", including aliases and nicknames.

     

    In that "other names" section, I'm thinking of using her nickname as her first name (which she has already been using for a long time now), for her middle name I will enter her maiden name, and for her last name I will enter my last name. I can then add an explanation in the "additional information" section on the last page, and say that she has not legally changed her name yet but will do so once she is in the United States.

     

    Does this seem like a good way to go? Or could there be problems with doing this.

     

    Thanks

  10. - I have been in a relationship with my Filipina wife for over 4 years, and we just got married through Utah zoom call in December of 2021.

     

    - I have come to the Philippines 7 times to see her. We have lots of pics together in different places, and with her family and friends...but none of them were taken with the camera timestamp feature turned on. I can add time/place captions underneath the pics, but I don't know whether those are considered valid.

     

    - I can print the flight tickets and hotel reservations that were emailed to me from all my previous trips, but I have read that you need the actual boarding passes. I threw those out once I was done with my flights.

     

    - We are young (both in our 20s) and we have no combined finances or jointly owned property. I have sent her money plenty of times through Western Union and World Remit, but that's it.

     

    - Last month I filed my taxes for 2021 as "married filing separately" because I had read that it is difficult to file jointly with the IRS if your spouse is a nonresident alien. However, I'm now reading that the USCIS only considers joint tax returns or combined finances as strong evidence of a real marriage.

     

     

     

    So basically, I'm worried that they will deny my application because of lack of evidence. Should I try amending my tax return, opening a joint bank account etc. in order to create stronger evidence for my case? Wouldn't they consider it suspicious if I do that right before submitting my I-130?

     

    Thanks for the help.

     

  11. 4 minutes ago, top_secret said:

    San Francisco now has a huge backlog of Utah ROMs due the sudden runaway popularity of online marriages under the travel ban.  They are taking 2 months or more to process ROMs.   The good news is there have been a few recent reports of San Francisco issuing 9a visas promptly when filed concurrently with a ROM.  Even for people outside their jurisdiction.  I know a guy right now who is a New York State resident, with a Utah Marriage who concurrently filed the ROM and for a 9a visa from SF.  He got the 9a visa quickly mailed from SF to New York State. Traveled successfuly to the Philippines sans ROM, and is having a great time there now with his new bride, even as there is no sign at all of any progress on the ROM.  They aren't worried about it now.

     

    The Philippines is famous for inconsistent rules and results but if it were me td attempt filing ROM and 9a application concurrently at SF.

    Perfect, very helpful answer thank you

  12. I just completed my Utah virtual marriage with my Filipina wife at the end of 2021! I am now planning to see her in March and I have a couple of questions about the 9a visa process.

     

    -I understand that the San Francisco consulate has jurisdiction over Utah...however, I live in Los Angeles. I also understand that you need to submit your report of marriage before you can apply for the 9a visa. Am I supposed to submit my report of marriage to the San Francisco consulate (since that's the jurisdiction I got married in), and my 9a application to Los Angeles (where I live)? Or do I have that wrong...

     

    -I am submitting my report of marriage and my 9a visa application at the same time. Will this potentially cause any delays with getting my 9a visa? Or do they tend to process the report of marriage very quickly...

     

    Thanks for the help!

  13. I'm going to be getting a 9a visa to see my wife in PH and I see that they have just implemented a new requirement for ten days of "home quarantine" after the initial hotel quarantine is completed. Does anybody have any info on what exactly the protocol is for this? 

     

    Is it a strictly-enforced "no visitors allowed" kind of deal? Or do they just release you from the quarantine hotel and tell you to stay home for the next ten days afterwards?

     

    Thanks

     

  14. 8 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

    Here is the USCIS normal processing center matrix

    https://www.uscis.gov/forms/all-forms/service-center-forms-processing

     

    The chart does not differentiate between I-130 types but most CR1/2 IR1/2s go everywhere but CSC.   CSC handle all of the other IR cases.

     

    If you change to a spousal just contact USCIS to withdraw the K1 petition

    That's helpful, thanks. I think it's a no-brainer at this point to scrap the pending K1 and do the CR1 route instead. The backlog for K1 interviews in Manila is so massive that it'll probably take years to even get an interview. At least the USCIS makes an effort to be efficient with spousal visa cases.

  15. On 11/18/2021 at 4:36 AM, Paul & Mary said:

    CSC rarely processes CR1s.

     

    Hi Paul & Mary,

     

    I am curious to know...have you seen any specific information about this? I too am in the same boat as GarLeb (except I only filed my I-129f 8 months ago), and as a California resident I'm concerned about doing the CR1 and ending up with my case getting stuck at the California center for 26-34 months. Is it really true that the California center usually doesn't handle I-130 cases for US citizens bringing their foreign spouses?

     

    Thanks

  16. 37 minutes ago, Karabast39 said:

    My understanding is that Manila is currently scheduling K-1s with I-129F priority dates of November 2020, so I don't think you're looking at years.  You can also request an expedite once you get to the DS-160 stage.  

    Where did you see that the US Embassy in Manila is currently processing K1 cases from Nov 2020?

     

    https://visawhen.com/consulates/manila/k1

     

    According to this site, the backlog is currently at just under 10,000 cases and growing by roughly 400 every month. Even since they "resumed" processing cases in July of this year, they've only been averaging about 100 per month. At this rate it would take years and years for them to get to cases submitted more recently. Even if, by some miracle, they got back to normal processing time TOMORROW (which won't happen), it would still take almost two years just to get back up to speed. 

     

    Again, I might be missing something here... but it looks really really bad for anyone trying to get their Filipina fiance here to America on a K1.

    3 minutes ago, SteveInBostonI130 said:

    The Utah Zoom marriage works for CR1 only after you have consummated the marriage - that is, spent at least 1 night physically together. Or if you are physically together and only the officiant is on the Zoom call.

     

    You cannot file the I-130 without this requirement.

     

    CR1 is superior to K1, but if you can't visit your partner anytime in the near future then K1 is the better path for your situation.

    Yes I'm aware of this. The Zoom marriage would allow me to visit her in PH on a 9a visa, and then I could file the I-130 afterwards.

  17. My I-129F has been at the California center since late March...I should be getting the NOA2 any day now. But from what I've seen, the backlog for K1 interviews at the US Embassy in Manila is so insanely long that it will likely take YEARS just for my fiance to get her interview, even after my petition is approved by USCIS!

     

    I'm thinking that my best option would be to do the Utah Zoom marriage and then start all over with a CR-1 visa. As I understand it, the delays are not very long for getting the CR-1 once the USCIS processes the case. I'm in California, and I see that the processing time at the CSC is currently 26-34 months for an I-130 visa. However, it's shorter for other centers, and I've read that it's rare for the CSC to handle an 1-130 case for a US citizen trying to bring a foreign spouse to America. Can anyone confirm whether this is true? I'm thinking even in the worst case scenario where my case gets sent to the California center, it would still probably take less time than waiting for the K1 backlog to clear at the embassy.

     

    Are there any facts I'm missing here? I'm seriously leaning toward going this route,  but I want to make absolutely sure I'm doing the right thing before I make the jump.

     

    Thanks

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