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  1. Hello, I was looking for a recommendation for a dentist in the BGC area of Manila. I was looking at four choices (Affinity, Villareal, Brightsmile Ave., Caspit) based on internet reviews. Any suggestions ? Thanks
  2. Hi all! My fiance is born and raised in Guam. I'm getting conflicting information regarding the tax transcript because some people are telling me this doesn't apply to Guam natives. Does anyone here have helpful information regarding this? He'll be going to the Dept of Revenue and Taxation (I guess their local taxing authority there) tomorrow but I just wanted to check with some of you who might have experienced this or know. Thank you in advance for the help!
  3. Visa Update: Consular Operations (Visas) as of June 2021 Visa Update: Consular Operations (Visas) as of June 2021 Routine visa services remain suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines continues to operate with reduced staffing. As conditions surrounding the COVID-19 situation improve, the Embassy will add additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services. The Embassy cannot predict when the resumption of full visa services, or a specific category of visa classes, will occur. Immigrant Visa (IV): The Embassy continues to have a significant backlog of all categories of immigrant visas. We are using a tiered approach to triage immigrant visa applications, based on the category of immigrant visa, as we resume and expand processing. While we are scheduling limited appointments within all four priority tiers every month, the following lists the main categories of immigrant visas in priority order: Tier One: Immediate relative intercountry adoption visas, age-out cases (cases where the applicant will soon no longer qualify due to their age), and certain Special Immigrant Visas (SQ and SI for Afghan and Iraqi nationals working with the U.S. government). Tier Two: Immediate relative visas; fiancé(e) visas; and returning resident visas. Tier Three: Family preference immigrant visas and SE Special Immigrant Visas for certain employees of the U.S. government abroad. Tier Four: All other immigrant visas, including employment preference and diversity visas. Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV): The Embassy continues to prioritize travelers with travel needs, foreign diplomats, and certain mission-critical categories of travelers, such as those coming to assist with the U.S. response to the pandemic, followed by students and exchange visitors (F-1, M-1, and J-1) and temporary employment visas (H-1B, H-2B, and L nonimmigrants). Visa appointments and processing for B1/B2 (Business/Tourist) remain suspended, with the exception of interview waiver renewals. We understand that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. The Embassy will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. NIV Expedite Appointment Requests: Expedite requests for emergency travel may be submitted via our website at http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-visaapply.asp. Please note that the applicant will need to book a regular appointment through our appointment system before requesting an expedited appointment through http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-expeditedappointment.asp. NIV Interview Waiver: The interview waiver program has been extended. Information is available at https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/visa-updates/. Visa Scheduling: After we resume visa processing, which will be confirmed on our website at https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/visa-updates, applicants can reschedule the first available visa interview appointment slot by phone at (+632) 7792-8988 or (+632) 8548-8223, or through our online appointment system at http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/ph/. There is no fee to change an appointment. After routine visa processing resumes, if you have difficulties rescheduling a pending consular appointment, applicants may send an email to supportphilippines@ustraveldocs.com for specific guidance. Contact Us: Scheduling, case status, passport delivery, and other questions can be directed to support-philippines@ustraveldocs.com. Case-Specific Inquiry on an Immigrant Visa: https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/immigrant-visa-inquiry-form/ Case-Specific Inquiry on a Nonimmigrant Visa: https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/nonimmigrant-visa-inquiry-form/ For Seafarer concerns: MNLNIVSEA@state.gov
  4. Just looking for a little insight here not a brow beating or a barrage of sneers and smirks. I understand that the the NVC is not sending cases to the USEM MNL and neither is the USEM MNL Processing Routine Visa Services nor Routine K-1's and have not for many many months now. Previously I had sent an Expedite request to the NVC with no particular reason, just that our case had been sitting (As with so many others) "At NVC" for over 6 months - I was (Obviously) dismissed out of hand stating they would not send my case along to the USEM MNL and the Typical bureaucratic, garbage, nonsense "Due to the current WRS (World Retardation Syndrome) on mass, the USEM MNL is not processing or accepting routine cases and will resume when the world has accepted communism and all have been injected multiple times with whatever we would like to stick in their bodies or after the universe dies, have a nice day" or something to that effect lol Since the time that request was sent, my fiancé and I found out we are going to be parents 😁😇 After confirming, getting an OBGYN, etc.... we sent another Expedite Request to the NVC stating Financial Hardship to be endured by the Petitioner, Inaccessibility to safe and sufficient medical care during pregnancy of the beneficiary, Emotional and Mental strain to be suffered by both the Petitioner and Beneficiary, Strain on the pregnancy, lack of care for the beneficiary during pregnancy and inaccessibility to medical care of any kind in an emergency, etc... to include hundreds of dollars in receipts just within the first month of pregnancy, a letter from our OBGYN stating that it is imperative that this case be deemed critical and our case be forwarded to the USEM MNL if that would possibly produce the result of us being together for care of both of us, medical care, strain on pregnancy, financial burden, etc... After waiting the usual 5-6 business days for a response from the NVC Contractor who responds to requests, it stated: "It seems you want an expedite. K-1's are already expedited at the NVC so this cannot be granted. We will not send this request to the USEM MNL for their Decision on the matter." .......... 🤨 There was nothing said about this does not qualify, your expedite is denied, etc... neither did they even send it for examination to the USEM MNL, it seems like they didn't even read anything in the letter or any of the attachments at all, almost as if they just say "Expedite request" in the Subject line and waited the normal number of days and then sent the copy and paste response. So is this normal even when someone has a valid reason to request expedite? I am kind of wondering what to do next, I cannot stand for this.
  5. So while waiting for our K-1 visa, my fiancee had our daughter in Manila. My fiancee has her visa now, but we are preparing our daughter's paperwork so she can travel on a US passport. I'm not exactly clear on some of the details. I was quoted at city hall that it would take 6 mo to a year to get her NSO birth certificate in hand. That seems insane even for the Philippines. Doing the K-1 I've learned to always ask twice because you get two answers and just go with the better one. Well after a lot of questions, fees, and receipts at city hall, I'm waiting to get the SECPA in a couple days. They seem adamant that this is what I need for her US passport application. I asked about everyone I could. I'm not so sure because the embassy is clear about needing the NSO birth certificate, while the folks at city hall are telling me this is the same thing. Has anyone done this or can anyone verify this for me? Is the "SECPA" the same as the NSO birth certificate? Does it meet the the requirements for the USEM?
  6. *TRIGGER WARNING*: sexual abuse Hello everyone! I am new here. I am from the Philippines. I would just like to know if any fellow Filipinos know the complete and specific STD/STI tests they do in the medical exam especially for women? Before I graduated college, I was raped. Long story short, he also left me with something that my three doctors are giving different opinions about. One of them said it's just BV, the other said it's Gonorrhea (she looked like she wasn't sure though while she was telling me), and this recent doctor said she doesn't believe it's gonorrhea but I do have severe inflammation in my cervix based from my second pap smear. I have been prescribed multiple expensive antibiotics since July up to this month. I have taken Syphillis, HIV, HPV tests and they all came back non-reactive. I don't know why gonorrhea test here for women seems to be uncommon. But yeah, rest assured I am doing everything just to get better, but due to this, I want to do all the exact same STD/STI tests they do in the medical exam just so I know I wouldn't fail it in the actual one. Thank you very much in advanced!
  7. I currently live in the Philippines with my fiancé. We were in the midst of deciding between a K1 visa and a CR1 visa, when the option of Direct Consular Filing was brought to my attention. Although the Manila USCIS field office is now closed and no longer processing visas, it is my understanding that the embassy accepts local filing for US citizens residing in the Philippines under exceptional circumstances (such as having a job offer in the US and need to relocate). Though I rarely see people apply (or at least get approved) through DCF. Is it particularly hard to get? If I meet all of the criteria, should it be smooth sailing? This option would be a dream come true for my partner and I, but I just want to make sure I’m not missing anything! After getting married, what are the first steps of this process? I can’t find any official information on the Manila embassy’s website. Do I first need to get approved for DCF, or simply submit the I-130 petition? Either way, is it done in person, via mail, or online? Has anyone applied for DCF (under exceptional circumstances) at the Manila Embassy recently-ish? What were your circumstances? What was the process like? I don’t expect someone to have all of the answers, but any information or insight is much appreciated
  8. Hello, We're preparing for my wife's Embassy Interview. And I just recently filed my tax return for 2019. I submitted my I-864 to CEAC(NVC) on January 2020. But there I only entered my 2018, 2017, 2016 Tax return. (2018 as my most recent at that time) Should we only bring those tax returns to the interview or should we also bring the 2019 tax return and update the I-864? We also have a joint sponsor, should we bug them about sending us the 2019 tax return and update I-864? Thank you in advance!
  9. I am just curious if anyone has been able to fly from Philippines to the US on a K1 Visa since May - June? This could be any airport such as Clark/Cebu/Manila. Many thanks!!
  10. My K 1 has been in transit from the NVC to Manila Embassy since the end of March. Now all of a sudden, when I check the status, I get an error message that says my data cannot be matched. I sent an email to the Embassy Visa Section. I got a reply back that said I should wait for the Embassy letter. What if my file is lost and I get no letter. Where do I go from here?
  11. I wanted to ask people's (recent) experience at the Manila Embassy for IR1/CR1 spouse interviews. I understand every embassy is different, as I have looked at some of the Manila reviews here on VJ . I will be there with my wife for her interview (hopefully June with this virus delay). Is it beneficial if I attend the interview? is it even necessary? I don't see anything in the reviews that petitioner/US citizen is even involved at all during the interview. 🙂
  12. Good day guys! I hope someone can give me some info or may be lead me to a thread for this? I was wondering how long it currently takes for an interview to be scheduled after receiving the notice from NVC that we got DQ and that they will contact the embassy? Maybe some examples or a thread for this could help! Thank you!
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