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  1. Hi! I would like to know how long MNL Philippines embassy schedules an interview for spousal visa of a US PR? I am applying for CR1 visa application. Thank you!!!!
  2. 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!
  3. Hi! I am from the Philippines. Was able to get documentary qualified email last dec 6 from NVC for our F2A application. just wondering.. 1. How long will it take for us to receive the interview letter? 2. how long is the interview waiting/scheduling time at the US embassy in Manila? thanks!
  4. Hi! I am a lawful permanent resident at the moment and will be filing my citizenship this May 2020. Also, I am getting married in the Philippines this April 2020. I am planning to petition my then spouse after I take my oath and get my certificate of naturalization. I need an advice whether to change my last name or not on my marriage certificate to be filed in the Philippines. Would this cause conflict when I apply for my citizenship? Should I just wait for my citizenship application to legally change my name? If so, what would be the effect of this when I petition my spouse after obtaining my citizenship knowing that my legal name would already be different from what is on the marriage certificate. Please help.
  5. Hello, I am currently in the Philippines with my fiancée. I am wondering if I can apply for Alien Work Permit while we wait for our NOA2? Will I need to go to DOLE in BGC? Has anyone done this process before? Thanks in advance
  6. Greetings from the Philippines. IR1 here. I have been documentarily qualified and preparing documents for my upcoming visa interview at the US EMBASSY Manila. I found out that I had a few corrections to make on my DS260 but since I already submitted it, there's no way I can edit it. I would like to ask fellow spouse visa applicants especially who just had their immigrant visa interview at the US Embassy in Manila, if is there anywhere at the Embassy I can have my DS260 corrected? Is it during the prescreening or before the prescreening? Many thanks for those who will answer. God bless us all.
  7. My medical examination schedule is March 19, 2019. I arrived in Manila on March 18 and stayed in Time Travellers Hotel near St. Lukes Extension Clinic. Its a nice hotel with a good price. Good air conditioning, with table and chairs, nice queen sized bed, it has fridge with 2 complimentary bottled water, nice shower with heater, they also provide toiletries(toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner) with 2 bath towels. It also has telivision but no cable. The wifi is only for 1 day use and for one phone only. 1st DAY 3:30 AM - Rode a tricycle (i don't know what they call it coz its different from a tricycle) going to St lukes for less than a minute from the hotel where i stayed. I decided not to walk because some people said that it is dangerous to walk there specially when its dark because there are some pickpocketers. 3:31 AM - Fall in line. Luckily only few people where in line. 4:30-5 AM - Time to enter the building.. the guard took: My passport, 1 photocopy of my passport, 1 copy of NVC letter with MNL case number, 4 pcs 2x2 photo, and 1 copy of online registration form and handed me a number, I was number 36. (RED in color for one applicant and GREEN in color for 2 or more applicant (family or with child). Your photo should be 2x2 in size , not a passport size with white background and should be on glossy photo paper. No eye glasses, no earings or necklace its not allowed or else the guard will ask you to come back again. 5-5:30 AM - They started to call out numbers and assist me to the window on the 1st floor. On the window I gave the documents with my passport and pictures to the lady and then she asked some questions like: Am i married? Do i have kids? and Where in the US do i wish to travel? Then she for my right index finger for biometrics(4 times) & sign a paper, and asked me to look at the camera for picture. She gave me a checklist then asked me to proceed to 5th floor for payment. 6 AM - The guard on duty took my checklist and asked me to wait until she called my name then proceed to the cashier for payment. After paying, the cashier told me to go to 4th floor for blood & urine test. 6:45 AM - I gave the checklist to the reception area on the 3rd floor and they asked me for my passport and told me to wait. During blood test the nurse asked my name and who sponsored me to go to the U.S. then asked me when was the last time i peed and then told me to proceed to the urine test. (They were asking when was the last time you peed because it depends if your going to take the urine test right after the blood test or not, i guess it should be 1 hour before you last peed.) I proceed to the urine test area then the nurse took my checklist and asked my name and then she gave a container for urine sample. The urine sample must be just right amount.. not below the line.. and do not add water in it.. it can be over the line but just a little bit.. do not fill the container too much or else the nurse will ask you to repeat the test after 1 hour. Then the nurse gave back my checklist and told me to go to 3rd floor for Xray. 7:15 AM - I gave the checklist to the reception area on the 3rd floor then asked me to fill up a form. She also asked when was my last menstruation. (Write the exact date) I waited for my name to be called then the receptionist gave back my checklist and give a number and then told me to proceed to Xray room. I wore a hospital gown, removed my bra and tied my hair up. (Dont worry they have a dressing room. But dont leave your bag and clothes take it with you) Then wait again for my number to be called for Xray test. The nurse at the Xray room asked me to follow me the right breathing for the test. After the test the nurse told me to proceed to 2nd floor for immunization. 7:25 AM - I gave my checklist to the reception area on the 2nd floor then they gave a form to fill up and gave back to them and told me to wait for my name to be called. 9:30 AM - My name was called and ask me to proceed to the Doctors area on the immunization area. The doctor asked about my name, my birthday and age and my sponsor. She also asked about my past illnesses, if i take medicines, if i had vaccines, when was my first and last menstruation..etc.. basically about my health. You should listen attentively to the doctor. After that she asked me to proceed to 5th floor for physical exam. 9:35 AM - I gave my checklist to the guard then she put it in the box in the blood pressure area (i forgot what they call it) then i waited for my name to be called. 1st the nurse took my weight and height. wait for my name to be called again. 2nd took my blood pressure. wait again. 3rd proceeded to eye test then gave back my checklist and ask me to give it to the US counter.. and then wait again for my physical exam. 11:35 - The long wait is over.. The USA counter called my name and handed me a number and ask me to proceed to room 7. I waited again. Inside room 7, the doctor asked for my passport, sign on logbook, then asked me so many questions about: If i take medicines, if i have illnesses like tb..etc.., if i have allergies, (just like the questions in the doctors area) then the doctor asked if i had suicide attempts, what i finished in school.. and then she asked me to change to hospital gown and took off my socks, I didnt took off my underwear including my bra. The doctor ask me to lay down on the bed then she asked me to bend my knees and checked my abdomen, my wrist, then asked me to sit and checked my neck, then she told me to stand up and then she checked my lower back.. then thats it! I said thank you to the doctor. 11:55 - I gave my checklist to the USA counter on the 5th floor then wait again for my name to be called. 12:30 - My name was called and the lady ask me to go back tomorrow for my result. TIPS!! Food is not allowed inside the clinic so better to eat before your medical exam. You can bring water inside, if you didnt its okay because there are water fountains inside. Wear a comfortable clothes and shoes that are easily to take off. Do not wear complicated clothes or shoes. I suggest you wear slip on shoes. Bring jacket with you because its cold inside the clinic. Listen attentively. Leave your earphones behind. If you have past medications or baby book, bring it with you. Listen carefully and attentively to the nurses and doctors so it wont cause you any delay. 2nd day My time schedule is 9am but i went there at 7am. I went directly to the guard he took my checklist and stamp saying "immunization room 2nd floor" I went to 2nd floor and give my checklist to the reception area and wait my name to be called. My name was called then I proceed to Immunization room 2nd floor and the nurse ask for my passport, my name and when is my 1st and last menstruation what is the name of my fiance. Then i get my vaccines. (I had 2 vaccines, anti-tetanus and MMR.) The nurse ask me to proceed to 1st floor for my result. Then i waited for my name to be called. On window F the lady ask for my passport, my name, my address and ask me to check the documents if it has my correct name, address, MNL case number and passport number. Then she asked me to take pictures of the copy of my vaccination record using my phone.She handed me the envelope that says "DO NOT OPEN" that i have to bring to the interview (I think it contains all the records/results of my medical examination) Then she also handed me the vaccination record that i have to bring to the USA. I waited about 30-40 mins to get my vaccines and my results. For every tests i took i always pray and pray and pray.. until i get my result!! DON'T FORGET TO PRAY! GOOD LUCK!
  8. Hello! My fiance just had his interview yesterday at USEM Manila and his visa has been approved (YAY!!). Anyway, I just checked the status on ceac.state.gov and it says "application received." Is this normal? I thought it usually says "administrative processing." Thanks for all the help! Z
  9. I am married to a Filipina who has a 7 yr old son in the Philippines. Her son is carrying his mom's maiden name and no legal father. We are planning to file an IR2 for her son so he can come live with us here in PA. I want to legally adopt him. But before starting the IR2, we want to see the adoption options we could take. 1. Is it better to adopt him while he is in the Philippines or 2. wait until he comes to US and be an immigrant/citizen then process the adoption here? If anyone has done this process or similar, please gives us an idea, costs, time frames involved. This week be a great help. Thanks in advance. 😊
  10. Hello all, I'm just trying this blog post to see if I might get some experiences from those of you on here. To make the story short and simple, my fiancé (in Manila) went in for her interview back in Feb of this year, Feb 6th to be exact. Her interview with the consultant seemed to be going great, she was able to answer all of the questions with enough detail and had all of the documentation required. However, towards the end of the interview, when she thought it was over and the consulate was satisfied. He stood up and went to his computer, was there for a few moments, then asked another Filipino agent to speak with her. They questioned her about a missing stamp in her older passport. While, studying abroad in Malaysia (legally, had a, student visa) she had decided to visit her aunt, whom was sponsoring her visa in Malaysia. However, her aunt was living in Oman; she was approved for a visitors visa to travel to see her. While there, she had to return to Manila due to some family issues that came up. So she was never able to get that return stamp apon returning to Malaysia to continue her studies. So she was given a 221G, filed under DS-5335. We sent all the required documents from her travels during that time. As well as the additional information sheet that was given. We received confirmation that these documents were received by the consulate a few days later. Here we are now almost 10 months later... I've had my lawyer send multiple inquiries to the consulate and to no avail, we are unable to get even the slightest information. Just the same copy and paste "we're still working on it" message. If anyone, anywhere on here has some idea as to why this issue is still ongoing, I'm all ears. My lawyer doesn't even know the reasoning as too why this case hasn't been approved or anything at this time. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing what you guys have to say.
  11. Hello all! I just checked my fiance’s visa status on CEAC website and it says “issued.” It was updated 12/5/19 (Philippines time zone). What is the normal timeline for delivery? My fiance is having it delivered to his house. He lives in Cubao, Quezon City. Thank you!
  12. Hello all, I just filed my K1f packet and got my NOA1. I am going to spend the few months in the Philippines with my fiancée for my second visit in 2 weeks. My first question is, when are RFE’s given? At the NOA2 stage? I’m really worried about getting an RFE while I’m gone, so I wanted to do as much preparation as I can while I’m still in the US. I currently do not have a high enough income to meet the requirements at my current job so I was planning to use my mother as my cosponsor. However, I have seen many different places say that the Philippines does not accept cosponsors? Does anyone know the real answer to this? If they don’t accept cosponsors, what should I do? I won’t start my higher paying job that I have lined up until I get back from the Philippines. If they do accept cosponsors, would *both* my mom and I need to fill out separate Affidavits of Support (I-134?) Or what forms does the cosponsor fill out? Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi all! My fiance and I's case is currently in transit to Manila. (YAY!) I'm currently preparing the affidavit of support (AOS) to send/email to him. My worry is that since I was only hired at my current job in November 2018, my W2 only shows I made a few grand in 2018. I was a full time student for two years before that and had no income. I currently make above 125% of the federal poverty guideline. I can only provide a letter from my employer and my paystubs (which I plan to give at least 6 months worth). Maybe bank statements or letter from my bank. Are those acceptable at USEM in Manila for financial documents? I'm really nervous that that's all I can provide. I hope the helpful people of VJ can put my mind at ease. Thank you! Z.
  14. Hi. This post is about immigrant visa interview preferably CR1/ IR1. I just want to know who among you here have submitted full tax returns during the prescreening instead of the IRS tax transcripts with no problem and was visa approved? Your response is appreciated.
  15. Hello Everyone! I’m new here and this is my first post. I’m under IR1 visa category. I have not set my IV interview (US Embassy Manila Philippines) due to the delay for sputum culture result. This has been bothering me a lot. I have my husbands 2018 TAX RETURN, 2018 W2, and 6 months pay stubs. However, everyone that I know has been discouraging me to use it during my interview and insisting that I should get the TAX TRANSCRIPTS. According to my husband, he tried to request it online but it requires a postpaid number. He also cannot have it mailed since he already moved to a new state. To those who already got approved only showing the petitioner’s TAX RETURNS instead of TAX TRANSCRIPTS, did the consul accept it or were you put on 221g asking for the petitioner’s IRS TAX TRANSCRIPTS? Thank you for your optimistic response.
  16. Hi I have another question. My mother became a US citizen years ago but I am filed under F2B category. My question is, since I am going to be one of those who will be getting the welcome letter soon, is NVC going to send me a welcome letter under F1 or under F2B category? Am I automatically converted? Do they know my mother became a US citizen? I am confused if I will opt out or...thanks to anyone who can answer me. 😊
  17. Hello everyone, I am worried about this new policy. Does anyone know what kind of insurance we should get or the ones accepted by Trump administration? We waited years and years and I don't want to mess this up. Thanks guys. 😊
  18. URGENT HELP NEEDED! Hi, My step-sister is living in the US with her family for the last 6 years. My concern is I want to go to the US, that's why my step-sister is planning to get me to the US also. We believe that the fastest way for me to get there is through my loving mother. I want to be there also with my mother, my step sister already filed for a petition to my mother, who is currently waiting for the medical examination schedule. But I am turning 21 next year 09/2020. In your own opinion, do I still have a high probability that I will go in the US? We are willing to pay an legal help to get there. I also believe that there is an option for my case to be expedite. I am from the Philippines, answering my concern would help me a lot. Thank you and God bless us all!
  19. My fiance' just received her NOA 2 and wanted to get a jump start on obtaining the things she can attain while we wait for her package. She lives near Iloilo City but doesn't know where to go to get fingerprinted. Any advice?
  20. Good day everyone. my mother's visa got "ISSUED" last week (October 16, 2019) based on CEAC website but yesterday (October 23, 2019) i checked the website again and it goes back to "READY". I called the hotline yesterday but they failed to gave me a clear answer. Do you have any idea what it means or do you guys have past experiences similar to this? Thanks
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    Hello!. My fiance and I just scheduled his interview at USEM in Manila. When we got to the confirmation page it says DS-160 confirmation number. The thing is, he hasn't submitted his DS-160 yet. Is it normal to have a DS-160 confirmation number on the interview appointment confirmation page even if the DS-160 is not submitted yet? Or could it be because he did a DS-160 last year (march 2018) for a tourist visa, which was denied. He used the same profile. But the profile has been updated before setting up this interview. Is this a possible problem? If so, how do we correct it?. Thank you so much for any help you can provide.
  22. Good day everyone! My mom's visa status change from "READY" to "ISSUED" last October 16, 2019. but yesterday (October 22, 2019) I checked the ceac website and it changed again from "ISSUED" to "READY". Do you have any similar experiences?
  23. I’m from the Philippines and I’m traveling to the US next month. I read that an IPV (Inactive Polio Vaccine) is needed? And an International Vaccine Certificate from the Bureau of Quarantine should be issued to be presented to the Immigration Officer? if so, where can we get this vaccine? Is the Bureau of Quarantine the only administering agency? Or can we get vaccinated elsewhere? if we get the vaccine elsewhere, how can we get this International Vaccine Certificate from BOQ? Will they honor it?
  24. Hi all! I received NOA2 at the end of August but still no letter from NVC. I just read here on VJ that NVC is currently delayed, is that correct? I'm about to contact them to see what's going on. In the meantime, what can my fiance and I do, in terms of preparation for the interview? My biggest concern about this whole journey is my lack of tax transcripts/W2 for the last 3 years. I was a student for 2 years and I only started my current job at the end of November 2018. However, I currently make way above 125% of the required income. So when my beneficiary goes for the interview at the Manila US Embassy, is it okay that I can only provide a letter from my employer and a statement from an officer of my bank or bank statements for the I-134 Affidavit of Support? Or will they look for tax transcripts that I don't have? Any input is very much appreciated. Thank you!
  25. So I mailed all the documents that was requested to the U.S. Embassy. They asked for the original CENOMAR but that was the only one we had. We mailed the CENOMAR, but now we don't have another one to bring to the interview. Will that be an issue? Since we sent it to them, they should already have it and shouldn't ask for it at the interview right? Thank you!
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