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  1. Hello again! My fiancé and I scheduled our own interview, rather than wait for the embassy to tell us to. Will she need that eligibility letter from them? Or is our interview confirmation enough?
  2. Hello again! I have a question about the Assets sections of the I-134 Affidavit of Support. If I exceed the poverty guidelines, do I need to add anything here? I've seen others put their bank balances and their fiancé's bank balances in their respective sections, but is that necessary? Thanks in advance!
  3. Hi everyone I filed an i130 on 04/21/2022 for my wife in the Philippines. I am the petitioner and am a USC. We are still awaiting approval for the i130 and my wife wants to change her name on her Philippine passport to my last name since the process is easier while she’s still there in the Philippines as opposed to doing it here in the States. I filed the i130 with her current last name (her father’s last name). Her current last name is on the marriage certificate and her birth certificate. What steps do I need to take to make sure there’s no confusion with her name moving forward in the immigration process? We will file for a CR1 visa upon approval of the i130. PLEASE Help!!
  4. Hello again, helpful people! I'm currently filling out my I-134, and I'm at the section asking for a USCIS Account Number. I already have a USCIS online account, but no idea where to find the number. The only number I can find on my NOA is the receipt number. Thank you all for being so patient, I'll probably have a lot of questions coming up 😅
  5. First post here, I need some help with planning our next steps. My fiancé and I are finally getting our application sent to the embassy in Manila after a year sitting at the NVC. It's now marked as Ready. Now we're getting our DS-160 and I-134 finished, which shouldn't take long. What we need help with is what to plan for next. (We are both unmarried, no previous marriages, no criminal records, no military history, no prior trips to the US, no residences in any other country except the US for me and the Philippines for her, no children whatsoever, no previous visa applications.) 1. We'd like to schedule her medical exam and visa interview within the same week so she doesn't have to keep traveling from Panay to Manila, but after searching through all the posts here I'm gathering that it might not be that simple? 2. We're having a ridiculous time figuring out exactly what documents she needs to bring to the interview/exam. Of course the official website isn't helpful whatsoever. Can anyone list them for us? 3. What are the steps we have to take after the interview? I'm reading about this CFO that's got us scared now, what other nightmares are waiting for us? I know I'm asking for basically every detailed step from where we are and onward, but I'm sure you can all sympathize, having gone through or still going through this process. Thank you all so much in advance, we are so stressed out and eager to get through this.
  6. Hi, all... Hoping for some factual information as I am running out of Time AND nails to chew on... 🙄 I just wanted to try to confirm with everyone here about aging out (Philippines)? Our (her) daughter is turning 21 in October 10-10-22. It seems like with the current wait times we're not going to make it without a Expedite. I have done 2 expedite requests but they were denied, with just a simple form letter saying we don't qualify. 1: What is the time frame rule for expediting due to age out for Philippines? 2: As far as my understanding goes, We need to have her here by say 10-09-22 at the latest? (Because her birthday is 10-10-22) 3: Or does she need to be here like.. 10-01-22 so we have some time to get married and dated stamp & send the adjusted status? Also I've looked on here for timelines and I know everybody wants to know the same thing so I wanted to post my time line, along with Expedites Also: 4: Does anybody know what time frame they're working on currently? For K1 K2 from Manila? We're about a Year & 2 months right now..... 5: Has anyone had any luck talking with a Senator or Congressman? If so what can they do, or what would I be asking them? I'm about to send a 3rd Expediting requests, it seems a lot of people got lucky on the 3 and 4th requests... Our time line so far... Manila & Oregon USA. Sent (all apps go to TX for distribution)...02-10-2021 Received in CA...........................................02-19-2021 I-797C Receipt............................................03-20-2021 Called to get NVC case number ...............04-06-2021 I-797....(aka USCIS approval)....................11-10-2021 NVC extension form letter ............. ..........01-23-2022 NVC Expedite request ............... ..............02-06-2022 NVC Expedite denial.................... ............ 02-09-2022 NVC 2nd extension form letter. .... ..........03-25-2022
  7. I just filed the i130 online for my wife in the Philippines. I had a lot of supporting evidence such as family pictures, pictures from the wedding, joint bank account documents, screen shots of Facebook chats, pics with the judge who solemnized our marriage, gifts from the wedding made out to both of us, and letters from third parties saying that they were at our wedding and we are in an ongoing and loving relationship. Here is the dilemma. In the section where it asks: "How many times have you been married? Include all annulled marriages, marriages to other people, and marriages to the same person." I put that I was married twice because my wife and I had two ceremonies one civil and one in the church. But in legal terms I guess we only got married once and the other was a religious ceremony. The first ceremony was in the Catholic Church but we did not register that wedding with the PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority). The second ceremony was a civil ceremony where we got married in the local municipal hall in which the marriage was solemnized by a judge. We registered the civil ceremony with the PSA because we wanted to fast track the documents to be able to file the i130 ASAP. I read somewhere that the first marriage is the legal one however we didn't register the church ceremony we registered the civil ceremony. Is there a chance we will run into RFE's because I put we married twice to each other? Is there a possibilty of my petition to be denied because of this? Or did I answer the question correctly? Should I type up a service request for a typo and put that we only got married once and explain that one wedding was a religious ceremony and the civil wedding is the actual legal wedding that was registered with the Philippine Statistics Authority?? Help please and thanks.
  8. Hello, everyone, I am petitioning for my wife to immigrate from the Philippines via IR-1 visa. Our case reached the NVC at the end of December, and in the middle of January, we submitted all our docs. Shortly thereafter, we requested an expedite and we're granted an expedite with conditions. On March 31, 2022, we received an email from the NVC stating that we were documentarily qualified. On April 1st, one day later, we received an email from NVC Expedite stating that because we were expedited, they would send our case immediately to the US Embassy in Manila. That was 12 days ago. I have called the NVC twice this week. The first person told me everything is fine; it's just taking a little while. The rep today gave me what I later found to be false information: that at this point, it's out of the NVC's hands until they get a request for our case from the Embassy itself. I was later told this is incorrect information, and that the NVC is responsible for forwarding it to the Embassy. I have called twice and emailed twice, and nothing is happening; our status is stuck at "At NVC." It's not even "In Transit" yet. Has anyone else faced this issue? What can we do at this point to move things along? We are getting desperate and willing to try practically anything at this point. Thank you in advance.
  9. Hello, I am the petitioner for K1/K2 visa and my fiancé is in the Philippines. My fiancé has a 7 year old daughter out-of-wedlock. The mother of the child passed away and my fiancé is recognized on the birth certificate by applying the provisions of R.A. 9255 and completed an Affidavit to Use the Surname of the Father. What are the requirements for K2 visa approval for an illegitimate child whose mother has passed? Is the PSA birth certificate of child with father acknowledgment of paternity and approved name change using surname of father enough? So we need to complete other requirements? Thank you!
  10. Hello, Just wanted to post that, as of today, the earliest available day for K1 medical is April 19th with several times slots available and K1 interviews available to us are every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. for May, with a few 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. slots available for the April dates. Going through this process, it appears that I could have scheduled the medical appointment first to avoid having to reschedule the interview appointment. Also, SLEC, posted that Covid test not required prior to entering the building. I was going to add pictures for proof, but I am not sure how to resize them.
  11. What's the current wait time for CR1/IR1/F2A candidates to schedule interviews at the US Embassy in Manila? I know there's still a backlog from the COVID delays. I see conflicting reports - sometimes I see people booking 5-6 months, sometimes less than 3 months. Any recent experiences? Thank you!!
  12. Okay, so I have a rather long and drawn-out question. I was married in the Philippines in 2012. After 8 years of marriage we divorced (In the US) after having two beautiful children. I understand there is no such thing as divorce in the Philippines, as a matter of fact I have learned that there are only two places in the world that do not recognize foreign divorce, one being the Philippines and the other being Vatican City surprise, surprise! So I have found an attorney in the Philippines that will provide this service for 180,000 php at it will "only take about a year." I just re-read the law, and I quote verbatim: "There is no divorce in the Philippines, BUT when a divorce is validly obtained ABROAD and 1.) initiated by the FOREIGN SPOUSE, 2.) the FILIPINO SPOUSE shall have the capacity to remarry under Philippine law. After reading this I just realized that the Attorney is attempting to take me for a very expensive ride I don't need to take based upon the following reasons: 1.) The divorce was NOT INITIATED by me, the evil American spouse, on the contrary the Filipino sued me for divorce. 2.) THE FILIPINO SPOUSE shall have the capacity to remarry? I am the one who want's to remarry, not her. (I will never get married in the Philippines again, that's for sure!) So it looks to me that I can remarry a Filipina. (I was planning on a UTAH on-line marriage anyway. Totally legal process.) I was going to marry her while I am there with her in April via zoom wedding with the Utah license officiant online also. Utah will then issue a marriage certificate and I can begin the SPOUSAL VISA process. The only problem I can foresee is the CFO bull, and I hope they can't stop her from coming to the US. I think the attorneys are just trying to con me out of 180,000 php. What do you think? Anyone have personal experience with this? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Mahalo, David O
  13. I will file my spouse’s petition CR-1 immediately after we received the marriage certificate, however, her passport is still in maiden name. Can I file my petition and submit the existing Philippines passport (with her maiden name)? Or should we wait and request for her new Philippines passport (with married name) to be release?
  14. Hi everyone I’m 16 weeks pregnant and I just want to know if I am eligible to get a medicaid. I have a pending IV visa and im on tourist and got pregnant while vacationing now I'm doing my prenantal checkup with an outstanding bill of 360 usd plus additional billing for my upcoming check up next month. my boyfriend does not want me to get the medicaid because he thinks it will affect my immigrant visa but I worry because our bill is getting bigger. Anyone here who have the same scenario like mine. Thank You
  15. For K1 Packet filling, Is it okay to include in Proof of meeting within 2 years my CFO certificate copy and Apostilled AOS from petitioner (Philippines requirements for non-essential travel overseas 2021) Its our second meeting halfway to other country (Armenia) Is it really needed to submit 'Our love Story statement " ? We're very private and find it uncomfortable to video chat friends and family .We only have one photo of him video chatting my mom, and one photo of Us together video chatting his parents, do you guys think this is enough ? Thank you~
  16. Hey everyone, KT here. I've been with MT for 10 years now, we met here in the Philippines during our schoolyears. We're pretty much like an old married couple at this point. MT is a natural born US Citizen but was raised here in the Philippines by his crazy mom. While he does have an SSN and US passport, his mom never bothered to bring him back to the US or even get him any documents/bank accounts/IDs from there. Now, he's planning on moving back to the US due to the Philippine economy experiencing issues, but the problem is while I have a tourist visa and can visit, I can't likely stay there forever. So now we're thinking of him petitioning me via his citizenship. A hurdle I see for the both of us is him establishing domicile - he's currently employed by an Australian company which pays above minimum wage if we're talking USD. We've decided we can stay with my relatives in California while we get his paperwork set up so that's the matter of the address settled, but I was wondering - what exactly does he need to establish sufficient domicile if he plans on keeping his employment with the Australian company? He's working on a project basis so I believe he's counted as self-employed, but since 1) he's new to the workforce; 2) his income isn't enough to warrant filing taxes with IRS (I'm not sure about this since he was doing the research - he just said he didn't reach the threshold to pay income taxes since he lives abroad?) so it might be doubly hard to provide documents for establishing domicile. Is applying to jobs in the USA enough to establish sufficient domicile? Another question I have is - if we want to be physically apart for the least amount of time (I understand I need to stay here in the Philippines when my visa application is filed since I don't want to risk getting turned away at the turnstiles in LAX) - which route would be better between spouse and fiancee? We're kind of hesitant to get married here because divorce doesn't exist in the Philippines (not that we're planning on divorcing but we just like having the option) but if it makes the application easier, maybe we'll consider going the spouse route. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  17. hello i just need a quick guidance on what my wife and i should be focusing on doing soon. So my wife and i are thinking of visiting philippines soon and her passport is expiring in 9 months. But ever since pandemic started and her being pregnant and giving birth to our son. We havent really had the chance to take care of them. So heres the situation my wife's name on her passport is still her maiden name. But on her greencard/social and state id she has my last name on all of them already. So i was just wondering, what requirements does she need to be able to renew her passport with after married name? And btw do i need to legally apply in court for her to change her maiden name to after marriage name? Or i dont have to? Since her social/greencard and state id has been updated already. Sorry i dont really know much about these thing and cant really afford any immigration attorney right now. Hopefully you guys will be able to help me somehow. And does she have to report to the philippines consulate that she had got married already? and sorry if i ever post this in the wrong section, please kindly move it if needed. Thank you very much
  18. Hi! Anyone here waiting for an interview schedule in Manila? What's your DQ date? Let's update here!
  19. Hi everyone, I'm wondering how long receiving the NVC welcome letter takes in the Philippines right now? How long did it take for everyone here? My noa 2 was approved 3 weeks ago, I still haven't received my welcome letter and am unsure how long it'll take. And from there, does anyone know how long it'll take until interview? I'm getting excited and hope it's gonna be just a few more months from here. And which papers should I be preparing right now while waiting for the welcome letter? Thanks in advance.
  20. Greetings everyone! I am dual citizen (US/Filipino) living in the Philippines with my Fiance (Filipina). We initially started a K1 Visa Application and got to the point of scheduling an interview at the Embassy but then the pandemic started and we part of the cancellations. At this point, we still have not been contacted for an interview schedule. Since, I am back in the Philippines for an extended period (more than 1 year), does it make sense to just void the K1 by getting married and applying for a Spousal visa instead? Time wouldn't be an issue since we'd be together anyways and it'd be cheaper as well. Any suggestions or recommendations would be awesome! Thank you!
  21. Hi, can someone please help us out? My brother’s visa class all of a sudden changed from IR2 to F11 after his case was forwarded to the US eMbassy in manila. we already reached out to both the embassy and nvc but did not get a concrete answer other than his visa class is still IR2 on both of their ends. We are wondering if we need to do anything else prior to his interview on the 8th next month. Just want to make sure this does not affect his visa approval. Thanks in advance for anyone who will help.
  22. I need to apply for renewal of my expired Philippine passport but www.census.gov.ph/www.ecensus.gov.ph is an invalid website as of this moment. Did they turn it down?
  23. Like many of you I was about to book the interview when the pandemic hit. My ceac expired. I've been calling the embassy and had my case plead to be expedited. Do I need to keep on top of it as much as I have or will I just get some random email one day saying that we can book an interview? She has to get a new cenomar too? What about police clearances from other countries? She's never left the country since we've started this. Any answers would be appreciated.
  24. we are planning to get married once the borders open up...was wondering if you guys could give us a complete guide w/prices and time frames.. to get married in manila......thank you
  25. 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
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