|Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: F-2A Visa
|Review Date :
||April 15, 2013
|Embassy Review :
||Our schedule was 6:15 am and we arrived around 6am, the line was already looong, immigrants were in one line and the non-immigrants were in a different line. We were then ushered in to the entrance line check around 6:20, there are people with blue shirts checking all necessary docs (passport and appointment letter), if okay, you will then be given a form with barcode for delivery purposes and a plastic ziplock for your passport. ( You need to enter your passport into it, with an open page showing your bio info)
We then entered the premises, where you will be subjected to a thorough scan/Xray. All electronics will not be allowed (usb, cellphones, laptops, etc). If you brought some, you will be instructed to leave it to people outside, if you have no one, there are "manangs" that can keep it for you for a fee.
After that, you will then proceed to a window where you will drop your appointment letter and be given a number to look out for on the screen and to what window you will proceed, immigrants were instructed to sit on the farther end of the waiting area (non-aircon), as soon as you see your number flash on the screen,(30-minute wait) proceed to the aircon area and continue waiting.
First window for the fingerprinting, my daughter (6yo) was not made to do that since she was too young for it, was just asked her name and how old she is. Was then told to take our seat and wait again for our number to be flashed onscreen.
Almost 1 hour passed, was then called for initial interview with a Filipino screener,was asked:
* when did my husband immigrate
* how did he become a permanent resident
* when was his first US entry
* when did we get married
* Asked my NBI updated original copy, another copy of my daughter's BC, and a clearer copy of my BC
* Asked for the 2012 W2 of the petitioner and of his co-sponsor, was asked details about the co-sponsor
* i have the CEMAR but was not asked of it, so i just kept it, only gave her what she needed
* asked for some pics of us, gave her but she did not even looked at it and said, it's okay, you can keep it
* finally said, okay, you can go back to your seat now and wait for your number again for the american consul interview
After another almost 2 hours wait, we were then called, asked to do oath that all docs and information i gave were true, did fingerprinting again, then he just asked to look at my daughter and told her that she can go back to watching cartoons while he ask me some questions. He asked:
* who is your petitioner
* where is he based now? while looking at my husband's ITR,W2 and bank info's
* when was his first entry to the US
* when was our marriage
* where will i stay when i get there
then he told me, all your documents seemed to be in order, you can go back to your seat now, your visa is approved, wait for your number to be called again, then i said thank you
another hour passed and we were called in window 73, was asked to sign several documents for me and my daughter, was then told to go to window 69 for courier info and we can go home after that, i gave the filled-up sheet of papers and asked if i have to pay for the delivery, was then told that there is NO payment for visa delivery.
Over-all, the experience was hassle-free except the waiting time, esp i have a child with me, so the whining was expected I am just thankful and grateful that God finally granted what we have prayed for so long. A complete family very soon.