|Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
|Review Date :
||July 12, 2013
|Embassy Review :
||My phone alarmed at exactly 4 A.M. in the morning. Took a hot shower and I had cup of hot coffee. Part of me wanted to eat a heavy breakfast but I didn't feel like eating at that early. I'm afraid I might have stomach upset inside the embassy. :D I hired a taxi downstairs and I arrived at the embassy around 4:49. Lots of applicants are already there. The woman guided me to the K1 line, I'm glad K1 applicants were only few. I didn't bring any gadgets with me, nor foods and liquids because I was fully aware that these items are not allowed inside the embassy. So I didn't had a hard time on that part.
by 6:30 A.M. The guard told us to move forward. We prepared the following on the gate:
*Appointment Confirmation Letter
*DS 156 (2 copies)
*DS 156k (1 copy)
*DS 157 (2 copies)
The lady on the gate asked me if I passed the medical. I said yes, she asked what they gave. I told her I got my chest radiograph CD then she stapled my appointment confirmation letter and DS forms together and told me to review everything. I went straight to the main entrance and went through x-ray and security check. The woman on the entrance window gave me a queue number and a list of documents that I need to present during interview. My number is 6170, she told me to wait for my number to flash on the electronic screen. On the waiting area, a young lady assisted us in filing those blanks on our DS forms and she said she'll be the one to drop them on window 39. After waiting for 40 minutes, my number flashed on the screen, it's on window 43 for finger printing , the young american asked me my name and birthday then told to sit again and wait for my number to flash on screen. I was very sleepy and hungry at the same time. I spent almost of my waiting time talking with my friend who also happened to have the same medical date as mine last July 2. After almost 2 hours of waiting, my number flashed again, on window 56. After saying 'Good morning, Ma'am', a Filipina consul asked me several questions such as following:
Name of the petitioner, our birth date, how many times did he visit me, when was the last time I saw him, what's his work and lastly, how much did I payed at the BPI for K1 visa.
I managed to answer all the questions she throw at me although she speak too fast. She also requested for my NSO birth certificate, CENOMAR, Affidavit of support, Latest ITR and W-2 and my fiance employment letter. She also asked for photos, chat logs, emails and remittance. Then I was instructed to go back and wait again for the final interview. But a lady announced a lunch break and were told to go back by 12:45. I took my lunch outside. I got ginata'ang manok, rice and a bottle water then immediately went back inside the embassy.
By 1:30 P.M., my number flashed on the screen again, to window 66 an American consul. He looks like he's on his mid 30's. He's quite handsome too. 'GOSH! This is it!' I told myself. I greeted him, 'Good afternoon, sir!' with a very wide smile. :D "Good afternoon, how're you doing?" he asked. 'I'm doing very good, sir. Thank you!' I added. Then he told me to raise my right hand and swear that I will state only the truth and nothing but the truth. Then he gave me a piece of paper that has a guide to those suffering domestic violence. Then the interview went on!
CO: "Who's petitioning you today?"
Me: "My fiance, sir. His name is ______ _______ ________."
CO: "How did you met him?"
Me: "I met him online on the summer of 2009, sir."
CO: "Okay, how many times did he visit you?"
Me: "6 times, sir. Including his visit last January - February of 2013."
His jaw dropped, he looked so shock. :D
CO: "WOW! 6 times! That's great. And does he own a house?"
Me: "Yes, sir. He bought a new one last March."
CO: "Do you know the brand of his car?"
Me: "Yes, sir. It's a Jaguar."
CO: "Does he have a pet?"
Me: "At the moment, no, sir."
CO: "Okay, and have you met his family?"
Me: "I met them but only on Skype, sir"
CO: "Have you traveled outside the Philippines?"
Me: "Yes, sir. I've traveled to Hong Kong last year."
Then he asked our engagement photos. "Oh, so he took you to Hong Kong?" He added. "Yes, sir." I answered with a smile. After looking on our photos, he immediately congratulated me. "Your visa is approved, congratulations. Please sit down and wait for the instruction for your visa." "Thank you very much, sir." I smiled while trying to stop my tears. He smiled to me and said "Thank You!"
I waited for 15 minutes, then a woman called a numbers including mine to come to window 67. She then told me to wait for my visa because they will deliver it to my address.
I went outside the embassy and gave my friend who also got approved a tight hug. We wished each other more blessings and happiness. I then went back to the hotel, knock on the door, and hug my sister while yelling "YAY, God is good!"
God bless to all sissies who will have their interview soon. God be with you all.
Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." <3