k-1 visa process Places to stay Near SLEC Medical Center

TITLE: k-1 visa process Places to stay Near SLEC Medical Center

(browse below to read my personal experience)

  1. Cherry blossoms.  Cherry blossoms is a few steps away from SLEC. It is next to a seafood market. The rooms are clean, decent and spacious. Cherry blossoms also offers complimentary breakfast buffet at the lobby. Average room per night is P2000.00.

http://reservations.directwithhotels.com/reservation/selectDates/16121/campaign/ppc/k-1 visa process hotel near SLEC

  1. Hotel Soriente.  Soriente is 20-30 steps away from SLEC medical center. Although it is very near, I have read many bad reviews about it.  My uncle stayed there and I asked him if the reviews about small cockroaches was true. He said yes.. it is true.  Ew ew :(. Anyway the standard room price starts at P1500.00
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    image: myphilippinelife.com

  2. Ralph Anthony Suites. While researching this place I learned that it is packed for a month (October).  I’m not sure if there is a specific event in October in Manila but I know it is rainy season in the Philippines (October Fest?! ;p ).  The Superior room cost is $ 71 (P2800.00)k-1 visa process hotel near SLEC
  3. Waterfront Manila Pavilion.  The Waterfront’s rooms are normally carpeted with a relaxing ambience. This hotel looks new and quite beautiful. Room rates are P3000.00 (75 usd) and above. Prices may change depending on the season.k-1 visa process hotel near SLEC
  4. Casa Bocobo Hotel. I have chose Casa for both of my two trips to Manila during the fiance visa process. The receptionist are welcoming, pretty and friendly. Casa Bocobo is quiet with a clean environment.  I love the staff.  They made me feel better even if it sucks to be there (in Manila).  They have a cafe next to the lobby. There’s only a few option for food but it tastes good.  I would recommend staying in a room opposite to the roadside because the traffic outside can gets very noisy.  Average room price is P 1500 for the petite room (single occupancy).k-1 visa process hotel near SLEC
  5. Paragon Tower Hotel.
  6. Lodging Houses, Inns and guesthouse.  There is a guesthouse across from SLEC but it is nasty.  It is cheap around P 1000.00 (25 usd). It is so crowded around SLEC area and dirty too. I met a cebuana during my medical exam and she said that her and her mom where staying in a lodging house.  She said it had now A/C and it cost P700. I know lodging houses in the Philippines are dirty so I didn’t even consider staying in one.

Here is a google map for restaurants, hotels and other buildings around SLEC medical Center: https://www.google.com/maps/place/St.+Luke's+Medical+Center+Extension+Clinic/@14.579186,120.9818631,19z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x7d39c1b9fcf628f7

Personal Opinion:

During my stay in Manila, I walked around a bit to check for hotels around the area.  I was looking for convenience and resources such as banks, money remittance locations and restaurants.  I have to be honest and say that I never felt safe around that area. However, I knew I had to complete the medical examination and there is no other place to do it. It was very crowded there everyday.

I noticed that some people were coughing within SLEC.  I would advise on buying a mask before you enter the building. They also start early around 5am so you have to line up at 4am to get a priority number. The customer service is poor. The staff and the doctors are also exhausted by 9am.  They have to attend to hundreds of people every single day.

During the rainy days, the roads were muddy and the area is very polluted. Taxi drivers want to rip off their passengers.  During my each of my two trips to Manila for medical and interview, only one out of several taxis were honest or even nice to me.  I also went to Robinson’s Mall which is a few steps away from St. Lukes.  The customer service at Cabalen Restaurant was not good and the food was average.  I cannot recommend it. Just prepare yourself.  Do not expect much during your stay in Ermita, Manila.  Anyway, have a safe trip  and just get over it and be home soon after the obstacle ( SLEC):-)

filipino mail order brides

filipino mail order brides

Many women from the Philippines are looking for more stability and supportive spouses that they may not have found locally.  They are not looking for a date or a handout, they are looking for a husband.  They mean business and want to get to the point.  Filipino mail order brides get registered into a catalogue or online database hoping that a foreign man will choose her.

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image: accucut.typepad.com

What are filipino mail order brides?

This is a filipina who lists herself in a catalog or online database specifically to be selected by a man for marriage.  The “mail order” part of filipino mail order bride is a bit on an old term.  Because its not necessarily done by snail mail anymore.  But before the Internet, many men from developed countries would literally look in a catalog with pictures and descriptions of women (many from Europe and later from Southeast Asia) to find a wife.

amerapparelhalloweenThere are not only filipino mail order brides.  Many of these mail order brides would be from developing countries within Europe, Latin America and all over Southeast Asia.  So these women were hoping for a better life and the men were looking for a good wife.  It seemed to be a win-win situation.  Now that it is easier to do this service mostly online the term “mail-order” is really outdated.  Now there are even “mail order husbands”.  Times have changed.

Is a filipino mail order bride site like a dating site?

Its not a dating site, where members bounce from one to another like a night club.  There is a big difference, filipino mail order brides are ready to get married not mess around with guys that may only be interested in vulgar cam shows, or brief sex tourism one night stands.  They are filipino women looking to get a husband.

Why filipinas become mail order brides?

They have their own reasons.  Some are very traditional, don’t want to date and seek real love and marriage with a foreign man.  Some are looking to change their condition with a foreign visa.  Each filipino mail order bride has her own reasons.

filipina bride

Abuse of filipino mail order brides?  

Due to the rushed nature of the “mail order bride” arrangement, there has not been much consideration of whether or not the man getting the bride is actually who he says he is and what his intentions are.  The filipina bride goes under the care of her new husband only to find herself in the hands of a man with a mental illness or evil tyrant.

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Some filipina mail order brides have been abused and/or killed.  Like the case of the murderer Timothy C. Blackwell taking the life of filipino mail order bride, Susana Remerata.  They married after two day of correspondence.  The were together two weeks in the US only weeks with things fell apart and she wanted a divorce.  Timothy shot Susana in the court room.

Staff from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s Domestic Violence Unit with Prosecutor Satterberg at API/Chaya candlelight vigil for DV victims April 18, 2013 (Photo King County)

Some men from developing countries marry the women in order to exploit.  Because of these cases, the Philippine government prohibits the business of organizing or facilitating marriages between Filipinas and foreign men. This was enacted by the Philippine congress with the Republic Act 6955 (the Anti-Mail-Order Bride Law) on June 13, 1990.

 

The conclusion of filipina mail order brides

Pinay brides remain among the most popular foreign mail order brides second only to Russian brides.  And despite the bad cases that pushed the Anti-Mail-Order Bride Law its still booming.  Filipinas still actively sign up for mail order bride services based in other countries. They can also use the Mail Order Husband service to get around the law.  Other countries and states have also started laws to protect the rights of filipino mail order brides.  President George Bush signed the “International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005″  H.R. 3402: Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005.  Over all I have a positive view of the mail order bride process and I would not call it “buying a wife”.  But since organizations charge so much to process all the papers between the hopeful couples I would recommend just purchasing a membership on a dating site and taking more time to figure out who will be a good filipina wife.

 

 

k-1 visa process – Travel documents and port of entry (US)

k-1 visa process – Travel documents and port of entry

Well, we finally did it!  I am in the US with my fiance!  We completed all of the documentation required for the I-129f, Petition for Alien Fiance.  We submitted the package to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and tracked it all the way to the US Embassy in Manila.  We completed the medical review, prepared and passed the fiance interview with the US consular officer.  All of this came with a cost in not only money but time and hard work.  So we feel we deserve our reward… each other.

If you are on your way and have done as much as we have done, there are a few things you should know about your port of entry.

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image: bforbag.com

During your day of travel, do a final review of your checklist to double check all the things you need to bring.  Ensure that you are not bringing anything that is prohibited at the US port of entry. Also bring a small pack of snacks (some snacks from the Philippines are actually prohibited in the US – see below).  You should buy water after you get through airport security or on the plane.  Remember that  if you have a stop over in another country (such as Japan), you cannot purchase anything without exchanging your money. You may have a limited time to do that if you have a short rest stop.

  • Filing - ensure you arrange and pack your important files before the day of travel.  Don’t forget important items will be hard to get once you leave.  You should take original documents like school records, birth certificate and Certificate of No Marriage or Annulment that may be needed in the future.
    k-1 fiance process interview and CO questions

    clearbook, photo scrapbook and food menu (not necessary)

  • CFO Sticker – check your CFO sticker that is stapled inside your passport. You cannot leave without it. CFO does conduct seminars in the airport for Filipinos who missed their predeparture orientation seminar (PDOS) but I suggest you do it ahead of time to avoid flight delay.
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    CFO sticker

  • DO NOT forget your passport AND yellow packet.  Once you attain your US Visa, your passport and a yellow packet can be delivered to your home address (or can be picked up at 2go MOA branch). The yellow packet contains your original copy of documents that are submitted during the interview and your Medical result from SLEC. There is an instruction on the back that tells you are only allowed to open the plastic to take your passport. It is prohibited to open the yellow packet. US Immigration is very strict and it might cause delay in entering the United States. Ensure to bring it with you (hand carry), not in your check in baggage.
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    image:visajourney.com

  • Arrival at your port of entry – Once you arrive at your US port of entry you will go through a line at immigration and you have to hand over your passport and the yellow packet.  After confirmation, they will let you through. They also put a stamp next to your visa showing that you are allowed to stay for 88 days.
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    Visa sticker and stamp

  • Claiming your baggage. If you are on a connecting flight, you can only claim your baggage in your US port of entry. Your baggage is automatically transferred to another plane for your next flight.
  • Customs Check – In the queue passing through customs, you must fill out the declaration form. You need to have a detailed list of what you brought in your luggage.  It is the form given during your flight to the US.  The custom officer will point out the agriculture area. Another custom officer will ask you if you are bringing chicharon (lol).  It is not allowed so they will confiscate it if you have it. Food like dairy products, chicken and pork fresh or not will be confiscated.

Important Note:

1. Wear a jacket and a sneakers (or boots if available) its a very long uncomfortable flight.

2. Bring toiletries in your hand carry.

3. Do not pack chicharon or anything that contains chicken and pork.  They will put the bag through x-ray machine and you will be asked to open your bag for additional food check. They are pretty serious about it so its best not to bring them.  After that process, you can proceed to your connecting flight.

k-1 visa process CFO Predeparture Orientation Seminar (PDOS) – Cebu

k-1 visa process CFO Predeparture Orientation Seminar (PDOS) – Cebu

The commision on Filipino Overseas Cebu office is a first come first serve basis. It is located at the 2nd floor Causing Lozada Building, the same building of the DTI Department of Trade and Industry (old DFA CEBU ofc).

Seminars are conducted daily from 8:00am -12:00pm and 1:00pm – 5:00pm. For USA spouses/fiancees,  seminars are at 1:00 pm.

CFO Cebu location

CFO Cebu location

For filipino spouses/fiancees, morning and afternoon sessions are available. I also heard from the guard that Norwegian fiancees seminar is at 8am. He also said that they only accept 15 people. So the fiancées must go there early to get a slot. Everybody are entitled to do the seminar before leaving the country.

k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)photo 4

Registration requirements for the fiance/fiancees:

1. Birth Certificate – (I was not able to bring mine but I had to present 3 IDs.

2. Passport – must be presented and 2 photocopies of it.

3. Visa sticker - if visa sticker has been issued in your passport ,
1 photocopy must be submitted.

4.  Other government issued IDS – are required.
I was asked to submit 2 other ids that I had, my philhealth and  previous student ID.

 

Upon submission of the documents, you are given a priority number.k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Your number will be called and you will be given papers to fill out. The papers are personal data of you and your fiance. After filling it up, you can submit them to the lady at the counter and wait for your number to be called..

k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)

Prepare P 400- payment. The lady will call your priority number once more and will give the receipt.

k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)

receipt

The seminar started with a video of OFWs and their experiences abroad.
Canadian and USA immigrants were called to transfer to Room 2 .

Room 2. We had an orientation that covered the following topics:

  • what we are going to do once we enter the US or Canada.
  • Where can people go just in case of emergencies.
  • The counselling officer opened a powerpoint about the value of marriage.
  • What to know about our fiances. How to make a relationship harmonious.

The seminar finished within about 5 hours. We waited outside and were called for
one on one interview.

Questions asked:
1. Why did I decide to marry my fiance?
2. What made me decide to marry him?
3. What is the reason of his divorce?
4. When did he get divorce?
5. Do you have the copy divorce papers?
6. What was the nationality of his ex-wife?
7.  Does your fiance have kids?
8. How many? How old are they ?
9. How many times did he visit you?
10. How long  did the visits take?
11. Are you aware that he is supporting his ex wife and kids?
12.  Whats the arrangement ? Will the kids be with him on saturdays?
13. Do you have photos with you? I need printed photos.

Once all the questions are asked, she asks:
Do you have any concern?
Do you have anything that you want to ask ?

The interview was fast and she wrote some details about my fiance’s divorce.
She asked me to bring a copy of my fiance’s passport,2 to 3 photos and a copy of his
divorce decree. She also told me to submit it either 9 am or 1pm before she starts conducting
seminars.

A day after, I went to submit the lacking papers. The counseling officer re-confirmed the information about my fiancé and his divorce. She asked me once more if I had any questions and concerns. I handed my passport and waited for a few minutes. I got my CFO sticker, immigrant checklist  and the  booklet.  The lady gave me another folded paper. She  instructed me to fill it after my month of stay in the US and send it to the CFO address. The paper is a feedback sheet of your situation abroad and suggestions for CFO services and projects.

k-1 fiance CFO Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)

CFO booklet, checklist and feedback form

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Read the booklet thoroughly. It is a guidelines preparation after arrival in the US.  It also provides information of whom to contact for emergencies. Contact information of Philippines Consulate offices within the United States are listed in this article. http://efilipinowomen.com/philippines-consulate-and-its-offices-in-the-usa/

In case of any domestic violence by your fiancé /spouse , you may call 911 and seek help at USCIS and other agencies.

 

National Domestic Violence Hotline:

1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

http://www.ndvh.org

 

National Sexual Assault Hotline of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

http://www.rainn.org

 

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

http://www.missingkids.com

 

The National Center for Victims of Crime

1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)

1-800-211-7996(TTY)

http://www.ncvc.org

 

 

k-1 visa process SLEC Medical Examination

k-1 visa process SLEC Medical Examination, July 21, 2014

What should You do before entering the SLEC building?

  • Eat breakfast! lol. Food is not allowed inside the building.They check the bags and are quite strict about it.
  • Bring a mask. People keep coughing and you might catch diseases from SLEC.
  • Prepare the requirements needed that are mentioned below before you get to the counter
    k-1 fiance visa medical examination

    SLEC view from Kalaw Avenue intersection

Note: Admission of drug use leads to an additional payment of P1000.00 for psychiatric test which takes 4-5 working days of evaluation. Ensure that you are healthy before you do your medical examination as it can delay you from your interview and getting your visa. Applicants should do medical exam atleast 2 weeks before the interview because SLEC only send results once a week.

DAY 1

k-1 fiance visa medical examination

SLEC stamp

1. Go there at exactly 4 am to get a priority number early.Senior citizens
are prioritized.

2. Prepare two photocopies of passport.
3. Prepare 2 photocopies of NVC, the letter that the embassy sent for guidelines.
4. 2 copies of 2×2 photos with complete name at the back of the picture.
5. 2 photocopies of appointment letter.
6. 2 copies of slec registration online.

What is the sequence of the medical for K-1 fiancee?
Along the process, passport should be ready as it is presented at all times.

1. Submit your requirements at the ground floor. It opens at 6am.
2. Pay the medical fee of P 9,812.00 on the 5th floor. People affected by Typhoon Yolanda (which is Tacloban, Leyte Cebu and other part of Visayas) and earthquake victims in Bohol have a discount of 20%.
3. Proceed to 3rd floor and fill up the form for chest xray.
4. Proceed to 4th floor for taking the blood test.

k-1 fiance visa medical examination

SLEC 5th floor

5. Next is the physical examination. All applicants must take their clothes off. The doctor will ask questions about medical history, allergies, medicines taken and previous drug use. I know they say to be honest but here is the reality: If you had experimental use but not a drug addiction and do not have criminal record, its best not to admit because it delays your medical result and you must undergo a psychiatric test. Other question which an applicant must not deny is, have you given birth?

There was one case where a woman got denied her fiancee visa because of lying about having children. Another woman I met who denied giving birth got caught too and was confronted by the doctor to tell the truth as it can affect her visa.  She told the truth and got approved during interview.

How did the female doctor find out?

They do check parts of your body including vagina and can tell if it had given birth or not. They also check scars in your body and wrist to see if you had suicidal attempts in the past.

k-1 fiance visa medical examination
6. Proceed back to the 3rd floor and wait for x ray result.

7. If there are no problems regarding the medical, you can proceed for
vaccination the same day or next day.

Day 2 Medical Examination

Note: They need 4pcs 2×2 visa photos. 2 during registration and 2 in the releasing area.

1. Vaccination , you will be interviewed by the physician and nurses to confirm
if you have had cancer, diseases, and more history of previous illnesses. He/she will make you sign a piece of paper to confirm that you are not pregnant during the vaccination.

2. The physician will ask you of your last first day of menstruation
and will make you sign another piece of paper to confirm the vaccination and that you are not pregnant.

3. She will also remind you once more that you cannot get pregnant
for 4 months. It varies depending on how many shots you get. I got 3 shots. Others who had 1 or 2 shots are advised not to get pregnant for a month.

4. After the shots, you can proceed to the releasing area at the ground floor.

5. Wait for your name to be called. They will ask for 2 more 2×2 visa
photos and the passport.

6. Wait again and they will call you for releasing the copy of your
vaccination paper, X-ray cd and passport with the date, patient number and stamp of SLEC.

k-1 visa process SLEC Medical Examination

SLEC medical stamp

K-1 visa process Interview experience and CO questions Aug 2014

I went through the final stages of my K-1 Visa process, the consular officer interview.  Here is a detailed account of my experience at the US Embassy.

K-1 visa Interview Appointment: Aug 04, 2014

Appointment hour: 7:30 am Security Check

1. Security Restrictions:  During the arrival outside the US embassy, I had to go through a security guard who checked the stuff I was bringing.  Security stopped people anyone attempting to accompany the applicants.

  • no guests (family, friends NOT allowed)
  • no electronic devices

2. Immigrant, Non-immigrant & DS-160:  The second process was to going through one of two lines:  Immigrant OR Non-Immigrant applicants.  K-1 fiance is a non-immigrant visa. Applicants are asked to get the DS-160 confirmation page, Passport and the appointment letter ready for review. The lady had a plastic, placed the passport inside and zipped it. They instructed me to go to the door where another security guard was standing.

  • Make sure you bring your DS-160, Passport, Appointment letter

3. Similar to Airport security: I was stopped by security when they noticed water that was in my shoulder bag.  I went outside and threw the water bottle in the trash can. I went for the security check again and the lady stopped me because she seen a USB inside my wallet while scanning my things. I went outside again and felt lost because I had tons of files from our fiance visa preparation. I asked the guard if he could keep the USB for me. He refused because he said they are not allowed to keep anything from the applicants. Another security came who was a higher rank felt pity for me and kept my USB until afternoon. He told me to find him since he would be there until afternoon. I was very thankful to the officer.

  • Triple check your things before leaving because you cannot bring mobile devices and any electronics.
  • It is also unsafe to leave it outside to strangers. I just got lucky.

4. First set of Questions/First Interview: I went through solid, heavy door (lol) and went through the queue.  The lady asked if I have traveled abroad and how many times. Am I sure that I didnt go there for work? How long did I stay during my travel? Did I really go there for vacation? and not for work?

k-1 fiance process - interview experience

priority number and list of documents for submission

Yes, it was repeated couple of times. I was asked that way. The lady had put a sticker at the back of my passport, a priority number and instructed me to go to door 2. She also told me to keep my priority number safely because I will be using it throughout the process.

5. Reaching door 2 is a security check. You have to give your bag to the security guard and your documents and pass another x-ray machine.

6. Waiting for the CO.  Find a seat and wait for your number to appear on the board.

7. My number appeared on the screen. I greeted the filipino CO – he informed me that my medical result did not arrive yet, so if the CO ask for it, I will just say that the medical result is ‘to be follow”. He asked for my passport and 2 pcs of visa 2×2 photos.

8. Biometrics – was conducted by an American CO. The questions asked were my name and my birthday followed by the fingerprinting. He was a cool friendly guy that had ease my nervousness. :-)

9. Pre- screening interview – as I got to the window I greeted the lady filipino CO.

Questions that she asked:

  1. Who is your petitioner?
  2. What is your name?
  3. When did you meet?
  4. How did you meet?
  5. How long have you been together?
  6. Do you have copies of your fiance’s divorce decree?
  7. Do you have copies of your conversation? Present it to the CO later.
  8. Do you have your photos? Show it in the window.
  • She instructed me which to give (birth certificate, Cenomar, NBI Clearance (for travel abroad) and Income Tax Return (Form 1040) .
  • She did not ask for the form I-134 Affidavit of Support and pay stubs (W-2).
  • She reviewed the Income Tax Returns and confirmed about my fiance’s business.
  • She  asked me if I brought our pictures and conversations. Since my fiance was divorced, she also asked if I had the copy of his divorce decree. She asked me about my previous travel abroad and confirmed if I really didn’t go there for work.
  • k-1 fiance process interview and CO questions

    clearbook, photo scrapbook and food menu (not necessary)

10. Interview with the lady American CO – I was praying so hard that my CO will be very nice to me and in a good mood hahah. She greeted me ‘good morning’ and I responded with excitement. I was extremely nervous. :-) . She said” Okay, read the Oath on the right side either in english or tagalog. I chhose the tagalog. As soon as I finished reading the Oath, the interview started and was very fast. It took maybe 3 minutes or less. She said my interview went well. However, they cannot make their decision until they recieve the medical result. She instructed me to wait for the releasing window for what to do next.

11. After lunch, I waited for my number to be called.  The guy told me that since my medical result did not arrive, they cannot decide yet. He told me to wait for them to process and they will send my visa when they finish either its approved or denied.

Make sure you practice for your Interview  How you answer is as important as proper documentation.  So you need to practice so you are not too nervous.  2 weeks before the interview, I started practicing for the possible questions as a preparation. I also practiced a few times with this youtube audio for possible fiance questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec0ukFoJvFM

k-1 visa process Interview QUESTIONS:

  • Whats your name?
  • Who is your petitioner?
  • What is your relation to the petitioner?
  • What can you say about your fiance?
  • How many times did he get divorced?
  • Does he have children? How many and how old are they ? What are  their names?
  • Does your fiance have a house?
  • Does he live there?
  • Where do the kids live? with him or their mom?
  • What does he do for a living?
  • How often do you communicate? and whats the form of communication
  • Do you have your conversations, can I see?
  • How many times have you traveled abroad? State the date and place of travel.
  • Did you go there for work or vacation? who was with you?
  • You are sure that you didn’t go there for work right?
  • Do you have your photos with you? Let me see it. ( put the dates and the locations of where the photos were taken)

You may track the status of your visa at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/ ( Select NONIMMIGRANT) You may also send an inquiry about your case at. https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/SiteLogin?country=Philippines . It is the same website where you get a schedule for interview. They are responsive to applicant’s concern. You will receive an email from them in the same day.

k-1 fiance visa interview experience

cgifederal website for sending an inquiry

You can track your passport at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-passportretrieve.asp#trackingoptions or track your package via 2GO after the status is ‘ISSUED’ (got this info from Hank, visajourney) http://supplychain.2go.com.ph/CustomerSupport/etrace/index.asp Goodluck to everyone :-)

 

WARNING Applicants: DO not bring your cellphone or fall into a trap in the US embassy security. My auntie was threatened by the US embassy security that she cannot enter the US because she is bringing her cellphone. So she ended up paying P 2000.00 to let her through. The security officer told her that they will let her through and delete the data from the machine. Never fall into that trap. Leave your cellphones outside or at the hotel where you are staying.

k-1 visa process Interview Appointment Schedule Tip

Scheduling a K-1 Visa Interview is a pain in the ass!

It feels like Winning the lottery when you finally get one. As soon as you see a schedule Do not hesitate to click it and grab it the same minute you see it! It is a competition that you must win as there are thousands of people waiting for that same Interview slot. It can get frustrating. Calling the agency is a waste of time if the schedules are not given yet.  They don’t usually give hints on when the scheduled visa interviews with available dates and times will be. You must TAKE YOUR TIME, THINK POSITIVE and KNOW that Interview date that you want to pop up in your screen!

There is a trick that you can use.  There is a little Firefox browser Plugin that you can use called Check 4 Change.  This plugin can be configured to monitor any changes to the Visa Schedule page.  Here is how to do it.

1 ,2 ,3 start!

Step 1. Register through the website.  If its your first time applying for a visa. Ensure to put your address where you wish the visa to be sent.

https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/SiteRegister?country=Philippines&language=en_US

Step 2: Pay for your visa fee at Bancnet or BPI and add it in the final draft to successfully get an appointment when there is available.

Step 3. Download Check 4 Change in your mozilla firefox browser.

http://check4change.com/

Step 4: Sit in your computer and highlight the words. Right click and set it up every 5 or 30 minutes. I suggest 5 minutes but it might lock you out of the site for exceeding the limit of viewing.

k-1 visa process interview schedule

Step 5: Base on experience and research, the appointment schedules normally appears on Thursdays and Friday. Hours are 1:30 pm , 8:30-9 pm and 10:35am-11am. This might change but this is what I observe. The interview schedule appears below the log out button. As soon as you see a date, request the appointment within seconds . Do it within a minute and send the copy to your email so that you can print it out.

k-1 visa process interview appointment

Good luck! :-)  :-)  :-)

 

 

 

Philippines consulate and its offices in the USA

Philippines consulate and its offices in the USA

The philippines consulates are located all over the world.  They are there for the health and welfare of filipino citizens living abroad.  Philippines consular services include:

  1. Issuance or renewal of passports, travel documents and visas
  2. Conduct of consular outreach programs
  3. Legalization of certain documents – Consularization (authentication/acknowledgment) of documents, such as SPAs, Deeds, school and medical records, Trademarks, oaths and appointments, etc.
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  4. Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths of Filipino nationals
  5. Solemnization of Marriage
  6. Processing of applications for dual citizenship
  7. Citizenship Retention and Re-Acquisition Act of 2003 (R.A. 9225)
  8. Professional Registration at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  9. Assistance with the following:
    1. Transport of pets to the Philippines;
    2. Applying for NBI clearances;
    3. Renewal of Philippine driver’s license;
    4. Medical Missions to the Philippines
    5. Securing of J-1 waivers

Philippine Consulate Offices in the USA:

1. Philippine Consulate General

447 Sutter Street, 6th floor Philippine Center Building

San Francisco, California 94108, U.S.A

Tel. Nos. : (1415) 433-6666 to 68; 433-6675; 433-6680

Fax No.: (1415) 421-2641

Email: sanfranciscopcg2004@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.philippineconsulate-sf.org

 

Philippine Consulate General

3600 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 500

Los Angeles, California 90010, USA

Tel. Nos.: (1213) 639-0980 to 85; (1213) 639-0989

Fax No.: (1213) 639-0990

Email: losangelespcg@earthlink.net

Website: http://www.philippineconsulatela.org

Website: http://www.pcgenla.org

 

Philippine Consulate General

30 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2100

Chicago, Illinois, 60602 USA
Tel. No.: (1312) 332-6458/ Mobile No. 312-5016458

Fax No.: (1312) 332-3657

Email: chicagopcg@sbcglobal.net

Website: http://www.chicagopcg.com

 

Philippine Consulate General

556 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

10036-5095, USA

Tel. Nos.: (1212) 764-1330;  575-4774; 382-1146

Fax No.: (1212) 764-6010

Email: newyork@pcgny.net

Website: http://www.pcgny.net

 

Philippine Consulate General

2433 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Tel. Nos.: (1808) 595-6316 to 19

Fax no.: (1808) 595-2581

Email: honolulupc@hawaii.rr.com

Website: http://www.philippineconsulatehonolulu.com

 

Philippine Consulate General

Suite 601-2, ITC Building, Marine Drive, Tamuning, Guam 96913

(or PO Box 9880, Tamuning, Guam 96931)

Tel. Nos.: (671) 646-4620; 646-4630

Fax No.: (671) 649-1868

Email: pcgagana@ite.net

pc.agana@dfa.gov.ph

Website: http://www.pcgagana.com

 

Philippine Consulate General

5th Floor, Marianas Business Plaza

P.O Box 500731 CK Saipan MP 96950

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Tel. Nos.: (670) 234-1848; 235-8360; 234-1850/51

Fax No.: (670) 234-1849

Email: saipanpcg@pticom.com

 

 

 

TOP 15 Hottest Filipino tv series

TOP 15 Hottest Filipino tv series

Filipino TV programs are constantly evolving and competing to stay on top of the viewers choice ranking. Filipino producers have their fingers on the pulse of what is exciting, what is funny and what is entertaining to filipino views.  As of 2014, the three leading networks are ABS, CBN, GMA and TV 5.  These channels have the hottest filipino TV series in the Philippines:

1. My Love from the Star (GMA-7) – is actually a South Korean fantasy romance tv series aired in the Kapuso (GMA) network.  Wonder why? Filipinos are a huge fan of South Korean movies, tv series and their music.

2.  Mirabella (ABS-CBN) – is a story about love melodramatic fantasy tv series starring by Julia Barretto, Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion and Mika dela Cruz. The show is aired in Kapamilya ABS CBN network.

filipino tv series

3, Niño (GMA-7) is a TV series of a boy who encourages people in remaining strong and hopeful in facing life’s obstacles.

4. Dyesebel (ABS-CBN) – is a tv series based on a story of a mermaid transforming into a human. It was illustrated in comic book on 1952-53 of a famous comic writer Mars Ravelo.

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5.Kambal Sirena (GMA-7) – is currently on air competing with the other Filipino channel ABS CBN’s Dyesebel with pretty similar concept about mermaids.

6. Ikaw Lamang (ABS-CBN) drama series cast are Kim Chiu, Coco Martin, Julia Montes and Jake Cuenca. These four artists of the young generation are all adored for their great acting.filipino tv series

7. Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real (GMA-7) is a soap opera tv series with a starring role of the Diamond Star Ms Maricel Soriano together wth Dingdong Dantes and Lovi Poe.

filipino tv series

8. Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon (ABS-CBN) main character is Ms Bea Alonzo that will be playing 2 different roles. It is a primetime drama series about two women wanting to get justice.

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9. Beki Boxerfilipino tv series 2 is a comedy drama Filipino tv series aired in TV 5. The story is about a gay guy who wanted more for himself, dreamt of becoming a boxer and hoping for the acceptance from his family.

 

 

 

 

10. Confessions of a Torpe is another drama mix comedy tv series in TV 5 starring Ogie Alcasid, Gelli de Belen and Alice Dixson.

11. Be careful with my Heart is a morning tv series of a businessman who fell in love with the nanny of her kids.

filipino tv series

http://www.starmometer.com/2014/06/28/national-tv-ratings-dyesebel-rules-dading-wins/

12. The hiers is another Korean drama series air in Philippines television.

13. Slamdunk  is a Japanese manga aired in GMA. It has been repeatedly aired in national television but has remained popular each time. Filipinos love the basketball and that is what this animated series is about.

14. Moon of Desirefilipino tv series is a seductive Filipino daytime drama series of ABS CBN lead by stars Ellen Adarna, JC de Vera, Meg Imperial, Dominic Roque and Miko RavaL.

 

15. Fairytail is another Japanese manga series translated into Filipino language.

 reference: http://www.pep.ph/guide/tv-ratings

k-1 visa process BPI payment instruction

k-1 visa process BPI payment instruction

Before going to the bank, K (fiancée and K3) visa applicants must print the applicable U.S. visa application deposit slip.  The visa application deposit slip can be downloaded from the online appointment site: website:http://ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-paymentinfo.asp.

Once you get the visa application deposit fee, take it to the bank to pay the fee.  There is an expiration date on the deposit slip and bank agents will not accept payments if it is expired. Upon payment, the bank will issue a receipt.  This receipt cannot be replaced (they won’t give you another one) so keep it in a safe place.  Applicants will not be able to schedule an appointment without the receipt number.

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sample of a K1 deposit slip

Here is a list of things you must do before going to BPI. This instruction will lessen the hassle of repeatedly getting a priority number in long queue as BPI branches are always busy. I recommend paying offline as it guarantees the transaction with your name on your copy of receipt.

1. Prepare 2 copies of your US visa application deposit slip .

2. Prepare 1 passport photocopy.

3. At the back of your deposit slip, write the following:

Name:

Passport # :

Visa Type:

Contact #:

Signature:

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