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21Nov2012
Affidavit of Support for K-1 Fiancé Visa

The Affidavit of Support is a legal contract between you (the petitioner for an immigrant visa applicant) and the US Government. It ensures that the visa applicant has adequate means of financial support and is unlikely to become a public charge after entering the US. Public Charge refers to becoming dependent upon the government for [...]

20Nov2012
FAQs Regarding the Medical Examination

A medical examination is required for all immigrant visas and some non-immigrant visas as well as for refugees and adjustment of status applicants. The purpose of the medical exam is to determine if you have any health conditions that need attention prior to immigrating. Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) [...]

19Nov2012
What Happen at a Port of Entry?

When arriving at an airport, the airline will give all travelers some documents to complete while still en route to the United States. All travelers are required to complete a Customs Declaration form 6059B. Those travelers who are non-United States citizens and are requesting admission to the United States with a Visa will be given [...]

16Nov2012
Medical Examination for all Immigrant and K Visa Applicants

Before Arrival in the United States The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which relates to the immigration, temporary admission, naturalization, and removal of foreigners, mandates that all immigrants and refugees migrating to the United States undergo an overseas medical screening examination performed by panel physicians. Panel Physicians A panel physician is a medically trained, licensed, [...]

15Nov2012
Visiting the Philippines Beyond 59 Days

This article is part 3 of a 5-part series and will cover the entry and exit requirements for U.S. citizens visiting the Philippines as a tourist. This article looks at the requirements for extending your stay in the Philippines beyond 59 days. As a U.S. citizen you can extend your stay up to 16 months [...]

14Nov2012
Tips for Fiancé(e) and Spousal Visa Petition

This article is a compilation of Dos and Dont's for fiancé(e) and spousal visa petitions. Follow these tips to avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary delays. Nobody can really move your petition along any quicker but there are steps you can take to ensure you have the best chance at getting your fiancé(e) or spouse to [...]

05Nov2012
US Embassy in Manila, Philippines: Embassy Interview No-Shows and Latecomers

All applicants for nonimmigrant visas are advised to arrive at the Embassy gates at least an hour before their scheduled appointments and to be inside the Embassy at least 15 minutes before their appointments. You need to make sure that all necessary documents are available on the day of the interview to avoid any inconvenience or delay [...]

01Nov2012
Visiting the Philippines as a Tourist

Overview This article will cover the entry and exit requirements for U.S. citizens visiting the Philippines as a tourist. This article covers quite a bit of information so it has been written in a five-part series with the first part covering the initial requirements to enter and exit the Philippines without extending or requiring a [...]

11Oct2012
Online Registration for St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic

St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) now offers online registration for those applying for a U.S. Immigrant Visa. This online service is to aid in the registration process and is expected to reduce registration time by having most of the applicant's information ready upon arrival at the registration area. Upon arrival at SLEC applicants [...]

04Oct2012
US Embassy in Manila, Philippines: New Procedures Implemented for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), is an official record of U.S. citizenship issued to a person under age 18 who was born abroad to United States citizen parent(s) and acquired citizenship at birth. Schools, the Social Security Agency, and other institutions throughout the United States accept it and give it the same credence [...]

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