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04May2010
What if My Fiance's Passport Photos are the Wrong Size?

The USCIS asks you to submit 2 inch by 2 inch passport photos for both you and your foreign fiance or spouse. However getting 2x2 passport photos from most foreign countries is difficult to impossible partly because most countries use the metric system. These are the official passport photo sizes for the top 10 K1 [...]

25Mar2010
Scheduling an Interview Appointment with the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines
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There are two ways to book an interview appointment: through the Embassy call center (Visa Information and Appointment Service) OR by visiting the online appointment website. Scheduling an appointment through the Embassy call center To schedule a visa appointment for IV or K petitions, please contact the Manila Visa Information and Appointment Service center hotlines [...]

24Mar2010
The Manila, Philippines Embassy Interview for K1 & K3

After check-in of applicants at the entry gate applicants will proceed to the Pavilion where they will submit their documents for data entry. Each applicant will receive a number. When you number is called you proceed to the appropriate window for finger scanning. After finger scanning documents including the DS-156 application for a nonimmigrant visa [...]

24Mar2010
The Manila, Philippines Embassy Interview for K1 & K3

After check-in of applicants at the entry gate applicants will proceed to the Pavilion where they will submit their documents for data entry. Each applicant will receive a number. When you number is called you proceed to the appropriate window for finger scanning. After finger scanning documents including the DS-156 application for a nonimmigrant visa [...]

01Mar2010
USCIS Case Numbers Explained

After filing a K-1 Fiance Petition or any other type of application with the USCIS, you will receive a Notice of Action on form I-797. The first block on this form lists your USCIS case number (although the form calls it a Receipt Number. This will always be a 13 digit number. To be more [...]

16Feb2010
How to Organize the Documents for a Fiance Visa

Assembling your K1 Visa package can seem like a daunting task. The petitions folks send in range from beautifully prepared packages that could win an award for organization to those that toss a mixed up mess in an envelope and chunk it in the mail. There are no official rules or requirements on how to [...]

04Feb2010
What Medical Problems Will Keep You Out of the U.S.?

If the USCIS feels you have a medical condition which would put United States citizens at risk, they will declare you inadmissible. The technical term used for this by the USCIS is “Medical Grounds of Inadmissibility”. The conditions that can get you banned from entry to the United States are: A communicable disease of public [...]

27Jan2010
Getting a Philippine NBI Clearance
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Philippine-born immigrant visa applicants 16 years and over are required to furnish certificates issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).  The green NBI certificate annotated for travel abroad is the correct certificate.  Other colors are for local use only. Foreign-born applicants who have resided in the Philippines for six months or more may be [...]

06Nov2009
A Future Date Not Accepted as Proof of Meeting

On April 21 2009 the Administrative Appeals Office rejected the appeal of a K1 petitioner who wanted to use a future visit as proof of meeting her fiance within two years of filing her I-129F. This one is kind of silly really but it does indicate the kind of cases that backup the USCIS and [...]

24Sep2009
Proof of Legal Ability to Marry

There are many reasons a K1 visa could be denied. However, before you ever get into the detail of the process, make sure you meet these three basic requirements: You and your fiance have met within the two years prior to the filing the petition. It doesn’t matter if you have met a hundred times [...]

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