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26Jul2019
Should I Visit RapidVisa Manila Prior to My Interview?

RapidVisa helps thousands of families every year who never step foot into an office. The vast majority of our clients do everything online. Their only interactions with RapidVisa are online and via the mail. However, we do have an office located conveniently directly across the street from the US embassy in Manila on Roxas Boulevard, […]

25Jun2019
What Is the Philippines CFO Seminar?

“What is the CFO Seminar (Philippines) and why is it required?” The CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) Seminar is a Philippine government requirement for Filipinos leaving the country. It’s partially for their internal counting of people expatriating, but also it gives a crash-course on a few things Filipinos should know when emigrating out of the […]

06Jun2019
USCIS To Permanently Close Manila Field Office, NOT EMBASSY

On July 5th, 2019, USCIS will permanently close its field office in Manila, Philippines, as part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to reduce legal immigration. After this date, there will be no USCIS international field office located in the Philippines. The office began redirecting Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, to the USCIS Lockbox on […]

13May2019
Why Doesn’t the Philippines Allow Joint Sponsors for the K1 Visa?

Why would the Philippines not allow a joint sponsor for a K-1? Many US embassies accept joint sponsors for fiance visas. However, unfortunately, the most popular country for the K1 visa, the Philippines, doesn’t allow them. They do allow joint sponsors for married couples applying for CR1 visas, but not the fiance visa. It’s unfortunate, […]

11Feb2019
Getting Married in the Philippines – PSA Marriage Certificate

How long is the PSA [Philippine Statistics Authority] taking for the official marriage certificate? I will need this before applying for the CR1 spousal visa. If you get married in the Philippines (civil), you will need to take the certificate of marriage to the local Philippine Civil Registrar where one the parties is a resident. […]

11Jan2019
Getting a Philippines CFO Seminar Appointment

“Do you know how long it takes to get an appointment for the CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) seminar? I don’t want a situation where my girlfriend gets her visa and then has to wait a few months to attend the seminar. It seems like the website doesn’t allow you to make an appointment without […]

13Nov2018
Can I Get Married in the USA if I Separated in Philippines?

Can I get married in the U.S. if I’m married here in the Philippines, but I’ve been separated for 12 years? You may be able to get married, but the USCIS and Department of State are not going to accept that as a legal marriage. In order to legally marry and receive an immigration benefit […]

04Jul2018
Philippines to USA Tourist Visa Chances Of Approval

So you are a Filipina with a fiance in the US and you want to visit him on a tourist visa. What are your chances for tourist visa approval? Honestly, they’re not good, unfortunately. Issues that face most people in this situation are regards to strong ties. If you are a young, single Filipina with […]

15May2018
Anything I Should Do During My Trip to Visit My Fiancé?

Joshua Strange asks: “I’m going to the Philippines next Friday. Is there anything special I need to do for the K-1 visa?” Whether or not you’re going for the first time, you want to keep evidence of your meeting. For the K1, one of the things you have to prove is that you’ve physically met […]

06Mar2018
When Do I Attend Philippines CFO Seminar?

Sharlene asks: “Hi. I just want to ask about the CFO in the Philippines. I came across it when I was checking out your site. Do I need to do it now even before we start the visa process with you?” The CFO stands for “Commission on Filipinos Overseas”. In the Philippines, you have what […]

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