Archive for the ‘ Philippines’ Category

16Aug2019
K1 Visa vs. CR1 Visa in the Philippines

“Is the paperwork different between the spousal visa and fiance visa in the Philippines” Yes. The two processes are as different as day and night. The forms are different, the process is different, and actually, the CR-1 spousal visa is a lot more complicated. But the nice thing about a spousal visa is it also […]

06Jun2019
USCIS To Permanently Close Manila Field Office, NOT EMBASSY
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 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
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
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’m Separated in Philippines?
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 in the U.S. if you’re still legally married in the Philippines (or any other country), but the USCIS and U.S. Department of State are not going to […]

04Jul2018
Philippines to USA Tourist Visa Chances Of Approval
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 […]

06Mar2018
When Do I Attend Philippines CFO Seminar?
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 […]

23Nov2017
Can I Use a Joint Sponsor for a Filipina Fiance Visa?
Can I Use a Joint Sponsor for a Filipina Fiance Visa

One thing to know since you mentioned she’s Filipino. In the Philippines they do not accept a joint sponsor. A joint sponsor is your solution if your income is too low. A joint sponsor is like a cosponsor on a car, similar to use an analogy maybe people would get quickly. That’s where somebody else […]

25Apr2017
Converting to Islam to “Legally” Divorce in the Philippines
Islamic divorce in the Philippines

The Philippines is the only country other than the Vatican that outlaws divorce. That’s why it’s no surprise that so many of our customers are surprised to find out that their Filipina fiance cannot qualify for a K1 fiance visa and be with them in the United States due to a previous unresolved marriage. While […]

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