Friday, July 19, 2013

CR1 (Spousal Visa) Interview at the US EMBASSY in MANILA

                                                                 
Today I will share my CR1(Spousal Visa) Interview at the US Embassy in Manila, though, it was more than a year ago.

I am from Mindanao, yet, I lived (stayed) in Iloilo City, Philippines during my whole visa process. The National Visa Center (NVC) gave me an appointment ( Interview Sched) at 8:30 AM, January 10, 2012 at the US Embassy in Manila, 1201 Roxas Blvd, Manila 1000, Philippines ( http://manila.usembassy.gov/contact.html )

I flew from Iloilo at noon of January 9, 2012, arrived in Manila in the afternoon and stayed at Hotel Soriente. (http://www.hotelsoriente.com/). Hotel Soriente is 7 to 10  minutes walk to the US Embassy. I preferred to stay in this Hotel because this is where I stayed during my medical. I want to be comfortable a night before my interview and I love this place. 

The night before my interview, I reviewed all my documents and make sure that I didn't forget anything. (But I didn't realized I forget 1 important thing). I prepared my clothes that I will be wearing the next day. I wore skirt, blouse 
and sandal. 
 

THE BIG DAY!!!!!!

Since, I haven't slept the whole night because of nervousness and I am scared to sleep because I might don't get up early and miss the appointment. I got up at 4:00 am. I prepared myself and left as early as 5:00 am. I preferred riding a taxi going the to the Embassy than walking. When I arrived, there are many people outside but they are not in the line yet. I met some friends that I knew online (Visa Journey). We're in the same Visa Category (CR1). At that point, I realized that I need a 2x2 ID, which is I thought I had :(. (Not so smart). But luckily there are people there who took pictures for an ID and got a set of them, of course I paid P120.00 pesos. I was so nervous because the line keeps moving and I don't have the ID's yet on my hand and I am very close to guard that will let us in. But thanks God, it came right before my turn to come in... So, don't forget your 2x2 ID before your Interview, so you will not be like me having an unnecessary stress. 



So, while on the line you need to prepare your PASSPORT, APPOINTMENT LETTER and 1 more thing (honestly,I forget what was it). But you will know when you're there.The guard will give you a form base in your Visa Category. Also, be prepared for the guard will pat you down or search or check, whatever you call that when you enter the premises. Make sure don't bring any prohibited items inside the US Embassy. 
* Electronic Devices ( cellphone, camera, etc)
* Food ( There are some food stand inside, hotdog, etc)
* Big Bags (purse or shoulder bag is allowed)

REMEMBER ;

*** I am not sure if this is  really what happened. There are vendors who are selling pens outside and one of them  wants me to buy a pen  because she said "sign pen" is not allowed to use. I bought one but when I was inside I forget if where I put the pen so I ask the lady behind the  window if I can use my " sign pen" and she said, "of course". So, I used my "sign pen" for everything.

After the guard will check your passport, appointment letter and give you the form you will come in  drop your belongings in a scanner plus  another set of guards will  check/search you.

Next, just follow their instructions or  follow the line. You will be heading to the windows that will give you a "Number". Then, after you got your number go inside the US Embassy and another search/check/scan in the door by the guards.  After the search/check/scan is complete find a seat. Make sure to sit to where your Visa Category belongs too. I sit on the right side, visible to the windows that calling numbers. 

After,  more or less 15 minutes my number was called ( I forget what is the number of the window) by a Filipina pre-screener. She asked for the 2x2 ID, Passport and ask me to sign the DS230 Page II (during the visa application or dS230 packet application, don't sign the DS230 Page II). So, that's where or the time the DS230 Page II will be signed and dated.  She also asked me some questions like
*WHERE YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND MET ,
*WHAT HIS JOB, HIS BIRTHDAY, MY BIRTHDAY,
*HOW LONG I WORKED in HONG KONG).
*SHE ALSO ASKED A COPY of MY DS-230 ( Good thing I brought One)
After, I answered those questions she told me to have a seat and wait for my number to be called again. 





REMINDERS:

Every interview is different and we don't know what documents they will ask inside the USEM.

So, make sure to bring a COPIES (photocopies) of ALL THE DOCUMENTS you submitted to the NVC.... BRING BOTH copies of  AOS PACKET (Petitioner) and DS-230 PACKET (Beneficiary) to the interview. Don't forget to bring aa copies of all the LEGAL DOCUMENTS as well like Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate, Divorce Decree, etc.

Then, after more that 2 hours of waiting, the lady in Window 67 (if I am not mistaken) called my number. She is a white lady with nice smile and very accommodating. She asked me if I preferred to use TAGALOG or ENGLISH. I told her that English is fine. She said " Okay" and we proceed. She place me under an "OATH" that I am going to say is only the Truth and nothing but the Truth. After the oath taking, she checked my documents/file on hand and asked some Questions: 

CO: Who is your Petitioner?
Me: I gave my husband's name
CO: When is his Birthday?
ME: I gave my husband's birth date.
CO: When is your Birthday?
Me: I gave my birthday
CO: How did you meet?
Me: I told her how we met, when and where.
CO: What is the job of the Petitioner:
ME: I told her the job of my husband.
CO: You have co-sponsor, what is your relationship/husband relations with the co-sponsor?
ME: I told her about the co-sponsor.
CO: What is the job of the co-sponsor?
ME: Manager in ....................
CO: You've been to other countries?
ME: Yes, in HK, Thailand and England.
CO: How long you stayed there?
ME: HK more than six months and the rest less than a month.
*** The CO checked my documents/files***
CO: ah, okay, you have your HK Police Clearance here.
CO: Okay, Congratulations, Your VISA is APPROVED. Go, to the next window for your Visa Delivery instruction..

*** I went to the next window (I forgot the number of the window) - the guy in-charge in that window will ask you of where to deliver your Visa.

Guy: Congratulations.
Me: Thank you.
Guy: Where do you want to deliver your Visa?
ME: Honestly, I am not sure because I am from Visayas.
Guy: Okay, I will give the address of the Mall of Asia and you can pick up your Visa there.
ME: Okay, Thank you.
*** He gave me the address of the Mall of Asia***
ME: I will be leaving on the 18th, do you think my visa will arrive then?
Guy: Actually, I am not sure... But you are fine.
ME: Okay, thank you very much.

*****THAT's IT*************

I am DONE before NOON and happily eat my lunch in Jollibee next to the hotel while talking to my husband on the Phone and he is very happy too.... :)

Glory to God....


---- Don't miss my  next post an awesome experienced  and hopefully will be your inspiration too.
It is  about my VISA pick-up, CFO Stamping and Departure ----------



46 comments:

  1. Hi madam, can i ask some questions regarding in K1 interview? What usually dress they wear during interview? I read your on skirt, blouse and sandals. What else could be prefer to wear? During interview, are you seating or standing infront of the consul? My fiancee want to go with me inside USEM, will he be interviewed also or no? Pls give me advice. salamat

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  2. thank you for sharing your experience :) now i have an idea what are some possible questions they are going to ask , as for now i am waiting for my appointment letter and im hoping it won't take a year, i would like to ask how many months months did you wait for your appointment letter ? i am from visayas and i will be by myself going to embassy since my husband is not with me right now , he is in IL ..i was surprised too that your interview wasn't that long cause i was thinking it is a long talk :) i am looking forward to your reply Maam :) thank you and God Bless

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    1. Hi Rhealiza,

      Wag ka na mag Maam sa akin.. :) sa Visayas rin ako (iloilo) at ako lang rin mag-isa pumunta sa Manila (US Embassy). Nagstay lang akos a hotel.. sa Manila na rin ako nagstay while waiting for my visa... Pagdating ng visa ko, lipad ako agad here in the US. CR1 visa ako, yung appointment letter tlaga 5 days pagkatapos nakumpleto namin lahat submit mga docs, dumating na xa... Pero ang schedule ng interview ko was 1 month pa xa nakaschedule after ko nareceived yung letter.. I think mga last week of November ko natangap yung appointment letter ko.. Tapos schedule ng interview ko was January 10 2012. January 18 flight ko. Yea, the interview was the easiest part of my visa process. :)

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  3. what is an aos packet and the ds-230 ? wwhat if i do not have one and how can i have those? i really need help cause i want it to get ready for everything before i will go to the embassy

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    1. DS-230 and AOS packets are applicable for spousal or CR1 visa.

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  4. What is the cost of the CR1 spouse visa

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    1. Hi,

      The fees are follows:

      Petition Fee - $420 (USCIS)
      Aos Fee - $88 (NVC)
      IV FEE - $230 (NVC)
      Always visit: www.uscis.gov for updates.

      Medical fee - $223 ( St.Lukes Hospital extension - Manila)

      Those are the major fees.

      Thanks for visiting my blog. Don't hesitate to leave me a message if you have further questions.

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  6. Hi just wanna ask did your husband also receive a letter from uscis that they are claimed u as your husband's wife? Hope u can help me thanks

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    1. Hi,
      I don't remember such thing. He only received NOA1 and NOA2..
      It was 2011, I am not sure if things change with USCIS...

      Thanks for dropping...

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    2. Thank u for answering. I'm just hoping na maging ok sana lahat at walang maging prob sa mga papel namin

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    3. Also ilang months po bago na approve sa uscis yung visa nyo?

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    4. Aling stage na kayo sis? sa amin noon eksato 90 days. Pero ngayon mabilis yung approval.. Usually, case to case basis rin.. Oks lang yan sis.. wag kang mag-alala maxado.. :) matatapos rin yang visa process mo.. God bless...

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  7. Nag pasa kame ng i-130 nitong feb and na receive narin po noa1 waiting po for noa2. Kaya medyo confused ako dun sa letter na na receive ng mama nia bc like u d rin alam ng napagtanungan ko kung ano yun :( lahat cnsv no1 and noa2 lang daw po na receive nila.

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  9. Hi! :) question po, approved na po kasi petition ko, tapos ngayon nasa ds-260 (replacement of ds-230) step na kami, bali online form po sya na susubmit sa NVC. After po nun, ano na pong next? Hintay lang po ba kaming confirmation email from NVC? Thanks po in advance sa help. :)

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    1. Hi Kat,
      Sorry, tagal ko nakareply.. Busy lang... Submit mo rin yung mga supporting documents... Pagkatapos noon,lahat2.. IV FEE, AOS fEE, AOS docs at IV Docs, hintayin nyo email ng NVC kung oks na ba lahat ng docs nyo....

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  10. hi sis can i asked some question my husband going to start filing I 130 for CR1 Visa what the other documents need to submit together with I 130? hopefully for your response soon thanks sis god blessed

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  11. Sis asked ko lng po anong other documents need to submit together theform I 130 for CR1 visa. My husband is an american citizen and will starting to file the pettition for me soon.were been married lat march 2014. thank you for reply sis god bless im hoping for response soon.

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    1. Hi girlie,

      Visit my blog on CR-1 (I-130) : http://valleyofcoconuts.blogspot.com/2011/10/petition-packet-for-spousalfiancee-visa.html

      Visit: www.uscis.gov for updated information and forms.

      God bless

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  12. Hi question lang po ganung katagal after ng intervew nyo na tangap ang visa at sealed packet na galing sa usem. Thank you. Malapit na po kasi interview ko at sana bago manganak ang asawa ko ay makasama ko na po cya.

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    1. Hi Karlo,

      Sa panahon ko, Jan 10 interview ko at Jan 17 ko natanggap visa ko... Bale, January 16 sana, kaso US holiday ang 16.. Kaya yun, Jan 17 ng alas 4 ko natanggap visa ko.. Jan 18 at 6:00 am flight ko.... :)

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    2. Mkikibalita po sana karlo. Musts n? Ok n? Kasama mo n asawa mo?

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  13. lapit n din po ang interview namin ng anak ko. s oct n po. tama po ba yun nabasa ko? tatanungin ka kung tagalog o english? s totoo lng kc ang hina ko s english, nakakaintindi nmn ako, pero yun tipong magsasalita na o sasagot ng english medyo hirap po, yun tipong mababaw na english lang.. d kagaya mo ang husay mo s english.. nakakatuwa sana ganyan din ako... yun nbasa ko yun medyo nawala konti ang kaba... kung meron ganun. at least d ako matatakot. hehe... 5 years old p lang ang anak ko. tagal n din mag-asawa halos 6 years n.. kaya ito n din ang pagkakataon ko n mabuo n kami hrap din ang malayo.. lumalaki n anak namin, halos 10years kaming ganito hehe sana ito na sana makapasa sana maaproved n kami. kung sakali bang tagalog d nmn makakaapekto yun s visa?ano ano p po ang dpat kong tandaan p para nmn po may idea ako mula sau... s medical nmin wala p s monday p.. tnong lng po ilan days k din s medical? two days ba? kasama ko din ang anak ko dun... salamat ah sana makasgot ka agad laking tulong s akin ito. yun interview nagdala ka pa ng picture?

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    1. Hi,

      First of all, salamat sa pagdaan sa blog ko... :) Ayan, malapit na ang October... wetweew.. :) By the way, tungkol doon sa tanong mo kung pwede tagalog... Oo pwede tagalog gagamitin. Di naman makaapekto sa visa mo. May mga consul kasi na nakakaintindi or nagsasalita ng tagalog. Tungkol naman sa medical, isa at kalahating araw ako sa medical. Kayang-kaya lang yan. You will be here soon. God bless.. Dapat alam mo lahat ang tungkol sa asawa mo. Paano kayo nagkakilala, ano trabaho nya, saan sya nagtatrabaho mga ganun. Birthday nya, buong pangalan nya. Mga ganun. Basta madali lang ang interviews. Easiest part ng visa process. Dapat dala ka ng 2x2 ID picture kasi kailangan yun. Nung nagpunta ako, wala akong dala, kaya napilitan akong magpapicture doon sa labas at ang sobrang mahal. DAlahin mo lahat ng copy ng docs mo. Yung mga ipinasa mo sa USCIS at NVC, dapat may copy ka noon. At lately lang, nabasa ko sa news na need mag fill ng DS-260 ang applicant online. Ito yung link.. Copy at paste mo nalang kung di pwede ma click..... http://blogs.usembassy.gov/philippines/ds260-required-prior-to-visa-interview/....

      Cge ha, God bless at ingatz... Dapat Maaga ka pumunta doon para di pa masyado mahaba ang pila...

      Message ka lang kung meron ka pa ibang katanungan.

      Bye now..
      Speedy.

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    2. Yun binigay mong link pwede ko n gwin at dalhin n lang?o dun ko p rin gGawin s embassy.kc para iwas din s gawain lalo n pag may kasamang Bata.ok lng ba yun saka ko n lang ipakita kung sbihin na magfifill up ako?

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    3. Hello po ulit. Try ko open yun link n bigay mo.san ako fill up dun?kc nun maopen ko nagsign in ako ng case number at invoce number lumbas yun information about s payment . Ganun lang. Alin ang click ko para naka fill up ako nun ds 260? Salamat ulit ah

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    4. Kailangan talaga yun i fill up online sis. Tapos na ba kayo nagbayad sa NVC? kung tapos na kayo, malamang tapos ka na rin nag fill ng up ng DS-260... Spousal visa ka di ba? basta yun sis..

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  14. ah ok po, yun asawa ko kc ang gumagawa yan,tapos n daw nya. print out ko n lng b yun email s amin ng NVC avout information dyan s DS-260?ganun n lang cguro noh sana yun yun hehehe...salamat ah. s monday na medical nmin ng anak ko.. sana po makapm k ulit para kung may matandaan kp n dapat kong gwin s medical maihabol mo hehehe.. salamat tlga ah...

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    1. Hi,
      Kumusta na medical mo?

      Sorry di ako nakapagreply.. :(

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  15. Thanks for sharing your experiences! For UK Marriage Visa, visit: www.surevisamanila.com.

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  17. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. This really helped lessen my burden and 'kaba'. By the way, for UK Visa Renewal, click here.

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  19. Hi po ask about all documents need ba original copy lahat ipadala together sa form 130? Like marriage certificate, saka G-325a d ba pwede scan copy? Thanks

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    1. Hi sis,
      Marriage Certificate ay galing sa NSO or Certified thru copy. Sa G-3251,a dapat original sis, kasi need ng original signature mo. Yan yung sa time ko, i check ko kung same pa rin ba na need ng original...

      God bless..

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  20. Hi have a blissful day ahead sis! Your blogs is such informative. I just wanna ask something about police clearance. Ive read that you've been at hk, did you took pc when you're at hk or when you're already in the Phils.? Am a bit confused consigning this police clearance. I've been at Israel for years for work, another question is do i need to take pc? Knowing that am staying already in the Phils for more than 2 yrs. am hoping for your immediate response. Thank you and God bless you

    Its gonna be ir-1 category anyway. Thanks again ��

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    1. Hello Sis,

      Salamat sis. Oo sis, you need to get a Police Clearance if you stayed/worked abroad for more than 6 months. Oo, although already in the Philippines for 2 years. I was in the Philippines when I requested for my PC from HK. I went to HK website and there was in instruction there on how to secure one. I have a friend working at HK at that time. I've asked her a favor to request on my behalf. I sent her the signed forms and other required documents with my payment. Then, the HK Police Dept, forwarded it to the US Embassy in Manila. The best thing you need to do is check the Israel HK PC website on how to secure one... Tsaka, i check mo sa US Embassy website if need ba ang PC if sa Israel ka nag work. May ibang bansa kasi na di kailangan. But mostly, kailangan talaga.

      Please let me know if you have more questions.

      Thanks,
      Speedy

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  21. Shalom sis! Thanks for the response.. Based sa mga nababasa ko on how to take pc at Israel, need ko pa pumunta sa Israel Embassy with my old passports and visas and so on. Confusing ei kasi nung tumawag ang husband ko sa nvc sabi nung agent na nakausap need nga daw on the other day tumawag ulit ang sinabi nung agent na nakausap ulit ei hindi na kailangan kasi wala nko dun and mahigpit daw ang Israel blah blah blah ganun. Which is which? Ahhehehehe.. So nung nagrequest ka po hindi na address mo kundi us embassy ang magrerecieve na? Nung kumuha ka po natanggap mo na ang welcome letter mo?

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    1. Oo direct na nila sent sa US Embassy. Hindi ko nga alam ano hitsura ng HK Police Clearance.. Nagrequest ako noong natanggap ko yung Manila Case Number ko sis. Then, pinaprint ko sya at pumunta ako ng US Embassy at nagrequest ng referral letter. Yung referral letter na yun ipinadala ko sa kaibigan ko kasama ng iba pang mga documents. Yun, ipinasa nya sa HK Police.

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  22. Thank you so much sis! I'll take one for assurance nlang siguro.. God bless you

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    1. Oo sis, kuha ka nalang para sigurado... God bless you too.. Salamat.

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