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Offline lgworthington

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Looking for help regarding visas
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:17:37 AM »
Hi everyone,
I am trying to start the process of obtaining a visa so my friend from Manila can come to my country (US) to visit and possibly marry. I know there are many different types, each with their own set qualifications. I need some input as to the steps involved, which type I should consider and which type is less difficult to obtain. Any help will be so greatly appreciated :)
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Re: Looking for help regarding visas
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2015, 07:28:14 AM »
Hi everyone,
I am trying to start the process of obtaining a visa so my friend from Manila can come to my country (US) to visit and possibly marry. I know there are many different types, each with their own set qualifications. I need some input as to the steps involved, which type I should consider and which type is less difficult to obtain. Any help will be so greatly appreciated :)
Larry
First welcome to the forum. Next we would need a lot more information in order to try to help you. Visitors visas are not easily issued for Filipinos who live in the Philippines unless they come from rich families or are comfortable themselves and can show by many things that they will be returning to the Philippines.

If what you seek is a Fiancee visa for a woman or man, you would first have to come and meet them in person in the Philippines and prove you have met them and that you can afford to support them with an affidavit of support, before the US would issue a visa to them.

Many people look for shortcuts, there are no real legal shortcuts, get on a plane and meet them in person and then decide if you are for each other and then you can apply for the visa for them.

Hope that helps, if not give us a lot more general information about you both and your situations and then possibly we can try to find answers for you.
:) Happily married since 1994 & live part of the year in Cebu and the rest in S. Florida.

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Re: Looking for help regarding visas
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2015, 11:22:05 AM »
Hi everyone,
I am trying to start the process of obtaining a visa so my friend from Manila can come to my country (US) to visit and possibly marry...



Look here: http://www.visajourney.com  for information posted about U.S. visas.

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Re: Looking for help regarding visas
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2015, 12:00:10 PM »
There is also another good forum about visa issues that you might try http://www.theworldoffilipinas.com/forum
:) Happily married since 1994 & live part of the year in Cebu and the rest in S. Florida.

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Re: Looking for help regarding visas
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2015, 12:34:51 PM »
If you're looking at marriage, you are probably looking at a K-1 Fiance visa. However, one of the requirements is that you should have met with her prior with proof (usually a picture, also a copy of your passport showing your entry in the Philippines). Here is the page on K-1 Visas

http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/family/fiance-k-1.html

Here is a FAQ session that the US Embassy manila put on their youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJXbTc5Z7is

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The other possible route is to instead visit her in the Philippines, and get married there at some point. After that, she will qualify as an "immediate relative". With that you petition her with an I-130 through USCIS

http://www.uscis.gov/i-130

I-130 takes some time, so while your I-130 is being adjucated, they qualify for a non-immigrant K-3 visa to come to the US temporarily (I think typically good for 2 years).

http://www.uscis.gov/family/family-us-citizens/k3-k4-visa/k-3k-4-nonimmigrant-visas

If your I-130 petition is successful, you later apply for adjustment of status.

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Although I'm no expert. I'm currently working through a I-130/K-3 route myself. Waiting for NSO copies is annoying as hell

Offline lgworthington

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Re: Looking for help regarding visas
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2015, 02:16:00 AM »
Thank you for all the feedback! Yes, I have visited her and spent time with her. We do wish to marry. She is 42, never been married, living in the Laguna area, working as a census taker. She has two children, 5&8, living with her mother in Davao. We wish to keep the kids there for the time being as we transition to life here in the Northwest. If anyone knows, would the visa process be smoother marrying there? Or would a fiancee visa be a better choice? Thanks in advance for all the help!!

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Re: Looking for help regarding visas
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2015, 06:22:30 PM »
I only have my own experiences to go by, but I would think fiance visa is probably the smoother route. I can only imagine that any route that involves the Philippine bureaucracy won't be as smooth as one that doesn't involve it as much. I'm sure the guys on visajourney could give much better information on that though

 


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