K1-Visa Experience. MNL

K-1 visa is a visa issued to the fiancé or fiancée of a United States citizen to enter the United States. A K-1 visa requires a foreigner to marry his or her U.S. citizen petitioner within 90 days of entry, or depart the United States.

K1 Visa Cost

As of December, 2016 the total filing fees for the K-1 process were $535 for Form I-129F (filed with USCIS), $265 to apply for the K visa (paid to the consulate), and $1,225 for Form I-485 and the adjustment of status packet (filed with USCIS), including the biometrics fee.

My K1 Visa Experience Step By Step

  • We filed our I-129F in January 30, 2017 and received our NOA-1 on February 08,2017.
  • After 115 Days of Waiting We Received our NOA-2 ( Meaning USCIS Approved the petition) June 03, 2017
  • 2 weeks from the date that we received our NOA-2, I got my case number from NVC but no Letter and No invoice Number yet.

Because i really have to know my NVC number i just call them thru phone, Best time to call is 10 am -11 am Philippine time. (You may contact NVC at +1 603-334-0700) I got my Case number and i go directly to NBI to get My sundry information.  Because, “If you have lived in a country other than the Philippines for more than 12 months, you must submit a police clearance from that country” you may check my blog about getting police clearance/ sundry information to this Link:

https://callmefame.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/police-clearance-in-other-country/

  • On June 27,2017 we Received our NVC letter, by mail;
  • and appointment Letter from US Embassy Manila By Email on July 10, 2017
  • August 30, Recieved Letter from US Embassy by MAIL along the approved i-129F

See the details below of experience on my medical in St. Lukes.

(https://callmefame.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/medical-exam-in-st-lukes-extension-clinic-or-slec-experience-passed/ )

To tell you my experience short about my interview.. September 5 2017, I arrived in USEM at 5:00 Am. My appointment is 6:40 Am so, madami nang naka upo dun sa labas (may bayad ang upo 30 php Lol)

At 6:00 Nagtawag na ang guard para mag pila… So there here it is.

Pre-Screening:

  • I go to the window, 46 there’s a lady that will ask you about your info. Info of your Petitioner. After that she will instruct you to go to window 45 for Finger Scanning FS –(Masungit yung kano na yon hehe.) You must be attentive when he is talking to you. When i’m done, he told me to go ahead for interview.
  • After 45 minutes of waiting, wew. okay, its my turn. I greeted, Mr. CO a pleasant Good morning with a smile. then he smiled me back and say good morning too and how are you.

Conversation:

CO: What is the name of your Petitioner?

Me: Name Last name

CO: When was the last he visit you?

Me: Date…

CO: How many times he visits you here?

Me: ____

CO: Why do you like your fiance’ ( with matching smile)

Me: He is….

CO: Do you have his CENOMAR?

Me: I don’t have sir.

( then he is looking up with my documents and i think the one he is looking in computer is the ds 160 lol)

CO: ok, did you travel abroad? where country?

Me: Yes, UAE.

CO: do you have police certificate?

Me: Yes i have.

then he paused for a while again and he gibe me a pamphlet, and explaining to me what is all about that. after that he told me that he can’t approved right now my visa because he needs my A.K.A name in NBI and my Petitioner CENOMAR and he instructed me to go to the Releasing area. He keep my passport and other documents.

when i go to the releasing area, then, filipina girl call me (she is the first who interviewed me at the PRE-SCREENING) she told me that i  need to send the documents that they need from me, so  they issue 221 (g) after that, she told me i can go home now.

When i’m on my way home, i call my friend that is working in PSA to request a CENOMAR of my fiance’ (perks of having a friend that is working in Government lol) The next day i got his cenomar and i got my nbi aka name too, i go quickly in 2go to send my documents.

see the details below of my post about AP (administrative processing)

https://callmefame.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/administrative-processing-k-1-visa/

after 9 days in AP September 14, they issued my visa! Yeah! 🙂

All the hardships has paid, since day 1 of waiting of NOA1 & 2 specially, the medical in st.lukes.. Thank you lord God for not giving up on me, since day 1, your presence is with me always.. there’s no impossible with God, keep on praying & be patient, All is Well.

All my prayers has been answered! and i’m so blessed and favored..

truth is, “when you seek God first, blessing will come first to you. :)”

  • Mark 11:24
  • Philippians 4:13
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God Is Never in a Hurry

Be patient with God and with yourself. One of life’s frustrations is that God’s timetable is rarely the same as ours. We are often in a hurry when God isn’t. You may feel frustrated with the seemingly slow progress you’re making in life.

Remember that God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. He will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for your role in eternity.

The Bible is filled with examples of how God uses a long process to develop character, especially in leaders. He took 80 years to prepare Moses, including 40 in the wilderness. For 14,600 days Moses kept waiting and wondering, “Is it time yet?” But God kept saying, “Not yet.”

Contrary to popular book titles, there are no “Easy Steps to Maturity” or “Secrets of Instant Sainthood.” When God wants to make a giant oak, he takes a hundred years, but when he wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight.

Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process. James advised, “Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed” (James 1:4 MSG).

Don’t get discouraged. When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough, God had this to say: “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Habakkuk 2:3 TLB)

Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. Years ago people wore a popular button with the letters PBPGINFWMY. It stood for “Please Be Patient. God Is Not Finished With Me Yet.” God isn’t finished with you, either, so keep on moving forward. Even the snail reached the ark by persevering!

Medical Exam In St. Luke’s Extension Clinic or SLEC Experience (PASSED)

For all the applicants In US, CANADA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND and etc. Will be having a medical exam before their Interview to the consulate here in The philippines.

My interview date is on September 5 2017, so 2 weeks before daw dapat mag pa medical ka muna sa St. lukes. So i choose Aug 24 for my medical exam. Kase, wala naman appointment so anytime pwede ka pa medical basta andyan na ang Case number mo from NVC.

So aug 24, we arrived in st. Lukes at 4:00AM nag check in kasi ako sa hotel dun lang din malapit sa st.lukes para malapit. Nag check in kami sa Gran prix hotel which is 750 lang ang rate coz i got 40% from traveloka. Walking distance lang yun sa St.Lukes.

At 4am nagpila na ako.. Madami ng tao. Then, pag dating ng 4:30 to 5am. Nag papasok na sila. SWERTE! Nasa First 10 ako. (Sabi ko pa naman din, Lord kahit pang 20 ako ok lang 😄) The best si Lord no? Pang #9 ako.

Mga dapat dalhin Sa medical exam(Need to bring to your medical exam):

  • Passport
  • Passport photo copy (yung biographic nya and dapat ka size sya ng passport mo)
  • Letter from NVC (yung may case # nyo)
  • Appointment Letter from US Embassy. (For k1 visa eto yung appointment date ng Interview nyo)
  • 4pcs 2×2 passport size,(lagyan ng pangalan sa likod)

Nag start sila ng 6am.. First step is, Sa ground floor muna, wait mo tawagin ung number mo. After nun, natawag na ang name ko, they ask me a bit of information about me, like kelan bday mo? Sino nag pipitisyun sayo, ilan taon kana. Then pipicturan ka din nila sa first step and finger print. After nun they will instruct you if what is the nxt step.

My next step is they send me on the 5thfloor for the payment, fee is 16,042 pesos. After you pay, the cashier will tell you where you will go next. I proceed to the 3rd floor for the chest x-ray. I waited for about 30-50 mins before they called my name. Yes kelangan mo ng mahabang pasensya sa pag hihintay. Lol when I’m done, i proceed to the 4th floor for the Lab.(kukuhanin ka ng dugo and urine) Then after that, I go to the 2nd floor for the Immunization Interview (they will ask something about you, like when was your last period, your last contact, nagka bulutong kana ba? Etc) after that, i go back to 5th floor, for the physical exam.. But wait. Lol they page my name, on the 3rd floor! So it means my chest x-ray. Pinaulit nila yung chest xray ko dahil malabi daw and looks like may problem. Omg, wag naman sana.. After ko dun pinabalik na ako sa 5th floor for my physical exam. They will get your height, vital signs temperature & weight. Swerte talaga ako kase hindi masungit at maselan yung nag physical exam sa akin. Hindi na nya pinahubad undies ko. Hehe. But they said, other doctors want you to take it all out.

When I’m done, they told me to proceed sa N ROOM grabe kinabahan na naman ako. 😫 as in.. Ayun nga, nagka prob ako sa urine pero nag medication din ako dun sa mismong araw pinainom nila ako ng gamot for the infection.. Kaya kayo guys, before kau pamedical be sure that you’re healthy! After nun sabi nung sa receotionist, balik nalang ako kinabukasan for immunization.. Yay!! So it means walang problem chest x-ray ko. 😍😍😍

Then on Aug 25, 2017, i came back in SLEC. Around 930 ako naka dating.. Pina deretso na ako ng guard sa 2nd floor for my Vaccine.. They did 4 shots to me, MMR,TDAP, VACCINE & INFLUENZA. MMR yung pinaka masakit. But thats ok. Atleast now im Okay to my medical Exam. 🙂 After nun, nakuha ko na din result ko. Sa releasing area sa first floor.. Just wait to call your name and give your passport to them then wait again, to call your name then, finished! 😉
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od, i can’t passed all this… I prayed, prayed prayed! Becuase the presence of the Lord is with me always.. Yung akala ko mag kaka prob ako sa Xray ko, but God Turn it into GOOD! Yung akala ko mag nemedication ako ng matagal sa urine infect ko, but God turn it into 1 day only. Oh yes, God is Good all the time, Just Believed obey & Wait.. God’s time is the perfect time of all… Have faith ❤ Be healthy.

Congrats to all who passed the medical exam Today! 🙂 God bless you all. 

If You Want to Change, Change Your Thinking

Change requires new thinking. In order to change, we must learn the truth and start making good choices, but we also must change the way we think.

The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. If you want to change the way you act, you start by changing the way you think. In addition, if you want to change the way you feel, you must start with the way you think.

For instance, you can say, “I need to love my husband more,” but that isn’t going to work. You can’t fight your way into a feeling. You must change the way you think about your husband, about your kids, about your wife. That will change the way you feel, which will then change the way you act. The Bible says, “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes” (Ephesians 4:23 NLT, second edition).

The battle for sin, the battle to deal with those defects in your life that you don’t like, starts in your mind. If you want to change anything in your behavior or anything in your emotions, you start with your thoughts and your attitude.

The renewal of your mind is related to the word “repentance.” I know repentance is a dirty word for a lot of people. They think it means something bad, something they don’t really want to do, something painful. They think of a guy standing on a street corner with a sign that says, “Repent! The world’s about to end!”

Repentance has nothing to do with your behavior. It is about changing your mind and learning to think differently. “Repent” simply means to make a mental U-turn.

You turn from guilt to forgiveness. You turn from frustration to freedom, from darkness to light, from hatred and bitterness to love.

You may also need to change the way you think about God. He’s not mad at you; he’s mad about you! You’re deeply flawed, but you’re deeply loved.

Start with your mind, and change the way you think about your relationships, the economy, the world, and your past, present, and future. Changing the way you think will then affect your emotions and your behavior. ❤

ULAN 

Muling bumuhos ang ulan.

Ngunit, tila walang nakakaalam .
Parang pag ibig mo sa kanya, walang nakararandam.

Sana ulan nalang ako para may tapang ako.
Kahit mahulog ako sayo, hindi ako mangangamba dahil sayo ang bagsak ko.

Ang tanging hiling ay masilayan kang muli.
Marinig ang ‘yong tinig sa bawat sandali.
Ngunit, ang ingay ng ulan, ay syang tahimik ng yong damdamin.
Muling lilitaw ang buwan at ikay, lilisan ng muli.

Dumaan lang ang ulan.
Pinatikim ka lamang nya sandli.

Good night 🙂 while I’m writing this poem, eh biglang umulan. Lol so nag sync in sa mind ko yan hehe. Impromptu bes lol. 😜😅

Be Wise: Look Ahead and Face Reality, 

Many people in life start out well, but they end up progressing poorly because they don’t plan for the pitfalls. But the Bible says the wise man looks ahead and faces reality.

As we make plans for our future, we all face pitfalls, such as cultural distractions, voices of doubt, tempting shortcuts, and discouraging delays. Just look at Noah: He had pitfalls after God told him to build the ark, but he overcame them — and you can, too.

Now, this doesn’t mean God will give you a goal as audacious as building an ark, but I pray he’ll give you a big goal — even an audacious one —for your next 10 years.

The Bible says, “The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts” (Proverbs 14:8 TLB). By looking ahead, we’ll not only be prepared to spot the pitfalls when they come into our lives; we’ll also be equipped to make plans that help us become the man or woman God wants us to be.

Ask God to help you establish goals for the next decade of your life. Then you’ll be ready to move forward and learn how to handle the pitfalls that could potentially keep you from getting where God wants you to go.

Like in Proverbs 14:8 Wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

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The sad reality of Long Distance Relationship. (LDR)

After the years have passed, it all disappears.

This is what some couples fail to see.

After how many years, the spark will go. The reasons why you loved the other person will be unknown. The butterflies in your stomach will soon disappear. You will forget why you liked that person in the first place.

You’ll start to see all the wrong and the ugly you chose to look blindly in your beginnings. Now, going home to each other’s arms is not as exciting to look forward to as before. Cuddling and those exchange of sweet words become rare and all the fighting will take over. Sex will become less and less.

You’ll be shocked that one day, those nights and hours you spend in sex will now be spent in silence and arguments. You’d rather cover your partner up rather than take their clothes off. Appreciation goes less and less too. You have to accept that. This is the sad reality of long term relationships. You become familiar with each other rather than staying “in love” with each other.

You become more of friends rather than lovers. This is the stage where you choose, is being with this person worth it anymore? Are the fights worth it or is it easier to just get out and leave? Some couples make it, some don’t. Why? Because they all made the choice some didn’t make. They chose to stay, maybe because of some strong roots or maybe because they don’t want to start again.

I once came across someone who has been married for 30 years. I asked her, “did you ever caught your husband cheat?” She said, “of course, it is normal. After some time you’ll just get used to it and think that the most important thing will be that he goes home to you every night.” That is how their relationship worked for so many years. But isn’t it sad? To be used to some habits that die hard? Well if that’s their case, I respect that. I also came across a man who has been married for 10 years and decided to end it after he caught his ex wife cheating.

I asked, how come you ended it when others would just forgive? He said “a man’s ego will always be there. Maybe the double standards of the society added factors or maybe I realized she wasn’t worth it anymore.” It was a sad ending but hey, he’s happier now with someone and I guess it all comes down to one vital thing, happiness. “Don’t sleep mad at each other” — one of the lines I always hear from commercials, blogs and the likes but I tell you this. Sometimes sleeping off an argument is better rather than facing it while everything is hot. You respect each other enough that when they’re not ready, you give them space to think things through. You don’t need to fix it outright. Sometimes it causes more damage.

Time out is also good for each other. Time out to think and meditate not time out to go message other people and flirt! The society has so much influenced us that having a long term relationship is easy, just forgive and forget and it’s done. Road to forever! But that’s not it. There will be a lot of unspoken words, a lot of unnecessary words thrown at you, and a lot of pride and changes to adapt to.

Being in a road to a long term relationship is good but never forget to not lose yourself while in it. Be with a person who will not mind if you get fat or your skin sags or you lose the beauty that once made him fall for you, after all you are not a timeless beauty.

Make sure that you’re in that road with someone who will be worth your love, pain and anger, worth your time and effort and most of all, worth of that kindness your heart has yet to unleash.

– Fox Garcia

 

 

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POLICE CLEARANCE IN OTHER COUNTRY

“If you have lived in a country other than the Philippines for more than 12 months, you must submit a police clearance from that country”

Yup, that’s the instruction from USEM since i have a k1 visa interview this coming sept. i lived for more than 12 months in UAE so i have to get or request my Police Clearance from there. So here’s the step on how  getting a Pclearance in UAE.

  1. You must have your MNL case # from NVC. (NOA1 & NOA 2 is not valid when you are getting sundry information in NBI MNL. because there is no case # from the noa 1 & 2) When you have your case #, go to nbi manila to request a sundry, ( Requesting of sundry information is free you don’t have to pay anything) NBI manila is Located at UN avenue Ermita Manila.
  2. After having your sundry information, NBI manila will send your file to DFA-OCA  ASEANA Manila. They will give you a claim stub and wait for 5 working days to get the authenticate documents.
  3. In DFA, releasing of your documents, you will pay 100 pesos, it is the fee for the RED RIBBON/Authentication. |You Must check first everything your information before leaving the consular office.
  4. After the authentication in DFA you may now send it to the UAE Embassy in Manila your authenticated document. (But make sure all the information is CORRECT!)
  5. There is http://www.express DHL Inside of the dfa, Authentication Fee is 2550 plus shipping of 504 php. ( Reminder: WWWExpress/DHL is the only courier company accredited by the UAE Embassy to collect and bring your document/s to the Embassy for authentication. The courier/service fees are separate from the authentication fee of the Embassy.)
  6. After the document has been authenticated by the UAE Embassy, it shall be delivered back to you by WWWExpress/DHL, together with an application form from the UAE Ministry of Interior. Kindly fill up the form and attach the required documents that are specified for submission.
nbi sundry
Sundry Information/Finger Print
UAE POLICE CLEARANCE Arabic Translation (Original)
UAE POLICE CLEARANCE English Translation.

IMPORTANT ADVICE:Please consider sending your documents to a relative or friend in the UAE who can act as your representative and personally submit your documents to the Police Headquarters in the UAE. This is to ensure the safety of your authenticated documents and the convenience of having someone to call for follow-ups on the status of your application. An Authorization Letter or Special Power of Attorney should be given to your representative.

 

Likewise, once the UAE Police Clearance is released, please remind your representative to have it translated in English before sending the document to you.

Loving a Military Man.

“Loving a military man is not hard. The distance is hard, the worry is hard, the sacrifices are hard. But loving him… that’s the easiest thing I’ve ever done”

Who would’ve thought that i’ll be having  a soldier in my life. everyone said that its really hard the situation of having a military man. I remember when my bf joined military, he is in Guam that time he has a simple life, working in a famous clothing company (oopps he’s not a model lol) he is a sales associate. Because Guam-Philippines is just 2 hours time differences its easy to us to communicate. Like we chat everyday, updating each other what we are doing, skype whatever we want.. Yes, LDR is there.. (magkabilang mundo 😀 ) But i don’t have to worry about him because i trust him with all my heart..  until one day we had a serious talk, he’s telling me that he wanted to join in military.. Well honestly, i’m not favored with him. Lol yes, of course when you entered in military, you have to face everything!!! Then there he goes, i can’t stop him what he wants, (i’m the gf will support you what ever you want, that’s how i love you.) First attempt, he didn’t pass the qualifying exam, but i keep pushing him to take another chance.. then Gotcha! he Passed it.. So everything is ready.. he is ready to go on his training. But before he left in Guam, HE decided to go home first in PH. Too bad because i’m not in PH, that time huhu.. ( I got a job in UAE that’s why i’m not in PH) he wants me to come home, luckily my employer let me to come home just for Five (5) days.. Yep 5days. ( See how love can travel truly ❤ ) so before he go to his training we see each other first.. I am so Bitter Sweet that time 😦 if i can stop the time so i can be with him for a long time…

To make my story short,

Loving a military man is not HARD, the distance is HARD – Yes, this is true 😥 because, you can’t hug them when you want to… you just have to wait and to be patient.

Loving a military man is not HARD, the worry is hard – Always. happens to me 😥 During his training, we don’t have any communication… i’m just waiting for my phone to beep or ring, expecting that the message is from him.. but when you got the phone call even in just 3 minutes, it’s like the best feeling ever! ❤

Loving a military man is not HARD, the sacrifices are hard – indeed! you will invest your time waiting for the love of your life.. you will sacrifice! you will understand him always because his job is to help and to serve the country.. you have to be open minded, and to be patience.

My Fiancee is Three (3) years now in The US Army, What i can say is, I’m Proud to have a Military Boy Friend who serve the country with all his heart. All the sacrifices and the hardships will be paid off soon.. 🙂

And I thank God that in Everything we  do he is always there for US.. he never leave us during in our hard times.. God is really faithful to those who is faithful to him. ❤

To everyone that their Significant other is in military too, Hang on there, keep the faith and Put God always in your Relationship. 🙂 Like in 1 Corinthians 13:7 said, Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Be patient always! ❤

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This year, or what i mean in 3-4 months I’ll see my military man… Yayy!!! 🙂 I just can’t hide my excitement and feelings hehehe..

Mathew 19:6- So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.

That’s all for now and i hope you enjoy reading my vBlog about LOVING A MILITARY MAN. 🙂 God Bless y’all ❤