Friday, July 22, 2011

Finally Got My Passport

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     My old passport was expired already so I have to renew it again, and  so I went to DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) here in Davao last June. First thing I did is I grab an application form, after I fill out everything, I give my application together with my old passport and a NSO security paper  of my marriage certificate  to the lady sitting in table and she said wait for our turn to be called for the picture taking. Before the picture taking the counter person will interview you first, ask you few questions like what is the reason for your passport and If your husband is a foreigner, and in my case it is, at first she told me I can't process my passport yet because I have to attend the CFO seminar to be able to get the CFO certificate which is the requirements for getting a passport (if your spouse is a foreigner), then I told her I have booked a ticket already to attend the seminar in Cebu but it will be few more months from now, she was kinda frustrated with me ( shes kinda strict lol), but at the end she let me process my passport without the CFO certificate but she let me sign like an affidavit (lol) that I have to take the seminar before they will release my new passport, So I said thank you very much maam.

   After that  they took my picture and my thumbprints and signature. And after  its done you have to wait another minute, for me I wait like almost an hour before I pay the respective fee which is 1,200 pesos for express processing, you can also pay 950.00 pesos for normal processing. And two days ago July the 20th I received a text message from DFA saying that my passport is now available for release, so after that day I went again to DFA trying my luck thinking maybe they will release it even without the certificate from CFO, and YES they did! And now I have in my hand my new machine readable passport. I was so happy, next thing I need to do is to get my NBI reports. Thanks God!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

We Got Our Petition Approved!

 I just want to share the good news about the status of my visa, It was yesterday when I decided to open my email and then I was so shock I've got a message from USCIS, then it says I got approved, I was so happy I almost cried, I was jumping lol, My dad thought something bad happen to me because I was shouting, and so I told him I just got approved.  Finally my 90 days of waiting are over, but I can't say its totally over because we still have to wait for our petition to arrive in NVC (National Visa Center) and then the NVC will give me my Manila Case No.,I just hope it will not take months before I can get my manila case number. So now I guess i will start to comply some requirements, like NBI certificate (which they say it will take 30 days),and I also need to attend the CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) seminar- this the requirement before you can get your passport renewed.  I already have a ticket to Cebu to attend this seminar. So below is the email i received from USCIS saying I was approved! I would like to thank God for hearing our prayers, and to my husband, my family and friends and especially all of you guys, who pray for my visa journey, its still a long way to go but I'm happy we're one step closer now.

Email from USCIS:

The last processing action taken on your case

Receipt Number: WAC119034xxxx

Your Case Status: Post Decision Activity

On July 12, 2011, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I130 IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE, FIANCE(E), OR ORPHAN. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

For approved applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include USCIS sending notification of the approved application/petition to the National Visa Center or the Department of State.  For denied applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include the processing of an appeal and/or motions to reopen or reconsider and revocations.

If you have questions or concerns about your application or the case status results
listed above, or if you have not received a decision from USCIS within the current
processing time listed*, please contact USCIS Customer Service at (800) 375-5283.

*Current processing times can be found on the USCIS website at under Check Processing Times.

*** Please do not respond to this e-mail message.


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Five Question Friday 7/1/11

Hello Guys, How are you? I hate the weather lately, its been raining for weeks now, hopelly it will stop soon we don't want any flashfloods again! I hope God will hear our prayers and stop the rain, were kinda sick of it already...So anyway this is my entry for five question friday.

Questions for Friday, June 24th: (Special thanks to Sandy, Sharayha, Pam,dosweatthesmallstuff, and @my4redheads for their question suggestions! I love to link people in #5QF, so if YOU would like to be linked, head on over to my community to offer up your best question suggetions, or shout 'em out to me on Twitter. [Remember to@5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF]).

1. If you had the opportunity to bungee jump, would you?
I think I would as long as its safe...

2. Would you rather go to the movie theater or to the drive-in?
Yeah I rather go to the movie theather...

3. Do you have your groceries delivered?
We don't have like that in the Philippines, we always have to go to the mall and do our shopping or groceries...

4. Eyebrows: Do you wax, thread, pluck, or stay au naturel?
I had experience threading it was very painful, I always pluck mine.

5. Would the people you went to high school with be surprised by your life today?
Yes, They are, they didn't expect that I would marry a foreigner ;D 

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