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  1. Maxheadspace

    Citizenship or Not

    We are starting paperwork for my wife's US citizenship naturalization process. She raised a point the other day which I had not thought of. If she gets her US citizenship, we will both be US citizens retired in the Philippines, meaning we would not have the benefits of either having Philippines citizenship, as in for buying real estate. But we want the benefits of US citizenship, such as the freedom an American passport brings you. Is dual citizenship practiced? I know the US frowns on it, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
  2. My stepbrother from Darwin arrived on a PAL flight at NAIA yesterday, and as he had a connecting flight to Cebu, PAL transferred him and about 10 other passengers directly to the Cebu flight. His baggage was checked through to Cebu, so he assumed he would do immigration there as well as customs. But when they got to Cebu, all the passengers exited through the domestic terminal without going through Immigration or Customs. When he got to his hotel, and the receptionist was copying his passport, she asked which page his entry stamp was on. Of course, he didn't have one! I told him to go straight to the BIR today and get an entry stamp because he won't get out of the country without it. Has anyone else in Cebu had this experience, and can they tell me whether it was easy to sort out at the BIR?
  3. When your spouse first enters the US on a spousal visa she is granted a 2 year visa with green card. A few months prior to that green card expiring you have to file to extend the visa and green card for another 10 years. When USCIS receives your application they send you a letter granting you an additional year while they process the application. It has been 8 months since we filed for that extension and we had not received the new green card so I called USCIS. I found out they are 14 months behind processing these requests, currently working on requests from June of 2016! Fortunately you can travel internationally and be allowed entry on your expired green card and that letter. In addition you can go to a USCIS office and get an extension to that letter if you need to travel internationally during or after the one year extension expires. For anyone considering petitioning for an immigration visa for their fiancee or wife I strongly recommend you establish residency for 6 months in the Philippines then file using Direct Consular Filing, DCF, rather than filing the paperwork in the US. With DCF the US Embassy in Manila process the immigration paperwork which only takes them 2-3 months if there are no problems. If you file in the US it will take a minimum of 6 months, more likely a year before the visa is granted.
  4. Gotta laugh at the incompetency of some public officials. Last year upon returning to US, I filed I-130's for my newlywed wife and her 5 yo daughter, costing me $840 in filing fees. A month later, my wife finds out she is pregnant, so we discussed our options, deciding that me relocating to Philippines was the best option. So I accept the loss of the $840 fees and not continue with CR-1 process. Fast forward 9 mo's, I'm residing in the Philippines and thank God we were blessed with a very healthy baby boy. A month later I then proceed to file CRBA/Passport for him. I have to give credit to USEM ACS unit, they scheduled appointment within a week of receiving the CRBA paperwork. They were even helpful in rescheduling the appointment while I had to fly back to US due to a family emergency. Sadly, I found out that my uncle was given 6-12 mo's left to live due to a terminal illness. Now comes the fun part. I had contacted the USEM and NVC to find out the process for withdrawing the I-130's. Simple enough, send the USEM IV unit and NVC emails with attached endorsed letter stating my reason for withdrawing I-130's. The case being I now reside in the Philippines with my new family. While in the US, I file DS-160's B1/B2 tourist visas for for wife and step-daughter, pay the $320 in MRV fees and schedule interview. Naturally, they are immediately denied their tourist visa under INA 214(b), most likely because CO notices I-130 in system, but didn't bother to review any evidence supporting they were withdrawn and evidence of compelling reasons for returning to Philippines. I return to Manila and along with my wife and baby boy attend CRBA/Passport hearing which went smoothly. The CO even accepted copies of doctors prenatal exams. In the meantime, I had also re-filed the DS-160's paid another $320 in MRV fees explaining on form that I-130's were withdrawn. My family in US is unable to afford to travel to Philippines, and my terminally ill uncle wants to meet my new family before he passes. Once again, they go to interview and the CO reviews their evidence and states they have sufficient evidence to support returning to Philippines. But wait, the CO see's my original email message to the USEM and NVC withdrawing I-130's and then denies their visa's under INA 214(b) stating they are risk to immigrate. Someone please help me understand the insane logic. Why would I waste $840 fees to withdraw I-130's, spend another $640 for in MRV fees in attempt to get my new family to US for visit for a few weeks? If they really intended to immigrate, I wouldn't have withdrawn the I-130's. So would it have been better for them to proceed under I-130's immigration process under false testimony, since we have no intention of residing in the US. In the meantime, I've written to the public affairs offices for US Ambassador - USEM, Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator's Feinstain and Boxer asking them for assistance under humanitarian reasons. Giving them a summary of the above situation, so my 75 yo terminally ill relative in US can meet my family before he passes and my 84 yo father is unable to travel to Philippines. Perhaps I could get better results if I claim they are Syrian refugees, that way they'd get free airfare, housing, food and health care.
  5. BI Commissioner Ronaldo Geron has ordered the bureau’s intelligence division to go after the foreigners who are still at large and hiding in various places throughout the country http://www.mb.com.ph/bi-orders-hunt-for-600-foreign-nationals/
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