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  1. Mike J, don't forget there is another way to get Filipino citizenship. The Philippine government can grant citizenship when it is really important, in the national interest, and if you are over 6 foot tall and can play basketball! October 2020: https://www.rappler.com/sports/gilas-pilipinas/angelo-kouame-senate-endorsement-philippines-naturalization This may just be in the future of the national basketball team after Kouame got the endorsement of Senator Sonny Angara with the filing of the bill that will grant him Philippine citizenship. 2014, to a player tha
  2. Since this is re-allowing 'visa free' entry, it does seem to be reimplementing the prior Balikbayan rules starting 7 December. Nearly all airlines very strictly rely on Timatic to verify if a traveler has the correct documents to enter a destination country. As of now, Timatic has not been updated with this new change but I'm sure it will be soon!
  3. All the media buzz about this Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine really just shows how desperate the world is to end this pandemic and live normally again. All these stories are based on a drug company press release containing very preliminary and limited date. Press releases are not usually the best source for 'balanced' information. There are tons of questions left to be answered over this Pfizer RNA-type vaccine before it ever gets emergency approval, and the need to keep it at minus 70C (-94F) is a huge drawback for distribution to the masses. But still, this is just one more step on
  4. The government started closing most USCIS offices outside of the U.S. last year (Manila USCIS closed July 5, 2019). Except for "exceptional circumstances", Manila started forwarding petitions to the US in May 2019, and completely stopped accepting petitions this last February. What they consider "exceptional circumstances" can be found on their website: https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-6-part-b-chapter-3
  5. Sorry OMW. I'm pretty darn sure you are an U.S. Citizen (and not a U.S. permanent resident), so you must file a separate petition for your daughter. I hate to give bad news, but Uncle Sam is going to tag you for a 2nd $535!
  6. When you upload documents to the NVC, there can be a lot of back and forth with them before they finally accept the document. This causes some inadvertent delays since NVC will sometimes take months to tell you they don't like the document you sent! If I were to withhold one document, I think it would be Olivia's PSA-issued birth certificate. The case won't be dropped into the scheduling queue without it, and it is a standardized document that NVC would rarely reject.
  7. Good to see you found the answer to the "domicile" question! Let me expand your 2nd step, because that is an important part of the answer on "timing". “2. After approval, file form I-864, affidavit of support” [me] with the National Visa Center simultaneously with Olivia’s DS-260, the Immigrant Visa Application. Timing is mushy, so if planning a move in 2-3 years, I’d start the immigration process now. USCIS is taking roughly six to 12 months to approve a spouse petition. Sometimes earlier, but very inconsistent. After that, the petition is sent to the Nati
  8. Facts: 1) Someone did not remember where the unnecessary holes were located on your cabinetry. 2) I did. Preliminary conclusion: I have been following this wonderful build story so closely that it has become part of my own life experience. Final conclusion: I need to get out of the house and get a life!
  9. A bad haircut is a small price to pay for a full head of hair . Too bad for this model that the thick hair covers an empty skull.
  10. In reading your past posts it seems you have done all that anyone can do to reduce risks (and stress!) for the trip. But left yourself plenty of backup plans -- vital for anyone traveling now! Looking at Flightaware , The Asiana flight OZ703 ICN-MNL has been very reliable for the last 27 days. No cancellations and only one flight with a significant delay. That should be a little comforting.
  11. This meme exemplifies a ‘false comparison’ or ‘false equivalence’, allowing the writer to push the underlying message that “the media” over-hyped COVID causing “fear” and excessive measures without actually having to make a logical argument. Personally, if a writer has to use misdirection and cannot support their ‘message’ with a real argument, I start doubting the writer’s integrity.
  12. Are you surprised that the duration, or that someone was actually convicted? Seems most people sit in jail much longer then that just waiting for some possible, future trial.
  13. Just for fun, here is the cost progression of the filing fee for just the Fiance Petition, 1997 to present: US$: 95 - 110 - 81 - 110 - 165 - 170 - 455 - 340 - 535 - 510 Actually, the Fiance petition fee went down, from $535 to $510. Of course, the petition is only the start of the process. Next would be the visa application with the embassy (no recent price change). Then finally, the application for permanent residence after entering the United States. That fee actually went down $10, but you no longer get a free work card as part of the price. Want a work card? Fo
  14. That picture is me from this past Easter. Now that it is summer, I only wear white.
  15. A commonly heard assertion, intentionally mislabeling someone’s caution or concern as ‘fear’ in order to falsely elevate the speaker's stature. I have some longtime and good-hearted friends who also say some strange things like this. Illogical statements or views that make me cringe. I probably make them cringe too, but sometimes it is easier to keep old friends then to make new ones!
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