US Spouse Visa DCF Philippines Embassy Phase

US Embassy in Manila Philippines which is the place that handles US Spouse Visa DCF Philippines embassy phase.

US Spouse Visa DCF Philippines Embassy Phase Summary

Search for Philippine Hotel reservations on Travelbook.ph by area.Congratulations, you are now at the US Spouse Visa DCF Philippines Embassy Phase.

Firstly, you were approved by USCIS and now made it to the DCF Philippines Embassy Phase. In fact, this is your final step before getting your spouse visa.

We want you to feel comfortable going through the DCF Philippines Embassy Phase. Therefore, we provide this page about the US Spouse Visa DCF Philippines Embassy Phase in order to give you the knowledge and understanding.

For most people, it is more relaxing if they understand before hand how things work.

For this purpose, this page outlines the steps and process of the DCF Philippines Embassy Phase. Also, this section outlines the process of the IR-2/CR-2 Visa DCF Philippines Embassy Phase for any unmarried children under the age of 21 of the spouse that are not a blood relative of the US citizen petitioner.

The IR-1 CR-1 Spouse Visa DCF Philippines Embassy Phase process includes the following:

    1. Complete DS-260 Immigrant Visa Application On-Line
    2. Schedule US Embassy Interview Appointment
    3. Select Courier Delivery Option
    4. Register for SLEC Medical Exam
    5. Gather Supporting Documents
    6. Attend SLEC Medical Exam
    7. Recommended Hotels Near SLEC
    8. Attend US Embassy Manila Interview
    9. Recommended Hotels Near US Embassy
    10. Track embassy issue visa
    11. Track Visa Delivery
    12. Receive Visa
    13. Book Airline Tickets
    14. Philippine CFO Seminar and Stamp
    15. Pay Immigrant Visa Fee
    16. Pay Philippine Travel Tax at Airport
    17. Next Steps

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Complete DS-260 Immigrant Visa Application On-Line

Complete DS-260 online is a step in the US Spouse Visa by DCF Philippines Embassy Phase.DS-260 Summary

Once you have your case number (MNL number), the next step in the DCF Philippine Embassy Phase is to complete the On-line Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260) form.

This application is the Beneficiary’s visa application. For this reason, most of the information to fill in on the form is of the Beneficiary. However, there is a minor amount of information to fill in of the Petitioner.

See our blog post, “Online Immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-260, Prepare and Complete“, for more detailed information and an example of a DS-260.

The immigrant visa fee of $325 for a spouse visa in the DCF Philippines embassy phase is paid at the embassy interview. Also, the fee is due for any IR-2 or CR-2 children of the beneficiary.

Prepare Ahead of Time

Prepare ahead of time to complete this on-line application by gathering all the information you need to fill in. In order to be ready, get all this information ahead of time. Information for this application includes:

  • Personal information
  • Foreign passport information
  • Present & previous address information
  • Mailing & permanent address
  • Family information
    • Parent information
    • Spouse information
    • Previous spouse information
    • Children information
  • Previous travel including any U.S. travel
  • Present work, education and training
  • Previous work, education and training
  • Petitioner information
  • Security and background information
    • Medical and mental health
    • Criminal
    • Security
    • Immigration law violations
    • Miscellaneous
  • Social security information

Social Security Card Option

Regarding the social security information, the DS-260 asks if you want a social security card sent to you automatically. For this purpose, we recommend that you check “No” on this item. This is due to the fact that the social security card comes faster (2 weeks) if you just visit the local social security office when you get to the United States. However, by checking “Yes”, the social security card can take 6-8 weeks. See our blog post, “Obtain Your Social Security Card“, for more detailed information.

 

Print DS-260 Bar Code Page

When you are done with the DS-260 online, print the DS-260 confirmation page (the page with the bar code). Because the bar code DS-260 confirmation page is a requirement to bring to the embassy interview, make sure you print it out and save it.

Schedule US Embassy Interview Appointment

After completing the DS-260 on-line, it is time to schedule the beneficiary’s US Embassy interview appointment for a spouse visa. In addition , a separate US embassy appointment is required for any IR-2 or CR-2 children of the beneficiary.

Specifically, the US Embassy in Manila is the only consulate in the Philippines to do the embassy interview. Conversely, the US Consulate in Cebu does not handle visa interviews.

For this purpose, there two ways to schedule the embassy appointment including on-line or by phone.

On-Line Appointment

In order to make an appointment on-line, go to http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph.  Subsequently, follow the instructions to create a profile and schedule an appointment.

As a result, you see a calendar page with appointment openings listed. Then, book the earliest appointment or the opening that suites you the best. However, keep in mind that you should do your medical exam about one week ahead of your embassy interview.

Important Note: Print out your embassy interview confirmation page. Specifically, this is your ticket to get into the embassy on the day of your appointment. Therefore, you may not get in the embassy without it.

If you cannot book an appointment for a long time out, you can check the Manila on-line appointment system regularly to look for any openings from cancellations. In fact, people cancel their appointments all the time. As a result, an appointment slot then frees up and shows on the site as available. For example, some reasons that people cancel are to reschedule if they had complications at SLEC. For instance, having to take the sputum test or 6 month TB treatment. Also, some people who have worked overseas have time trouble getting their police reports so they have to reschedule.

By doing this you are competing with many other people looking for open slots too. Therefore, it is like rolling the dice and being fast to snag the open slot. Then,  book that open slot and cancel your later one so that someone else can use it.  Do this unless you are content with the far out appointment. However, the embassy has restrictions as far as how many times that you can change your appointment. For this purpose, see the Restrictions to Changing Appointments.

Important Note: Print out your new embassy interview confirmation page. Specifically, this is your ticket to get into the embassy on the day of your appointment. Therefore, you may not get in the embassy without it.

Telephone Appointment

Scheduling your spouse visa interview at the US Embassy manila on-line or by telephone.In order to make an appointment by telephone, call Manila embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service Center.

Manila Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service Center hotlines are available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm Philippine Standard Time.

In order to call from within the Philippines, use one of these numbers including (632) 976-8500, (632) 976-8501, or (632) 976-8502.

In addition, petitioners or agents calling from the United States can also use this service by calling (703) 520-2235 on its Eastern Standard Time (EST) equivalent of operation hours.

If you cannot book an appointment for a long time out, you can call again or check the Manila on-line appointment system regularly to look for any openings from cancellations. Like we said above, people cancel their appointments all the time. If you find an open slot,  book that open slot and cancel your later one so that someone else can use it.  Do this unless you are content with the far out appointment. However, the embassy has restrictions as far as how many times that you can change your appointment. For this purpose, see the Restrictions to Changing Appointments.

Important Note: Print out your new embassy interview confirmation page. Specifically, this is your ticket to get into the embassy on the day of your appointment. Therefore, you may not get in the embassy without it.

Recommended Hotels Near US Embassy

If you are from outside Manila area and need a hotel near the Manila Embassy, see our blog post, “Top 3 Hotels Near the US Embassy Manila“.

Our recommendation is to stay at the Bayview Park Hotel as it is directly across the street from the US Embassy Manila.

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Bayview Park Hotel Manila great place to stay for DCF Philippines USCIS Phase.

Bayview Park Hotel Manila. Directly across the street from the US Embassy Manila and our recommended hotel. Click on the picture for prices, availability and book.

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Select Courier Delivery Option

Courier ServiceThe next step in the DCF Philippines Embassy Phase is to select your courier delivery option.

The US Embassy Manila uses a Philippine courier called ToGo to deliver your passport and visa. ToGo in the Philippines is like FedEx or UPS in the United States.

In order to select your courier option, go to the US Travel Docs Website for Philippines at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph. Then, click on the “Select Document Delivery Address” link under the Immigrant Visas section. Once there, click on the first link under the “More Actions” to register a delivery address for the first time, or to change an existing delivery address.

For example, you can select your home Philippine address. On the other hand, you can also pick-up your passport and visa package at a ToGo office.

Also, you can change your courier delivery option anytime until your embassy interview. After your embassy interview, you cannot change your courier delivery option.

The US Embassy is unable to deliver your passport and visa if you fail to register a delivery address.

Register for SLEC Medical Exam

The next step in the US Spouse Visa DCF Philippines Embassy Phase process is to register for the beneficiary’s US spouse visa medical exam. In addition, register for any IR-1 or CR-1 children of the benificiary.

St. Luke Extension Clinic (SLEC) is specifically the U.S. Embassy Manila’s accredited panel physician. In other words, SLEC is the only medical facility for a U.S. Visa medical examination. SLEC is located in the Ermita District of Manila, Philippines.

Also, there are no appointments or reservations necessary for initial US Visa Exams at SLEC.  In fact, SLEC operates on a first come, first serve basis.

However, it is a strong recommendation to make the US Visa medical exam registration with SLEC. On the other hand, you don’t even have to register up front. This is due to that fact that if you do not register, you must do it first thing at the exam. This wastes time at the exam by registering instead of getting on with the exam.

See our blog post, “US Visa Medical Exam Registration SLEC Manila“, for more detailed information on how to register at SLEC.

Recommended Hotels Near SLEC

If you are from outside Manila area and need a hotel near SLEC, see our blog post, “Hotels Near St. Luke Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC), Ermita, Philippines“.

Our recommendation is to stay at the Casa Bocobo Hotel as it is directly across the street from SLEC.

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Casa Bocobo Hotel

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Our other recommendations for hotels near SLEC include Paragon Tower Hotel and Garden City Suites.

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Gather Supporting Documents

Summary

The next step in the DCF Philippines Embassy Phase is to gather the supporting documentation that pertains your situation for submission at the embassy interview. For this purpose, look over the list. Provide the specific documentation only if that item pertains to you. However, if it does not pertain to you, then there is no requirement to provide it.

List of Supporting Document Requirements

Documents needed.Specifically, the supporting documentation requirements include the following:

  1. Affidavit of Support form. See the Affidavit of Support subsection for which form or forms to use for your particular situation.
  2. Financial Documentation. See the Financial Documentation subsection below for what financial documents to use for your particular situation.
  3. Proof of Domicile in the United States. See the Proof of Domicile subsection below for a list of domicile options.
  4. Adoption Documentation: If any immigrating children of the Beneficiary was adopted, submit all records Child’s of the adoption.
  5. Birth Certificates: Obtain and submit a copy of the birth certificate for the Beneficiary and any child immigrating.
  6. Court and Prison Records:If the Beneficiary and/or any child immigrating were convicted of a crime, obtain and submit a certified copy of each court and prison record, regardless of the fact that they may have been granted amnesty, a pardon, or other act of clemency.
  7. Marriage Certificates: Submit a copy of your marriage certificate. Also, bring the original with you to the interview.
  8. Cemar: Submit a copy of your Cemar. Also, bring the original with you to the interview.
  9. Marriage Termination Documentation: If the Beneficiary was previously married, obtain and submit a copy of the divorce, annulment or death certificate. (Note only for the Beneficiary.)
  10. Military Records: If the Beneficiary served in the military of any country, then obtain and submit a photocopy of his/her military record.
  11. Photocopy of Valid Passport Biographic Data Page: The Beneficiary and each child immigrating submits a photocopy of the biographic data page of their valid Filipino passport. Specifically, the biographic data page is the page of the passport with your photograph, name, date, and place of birth. Also, bring your actual Filipino passport with you.
  12. Police Certificates Submit for beneficiaries (spouse and Children) over 16 years of age police certifications. For the Philippines, apply for and get a NBI national police clearance. Bring a copy and the original. If the beneficiary has lived or worked abroad, get a police clearance from any country that they have lived in for 6 month or more.

Supporting Documents for IR-2 and CR-2 Children

For children under 16 years of age, typically all the supporting documents required is their birth certificate and Filipino passport. However, if the child is adopted, then bring all of the adoption papers. The child does dot have to be adopted by the petitioner. Also, if there is contact or support from the biological father or mother, then a sign-off may be required.

For children over 16 years of age, a birth certificate, Filipino passport, adoption papers (if applicable), other biological parent sign-off (if applicable), and a police clearance is required.

Translations to English

All documents not written in English must be translated into English. For example, this may happen if the beneficiary has worked overseas and the police clearance is in a different language.

For this purpose, submit both:

  • a copy of the original document, and
  • a certified, word-for-word translation.

The translation must include a statement signed by the translator stating that:

  • The translation is accurate, and
  • The translator is competent to translate.

For detailed information see the US Department of State’s website post on “Information about Translating Foreign Documents”.

Another great website post to read is Nolo’s post on “Translating Non-English Documents for Immigration Applications“.

Affidavit of Support

Summary

As the person completing the Affidavit of Support, you are the sponsor (or, as appropriate, a substitute sponsor or joint sponsor). By signing this form, you agree to financially support the beneficiary. In fact, the sponsor’s responsibility usually lasts until the family member or other individual either becomes a U.S. citizen, or can be credited with 40 quarters of work.

Also, a separate Affidavit of Support is required for any IR-2 or CR-2 children of the benificiary.

There is no fee for the Affidavit of Support when filing by DCF.

Typical pay stub.

Minimum Income Requirement

As we previously mentioned, many time it is difficult for an expat living in the Philippines to meet the minimum income requirements.

See our previous blog post “Minimum Income Requirement K-1 Fiance(e) Visa and CR-1 Spousal Visa” to determine if you meet the minimum income as a sponsor. Otherwise, if you do not meet the minimum income, you may need a co-sponsor or show assets to meet the income requirements.

For the household number, count yourself, your beneficiary, and IR-2 or CR-2 children, any other dependents yu have. In addition, if you have a cosponsor, count the co-sponsor and any other dependents that he or she has.

Then, use the column for 125% of poverty to obtain the minimum income requirement.

Which Form to Use

See the Department of State’s AOS Guide for a guide on which form(s) to use depending on your situation.

Click here for a guide from NVC on filling out the Affidavit of Support forms.

Use form I-864EZ only if you specifically meet the minimum income on your own without having to use a co-sponsor. In addition, in order to use I-864EZ, you must only be sponsoring your spouse and not any other dependents like IR-2 or CR-2 children. Also, in order to use I-864EZ, the income you are using to qualify is based entirely on your salary or pension and is shown on one or more Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-2s or 1099s provided by your employers or former employers. For example, you cannot use I-864EZ if you are using a co-sponsor or assets.

Use form I-864W, exemption from Affidavit of Support, only if you meet any of the following conditions:

  • U.S. citizen and you are sponsoring a natural or adopted child, other than a stepchild, who is under 18 years old.
  • Self-petitioning widow(er).
  • Self-petitioning battered spouse or child.
  • Sponsoring a child who will become a U.S. citizen immediately upon entry under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA).
  • The applicant you are sponsoring has earned or can be credited with at least 40 eligible quarters under the Social Security Act.

Use Form I-864 for any of the following situations:

  • You are not able to use I-864EZ or I-864W.
  • There is more than one person that you are petitioning and sponsoring.
  • You are using a co-sponsor to meet the minimum income.
  • The income to prove minimum income is not based entirely on your salary or pension. Also if the income is not shown on one or more Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-2s or 1099s provided by your employers or former employers.
  • You are using assets to prove minimum income.

Above all, the petitioner must always provide either I864EZ, I-864W or I-864. That being the case, even if using a co-sponsor, the petitioner must submit I-864.

Co-Sponsor Requirements

A US passport is one of the Philippine Visa requirements to enter the Philippines.If you use a co-sponsor, your co-sponsor must specifically provide proof of their US citizenship or Legal Permanent Residence.

For this purpose, Proof of US Citizenship can include any one of the following:

  • U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements:
    • Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
    • Lists applicant’s full name, date of birth, and place of birth
    • Parent(s)’ full names
    • Signature of the city, county, or state registrar
    • Date filed with registrar’s office (must be within one year of birth)
    • Seal of issuing authority
  • Fully valid, undamaged U.S. passport (can be expired)
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship

Proof of Legal Permanent Residence can include any one of the following:

  • Form I-551 “green card;” or
  • Foreign passport containing Form I-94 with I-551 stamp (if you entered the United States by land) or an electronic Form I-94 record (if you entered the United States by air or sea).  You can request an electronic Form I-94 record from USCIS online.

In addition, the co-sponsor must provide an Affidavit of Support form.

If the co-sponsor is in the same household, then the co-sponsor must provide Form I-864A. In addition, all other household members must also provide I-864A.

If the co-sponsor is not in the same household, then the co-sponsor provides Form I-864.

In a like manner to the petitioner, the co-sponsor must provide financial documents to show meeting the minimum income requirement.

Financial Documents

Refer to the Department of State’s webpage on “Obtain Financial Evidence” for more detail.

In summary, the financial documents requirements specifically depend on several factors of the sponsor or co-sponsor including:

  • Job based income with company or other entity
  • Self employment based income
  • Income based on pension or retirement
  • Using assets to meet minimum income

See below for the financial document requirements for each of these conditions. Separate copies are required for any IR-2 or CR-2 children of the beneficiary.

Income based on Job with Company or Other Entity

For those whose income is based on employment with a company or other entity, provide the following:

  • Last tax year’s copy of tax transcript or itemized tax return. Although not a requirement, it may be beneficial to provide the last three years of tax transcripts or itemized tax returns.
  • W2s for the last three tax years.
  • Pay stubs for the last three months.
  • A letter from your employer stating your employment status, when you started working, position, and annual salary. Also, make sure that the letter is on company letterhead and signed by a duly authorized person of the company.

Income Based on Self Employment

For those whose income is based on self employment, provide the following:

  • Last tax year’s copy of tax transcript or itemized tax return. Although not a requirement, it may be beneficial to provide the last three years of tax transcripts or itemized tax returns.

In addition, for those who are self-employed, obtain and submit a photocopy of one of the following:

  • Your business license.
  • A signed letter on business letterhead that was written within in the last three months.
  • A contract between you as an independent contractor and a company.

However, if you are currently self-employed in any of the following ways, you do not need to obtain submit evidence of income:

  • Babysitter, elderly caretaker, construction worker, handy person, housekeeper, landlord, musician, nanny, seamstress, tailor, artist, or writer.

Income Based on Retirement Income

For those who are unemployed or retired, obtain and submit a photocopy of last tax year’s copy of tax transcript or itemized tax return. Although not a requirement, it may be beneficial to provide the last three years of tax transcripts or itemized tax returns.

In addition, for those who are unemployed or retired, obtain and submit a photocopy of ongoing income from other means, such as:

  • retirement benefits (1099s or other documents);
  • other household members’ income; or
  • other significant assets.

Minimum Income based on Using Assets

Assets may be used to supplement income to meet the minimum income requirement. For example, funds in a bank account, equity in a home, equity in an automobile, or other approved assets may be used. However, the first car in a household may not be used.

If you submitted Form I-864 or I-864A and you used assets to meet the minimum income requirement, submit a photocopy of proof you own your or your cosponsor’s assets. Proof can take any form as long as it:

  • lists your name as the owner; and
  • Includes the value of the asset expressed in currency.

Assets of the Petitioner are specifically calculated at 1/3 value. In other word, you need three times the minimum income requirement when using assets of the Petitioner.

Assets of a co-sponsor are specifically calculated at 1/5 value. In other word, you need five times the minimum income requirement when using assets of a co-sponsor.

Proof of Domicile

On the Affidavit of Support, petitioners must prove that they have the ability to financially support the beneficiary(ies). However, the petitioner must also prove that his or her country of domicile is the United States.

As we mentioned before, it can be difficult for an expat living in the Philippines to prove domicile.

A house is a form of prooving US Domicile in the US Spouse Visa DCF Philippines Embassy Phase.If you are living in the Philippines, you must specifically provide proof that your trip abroad is temporary. In addition, provide proof that your country of domicile remains in the United States. Examples of proof include:

  • Your voting record in the United States;
  • Records of paying U.S. state or local taxes;
  • Having property in the United States;
  • Maintaining bank or investment accounts in the United States;
  • Having a permanent mailing address in the United States;
  • Obtaining a house or apartment;
  • Enrolling children in school;
  • Letter from a relative allowing you to live with them;
  • Other proof such as evidence that you are a student studying abroad or that a foreign government has authorized a temporary stay.

Some individuals employed abroad are automatically considered as domiciled in the United States because of the nature of their employment. The qualifying types of employment include employment by:

  • The U.S. Government (including the U.S. armed forces);
  • An American institution of research recognized by the Secretary of Homeland Security (see list of qualifying institutions);
  • A U.S. firm or corporation engaged in whole or in part in the development of foreign trade and commerce with the United States, or a subsidiary of such a firm or corporation;
  • A public international organization in which the United States participates by treaty or statute;
  • A religious denomination having a bona fide organization in the United States, if the employment abroad involves the person’s performance of priestly or ministerial functions on behalf of the denomination; or
  • A religious denomination or interdenominational missionary organization having a bona fide organization in the United States, if the person is engaged solely as a missionary.

Attend SLEC Medical Exam

A female Filipino doctor is part of the SLEC medical exam experience.The next step in the US Spouse Visa process for DCF Philippines Embassy Phase is to attend your medical exam. Any IR-2 or CR-2 children also need to attend the exam.

St. Luke Extension Clinic (SLEC)is in the Ermita District of manila is specifically the U.S. Embassy Manila’s only accredited panel physician. In other words, SLEC is the only medical facility for a U.S. Visa medical examination.

If you have not done so, register with SLEC before you go. Moreover, make sure that you do your SLEC  medical exam at least one week before your embassy interview.

SLEC operates on a first come first serve basis. SLEC does not make appointments. The registration is not an appointment.

Medical Fee is 17,025 PHP for ages 15 and above. On the other hand, the fee is 9,583 PHP for ages 14 and below. THe fee is due on the day on the medical exam in PHP cash. See our blog post “SLEC New Fees

The medical exam is typically a two-day process.

See our blog post guide on the “SLEC Medical Exam Experience US Visa” for detailed information on the medical exam at SLEC. including the following information:

  • Registration
  • Medical Fees
  • What to Bring
  • Location
  • Hotels Near SLEC
  • When to Arrive
  • Medical Exam Process
  • New TB Testing Procedures for Children

For more information in detail, visit the SLEC website at http://www.slec.ph/.

See our blog post guide on “Hotels Near St. Luke Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC), Ermita, Philippines“.

Attend US Embassy Manila Interview

The next step in the US Spouse Visa process for DCF Philippines Embassy Phase is to attend US Embassy interview.

Make sure that you scheduled your embassy interview appointment. For that purpose, see above for that section.

Also, ensure that you finished your spouse visa medical before your interview.

Any IR-2 or CR-2 children of the beneficiary also need to attend the embassy interview.

Please see our previous blog post on “Top 3 Hotels Near US Embassy Manila, Philippines“.

Ensure that the beneficiary brings you to the embassy interview the following:

  • US Embassy Manila Interview Appointment Confirmation
  • DS-260 Car Coded Confirmation Page
  • Copies of everything sent to USCIS previously
  • Filipino Passport
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Financial documentation mentioned earlier that pertains to you
  • All supporting documentation mentioned earlier that pertains to you
  • Evidence of domicile in the USA.
  • A photo album of the petitioner and beneficiary’s photographs.

Show up to the interview about 45 minutes ahead of time and fall in line.

See our blog post “Spouse Visa Interview Experience US Embassy Manila” for information all about the US Embassy Manila Spouse Visa interview.

See our blog post “Spouse Visa Interview Questions at US Embassy Interview” for information about potential interview questions at the US Embassy Manila Spouse Visa interview.

The immigrant visa fee of $325 for a spouse visa in the DCF Philippines embassy phase is paid at the embassy interview. Also, the fee is due for any IR-2 or CR-2 children of the beneficiary.

The fee is paid at the U.S. Embassy cashier with either a credit card (Visa, MasterCard American Express or Diner’s Club); cash with U.S. dollars or Philippine pesos; U.S. Postal Money Order in the exact amount; or traveler’s check (at least 60 percent must be paid in traveler’s checks to receive change in U.S. dollars or Philippine pesos).

Track Embassy Issue Visa

Instant tracking for track visa using USTravelDocs.The next step in the US Spouse Visa process for DCF Philippines Embassy Phase is to track the embassy issuance of your visa.

By the way, congratulations on passing your K-1 Fiance Visa or IR-1 / CR-1 Spouse Visa embassy interview. As a result, you are almost at the end with visa in hand.

However, now that your embassy interview is over, there is yet another waiting period. Hopefully, this one is very short.

For this purpose, the embassy now undergoes necessary administrative processing. These administrative steps are final case and background checks. This is done to make sure everything is in order before the embassy makes a final decision and issues the actual visa.

For example, this final step may take as little as a week at some embassies. However, at others, it can take more than a  month.

Therefore, we give you the tools to track visa status after the embassy interview.

See our blog post, “Track Visa Status After US Embassy Interview”, for more detailed information on how to track the status of the embassy issuing your visa after the interview.

Track Visa and Passport Delivery

Track US Visa Philippines using ToGo.The next step in the US Spouse Visa process for DCF Philippines Embassy Phase is to track your visa and passport delivery.

There are specifically two ways to track the delivery of your visa package and passport including:

  • US Travel Docs Website
  • ToGo Courier Tracking System

See our blog post, “Track US Visa Using USTravelDocs Website Any Embassy“, for more detailed information on how to use US TravelDocs website to track your visa package.

See our blog post, “Track US Visa Philippines Using ToGo“, for more detailed information on how to use ToGo’s tracking system to track your visa package.

Receive Visa

US visa packetToGo texts you when they are about to deliver your visa package. On the other hand, they text you when its ready to pick-up if you chose to pick it up at a ToGo  office.

Moreover, make sure that you have a valid identification to sign and receive the visa package. If the package is not picked up in a reasonable amount of time, then it is returned to the embassy.

Once you get your visa package, open the outer clear package and retrieve your passport and the sealed immigration package.

Very Important: Do not open the sealed manila immigration package.  This MUST remain sealed until you reach the U.S. Port of Entry where a U.S. Customs officer opens the package.

Now, book your tickets to the United States.

Book Airline Tickets

The next step in the US Spouse Visa process for DCF Philippines Embassy Phase is to book your airline tickets.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Now that you have your visa in hand, go ahead and BUY your plane tickets to the USA.

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Philippine CFO Seminar and Stamp

The next step in the US Spouse Visa process for DCF Philippines Embassy Phase is to attend the Philippine CFO seminar and get your CFO stamp in your Filipino passport.

The CFO Philippines seminar is a requirement of the Philippine government for any spouse of a US citizens leaving on a US Spouse Visa.

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is an agency of the Philippine government. Primarily, the CFO is responsible for promoting and upholding the interest of Filipino emigrants. Also, the CFO is responsible for Filipino permanent residents in other countries. In addition, it is responsible for preserving and strengthening ties with Filipino communities outside the Philippines.

The Philippine government requires all Filipino’s that are emigrating to other countries to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) or Peer Counseling Session. For example, this includes those on a U.S. IR-1 or CR-1 Spouse Visa.

The seminar may be done anytime before or during the DCF Philippines Embassy Phase. However, it must be done before you leave the Philippines. In addition, you cannot get your CFO Stamp until you receive your visa. Therefore, if you attend the seminar before you get your visa, you get a certificate of CFO completion. Then, after you get your visa, go back to the CFO office for the stamp in your passport.

See our blog post, “CFO Philippines Seminar for US Spouse Visa“, for more detailed information on how to register and attending the CFO seminar.

Also, see our blog posts, “Hotels Near Manila CFO Office” and  “Hotels Near Cebu CFO Office“.

Pay Immigrant Visa Fee

Fees Paid StampThe next step in the US Spouse Visa process for DCF Philippines Embassy Phase is to pay the Immigrant Visa Fee. The fee is due also for any IR-2 or CR-2 children of the beneficiary.

About the USCIS Immigrant Fee

If you are immigrating to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, you must pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee online unless you meet one of the exemptions.. We recommend that you to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee after you pick up your immigrant visa from the Department of State and before you depart for the United States.

The USCIS Immigrant Fee is $220. The fee is used to recover USCIS costs related to immigrant visas issued by the U.S. Department of State at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad. USCIS uses this fee to process your immigrant visa packet and produce your Permanent Resident Card (commonly known as a Green Card). The fee covers the cost of USCIS processing, filing and maintaining immigrant visa packets, plus the cost of producing Permanent Resident Cards.

For more information on the USCIS Immigrant Fee, go the USCIS website here.

How to Pay the Fee

Pay the fee by going to the USCIS website here. You need to have your A-Number and DOS Case ID, which can be found on your immigrant data summary, USCIS Immigrant Fee handout, or immigrant visa stamp.

If you cannot pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee, a family member, friend, employer, attorney or accredited representative can pay for you. If someone pays the fee for you, they will need your Alien Number (A-Number) and Department of State (DOS) Case ID.

What if you do not Pay the Fee

You may also pay the fee after you arrive in the United States. If you arrive in the United States and haven’t yet paid the USCIS Immigrant Fee, USCIS will send you a notice requesting payment with instructions on paying your fee. You will not receive your Green Card until you have paid the USCIS Immigrant Fee.

If you do not pay the fee within the time listed in the notice, you will not receive your Green Card.  Failure to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee will not affect your status as a lawful permanent resident, but you will only have evidence of your lawful permanent status for one year from the date of your admission, as evidenced by the temporary I-551 stamp placed in your passport by CBP at the time of your admission.

Exemptions

The following groups do not have to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee:

  • Children who enter the United States under the orphan or Hague adoption programs;
  • Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants;
  • Returning lawful permanent residents (SB-1s); and
  • K non-immigrants.

Philippine Travel Tax

Paying Philippine travel tax.

Paying the Philippine travel tax is a Philippine government requirement.

The Philippines levies a travel tax on the following persons who leave the country:

  • Filipino citizens,
  • Foreigners permanently residing or immigrants in the Philippines, and
  • Foreigners staying in the Philippines for more than one year.

Before they leave their country, Filipino’s pay the travel tax. Pay the fee to the Philippine Tourist Authority. Remember, this includes those traveling to the U.S. on Ir-1/CR-1 Spousal Visas

Inside the airport, there is a counter where you pay this fee before you leave. Typically, this is in the departure terminal area. Remember, you cannot leave without paying this fee.

As of this post, the travel tax is:

  • 2,700 PHP for first class passengers
  • 1,620 PHP for economy class passengers

In contrast, the standard reduced rate for minors is:

  • 1,350 for first class passengers
  • 810 PHP for economy class passengers

On the other hand, the privileged reduced rate for dependents of overseas Filipino contract workers is:

  • 400 PHP for first class passengers
  • 300 PHP for economy class passengers.

The following are exempt from the fee:

  • Filipino citizens permanent residents living abroad,
  • Balikbayan visitors, staying in the Philippines for less than one year, and
  • Overseas Filipino Contract Workers.

Next Steps

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