Ready To Fly

When my K-1 Visa arrived in the mail, I immediately set an appointment with my friend for the CFO (Commission on Filipino Overseas) Orientation Seminar.  Before departure, the government requires all Filipinos who leaves the country for the first time take the orientation seminar.

Types of Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar

Emigrant

Fiance/Spouse (I was in this type)

Exchange Visitor Program

The seminar lasted for like an hour.  Besides married women, I also met other Filipina who were engaged to be married to foreigners.  It was really is a big decision to leave the Philippines to marry a citizen from another country.  But I thought about it so many times and my fiance and I agreed to spend our lives together in marriage.  After I got my certificate stating I completed the required seminar, I thought, I am getting closer to being with the man I love.  Sad feelings came to me, too, because I will be leaving my country and my family.  But it was time for me to have my own family.

My friend and I bought our tickets bound for Texas from a travel agency in Manila.  Before the ticket was issued, the agent asked for our passports and the visa stamped.  We bought a one-way ticket because we have a non-immigrant visa type for K-1 (Fiance Visa).  We’re ready to fly.

K-1 Visa Requirements

Part II

The preparation for my upcoming journey to the USA took a couple of months.  Because my visa category was K-1 or Fiance/Fiancee, I had to gather all the documents required (as far as I can remember) by the US Embassy such as:

  • Original copy of Birth Certificate (authenticated by the National Statistics Office or NSO)
  • Certificate of No Marriage or CENOMAR
  • NBI (National Bureau of Investigation)  Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Passport
  • 6 pieces passport size photos
  • copies of communication means from fiance and me (letters, cards, emails, etc.)
  • evidence of relationship (photos together, air tickets, etc.)
  • packet from fiance

One month after the approval of the Petition to Marry, I resigned from my job in the Philippines to start the gathering of K-1 visa requirements because the medical and visa interview schedules were on their way.  So I was also one of those people who joined the crowd in the waiting area of NSO, DFA and NBI offices.

A Kin Is Here In Texas

Yes. She arrived yesterday morning via Korean Airlines (KE) departed from Cebu to the port of entry, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW). My cousin is also a fiancee of a American from Texas. What a coincidence? I did not know much until she told me that she and her boyfriend filed for a Fiance Visa application. The whole process took just about six months. And after her visa interview at the US embassy in Manila, she got her Fiance Visa (K1) after two days. Whoa! That was quick!

Her flight went smooth and safe. Though she waited one hour at the immigration area, the interview went well. When I called her this morning, she told me she had a hard time sleeping on the plane. Oh well, she will have to experience the jetlag like I did.

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