I am intimately familiar with the Philippines. I have traveled all over the country from Laoag in the North to Zamboanga in the south. The first ever visa petition I prepared was for my Filipina fiancee. Since then I have prepared many hundreds of petitions for the consulate in Manila. And I am proud to say that each and every couple I helped got their visa.
Your Filipina Spouse needs permission from the US government to allow her to enter the USA. This is called a CR1 Spouse visa.
NVC requests a second packet of forms and civil documents,and payment of affidavit of support and visa application fees. Once satisfied, they assign a Manila case number and forward your file via diplomatic pouch to the Philippines.
Once her petition has arrived in the Philippines, your spouse goes online to schedule her interview.
There are two US consulate service locations in the Philippines, in Manila and Cebu City. The Consulate in Manila handles all Spouse visa interviews. So even if your gal lives across the street from the consulate in Cebu she will still have to make the trip to Manila for processing.
About a week before her interview date she undergoes a two day medical exam at St. Lukes Medical Center in Manila.
Finally she attends an interview at the Embassy, to demonstrate she is of good moral character and the marriage is bona fide.
Two weeks later a courier delivers her visa, and as soon as she attends a two hour mandatory class by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas she can join you in the USA.
By Fred Wahl
the Visa Coach