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Countries Filipinos Can Visit using their US Permanent Resident Cards

By on Jun 15, 2011 in Travel | 7 comments

Once Filipinos become US Permanent Resident green card holders, there are 11 countries and territories that they can travel to without applying for a tourist visa to enter as long as they carry with them their valid US Permanent resident cards and Philippine passports (some countries have more restrictions). As I’ve understood, Conditional Resident card holders are not considered legal US Permanent residents since the next application in the process is for Permanent Residency. But the card they get says Permanent Resident. Anyway, the places abroad Filipino card holders can visit are: Country / Territory Restrictions Official Webpage Embassy Phone Numbers in the USA American Samoa None – US Territory +1-808-847-1998 Bermuda Up to 180 days (days unverified) See bottom for Exceptions +1-202-588-7800 British Virgin Islands Up to 30 days – UK Territory(days unverified)...

Filipinos Getting US Tourist Visa | Philippine Passport Holders

By on Jun 8, 2011 in Travel | 241 comments

The Philippines is not included in the Visa Waiver Program of the United States. Thus, Filipinos who hold Philippine Passports are required to apply for a Tourist Visa to enter the US. Below are my answers to some questions frequently asked when Filipinos want to travel to the US. 1) What is the probability for a Filipino to get a U.S. Tourist Visa / Visitor Visa? Filipinos’ chances to get a tourist visa for the US vary from one person to another. Filipinos need to prove during the application and interview process that they will not become a burden once they arrive in the United States, have good intent, and will travel back to the Philippines. The consuls will approve the visas or not based on the applicant’s situation, documents presented, and answers during the interview. There are even some circumstances that the they will deny the application without the interview...

My US Fiancee Visa Application Timeline

By on Jun 1, 2011 in Travel | 49 comments

I came to the United States less than 2 years ago to marry an American whom I met in the outsourcing company I worked for in Makati. Below is our K1 visa application timeline which can be useful to people who have been processing the same application. I would love to create detailed descriptions of my experience if time allows it. Date Description Day (US time) March-April ’09 Filled out the forms and made ready all the documents needed Day 0 April 9 , 2009 * Mailed I-129F Application to USCIS Day 1 April 13, 2009 * Application package received by USCIS Day 5 April 23, 2009 * NOA1 notice date Day 15 May 13, 2009  (US: 04/12) Chris visited Philippines the second time Day 34 July 23, 2009 * NOA2 notice date Day 105 Aug. 10, 2009 * NVC received the case Day 124 Aug. 23, 2009  (US: 08/22) Email received from US Embassy in Manila confirming the applicant’s eligibility...

86 Countries US Citizens Need a Tourist Visa

By on May 29, 2011 in Travel | 4 comments

Afghanistan Angola Armenia Australia Azerbaijan Bangladesh Bahrain Belarus Bhutan Bolivia Brazil Burkina Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Central African Republic China Christmas Island Comoros Congo Democratic Republic Cuba Djibouti Egypt Eritrea Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ivory Coast Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon Liberia Libya Madagascar Maldives Mali Mauritania Mozambique Myanmar Nepal Niger Nigeria Norfolk Island North Korea Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Philippines (over 21 days) Qatar Russia Sao Tome Principe Saudi Arabia Sierra Leone Somalia Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Syria Taiwan (over 30 days) Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand (over 30 days) Timor Leste Togo Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Vietnam Yemen Zambia...

How to know if you need a tourist visa?

By on May 28, 2011 in Travel | 3 comments

One of the most visited post in this blog is the post, Countries Filipinos Can go to Without a Tourist Visa . This article is a follow-up for that post to show you how I was able to come up with the 36 countries in the list. I actually used the tool from a website that time, which really helped me saved me time. The website’s name is Please watch the video below to see my tutorial.

Green Card Received in the Mail

By on Jun 9, 2010 in Travel | 1 comment

I did not update about what happened to my Green Card application, but I already got my green card 11 days ago. I guess the reason it almost arrived more than 30 days after my interview is because they were releasing a new design.