CASE: I-130 and Consular Processing
CLIENT: US Citizen Petitioner; Filipina Beneficiary
LOCATION: Petitioner: Seattle, WA; Beneficiary: Manila, Philippines
Our clients are a U.S. citizen husband and his Filipina wife in Seattle, Washington. This success story pertains to the Filipina’s daughter in the Philippines. They haven’t seen each other in years.
They contacted our office initially for a J-1 waiver and eventual green card in December 2010. As our previous success stories showed, she got a J-1 waiver and green card. (Success Story on Waiver, Success Story on Green Card)
Our client has a daughter from her previous marriage in the Philippines. Thus, after she got her green card, her husband decided to petition for his step-daughter for an immigrant visa.
They contacted our office again in February 2012 and retained our office to help bring his step-daughter to the States. It is important to note that an alien cannot adjust his or her status (get a green card) outside the U.S. by filing an I-130 and I-485 simultaneously. Since the client’s step-daughter was not in the United States, our office filed the I-130 to the USCIS first on March 1, 2012.
After the I-130 was filed, everything went smoothly and the receipt notices came on time. The I-130 Petition was approved by the USCIS on June 25, 2012.
After the I-130 approval, we prepared and filed the immigrant visa packets to the National Visa Center on September 7, 2012, who in turn forwarded the client’s materials to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. An interview notice was set for the client’s step-daughter.
On November 9, 2012, the beneficiary went to her interview in Manila. On the same day, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines approved and issued her immigrant visa.
With the approved Immigrant visa, our client’s step-daughter can come to the United States immediately, and she will eventually get her green card.
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