I have seen a lot of beneficiaries asking what to do after getting their I-797, or more commonly known as the NOA2, that’s why I decided to make a guide about what to do after getting this approval.
Personally, I was rattled once we got our approval, because I have been waiting so long, and simply being ok’d seem surreal. I was so impatient, that I felt we were never going to get approved, because everyone else were celebrating, while we were still waiting, but suddenly, one day in May, we were (surprise, surprise) approved! Fun, right? Funny thing also, because we never got a text or an e-mail, and our status in the USCIS websit is still “Under Review”. Just one day, after my fiance got home from work, there’s a mail from USCIS, and inside is the much prayed and uber-mysterious (but not so, cause it’s just a piece of paper) NOA2.
Yey, the long wait is over, but it’s not over yet.
It’s a daunting task, because all this time until now, it was the work of your fiance. But, now, it’s your turn to do all the work and compile all the paperwork together. But we’re strong Filipino women, aren’t we?! YEAH!!!
So, what do we do after NOA2? Let’s make a short list.
- Have $350 ready. You can pay for this anytime after you get your NOA2 in any BPI branch, but take note that you can only schedule once your petition reaches the US Embassy in the Philippines and once it gets to their system, so don’t fret.
- Get your Passport ready.
- Fill up the DS-156 Non-immigrant Visa Application and print 2 copies. DS-156 (It’s at the bottom of the page)
- Fill up the DS-157 Supplemental Non-immigrant Visa Application and print 2 copies: DS-157
- Fill up the DS-156K Non-immigrant Fiance Visa Application and print 1 copy: DS-156K
- An original NSO Birth Certificate: If you need to order birth certificates, you can read the post HERE.
- NBI Clearance with purpose, “Travel to USA”
- For aged 16 and above, if you have worked or stayed in a different country for 6 months or more, you have to get a Police Certificate from that country.
- Court and Prison Records – Applicants who have been arrested. charged or convicted of a crime must present copies or transcripts of court or prison records relaying to the crime or offense. (I hope you don’t have to do this. Hehe)
- Evidence of a Meeting Prior to the Petition: I organized this per visit of my fiance so that it’s not confusing. I have a post about it and you can read it HERE. This may seem difficult, but keep it very simple. Choose only a couple of pictures that span your relationship. More on quality than quantity.
- Evidence of a Genuine Engagement: For this, we just photocopied the receipt of the ring my fiance bought for me since we didn’t have wedding plans yet. For those who don’t have rings yet, it’s fine. An updated Letter of Intent will suffice, same as the one you sent back when you first started the petition. During my interview, the CO didn’t even ask for this.
- Proof of Termination of a Previous Marriage: I didn’t experience this as my fiance and I are both single. But, a divorce and an annulment decree are very important if you’ve been married before.
- Certificate of No Marriage Record or CENOMAR: This can be ordered online or through telephone, I had a blog post about how to order in NSO and it can be read HERE.
- Evidence of Support: This will be done by your fiance, and should be shipped to you in time for your interview. He needs to fill up the I-134 FORM. Along with this, he needs to include an employment letter, his Income Tax Return (Form 1040) and wage statements (W-2)
The ITR (Income Tax Return) should be the most latest, which at the time of posting this blog post is the year 2010, but I brought along with me my fiance’s ITR’s since 2007, but the CO didn’t ask for those anymore.
The W-2’s, or pay stubs, following the advice of people from VisaJourney, I brought along the 3 most recent ones, which was enough. 🙂
If you want a format for the employment letter, then you’ll find that the last post in this thread is quite helpful.
- Visa Photographs: 3 2×2 visa pictures on white background. You might want to read this for some info on this matter.
- Medical Examination: This is done at St. Luke’s Extension Clinic ONLY. Please observe that this is NOT St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. This is an extension clinic located at Ermita, Manila. To know more about the medical, including their location, medical fees, and the documents to bring, you can visit their website HERE.
Wow, I have to be honest, that was a bit tiring. Phew! Let’s stretch a little bit before we go back at it, alright?
That feels great! Getting ready for the interview may seem a daunting task, but once you get at it, it’s actually quite easy. All these steps, you can do while still waiting for your NOA2. I started fixing documents a couple weeks before the 5 month mark of waiting for our NOA2. It was just perfect timing as well. But, it’s still all up to you!
I hope that this post helped a little bit, and I posted the links so you don’t have to search for it anymore. Feel free to comment or give suggestions! 🙂
My K1 Interview Experience HERE
How I Organized my Documents HERE