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Progress in the Spousal Visa Saga

As I had mentioned, I had mailed in the Application for Elena’s Spousal Visa. Well last week I received notice it was received and now to enter the process of review. Once I received this notice, I contacted all the Senators and Congressmen in Nevada for assistance and also contacted the Senator in Florida that assisted me in the past. So far, I have not received any reply from any of them.

In addition, last week Elena and a friend went to Cebu for the CFO seminar. Two other friends joined them for a mini vacation at a resort in Cebu. Monday was the seminar and Tuesday they enjoyed the resort. They returned Wednesday morning. In the afternoon, Elena went to the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) and received her new passport.

Worst case, it could take 8 months or more to get Elena her visa and trip to the USA but I will look for and use any resource I can find to get her here quicker.

We do video chat every morning and evening and since we have a Magic Jack in Davao, Elena and I usually talk on my cell phone in my mornings as I am driving the taxi. We do end the call when I get a customer, but call back after I drop them off.

With this, we stay in communication but I miss her hugs, kisses and presence as I sleep.

Please, all readers, add a prayer for Elena’s visa to come through quickly.

29 Responses to “Progress in the Spousal Visa Saga”

  1. Marcel says:

    Good luck to you Bruce. Things are finally in motion it will happen sooner or later. Be strong, this waiting is the worst part, at least it was for me.
    Actually, I could not handle the wait and went to see my wife while we were waiting for her visa to go trough… Funny thing is that she has joined me in Canada only few weeks later as she has obtained her visa already in a week or so after my return home.

    • Bruce says:

      I miss Elena very much but at least with Skype and MagicJack we see each other on Skype and then Elena will call me on my cell while I am working until she goes to sleep.
      I cannot seeing me spending the money to visit there and I would lose my job if I took the time off.

  2. Ben says:

    I agree with Marcel, “The waiting is the worst part”. As you have requested, MaryAnn and I have added a prayer for “Elena’s visa to come through quickly”.

  3. surigao steve says:

    Good luck bruce, Sounds like everything is good. My wifes visa took about 6 months before she stepped on american soil. It will go by quick! God bless you and your wife!

    • Bruce says:

      Surigao Steve,
      As Marcel stated, the waiting is the hard part. We were together for 2 1/2 years and it even took me a while to fall asleep without feeling her near me in bed.

  4. Larry says:

    I hope you employed the services of a company that specializes in these Visas. It was the best money I ever spent. The process will take at least 6 months.

    • Bruce says:


      For me, the forms are easy to fill out and I understood all the items needed to send with them. I do not feel I need to spend the expense to pay a lawyer for things I can do myself. I do have 2 Senators to assist if needed.

  5. jeff says:

    Keep at your local representatives, be persistant. All will work out for you. Good luck and glad you are doing well.

  6. Greg says:


    I recommend this site:

    Now, the nice thing about this site, besides a lot of advice and a Philippines specific sub-forum, is that if you will enter your timelines, it will give you a projected approval date. They also use others’ timeline data to tell you what applications are currently being processed at the national service centers.

    Right now, for example, it tells me that 129-F’s (fiance visa application) that were received 4/23/2010 are currently being processed at the California Service Center. Mine is dated 4/27, so should be processed in the next week. My timeline projection further states, “Based on timeline data, your I-129f may be adjudicated between July 4, 2010 and July 9, 2010”. It appears these dates are pretty close to reality based upon others’ experience.

    So anyway, give it a look-over. I was going to write my congressman, until I entered my data and saw the current processing info. If I do not know anything by July 15, then I will request a congressional. Waiting is the worst part of the process, but is helping alleviate my concern.

  7. surigao city steve says:

    Good luck bruce! Also another website with timelines is It takes time government has to do background checks on both people even if you are famous. My wifes visa took 6 months.

  8. surigao city steve says: is another site for timelines. The government has to do background checks etc. Good luck. Also There is someone who use to work for immigration at this website who can answer your questions.

  9. Tom Martin says:

    I pray it comes sooner than later. At least the wheels are now rolling. You had better not let Ophra (God I do not know how to spell her name) catch you on the cell phone and driving. She has a major crusade going now against that. Everytime I pass your place I think of you and wonder how things are going. I may go the 4th July bash and meet Elena at the restaurant. Depends on how I feel. Hang tough it will all be over soon!

  10. Riza says:

    Hi Bruce,
    I hope all is well and fine with you, and pray that Elena gets to you soon…I will be processing my papers soon too, and I will be visiting your blog again hoping that I could find a more “easier” explanation to what should happen next ^___^

    • Bruce says:


      Good to hear from you. I did not know you are planning to move to the states. Where? Feel free to email me with any assistance or questions. I hope someday to meet you and the kids face to face.

  11. Tom says:

    Glad to hear the first step is done. Hope it will go quickly for you guys. For reasons I never understood fiance petitions are processed much more quickly than spousal petitions. Hope they get through it quickly.

    They increased the fees substantially at the embassy in Manila starting in June. Hope that doesn’t slow you down. Cloe got through her interview just before the change.

  12. Kevin says:

    The wheels are turning. Hang in there as the wait is worst part. I filed the spousal back in 2005 and it took about a year. I think at that time a fiance visa took about 11 months. I did have a chance to back and visit during Christmas, though. My wife was pregnant when I left, so that was really hard.

    • Bruce says:


      Good hearing from you. If the fiancee viless than 6 months is looked at for time, I hope the spousal visa will move faster. Now it is taking about 6 months.

  13. Riza says:

    Hi Bruce, I hope you’re doing fine as well as Elena. Hope to read more news from you!

  14. Brad says:

    Bruce, what happened to you? No word on this site from you in a month. I for 1 am very interested in any updates on the visa process and your daily life in general.

  15. Evelyn says:

    hi,bruce, good luck and god bless on your visa processing..hope elena gets here soonest

  16. rick says:

    hi bruce any updates? I just applied for the K1 in August. the days are dragging by so slow. its only been a month. cant imagine 6 months…

  17. Nagmamahal says:

    tindi mo bruce… MR> LOVER BOY hehehee

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