When we got her approval from the National Visa Center, we were told Elena had to bring two items with corrections. Then looking online at the the Travel.State.Gov site, we saw Elena needed to go in advance for her medical exam at St. Lukes.
To make sure everything was complete and forwarded to the Embassy by her interview, Elena flew to Manila the last week of April for her Medical and then returned to Manila May 5th for the May 6th interview.
Well, it turned out the wait to be called was much longer than the interview. Elena offered the corrected items and the interviewer told her it they were not needed and after a few questions Elena was told she was approved.
The total interview took lest than 5 minutes. Now Elena will fly back home, start organizing her packing and wait for her visa to arrive. Once it arrives she will get prices for airfare and then purchase the tickets.
Once in Manila, she will have to go to the CFO office to get the sticker placed in her visa so the officials at the airport will let her exit. See my article about the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.
I am so excited and so is my mother and brother. It has been a long process. For my mother and Brother, it has been 5 years of them waiting to meet Elena.
I hope Elena comes before the end of May since, as a taxi driver, I can get 2 free tickets to see Gladys Knight at the Tropicana.
I will keep you all informed about the rest of the process and then let you know how Elena enjoys America and Las Vegas.
I also want to thank my readers for the good wishes and prayers.