Originally Posted by esv1226
Thanks for the info mcalleyboy. I would like to sponsor my husband (now that I have reacquired my Filipino citizenship) and apply for a 13a visa. I don't know where to begin. Has anyone gone through getting the marriage certificate (married in USA) authenticated? Here or Chicago? Thanks.
It all depends on what state he's from in the US, so here's a Philippine Consulate finder map, just click on the state he's from and it will take you to the correct Philippine Consulate:
Embassy of the Philippines - Consulate Finder Map
So your husband will be dealing with the Philippine Consulate that controls the state he's from, I know sounds odd but these Consulates will only take phone calls or messages from the state he's applying from, hopefully it's the Chicago consulate because their forms are all on one download unfortunately the other Philippine Consulates are not standardized if you can believe that and their websites are noisy at best, there's only 5 Philippine Consulates within the US, I had everything done by the mail system and it only took me two months, here's that link again to the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, this link has all the forms and instructions:
The marriage certificate is authenticated in the county that you were married in, if you have the original there should be small stamp somewhere on it already, I had to do this also, it's real quick and this to can be done through the mail system if he's not living in the same state. Call the court house and find out what the number is for marriage license division or maybe it's called the records division, also he will need an authenticated/certified birth certificate, police records print out, there's a complete list of things he will need and it's on the short cut above.
Make sure his US Passport is up to date, if it's close to expiring I would work on the US Passport first.
If your husband is here in the Philippines I would check with the Bureau of Immigration on what they require since he's already in country.