From what I pieced together from these replies this Direct Consular Filing is the way to go, Thanks for all the help..HWe entered the USA in November 2016 after being married in PI the previous year. We had started out with the regular filings for a visa and then later found out about the DFC (Direct Consular Filing). The DFC is the way to go as it simplifies everything and keeps it all local. So just go to the US Embassy for the forms and file this way. You do your initial interview; your medical at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic and the final interviews all right there at the Embassy…it is very easy.
Here are a couple of links to give you a hand.
Apply for a U.S. Visa | Home - Philippines (English)
VisaJourney - Your US Immigration Community - VisaJourney
The worst part is the waiting as you are dealing with the government.
Yes not a fiance but a spousal visa, you can do it on your own or hire an agency if you have an extra $ for that.I will be bringing my Filipina wife to the USA to live next year and could use some advice/information from anyone with knowledge on the process, thanks. We had a church wedding back in 2014 so it would not be a fiance visa.
Actually right now the process for a fiancé and the CR1/IR1 visa is about the same timeline due to the backlog. So it's better if people get married and then file because then they will have the green card and can work right away.Hey Hozpypr
I have been told it takes longer to get wife to USA then to not be married and file for a fiancee visa. there is a lot of different paperwork that has to be filed for wife to come to states. You will have to file financial statements with immigration in the states first. You should go online and search for requirement to bring wife to states. there will be guidelines for that. I do believe you have to file all the paperwork first with immigration in the states for approval and then they send info to Manila embassy. That is what is done with a fiancee visa.
So you would be doing a IR1 visa instead of a CR1 visa because you have been married longer than 2 years na. That means that upon approval she will receive a 10 year green card instead of the 2 year green card.I will be bringing my Filipina wife to the USA to live next year and could use some advice/information from anyone with knowledge on the process, thanks. We had a church wedding back in 2014 so it would not be a fiance visa.