Over 300,000 Filipino illegals in U.S. fear deportation. President Rodrigo Duterte said he will “not lift a finger” to help the lawbreakers out. (Photo Source: Asian Correspondent)
I’ve been happily married over 15 years. Until this year, I’ve been able to celebrate most of Cupid’s Fiestas with my asawa except for the year 2000 in which I was waiting for her to join me in the States as we awaited the processing of her Spousal Visa. This is a Valentine’s Day Tribute to my Sainted Patient Wife.
Fixers in the Philippines are as common as ladyboy hookers at KTV bars. They’re probably in every corner, crack and crevice throughout all 7,107 islands of this archipelago (along with the ladyboys.) In the latest report released by Transparency International, the Philippines climbed to 85th place from 94th last year and 105th in 2012 in the Corruption Index. This is being touted as a remarkable improvement by an administration which has jailed three opposition senators while members of their own party accused of similar crimes go unpunished.
Recent posts on younger Filipinas with older guys and how to meet your special someone on Cherry Blossoms has prompted me to write today’s article. Don’t know why I’ve never devoted a whole piece to this topic before, but a recent FHM Philippines video, posted at the end of this article, inspired me.
Five years. That's how long it took "Ben," an acquaintance of ours in central Illinois, to bring his Filipina wife to the United States. He absolutely could have used the services of one my new sponsors that offers US visa support. While it personally took me over nine months to bring The Sainted Patient Wife over to the States, it also involved hours and hours of research and filling out forms. It was heart breaking to be 7,000 miles from my new bride and wondering if I was completing all the paperwork correctly. To say the instructions from the U.S. Immigration website was confusing at times would be an understatement. And I'm just talking about the spousal visa process, let alone all the work involved with getting her green card once she arrived in the States. One mistake and you could cause a delay in weeks, months or even years in bringing your loved one home. Just ask "Ben."
I was extremely surprised to read that seven of 10 Filipinos applying for a US visa obtain approval. I had the impression that most candidates inevitably meet with rejection. However, according to an April 29, 2011 online report on Inquirer Global Nation, the United States Embassy reported those figures this past Wednesday, refuting the common perception that most candidates inevitably meet with rejection.