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  1. Had my fiancée open a bank account with debit card. I always kept her account balance between 50k and 100k. She used mostly the debit card for her expenses and I was able to monitor all the account activity online. She spent an average of 20k per month. That paid for all her expenses including simple but spacey 2-room apartment in Cavite (4k) and help to the family in the province (3-5k per mo). It was also a test for her honesty and financial savvy. She passed and now we are married living in the US. The support period was 2013 -2014.
  2. Nice inexpensive wines from Cahors indeed. Visited the town once long time ago and learned that it is a very old wine growing area that is known for their "black" wines. Really just darker red than other French reds. The city also has a really old bridge built by Romans, if I recall correctly.
  3. The baby's birth certificate shows me as a father, and the he has my last name. I remember reading somewhere in State Department web pages or perhaps it was K1 instructions that in that kind of situation I should use the CRBA route not K2. Not sure if it was a rule or just recommendation. I also thought that the USA citizen baby might simplify and speed up our K1 process as it is a pretty firm proof of a serious relationship. I'm just trying to set up everything for the fastest possible K1 turnaround time, and avoid getting rejected for trying a unapproved or non-preferred approval route for the baby. Sent from my DROID4 using Tapatalk
  4. That would make logical sense, but isn't it so that as soon as my son receives the US citizenship it invalidates his Philippines citizenship along with his Philippines passport. Then he needs to apply for dual citizenship to get the Philippines citizenship back and again apply for a new passport. Or that's what the Consulate General of the Philippines/Chicago web site advises to Filipinos who became US citizens by naturalization. Sent from my DROID4 using Tapatalk
  5. FWIW - We received son's NSO birth certificate 9 days from the request through the NSO web site. The request date was 6 weeks after the birth and 5 weeks after registering the birth in our municipal office. So NSO can work pretty fast these days if you get lucky. Sent from my DROID4 using Tapatalk
  6. I read somewhere that the DNA samples are shipped to the US for the assays and interpretation, so it should be technically possible for me to get sampled in the USA and my son in the Philippines. I did not really expect that the State Department bureaucracy would really bend to that, but at least the Embassy's email response indicated that the entire CRBA and US passport processing can be done without my physical visit in the Philippines, and in my question I did make a point that we are not married yet. Sent from my DROID4 using Tapatalk
  7. I don't think there is any way to check about the DNA test need prior to the visit to the embassy or consulate. The embassy web site specifically states that "Do not initiate a DNA test unless it is recommended by the Embassy for your pending CRBA application." It sounds to me that they already make the decision during the discussion, and if they decide they want to see the DNA result as well they just put it in a pending status until the DNA test result clears the last question. At least our son has a rather unusual dark blonde hair color that matches mine. Might help a bit. I also sent an email to the embassy asking about the new process, and they already replied that even just the non-citizen parent can take the baby to the embassy as long as I have written a notarized affidavit stating that I also want the baby to have the US citizenship and passport. So I guess I now have couple of options after all. I'm still thinking about making a trip to Cebu Consular Office in September so that I can be present as well. Sent from my DROID4 using Tapatalk
  8. I work in the USA but visit my family in the Philippines 4-5 times per year while we are just starting the K1 visa process. We have an apartment in Cavite and that's where my family lives full time. If we can get the CRBA, passport application, and SS# request all done in one day in Cebu just as a walk-in, I dont have any problem going there for a "family vacation" next time when I'm in the Philippines. BTW, anyone know what paperwork I need for the baby to fly domestic from Manila to Cebu with us? Does the NSO birth certificate work as the baby's "ID", or do we need to get some kind of Philippines picture ID for him?
  9. Now I'm really considering this Cebu option, even though the fiancee and baby live in Cavite. Does Cebu consular office do CRBA for walk-ins, or if how do I get an appointment with them?
  10. How is this supposed to work for a father who lives in the USA? First I need to make a trip to the Philippines to put together all the paperwork and send it to the Embassy by a courier, then go back to the USA (only limited vacation days per year) and wait for the email with the appointment time and book a new trip regardless of my work schedule?!! Now this is absolutely ridiculous! We just received the NSO birth certificate for our 8 wk old son today, and I went to the Embassy web site to see if I can get an appointment during my next trip to the Philippines in September. They don't allow any new appointments through the web site any more. What the hell am I supposed to do?
  11. Well, it depends on the country in the "west". I grew up in a country in Western Europe where building code has required bathroom floor drains probably for 50 years already. When I moved to the USA years ago I also learned the hard way to close shower curtains carefully and not dump buckets of water on the bathroom floor.
  12. Not sure where you live, but in many states in the USA inheritances and gifts (even if received after wedding) as well as all the assets owned prior to the wedding date are considered premarital assets, and will not be included in the split during the divorce. However, it is important to never commingle the premarital assets with marital assets. Any lawyer though will advice to also get a prenuptial agreement signed to "clarify the situation", but then again they lawyers need to make a living too. I'm not a lawyer but this was true in my divorce. I got to keep my inheritance without a prenup.
  13. Perhaps try to contact the closest university with an animal science department. They might be able to put you in contact with a grower in your area. Also, if you are in a serious negotiation with a poultry processing company about becoming a contract grower for them, it would be in their best interest to arrange a visit and even provide some training for you.
  14. There are couple of reasons why it is a good deal for big companies, even if the contract growers still can make a decent living: 1. No cost of capital sitting on land and buildings. This can be really critical for the company balance sheet. 2. Often the contract grower is actually just a family farm, and the employees are family members. The family whose monthly income is directly dependent on the quality of their own work make an extra effort to do the job as well as they can. Not the case with most hourly corporate employees. I'm sure not really comparable to the Philippines, but just for a point of reference: A typical broiler contract grower in the USA has perhaps two to five houses with 20k to 30k broilers in each. With typical level of automation most of the work can be done by just one person if willing to work 7 days per week. Each house with the US requirements will cost about $250k to build and equip, and will produce about $50-$60k gross revenue per year. It is my understanding that it takes 4-5 houses to provide a family $100k+ annual net income.