Friday, May 30, 2008
My Wife is in Manila
I called my wife last night and she is currently in Manila. She has attended the Medical exam at the St Lukes Medical Clinic Embassy Annex. She is upset having to leave her family on such short notice, and not knowing whether she will fly back to the southern end of the Philippines to say goodbye. The Embassy does not communicate well, and has not told us if she will receive her Visa at her appointment, as requested by my Congressional Representative. Normal procedures dictate that the applicant return to their home address and await a courier delivery which takes about 1 month. My wife can board flights until 06/15/2008 therefore, if the courier service is used, she will have to give birth to our first child in the Philippines. In addition, a birth certificate and Visa application will have to be submitted at the embassy before our child can come to the United States. This will generate even more income to the embassy therefore, I believe they will delay issuing the Visa since they are so hungry for money. If my wife receives her Visa at the appointment, she will fly to the United States directly from Manila without seeing her family until we visit the Philippines on a future vacation.