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THE IMMIGRATION BLOG – BY NEW YORK ATTORNEY HARLEY BARRALES, ESQ.*
New York, USA – Blogs are supposed to be both informative and entertaining. To achieve it, I intentionally divided this blog, first, to include a scenario, or by laying down the foundation as lawyers call it and second, by addressing the substance of the inquiry in the section I call the “Heart of the Matter”.
If you prefer a matter-of- fact approach to immigration, I recommend that you jump ahead to the section I mentioned, otherwise, read on the scenario to get a little entertainment. By the way, please take time to read the disclaimer provided at the bottom of this blog. It is a little legalese but in short, it is saying that the interpretation and narration found in this article are of general nature and should not be interpreted as a legal advice.
VISITING AMERICA FROM PHILIPPINES
Manila, Philippines – Summer is approaching and you are thinking where to spend two to four weeks of vacation as well as the left-over bonuses or tax refund that you received. You have been to Boracay, Palawan and all other cool beach spots in the Philippines and now you are thinking of a vacation overseas. Then the vision of Sarah Jessica Parker from “Sex in the City” or Gordon Gekko from “Wall Street” popped up in your head and you tell yourself “This year, I want to go to New York City or Disneyland or Hollywood!” You get excited for a minute but reality hits you in the head. You haven’t been to the US before and the US Embassy in Manila has the notorious reputation of denying majority of the application for visitor visa. Now you are nervous and excited at the same time. You really wanted to visit the US, but you do not know what to do.
But then you caught your lucky break.
It is Friday and you are winding down in your favorite coffee place, waiting for your order of caramel macchiato. Then a “dude” wearing jeans and rocker shirt with a nice Calvin Klein suit, leather strapped chronograph watch who, like you, was waiting for his coffee tells you “Hi”. You talked for a moment and then when you asked him what does he do for a living. You almost shrieked when you heard his response that he is a lawyer from New York and that he practices US Immigration laws. He told you that he is in the Philippines on a vacation and he gave you his card. Now you are excited, you want to ask him a lot of question about your vacation. So you did your due diligence by “googling” his name and verifying his credentials. It all checks out, so the following day you call up the + (63) 9175030001 that is indicated in his calling card as his Manila office, and scheduled for an in-person interview. Your Manila office is at PSLaw Roxas Boulevard which is your collaborating counsel in the Philippines. Below is the transcript of the conversation: