THE ADVENTURES OF BONG VOYAGE
Bong Voyage, our perpetual immigrant visa applicant, is currently at the Embassy for his visa interview. He submitted his passport and other supporting documents including his NBI clearance at the receiving window. A few minutes later, his number was flashed on the Qmatic screen.
Consul Jimmy Murdochs (while checking his visa documents): Good morning. Your complete name, please?
Bong Voyage: Bong Voyage.
Consul: Mr. Voyage, as I review your papers, I notice that the name indicated on your birth certificate is Roberto Voyage while your NBI clearance says Bong Voyage. How is this so?
Bong Voyage: Ever since I was little, I have used the name Bong Voyage. I only learned about my other name, Roberto Voyage, when I requested an authenticated birth certificate from the National Statistics Office (NSO). I was planning to have it corrected but I was told it is a lengthy and costly process.
Consul: I understand your concern, Mr. Voyage; we also understand that indeed it is a costly and lengthy process. However, we need your amended birth certificate indicating your current name, Bong Voyage, for us to be able to continue processing your application. Do you also have an NBI clearance bearing your other name, Roberto Voyage?
Bong Voyage: I am afraid not; I thought it was not necessary.
Consul: You will need to submit a new NBI clearance with your other name. NBI clearances submitted to us should be in your current name, birth certificate name, maiden name, married name, and any aliases or nicknames you ever used, including different spellings of all your names. Mr. Voyage, I regret that I won’t be able to approve your visa as of this time.
Bong Voyage: I understand, Sir Consul. I will have my birth certificate amended and I will secure a new NBI clearance. Thank you very much for your time.
It is essential to review and complete visa requirements and documents before proceeding for a visa interview. Below are helpful links which you can check when you are in the process of completing your visa requirements:
US Embassy Immigrant Visa Website: http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3023.html
NSO Website: https://www.ecensus.com.ph/Secure/frmIndex.asp
NBI Website: http://www.nbi.gov.ph/