THE ADVENTURES OF BONG VOYAGE
Bong Voyage, our perpetual immigrant visa applicant, just received his visa packet and passport with his immigrant visa. As he tried to retrieve his passport, he accidentally ripped the yellow envelope and tore his immigrant data summary. He immediately went to the Embassy with his visa documents to inquire about what he should do.
Bong Voyage: Good morning.
Consul Jimmy Murdochs: Hello, sir. How can I help you today?
Bong Voyage: I received my visa documents the other day. However, as I retrieved my passport, I accidentally ripped the yellow envelope open and tore the immigrant data summary as well. What should I do?
Jimmy Murdochs: I see. Have you read the notice we sent together with the packet stating not to open the yellow envelope and/or detach the immigrant data summary?
Bong Voyage: Yes, I read the notification, but it was too late. What happened was really unintentional.
Jimmy Murdochs: Okay, kindly give me your documents please. Sir, were you able to double check the visa information in your passport?
Bong Voyage: Yes, I have checked my visa. All the information is correct.
Bong Voyage is asked to sit down for a few minutes as his visa packet is re-sealed.
Jimmy Murdochs: Here you go, sir. I have re-sealed your visa packet together with the immigrant data summary. Just a reminder: the yellow envelope should only be opened by the officer at the port of entry. You should open the plastic envelope from the courier service and check to review your visa for any errors. The visa packet, together with the passport and the CD from St Luke’s, should be hand carried when you travel to the U.S. Please also be mindful of your visa expiration date when making travel arrangements.
Bong Voyage: Yes, sir. Thank you very much for all this information and your help.
Jimmy Murdochs: Not a problem, sir. Also don’t forget to contact the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) for your Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS). All immigrants should attend the seminar or register with the CFO prior to travel, as it is mandated by the Philippine government. Information about the CFO is also included in the visa packet you received.
Bong Voyage: I have the CFO information and I will be coordinating with them for my seminar. Thank you once again and have a nice day.
Jimmy Murdochs: You’re welcome and have a nice day too.