THE ADVENTURES OF BONG VOYAGE
Bong Voyage has called the Embassy to inquire if he qualifies for protection under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). He was petitioned by his father, who is still a legal permanent resident in the U.S., and just turned 21 last September.
Bong Voyage: Good morning, sir.
Consul Jimmy Murdochs: Hello, Mr. Bong Voyage. How may I help you?
Bong Voyage: I was hoping you could inform me if I qualify for protection under the Child Status Protection Act. I was petitioned by my father who is staying in the U.S. as a legal permanent resident, and I just turned 21 years old last month.
Consul: I see. Thank you for the information. Sir, CSPA was enacted to address the problem of minors losing their eligibility for immigration benefits because they already turned 21 years old as a result of processing delays on the part of the Department of Homeland Security. It was not intended to benefit applicants who aged out due to unavailability of visa numbers. Have you submitted your documents already?
Bong Voyage: Yes. We have submitted the required application forms and other documents. We have also paid the required fees at NVC.
Consul: Were you able to undergo the required medical examination at the St. Luke’s Extension Clinic here in Manila?
Bong Voyage: I haven’t had my medical examination yet, but I have my appointment with the clinic already.
Consul: Sir, medical examination with St. Luke’s Extension Clinic is required before CSPA is computed.
Bong Voyage: I see. Thanks for the advice. I will proceed to the clinic with my appointment letter.
Consul: Once you’re done with the medical examination, you may contact the Embassy call center to schedule your visa interview ((632) 982-5555). Kindly note that only during your interview appointment will the officer be able to make final determination if you qualify for CSPA or not.
Bong Voyage: So there is still no guarantee that I will be granted the visa after completing all the requirements, including the medical?
Consul: That’s correct, sir. We can’t make a decision on your eligibility for the visa until you make an application, pay the fee, and have submitted all the required information.
Bong Voyage: All right then. Thank you so much for your time.