THE ADVENTURES OF BONG VOYAGE
Bong Voyage, our perpetual immigrant visa applicant, is at the U.S. Embassy for his visa interview.
Consul Jimmy Murdochs: Good morning, Mr. Voyage. I see you are applying today for an E3 employment visa. Have you ever left the Philippines before?
Bong Voyage: Yes, I have been to the United States.
Consul: What was the purpose of your travel?
Bong Voyage: I went to visit my sister, who lives in Seattle. We like to have family reunions at her house there. I traveled on a B1/B2 tourist visa.
Consul: I’m glad you had a good trip. How many times did you go to the U.S., and what was your longest stay there?
Bong Voyage: I only went twice—once in 2005 for three months and again in 2010 for nine months.
Consul: Normally the Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Patrol (DHS/CBP) will allow visitors on B1/B2 visas to stay in the U.S. for only six months. How were you able to stay in 2010 for nine months, sir?
Bong Voyage: I requested an extension of stay, and DHS granted it to me. I left the U.S. before the date they indicated in my approval notice.
Consul: Do you have a copy of the extension approval? Do you also have your old passport with your valid B1/B2 visa in it?
Bong Voyage: No, sir, I didn’t know I needed to bring them to my immigrant visa interview…
Consul: Don’t worry, you can submit them through the courier service. Everything seems to be in order, but we will need to check your extension approval and cancel your B1/B2 visa before issuing your E3 immigrant visa.
Bong Voyage: Thank you for this information. I will go home and look for these documents and submit them right away.