Q. “Why Didn’t You Bring Your Girlfriend To The USA?”

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Author: Reekay V.

Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat and spent 1999 living in Vietnam.

Share with me my ongoing adventures of life in the Philippines. Hopefully you find my observations helpful in your own adventures.
— Reekay


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  2. Very Well explained the discrimate BI officers in the Ph airports Reekay. I had traveled twice to visit Ca. Pre-covid as a Retiree on Luzon. BI asked why my Filipina wife was Not flying to USA with me ?! She has No interest now to visit or Migrate there ? Took almost 2 years thru US Homeland Security to tell me she had false info in her background ? We have Seperated since & I will fly back Sept 1 to finish divorce in Nevada. Visa for Filipinas to Tourist/Visitor/Migrate married here in Ph/K-1 to Marry in 90 days in USA = are All difficult to a
    Achieve now !!!

  3. Reekay imagine all the backlash there would be with bringing your girlfriend to the U.S.All the nasty comments .

  4. If you bring your Pina girlfriend to the USA to live, you might lose her once she settles into Western Society.

  5. Henry is exactly right, it is not simple cost a lot of money and time to get denied. I have an American friend that married a pinay, wanted to take her on a honeymoon to Thailand, they denied that trip. Tried to take her to USA, to meet the new family, US Embassy denied that after the interview. I was told she was asked during the interview why she wanted to go to the USA, she said to meet her new family, they denied her. Also, I was told they were going to have to take a class on sex trafficking’s, because the Philippine government was afraid she might be getting sex trafficked to Thailand.

  6. Immigrants from Latin America to the U.S. that are here legally and illegally, especially from Mexico, send billions of dollars a year back to their country. Why wouldn’t the Philippines do the same thing. I would think the Philippines would have their immigration office working overtime handing out passports to their Filipinas.

  7. LOL I got married to my Filipina wife in the Philippines in late 2016 applied for my wife’s Visa to the United States in July 2018 and she had her interview at the US Embassy in Manila in November 2020 and she got her Visa in December 2020 after January 2017 the Visa process Slowed down a lot and then Covid came and things almost came to a stop but we were able to get to the USA in March 2021 had to jump through hoops to leave Cebu on Qutar Air

  8. Enrique. It is obvious to
    Is not that simple at all
    Those who talk mumbo jumbo .
    Are simple and truly
    Ignorant of the true facts
    [email protected]
    From darwin.n.t Australia

  9. My gf was offloaded after 6 months of prep to get it all. Many many covid tests and a quarantine like yours. She has a us tourist visa already, had all the paperwork, big money in the bank and she’s not young she’s 45. Still offloaded

  10. I knew a man that brought his girl friend to the USA from Columbia. She got off the airplane in Miami and went to the bathroom and that was the last time he ever saw her. She had family in miami !!!

  11. Taking a younger beautiful girl from any country is not smart. I know from doing it !!! Never again. !!!

  12. One needs to read the visa petition contract (10 year support obligation) and speak with their attorney (pre-nups are limited) before deciding. And, nature is that which selects; seen in the Pareto distribution. The female, has a biological imperative to seek the most handsome male for genetic reasons. It’s only social and economic constructs that limit this. As the Filipina Pea recently warned, it’s risky to do visa petitions. Western divorce can provide quick access to sizeable financial assets. Peace.

  13. I realize there are probably thousands of guys in Western countries waiting for the Philippines to “open up”. Well, it isn’t going to open up and it has nothing to do with covid.

  14. Plus the FACT that the Philippines government likes to act like Kindergarteners and play silly mind games when it comes to Filipinos going out of their country and vaccinated Americans wanting to get into their country! I’m hoping that our K1 Visa gets processed each step of the way but realize it may take much longer than usual.

  15. Reekay, I have been married 5 yrs plus.., we have been together here in the Philippines never leaving, we have a son together and he has his US and Ph passport, doing CR1 it takes the shortest time is huge … like a year, that is for someone who is legally married…To those who are chastising you…message:, he does not deserve it. Inspect what you say, the presidential administrations, the covid mess, all delayed even emergency visas, our case is urgent and we have property, cars, house, and a kid together so we are well vetted yet this will take a long time. This is not political at all, it just gets old reading and having people say to me, why not get on a plane and come here, geezzz even we cannot just fly there!

    It sucks, stop making it worse!

  16. in 2015 my gf mika got a passport,apart from a big line up at a mall wasn’t to hard.got her a tourist visa in 2007 when she went though immigration they took her aside and interviewed her Mika had to message me and ask for photos of us in the philippines. so after about half an hour they let her leave. a few questions by australian immigration and all good.cheers

  17. This offloading thing is simply to get funding and brownie points from the UN and their anti-trafficking program. it is like Hey, look at us we are keeping our damsels from becoming sex trafficking victims. It might be to keep the general population from traveling to get a clear idea of what a third-world cesspool the country is. I live in Thailand and my fiance lives in Pi. I just could not stand living there any longer after 18 months. I got my fiance a round trip ticket to Bangkok and sent her a letter for immigration. She had pics and proof of ongoing support. No deal. She was offloaded. The immigration officer said I should come there and be interviewed and escort her back. That is what I did and no problem. Forget getting a refund. The airline promised a partial refund but it never happened. It is just another scam. The worst part is, the women who are being trafficked are often escorted onto the plane by an immigration officer who has been paid by the traffickers to insure that their cargo reaches the final destination. Just more obscenity and corruption on display.

  18. The divorce rates bringing a lady to the US are extremely high, defeating the dream….it’s always easy to say nawalt….

  19. From the outside, you would think it would be easy to bring your girlfriend here from the Philippines. After all, the current government in DC is just opening the border to anyone who wants to come. Maybe the problem is, you would be taking care of her, and not the government? So maybe that’s the angle to play? Bring her over, and tell them to give her free everything from Uncle Joe, and she’ll be a voter for life…lol

  20. Reekay, the answer to the question is nobody’s business. Whoever is asking has to clue what it takes to bring an immigrant to the US. I brought my wife to US 1997 and it took about almost a year. And that was on a fiance’s visa. It’s just not getting passport and a ticket. Stay safe and don’t listen to the noise of the mercado.

  21. My wife was approved in Mar 2020 and still has not received her final interview due to CV19.

  22. It took 9 months for me to get my fiancé over to the US and that was 3 years ago.
    She is now in the process of applying for the 10 year green card which is more paperwork and money,then in a year she will be able to apply for citizenship more paperwork and of course more money.So it’s not quite as simple as some people think,but it’s all worth it knowing someday she will be a dual citizen and can come and go as she pleases.

  23. I brought my wife to U.S with spouse Visa and yeah it’s a complicated procedure. Doesn’t just happen in a few months.

  24. Passports are easy for a Filipina to get. And some countries are visa free for Filipinos. (Like Hong Kong). In the mall in Bacolod, Negros it takes about two weeks. You need some documents– birth certificate, police report, NBI clearance.. ask around. Then while you eat schwarma, she gets her passport. 1, 2, 3…easy…

  25. Been waiting one and a half years for the interview for my wife. She should have been here May. 2020

  26. I was married to a Filipina for a few years. She had a passport only. We went to Hong Kong in 2016 for a few days. Then we decided to see if we could get her into the united States. At first we were going to try Guam. So she went to the embassy in manila and applied for a tourist visa. The officer asked what her husband (me) did for a living. She told I traded in crypto currency. He didn’t know what that was and decided to ask his friend in the adjoining immigration window. Apparently he didn’t know either so he came back and approved my wife’s visa. She didn’t have to mention Guam or anything, so he stamped her passport with a tourist visa stamp good for 6 months. We picked up her stamped passport at the Robinsons mall where they sent it two weeks later. We laughed and hi fived etc. To make a short story long, two weeks in New York, she left me for some ex cop who offered her a job which she saw online. She thought he was rich but didn’t know he was almost bankrupt. Anyway, after two months he kicked her out. She met another dude online in two days and moved in with him. She asked if I would take her back after all that had happened. I said no. She now has a baby to this dude and got married in May 2021. I divorced her through the mail from Florida.

  27. Would there be any way to bribe that individual so he,she wouldn’t off load the filapena from leaving the Philippines? Just asking.

  28. It took 1 year and eight months to bring my wife to the US after we were married in the Philippines. It don’t happen over night and it’s not free either.

  29. In Addition to everything you just said, we all know it’s not a good idea to bring your Filipina to the states. In the Philippines, you are the commodity as a expat male. In the United States she is a commodity as a young attractive Filipina. I actually learned that from you!

  30. Covid or not. Let’s assume there were no travel restrictions as they are applied in those miserable times. It seems like it is almost impossible to travel the world with a Pinay girlfriend, even if she has a passport and a bank account with sufficient funds. Right or wrong? I’m not talking about bringing her to my home country but simply have a good time with her travelling neighbouring countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore or Indonesia. What is your opinion on this Reekay? I’d be so happy if you could give me a hint of what your opinion is regarding this matter. Anyway, thank you so much for your valuable and much appreciated videos with all those very good advices regarding life as an expat in the Phillipines. Best wishes for a happy life for you and your loved ones.

  31. Nice , clear and easy video. And I also noticed that one of your vlogging trolls was nearly smacked down this week!

  32. Visa and passport required. Bureaucracy of both countries is difficult. Most people need an immigration attorney to make sense of everything on the US side. Expensive!!

  33. The complexity to bring a girlfriend to the US may be a blessing. If she’s young and attractive it won’t take her long to figure out that now she’s the one in demand.

  34. Your video is absolutely spot on. Internstional travel right now is very difficult, often impossible. I wish that our political leaders would provide some leadership. Many of us have already had the COVID vaccinations. We are ready and eager to travel. We want to join our families, start new families, etc. I have a hard time understanding why the US visas are being processed so slowly. COVID? C’mon. The paperwork is online. And why don’t we have an international vaccine passport by now, which we could use in travel corridors through regions? We need some leaders with a little vision.

  35. if you grease the right palms-anything is possible especially USA-grease the squeaky wheels God bless-thats how all life works

  36. A lot of Americans don’t know how good we really have it as Americans. If you haven’t traveled to other countries you really don’t know!

  37. Hi Reekay….Do you know where I can go where they speak English and get into the country for six months? My girlfriends and Dumaguete but I thought I could go somewhere until things open up maybe even in Asia? Thanks for your response

  38. My wife tried to renew her Philippines passport. They said that there were no appointments open until Jan. 2022. This was to help me get a 9A visa {a new requirement} They have you coming and going…..

  39. Not only that . She wouldn’t be able to get a tourist visa that fast either

  40. What’s the big deal about getting her a passport? It’s easy to get in Philippines. Visas I agree, are a different issue

  41. Once the lady comes to America, she becomes Americanized, and the man loses fairness via Family Law. It’s also more affordable in the Philippines.

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