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Direct Consular Filing (DCF)


The DCF (Direct Consular Filing)

The Direct Consular Filing (DCF) is basically just a different way of filing for certain visas. Only some visas can be filed directly to the Embassy (DCF), and there are guidelines to be met in order to do so. The most common DCF filing is for spousal visa.

For a spousal visa DCF filing, if the petitioner has lived in the Philippines for 6 months or longer and has proof to the effect, the petition can be filed directly to the Manila embassy, rather than being sent to the US. This cuts out the 5-6 month wait at the USCIS service center, as well as the month or two at the NVC in Vermont. It simply cuts out the USCIS service center and National Visa Center, and processes the entire visa in Manila. Basically, this cuts a normal 10 month process into 4-8 weeks.

A DCF filing for spousal visa is very much like a standard stateside filing, uses much similiar paperwork, etc., with one exception. It is much faster. Certain other visas can be filed DCF, for instance adoption visas and widow visas, as well as derivative child visas. Most immigrant visas, however, need to be filed to the proper lockbox in the US. K1 fiancé visas cannot be filed DCF.


There are only a few agencies in the Philippines who assist with DCF filings, to the best of our knowledge we do more Direct Consular Filings than anyone else.


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Larry and Rony







Last Updated (Sunday, 12 October 2014 10:37)