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By Erika Presson
Last Updated: October 5, 2013


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  • The articles found on this blog are applicable to all I-129F Petitions, K1 Visa Applicants, AOS (from a K1 Visa), and ROC applicants unless otherwise noted. The I-129F Process and AOS is the same for all foreign beneficiaries/spouses. Some K1 Visa Process articles are written specifically for applicants from the Philippines. Please refer to your country's U.S. Consulate/Embassy website for country-specific instructions.

About The Missus

Erika Presson graduated from of one of the top universities of her home country (a State University and considered to be the premier university of the Philippines actually), the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She has a degree in BA European Languages with a Major in Spanish and a Minor in Tourism. She is proud to be an Iska.

Growing up, she has wanted to travel the world, Spain and the Spanish Colonies, most especially those in Latin America. After graduating, however, she started working in the I.T. industry, particularly in the Web Development field.


Erika has always been a geek and learned Web Design and Development in high school on her own. She started making her own website/online journal in 1997 but there were no blogging platforms yet and were just individual HTML pages. She honed these web design skills and has, since then, been working as a freelancer all the way through college. By this time, she had been blogging through and LiveJournal. Months after graduation, she was offered a job at a local internet service provider as a Web Designer. Work happened and put a stop to her blogging. That was the start of her career in the I.T. industry though, slowly moving her way up to Senior Web Designer, Team Leader, Studio Manager, and Production Traffic Manager.

Before she left for the US in August 2013 to be with her then-fiance (now husband), she was a Quality Assurance Manager of a top Digital Advertising and Web Development firm in Manila, Philippines. As of October 2013, she awaits her Adjustment of Status decision from USCIS which will allow her to work in the US. During this time, she thought of passing the time by creating this blog, and if she’s lucky, find freelance web design gigs online. -wink wink-

Update 02/10/2014: She has acquired her Work Permit (EAD/AP Combo Card) in December 2013 and is now currently working at a local software company. Yes, in Grand Forks.

Update 05/01/2014: Her AOS has been approved and is now a Legal Permanent Resident in the US (Green Card Holder). Read her timeline here »

You can find her on the following social networks/platforms:

Also, Check out her Web Design Portfolio.


About The Site

This is a personal blog aiming to document Erika’s (Mrs. Presson’s) Journey as an immigrant and most especially a wife to Christopher. Some posts may also highlight the travels that she did in the past and/or those trips that both of them did as a couple. There are articles found in this site which provides information about US Immigration processes, particularly for Fiancé(e)’s, including timelines and documents to prepare. Please note that it still is best to consult, Travel.State.Gov and your local US Embassy Website for official immigration documents and instructions. Other posts, well, they may just be about anything under the sun, really.

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  1. Tina says:

    Dear Mrs. Presson (Erika)
    Your blog is so informative and have helped us a lot through my fiancee’s interview. I discovered your blog 2 days before my fiancee’s interview on 7/07/2017 (today here or last night in the Philippines). We were so confused with the information that we got from the consulate website and other official websites. Even the correspondence that we received were very unclear on the procedures to partake.
    My fiancee told me that the images of the forms and pages you posted helped her a lot. And YES, she passed her K-1 interview! What a relief it is! The information in the US consulate in the Philippines is very confusing. Some have information that are undated. Luckily via google I discovered your link. There is a GOD, that’s all I can say!
    POE will be next and the AOS, I have bookmarked your blog site for future reference. I hope someday we will meet you in person, heck…LOVE IS LOVE!

    Tina and Grace

  2. Joyce says:

    Dear Erika,

    My name is Joyce and I work for [redacted].

    [redacted] is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!

    We quite enjoy your blog about living in USA, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?

    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

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