Have You Received Any Of These Au Pair Scam Letters?

It's the second time that I got a surprise email from my blog's reader. The first one was when I posted about having a Google Wave invite. A reader contacted me that he wants to receive the most coveted Google Wave invite (at least during the time when it was hard to get one but I guess it was overrated since it's too buggy and no one seems to open it anymore).

The most recent email that I got was from a lady from Finland thanking me for posting about the Nicole Edwards Au Pair scam. Here's a copy of her letter that she sent me. I am glad that I was able to save her from being hoodwinked by the Nigerian scammers.

I wasn't able to post a comment on your post about Nicole Edwards so I decided
to send you an email.

I received exactly same message from her in facebook. I answered her and she
answered back again almost asame message which you got too. And she said that
here are some pictures but there weren't any..
My parents were very worried about if she really is who she says she is so I
googled the owen blames and came across with this. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I would propably have been so fool and paid but not after reading this so thanks
again. You saved my money.
By the way I'm from Finland.

I trust people too much :(

Best wishes,

With that being said, here are some additional au pair scam emails that I've been receiving. Most of these letters are from "families" claiming to be from UK. I assure you the list goes on but here are just some of the au pair scam emails. Be wary and don't just believe in everything that these Nigerian scammers are saying. You know better than believing anyone who claim so much and couldn't even construct a proper letter. Most of these have poorly constructed letters, spelling errors and watch out for the addresses because when you look them up in the Google map, you will either be directed to an intersection or no such address found. If you try to call the numbers that they are providing, you will sure get a deadline. You see, these au pair scammers are just trying to extract some money from you.

From: johncrusenbery@yahoo.com

Dear Aupair,
We are an easygoing couple with a happy, fun, and healthy kid. We saw your profile on www.eaupair.com and decided to contact you on the possibility of becoming our new family member. We are looking for someone who likes to do their own thing and doesn't have a problem staying home, although there is a car here for you. We spend 3 months at a beach house in East London each year. We have had an aupair before and it was wonderful. Clinton our son is so much fun and this age is adorable! You will have the chance to really impact his life since he is so impressionable now. We are only interested in hiring someone who is willing to work in the UK. All Travel expenses shall be borne by us and we shall also provide fully furnished live in or live out accommodation. Write us soonest with your picture/resume, introduction and how soon you can start as we need a aupair that can start as soon as possible. You can call me on +44 702 409 4777 or give me a direct mobile number to reach you with so that we can discuss further. Crusenbery John

From: garry rowland garry_rowland505@hotmail.com

My name is Mr Garry Rowland 39 Years Old & Why my Wife name Linda Rowland ,Will are a Happy family with 2 children currently named Sarah and Joy will live in United State Of America Stafford FLORIDA State:13852 LAKE POINT DR CLEARWATER,FL,33762 .We are an easy going fun family with a fairly hectic lifestyle! Let me tell you more about our family. Sarah (6 years old) goes to school 5 days a week. she is a good little girl most of the time.she likes to tell stories, paint and play in general.Joy (3 year old) is still developing her personality but so far she seems like a typical little Girl. Joy is the newest addition and will be 3 years old when you start. she is sleeping through the night now and that is always good. Since we have 2 little ones, we need someone who is up to the challenge. It is a lot of work but the reward is also great. In the time that you spend as part of our family you will witness the most wonderful things. In exchange for your hard work you will be respected and will be part of our family. You will have your own space and time for yourself. You will have access to a car and we will do our best to make sure you have fun while you are here. You will be our fifth au pair and you are welcome to contact our prior au pairs. We try to have as few rules as possible but there are some. We believe a good au pair follows our parenting style. We have routines for all our children. Our kids generally wake up and go to bed at the same time everyday- we believe this is very important for children. Meals also are at roughly the same time each day. We use “time out” as our main form of punishment. We like to keep things generally neat so everyone cleans-up after themselves. These are the basics when it comes to our family. We believe in honest communication with no hard feelings. If we do not like something we will tell you and hope you do the same. My Husband is an emergency doctor and Am a Teacher in a college. I works shifts meaning that means i works a set number of hours each month including some nights and weekends. But my work is regular Monday through Friday. Although we normally busy, it does not mean that we are never home. In fact, one of us is often home. i will be working 5 days per week times so you will often be together when working. We do not have many hobbies or outside interest other then our kids. We spend most of our free time with them. Our house is nice with a lot of space. Your room would be on the third floor and you would have your own bathroom. The main living area is on the first floor and the remaining bedrooms are on the second floor. Our computer is in the main living area. We have a pool and nice back yard. There is plenty of space for you to "get away" when not working. We will provide you with a cell and also have your own computers. Once you get your American drivers license you will have a car to use. It is a Chevy Prism- it is small by American standards but is a good size. You can use the car when you are not working. We have rules for the car but they are not too bad and we can talk more when you get here. You will have to drive the kids sometimes.. Will are seeking an Au Pair who is honest, reliable, kind & considerate,Will would like some English to be spoken, but am happy to provide & pay for an English course for the successful applicant! Will are looking for someone to join our family and help take some of the day to day pressure off me so that we can all enjoy the good things of family life. As a family we enjoy barbecue (weather permitting), socializing, generally having fun, reading, computers, TV, the Girls love computer games. Food is another great love of ours - given the time I enjoy cooking. We are practicing Catholics but accept and respect others beliefs,We looking for someone to care for our 2 kids(Sarah and Joy and they are age is 6 years and 3 years) while I am at work. Am a Vet Doctor while my wife is a college teacher. We are looking for a responsible and kind person who will be patient and attentive to our Kids. Our Kids is very easy going for an infant and I work only 2 miles away from home. We hope that we can find someone who is willing to keep our Kids entertained with playtime, songs, and books. We are not looking for someone to do our household chores, however we do have two small dogs and we would leave it up to the caregiver whether or not she wished to care for the dogs as well as the baby (they are very easy to care for, but may also be kept in their kennels for the day). We would like to find someone who is comfortable with our kids and who we feel comfortable with. The job would include caring for a baby girls between 7/8am and 3/4 pm Monday through Friday. We are willing to bring our daughter to the caregiver, including feeding them we will like to pay you 1700$ every,month end for salaries and 400$ for your pocket fees every week end. Additionally take them to various after school activities - ballet, tap, jujitsu, brownies etc.. 2 eves a week babysitting (average) occasional overnight care of the children when I have to travel for work.. We have two beautiful children girls Sarah and Joy, and I currently work as a college teacher and i`m going to use an aupair to help me with our children i have them 20 days a month all day every day during the week, mostly we play, swim, go to beach house, collect shells, library, fishing, movies, and just kids stuff. We want someone who will not mind going swimming with them. Mostly I want a good loving person for them because they are my angles an i love them dearly. will need you to have a valid united states Visa and work permit and able to swim. I'll give you a car to use for the little ones and when you have your days off. I'll pay for all of vehicle expenses and gas. No worries just have fun with the little ones. I wish for you to come into my little angles life's and give them the love and attention that they both deserve. I love them big as the sky and they love me as big as the sky, and i hope you`ll show them your love as big as the sky.Care for the children in school holidays. Light housework - mainly keeping the kitchen and living room clutter free ! If you feel you could be happy in our family please let me know. Please we would like the suitable applicant to start any time & preferably stay for between 3-6 months.i hope to hear from you soon.Kindly email me back to my email address below arry_rowland505@hotmail.com or arry_rowland505@yahoo.com ,also know that we can chat on yahoo and here is my id arry_rowland505

From: howarddickson79@yahoo.co.uk

Hello Au Pair
I got to see your profile on www.eaupair.com. We are a British family, we travel a lot and have a lots of fun. We have two adorable kids their names are Harry and Ruth.We are looking for a loving, responsible, energetic person to take care of our kids starting as soon as you can. We do not require much babysitting in the evenings or on weekends which means that you are free to enjoy these exploring, touring, shopping, go to the library which is right across the street from us, or go to the synagogue, which is also right across the street. taking classes at the local colleges and there are more than 20 colleges all within 10 minutes by bus from our house. On your days off you can enjoy traveling to the city, their is a bus which will take you there right from outside our home. We will provide you with comfortable accommodations, including your own private floor, kitchen and bathroom, TV, wireless internet, laptop and car usage if you like, we want you to feel like a part of the family and not like a helper or worker. We both work,. We are looking for someone who will enjoy creating fun, imaginative games with our children, taking walks, and running around the zoo and the playground. Hours will be Monday through Friday 9am - 4:30pm . There will be opportunities to make additional money with evening and weekend babysitting, since we have many friends who are in need of babysitting here and there. If we sound like your kind of family, and you are looking for a job covering the dates we need someone, we would love to talk to you! If you are interested, please contact us immediately via email or mobile +447024026691. Regards..........Howard Dickson hnrobinson71@gmail.com

From: jhnrobinson71@gmail.com

Am Mr. John Robinson from the united kingdom, i live at 56 William Jessop Ct, Manchester, M1 2NE, I am a medical doctor by profession, and am always busy dew to the nature of my job, and ever since I lost my wife , I have been the only one with my two lovely kind since the death of my lovely wife. This is why I have been searching for a caring Au pair that will be taking good care of my two lovely kids of ages 3 and 5, cos I don’t want them to fill the absent of there mother. I have gone through so many Au pair profiles on the site but i noticed that your own is more considerable before I decided to give you the chance, and I hope your stay will be a good one? kindly get back to me if you will be willing to work with my family. Your main work is to ensure the kids are always happy, and also not to feel the absent of there mother. You will have your own private apartment, and I will be giving the some of 1800 pounds per month with a weekly allowance of 350 pounds every week, you will be have weekend has you off days. IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN MY OFFER AND YOU ARE CAPABLE OF THE WORK WITH MY FAMILY, kindly get back to me with your pictures and also will like to know if you have a UK visa and working permit, so that we can know what to do. Hope you don't have any criminal record that can disturb your traveling. I will like you to get back to as soon as possible cos you service is highly need urgently, looking forward to read back from you. My regards to your family, have a lovely day. Mr. John Robinson.

From: hnrobinson71@gmail.com

Hello Au pair/Nanny.
First of all i want to tell you that i am please in writing you this message..We are a family from USA,My name is Mrs Kelly Richard and single Mother.i have just 1 child's which there name is Ben which is 1 year and a few moths.Our contact address is (1432 woodside avenue,Buffalo NY 14220) Am a Engineering I work at( Acme Products & Engineering Inc company...4245 Genesee Street Cheektowaga,14225 New York) ,Am always busy at work that is why i need someone like you in our Household,Cos i am the only one left at home with kid..You will not be working too much at home in the house at all..Your duties is to take the kid to school,House caretaker,Domestic Helper,(IF YOU HAVE A DRIVING LICENSE)you can use my car to do that,Bringing him back from school and play with them, go to museums, playground, watching movies, prepare/serving their snacks and foods,entertain him in the evening when you come back..You will have your Private Room which will have Bathroom, Toilet, , Air-Conditional. You will have access to the Internet and a Telephone at home to get in touch with your friends and loved ones. You will be having Fridays,Saturdays and Sundays as your off days, so to enable you have enough time for yourself. My offer for you will be $700 for your weekly pocket money,and i will be paying you $3500 monthly..Which i think is okay for you. There is another Au pair around the town that you can pass time with so that you will not be able to feel lonely,Sometimes when the kid go to school.Please i want an Au pair that is friendly and honest that have God fearing for My kid cos i really love them and we can afford to let him get hurt.I will like you to email me too all about you and we also like to have your cell phone number plus area in your reply. I can assure you that when you come you will be treated like one family and you will be very happy to work with my family. If you think you have interest in my family,That our family is a kind of family you are looking for i think this is the next step to take....Regarding the traveling.You dont need to look futher cos i want to introduce you to one of my Designated Travel agency that made it possible for my last Au pair Roseline from Mexico...The agency is good and legal i am sure they will help you out. All you have to do is to send them an email and make enquiries you need to be able to come hear in USA,don't forget to tell them you are from me Mrs Kelly and i will email them too all about what they can do to help you out..Hear are there email to contact..(worldshipping_79@yahoo.com )...... Kelly

From: thomasr.1971@live.com

Hello there,
My name is Dr Richard Thomas 40 Years Old & I am a single parent to 2 children currently named Andrew and Jade and i live United State of America 699 Saratoga road, Burnt Hills,NY,12027,United Stated. We are an easy going fun family with a fairly hectic lifestyle! I work full time in United Kingdom at the moment due to by Job as a doctor and my Grandma is the one taking care of the children now and she let me understand that she need who can assist her. My children have a full set of activities they enjoy. I have a very loving family & will welcome the right candidate & make them feel very welcome in my house. I am seeking an Au Pair who is honest, reliable, kind & considerate. I would like some English to be spoken, but am happy to provide & pay for an English course for the successful applicant! I am looking for someone to join our family and help take some of the day to day pressure off me so that we can all enjoy the good things of family life. As a family we enjoy barbeque (weather permitting), socializing, generally having fun, reading, computers, TV, the boys love computer games and my daughter arts & crafts. Food is another great love of ours - given the time I enjoy cooking. We are practicing Catholics but accept and respect others beliefs,Care for 2 children (4 yr old & 6 yr old) from 7 am - school at 8:45. Walk the children to school and pick them up again at 3:15. care for the children from 3:15 - approx 6:30 including feeding them we will like to pay you $2000 Dollars every month end for salaries and $300 Dollars for your pocket fees every week end. Additionally take them to various after school activities - ballet, tap, jujitsu, brownies etc. 2 eves a week babysitting (average) occasional overnight care of the children when I have to travel for work. Care for the children in school holidays. Light housework - mainly keeping the kitchen and living room clutter free ! If you feel you could be happy in our family please let me know. Please ld like the suitable applicant to start by the ending of february or first week march, & preferably stay for between 6-12 months.You can rich on phone through my UK number (+447024034574) for now.. Thanks and i hope to hear from you soon. Best of Regards, Dr Richard Thomas.

From: annjohn122@yahoo.com

Hi... We are a British family living in London,UK.We need a live in Au pair to help take care of our children aged 3 & 5 years old, play with them and prepared them ready for school''' We live in 15 Layard Road Forty Hill, ENFIELD. EN1 4BB United Kingdom 10 mins walk from the train station and 15 mins walk from the Airport We have a lively boy and girl aged Five and Three, they go to school and we need help with A competent Live-In Au Pair Dad works full-time abroad (back weekends). Mum works full-time in ( Wrangler Jean ).. We are looking for someone who will : 1) Entertaining them for about 1 hour in the evening 2) Evening bath 3)Putting kids to bed (7pm) 4) the Kids love to play You shall have a private accommodation with furnished sitting room and bedroom and also a private bathroom. A Fixed land phone and an Internet ready computer.By law, Our Au pairs shall work a maximum of 25 hours per week or 5 hours per day with 2 full days off per week. the Au pair would be entitled to one whole weekend off in a month.We need an Au pair who is caring,affectionate,jovial and Competent to care for our kids Regarding the Salary remuneration Our family can only afford to pay to you 1,100 pounds as your Monthly stipend salary and then we shall give you 50 Pounds every week as your pocket money in case you want to spend on your personal expenses this shall also be paid to you every Sunday which equal 200 Pounds in a Month Plus the 1,300 Monthly salary . Your total Packages pay shall equal to 1,300 British Pounds Per Month. I hope you are okay by this pay, We are willing to hire you for about 2 YEARS Depending on your own decision and then be allocated personal apartment in Our Including access to Internet facility Would like to know if you are Interested so i can stop my search . Reply only if you are competent and really ready to work here in with Our family... attached a picture of yourself if you accept the offer and if you are okay with the pay... . Thanks

From: sharon.stewart@dongil-engineering.co.uk

Dear Aupair,
A Family Aupair/Nanny is urgently needed. We are Mr & Mrs. Sharon Stewart, I work with Dongil Engineering Company here in London-UK and i am not usually at home except during weekends. I am urgently needing a home Aupair/Nanny for my child..Name Favor. she is 3 years of age,As i am working with my company as a Project Supervisor at the Dongil Engineering Company. I am a very busy man and my wife who is also an international oil consultant, working with an Oil firm here in London-UK as the Civil Engineer. So we are a very busy people and we do not stay at home regularly that is why we will be needing an Family Aupair/Nanny to take good care of my child at after school hrs. I am offering GBP3,500 every four weeks and GBP600 weekly as Domestic allowance... You will have your own apartment with a personal bathroom and toilet.. if you are willing to work with us, We will provide you a personal car that you will use here in London-UK, i shall also get you a job here in London-UK where you can earn more money,during morning hrs because you will only be taking care of my child after their school hrs which is afternoon-evening. Your duty is to take good care of the child, make sure that she do her school home works, give additional lectures ETC...if you are interest in this offer kindly email me back at this email or phone number (sharon.stewart@msn.com), so that i will be able to get back to you immediately. I await for your urgent respond. Thank you for taking your time to read my mails /offer Regards, Sincerely. Mr & Mrs. Sharon Stewart Tel: +447031964702

From: david.hubb@earthlink.net
Hello There,
Am Jessica jenifer from United State Of America,I saw your profile and i will want you to work for my family.My husband work in a Garment Industry and i spend most of my time at work.because i work for Government and me wife work as a Missionary so most of the time she travels out on London. We are looking for an aupair who could take care of our daughter Linda,She is 6 years old.She is funny and happy to please.She likes going out,do arts and crafts. Our house is approx 2 miles from good language school so if there is need for you to attend a language course,All i need from you is trust and honesty because i will not be at home with the her and she will be with you due to my work status,and for the fact that i travel a lot,i will not be at home to stay with them and as you know it there are a lot of achievement in USA and you will be treated as part of my family from the minute you arrive. Our family is a little hectic at times but fun loving and energetic.Our house is 30 minutes drive away from the America International airport.You will have access to the internet and a television and dvd in your room. you will have your own double room with en suite shower facilities,you will have a car should in case you want to take the children out,that is if you know how to drive.I would expect you to work for 6hrs per day Mon-Fri, weekends you can be off you can start doing some other things here in USA.Our kid will be in school Mon-Fri from 8:00 until 12. you are to take care of her Monday to Friday from 7 am when she wake up, until she leave for school, around 8:15 am, then again from 2:30 until 7 pm or so and from 7 am until 6 pm on Saturday with a two hour break during the day or a half day on Sunday occasionally.We require a night out each week and schedule your hours so that we can. You never work more than 40 hours a week, unless we compensate you.Your duties for the children would be to get them up in the mornings, get the children ready for school, prepare snacks, play with them, help with their meals, as well as bedtime rituals such as bath.i want someone who will be a part of the family. I will be paying you $900 per week.As soon as you've arrive the airport my driver shall come for your pickup.We have our own agency who can help you to get al your document and we don't want you to contact any agency accept our family agency,We looking for an serious person that can take good care of our daughter Linda. Here's my home address:14640 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA,90049.We are looking forward to the opportunity of meeting you and having you become a part of our happy family. I will be waiting for your reply very soonest Best Regards.

From: markfrankfamily@gmail.com

Hello Aupair,
My name is Frank Joe 39 Years Old & Why my Wife Name is Evon joe,Will are a Happy family with 3 children currently named sarah, tom and petter boy will live in United State Of America (1225 Jenkins Avenue, Norman, Ok, 73019 US)We are an easy going fun family with a fairly hectic lifestyle! Me and my Wife work full time and the children have a full set of activities they enjoy. Will have a very loving family & will welcome the right candidate & make them feel very welcome in our house. Will are seeking an Au Pair who is honest, reliable, kind & considerate, but am happy to provide & pay for an English course for the successful applicant! Will are looking for someone to join our family and help take some of the day pressure off me so that we can all enjoy the good things of family life. As a family we enjoy barbecue (weather permitting), socializing, generally having fun, reading, computers, TV, the boys love computer games. Food is another great love of ours - given the time I enjoy cooking. We are practicing Catholics but accept and respect others beliefs,Care for 3 children (2yr old,4 yr old & 6 yr old) from 7 am - school at 8:45. Walk the children to school and pick them up again at 3:15. care for the children from 3:15 - approx 6:30 including feeding them we will like to pay you 2000 Dollars everymonth end for salaries and 1000$ for your pocket fees every week end. Additionally take them to various after school activities - ballet, tap, jujitsu, brownies etc. 2 eves a week babysitting (average) occasional overnight care of the children when I have to travel for work. We have two beautiful children boys Bill and Scott boy, and I currently work three different medical clinics and i`m going to use an aupair to help me with our children i have them 20 days a month all day every day during the week, mostly we play, swim, go to beach house, collect shells, library, fishing, movies, and just kids stuff. We want someone who will not mind going swimming with them. Mostly I want a good loving person for them because they are my angles an i love them dearly. They will both be in private school this year and I will need help during the week after school, on trips while school is out and summer time. will need you to have a valid usa Visa and working permit and able to swim. I'll give you a car to use for the little ones and when you have your days off. I'll pay for all of vehicle expenses and gas. No worries just have fun with the little ones. I wish for you to come into my little angles lifes and give them the love and attention that they both deserve. I love them big as the sky and they love me as big as the sky, and i hope you`ll show them your love as big as the sky.Care for the children in school holidays. Light housework - mainly keeping the kitchen and living room clutter free ! If you feel you could be happy in our family please let me know. Please we like the suitable applicant to start anytime for now, & preferably stay for between 6-12 months.i hope to hear from you soon.with your phone number and i like you to contact me back with your country's name........................................ Best of Regards, MR FRANK JOE'S FAMILY kindly contact me back immediately you get this mail thanks

From: jsandrand@gmail.com

We are a cheerful, friendly family in london , England.We have two happy and affectionate kids, Jasmine (6) and Aidan (10) who attend the local school between 9 and 3.00 every day. Jasmine likes playing with trains, drawing,playing on the computer and garden swing, and riding his bike. Aidan wants to be a scientist when he grows up, and enjoys playing withLego, art, reading comics, riding around on his scooter and playing with his new Nintendo Wii. We live in a very large modern family house with six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and beautiful views of the River Cam, in a popular family-friendly village right by Cambridge (15-20 minutes cycling ride). We are looking for someone to get the children ready in the morning,prepare and clear up the family's breakfast at about 7.30am, make the beds, and take the children to school, which is about a 1.5km walk away. The au pair would then need to pick them up at 3.00 and look after them until we get home. We might ask the au pair to babysit 1-2 evenings a week. We have a really great cleaner, so there wouldn't be any heavy housework. There is a bit of light cleaning and laundry which would take about 90 minutes a day in total. There would be plenty of time free in the day to go to language school, and there are a lot of good ones in the area.We will encourage and assist you to find suitable english classes (such as Cambridge Certificate) or other courses that you might be interested in so you feel that while you stay with us you develop and progress with your skills and education. Living arrangements: The au pair would have her own room, which is huge, and has a double bed, with sitting area and TV/DVD/Video/Hifi. There is wireless broadband internet in the house. It has a lovely view of Ely Cathedral to the North out of the big window. You can even use one of our cars all weekend! Also 2 weeks are paid holiday during Christmas/New Year plus another 2 weeks during the year. We are looking for someone with a good sense of humour.If you love children and could help us provide a loving environment combining routine and fun for the children then. we would like to welcome you to our family as a friend and a big sister to our kids.Housework is not an important part of the aupair job, being part of our family and helping our children develop and learn is the main thing. We are really flexible. Working hours: 07.30 to 09.00 and 1500 to 1900 Plus about 60-90 minutes of housework a day to fit in with the au pair's schedule. Some Friday afternoons off. Total 25-30 hours a week Benefits : We will be paying you £2000 pounds sterling for every four weeks. A pocket money of £250 pounds per week. And you will also be having your own car.We would send you a flight ticket to your door step, if you are intrested working with our family and a return ticket back to your country. Other information: The au pair would be part of the family, and we certainly don't expect a servant! We have had lots of au pairs in the past, and we are used to helping people get to know the area and make friends. Sandra james family Barlby Road, North Kensington, London W10 6BL

Those are just some of the sample emails that you might get from Nigerian au pair scammers. Be careful not to believe in whatever they say. Be sure to verify all the information that they are giving by searching their addresses in the Google map, calling the number that they gave you. They assume that you do not have access to these information but if you look up their address in the Google map, either the address could not be found or you will see an intersection. If you call the number, it is either a dead line or no answer. There had been a lot of au pair scams that scattered in the internet lately but in order to prevent yourself from being hoodwinked, coordinate with the authorized local au pair agencies. Most of these au pair scammers claim that they are from the United Kingdom (UK) and would ask you to contact their immigration lawyer and the lawyer would then ask you for some amount of money as your contribution. Do not send any amount of money to anyone! If you have received any of these letters, kindly leave your comments below to warn others. Let us all fight these au pair scammers.

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The Much Awaited IELTS Result Arrived Today

So Much Anticipation and Delay

I took the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test last February 27th, 2010, Saturday in The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Makati and anticipated the result to be delivered through LBC last March 12, 2010(which is exactly 13 days after the test date).

However, since I am in the provincial area, I had to wait for a couple more days. You won't believe just how much anticipation did I experience while waiting. I am not normally easily excited and nervous at the same time but I got to be honest that I was pretty nervous with the result (I was pretty cool during the examination day though I wasn't able to prepare) but for some weird reasons, I was really anxious. Mom called LBC, the official courier that IDP usually send the results to, but the receptionist said that there was none.

When I called yesterday, she said that they've already resent it to Paseo deo Roxas, Makati (where IDP is). I was a little infuriated how come the much awaited result was resent. She reasoned that they didn't find me in the address that I provided. My anxiety increased and so was the tension deep inside me. I then offered a prayer that no matter what the result may be, I know the Lord's plan for me is to prosper and not to harm me.

Even if I was a little furious with the errors in the delivery, I managed to negotiate with the receptionist in LBC that she would contact me as soon as the mail would arrive in their office. At around 8:30 this morning, I got a text message from the same receptionist informing me that my mail has arrived. (thug thug thug). So the much awaited IELTS result has arrived after all the delays that it has gone through. I waited until I took my break and walked to Diversion road since it's pretty close to Callbox. While walking I was already preparing myself for whatever the result was. Again, I thanked God in advance whatever the scores were.

What is usually a 5-minute walk from Callbox to Andoks Lechon Manok (LBC is just across the street) turned into 3-minute walk as I lengthen my stride and kept a fast pacing. There I saw one of the delivery motorcycles embossed with the letters LBC. I kept walking and noticed that their glass door handle was broken. I walked in and told the lady in the front desk that I am going to pick up a mail for Jonha Revesencio. She recognized the name and, "Oh yeah, wait a sec". I smiled and asked if she's the lady I spoke with over the phone yesterday and she nodded in affirmation.

I carefully signed the documents attesting my receipt of the said mail while glancing at my mobile phone's clock. It's 2:43 PM (which is 8 minutes in advance to Callbox time). I didn't hurry, I did so much of that while walking. I thanked the lady and opened the package. I carefully opened the white envelope of a size like the normal envelopes you get during Christmas day which contains Christmas cards. Right, the content of the said envelope is much more than a Christmas card. It would determine my future. I tore the plastic envelope of LBC and opened the white envelope. I saw my picture, then I had to flip the document since it was folded (now they sure know how to create some suspense, huh). I needed to review it before I could be certain.

Test Results

The girl in the photo is much prettier in person, I assure you.

Listening: 6.0
Reading: 6.0
Writing: 7.0
Speaking: 8.0
Overall Band Score: 7.0

The Preparation

My preparation focused more on what to say to my Team Leader so I would be allowed to take my 5 days leave out of my bountiful leave bank of 18.5 days (I guess it's 14.5 now since I incur 1.75 per month but I can't be sure, I am not good with figures and thank God it wasn't included in the IELTS test). My aunties from Austin, Texas decided to take a few weeks vacation in my mom's hometown in Bangued, Abra. I knew right then that it would be a perfect time to rest a bit from all my work and hopefully get to take the IELTS.

When my Production Leader approved my vacation leave, you wouldn't guess just how much elated I was. It was a mixture of excitement to get to see my aunties and to hopefully get to take the IELTS test. I keep on saying hopefully because I had my friend print the application form downloaded from IDP's website but I wasn't sure if I could still make it to last few slots scheduled for February 27th, 2010 which also happen to be in Makati (usually they have provincial tests held in Iloilo, Bacolod and Cebu) so I still hoped I could.

Makati, Manila

I told myself, If I am not going to pass the IELTS examination, at least I have this blue ballpen and a pocket calendar from IDP (Yeah right, worth Php 8,620,lol)

Me and my mom traveled on Sunday through RORO (Philippine government's clever project for cheaper transportation called Roll-on Roll-off wherein the bus embarks into a ship then rolls off once it reached another port, wherein it would roll on to another ship. I won't tell you much about the travel because it was really exhausting and I think more I think about it, typing becomes more exhausting). On Monday, Tita Ellen (a family friend we met here in Iloilo) met us in the bus terminal. She lives in Makati and I thought right then that she was heaven sent. Almost all of the transactions that I would be doing would be in Makati.

On Monday morning we went to IDP office in 2/F Piooneer House Makati 108 Paseo de Roxas Legaspi Village, Makati. We took the cab since Tita Ellen confessed that she barely goes to that area of Makati anymore. The last time she went there was during her teenage years (trust me, you wouldn't want to know how long it has been). The IDP Office was in a rather old building which speaks for its name--Pioneer. I had Tita Ellen schedule an appointment with the agents in IDP so they were already expecting us to drop by. I talked with Sheryl Anne Calais and she told me I need to take the IELTS before we could proceed to any other processes. She told me to wait for March 6th (which would be held in Bacolod--oh no, I wouldn't have any excuses to travel again!) but I told her that I am from Iloilo and that I only had 1 week vacation leave from my work. They considered that and I was given only a day to process my IELTS application. But the problem arose, I hoped to take the IELTS test but I didn't bring any extra money with me. When I said extra money, the IELTS test fee is Php 8,620. Sheryl said I need to pay the said amount within the day so I could get myself registered and be able to take the test on Saturday (you read it right, I told them I want to take the test 5 days after, even without any review preparation). Confident that I would be able to raise the money, I told her I am going home to get the said amount. Me and Tita Ellen again took the cab. I explained to my mom when we arrived that I would need Php 8,620 to take the IELTS. Me and mom gave each other the same look when we both realize we made some mistake. The day before we travel to Manila, she asked me if I would take my Citi Savings Bank (No dear it's not the prestigious International Citi Bank if that's what you're imagining, it's a Thrift Bank) passbook with me. I told her I wouldn't need it. So my mom gave me the I-Told-You look. I tried to intervene right away by telling her that I wouldn't be able to withdraw my money anyway since seeping through the whole city just to look for a branch of my thrift bank wouldn't be as much helpful. It was 3:30 in the afternoon. I sent a text message to almost all my former highschool class-friends to lend me the said amount because, I, Jonha Ducayag Revesencio, having been so silly to prepare for what I hope for, badly needed the money for IELTS (I wonder if they know what that is until maybe they read this post).

No one replied. I guess "Hello how are you?" is much more respondable than "Hey I need some monetary help".

Then the phone rang. It was my cousin, Ate Baby, currently working in Cyprus. OMG, is that how fast the Lord responds?! I knew right then and there that it was her that the Lord has answered my prayer through. I explained to her what I needed and that she was just in time to save me! I didn't need to explain it a lot to my cousin because she understood that I wouldn't ask for her help unless I badly needed to. I told her I would pay the money by Monday. I ended up paying it on Tuesday since I was too busy.

Me, my mom and Tita Ellen withdraw the money in the nearest Banco de Oro branch. Clutching the bills in my hands and carefully tucking it in my pouch, I couldn't believe at how fast God answered my prayer. It was a prayer that wasn't uttered loudly. It was a simple prayer that if God wants me to take the test, He will provide. He did both.

Review for the IELTS Examination

I would be the last worthy person to speak about this since I literally didn't get any chance to prepare. I needed to travel from Makati to Abra on Tuesday evening then be back on Friday evening for the test on Saturday morning. Sounds fun, huh? Well here are my preparations. When were were on our way to Manila from Abra (I know, didn't get to spend so much time in my mom's hometown because I had a test to take the next day was my usual reason to people asking me why such a brief moment in Abra), I ate almost all the food I could lay my eyes to. Believe me, I was so hungry that I could have eaten a horse to satisfy it. I ate boiled corn (maybe the first thing that I would miss about Abra is the generously packed corns), bibingka (rice cake, at least I think it is), peanuts and a bunch of many other foods. Trust me, if you want something indulge yourself because it will motivate you during the examination. I thought of how I gave everything to myself and promised myself that I would indulge into any food I want if I pass. Oh yeah so my mom was asking me to buy her a pint of ice cream tomorrow, I wouldn't mind pairing it with pizza.

3 W's of Preparation for Any Test (of Life)

1. Wish
Wish or hope that you would pass it. We all want to have high scores but if you're like me, don't expect too much since I don't deserve it much. People who spent almost everyday attending rigorous seminars and trainings in review centers deserve higher scores, so I can't murmur about getting 6.0 in Listening and Reading. Wish that you will pass.

2. Work
If you didn't prepare like me, you need to pray a lot and really dig upon your stored knowledge. Work work towards remembering all the what used to be irrelevant lessons that your teachers in high school and college taught. I developed my speaking skills while in high school. I developed a fond of reading (though it wasn't obvious in my test score, haha) during college. Those little lessons in the past are worth remembering (especially if that's all you could count on).

3. Wait
When I finished taking the examination, all I wanted to do was get a hold of the result. I guess the Lord knows we all want some things at some point in our life but we can't just have it all. We have to wait. So I waited and thank God it was good.

From the scores of my IELTS test, I have learned that:

1. Reading and Listening

I used to think that I am an introvert. But I guess I am more of an extrovert, or maybe an amalgamation of both. If we're going to base it on the results, it says a lot about my personality that I like to give more than receive (information only, haha). I like to speak and write than read and listen.

2. Suspense
The Lord is the greatest Humorist. He wants me to find humor in little things and appreciate every little things. He didn't want me to hurry. He wanted me to make the most of everything I have.

3. Fate
When I got the funds to take the test, I told God, "You wouldn't provide me with the money to pay if I can't pass it, right?" Like He wouldn't want me to work on it in the first place if I would only fail in the end. Again, His plans to prosper me and not to harm me.

In every test in life, we may feel inadequate, anxious and worried. However, if we trust in Him who knows everything, we will sure rise above all the trials that's trying to drown us. I know.


It's funny how most of my friends have been congratulating me about the "high"score even though I didn't post the meaning of each figures. Here's what each number means. So please stop telling me I have a high score because I know I didn't ace it well.

Band 9 Expert User
Has fully operation command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

Band 8 Very Good User
Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies (OMG! Blogger platform thinks that it's a misspelled word! Yikes it's from the official result,lol ) Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.

Band 7 Good User
Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

Band 6 Competent User
Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

Band 5 Modest User
as partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.

Band 4 Limited User
Basic competency is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

Band 3 Extremely Limited User
Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

Band 2 Intermittent User
No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae (Dang Blogger, I'm starting to think that guys in Google are having Asperger Syndrome as this is relatively simple word why can't it be "misspelled") in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1 Non User
Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words. (Ouch! I hope no one gets that grade!)

Band 0
No assessable information provided.

Carlos Slim, Forbes Richest Man for 2010

It's official! Forbes magazine declared Carlos Slim, the Mexican tycoon, the richest man in the world for the year 2010 with an estimated net of $53.5 billion on Wednesday. Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft ($53 billion) and investor Warren Buffet ($47 billion) fell on the second and third slot, respectively.

Forbes said that the trio regained $41.5 billion of the $68 billion they had lost the previous year. The number of billionaires around the world has nearly recovered in 2010 after dropping by a third last year during the global financial crisis. There are now 1,011 billionaires, compared with 793 last year and 1,125 in 2008.

The average billionaire is now worth $3.5 billion, up $500 million from last year. And the number of women on the list rose to 89 from 72 last year.

"The global economy is recovering and it's reflected in what you see in the list this year," Steve Forbes, chief executive of Forbes, told a news conference. "Financial markets have also made an even more impressive comeback from the lows of just about a year ago, particularly in emerging markets."

"Asia is leading the comeback," Forbes said.

The number of billionaires in the Asia-Pacific region grew by 80 percent to 234 and their net worth almost doubled to $729 billion, which the Forbes ranking attributed to the area's "swelling stock markets and several large public offerings during the past year."

Two Indians round out the top five richest people in the world -- Mukesh Ambani, with a petrochemicals, oil and gas fortune of $29 billion, and steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, who is valued at $28.7 billion.

The biggest gainer on the list was Brazilian mining magnate Eike Batista, 53, with $27 billion, up from $7.5 billion. He made his riches through the initial public offerings of several companies. He is planning to take his shipbuilding and oil services firm OSX public next week in an expected $5.6 billion offering, which would be Brazil's second biggest ever IPO.


Of the 97 billionaires making their debut on the Forbes list, 62 are from Asia, while for the first time China is now home to the most billionaires outside of the United States.

"The United States still dominates, but the United States is lagging," Forbes said. "It is not doing as well as the rest of the world in coming back."

"The global boom that we experienced from the early 80s ... which was temporarily derailed in 2007, now looks like it is beginning to get back on track. But Asia and a handful of others are surging, relatively the United States and Western Europe are lagging."

The top homes to billionaires are New York with 60 and Moscow with 50, followed by London with 32.

There are 55 countries represented on the Forbes list with billionaires from Pakistan -- clothing exporter Mian Muhammad Mansha -- and Finland -- manufacturing mogul Antti Herlin -- making an appearance for the first time, while Turkey, Russia and India regained billionaire numbers lost last year.

There were 164 billionaires returning to the list in 2010, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is also the world's youngest with a $4 billion fortune at the age of 25.

The second-youngest self-made billionaire is Japan's Yoshikazu Tanaka, 33, who made $1.4 billion from social networking firm Gree <3632.t>. The oldest is 99-year-old Walter Haefner from Switzerland who has $3.3 billion.

The sixth-richest man is Oracle Corp Chief Executive Larry Ellison with $28 billion. At No. 7 is the richest man in Europe, Bernard Arnault, CEO of luxury goods group LVMH , who has a fortune of $27.5 billion.

"The bling is back," said Forbes Senior Editor Luisa Kroll of Arnault's wealth.

Rounding out the top 10 is Spanish clothing retailer Inditex founder Amancio Ortega with $25 billion and German supermarket king Karl Albrecht, who is valued at $23.5 billion.

While Gates's and Buffett's fortunes far exceed most others in the top 10, Forbes Senior Editor Matthew Miller said their fortunes would be far greater if they hadn't given away a lot of their money.

"They would be far richer today if it wasn't for their tremendous philanthropy," he said. "Buffett would be worth at least $55 billion ... and Gates' net worth would exceed $80 billion had it not been for his philanthropy."

With all these billionaires gaining their loss for the last quarter of the previous year, does this mean that the economy is indeed getting better? Maybe. Most of the common sector will not realize and directly feel this as most commodities prices are still the same, salaries still increase and jobs are still taken away as small and medium sized business are still closing down. Perhaps these tycoons are regaining what they've lost but for us, we hardly ever feel that we're getting a better economy because we're on the lowest part of the food chain. What I'd like to hear now is more jobs for those who lost theirs as effect of the global recession. It may be a good indication that the economy is getting better. The industries like telecommunications, technology and investment are getting better as indicated by the gains of these rich men, let's just hope that this will create more jobs for many people around the world especially in those fields.

Don't Let Lack of Degree Get in The Way to Success

Are you jobless, hopeless or do you worry too much about your future just because you're an undergraduate, a drop-out or you don't have that shining degree? Well, you're not alone. Almost half the population of the world are undergraduate and even 1/4 of the corporate world are drop-outs. I'm not trying to encourage people here to drop out of school because after all there's a hope for those who have no degree to land some high paying jobs. The mission of this post is to motivate those people, like me, without a bachelor's degree to still thrive even if we don't have that 4-year diploma that eventually serves as an ornament for some.

I have known a lot of friends that finished college with their shining 4-year degree but still fails to find a job. Why is that? Well, the answer is pretty simple that it must have been over your head, you simply chose not to hear it. Some people are just too lazy to look for jobs or for some, they're too picky because after all, they studied for many years just to have the much awaited diploma. Right, you've spent considerable years at school to get that degree and you're going to wait again for who-knows-until-when to get your dream job? Okay so I sound nagging now instead of motivating. Without further ado, here are the top 25 high-paying jobs even if you don't have a degree with their respective salaries:

1. Air traffic controller: $102,030

2. Funeral director: $79,517

3. Operations manager: $77,839

4. Industrial production manager: $73,000

5. Transportation manager: $72,662

6. Storage and distribution manager: $69,898

7. Computer technical support specialist: $67,689

8. Gaming manager: $64,880

9. First-line supervisor/manager of police and detective: $64,430

10. Nuclear power reactor operator: $64,090

11. Computer specialist: $59,480

12. First-line, non-retail supervisors/manager: $59,300

13. Nuclear technician: $59,200

14. First-line supervisor/manager of fire fighting and prevention worker: $58,920

15. Real estate broker: $58,720 – (Take an online course to get your Real Estate license)

16. Elevator installer and repairer: $58,710

17. Sales representative, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products: $58,580

18. Dental hygienist: $59,790

19. Radiation therapist: $57,700

20. Nuclear medicine technologist: $56,450

21. Power plant distributor and dispatcher: $57,330

22. Fashion designer: $55,840

23. Ship engineer: $54,950

24. Detective and criminal investigator: $53,990

25. Commercial pilot: $53,870

There you have it, even people without degree, as long as you're persistent, goal-driven and faithful, you will sure land a job and be able to survive the recession! If you think it's impossible especially with today's competitive corporate world, think about what do Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and entertainment mogul David Geffen have in common. They all have huge bank accounts and no student loans. These industry leaders are some of the most successful people in business and none of them has a college degree!

Here are two of really inspiring and helpful articles for those looking for jobs even without a degree. I'm telling you, your determination and creativity determines your success more than your lack of "formal" education.

So people, it's not impossible to be successful if you have the desire and working towards it to. Just remember, it's not your fault if you were born poor but it would be your fault if you die and remain poor. Get rich baby, or at least die tryin'!


Changing the Niche for Better Profit

Let's admit it, after spending some time on the internet, posting updates on our blog, we want to be rewarded in some ways, we want to make money online. So another reason why I decided to change the niche of my blog is because looking at my Google Adsense profitable traffics, most of my visitors click on ads from my blog that tackles issues that Filipinos are so much interested into. Well, at least it was more focused and specifically helpful to highschool students looking for Home Reading Report samples. It doesn't have much profits but people keep on coming back since every Filipino has to go through high school at some point in their lives, their nieces, nephews, children, grandchildren so basically that niche is immortal, not to mention it doesn't have much competitors. In short, it's a niche that every Filipino would definitely find helpful and since there's not much written about it, I figure that I could get better PR(page rank) for it. With this realization, I decided to keep this blog and it's URL than building a new blog from scratch, designing it and the works required for a brand new blog. I thought I could simply keep it and just focus on a new topic--Tips on Preparing, Seeking and Successfully Completing Immigration to US and Australia.

I know, I haven't been to any of those countries yet and I may not be worthy to speak about them, but just like everyone else interested in them, I've known enough people that have successfully done it and I'm here to record their tips and advices so that you too can become like them. Besides, I'm the best you could ever get because after all, not everyone write about their experiences especially their blunders. We all need to know not only about what works but also what to avoid.

I will give you a little overview of what to expect from this blog. My future blog posts would include but not limited to:

3. Study and Work in Australia (Undergraduate)

5. Why Use the Service of IDP to Study in Australia

If any of these don't succeed, you could still start your own business. I do not guarantee success in any of those topics but I can assure you that I've conducted enough research on each of them, asked enough questions to those who have successfully immigrated and spent considerable time looking for every possible options as I live to my life's motto: "We will find a way, or we will make one" - University of Pennsylvania

For those who have successfully completed any of those listed above topics or issues, feel free to leave your tips and advices in the comments section of this blog. Since experience is the best teach and sharing opens doors for more blessings, then share them on!

For a Change: More for Filipinos

Lately I've been spending some time looking for tips for Filipinos that would like to work and/or study study abroad. Despite or mainly because of the global recession, many Filipinos are currently actively looking for greener pastures. Well, I could no longer consider people from third world countries seeking exodus from the Philippines as really hoping to find greener pastures because at point, even great countries such as United Kingdom, United States and the like are experiencing economic depression (well, not as much as we do though). So the idea hit me as I've been reading really great tips once you stumble upon the right articles, blogs and forums), I decided to put them together as to help other people who are looking for the very tips that are tailor-fit to their situations. Let's start with my current status.

Like most Filipinos that are hungry for better opportunities, I was born and raised far from being well-off. I finished 2-Year Computer Programming, landed a job in a call center and yeah, the bread winner of the family (with that I mean I'm my mom's sole provider as my father died when I was in my second year in high school). I don't want to bore you with my life so let's get started to the very reason why you came here. We all want changes, we all want to improve the quality of our lives. I would like to dedicate this blog for all the Filipinos that love our country, love our family and for those who would like to look for opportunities abroad (that means United States and Australia--just narrowing it down so you won't expect too much from this blog).

Last month I've been getting nanny/au pair opportunity offers. It turns out though that I caught the Immigration system's most terrible timing so I had to drop that idea. AuPair Philippines, the partner organization of GoAuPair, which sends young Filipinos to the United States through the au pair program hasn't send any new Filipinos yet. So that's a bad sign right there. Nannies couldn't get a working visa as it's not considered in the Skilled Workers category. Au pair or J-1 visa for Filipinos is next to impossible (at least at this time) as many au pair in the past have abused such a rare opportunity and overstayed or TNT (tago ng tago). So it leave us to getting a tourist visa in the options. Well, not really, since working as an au pair on a tourist visa is ILLEGAL (I wouldn't recommend it, but if you're really serious about going to the land of opportunities, it used to be, then it's your last bet). Now, you have to figure out how to obtain a tourist visa because again, that is difficult to obtain. It may be the type of visa that has the fastest processing yet the highest denial rate. I am not trying to discourage you here but I am just being realistic. I always thought that if you have the money for the fare then you could easily go but heck no, you have to go through the scrutiny of the Embassy and prove that you have strong ties in our home country.
So what constitutes strong ties? Here's a complete list from the Embassy of the United States in Manila.

Demonstrating Ties in Your Home Country So You Can be Approved for a Tourist Visa


All B-1, B-2, F-1, F-2, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, J-1, J-2, M-1, M-2, O-2, P-1, P-2, P-3, and Q-1, applicants must qualify under Section 214(b) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Act which states:

"Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the officer, at the time of the application for a visa... that he is entitled to nonimmigrant status..."

Essentially, the visa officer needs to see that the applicant has compelling reasons to return to the Philippines. By law, the burden of proof is on the applicant to show that he or she qualifies for the visa. This proof may come in many forms, but when considered together, it must be strong enough for the interviewing officer to conclude that the applicant’s ties to the Philippines will compel him or her to return at the end of a temporary stay in the United States.


Ties are the aspects of one’s life that bind him or her to his or her place of residence, including family relationships, employment and possessions. In the case of younger applicants, who may not have had an opportunity to establish such ties, interviewing officers may look at educational status, grades, the situation of their parents, and the applicant's long-range plans and prospects in the Philippines. As each person's situation is different, there is no set answer as to what constitutes adequate ties.

The following supporting documents may or may not be requested from the applicant and are only required at the discretion of the consular officer:

1.Bank statements for the last three (3) months and both current and former bank account passbooks.

2.Employment certification including salary, tenure and position

3.Form W-2

4.Income tax return with Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) or bank stamp

5.Audited financial statement with BIR or bank stamp

6.Pay slips for the last three (3) months

7.Credit card statements for the prior three months

8.Vehicle registration with official receipt

9.Land titles (no certified copies please)

10.Pictures of family, home or business

11.Wedding photos

12.Marriage certificate printed on the Philippine National Statistics Office security paper, if applicable

13.Birth certificate printed on the Philippine National Statistics Office security paper

14.For students, certificate of school registration

15.Certification of membership to legitimate organization(s)

Due to the large volume of applications processed each day, consular officers may not always look at supporting documents, unless there are points in the application forms or in the interview that need clarification.


In certain cases, additional documents may be requested.

All documents must be originals. Photocopies will not be accepted, unless specified. The applicant must submit these documents to the interviewing consular officer during the interview. The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit does not accept documents before the interview. Any documents received will not be returned and will be destroyed. Please note, however, that presentation of the documents will not guarantee visa issuance. Applicants must still qualify under INA Section 214(b).

There you have, you have to prove that you have really strong ties not only financially but also socially and politically. Most Filipinos that might have not established this yet especially those who are single or who have just finished college and single, you would have greater chances of being denied. Let's face it, we are considered "high risk" because we don't have much assets in our country and considered to look for a job once we get there. So yeah, even if we're genuine mere visitors, we would still be considered intending immigrants until proven otherwise.

In one of the threads that I've read, here's a really helpful tip that I got. So this guy has just finished college and no assets at all. What he did was he took an entrance examination in a law school here in the Philippines so that when asked if he's going back here in the Philippines, he showed the admission letter from the said school and that he will be pursuing his studies here. Guess what, his visa application was approved! There are many loopholes in their system so if you're really serious about going, you could still get around. ;)

Though there's not really a magic strategy on how to pass the interview or assurance on getting a tourist visa, here are just some of the tips that you might find helpful.

1. Visit Asian countries
To prove that you're really capable of financing yourself, your passport must have been stamped with several travels to various countries. This will give them an impression that you're applying for tourist for the very reason of leisure and not to look for a job. This, though, will not give you an assurance because they look at every applicant's specific situation. So yours might be different from those who have just been granted. Asian countries do not require visa if you plan to stay there for 14 to 30 days. Be sure not to overstay as this will forfeit the very purpose that you went there, to prove that you are a genuine visitor.

If you haven't visited any neighboring countries yet, it would get the consul suspicious as to why United States right away. One friend answered, "Well to be honest I got the chances to visit Asian countries but I'm not just interested". This may not work always but he was right, you're simply not interested with Asia, haha.

2. Acquire Assets
If you have business here in the Philippines and considerable number of assets, it would help in convincing them that you will indeed return at expiry of your visa. Again, it varies. Some people get denied because their businesses weren't established enough. So you see, even if you have a lot of assets, it's still not an assurance though it will improve your chances.

3. Get a Job Offer, Acceptance Letter
If you're currently unemployed, you should have at least a job offer entailing the benefits, the compensation package and the likes because it will give them a feeling that you have a bright future here in the Philippines and will not be tempted to look for a job there instead. Just like what I've mentioned, you can opt to apply to schools for further studies or higher education. You need not apply to prestigious universities but at least those that are recognized by CHED.

Those are just some things that you can do. Again, the approval of your application still varies on your circumstances and there's no guarantee that you will get approve. These are just tips that you can increase your chances.

So here are the necessary documents that you need to prepare when applying:

You should prepare the following:

1. Employer certification
2. Bank certification, passbook
3. Birth certificate
4. Property titles if any
5. Organization certificates
6. Pictures of your friends and relatives in the US
7. Others documents pertinent to you and your family

But the most important thing is that you prepared and fill-up forms DS 156 and 157 correctly and of course you will be able to project yourself calmly and answers the questions convincingly and honestly. Goodluck!