I would consult with an immigration attorney to determine whether or not your mother is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa (if she is outside the U.S.). The attorney will advise you as to the process of applying for the visa, check your income to see if you qualify to sponsor your mother (or will need a co-sponsor), give you estimated processing times, and help you gather the supporting documentation needed to file this application. Good luck!
My colleagues are correct. The next process will be stated by the visa processing center and the local US consulate in the Philippines. You and your mother need to make sure you have current addresses filed with USCIs so when the packages arrive for you to prepare affidavit of support and your mother receives the request notices they will get to you both. Good luck.
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If your I-130 is approved and you properly completed that application to show your mother was abroad and you wanted the consulate notified, then you should have heard from NVC with a request for money and forms for the State Department stage. If you completed the I-130 incorrectly it may never have reached NVC and you will need an I-824 to get it back on track.
I concur legal represetnation on these case is best -- there is much more to the process than just completing a form. You wouldn't try to operate on yourself without a competent docto;r why try to handle one of the most complex areas of law without the benefit of a competent immigration lawyer?
Lynne R. Feldman, Attorney at Law
Concentrating in Immigration and Nationality Law
2221 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92108
phone: (619) 299-9600, facsimile: (619) 923-3277
Formerly Adjunct Professor -- Immigration law
University of Illinois College of Law