The application fee for a K1 or K2 nonimmigrant visa is US$240, payable only in Philippine pesos at the prevailing exchange rate. There are three ways to pay the K visa application fee:
- cash payment at any Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch
- online payment bill option provided by BPI to their clients
- online payment through Bancnet
All K visa applicants are required to present a U.S. visa application deposit slip to pay the K visa fee. They must print the applicable U.S. visa application deposit slip ($240 MRV Fee) which can be downloaded from the online appointment website: http://ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-paymentinfo.asp, and take it to the bank to pay the fee (don’t forget to bring your passport). The visa fee is non-transferable and is valid for one year.
Note: There is an expiration date on the deposit slip. Bank agents will not accept payments based on expired deposit slips. Upon payment, the bank will issue a receipt. This receipt cannot be replaced. Applicants will not be able to schedule an appointment without the receipt number.
Once you have paid your visa application fee, you may schedule your appointment for your visa interview. To do so, please visit the U.S. Embassy in Manila’s Visa Information and Appointment Service online at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph (you can schedule your appointment online. Make sure to create an account at https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/) or call (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930 if you want to schedule it over the phone with a representative.
TIP: To make sure everything is in order, once you received your MNL Case # wait 5-7 business days for NVC to forward your case to the Embassy of the United States Manila. Call their Immigrant Visa Unit at (632) 301-2000, extension 5184 or 5185 to confirm if they have already received your case (provide your MNL Case # and your Full Name). If they did advise you they have received it and you are eligible to schedule an appointment, you can go online to do so or speak with a representative. If you have just paid the Visa Fee, wait for 4-6 hours before scheduling your interview date. If you paid after 3PM, then you have to do it the next day at 1PM.
You can also send an email at: IVManilaReplies@state.gov for general inquiries. The subject line of your email should indicate the visa applicant’s last name, first and middle name (ex. DOE, John James), MNL case number/USCIS receipt number, visa category and priority date (if available).
The Visa Information and Appointment Service is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., except on Philippine and U.S. holidays. Callers may speak with an English-, Tagalog-, Ilocano-, or Cebuano-speaking operator. Applicants, agents or petitioners calling from the United States may also use this service by calling (214) 571-1600.
It is important that you submit ALL of the following documentation to facilitate the processing of your application. You may be asked to return for another appointment if you fail to bring any of these documents:
A. PASSPORT - You must have a passport valid for at least six (6) months. If you do not have one, you should apply in person at the Department of Foreign Affairs.
B. DS-156 NONIMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION - Fill out the form online through https://evisaforms.state.gov/ds156.asp since you will be given a unique bar code when you print it out. Each applicant must submit two (2) completed copies of this form.
C. DS-157 SUPPLEMENTAL NONIMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION - Each applicant must submit two (2) completed copies of this form. Download form at http://travel.state.gov/visa/forms/forms_1342.html
D. DS-156K NONIMMIGRANT FIANCE(E) VISA APPLICATION - Each K1 applicant must submit one (1) completed copy of this form (may be filled out online or hand written with black pen). This form is not required for K2 applicants. Download form at http://travel.state.gov/visa/forms/forms_1342.html
E. DS-230 (PART I) APPLICATION FOR IMMIGRANT VISA AND ALIEN REGISTRATION. Each applicant must submit one (1) completed copy of this form (Part II is not required). Download form at http://travel.state.gov/visa/forms/forms_1342.html
*** NEW UPDATE: LETTER B-D requirements are replaced with DS-160 Form to be completed electronically.
The DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form, is for temporary travel to the United States, and for K (fiancé(e)) visas. Form DS-160 is submitted electronically to the Department of State website via the Internet. Consular Officers use the information entered on the DS-160 to process the visa application and, combined with a personal interview, determine an applicant’s eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa.
Visa applicants must submit a completed DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application for all nonimmigrant visa categories, including applicants applying for K visas.
NOTE: For K visa cases in process at a U.S. embassy or consulate, the DS-160 is NOT required when, PRIOR to October 7th, 2013, one of the following situations exist:
a. The K visa applicant is already scheduled for an interview.
b. The K visa applicant has already been interviewed and has been requested to submit additional documentation or is pending administrative processing.
c. The K visa applicant has already submitted a valid, signed, unexpired DS-156, DS-156K and/or DS-230 or received instructions to do so.
F. BIRTH CERTIFICATE - Your birth certificate should be a copy issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) on security paper (not from the Local Civil Registry Office). If the NSO does not have a copy of the birth certificate, you must obtain a statement about its unavailability from the NSO and obtain a certified original copy (not an extract) of the birth certificate from the local registrar in the town where you were born. Get a few extra copies for you to bring to the USA. You will need them from time to time.
**Note: For Late Registration- Consul would ask for your baptismal certificate so better to bring one original and photocopy of it just in case.
G. NBI CLEARANCE - Applicants aged 16 years and older must have a valid Record Clearance for Travel Abroad Purposes from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Clearances should be in the applicant’s current name, birth certificate name, maiden name and any aliases or nicknames used, including different spellings you have used of those names. An official letter of explanation from the NBI is required for any notation of “No criminal record” or “No pending case”. For immigration purposes, an NBI clearance is valid for one (1) year from the date it was issued.
H. POLICE CERTIFICATES - A police certificate is required from a foreign country in which the applicant lived for more than one year (six months if you are applying for a K visa) after turning 16 years of age.
I. EVIDENCE OF A GENUINE ENGAGEMENT - You must be prepared to prove to the consular officer that you have a genuine relationship with your petitioner and a clear intention to marry within 90 days of admission into the U.S. In the past, successful applicants have submitted photographs, letters, e-mails, phone records, bank records, and remittance records as evidence supporting their relationships and intent to marry.
J. PROOF OF TERMINATION OF A PRIOR MARRIAGE - If the marriage ended by divorce, annulment, disappearance or death of the spouse, legal and/or civil documentation must be presented attesting to the termination of the marriage (annulment decree, death certificate issued by NSO and printed on security paper, a foreign divorce decree, or foreign death certificate).
K. CERTIFICATE OF NO MARRIAGE RECORD (CENOMAR) - If you have never contracted marriage, a CENOMAR (Singleness) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) and printed on NSO security paper should be submitted. This is only valid for 6 months so it is better to get one 1-2 weeks before your interview date.
L. EVIDENCE OF SUPPORT - A completed I-134 Affidavit of Support Form with original signature will be useful to the consular officer to evaluate your petitioner’s ability to be financially responsible for you. Here is a sample as your guide: http://www.visajourney.com/examples/Form-I-134.pdf You should also submit your petitioner’s most recent U.S. Federal income tax return (Form 1040) and wage statements (Form W-2) for the last 3 years. Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. Download Form I-134 at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis
**Note: If the petitioner is unable to provide a Form 1040, he/she must submit other credible evidence of assets to meet the federal poverty guidelines. Such assets could include bank accounts, stock, personal property, real estate, and non-taxable sources of income such as Social Security payments, which should be available in the U.S. for the applicant’s support and must be readily convertible to cash within one year.
**Important: Applicants presenting Form I-134 will need to show that their U.S. sponsor’s income is 100% of the federal poverty guideline.
-Please be aware that JOINT SPONSORS in K non-immigrant visa cases are not legally bound to address the financial needs of the applicant. The simple submission of a Form I-134 by a joint sponsor is, therefore, not always sufficiently credible to overcome the public charge provisions of the law. Petitioners in K visa cases should be able to demonstrate their ability to maintain an income at or above the prescribed federal poverty guidelines for their prospective household sizes.
M. VISA PHOTOGRAPHS - 3pcs. 2×2 visa photos with white background (both ears are visible). Size and format specifications must be strictly observed: Photos should measure 2×2 inches (roughly 50 mm square) with a white background and the head centered in the frame. The head (measured from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) should measure between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm) with the eye level between 1 1/8 inch and 1 3/8 inches (28 mm and 35 mm) from the bottom of the photo.
N. MEDICAL EXAMINATION - done at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLMCEC). It is located at 1177 J. Bocobo St., Ermita, Manila. The telephone numbers are 521-0020 and 521-8647, and it is open for business Monday through Friday (except on Philippine holidays), from 6:00 p.m.to 4:00 p.m.
For more information visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/types/family/fiance-k-1.html#6