K1 Requirements Checklist

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.

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/manila/325288/packets/K1%20and%20K2%20Interview%20Preparation%20Instructions%20-%20English%20_updated%2004%20Feb%202014_.pdf

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

My Medical Exams June 2013

Day 1 – June 10,2013

4:45 AM  – There were a lot of applicants lining up to get their priority number. Make sure you have compiled all the requirements needed, namely:

A. Passport

B. 1 Photocopy of your passport (the part wherein your photo and biographic information shows)

C. 2 photocopies of Appointment Letter / NVC Letter with the MNL Case number ( If you don’t have this, ask your fiance to scan his hard copy mail from NVC that states your MNL Case # and send it to you through email. Print 2 copies of it).

D. 3pcs 2×2 (for visa) photo with white background both ears are visible (write your full name and signature at the back of each photos)

E. 2 photocopies of your online registration through http://www.slec.ph/us/registration/index.php (this serves as your Patient Data Sheet).

F. Black Ballpen

G. Payment for Medical Fee of $223 (payable only in Philippine pesos at the prevailing exchange rate)

Ground Floor – once you were given a number by the guard you can either wait at their lobby area or grab something to eat for breakfast since their reception opens at 6:00 AM. Foods are not allowed inside the clinic except for bottled water. (FYI: Red numbers indicate you have scheduled your appointment online. Blue numbers indicate you haven’t scheduled your appointment yet).  After 30 minutes, the guard started calling out priority numbers. (Be attentive as they don’t have a mic, you will have a hard time hearing them if you’re too far). After an hour, my number was called. Lined up at the US Counter to submit the requirements. There will be photo taking and finger printing for medical profile purposes. You will be given a medical slip.

Directed to 5th floor  for payment. You can take the elevator or the stairs. The cashier booth is located at the right side from the elevator.

Instructed to go to 3rd floor for X-ray. Submitted my medical slip to the US counter. You will be asked to fill out something (name, DOB, signature and last day of menstruation). Once done, take a seat and wait for your name to be called. If it’s already your turn, you will be directed to the X-ray dressing room (take off your upper garments including the bra; no metal objects or jewelry) hair should be ponytail and put on the hospital gown.

Directed to 4th floor for blood and urine tests. Again, give the medical slip to the counter and wait for your name to be called. Blood test taking is done at the right side from the counter. Afterwards, you will be instructed to go near the comfort room as there will be a medical staff who’s going to provide you cup for urinalysis (Pregnancy Test).

Directed to 5th floor for Vital Signs (BP Taking, height and weight measurements and eye exams). Then you will be asked to wait for your name to be called for Immunization Interview to be done at the 2nd Floor.

2nd Floor – Immunization desk / counter is located at the right side from the stairs. Give the medical slip to the one in charge and wait for your name to be called. If it’s already your turn, you will be directed to a room at the left side from the counter. There you will be interviewed by a doctor (medical and vaccines history, operation or surgery underwent, allergies to medicines or foods, educational attainment and last sexual contact made). You will then be informed by the doctor as to how many vaccines they will administer. As for me, I will be given 5 shots on Day 2.

Directed to 5th Floor at the US Counter for Physical Exam. Gave my medical slip and waited for an hour. Once called, you will be given a number of the cubicle you are assigned to have your PE. If it’s already your turn, greet the female doctor and you will be interviewed again with regard to your Medical / Conditions History, Drugs Intake, Smoker or Alcoholic Drinker or if you have any suicidal attempts. Afterwards, you will be asked to take off all your clothes and put on the hospital gown. Lay back on the bed and your breasts will be examined first for possible lumps or tender mass, then stomach, hands if there’s any cut scars, then your vagina and anus. Once finished, put all your clothes back on.

Directed to 3rd floor for Day 1 result, if you have passed, the medical staff will write the appointment time for Day 2 at the back of your medical slip and will be instructed to bring your passport and 2 pcs 2×2 photo tomorrow. Done by 11:45 AM.

Day 2 – June 11,2013

8:50 AM – Arrived at St Lukes Medical Extension. Presented the medical slip with the receipt to the guard on duty. He directed me to 2nd floor for Immunization. Submitted the medical slip to the counter and waited for my name to be called. After 30 mins. I was instructed to enter in the Immunization room. I personally asked the Nurse why I will be given 5 shots while most of the applicants only have 3 or 4. He said I am a Registered Nurse and since I don’t have the medical record of my Hepa B Immunization, it will be re-administered. He gave me 2 shots per arm then 1 on my upper right leg. Surprisingly, he was really good at administering the shots that the pain is so tolerable.

Directed to ground floor at Releasing Counter A. Present your passport and you will be asked to sign. After a few minutes, I was called at Counter C and asked for 2pcs 2×2 photos (on Day 1 the US counter will only be needing 1pc of your visa photo and will give back to you the other 2 for you to bring on the second day of your medical). Then they released my passport, immunization copy and a CD of my Xray result (DO NOT attempt to remove the seal as it will be given to the Embassy Manila on the day of your interview). Done by 11:45 AM.

Note: After Immunization you will be advised to avoid getting pregnant 1-4 months as it could affect baby’s developmental stage or would result to any abnormalities.

* I stayed at Casa Bocobo Hotel just 2-3 min walk going to SLEC (St. Lukes Extension Clinic). I find it safe and comfortable to stay at. The staff were very nice and courteous. Restaurants (mostly fastfood chains) are conveniently located very near the hotel. WIFI is free in all of their rooms and at the restaurant/lobby. You can check out their room rates at: www.casabocobo.com.ph

My K1 Visa Timeline

October 16, 2012 – Proposal Day

October 31, 2012 – Mailed my documents to my fiance namely: Fiance Letter of Intent, G-325A-Biographic Information (with signature) and 3 pcs. passport size photos.

November 9, 2012 – Fiance filed Petition I-129 Form. Mailed it to USCIS (Vermont Service Center)

November 20, 2012 – NOA 1 received

December 11, 2012 – Case Status already available online through http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

May 17, 2013 – Case Status Approved by USCIS

May 24, 2013 – NVC Received Approved petition (I requested my fiance to call NVC. Wait for 1-2 weeks (fiance waited for 8 days) from the day that you received the mail from USCIS of your approved petition. Confirm with them if they already received the documents and they will provide you your MNL Case # and the date that they forwarded your case to US Embassy Manila.)

Note: According to successful applicants, PRIORITY DATE is the RECEIPT DATE of NOA1.

  • Telephone number: (603) 334-0700
  • Hours: Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM (Eastern Time)

You must provide the following information to receive a case specific response:

  • Your NVC Case Number or USCIS receipt number
  • The applicant’s name and date of birth and the petitioner’s name and date of birth

May 30, 2013 – NVC forwarded documents to the Embassy of the United States Manila

June 5, 2013 – Embassy of the United States Manila received documents from NVC ( call (632) 301-2000, extension 5184 or 5185 during normal business hours, except between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m to confirm if they received your K1 Visa case and if you are already eligible to schedule your interview appointment online through http://cgifederal.force.com/ Make sure you have already paid the Visa Fee of $240. After you have paid it wait for 4-6 hours before you schedule your appointment online for it to be readily available in their system.  The Receipt number (9-digits) is in the deposit slip and you will need that too in scheduling your appointment online). If you have not received any mail yet from US Embassy Manila, I suggest that you call the Immigrant Visa Unit first before scheduling your appointment to confirm your case. As for me, an employee from IVU advised me of my case status. She said there’s really no need for me to wait for the letter and I can just schedule my appointment right away (Although, I am still expecting to receive one from the embassy). I scheduled my appointment online. I preferred this option since their call center sometimes advising you things aren’t relevant to K1 Visa Scheduling.  Create an account for you to have easy access. I printed out the Appointment Confirmation email sent through my personal Gmail account.

Note: When you schedule your interview date online, K1 Visa is under Immigrant category.

June 6, 2013 – Fiance received hard copy mail of NOA 2 from NVC.

June 10-11, 2013 – Medical Exams at St. Lukes Medical Extension Clinic near Embassy of United States Manila (preferred these dates as I usually have my menstruation last week of the month).

June 19, 2013 -Received a mail from the Embassy of the United States Manila through DHL courier. (Letter states: Your case is eligible to be scheduled for a visa interview. You must pay the K visa application fee before you can schedule an appointment. Please visit this website: http://www.ustraveldocs.com or call (632)-982-5555 or  (632)-902-8930). The letter comes with my fiance’s I-129 Form, stamped with red ink: APPROVED.

July 8,2013 – Interview Day

K1 Visa Approved on the same day

July 10, 2013 – K1 Visa was issued

July 12, 2013 – Visa ready to pick up in 2GO MOA

July 17, 2013 – Left Philippines. POE in CA;

July 24, 2013 – Applied for Marriage License in County Courts

July 30, 2013 – Court Wedding

August 7, 2013 – Visited Civil Surgeon

August 9, 2013 – Applied for SSN

August 14, 2013 – Received SSN card in the mail