K-1 visa process

K-1 visa processNBINBI ApplicationStep 3

nbi application online philippines and nbi locations

NBI locations

Nbi application online philippines and nbi locations

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is necessary for filipinos getting a new job or leaving the country. To have a faster transaction in requesting for the NBI clearance, an application online is necessary. Don’t forget to print the application form, save the application number and bring it with you. Also, ensure of checking the nbi location before going as there are always changes in government operation.

 There are many NBI locations to choose from:

And to cut the long story short, I will now share to you the list of NBI Clearance Outlets in the Philippines: (from: http://www.nbiclearance.com/)

nbi j centre mall
nbi j centre mall
NBI Clearance Outlet NBI Location Address
NBI Clearance Center U. N. Avenue, Ermita, Manila
Quezon City Hall Makatarungan St. Diliman QC
Muntinlupa City Victory Shopping Center, Alabang
Mandaluyong City Hall Maysilo Circle, Mandaluyong City
SM SouthMall Alabang Zapote Rd, Las Pinas
Robinson’s Place Basement I Ermita, Manila
Robinson’s Otis Level 2 Guanzon St Paco, Mla
Robinson’s Galleria Basement I Ortigas Ave QC
Robinson’s Metro East Level 4 Marcos Hi-way Pasig
Robinson’s Cainta Level 2 Junction Cainta, Rizal
Robinson’s Novaliches Novaliches QC
Ever Gotesco Recto 3rd Flr Cinema 3 Recto Ave, Manila
Ever Commonwealth 2nd Flr Cinema I Commonwealth Ave., QC
Duty Free Fiesta Mall Ninoy Aquino Ave., Paranaque City
Outside Metro Manila (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao)
NBI Clearance Outlet NBI Location Address
Marilao Municipal Hall Beside PNP Stn Marilao, Bulacan
Lipa City Hall Lipa City, Batangas
Rodriguez Municipal Hall Rodriguez, Rizal
Calamba Municipal Hall Calamba, Laguna
Robinson’s Tarlac Hacienda Luisita
Robinson’s Dasmarinas Dasmarinas, Cavite
Robinson’s Imus Imus, Cavite
Robinson’s Sta Rosa Sta Rosa, Laguna
CyberGate Cebu City
Tuburan Satellite Office Tuburan, Cebu
Tagbilaran Bohol Tagbilaran, Bohol
Bien Unido Bohol
NBI Regional and District Offices
Cordillera Administrative Region Baguio City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region I
Ilocos Regional Office San Fernando, La Union
Dagupan District Office Dagupan City
Laoag District Office Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Vigan District Office Vigan, Ilocos Sur
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region II
Cagayan Valley Regional Officeice Tuguegarao, Cagayan
Bayombong District Office Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
Isabela District Office Ilagan, Isabela
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region III
Central Luzon Regional Officeice San Fernando, Pampanga
Bulacan District Office Malolos City, Bulacan
Cabanatuan District Office Cabanatuan City, N Ecija
Olongapo District Office Olongapo City, Zambales
Tarlac District Office Tarlac City, Tarlac
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region IV-A
CaLaBaRZon Batangas City, Batangas
Cavite District Office Tagaytay City, Cavite
Lucena District Office Lucena City, Quezon
Laguna District Office Sta Rosa, Laguna
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region IV-B
MiMaRoPa Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
Puerto Princesa District Office Puerto Princesa, Palawan
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region V
Bicol Regional Office Naga City, Camarines Sur
Legaspi District Office Legaspi City, Albay
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region VI
Western Visayas Regional Office Iloilo City, Iloilo
Bacolod District Office Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region VII
Central Visayas Regional Office Cebu City, Cebu
Dumaguete District Office Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region VIII
Eastern Visayas Regional Office Tacloban City, Leyte
Samar District Office Catbalogan City, Samar
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region IX
Western Mindanao Regional Office Zamboanga City
Dipolog District Office Dipolog City
Pagadian District Office Pagadian City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region X
Northeastern Mindanao Cagayan de Oro City
Iligan District Office Iligan City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region XI
Southeastern Mindanao Regional Office Davao City
Tagum District Office Tagum City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region XII
Central Mindanao Regional Office Koronadal City
Saranggani District Office General Santos City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region XIII
CARAGA Butuan City
NBI Regional and District Offices – Region XIV
ARMM Cotabato City



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K-1 visa processNBINBI ClearanceStep 3

nbi online form and its processes

nbi online form

Nbi online form and its processes

I recently had to go to the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI).  It was necessary for my Visa to the US. NBI clearance is a main requirement for visa application. Here are the process that I had to go through to complete the NBI process.

1. Get your application at the NBI website. http://nbi.njis-ph.com/

Your transaction is faster when you apply online. Review your NBI online form before submitting it. The Online portion of the NBI process is very fast but if you make a mistake it could mean that you have to do the entire process over again.

Errors on your NBI certificate will mean that you have to go to the back of the line, wake up at 3 am and stand on the line for up to 5 hours. You wouldn’t want to keep doing it over and over again.

nbi applicaiton form

2. Ensure that you review everything that are filled out. Once you are sure about your work, print it out.

3. NBI offices opens at 7 or 8 am. Ensure to arrive there as early as 5am to get your priority number as there are hundreds of people lined up for their NBI Clearance.

4.  Review the information on your application that you printed while you are in the queue.

nbi location 2

5. Pay to the Cashier and Inform the encoder of any corrections that need to be made on  your NBI clearance application.

6. Wait for release as the NBI staff makes sure you are not on the “HIT List”.


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K-1 Part IK-1 visa processStep 1

k1 visa process

k-1 visa process – 1

Written by Yuri & Rob

National Visa Center
National Visa Center

My fiance and I have started the K-1 Fiance Visa process.  We are an American citizen and Filipino citizen who have fallen in love.

As of 28 May, 2014 we received the NOA2 I-797, Notice of Action Approval.  We submitted our application on the 19th of April 2014.  We researched the process ourselves on using random blogs and of course the US Citizenship and Immigration Services government site. But what really helped us was a site called Visa Journey. Thanks to the INCREDIBLE site Visa Journey we have been able to get everything (so far) done without “professional” help.Notice of Action Approval


Step 1. I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance

k-1 visa process package
k-1 visa process package

First Step: I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

The first form we did is called I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance.  The I-129F application is more work than you might think because you must provide supporting documents: Divorce decree, intention to marry (from both parties), proof of having met (tickets, receipts), G-325A, Biographic Information (with passport type photo and birth certificate).  By the time you are done with it, its a package.  We will list all the main supporting documents:

  • Provide Proof of having met within the last 2 years
  • Divorce decree / Certificate of No marriage (Philippines)
  • Letter of intent to marry within 90 days of arrival within the US (2)
  • Declaration of How you met
  • $340 USD (check, money Order)
  • G-325A – Biographic Information (with passport photo / birth certificates (2)

NOA2 notice of actionAt first we thought, the I-129f was a one page document.  But for us it ended up being a full binder that took 3 days+ days to put together with very little sleep.  Once the package is done, you send it to USCIS HERE>



USCIS fiance visa process
USCIS fiance visa process

Step 2. Notice of Action Approval – NOA2 i797

We got the NOA1, Receipt maybe 9 days after filing.  Its just a notice that tells you they received the package and payment.  The NOA1 has a receipt number that allows the petitioner and beneficiary (you and your fiance) to check the status of your K1 Fiance package: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do (edit – 5/26/2015).

We received the Notice of Action Approval (NOA2) on 28 May 2014, only 36 days after submission of the I-129F, Petition for alien fiance visa to USCIS.

So our next step was to call the National Visa Center (NVC) and get our Case Number.  At this stage, the K-1 Visa is transferred from Department of Homeland Security/US Citizenship and Immigration Services to the Department of State/National Visa Center.

National Visa Center
National Visa Center

Our package was quickly on its way to the applicable US Embassy.  For us that is US Embassy Manila. According to Visa Journeys exhaustive data, it only takes about 2 weeks to go from NVC to the Embassy.  For us, it only took 1 week.

One week after receiving the NOA2 we contacted the NVC to see if they have received our approved I-129F. We called at 603 334-0700 to get our Visa case number.  The number was busy, but we kept calling until we got through.  They gave us a Case #.  about a day after that, the package was on its way to the embassy.

Things to remember when calling National Visa Center:

  • The line may be busy.  Keep calling
  • You may be on hold for a long time (I was on hold for 30 minutes)
  • Don’t give up

You can also email the National Visa Center NVCInquiry@state.gov (don’t expect a quick response):  

Subject: NOA1 receipt #WXX8888888855

  • Name of the person submitting the inquiry
  • NVC case number or USCIS receipt number
  • Petitioner’s name
  • Principal Applicant’s name and date of birth

If you don’t have all this information then they will not answer you until you give it to them. You will NEED your Case number to go much further, but in the meantime you can at least start the next step.  Which is to do your DS160.  After you have your Case Number you can check the Visa Status:

fiance visa noa ds-160
fiance visa noa ds-160

You can check the status of your packages progress at:


Step 3. Beneficiary Preparation After NOA2 i797

Once we had our case number we started preparing for the “Interview“.  Before the Interview we know we needed several things: Medical review ($240USD), DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa application payment ($250USD).  Here is a list of things to do after NOA2 is received and the package is on the way to the Embassy:

  • DS-160 – Nonimmigrant Visa Application is an online form you must complete, submit and print out
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fee
  • I-134 – Affidavit of Support.  Proof of Petitioners ability to support the beneficiary
  • National Bureau of Investigation (Philippines Only) – must be processed for all Filippino citizens departing the country.
  • Prepare Interview Package – this is mostly a copy of the your I129, but with DS-160, Medical completion, I-134, NBI and paid visa application fee (need ORIGINAL copy of birth certificate and Certificate of No marriage/Divorce from previous)
  • Schedule Interview & Schedule Medical (see step 4)

DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application – We found that you can actually start this BEFORE you get the case number and BEFORE the package is sent to the embassy.  But is probably best to wait just in case your package is not sent by NVC to the embassy.

According to the Department of State “On this website, you can apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa. Filling out the application on our site is the first step in the process. After you submit your application, you can move on to the next steps, such as signing up for an interview.”  

Things you need for the DS-160: Passport, resume, copy of I-129, Application Receipt/Petition Number (NOA1 – this is a 13 character long number * there is some confusion on which 13 digit number to use Visa Case number from NVC or NOA1 receipt.  We used NOA1 # and it worked).  More information here at DS-160 Frequently Asked Questions.

  • http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/forms/ds-160–online-nonimmigrant-visa-application.html
  • PERSONAL Informaiton
  • PASSPORT INFO – number, where issued, date issued and expiration date.
  • TRAVEL – purpose of trip to US and when and where
  • TRAVEL COMPANIONS – person traveling with you.
  • US CONTACT – name and address
  • FAMILY – father and mothers names and dates of birth, children or ex-spouse.
  • WORK/EDUCATION/TRAINING – current employment and previous.  travel to any other countries?
  • SECURITY & BACKGROUND – bunch of Yes/No questions.

Print a copy of the DS-160 after you submit it and keep it for your interview.

Nonimmigrant Visa Application – The cost is different for each type of Visa.  For K-1, Fiance visa currently costs $240USD.  More information at US Embassy.

Methods of Nonimmigrant Visa Application Payment

  1. Cash payment can be made at Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI) branch and Bancnet. Please note that beginning September 3, 2012, K (fiancé(e) and K3) visa applicants are required to present a U.S. visa application deposit slip to pay the K visa fee.  Click here for a detailed BPI payment instruction.
  2. Online payment bill option provided by BPI to their clients.
  3. Online payment through Bancnet.

Before going to the bank, K (fiancée and K3) visa applicants must print the applicable U.S. visa application deposit slip.  The visa application deposit slip can be downloaded from the online appointment site: website:http://ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-paymentinfo.asp.

There are three things you should have with you before you go to the BPI bank to pay the visa fee:

1. Prepare 2 copies of your US visa application deposit slip .

2. Prepare 1 passport photocopy.

3. At the back of your deposit slip, write the following:

more information on Application Fee BPI process!!

 I-134 – Affidavit of Support.  (Download ad fill out here) This is a pretty straightforward document that needs to be completed by the Petitioner so the beneficiary can present it to the Visa interviewer.  He or she is a basically telling how they will support the beneficiary, with what income and where will they live.  They practical questions.  The US is trying to make sure the beneficiary will have financial support upon arrival and not living on the streets.  I-135 requires supporting documents:

  • Statement from an officer of the bank or other financial institutions with deposits detailing:
    • Date account Opened
    • Total Amount Deposited for the last year
    • Present Balance
  • Statement from your employer (with business letterhead)
    • Date of employment
    • Salary paid
    • Whether the position is temp or perm
  • For Self-employed
    • Copy of last tax return
    • Report of commercial rating concern
  • Further instruction on I-134, Affidavit of Support

National Bureau of Investigation – NBI Clearance must be prepared before your interview.  NBI locations, NBI online form and guidelines here.

  • http://www.nbi.gov.ph/


schedule visa interview appointment
schedule visa interview appointment

Step 4. Schedule an Appointment for Embassy Interview

The next step is to schedule an appointment for your visa interview.  Prior to the interview, you will need to have medical done.  Typically, the visa interview is scheduled and then the medical.. however, we called St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLMCEC) (Philippines) and they said its possible to do the medical without having the visa interview scheduled (make sure you call and confirm before you do).

Scheduling the Interview is one of the last and most frustrating steps.  Its frustrating because you are so close, you have paid hundreds of USD in fees, you have done all the paperwork and you have waited and now you have to wait longer to get your appointment.

Don’t be discouraged and don’t wait.  Be persistent and get that appointment for your Visa Interview.

How the Process works:

  1. Sign up/Register at the US Embassy Site (for your country)
    1. http://www.ustraveldocs.com/
  2. Select an Available slot

You can call or email, but you will have to do it when slots are available… and that is the tricky part.

Different US Embassy in different countries have different frequencies of schedules.  You have to go to the site to find out when the schedules are up.

In some cases, like the Philippines US Embassy in Manila, they processes literally thousands of immigrants a month going to the US, so when a slot becomes open, its like bloody meat being put into a pool of hungry sharks.  Available slots are gone in MINUTES (literally).

In the Philippines, Slots go so fast that beneficiaries and petitioners have resorted to software to find available slots faster:

The Firefox browser has a plug-in called Check 4 Change (C4C) at http://www.check4change.com/ ).  Its a software that you can configure to check any site when it changes.  You can set up the software to check every few seconds, minutes or hours.   So what people do is install C4C and set it up to what the dashboard of their ustraveldocs.com site.

*Note: we did this.. it got us an appointment within a week… it really works.

If the site is giving you grief you can also try calling.  But good luck with that.  They are only responsive when slots are open.  The best way to check is ustraveldocs.com

Scheduling Appointments for IV or K Petitions

To schedule a visa appointment for IV or K petitions, please contact the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930.  The Visa Information and Appointment Service is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Manila time), except on Philippine and U.S. holidays. Callers in the U.S should call (214) 571-1600, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

You must have the case number, passport number, and passport expiry date for each applicant (principal applicant and derivative family members) ready when requesting for a visa appointment.

You can also get information and book an appointment online athttp://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph.

 For US Embassy Philippines ONLY

1. Schedule an appointment through the website.


2. Register through the website as a new user if you don’t have a previous account.


3. Always check the website for an available slot because it gets filled fast.

Medical Examination Fee: St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLMCEC), the Embassy’s accredited medical facility, charged US$223.35 for adults (15 years and older) and US$185.35 for children (under 15 years of age) for the medical examination fee.

Reference:  More information on US Embassy Process 




Get Your Interview Package Ready

NOA2 notice of action

NOA2- notice of action
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fiance visa forms

k-1 visa process
K-1-fiance visa forms
K-1-fiance visa forms

Here is a break down of the requirements for fiancee visa you will need to complete.  This is an addendum to the post we have already done about the k-1 fiancee visa process.

The BEST resource for the entire fiancee visa process is VisaJourney.

Checklist of Forms Needed to File for a K-1 Visa:

This document was derived from content provided on USCIS.gov & VisaJourney.  Visa Journey is the most comprehensive guide to the K-1 Visa process found online.  All we did was put their content in a checklist form, add some examples and put it on a blog.  The two main forms that you need to do are the i129 and g325a.  These two US visa forms require supporting documents and that is where the work comes in.  Feel free to print this checklist to help you complete your fiancee visa forms.  *please note we are not lawyers or visa, immigration experts, we are just showing you what WE did.

i129 Requirements for Fiance Visa (DOWNLOAD K-1 Visa Checklist)


Payment to the  “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”  by check or money order. Paying USCIS Immigration Fees.
Cover Letter(see example). Should include a description of what your are petitioning for (I-129F), a table of contents (list everything in the packet). If you need additional room to explain your case, attach a separate sheet (list the attachment on the cover sheet). Make sure to sign and date the cover sheet.
Form I-129F: Petition for Alien Fiance(e) (see example)
Declaration of how you met in person in the last two years. This should be a single typed page attachment regarding question ’34.a’ of the I-129F. Make sure to sign and date it. See sample here.
Intention to marry (from both the US Citizen and foreign fiance) certifying an intent to marry within 90 days of entering the US on a valid K-1. (see example)
Proof of having met in past two years. (click here for examples)
G325A Is now merge with i129f. Do not fill out a separate G325a form. 
One passport-type photo (see specification) of the US Citizen. Write the full name of the US citizen on the back. Place in a plastic bag and label the bag “Photo of <Insert US Citizen’s Name>“. Attach the bag to a sheet of paper and place behind the corresponding G-325a.
G-325A filled out by the foreign fiance(e) with their information, signed and dated (see example).
One passport-type photo (see specification) of the foreign fiance(e). Write the full name of the foreign fiance(e) on the back. Place in a plastic bag and label the bag “Photo of (insert foreign fiance(e) name)“. Attach the bag to a sheet of paper and place behind the corresponding G-325a.
Photocopy of the Birth certificate (front and back) for the US Citizen or a copy of ALL pages of the US Citizen’s passport issued with a validity of at least 5 years or a copy of the US Citizen’s naturalization certificate (front and back). This is used to establish citizenship. See sample here.
Photocopy of Certificate of No Marriage (optional – some countries) see sample
Photocopy of final Divorce Decree(s) or Certificate(s) for the US Citizen and/or foreign fiance(e) if either has been previously married. If the previous marriage of the US Citizen and/or foreign fiance(e) ended due to the death of their spouse then include a Copy of Death Certificate(s) documenting that fact. Sample here.
Proof of Legal Name Change if either the US Citizenand/or foreign fiance(e) is using a name other than that shown on the relevant documents. You must give USCIS copies of the legal documents that made the change, such as a marriage certificate, adoption decree or court order. Sample here
In regards to Section C Question 2, if applicable provide certified copies of all court and police records showing the charges and dispositions for any specified conviction(s) (in accordance with the IMBRA). See section 9 of the I-129f instructions for more information.

Proof of Having Met in Person in the Past Two Years and an Ongoing Relationship:

Use as many of these items are possible. There is no minimum, but the more you can provide the less likely you are that you will receive an request for evidence. Additionally, please note that providing proof of your ongoing and genuine relationship in this package may benefit you by allowing the consulate to have access to this information prior to them formally contacting the non US Citizen fiance. Many high risk consulates approach cases with a skeptical eye and providing this information early on in the original I-129F package will help them in their preliminary review of your case.

Copies of all airline boarding passes, train passes, itineraries, hotel receipts, passport stamps (make sure you can read the dates on the stamps), and other documentary evidence that you have met within the last two years. You may want to highlight or place post-it notes indicating the dates and locations on the copies (to make the adjudication easier) for the person reviewing your file. sample
Color Photos of you and your fiance(e) together. Make sure you write your names, date, and location on the back of every photo. Provide two to five photo’s. If you only have a single copy of the photo, then make a color copy and send that. If it is a digital photo, have it printed at a local photo store such as Walgreens (if at all possible) or if not on a high quality printer. Place photo’s in a plastic bag or photo sheet and label the sheet. Note that you may not receive originals of photo’s back. Sample
The following items will not typically show proof of having met in the last two years however will show proof of an ongoing relationship: Copies of land line and cell phone bills, appropriate letters and emails, stamps on the letters (to document the date they were sent), and other written documentary proof. Provide a reasonable amount; two to four of each type. Pick a range of dates up to and including the present. You can also include a copy of engagement ring receipt (this is something that is a big optional – do not worry if you do not have a ring yet!)


Attach “E-Notification” Form (Optional)


Clip a completed G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, to the first page of your application (on top of the cover page). By completing this form and attaching it, USCIS will send you an email and/or text message to alert you when your application was received.


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K-1 Part IK-1 visa processStep 1

k-1 visa process: I-129f


My fiance(e) and I have started the K-1 visa process, for a US fiance(e) Visa.  With the amount of K1 visa forms and requirements for US fiance(e) visa, we highly recommend that you make sure its worth it.  Because otherwise, you could end up wasting a lot of time and money if you are not serious about your relationship.

Is Your K-1 Visa Worth Getting

Only you and your partner know for sure.  From our personal experience, the best way to be sure that your relationship is ready for the next level of commitment is to spend time with each other.

For us, its worth it.  We met a little over two years prior to getting engaged and quickly became close friends.  Overtime, our friendship developed into a much deeper relationship based on trust, loyalty and complete dedication to a mutual dream of what we want our lives to be.  Trust, loyalty and dedication are just a few of the main ingredients.  Love itself is NOT enough.  There is work involved in building a solid, long-term relationship and its not always easy, but the work you put into your each other is always worth it if you both really want to grow together.

Although have been far apart, we found ways to be together.  We made time to communicate as much as possible.  We continue to invent ways to serve each others needs, wants and desires better.  This journey has been one of self-realization and new levels of happiness that we did not know existed.

We both want the visa because we feel its too hard to live apart.  For our situation, we found that the most appropriate visa is the K-1 visa process.

How to Get a Fiance Visa

k-1 visa process package
k-1 visa process package

The first step of getting a fiance visa is to complete the i129f, fiance visa application (aka petition for Alien fiancee).  The i129f cost $340USD (Make the check or money order payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”).

One thing that we did not realize when we started was that the i129f application needs supporting documents.  A LOT of supporting documents.  To get real professional, you should even provide a Cover letter.  The cover letter is just a summary of the package that provides the i129f supporting documents.

We created a fiancee visa checklist to help us out.  We have made it publicly available here.  The fiancee visa checklist covers the items listed below.

Requirements for fiancee visa:

Direct Filing Address for i129 Fiance Application


P.O. Box 660151

Dallas, TX 75266


For USPS Express Mail and courier deliveries:


Attn: I-129F

2501 South State Highway 121 Business

Suite 400

Lewisville, TX 75067

reference: http://www.uscis.gov/i-129f-addresses


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