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Uscis i-129f, Declaration of how we met sample

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USCIS i-129f, “Declaration of how we met” sample:

Bruce Brown

1122 Pikes Creek

Takoma, Seattle WA 98105

(206)734-0962

bruce.brown@gmail.com

 

United States Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Attn: I-129F

2501 South State Highway 121 Business

Suite 400

Lewisville, TX 75067

 

25 April 2014

 

Subject: Declaration of How We Met, Form I-129F, Part 2, 34.a

 

To Whom It May Concern:

 

This declaration expands on Form I-129F, Part 2, 34.a.  The purpose is to describe the circumstances under which Yuri Sincero and I, Bruce Brown, met.

 We met in 2011, from an online dating site.  We began as friends but overtime we became more.  I traveled to Cebu to meet her in June 2012 and we realized we had such a close bond that we wanted to become serious.  We have met every time we could since 2012.  Which is on average about every 5 months.  We have lived together up to 1 month.  We have met in part of the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore as well.

 We have talked to each other everyday since we met in 2012 and literally have only miss days if there is a catastrophic disaster such as flood, earthquake, or typhoon and its impossible to talk.

 

Signed,

Bruce Brown

 

 

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i129f process application – Proof of meeting

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What are some of the things you can submit as “Proof of meeting” for the i129f packet?

Proof of meeting is one of the most important requirement in a k1 visa.  You have to be able to prove that your relationship with your fiance is real.  In order to do that, you must submit evidence to justify your relationship.  The evidence that needs to be provided must show the date and time of your meeting, your name on the receipts, and location should be available on the evidence you are presenting.  Samples of proof of meeting are below.

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Pictures.  One of the top things you can provide for proof of meeting is pictures.  People automatically associate you as a couple if you are holding each other close smiling.  But pictures are not the only thing you need.

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Flight tickets.  You can present flight tickets showing your flight details when you were meeting your fiance in his/her home country or abroad.k-1-visa-process-21-300x216

Passport stamps. Every time you enter another country your passport will be stamped. The stamp will show the the date of entry and the date of exit. It is strong proof to back up your plane tickets.i129f-process

Hotel Reservation Records/receipts. If you and your fiance have stayed in a hotel, then you can use hotel booking/receipt as an evidence. The hotel receipts will show the days of stay, date, name of the person who reserved the room and location of the hotel.

Restaurant receipts. You can also present restaurant receipts. Because it will show the person’s name paying the bill, the date and the location of the restaurant where you ate.

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courtesy of smsa.stanford.edu

Bank statements.  If you have a joint account or if your fiance is sending you money through the bank, you can present your bank statements.  It will show that you and your fiance has had transactions with each other that validates that the relationship is genuine.how-to-send-money-order

Remittance receipts.  If you and your fiance prefers remittance, you can present receipts. Remittance transaction are faster than bank transactions.  In the remittance receipts, both the sender and receiver’s names are present.NOA2 notice of action

You can also provide other receipts that will show the date and your names such as train tickets, bus tickets, entrance fee tickets and other purchases you had made to use it as additional proof.

 

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K1 visa status process

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What is a k-1 visa?

The k1 is a nonimmigrant US Visa. It is sometimes referred to as the “fiance visa” or “i129f petition” because it is used by US citizens who want to petition (make a formal request for) their foreign fiance to come to the United States.

K1 visa cost

The initial cost for the i129f petition is $340.00.  Once the petition is approved, the alien fiance (aka beneficiary) will have a medical fee.  The amount of the medical fee will depend on the location.  In the Philippines the amount is $250.00.  You can find out more here: http://ustraveldocs.com and search for “medical fee”.  Another fee is the visa application which was about $260 at the time of this writing (2015).  You will not be able to schedule an interview without paying the visa fee.

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K1 process

The k1 process takes an average of 6 months, but can take as little as 4 months.  If there are complications it can take a year or more.  Complications can include missing documents, missing payments and improperly filling out the documents.

 Case Number

A case number is assigned to your application once the visa is created and is sent to the nearest embassy where the applicant’s interview will be conducted.

 K1 visa status

You can check the status of your visa from the government website:  ceac.state.gov. Select ‘’Check My Visa Application Status’’. Under the Visa Application Type, Select Non Immigrant Visa (NIV). Also Choose the country and enter your case number.

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Once the foreign fiance is in the USA (YAY!) with her nonimmigrant K1 visa, they have 90 days to “adjust of status” to “immigrant”.  Based on the condition of a K1 fiance visa, you have to get married within 90 days after your arrival in the United States. Within that 90 day period, you also have to gather the requirements for your Application to Register Status (AOS). Then you have to submit it to USCIS in order to receive a conditional green card. A conditional green card lasts up to 2 years.

 K1 visa instructions

A set of k1 visa instructions can be found on this site. We wrote a batch of articles specifically for the k-1 visa process. Goodluck to all of the couples out there!

http://efilipinowomen.com/category/k-1-visa-process-2/k-1-part-i/

http://efilipinowomen.com/category/k-1-visa-process-2/k-1-visa-interview-experience-2014/

http://efilipinowomen.com/category/k-1-visa-process-2/nbi-2/

http://efilipinowomen.com/category/k-1-visa-process-2/slec/

http://efilipinowomen.com/category/k-1-visa-process-2/tip-for-interview-appointment-schedule/

http://efilipinowomen.com/k-1-visa-process-bpi-payment-instruction/

http://efilipinowomen.com/i-129-petition-ds-160/

http://efilipinowomen.com/k-1-visa-process-cfo-predeparture-orientation-seminar-pdos-cebu/

http://efilipinowomen.com/category/k-1-visa-process-2/travel-documents-and-us-port-of-entry/

Timeline of fiance visa

http://efilipinowomen.com/i-129-petition/

 

 

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i129f instructions Audiences questions

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We have been getting a lot of questions about the fiance visa process.  A lot of the questions asked might be helpful to others so we decided to publish them for all to see.  Here is the second batch of Answers from my readers questions about the i129f process.

Answer: It takes about 4 months if everything is filed completely without missing documents.  From what we have heard from others who have contacted us the average time seems to be about 5 month, but if there are complications it can take much longer.

  • Q: What is NOA1?

Answer: NOA 1 is a Notice of Action receipt. It is a notification from USCIS that they received your i129f petition application payment.

  • Q: What is NOA 2?

Answer: NOA2 is a Notice of Action Approval Notice. It serves as a notification that your case has been approved.  NOA 2 can also be a request for evidence (RFE) if the petitioner did not send all necessary documents.

  • Q: Do i need a letter of intent from my fiancee with his signature, or just a photo copy of it?

Answer: A phototopy of letter of intent is valid. It is not necessary to bring the original copies of the letter of intent for both you and your fiance.

  • Q: What are the documents that I need to bring with me in my interview?

Answer: The documents that you will need to bring are a copy of DS-160 , your  passport, petitioners Form 1040 or Income Tax Return, I-134, W2 of your fiance from recent year, employment certificate of your fiance, photos, conversations of you and your fiance, divorce decree copy if your fiance has been divorced, an original copies of birth certificate, certificate of no marriage and NBI clearance (if you are from country other than Philippines, this may be called “police record”, “background check” or something like that.)  Interview experience here.

  • Do I need to bring a local police clearance during my interview (Philippines)?

Answer: No. You only need to bring the NBI clearance.

  • What is a background check (US petitioner)?

Answer: Background check is criminal investigation to check if the US petitioner has a criminal record.  The USCIS does this.  There are some crimes that may prevent a US petitioner from getting their beneficiary a K1.

  • Q: As the beneficiary, do I need to send all my original documents to my US petitioner in the submission of I 129 f petition?

Answer: No, you do not have to. You can scan your copies and sent it through email.

  • Q: Are the interview questions hard?

Answer: No, the interview is not hard. However practicing before the interview will help you get through it easily without pauses in answering.  The consular officer just wants to determine if the relationship is real and if the petitioner can care for the beneficiary.

  •  Q: During the interview, who are the interviewers, filipinos or american Consular Officers?

Answer: Both. The initial interview is conducted by a filipino consular officer. Second and final interview is conducted by the American Consular officer.

  • Q: Is sputum test included in my medical examination?

Answer: No. They only conduct a sputum test if something is found in your xray result.

  • Q: If the doctor finds something in my x-ray result during my medical, does that mean I am automatically denied?

Answer: No, you will not be automatically denied. However, more test will be conducted and you will have to undergo a few months of medication and/or treatment.

 

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What is the timeline of an i-129f Petition?

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Below is a sample of i-129f Petition Timeline.

The average time frame of an i 129f petition or k-1 visa process is 4-6 months.

i-129 petition is fast when you file everything correctly. Proper documentation and an interview preparation for the beneficiary/applicant are very important for a successful process and in obtaining a quick fiance visa. Good luck to all the couples who are about to do the process! 🙂

i-129-petition

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2014-04-22 – The date when the package was sent to USCIS.
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-04-27 – Received the first Notice of Action Receipt (only the US petitioner receives NOA1)
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-05-31 – Received the second Notice of Action Approval Notice Valid from 5/28/2014 to 09/27/2014

(only US petitioner receives NOA2)

NVC Received : 2014-06-10 – National Visa Center received the Approval Notice. (only US petitioner receives NVC letter)
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2014-06-12 – Case Number created. Case # is used to track your visa status @ https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/
NVC Left : 2014-06-13 – Case sent to US Embassy Manila.
Consulate Received : 2014-06-16 – US Embassy Manila received my visa case mail from NVC.
Packet 3 Received : 2014-06-30 – Beneficiary received a letter from the US Embassy Manila
Packet 3 Sent : 2014-07-07
Packet 4 Received : 2014-07-14
Interview Date : 2014-08-07 – Interview questions here. Interview experience here.
Interview Result : Administrative Review – Approval was pending due to late arrival of medical result.
Second Interview
(If Required):
 If your case gets an AP or RFE (request for evidence) you can send an inquiry at https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/ under Provide Feedback section.
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2014-08-29 . Note: CFO Seminar is required before leaving the country.
US Entry : 2014-09-24 . Passport was stamped with a condition of marrying within 88 days. ( Not 90 days)
Marriage : 2014-11-27
Comments : download our checklist http://efilipinowomen.com/fiance-visa-forms/
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 34 days from your NOA1 date.Your interview took 102 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

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i129f instructions & process – reader’s questions

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After going through most of the fiance Visa process, making it to the US and posting my journey, I have received a lot of i-129 petition Reader’s questions.  Here are a few of them:

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  • In the I-129 F petition, who recieves the NOA 1 (Notice of Action) & NOA 2?

Answer: Only the petitioner (US citizen) can receive the NOA 1 and NOA 2.

  • When the petitioner receives a letter from the NVC, what is the next step?

Answer: Once the case is sent to NVC, it sits there for 2 days.  NVC assigns an visa case number and sends it to the nearest embassy where the applicant’s interview will be held.

  • When does a beneficiary (fiance) receive a letter from the Embassy?

Answer: The applicant will only receive a letter when the visa is already sent to the nearest embassy where the applicant’s interview will be held.

  • What type of letter will the fiance (beneficiary) receives?

Answer: The applicant will receive a letter that contains instruction on what he/she is suppose to do next. It contains government website link and where to go for the medical examination.

  • Are you allowed to petition your fiance if you have not met in person?

Answer: Base on what I read from uscis website, it is stated there that the petitioner and applicant must have met within the 2 year period of relationship. They also require proof of meeting such as photos and as of when and where the meeting took place.

  • In filling out my DS-160, do I print out all the documents I have filled out or only the confirmation page?

Answer: No. You only print the confirmation page.

  • What is the normal process/sequence of the medical examination?

Answer: It is normally X-ray, Blood test, Physical examination where the doctor will also ask for your medical history, drug use, abortion, giving birth and alcohol history.

  • If I admitted experimental drug use during my medical at SLEC, does that mean that my visa is automatically denied?

Answer: No , you will not be. You will only be refused a visa if you are positive in the use of illegal substance during the medical examination.

  • Once I am already in the United states, when can I apply for my uscis i 485 Application to register Status/ AOS ?

Answer: You can apply for register of status as soon as you already have all the papers needed for the application such as SSN, Marriage Certificate, visa copy and the rest listed on the AOS checklist.

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Written by Yuri & Rob

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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

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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)
  • *MAKE AT LEAST TWO COPIES OVER ALL WORK – YOU WILL NEED IT ALL FOR THE VISA INTERVIEW

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>

References:

 

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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:

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fiance visa noa ds-160

You can check the status of your packages progress at:

https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker

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
  • ADDRESS & PHONE
  • 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.
  • PREVIOUS US TRAVEL
  • 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/

 

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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.

http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph/ph-niv-appointmentschedule.asp

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

https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/SiteRegister?country=Philippines&language=en_US

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 

 

 

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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)

Complete?

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)
G-325A filled out by the US Citizen with their information, signed and dated (see example).
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 visa process: I-129f

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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

USCIS

P.O. Box 660151

Dallas, TX 75266

 

For USPS Express Mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS

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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