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USCIS Increase fees Adjusting Immigration Benefit Application and Petition Fees (k1 green card)

USCIS K1 Fee Increase

#USCIS has increased the fees for US petitions.

“The new fees will be effective Dec. 23. USCIS is almost entirely funded by the fees paid by applicants and petitioners for immigration benefits. The law requires USCIS to conduct fee reviews every two years to determine the funding levels necessary to administer the nation’s immigration laws, process benefit requests and provide the infrastructure needed to support those activities.

Fees will increase for the first time in six years, by a weighted average of 21 percent for most applications and petitions. This increase is necessary to recover the full cost of services provided by USCIS. These include the costs associated with fraud detection and national security, customer service and case processing, and providing services without charge to refugee and asylum applicants and to other customers eligible for fee waivers or exemptions.”

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I–129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) NEW fees: 535 USD OLD: 340
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative NEW fees: 535 USD OLD: 420
I–485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status NEW fees: 1,140 OLD: 985
N–600/N–600K Application for Certificate of Citizenship
NEW fees: 1,170 OLD: 600/550
Biometric Services Fee SAME FEE: 85


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K1 Visa Process : Step 3: Preparation for US Embassy interview

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K1 Fiance Visa Interview of Same Sex LGBTQ

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#LGBTQ, #USVisa,#fiancevisa

This is an interview with Junritchie and Mark. A very happy same sex couple who applied for the k1 fiance visa and got approved. They are now working on the green card process.

US law allows same sex couples to apply for the K1, fiance visa. Just like everyone else they have to make sure they have meet the basic requirements:
– Be single (divorce or widowed)
– Have met before in person (in the last 2 years)

The US citizen (or naturalized citizen) must also petition the foreign fiance using I-129f , Petition for Alien Fiancé(e). This application requires supporting documents.

Once the petition is approved, the case is sent to the US Embassy that is able to process visas that is closest to the foreign fiance (beneficiary). The beneficiary will have to gather certain document for the fiance visa interview with a US consular officer. Before this interview they will also need to go to a US Embassy approved medical center to have immunization shots.

Once the Visa is approved, they fiance can enter the US and get married in the US. The next step is to apply for the green card.


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What do you need to know about St lukes Medical Exam? tagalog-english

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Ang article na ito ay aking sinulat sa tagalog at english na lingwahi para mas maintindihang mabuti ng mga kapwa kong pilipino.


  1. Cash ang bayad. Hindi sila tumatanggap ng ATM card or check.
  2. Dapat malusog ang iyong pangangatawan bago ka magpamedical.
  3. Vaccine. Ang mga nurses ay possible na mag offer sayo na sa US ka na magpavaccine. Kapag sa Amerika ka nagpabakuna, magbabayad ka na naman ulit sa accredited na doktor ng USCIS.
  4. Sputum Test. Kapag nag require sila ng sputum tes at ipareschedule ang iyong US embassy interview, huwag kang mag alala. Hindi yan visa denial. Gusto lang nila na masigurado na wala ng possilbe tuberculosis na makita sa inyong katawan. Bibigyan ka nila ng gamot na iinumin mo ng 2-6 months depende sa kung gaano katagal ang instruction ng St lukes sayo.
  5.  Ang mga doktor sa St lukes ay hindi gaya ng mga normal na doktor na kinakausap ka  sa malumanay na boses at nakangiti.

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Fiance Visa Approved Ruvis Visa Timeline

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Help us to congratulate a member of our Facebook group, Ruvis, who just got her K1 Fiance Visa Approved!  We hope you and your family will enjoy the next stage of your lives.

I just want to share my visa timeline to all k1 applicants to give hope and encouragement for everyone who are still waiting for their visa.
NOVEMBER 13 packet sent
NOVEMBER 17 USCIS rcvd pcket
So we requested police clearance from hongkong by the help of my friend from hongkong.
I follow up my police hk via email FEB.25 and they emailed me back that it was already issued the reply to USEM last FEB.23 , So i decided to undergo medical and set my interview appointment on march 8,2016 knowing that im all set and ready for interview.
I know i was approved but I’m under 221g with REVERIFICATION of my CENOMAR and HONGKONG POLICE which embassy hav’nt receive it yet.
I was so upset and stressful , by that day I went to NSO Pasay City to request for REVERIFICATION OF CENOMAR , my friend from HK follow up my HKPC..
After 7 days my case updated to READY STATUS

In God’s perfect time, we need lots of patience in this journey. Don’t get tired of praying that God will help us in this process!
Special thanks to my loving fiance who never got tired of loving and encouraging me and of course to all my true sissy here who never got tired of answering my queries. May God bless us all!
Hun this is it…see you soon my love

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Visa Approved Mrs. Tonnette k1 fiance visa interview experience Dec 2015


YURI & BRUCE: We want to thank Mrs. Tonnette for posting this very informative post:

Interview day!

Interview Date: December 18,2015

Appointment time: 7:30AM
Arrived at the Embassy : 7:40 AM (late comers lol)

The guard took my Interview apppointment letter, DS160 and passport.

Prescreening interview:

They just took my passport, authenticated birth certificate, CENOMAR and NBI clearance and St. Luke’s brown envelope.

What is your name? Birthday?
What is your fiance’s US home address?
Do you have kids? Aren’t they going with you?
Is this your first application?
What are your kids’ ages?

American Consul:

Who is your petitioner?
When is his birthday?
What does he do for a living?
What is the nature of his job?
Do you know the address?
How and when did you meet?
When was the last time you saw him personally?
Does he have kids? How many? Are they living with him?
How long have you known with each other?
Is there any problem between your fiance and your kids?
How many times he visited you? How many days he stayed in Philippines with you?
Where did you both stayed?

Consul: perfect! It seems like you know your fiancé very well. Welcome to the United Stated of America! Your US visa has been approved! Wait for 10-15 days for your visa to be delivered! She didn’t even asked any of documents from me. Oh my I brought me a big handy bag for my bundles of documents they are so heavy but she did not asked anything lol.

Step 5: they just cheched my case and he said, wow your files is so thick! Very very thick! No doubt to get visa approved!

Visa Approved!!!!! Once again, I don’t want to miss this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thank you sis Yuri Sincero and sir Bruce Brown for this very productive group you guys have done so much already just to help each and everyone of us here.
To all my sissies and bros here you are too many to mention lol but thank you so very very very much for your prayers and moral support. To God be the Glory! Leave all your worries to God he will work for it in his own mysterious ways

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Tips for k1 fiance visa interview

The Fiancé(e) Visa (k1) is actually pretty risky compared to the other visas.  It is no wonder TLC was able to make a show our of the process called 90 Day Fiance (#90dayfiance).  K1 gives a foreign born fiance a 90 day visa to get a married and start the permanent residency process.  It is a thrilling and frustrating process!
When I say frustrating, I mean you are at the mercy of two different federal agencies United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the US State Department.  Also, you have to have 1 or more face to face interviews that evaluate the validity of your petition.  If something is wrong, you may be issued an request for evidence (RFE) which can delay your case for months.
For the foreign fiance, preparing for the interview can be one of the most intense event in their life.  You really do not know what kinds of interview you are going to get so you have to prepare for the worst.   At the end of the day, preparation is the key for a successful process. Here are a few tips that will help you avoid delays in your fiance visa process:
1. Do not appear on your interview with an empty brain. Review all your I-129f documents and share a complete copy to your foreign fiance.  The beneficiary has to read the information that has been submitted to USCIS.
2.  Declaration of how you met.  It is a good idea to write a letter declaring how you met.  It is optional, but it will help you and your fiance have the same story in written form and the during the interview for both the US Embassy and USCIS.  We did the declaration of how we met and they have both agencies have asked us about it.  Since we both know our story well, we have not had a problem.
3.  Preparation of the papers for the interview.  Click here for interview checklist. Follow all the papers that are required for you to bring to your interview.  If you choose to not comply with the requirements you increase the possibility of getting what is called a 221g letter (request for more evidence).  Receiving a 221g letter is going to delay your process for 1-3 months depending on how fast you send the documents back to them.
4.  Be prepared mentally.  Some US petitioners may have a criminal history or divorce that the foreign fiance did not know about.  It is important to know what is going one because the fiance has to be prepared to answer related questions when asked by the Consular Officer.  There are some issues that are not going to be an easy interview if there is a criminal record so it is important that the petition explain to the beneficiary/foreign fiance.  They will ask to state the reasons of convictions.  The foreign fiance must be able to state what exactly has happened.
5. Previous divorce and kids.  If your US petitioner is divorced, the consular officer may ask about the the previous divorce and reasons. They will also ask to state the kids situation, child support and the alimony.
6. Income.  Ensure that your documents for form 1040 and W2 are present.  Other back up such as employment letter, bank statement and I-134 may be requested by the Consular officer.  Consular officers will check the poverty guideline set for US citizen.  Be prepared to get a co-sponsor if your fiance does not meet the income required.  You have to know your US petitioner’s annual income and financial situation because it might come up in the interview.  Serious couples are usually comfortable enough with each other to share that kind of information.
7. Interview questions.  Click here for interview questions.  Reviewing possible questions is one of the most important things besides required documents that you need to do.  If you have hard time understanding English language, you can request a Consular officer who speaks your native language or you can prepare for your interview ahead of time.
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i129f process: Thailand US embassy packet 3 & 4

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I129f process for Thailand US embassy

For K1 Visa fiance(e)’s in Thailand, after your US Petitioner gets and approval on the i129f it is sent to the the National Visa Center (NVC).  The NVC creates a case number for the K1 Visa petition and sends the case to a US Embassy in Thailand that is closest to the Thai beneficiary/applicant.

Once the US Embassy in Thailand receives the case, they will send out two consecutive letters/email messages to the beneficiary/applicant.  These are called Packet 3 & 4.  First they send out Packet 3 where they list all the requirements that the beneficiary/applicant needs to send to the US Embassy.  If something is missing from the list of requirements or the Consular Officer is not satisfied, they will request more information.

If everything is good with your Packet 3 requirements, you will receive a message (email/letter) for Packet 4.  Packet 4 contains an appointment schedule for an interview that also provides instruction on the remaining documents that you have to bring.  Below are the actual email samples that US embassy Thailand sends for the Packet 3 and 4.

What you see in PACKET 3?

The Packet 3 letter in Bangkok US embassy contains a copy of an approved i129f application form, letter of instruction from the embassy. You will also received an email from the embassy containing a website link for your packet 3 instruction.

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The Packet 3 instructions has been mailed.

Please kindly follow the instructions and return the information to our unit in order to schedule the interviews.

For information , please refer to the link on K Packet 3 instructions.

Thank you and Best Regards,

Immigrant Visa Unit
U.S. Embassy Bangkok



What is in PACKET 4?

Packet 4 contains the interview appointment schedule, a link for the remaining list of documents to bring and an instruction for medical examination.


Dear Applicant:

Bangkok’s Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit is ready to begin final processing of the immigrant visa applicant(s) named below in this case. We have scheduled an appointment for a visa interview at the Immigrant Visa section on the date printed below.

Visa Appointment
Date Time
31 Aug 2015 9:00AM

Please read and follow very carefully all of the Appointment Instructions located on the Embassy’s web site at:

Please pay close attention to the Instructions for Medical Examination required for all intending immigrants and evidence of relationship. Submission of incomplete documents will delay your visa processing. When communicating with this office, please provide your name and case number exactly as shown in this letter.

Upon arrival at the Embassy, the applicant MUST present this e-mail to the receptionist and proceed to Window number 1. Those members of the applicant’s family, listed below, must appear at the Embassy on the above appointment date. If the applicant cannot keep the appointment, please notify the Embassy at as soon as possible.

Immigrant Visa Unit

Visa Category: K1

Traveling Applicants:

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.



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K1 requirements for medical, interview and CFO seminar

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Tonnete’s Updated Post for medical requirements, Documents for interview and requirements for CFO seminar.

Medical Requirements for SLEC:

– Payment in Peso 245$-250$ (depends on US embassy dollar rate)

-4 Pieces 2×2 Visa Passport Pictures (for USA)

-Valid Passport

– 2 copies photocopy of passport biopage
-2 copies SLEC Online Registration Form
-2 copies USEM interview Appointment
-2 copies NVC letter or Screenshots MCN status “Ready”
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Documents needed for Interview:


-Valid Passport
-NSO birth certificate
-Updated NBI clearance (for travel abroad)
-affidavit of Support form from Petitioner (form I-134)
-Proof of Relationship with the petitioner
-Updated Fiancé letter of Intent to Marry


-Latest Income Tax Returns (Form 1040)
-Latest Withholding Tax Statement (W-2)
-Employment Certification (optional)
-Paystubs (an evidence of his current job)



-Passport and biopage photocopy
-k1 visa (if issued)
-2 valid IDs
-Registration Form Available Online
-CENOMAR (Original and Photocopy)
-400 pesos payment
-Income Tax Return Form (showing single status of Petitioner)
-Proof of Relationship
-Divorce Decree
-Birth Certificate of Petitioner
-NSO Birth Certificate
-NBI clearance


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What is i134 and i864 Affidavit of Support


When a US citizen petitions his foreign fiance or wife to come to the United States.  He or She must fill out an affidavit of support.

There are two “affidavits of support” that will need to be done, the I-134 and the I-864.  So which one do you do and what is the difference between the two?

I-134, Affidavit of Support.  Is an affidavit of support filed in connection with a non-immigrant.  The purpose of the form is based on Section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act) which bars the admission into the United States any alien who, in the opinion of the U.S. Department of State officer adjudicating a visa application is likely at any time to become a public charge.  more info:

The US Embassy Consular Officer is evaluates whether or not the US Petitioner can support the beneficiary based on the poverty line.  The CO is looking to make sure that the US Petitioner can prove that they make 100% of the poverty line (us embassy/  The US petitioner does this by providing 1040, W2, bank statements, employment verification.

Poverty Guidelines for form i 864:

Official US poverty guidelines:

I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act.  Is an affidavit of support filed for immigrant spouse visa application.  It is for a US Citizen and his immigrant wife who is already married.  According to the i864 instruction, it is for the following:

1. All immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (spouses, unmarried children under 21 years of age, and parents of U.S. citizens 21 years of age and older);

2. All family-based preference immigrants (unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, spouses and unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents, married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens 21 years of age and older)

3. Employment-based preference immigrants in cases only when a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or U.S. national relative filed the immigrant visa petition or such relative has a significant ownership interest (five percent or more) in the entity that filed the petition.

The US government wants to ensure that the US petitioner can afford to care for the foreign beneficiary so they go by the poverty guidelines.

Poverty Guidelines is the most important factor that a US fiance should look and prepare for before applying for I129 petition for his/her foreign fiance. The poverty guidelines serves as the standard guide in checking a petitioners income. Poverty guideline will determine if your income pass a certain level on the estimateannual income that an American needs to be able to live comfortably. In order to petition your foreign fiance to come to the United States, the petitioner must pass the poverty guideline.Each factor depends on how many kids the person have , how many person the petitioner is supporting at the moment of the I129f petition and the annual income he is making.

During the foreign fiance’s interview, he/she must submit all requirements for Evidence of Support presenting the petitioner’s form 1040 Federal Income Tax Return, W2’s, certificate of employment, pay stubs or bank statement showing his/her current salary. The consular officer will review all the papers submitted. After the evaluation, if the CO thinks the petitioner’s income does not pass the poverty guidelines of 100 percent for k1, he/she is going to request for an additional sponsor. The CO will not be able to proceed in granting a visa for a foreign fiance if the US petitioner fails to present another sponsor to add to his/her income.




  • You may count the income and assets of members of your household who are related to you by birth, marriage, or adoption. To use their income you must have listed them as dependents on your most recent federal tax return or they must have lived with you for the last 6 months. They must also complete a Form I-864A, Contract between Sponsor and Household Member. If the relative you are sponsoring meets these criteria you may include the value of their income and assets, but the immigrant does not need to complete Form I-864A unless he or she has accompanying family members.
  • You may count the assets of the relatives you are sponsoring.

Responsibilities as a Sponsor

When you sign the affidavit of support, you accept legal responsibility for financially supporting the sponsored immigrant(s) generally until they become U.S. citizens or can be credited with 40 quarters of work. Your obligation also ends if you or the individual sponsored dies or if the individual sponsored ceases to be a permanent resident and departs the United States.

Note: Divorce does NOT end the sponsorship obligation.

If the individual you sponsored receives any “means-tested public benefits,” you are responsible for repaying the cost of those benefits to the agency that provided them. If you do not repay the debt, the agency can sue you in court to get the money owed. Any joint sponsors or household members whose income is used to meet the minimum income requirements are also legally responsible for financially supporting the sponsored immigrant.

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Do i134 and i864 have the Same Income Requirements?

No.  I-864 requires 125% of the federal poverty guideline minimum income requirement, the most recent year’s tax return to the USCIS.  I-134 is presented to the US Embassy Consular Officer and requires 100 percent of the federal poverty guideline as evidenced by 1040, w2/1099, employment verification, and bank statement (if applicable) as well as proof of a relationship.

Applicants presenting Form I-134 will need to show that their U.S. sponsor’s income is 100 percent of the federal poverty guideline. NOT 125 percent which is for the Form I864 Affidavit of Support.

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