Many people ask this question, in order to know where they stand, so that they are prepared with start to finish costs. “2018 over all fees”
October 26, 2018
Specifically for U.S.A. / Philippines K1 Fiance(e) Visa Couples
This is a fairly accurate up to date 2018 scenario for most of you wanting to petition a Filipino/Filipina Fiancé(e) to the U.S.A. Because we only specialize with Philippines and U.S.A. our knowledge of additional expenses for other Countries is limited, but the government fees on the U.S. Immigration side are accurate.
Whether or not you hire FilAm Immigration Service or another service or perhaps go at this on your own, you may or may not have to pay for assistance? However if you did hire FilAm Immigration to guide both you and your fiancé(e) and assist you both through all aspects of the K1 Fiancé(e) visa process then this would be the expected fees associated throughout the process of 4 to 5 months’ time?
$325. Immediately – FilAm Immigration Service
This covers us gathering and completing of all your I-129F Paper work that will go to USCIS. It allows both the sponsor and the Filipina beneficiary ongoing support by us providing accurate and up to date information about the I-129F Petition, Philippines government documents, U.S. Embassy support and U.S. Port of entry. You can learn more by going here to take a look at our service to you (go here…)
$535. Immediately – USCIS Filing Fee for the I-129F
Once the U.S. Sponsor has been to the Philippines to fulfill the requirement “Proof of Meeting” and has returned to his or her home in the U.S.A. then as soon as you have the amount available, you can file the I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e). Most people are in a big hurry to get this filed so as to get the ball rolling, but if you do not have the money just yet then no worry as filing can be done later as long as your forms do not expire?
$265. Much Later – U.S. Embassy non-immigrant Visa Application fee
It may take a while before this non-immigrant Visa Application fee is due? Every Couple faces different situations that usually cause the USCIS Service Center to either handle your I-129F Petition case quickly or slowly? For example, let’s say you’re a couple and neither of you have ever been married have no children, no criminal history and the age difference is not to big? You’re I-129F Petition can be approved much faster, from 6 weeks to 8 weeks average? Also a factor to all this is, if you have hired a skilled immigration service to help you? Paying extra fees can indeed save you time, money and heartache, as long as you hire a true professional service?
Example of a slower I-129F Petition process would be that the U.S. Sponsor had previous marriages, some criminal convictions, incorrectly filled out the I-129F Petition paper work or forgot some required supporting documents? More often than none, both sponsor and beneficiary who do it their selves miss a lot of important items and make unforeseen mistakes while completing the petition paper work. Numerous reasons why an I-129F Petition could be rejected or held up by an RFE? These are examples of mistakes that can cost many additional months of waiting?
All K2 children who are coming to the U.S.A. are required to attend the U.S. Embassy Interview together with their parent and must also pay for the non-immigrant visa application fee of ($265.)
$335. Much Later – St. Luke’s Medical Exam (PHP 17,025.)
This fee is to be paid in person at the St. Luke’s Medical upon arrival. Once a U.S. Embassy Interview has been scheduled by either the sponsor or the beneficiary, a medical can then be done no later than one week prior to the interview. Most of the time medical exams takes two days and will not allow female applicants to be examined during their menstrual period and must also wait until one week after their menstrual period has finished. Children under the age of 15 who are coming over as K2 children also must attend St. Luke’s to be examined and their cost is (PHP 9,583.)
PHP 400. Much Later – CFO is a mandatory pre-departure seminar
Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) this is a Philippines government fee that your Filipino / Filipina fiancé(e) and K2 children must pay even though K2 children are not to attend only their parent will attend on behalf of them and their selves. This seminar is important and educates Filipinos about the dangers that lurk outside of the Philippines that pertain to human trafficking, sex slaves, drug mules, marriage deception, human abuse and is also a way to make sure that you and your fiancé(e) have a genuine sincere relationship? So it is a lot like another interview except conducted by the Philippines government to protect their Citizens.
PHP 1,620. Much Later – Travel Tax (Approximately $33.)
All passengers K1 & K2 visa holders are expected to pay the Philippines Travel Tax. It is important to know in advance if the airlines that you purchase tickets from already has included the Travel Tax or not? If Travel Tax is not a part of the airline ticket then your fiancé(e) will be expected to pay this at the airport before getting their boarding pass. Also an IMPORTANT REMINDER is K1 Fiance(e) visa holders and CR1/IR1 Visa holders are not required to have a round trip ticket. If the tickets were purchased in the U.S.A. they will not force you to pay for round trips tickets? If you purchase tickets in the Philippines they will try to tell you that you have to have round trip which is not true.
Additional expenses that are non government fees
All Couples will face different costs as part of their process of getting a K1 Fiancé(e) Visa.
- It will depend on many things such as:
Are there K2 children involved?
Does your fiancé(e) live in a different part of the Philippines other than near Manila?
Does your fiancé(e) have to order police records from other Countries she lived and worked in?
Does your fiancé(e) need to make additional long trips in order to procure certain documents?
The cost of your fiancé(e) to travel on bus, ship or jet?
The cost of her staying in Manila to attend her medical and interview? (Referring to lodging)
The cost of your fiancé(e)s food per day while she is in Manila?
The average amount of stay in Manila is 7 days 6 nights.
Some couples are able to cut down cost considerably if your fiancé(e) has friends or relatives living in Manila?
Aside from all of the expected governments fees to be paid, your fiancé(e) may need an additional $500. to $700. to cover all the travel expenses?
You do the math:
$325. FilAm fee
$535. I-129F Filing fee
$265. U.S. Embassy Application fee
$335. St. Luke’s Medical exam fee
$8. CFO Seminar fee
$33. Travel Tax fee
Then if applicable to your situation, calculate if there are K2 Children and travel, lodging, food expenses for them also?
Filipino / Filipina Fiancé(e) needed documents in the Philippines
Additional Philippines government fees for required documents that your fiancé(e) and her kids need, only if the kids are going to be K2 Children? All of the below items are only required at the time of the U.S. Embassy Interview for a K1 Fiancé(e) Visa.
PSA / Birth Certificate cost per each PHP 350. ($7.00)
For the Birth Certificate Application Only: Valid ID is required for both owner and requester of documents; Authorization and ID of the document owner together with the requester’s ID are required if the requesters not any of the following:
One valid ID
- Current employees ID with the signature of the employer or authorized representative;
- Postal ID;
- Students ID or library card, signed by the school authority;
- Senior Citizens ID;
- Driver’s license;
- NBI/PNP clearance;
- SSS/GSIS ID;
- Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP) ID;
- License issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC)
NBI Clearance for U.S. Visa PHP 140. ($3.00)
Before going to the nearest NBI Clearance Outlet, make sure to bring all the necessary requirements in applying for your NBI Clearance. NBI requires you to present two (2) valid IDs.
- Valid passport
- Voter’s ID
- Driver’s License
- PRC License
- SSS ID
- GSIS UMID
- School ID
- Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID
- Philhealth ID
- NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate
- Alien Certificate of Registration
- Senior Citizen
- Previous Copy of NBI Clearance
- Postal ID
Philippines Passport from DFA PHP 950. ($19.00 Approximately)
First time passport applicants see (requirements…)
This is for a TEN (10) year Philippines passport.
There are several type of requirements depending on an applicants status?
LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (ANY OF THE FOLLOWING WITH ONE (1) PHOTOCOPY):
- Social Security System (SSS) / Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
- Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License. Student Permit may be accepted if in card format.
- Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) Card
- Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal
- Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
- Senior Citizen ID
- School ID (if applicable)
- Current Valid ePassport (For Renewal of ePassport)
- For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship. (Example: Residence Card)
Important Reminder: The Department may require additional supporting documents as may be necessary.
Certificate of no marriage – CENOMAR from PSA / PHP 195. ($4.00)
This requirements is for Filipinos / Filipinas living in the Philippines or Filipino Citizens working abroad.
- Complete name of the person.
- Complete name of the father.
- Complete maiden name of the mother.
- Date of birth.
- Place of birth.
- Complete name and address of the requesting party.
- Number of copies needed.
- Purpose of the certification.