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K1 Visa Philippines:
Making the right choice in 2024 with filing fee increases, higher green card fees. What to expect and how to be prepared K1 Visa Philippines.

Things Are Changing:
Many Couples have used the K1 Visa in the past successfully to immigrate the alien fiance to the United States to Marry within the first 90-days.

What to Know:
But, is it going to be the right Marriage based visa to apply for in 2024, with so many new rules, filing fee costs gone up, adjusting status gone up, Employment Authorization and Advance Parole no longer included without paying separate fees.

Knowing if this is for you or not?
Below is now where all couples stand if you are wanting to immigrate to the United States as of 2024.

Do you as a Couple Meet the K1 Visa Requirements?

Couples that already know the K1 Visa is for them, can receive a
FREE K1 Visa Evaluation through our online application it takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete and FilAm Immigration specialist will email you the results usually within 24 hours.

Affordable K1 Visa Packages

The K1 Basic Package is for the do-it-yourselfer who simply want’s assistance with filling the I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance correctly and gathering up the required items that go with it.

 

 

  • You’ll fill out an online biodata along with other needed information that we’ll email you, and then we will correctly fill the forms and supplemental letters for you.You just print them out and sign.



  • Once everything has been completed by us and thoroughly inspected, we will email everything to you in pdf format.



  • Lastly we will provide you with a detailed step-by-step set of instructions on how to place everything plus which required items is needed to go with your petition, and provide you with the correct USCIS office to mail it.

Our K1 Deluxe Package includes everything mentioned in the K1 Basic Package.

Except here are the extras you’ll get:

  • The Couple will receive a FREE online consultation by appointment only and can be done on Viber, WhatsApp, Skype or Facebook Messenger.



  • The Couple will have unlimited questions and concerns answered at anytime of the process.



  • The Couple will have access to our K1 Timeline which covers all the events from start to finish.



  • If you have any K2 Children, they can be included.

     

  • If in the unforeseen event the couple receives an RFE – request for evidence letter, we will further instruct you on how to satisfy the request.



  • Once the application has been approved we will instruct the couple on how to proceed next.



  • We will put together the sponsors I-134 Affidavit of Support and provide detailed instruction about which financial supporting documents will be needed.



  • Once the US Embassy has issued the case number we will provide detailed instruction on what the sponsor and beneficiary must gather up to use at both the medical and interview.



  • We will assist the beneficiary through the process of the online DS160 Nonimmigrant visa application.



  • We will also instruct the beneficiary on where, when and how to pay for the nonimmigrant visa application fee.



  • We will schedule the interview and assist the beneficiary on how to prepare for the medical exam.



  • After the K1 Visa has been delivered, we will instruct the beneficiary about other government interview preparation such as for CFO-GCP counseling.



  • Last we will provide instructions on how the beneficiary will prepare to exit their Country and how to be prepared for their US Port of Entry.



  • The K1 Deluxe Package can be upgraded to our K1 Platinum Package.



  • US government fees are not included with any of our packages.



  • The K1 Deluxe Package does come with our money back guarantee if we caused a denial.

Our K1 Platinum Package offers everything mentioned in out K1 Basic and Deluxe Packages.

 

We call this package our A-Z package as it provides the Couple with everything including:

 

  • Ongoing support to all of your questions and concerns about marriage, social security number and much more.



  • Once the couple has contacted us about them fulfilling the Marriage within the first 90-days, we will begin the process of adjusting the status.

     

  • This process also includes one K2 Child. However, if you have more than one K2 Child we will charge you an additional $75.

     

  • We will complete the I-485 to become a legal permanent resident.

     

  • We will complete the I-765 Employment Authorization so that you can legally work in the US.

     

  • We will complete the I-131 Advance Parole which will allow you to leave the United States in the event of an emergency back in your Country.



  • We will provide all supplemental letters pertaining to your particular situation.



  • In the even that the Couple received an RFE – request for evidence in part with their I-485 processing, we will further instruct you on how to satisfy the request.



  • Everything will be emailed to you in pdf format for you to printout and sign.



  • Detailed step-by-step instructions will be emailed to you including the correct USCIS address and filing fees for submission.



  • The K1 Platinum Package comes with our money back guarantee should we be the reason for any denial.



  • US government fees are not included in this package.

Make sure you understand the requirements to become a K1 Visa sponsor.

To become a sponsor, for a K1 visa there are USCIS rules that need to be fulfilled.

These rules are implemented by the State Department and are enforced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to ensure that both the sponsor and the alien fiance are eligible and genuinely intend to get married within 90-days after the fiance arrives in the United States.

Here are the guidelines for being a K1 visa sponsor;

 

1. U.S. Citizenship;
The sponsor must be a U.S. Citizen. Lawful permanent residents, also known as green card holders cannot act as sponsors for an alien fiance seeking a K1 visa.

 

2. Legally Single;
The sponsor and alien fiance must be free to marry and not have any legal binding marriages, to anyone when submitting the petition.

 

3. Fulfilling Income Requirement;
The sponsor must demonstrate that they are financially able to support their alien fiance without relying on government assistance.

 

Financial Eligibility;
To demonstrate eligibility the sponsor must meet or exceed the minimum income requirement based on their household size. If they fall below the poverty guidelines, they may provide documentation of assets.

 

4. Genuine Intent to Marry;
The sponsor must genuinely intend to marry their foreign alien fiance within 90-days of their arrival, in the United States.

The requirement also falls on the alien fiance and must be provided in writing at the time of the petition.

Evidence of this intent may include an engagement ring, wedding plans or other proof of a relationship.

 

5. Meeting in Person;
It is required that the sponsor and the alien fiance have physically met each other in person within two years of filing their I-129F petition.

There are few exceptions to this rule, such as if meeting in person would violate religious customs or cause hardship.

 

6. Clean Criminal Record;
The sponsor should not have a record involving offenses, including domestic violence, sexual offenses or crimes, against minors.

If you are unsure then we advise you to contact FilAm Immigration Services to get counseling.

 

7. Age Requirement;
The sponsor must be 18 years old and understand that the US government is not to be taken lightly.

 

8. Complete Form I 129F;
The US Citizen sponsor must fill out, and submit an I-129F application for alien fiance which is also known as a K1 Visa.

It’s important to note that the requirements for being a sponsor for a K1 visa may change so its recommended that you consult with us for the current information and guidance.

K1 Visa Philippines 2024 Timeline

This is huge news!

Timeline for Processing K1 Fiance Visa by Government.

Based on feedback from clients between 2023 and 2024 with the pandemic backlog finally out of the way.

• After filing, receive USCIS Receipt I-797C Notice of Action 1 to 2 weeks.

• Approval of Form I 129F by USCIS Estimated time of around 9 months (according to estimate for Q4 of 2024)

• Transfer of Approved I-129F to NVC Case Number
Usually takes between 1 to 3 weeks

• NVC Case Number provided as contact with US Embassy can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks

• Contact, with US Embassy resulting in Interview Date scheduling takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

• Interview leading to K1 Approval generally completed within a span of about 1 to 2 weeks.

Fee Schedule for K1/K2 Applicants as of April 1st. 2024 – Government fees for the U.S. side only.

Fees from your alien fiance’s country may vary, but are not included on this article:

I-129F Application:
Old filing fee of the I-129F Application was $535.
New filing fee of the I-129F Application now $675.

I-485 Application:
Old filing fee for a K1 to adjust status was $1,225.
New filing fee for a K1 to adjust status now $1,440.

I-765 Application:
Is an employment authorization document and is no longer included in the adjustment of status and now has it’s own separate filing fee of $260.

I-131Application:
Is an Advance Parole document that allows a new legal permanent resident K1 that is now married to travel back to their mother country for emergencies.

This used to be included in the I-485 Adjustment of Status, but is now a separate filing and optional, as you may or may not need this? Cost $630.

What does all of this mean to you new filers for 2024 and upcoming years?

$675.
$1,440.
$260.
$2,375. would be the new total

And if you need an Advance Parole reentry permit for you Alien fiance “now spouse”, you’ll need to include the I-131 Application $630.

Where does the Philippines rank in K1 Fiance Visas?

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The Philippines is, among the countries that issue a number of K1 Fiance Visas to its Citizens.

Based on data the Philippines consistently has one of the rates of approval for K1 visas compared to other countries.

Each year thousands of Filipinos become beneficiaries of US Citizens and successfully receive a K1 visas indicating the popularity of this immigration option for those planning to marry their partners, and live in the United States.

But make no mistake, denials continue to be a problems and more so if the couple decide to be do-it-your-selfers.

 

Requirements for 2024 K1 Visas;

To secure a K1 visa in 2024, which grants immigrant status to the fiance of a U.S. Citizen for the purpose of marriage and applying for permanent residency specific rules should be followed.

What Couples need to be aware of while applying for a K1 Fiance Visa in 2024;

 

1. Eligibility;
You must meet all requirements to marry your U.S. Citizen fiance may take time to get, and may or may not be the same from couple to couple.

Such requirements being unmarried and having no obstacles preventing you from marrying under U.S. Law.

 

2. Relationship:
In order for you and your partner to be eligible, for the K1 visa it is important that you can show a genuine and sincere relationship.

creating and then showing proof of your relationship, can sometimes be challenging leaving couples to be creative.

The best proof includes photographs of you together and any correspondence you’ve had or proof of having met in person.

 

3. As the petitioner who’s a U.S. Citizen:
You must be aware and understand that not only you, but your alien fiance needs to be prepared and both will need to understand how to apply that in your particular situation.

Additionally you the sponsor will need to submit a Form I-129F application known as the Petition for Alien Fiance to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

 

4. 90-day rule:
Another requirement is for you both to provide the intention to get married within 90-days of your alien fiance’s arrival in the United States.

It would be helpful if you can provide evidence of your planned marriage ceremony, such as wedding invitations or a written statement expressing your intent to marry.

 

5. Language Skills:
Lastly it’s important for you as an alien fiance to demonstrate proficiency in English so that the US Embassy interviewer, will have reason to believe that you are serious.

However there may be circumstances where exceptions can be made.

6. K1 Medical Examination:
Each alien fiance and if they have K2 Children to follow, must undergo a medical examination from an accredited panel that are physician approved with the U.S. embassy or consulate.

Each K1/K2 examination will run a number of tests on your health in an effort to determine whether you have any communicable diseases of public health significance.

 

7. K1 Vetting Criminal record:
Each K1/K2  family members who will accompany you into the United States must be vetted thoroughly for any criminal record or determined if they pose a security risk.

 

8. K1 Sponsors Financial support:
All U.S. Citizen sponsor of an alien fiance must provide supporting documents that he or she  has the ability to financially support the alien fiance and their own children if any plus any K2 dependents, if applicable.

Meeting the income requirements imposed by USCIS is for ensuring that the K1/K2 applicants will not become a public charge.

There are many sponsor with different financial resources and some who have very little barely enough to meet the poverty guidelines.

If your not sure, then contact us to have a better idea about what you can do or if you have other choices?

Requirements do change and often times do-it-your-selfers get caught in a web of old outdated  information, leading to more costly and lengthy waiting times.

K1 Visa Philippines, a Bit Tougher

Probably the most asked question we get each and everyday is, can you tell me what the K1 visa Philippines requirements are?

It is a question that is to big to answer in one breathe. In this mini section, we offer you the short more to the point version of the K1 Visa requirements pertaining to the Philippines.

 

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  1. Both couple must be free to marry before they can file an I-129F application for alien fiance.

    This mean the US Citizen must provide certified divorce decrees, death certificates or annulment certificates of each previous marriage.

    If you Filipino fiance has ever been legally married, they would need to provide certified divorce decrees, annulment certificates or possibly both, and if applicable  death certificate from all previous marriages.


  2. The couple must have physically met in person within two years of filing the I-129F application.


  3. The couple must have a genuine and sincere relationship, and can prove it?


  4. The U.S. citizen sponsor must be able to demonstrate, that they meet the financial requirements only at the time of the US Embassy Interview.  Do I qualify?


  5. The alien fiance must be able to pass a stringent medical exam?

    K1 Fiance Applicants of the Philippines would have to attend their medical exam at St. Luke’s Manila unless they are attending in another Country.


  6. The alien fiance must attend a U.S. Embassy interview, and can answer all questions accurately.

    The Philippines tends to be a bit tougher than some other countries due to the alien fiance needing to obtain additional requirements such as a CENOMAR – Certificate of no Marriage.

    Yet another unusual requirement for Filipinos who receive a K1 Fiance Visa will be to attend a Philippines seminar known as CFO-GCP.

    The seminar educates Filipinos about human trafficking, drug mule, sex trade, slave or servant and to just being aware of their sponsor in cases of criminal behavior.


  7. The alien fiance must marry the U.S. sponsor within 90-days of arriving to U.S. soil.If 90-days passes without a Marriage, the alien fiance must return back to their mother country.

    You are given a K1 Visa to marry “only” your US sponsor “petitioner” not anyone else.

    After you marry your US sponsor in the first 90-days, you then must file for adjustment of status application I-485 to become a legal permanent resident which will allow you to get a social security number and employment authorization.

Every couple is different, so there may be more or less requirements to know about?

Please contact us at FilAm Immigration Services for a free, friendly, informative consultation. Contact us

K1 Visa PhilippinesUSCIS – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has a requirement, that sometimes can be difficult for some couples fulfill.

Meeting your alien fiance in person in the Philippines is a long journey from the United States that can take time to coordinate and often times comes at great expense.

At least 97% of the time, it is the U.S.Citizen, who will make the long journey, to meet the alien fiance?

The U.S. Citizen has more travel authority and therefore fulfilling the meeting in person requirement is can be easily met?

But what if the U.C. Citizen can’t make the trip, due to health problems, or passport problems, or perhaps they simply have a fear of flying?

We get this question often, and almost every time we end up giving the same answer, you must make the trip or else being in an LDR relationship isn’t good for you?

USCIS, is very strict on this rule about the couple meeting in person and the thought of trying to get a hardship waiver isn’t going to go well at all?

USCIS rarely accepts hardship waivers as a reason to not visit an alien fiance in person. We’re not telling you that you can’t try to file a hardship waiver for reasons like proving air travel could kill you, or getting a US passport is perhaps next to impossible for you.

But none of these are as simple as just throwing a letter of explanation together. It takes plenty of supporting documents and the right steps of wording it and placing it all together to maybe get an ok, to pardon you from the meeting in person requirement.

There is however, a very slim possibility that the alien fiance could travel to the United States using a B1/B2 Tourist visa, but that will greatly depend on the country they are coming from also, such as the Philippines is very tough of Filipinos traveling to the US for purpose of meeting a boy or girlfriend.

Plus how well established they are while convincing interviewers that they have binding ties that will bring them back to their country when it is time?

The goal of meeting in person, is to satisfy USCIS, by proving that the relationship is indeed valid, and that both couple, are sincere?

USCIS will need compelling documents to validate the relationship is real. Things such as photos together, travel receipts and records, and passport visa stamps.

To really better understand whats needed and how to get everything go here, Read More..

Here is a question that is often asked by couples applying for a K1 Visa Philippines.
 
 
“How much does it cost”?
 

Just like all of the other questions, it isn’t a quick answer that could be said in one sentence.

Filing for a K1 Visa, comes in phases which allow the couple to be financially prepared for each phases rather than hitting you all at once with a huge bill.

When it comes to the government fees for the United States immigration, the fees are the same regardless of the country your alien fiance lives?

However, other fees may apply, and will be different from country to country, because the alien fiance will need to deal with a few other items obtained from his or her government?

Below are US and Philippines government fees for the K1 Visa process:

  • PSA Birth Certificate each as of 2024 Php 365. in person

  • DFA Passport Philippines as of 2024 Php 950.

  • 2×2 passport style photos in person 6 pieces Php 150. average cost

  • PSA Certificate of no marriage – CENOMAR as of 2024 Php 420. in person

  • NBI Clearance Php 155. in person

  • For some Filipinos they may also need, Other country police records if they ever worked as an OFW?

    Some may need red ribbon annulment certificate, or PSA death certificate if married before?

    They may need to get other NBI clearances if they had other legal names?


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US government fees as of April 1st. 2024:

  • First payment is for the sponsor to pay the filing fee at USCIS $675.


  • Many months later the non-immigrant visa application fee will be due $265.


  • Next two to four weeks later will be the medical exam fee $335.

Your total, just to get your alien fiance to the United States in US government fees only is $975.

Then your cost of getting the alien fiance to the US will vary with airline tickets.

Every couple is different, and more or less may apply.

Sometimes we are asked, who is the sponsor and who is the beneficiary?

The U.S. Citizen is the person who is filing the application to USCIS and therefore, they are the sponsor.

The beneficiary, is the alien fiance, the person who is not a U.S. Citizen and is from another country.

Every year, the United States government evaluates what they feel a couple, or couple with independents should be earning in order to sustain themselves?

When it comes to someone who is sponsoring an alien fiance, or spouse, they call this the “Poverty Guidelines“.

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Each year a new set of poverty guidelines is set in place, to ensure if a sponsor has the financial capability for properly caring for themselves, a spouse, and maybe other independents, such as children?

If a sponsor who is filing the I-129F application for alien fiance falls short of the financial requirement, the K1 visa will be denied.

USCIS, also looks at the U.S. state that the sponsor lives in, as certain states require a higher income in order to qualify?

If you are a sponsor who is on active duty and serving in any branch of military service, USCIS will place you in a lower income earning bracket, making it a bit easier.

These poverty guidelines are effective beginning Apr. 1, 2024.

There are many, who believe that if they fall short of meeting the financial requirement, they could get a joint sponsor, however, this is not true.

A joint sponsor can only be used once you and your alien fiance are married either on U.S. soil or in another country?

Sponsor who fall short of meeting the financial requirement once the alien fiance is ready to attend their embassy interview will be allowed to provide records if they have assets.

Such as you own your home or land, or you have a U.S. savings account untouched for at least one year, or you have stocks, life insurance, only if those can be liquidated into cash quickly.

International Marriage Broker Regulation Act

K1 Visa PhilippinesCreated in late 2005, and made for U.S. Citizens who want to bring an alien spouse or fiance and children to the United States?

This regulation was put into place in connection with Adam Walsh, in an effort to stop or curve human trafficking, child molesters, sexual misconduct, stalking or kidnapping.

Certain felonies, can prevent a U.S. Citizen from sponsoring an alien fiance or spouse to the United States.

It will not matter is your police and court records have been expunged or sealed up, it also doesn’t not matter is any of those happened 20, 30 years ago?

Each and every crime that falls under IMBRA category, must be mentioned in order to not later face problems with your application?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will find everything on anyone in a database that government only has access too?

This regulation also affects how many times a U.S. Citizen can become a sponsor to other alien fiances or spouses?

If you are filing on behalf of a Filipino Citizen, your records will also be made known to the Philippines government, and they have the final say so, if they will allow your loved one to come to the USA or not, even if they already have their visa in hand?

For more information on this process, please go here, Read More..

There have been many couples who thought, that they needed to provide supporting documentation with their application I-129F?
 

USCIS, receives a ton of extra paperwork from couples with their application only for it to all be destroyed?

You ask, isn’t all of our proof of an ongoing relationship needed, things like our emails, chat logs, postal letters, financial receipts etc?

The answer is “Most Definitely Yes”!

But those items aren’t for USCIS to look at, they are for the U.S. Embassy interviewer to look at, to determine weather or not you have a genuine, sincere relationship?

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Relationship proof is ongoing, for many months even after you file the application I-129F for a K1 Visa Philippines.

Many couples where afraid to file the I-129F application to soon for fear they did not have enough supporting documentation?

If you file the application 3-months after finding each other and meeting, then you ad another 8 to 10 months waiting on USCIS to process your application. 

You would have accumulated hundreds of more pages and records that help you prove, your relationship is genuine and sincere?

Take a look at some of the most popular records couples use to convince interviewers that the relationship is for real?

  • Emails top the list as many interviewers want to see at least one hundred.


  • Postal letters, carry a lot of weight with interviewers, as they like to see letters with envelopes.


  • Phone bill records help also. save your records, as it shows calls to and from each other.


  • At the bottom of the list and the least favorite of interviewers, is chat logs and instant messages.


  • Interviewers love if you have gift receipts and photos from gifts sent online or through postal delivery?


  • Last but not least are financial receipts if you send money to your alien fiance?

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Once the couple has submitted their I-129F application, they are often wondering and unsure about what will happen next?

 

USCIS does communicate with the sponsor through mail and a case status check can be done online also?

 

The problem is, you could check your case status a couple of weeks after filing, and then again 6-months later only to see that nothing has changed at all?

 

For so many couples, a timeline of events from a professional service can certainly ease your mind.

 

A timeline of events takes place for all couples, and may not be the same for each couple, based on things like, did the sponsor have some criminal records, did the couple provide divorce decrees, did the sponsor file before, or did they file all the needed requirements or possibly forgot something?

 

Other factors that can affect how a timeline moves can also be due to the government making changes or USCIS is heavily backlogged, or sometimes a pandemic places progress on hold? 

 

But most of the time it is weather or not the couple put together a good petition or a lousy petition?

 

Ordinarily, if it was a good petition received and maybe the couple had what we call a clean case, then your timeline of events could move faster?

 

We have seen enough good cases filed and not so good ones to tell you that USCIS will either drag on your application or will say, HEY this one is great, lets get it done.

 

The timeline will be about how fast your application can be processed, and approved, to when you can start working on your DS-160, to paying the non-immigrant visa application to your medical and then interview?

 

There are many factors that can affect how soon things can get done:

 

Examples of things that can slow you down:

 

  • Getting police records from other countries if you were an OFW?


  • Amending your name or fixing birth certificate typos?


  • Failure to have the correct passport requirements?


  • Missing or incorrect documents?


  • Had more than one previous marriage?


  • Your medical exam found some problems?


  • You made an address change during the process and none of your letters arrived from the government?


  • You submitted your application with errors and now USCIS can take months to correct it?


  • You became pregnant during the process, and now need to include the child?

There are many more reasons to have a smooth timeline or sluggish one, Read More..

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It is required that all K1 applicants, including if they have K2 children following, that each person be examined by a United States accredited medical facility just prior to their K1 Visa interview?

 

If an individual fails or requires more testing, the interview will be placed on hold.

 

The medical exam is to check the patient thoroughly for any infectious deceases, or abnormalities?

 

A patients can be examined and no the results of their examination usually in the same day, and are sometimes scheduled to come back in the next business day to receives vaccinations?

 

We have never known anyone who failed their examination for having many life threatening deceases or illnesses that directly harm them alone.

 

However we have known several who had tested positive for TB – tuberculosis which is not only life threatening, but can spread easily from one person to another?

 

TB is the number one illness, that the United States will not allow in?

 

TB is treatable if caught early enough and can be stopped through a series of treatments that in some cases may take up to 8-months?

 

If your examination finds that you may have TB, you won’t be able to move on to the interview until you’ve been fully treated?

 

Other things that can get you denied all together is if you admit to drug use, as far back as 15-years ago?

 

You will be checked for drugs in your blood, urine and possibly your hair follicles?

 

If you have slice scars on certain areas of your body, and cannot convince the medical examiner it wasn’t a suicide attempt, then you will be placed in a week long psychological evaluation clinic.

 

If you think that you may have some problems with your medical exam, then you should get some consultation first before getting yours done.

 

The medical exam is often times more stressful and tiring than the embassy interview itself.

 

To learn more about the St. Luke’s clinic in Manila Philippines go here, Read More..

Here are some frequently asked questions about the K1 visa, also known as the fiance visa:

Q: What is a K1 visa?

A: A K1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows a foreign national fiance of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States for the purpose of getting married.

Q: How do I qualify for a K1 visa?

A: To qualify for a K1 visa, you must meet certain requirements, such as having a genuine intention to marry within 90 days of your fiance entering the U.S., being legally free to marry, and having met your fiance in person within the past two years.

There are also financial requirements that your U.S. citizen fiance must meet.

Q: How long does the K1 visa process take?

A: The timeline for the K1 visa process can vary, but on average, it takes around 11-12 months from the time of application to receiving the visa.

This time-frame includes submitting the initial petition, document gathering, interview scheduling, and visa issuance.

Q: Can my children accompany me on a K1 visa?

A: Yes, your unmarried children under 21 years old can be included in your K1 visa petition as derivative beneficiaries.

They will also be eligible to apply for K2 visas to accompany you to the U.S.

Q: What happens after I enter the U.S. with a K1 visa?

A: Once you enter the U.S. on a K1 visa, you have 90 days to get married to your fiance.

After getting married, you can apply for adjustment of status to obtain a green card and become a lawful permanent resident.

Q: Can I work in the U.S. with a K1 visa?

A: After entering the U.S. on a K1 visa, you are eligible to apply for work authorization by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Q: Can I travel outside the U.S. on a K1 visa?

A: It is generally advised not to travel outside the U.S. on a K1 visa before getting married and adjusting your status.

If you need to travel, you will need to apply for Advanced Parole using Form I-131 to re-enter the U.S.

Q: What happens if the engagement ends before marriage?

A: If the engagement ends before marriage, the K1 visa holder must depart the U.S. within the authorized stay period.

However, if a valid marriage takes place and is legally terminated, you may still be eligible to adjust your status based on a waiver or other available immigration options.

It is important to consult with an immigration attorney or seek professional advice to get accurate and up-to-date information for your specific situation.

Go here for the top 55 K1 Visa Questions

Yes couples of the sex have the option to apply for a K1 visa, which is also referred to as a fiancé visa.

The purpose of the K1 visa is to cater to individuals who are engaged to marry a U.S. Citizen.

It’s worth noting that the gender of the individuals involved does not impact their eligibility, for this visa.

Following the Supreme Court ruling in 2015 same sex marriage became legal throughout the United States.

Consequently when it comes to immigration matters and specifically applying for a K1 visa same sex marriages are acknowledged by the U.S. Government.

To initiate a K1 visa application couples need to meet eligibility requirements.

This includes having an intention to marry within 90 days from when the foreign fiancé arrives in the United States.

Furthermore they must provide evidence that supports their relationship.

This may include documents demonstrating shared responsibilities, joint property ownership and commitments made together.

It’s important to consider that specific procedures and requirements can vary depending on factors like country of origin and individual circumstances of each couple.

For information regarding applying for a K1 visa it is advised that couples seek guidance from an immigration attorney or get in touch, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The process for the K1 Fiance visa begins when a U.S. Citizen files a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

After approval the petition is then sent to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing.

From there it is forwarded to the U.S. Embassy or consulate in the fiancés home country for an interview and final decision.

On average this entire process could take 12 – 15 months although it can vary.

On the hand obtaining a CR1 Spouse visa involves a U.S. Citizen filing a petition on behalf of their foreign spouse.

Once USCIS approves this petition it is forwarded to the NVC for processing.

After completing all documentation and fees the case is transferred to the U.S. Embassy or consulate in the spouses home country, for an interview and evaluation.

The processing time, for the CR1 Spouse visa can typically range from 18 – 24 months although it may vary depending on factors such as the workload of the embassy.

It’s important to remember that these processing times are approximate and subject to change.

To get the up to date information about visa processing times it’s always a good idea to consult with an immigration attorney or refer to the official USCIS and Department of State websites.

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The level of difficulty during an interview at the US Embassy Manila or any other US embassy worldwide can differ from person to person.

While it may be challenging to compare interviewers across countries there is generally a set of guidelines and criteria that US embassy interviewers follow when assessing visa applications.

The main purpose of these interviews is to assess an applicants qualifications, for their visa category and determine their intention to travel to the United States.

As a result regardless of where the interview takes place applicants can expect questions and thorough scrutiny.

When preparing for an interview, at a US embassy it’s crucial to be well prepared with all the documents and knowledge about your visa application.

Honesty, confidence and preparation are factors that can enhance your chances of success regardless of which embassy you’re dealing with.

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During a K1 visa medical examination, the physicians are primarily responsible for identifying any health conditions that may render an individual inadmissible to the United States.

Here are some factors that may prohibit a person from attending their interview:

1. Communicable diseases:

If the applicant has a contagious disease that poses a threat to the public health, such as tuberculosis (TB), sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or certain severe respiratory illnesses, the medical examiner may advise against their admission.

2. Mental health conditions:

If the applicant has a mental health condition that is deemed to be a danger to themselves or others, the medical examiner may raise concerns regarding their eligibility for the K1 visa.

3. Substance abuse:

An applicant with a history of substance abuse or drug addiction may be considered inadmissible if the medical examiner determines that they still pose a significant risk of relapse or may require excessive medical, social, or rehabilitative services.

4. Lack of vaccinations:

The applicant needs to meet the CDC’s vaccination requirements.

If they fail to provide documented evidence of receiving the required vaccinations, it may result in ineligibility.

5. Physical disabilities:

If an applicant has a physical disability that prevents them from participating actively in society, or if they require significant financial support or extensive medical treatment, it could be deemed a barrier to immigration.

It is important to note that the medical examination aims to identify health-related grounds for inadmissibility and evaluate whether the applicant would pose a public health or safety risk.

The decision regarding inadmissibility ultimately rests with the consular officer during the visa interview process, taking into account the medical examination findings and any other relevant factors.

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Yes it is possible for a child with a visa to join their parent in the United States after one year.

The K2 visa is designed for children of individuals holding a fiancé(e) visa (K1 visa) who wish to reunite with their parents in the United States.

If the child is unable to accompany their parent when they enter the United States initially they have the option to apply separately for a visa at a time.

It’s important to note that eligibility for a visa requires that the child be unmarried and under 21 years old.

To apply for a visa the parent must submit Form I 129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)) on behalf of their child through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Once the petition is approved the child can proceed with the visa application process, at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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In situations like these, it is important to take immediate action.

Here are a few steps you can take to try and expedite the case:

1. Contact USCIS:

Reach out to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to inquire about the delay in receiving a case number.

You can call their National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 and explain the situation.

Be prepared to provide relevant information, such as the date of application approval and any other details you may have.

2. Seek assistance from a U.S. Senator or Representative:

Contact your local U.S. Senator or Representative and explain the situation.

They may be able to intervene on your behalf and expedite the processing of the case.

You can find their contact information on the official website of the U.S. Congress.

3. Consult an immigration attorney:

Consider seeking advice from an immigration attorney who can guide you on the best course of action.

They have experience dealing with similar cases and can provide legal assistance to initiate an expedite request.

4. Submit an expedite request:

If you have compelling circumstances, such as a severe medical condition or financial hardship, you can request expedited processing of the I-129F application.

Compile all necessary documents and evidence supporting your request and submit it directly to USCIS.

Remember that expediting a case is at the discretion of USCIS, and not all expedite requests are approved.

It’s important to be prepared and provide clear documentation to support your request.

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What do K1 Interviewers want to see?

During a K1 visa interview at the U.S. Embassy, interviewers are typically looking for a variety of supporting documents to verify the information provided by the applicant and their fiancé.

 

While specific requirements may vary from one embassy to another, here are some commonly requested documents:

 

1. Passport:

Valid passports for the applicant and petitioner are usually required.

 

2. Birth certificate:

Original birth certificates or certified copies for both the applicant and petitioner.

 

3. Proof of intent to marry:

Documents that demonstrate a genuine intention to marry within 90 days of entering the United States, such as engagement photographs, correspondence, or a detailed wedding plan.

 

4. Evidence of relationship:

Documentation that proves the authenticity and strength of the relationship, including photos together, call logs, emails, travel records, and/or joint bank account statements.

 

5. Affidavit of support:

The petitioner must provide Form I-134 (Affidavit of Support) demonstrating their ability to financially support the applicant.

 

6. Police clearance certificate:

Applicants may need to provide a police clearance certificate from their home country or any other country they have lived in for a certain period.

 

7. Medical examination report:

A medical examination by an approved physician is necessary to establish the applicant’s good health.

 

8. Proof of termination of prior marriages:

If either party was previously married, they should provide documents such as divorce or death certificates to prove that the previous marriage(s) has ended.

 

9. Evidence of genuine relationship meetings:

If the couple has met in person, they should provide supporting documents like travel tickets, itineraries, hotel bookings, or passport stamps to validate the meetings.

 

10. Financial and employment documents:

Additional documents may be required to attest to the financial stability and employment status of the petitioner and, if relevant, the applicant.

 

It is crucial to check the specific instructions provided by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where the interview will take place, as requirements and documentation may vary slightly.

 

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What are some reason for denials at a K1 Visa interview?

There are several reasons why an individual may be denied a K1 visa during the interview process.

These reasons typically revolve around concerns regarding eligibility, authenticity, and intentions.

Here are some common factors that could lead to a denial:

1. Ineligibility:

If the applicant does not meet the basic eligibility requirements for a K1 visa, such as being engaged to a U.S. citizen, providing sufficient evidence of a genuine relationship, or meeting financial requirements, the visa may be denied.

2. Lack of supporting documentation:

Failure to provide complete and convincing documentation to prove the authenticity and genuineness of the relationship can result in a denial.

Examples of necessary documents include photographs together, communication records, evidence of visits, and testimonials from friends and family.

3. Consular Officer’s skepticism:

If the interviewing officer finds inconsistencies, inconsistencies, or doubts regarding the relationship, they may deny the visa.

It could be due to inconsistencies in the statements or discrepancies between what the petitioner and the beneficiary say during the interview.

4. Security concerns:

If the applicant has a criminal record, previous history of visa violations, or any other factor that raises concerns about the individual’s intentions or potential security risks, the visa may be denied.

5. Previous immigration violations:

If the applicant has violated any U.S. immigration laws in the past, such as overstaying a previous visa, attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, or fraudulent activities, it can lead to a denial.

6. Public charge concerns:

If the petitioner does not meet the financial requirements to support the beneficiary without the need for public assistance, it can be a cause for denial.

The applicant must prove that they will not be a burden on the U.S. government.

7. Medical ineligibility:

If the applicant fails to meet the required medical standards, such as having a contagious disease or a health condition that could make them inadmissible, the visa may be denied.

It’s important for the applicant to prepare thoroughly for the K1 visa interview and provide all necessary documentation to address any potential concerns the consular officer may have.

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What are some reason to get I-129F rejected or denied?

There are several reasons why an I-129F petition, which is used to apply for a K-1 fiancé visa in the United States, may be rejected or denied.

These reasons can include:

1. Incomplete or Incorrect Form:

Failure to fill out the I-129F form accurately and completely can lead to rejection.

It is crucial to provide all required information and supporting documentation as per the instructions provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

2. Insufficient Evidence:

Providing insufficient evidence to establish the validity of the relationship can lead to rejection or denial.

It is important to include documentation that proves the legitimacy of your relationship, such as photos, chat logs, call records, and correspondence, among other things.

3. Ineligible Petitioner or Beneficiary:

If either the petitioner or the beneficiary is ineligible for a fiancé visa, the petition may be denied.

This can include situations where one party has a criminal history, a prior immigration violation, undisclosed previous marriages, or a history of visa fraud.

4. Inadequate Financial Support:

The petitioner must demonstrate the ability to financially support the beneficiary.

If the petitioner fails to meet the income requirements or provide sufficient evidence of financial capability, the petition may be denied.

5. Failure to Attend Interviews:

Missing scheduled interviews can lead to the denial of the petition.

It is crucial to prioritize attending all required interviews and to provide all necessary documents at the time of the interview.

6. Inconsistent or Contradictory Information:

Providing inconsistent or contradictory information throughout the application process can raise suspicion and result in a denial.

It is important to ensure that all information provided is accurate and consistent across different forms and interviews.

7. Petitioner or Beneficiary is Inadmissible:

If the petitioner or the beneficiary is found to be inadmissible based on factors such as immigration violations, criminal records, a history of visa fraud, or health-related issues, the petition may be denied.

It is essential to carefully review and follow the USCIS guidelines and requirements to avoid potential rejections or denials.

In case of denial, there might be options for appeal or refiling the petition.

Consulting an immigration attorney can provide valuable guidance and assistance throughout the process.

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