The K1 Fiancé(e) Visa Simplified (IV)

THE K PACKET

Wondering what a Fiancé(e) K1 visa is?

A K1 visa is what United States citizens apply for when they want to bring their foreign fiancé(e) to the U.S.  The K1 visa allows the alien fiancé(e) to travel to the U.S., and the fiancé(e) must marry his/her U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days of arrival.  Should the marriage not push through, the alien fiancé(e) is required to depart the U.S. before the K1 visa expires.                               

Are you qualified?

To qualify for a K1 visa, both parties must be free to marry.  This means that both the alien fiancé(e) and U.S. citizen sponsor are unmarried or that any previous marriages have ended through divorce, annulment, or death.

Both parties must have previously met in person within 2 years before the date of filing the K1 visa petition.

Both parties must have a bona fide relationship and intention to get married within 90 days of the alien fiancé(e)’s arrival in the U.S.

Do you want to apply?                 

The U.S. citizen sponsor must first file a Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)) nonimmigrant visa petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that has jurisdiction over the sponsor’s place of residence.  Once the petition is approved, the petition is then forwarded to the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC) for pre-processing.  The NVC subsequently forwards the case file to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where the foreign fiancé(e) resides.

What about my children?                      

Minor children (unmarried and below 21 years of age) of a K1 applicant are allowed to receive derivative (K2) status from his/her parent’s I-129F petition.  Derivatives may apply at the same time as the principal applicant parent or may apply later, but must be issued K2 visas within one year from the date the K1 visa was issued to the parent.  Extensions are not allowed.

More on the K1 visa in our next blog post.  Stay tuned!

51 thoughts on “The K1 Fiancé(e) Visa Simplified (IV)

  1. hello. Back in 2006 i had a K2 visa. But I was denied a greencard because i had turned 21 by the time i adjusted my status. So i came back to the Philippines. But i didnt know i was supposed to surrender my k9 card at the immigration airport at LAX until last year. What should i do? Cause ive been in the Philippines for 4 years now. And i have plans of going back. I also have the proof that i actually left the states. Thank you!

    • You may wish to contact the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) at Embassy Manila regarding your concerns. The DHS/USCIS office in Manila (Window 25) is open for public inquiries on any workday, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Further inquiries regarding this matter may be sent to the DHS/USCIS Manila by email at mphinquiry.cis@dhs.gov.

  2. I think that the (IV) and (NIV) are confusing to people who do not work at the embassy or are not familiar with visa-speak. In other words, it is confusing to the target audience of this blog. I suggest using “immigrant” and “tourist” or “non-immigrant.”

    • Thanks for your comment. We explain the difference between NIV (nonimmigrant visa) and IV (immigrant visa) on our NIV and IV pages, accessed by clicking the tabs at the top of the screen. Nonimmigrant visas or NIVs are generally intended for short stays in the U.S. for tourism, study, or temporary working opportunities. The most common NIV categories in the Philippines are B1/B2 business/tourist visas, C1/D seafaring visas, F or M student visas, and H1B temporary workers. Immigrant visas or IVs are for people who want to move permanently to the U.S. Immigrant visas require petitions, often from family members already living in the U.S. or from American employers. Some examples of immigrant visa types are IR1 (spouse of an American citizen), F2B (unmarried son or daughter of a legal permanent resident), and E3 (skilled workers). The immigrant visa unit also processes K1 (fiancé) visas.

  3. Thanks for the post! I am about to start the process of applying for a visa for my Filipina fiance and have been searching the web for a simple explanation of the process. Most of the information out there is confusing, and at times contradictory. I think I can do this without hiring an immigration lawyer and saving myself thousands of dollars in the process. Again, thanks for the informative post. Also, what is the current waiting time to process a K1 at the embassy?

    • The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a separate agency that has sole authority over visa petition approvals. You or your representative in the U.S. may wish to contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 regarding the matter.

    • Dear Jeff,

      I am a born US citizen who filed a K-1 petition for my Fiance. The receipt date was Dec 01, 2011. Today is Sept 20, 2011 and we still do not have his visa. It has been a very long and lengthy process. There are so many contradictions on the websites provided. After mailing last Nov 2010, we received the receipt notification on Dec 01, 2011. From that time, we heard absolutely nothing until May 2011. Each time I would call, I would receive the same answer, “We don’t know” how much longer it will take. Finally, in early June, we received an email of Approval with a case
      number. We then went to BPI to pay for the visa, in order that we could schedule an interview. We then proceeded to St Lukes Clinic for the physical. At St Lukes, our interview was cancelled, and my fiance had to undergo a 8 week culture to ensure he did not have the TB germ in his body. After 8 weeks, we had to reschedule the interview, which too us all the way into August 2011. Today is Sept 20, 2011 and we are still awaiting the visa to be released. *******If I had to do it all over again, I would hire an agency to process the petition from start to finish. There are a few websites that work only with K-1 visas in particular. They specialize since it has been proven that K-1 Visa’s, are by far.. the MOST difficult visa’s to obtain. I have always been very good with paperwork and processing, organization. But this beat me up, big time. I would never want to experience this difficult task again. There is one website in particular that charges $395 from start to finish and guarantees the success of obtaining a K-1 visa or will refund your money. ****Just my advice to you….Wishing you the Best, Robin

  4. Hi there!
    On March 25, 2011 my I-129F petition for my filipina fiancee has been approved by USCIS as per Receipt Number WAC1190311431.
    On July 14, 2011 the National Visa Center notified me that the center has recently received an approved I-129F petition and to let me know that within a week the petition will be forwarded to Visa Unit of Embassy of the United States Manila, Philippines as per Case Number MNL2011692085.
    In the letter, it says that my fiancee will soon receive a packet with instruction from the consular section on how to apply for the visa.
    Im just wondering whats the status of the petition now since it’s been 2 months had passed from the last notification i received from NVC but until or to this date my fiancee has not yet receive any packet from the manila consular section .
    Im hoping you could help me though on the status of our petition.

    Thank you.

    Russ

    • The applicant should visit this website: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph to schedule a visa interview appointment. The applicant may also contact the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555. The Visa Information and Appointment Service is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week, until further notice. Callers in the USA may contact the Appointment Service at (214) 571-1600 between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Applicants should have their case number, passport number, and passport expiry date (for each applicant) ready when requesting a visa appointment.

      Please read and follow all interview preparation instructions for fiancé(e) K1/K3 visa applicants located on the Embassy’s website at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3238.html.

      The applicant should compile the required documents and complete the medical examination before the visa interview. Please note that the medical examination may take more than one day to complete.

  5. Hi gud day hope you can help me in my query i have immigrant visa and lucky i will be going tomorrow thanks GOD but my question is how i can get my leave in partner since we have 5 childrens and we stay for 23 yrs i can get her visa life this K1 or fiancee visa please advice me what to do and other thing my eldest son will go with me but my 4 children have already visa but not yet paid how long it will expired their visa if i’m already stay in the US

    • Only American citizens are able to petition for fiancé(e)s. Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or Green Card Holders) may petition for spouses, but there is a waiting period before your priority date will become current.

  6. Hi admin

    Thank you for the reply.
    Your saying that my fiancee can now process all her required documents and medical examination then pay the visa fee and schedule her visa appointment without waiting the so called PACKET?
    Thanks.

    Russ

    • Embassy Manila no longer sends appointment packets. Once we receive the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services-approved visa petition, the applicant may schedule a visa interview date through the website http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph, or through the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930. The Visa Information and Appointment Service is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, except on Philippine and U.S. holidays. Callers in the U.S. may contact the Appointment Service at (214) 571-1600 between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

      Callers should have the applicant’s case number, passport number, and passport expiry date ready when requesting a visa appointment.

      Please note that K1 applicants must pay the visa application fee of $350 before they can request a visa appointment via the online appointment website or the Embassy’s Visa Call Center. For K1 visa payment instructions, the applicant may visit our website at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3023.html.

      The applicant should follow all interview preparation instructions for K1 visa applicants located on the Embassy’s website at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3238.html. The instructions contained on the website will provide the applicant the required documentation and procedures to follow prior to the interview date.

      The applicant should compile all the required documents and complete the medical examination before the interview date (when scheduled). Please note that the medical examination may take more than one day to complete.

  7. Hi, the NVC forwarded the approved I-129f to Manila embassy last September 15, 2011. Do I have to wait for the letter from Manila embassy or can I go ahead and call to schedule an interview? I hope you could help me. Our case number is Mnl2011756050.

    Thank you and God Bless!

    Maricel

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  9. Hello there.. I have an Uncle who filed a fiancee visa for his filipina girlfriend. It got approved and is waiting for her visa to be mailed to her. Unfortunately, my Uncle died suddenly. What will happen to his fiancee? She wanted to come over for the funeral. We wanted her to stay. What can we do so that she will be with us for as long as she like? Can we file adjustment of status for her?

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog. For specific questions related to the case, please send an e-mail to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, or you may call the Immigrant Visa Unit’s inquiry line at 301-2000, extension 5184 or 5185.

  10. I am a k1 visa recepient and my petitioner in the US already received an approval letter last January 26 containing our case number. But the letter says I have to wait to be notified and receive a packet. To date, I have not received any packet from the Manila US Embassy. Did I get it right that I will no longer receive such packet and that I can proceed with the scheduling of my visa interview as long as I have the complete documents?

  11. hi there ,,, my fiance filed the petition for k1 visa last January 30 , 2012 and received a notification last February 06, 2012 … it’s already 4 months now since we received it and i still do not received a packet .. i keep checking my status at USCIS but its still in initial review and and also on my case number has an Expiration date 6-30-2012 what will happen if i still don’t receive a packet next month? i have read that i set interview on embassy while waiting for it but what should i present we only got case number & a notification . what should we do now .? pls help.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      If the applicant has already received a notice from NVC that his/her case has been forwarded to Embassy Manila, the applicant may call the Immigrant Visa Unit’s inquiry line at 301-2000, extension 5184 or 5185, during regular business hours to confirm if the case has already been received by the Embassy.
      Upon confirmation, the applicant should visit our website (http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph) or contact the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930 to schedule a visa interview appointment. The Visa Information and Appointment Service is open Mondays through Fridays 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 between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
      Please note that the applicant should have his/her case number, passport number, and passport expiry date ready when requesting a visa appointment.
      For additional information regarding K visa scheduling, payment, and required documentation, please visit our blog post “K1: Know Before You Go.”
      You may wish to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with the applicant’s complete name and case number, clearly indicated to ascertain the status of your visa application.

    • Hi Mj! I just wanna asked what happened to your case? cause i’m having the same situation right now, it’s been four months since USCIS received our case but up to now the status is still initial review..

      • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, we request you to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with your complete name, date and place of birth, and the 10-digit visa case number clearly indicated.

  12. is there an expiration date about paying a fiancee visa?i received my embassy letter yesterday saying that i am eligible to schedule my visa appoinment.but i must pay first before schedule my medical.is it ok if i will pay my Fiancee visa on second week of June?or its late already?and how much is K1 visa fee now?please help me.

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      K nonimmigrant visa applicants must pay the visa application fee before they can request a visa appointment via the online appointment website or the Embassy’s Visa Call Center.
      There are three ways to pay the K visa application fee:
      a) Cash payment at any Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch
      b) Online payment bill option provided by BPI to their clients
      c) Online payment through Bancnet.
      For additional K1 visa payment instructions, you may visit a link to our website at http://manila.usembassy.gov/wwwh3023.html.

  13. hello, my fiance received the NOA1 on April 24, 2012 and it has been already 4 months and still in initial review. The OMB control number has expired on June 30, what does it mean? Does it affect our petition? Pls advise, thank you.

    • An approved K nonimmigrant visa petition is originally valid for four months from the date of its approval. However, it may be revalidated by a consular officer for an additional four months. This revalidation is routine as long as the petitioner and beneficiary remain legally free to marry and plan to do so within 90 days after the beneficiary enters the United States.

  14. My fiancée just received her K1 Fiancée Visa today from 2go courier. Everything seems fine except the visa annotation seems to be wrong. Instead of my name as her petitioner, it has my fiancée’s name on it instead. She had asked a few people who got their visas beforehand and they said that on the annotation part, their fiance’s name is indicated. Should we send her visa back for correction or is this normal to have the beneficiary’s name on the annotation? I just want to make sure that this will not be an issue for her when she reaches her POE here in the States when she comes out here for that.

    • The applicant should bring the visa packet and her passport to the Embassy’s Immigrant Visa Unit (Window 38) on any workday, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

  15. hi there..i just wanna ask about the omb no, and its expiration date beside it..I just notice that for all the forms we submitted all are expired already..my question it will that affect out petition?were still waiting for our NOA2 right now..like the g325 form the exp is 5/29/09 wherein we filed just last 7/23/2012 we actually hired a lawyer for it..so basically we just signed coz they prepared everything for us but then its only now that i notice the dates on the form(upper right top corner)

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.
      An approved K nonimmigrant visa petition is originally valid for four months from the date of its approval. However, it may be revalidated by a consular officer for an additional four months. This revalidation is routine as long as the petitioner and beneficiary remain legally free to marry and plan to do so within 90 days after the beneficiary enters the United States.
      We understand that you have submitted basic documentary requirements at the State Department’s National Visa Center (NVC).
      When NVC forward an applicant’s case file to Embassy Manila, it would include all original documents submitted in support of the visa application, which will be reviewed at the time of the visa interview. The consular officer determines if any additional or updated documents are needed as the application is processed.

  16. usually how many days will it take to have the date of my interview after i set my appointment for my K1 Fiancee Visa Interview?

    -American Fiancee217

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      If the applicant has already received a notice from NVC that his/her case has been forwarded to Embassy Manila, the applicant may call the Immigrant Visa Unit’s inquiry line at 301-2000, extension 5184 or 5185, during regular business hours to confirm if the case has already been received by the Embassy.
      Upon confirmation, the applicant should visit our website (http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph) or contact the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930 to schedule a visa interview appointment. The Visa Information and Appointment Service is open Mondays through Fridays 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 between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
      Please note that the applicant should have his/her case number, passport number, and passport expiry date ready when requesting a visa appointment.
      For additional information regarding K visa scheduling, payment, and required documentation, please visit our blog post “K1: Know Before You Go.”
      You may wish to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with the applicant’s complete name and case number, clearly indicated to ascertain the status of your visa application.

  17. just wondering how long it would really take to know the result after filing k1. I have submitted and received last oct 11, 2012 and unil now are case status is still initial review. thanks,,

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.
      The USCIS has sole authority over petition approvals. You may wish to contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283 (toll-free for callers in the U.S.) to ascertain the status of the cases and to request a copy of the notice of approval. You may also check the status of the petitions online at the USCIS website at https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/jsps/index.jsp using the 13-character application receipt number found on the application notice you received from the USCIS.

  18. I want to get a K1 for my girlfriend
    1) I have been living in the philippines with her for 6 months can I summit my I-129 here in manila? I am a US citizen.
    2) I am looking for a job in the USA, will that be a problem that I am unemployed at this time?

    • Thank you for posting a comment on VISAtisfied Voyager, U.S. Embassy Manila’s visa blog.

      You may wish to contact the DHS/USCIS office at Embassy Manila regarding your concerns. You may reach DHS/USCIS Manila by fax at 301-2208 or you may consult USCIS directly at the public inquiries window (Window 15) at the U.S. Embassy, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Inquiries can also be sent by e-mail to MPHInquiry.CIS@dhs.gov.

  19. hi, i’m a Fiance Visa applicant with K2 ( Follow-to-join). we got petition approved on April 29..we also have our MNL # now..i want to know if we got the visa and my kids decide to finish study here in the Philippines…can they still study here? would it affect their K2 visa? i need help regarding this matter. Thank u so much and more power..

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, we request you to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, with the applicant’s complete name, 10-digit visa case number, and current contact information clearly indicated.

  20. Good day! My fiance received a notice of approval of his I-129f sent by USCIS. My fiance is the petitioner. As per the notice, it was forwarded to the US embassy here in Manila. The thing is, I have a new cellphone number. I haven’t received a notice yet from the US embassy here in Manila. Will there be problems if I have a different cellphone number? Thanks a lot!

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager. For specific information regarding your visa case, we request you to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with the complete name of the applicant and the petitioner, date and place of birth, and the 10-digit visa case number.

  21. Hi good day!

    I just want to ask if my old petition can affect my new petition? My old petition was filed last 2010 and I don’t know if its already cancelled but every time I check the case number on USCIS website its still there says that its approved. I never had a change to take my medical and either to set an appointment for the interview because there’s something happened with me and to my ex fiance. I do some print screen of my email that my ex fiance sent to me before he disappear it is like a goodbye letter though and he said that it is not my fault the problem is him not me. And I have some of conversation of me and his mom talking about his son. Can I use these letter as a proof to cancel my old petition? co’z I don’t have any communication to my ex fiance. the last email that I receive from him saying that he is going to delete his account facebook, skype, yahoo and even his contact number and address. Is there any way that benificiary can cancel the old petition? and how long does it takes?

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.

      For privacy reasons, the Embassy does not address specific case concerns publicly on this blog. For specific information regarding your visa case, please send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov, with your complete name, date and place of birth, and the 10-digit visa case number, clearly indicated.

  22. Hi..
    May i ask what we gonna do if we made error in G325a form? Were confused about the A# we thought its the number appeared on the mail that was sent to my fiancee in U.S.. we put it on the box of A# in my own G325a but we learned that we should put N/A.. pls help us what to do coz he already sent back the form to department of home land security before we noticed it..
    thank you..

    • The Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) has sole authority over the filing and approval of visa petitions. You may wish to contact the nearest USCIS office which has jurisdiction over your residence or the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) may be contacted toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding your concerns.

  23. Hi..
    May i ask what we gonna do if we made error in G325a form? Were confused about the A# we thought its the number appeared on the mail that was sent to my fiancee in U.S.. we put it on the box of A# in my own G325a but we learned that we should put N/A.. pls help us what to do coz he already sent back the form to department of home land security before we noticed it..
    thank you…..

    • The Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) has sole authority over the processing and approval of visa petitions. You or the petitioner may wish to contact the approving USCIS office or the USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC) toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 regarding your concerns.

  24. Hi. I jsut want to ask for advice. I had the k1 interview last thursday. I was so nervous at the interview. When asked bout how old he is at 2013 i was so nervous that i answered 35 insted of 35. I’m so worried that i didn’t seem to impress the interviewer about my anwers. I have pictures and chat logs ready in my folder together with our plane ticket and hotel vouchers to prove that he visited me last 2013. But it wasnt asked so i didnt pull it out. As i was nervous. I just answered what was being asked of me. The interviewer told me to sit down and wait for my number to be called. Now worried if i paased it or failed. My passport was not retrned anf i was told to wait for it to be delivered back. Does it mean i passed the i terview. Bec. The interviewer didnt told me anything.

    • Thank you for your interest in the VISAtisfied Voyager.

      If you have not been updated with the status of your visa application, we request you to send an email to IVManilaReplies@state.gov with your complete name and case number, clearly indicated. We regret that we are unable to post case-specific status here because of privacy concerns.

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