Speed K1 Fiance Visa Process Post USCIS
How to Speed K1 Fiance Visa Process Post USCIS
Speed K1 Fiance Visa Process Post USCIS Summary
Today, we tell you how to speed K1 Fiance Visa process post USCIS.
Congratulation!!! You just got or you are close to getting your NOA2 from USCIS.
The USCIS phase is so frustrating. In fact, there is almost nothing that you can do to speed up the process. You are at the shear mercy of the USCIS service center that you were assigned, their current work load, and how many petitions are in front of you. In reality, it is 4-8 months of shear anxiety.
Now there is light at the end of the tunnel.
In contrast to USCIS, during the next phases at the National Visa Center (NVC) and the embassy, you control your destiny more. You actually have the means to speed up or, if you are not ready, slow down your time at NVC and the embassy.
Therefore, learn how to speed K1 Fiance Visa process.
Now, at NVC and the embassy phases, things can go really fast, if you are ready and know how to speed things up. You have the ability to make the NVC and embassy phases speed up mainly by being ready and understanding what to do.
For this purpose, here is a summary of the ways to speed K1 Fiance Visa Process post USCIS.
- Prepare ahead of time before NOA2 to gather your financial and supporting documents for the embassy interview.
- Call NVC to get your case number instead of waiting for the letter.
- Pay Visa Application Fee.
- Schedule embassy interview appointment.
- Register or schedule medical exam.
- Attend medical exam as soon as you can.
- Search the embassy on-line appointment system for earlier appointment cancellations.
Note: This post only applies to K-1 Fiance Visa applications. It does not apply to IR-1 and CR-1 Spousal Visa applications.
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Prepare Financial and Supporting Documentation Ahead of Time
Most importantly, DO NOT WAIT until you get USCIS approval to start gathering your required documents for the embassy phase. Start gathering these required embassy documents ahead of time while you are waiting during the USCIS Phase. Use this time wisely to be ready, not to sulk on how long USCIS is taking.
Without doubt, the NVC and embassy phases go quick, if you have all of your documents ready. On the contrary, if you don’t have all of your documents ready, then you will be slowing yourself down, not the U.S. government.
Collect Financial Documents
Another way to speed K1 Fiance Visa after USCIS is to start collecting the financial documents ahead of time.
Actually, get a head of the game and collect these ahead of time to be ready. (pssssst… Do it while you are waiting in USCIS Stage!!!!).
For this purpose, the Petitioner performs the following:
- Complete an Affidavit of Support Form I-134
- Obtain Financial Evidence
Minimum Income Requirement
See our previous blog post “Minimum Income Requirement K-1 Fiance(e) Visa and CR-1 Spousal Visa” to determine if you meet the minimum income as a sponsor. Otherwise, if you do not meet the minimum income, you may need a co-sponsor or show assets to meet the income requirements.
For the household number, count yourself, your beneficiary, and K-2 children, any other dependents you have. In addition, if you have a cosponsor, count the co-sponsor and any other dependents that he or she has.
Then, use the household number row and column for 100% of poverty to obtain the minimum income requirement.
Affidavit of Support
The Affidavit of Support is a document that an individual signs to accept financial responsibility for the beneficiaries. This is usually the petitioner. To illustrate, the person who signs the affidavit of support becomes the sponsor of the relative (or other individual) coming to live in the United States.
The sponsor must meet a minimum income requirements. The requirements are based on the total number of people in the household (existing and proposed new). However, if the sponsor does not meet the minimum income requirement, existing assets, total household income, and/or joint sponsor can be used. For this purpose, click here to see the minimum household income requirements.
If you use a co-sponsor, your co-sponsor must specifically provide proof of their US citizenship or Legal Permanent Residence.
For this purpose, Proof of US Citizenship can include any one of the following:
- U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements:
- Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
- Lists applicant’s full name, date of birth, and place of birth
- Parent(s)’ full names
- Signature of the city, county, or state registrar
- Date filed with registrar’s office (must be within one year of birth)
- Seal of issuing authority
- Fully valid, undamaged U.S. passport (can be expired)
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Certificate of Citizenship
Proof of Legal Permanent Residence can include any one of the following:
- Form I-551 “green card;” or
- Foreign passport containing Form I-94 with I-551 stamp (if you entered the United States by land) or an electronic Form I-94 record (if you entered the United States by air or sea). You can request an electronic Form I-94 record from USCIS online.
In addition, the co-sponsor must provide an Affidavit of Support Form I-134.
In a like manner to the petitioner, the co-sponsor must provide financial documents to show meeting the minimum income requirement.
The co-sponsor (or the co-sponsor and his or her household) must reach the 100% income requirement alone. You cannot combine your income with that of a co-sponsor to meet the income requirement.
Refer to the Department of State’s web page on “Obtain Financial Evidence” for more detail.
In summary, the financial documents requirements specifically depend on several factors of the sponsor or co-sponsor including:
- Job based income with company or other entity
- Self employment based income
- Income based on pension or retirement
- Using assets to meet minimum income
See below for the financial document requirements for each of these conditions.
Income based on Job with Company or Other Entity
For those whose income is based on employment with a company or other entity, provide the following:
- Last tax year’s copy of tax transcript or itemized tax return. Although not a requirement, it may be beneficial to provide the last three years of tax transcripts or itemized tax returns.
- W2s for the last three tax years.
- Pay stubs for the last three months.
- A letter from your employer stating your employment status, when you started working, position, and annual salary. Also, make sure that the letter is on company letterhead and signed by a duly authorized person of the company.
Income Based on Self Employment
For those whose income is based on self employment, provide the following:
- Last tax year’s copy of tax transcript or itemized tax return. Although not a requirement, it may be beneficial to provide the last three years of tax transcripts or itemized tax returns.
In addition, for those who are self-employed, obtain and submit a photocopy of one of the following:
- Your business license.
- A signed letter on business letterhead that was written within in the last three months.
- A contract between you as an independent contractor and a company.
However, if you are currently self-employed in any of the following ways, you do not need to obtain submit evidence of income:
- Babysitter, elderly caretaker, construction worker, handy person, housekeeper, landlord, musician, nanny, seamstress, tailor, artist, or writer.
Income Based on Retirement Income
For those who are unemployed or retired, obtain and submit a photocopy of last tax year’s copy of tax transcript or itemized tax return. Although not a requirement, it may be beneficial to provide the last three years of tax transcripts or itemized tax returns.
In addition, for those who are unemployed or retired, obtain and submit a photocopy of ongoing income from other means, such as:
- retirement benefits (1099s or other documents);
- other household members’ income; or
- other significant assets.
Minimum Income based on Using Assets
Assets may be used to supplement income to meet the minimum income requirement. For example, funds in a bank account, equity in a home, equity in an automobile, or other approved assets may be used. However, the first car in a household may not be used.
If you use assets to meet the minimum income requirement, submit a photocopy of proof you own your or your cosponsor’s assets. Proof can take any form as long as it:
- lists your name as the owner; and
- Includes the value of the asset expressed in currency.
Assets are specifically calculated at 1/5 value. In other word, you need five times the minimum income requirement when using assets.
A more detailed guide on obtaining financial evidence is found on the NVC web site, Financial Evidence Guide.
Collect Supporting Documentation
About the Documents
The next step in the speed K1 Fiance Visa process is to collect supporting documentation requirements for the embassy interview.
After collecting the financial forms and supporting financial evidence , the beneficiary and any K-2 children immigrating with the petitioner to the United States needs to collect civil documents to support the visa application. (Do this also ahead of time!!!! Do this during your USCIS Phase waiting time!!!)
The original civil documents you bring to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate must be issued by an appropriate authority.
All documents not written in English, or in the official language of the country in which you are applying for a visa, must be accompanied by certified translations. This takes time. On account of the time necessary, get a head start. In addition, the translation must include a statement signed by the translator stating that the:
- Translation is accurate, and
- Translator is competent to translate.
Firstly, review each item below and obtain any that apply to the beneficiary and/or immigrating children. Secondly, gather the documents that apply to you using the information below.
Your civil documents must be issued by an appropriate authority in your country. In addition, some embassies require certain other documents. Therefore, learn about the requirements for your country from your embassy website.
Also, bring the original documents (or certified copies) plus a photocopy to your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Gather any of these supporting documents that apply to your situation:
If the immigrating child of the Beneficiary was adopted, submit all records Child’s of the adoption.
Obtain and submit a copy of the birth certificate for the Beneficiary and any child immigrating.
Court and Prison Records
If the Beneficiary and/or any child immigrating were convicted of a crime, obtain and submit a certified copy of each court and prison record, regardless of the fact that they may have been granted amnesty, a pardon, or other act of clemency.
Marriage Termination Documentation
If the Beneficiary has any marriage, obtain and submit a copy of all of the divorce certificates, annulments or death certificates. (Note only for the Beneficiary.)
If the Beneficiary served in the military of any country, then obtain and submit a photocopy of his/her military record.
For petitioner documents, get a photocopy of the biographic data page of the petitioner’s valid passport. Specifically, the biographic data page is the page of the passport with the petitioner’s photograph, name, date, and place of birth.
- If the Petitioner had a previous marriage, obtain and submit a copy of the divorce, annulment or death certificate.
Valid, Unexpired Passport
The Beneficiary and each child immigrating must bring a valid, unexpired passport to the embassy interview. The passport must be valid for at least six (6) months. If you do not have one yet or its expired or soon to be, then get one soon.
Submit for beneficiaries (spouse and Children) over 16 years of age police certifications as a requirement of the NVC checklist. Furthermore, submit from any country that to have resided in for more than 6 months at a time.
Evidence of a Genuine Engagement
You must prove to the consular officer that you have a genuine relationship with your petitioner and a clear intention to marry within 90 days of admission into the United States. In the past, successful applicants have submitted photographs, letters, e-mails, phone records, bank records, and remittance records as evidence supporting their relationships and intent to marry.
Obtain at least three more (3) 2″ x 2″ color photographs; two for the visa and one for the medical report. Make sure that the photographs comply with specifications listed at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/photos.html.
All documents not written in English, or in the official language of the country in which you are applying for a visa, must be accompanied by certified translations. The translation must include a statement signed by the translator stating that:
- The translation is accurate, and
- The translator is competent to translate.
Call NVC to Get Case Number
Another important way to speed K1 Fiance Visa after USCS is to call NVC to get your case number. The reason for getting your case number is because of the fact that you can do the following things once you have the case number:
- Complete DS-160 On-line
- Pay the visa fee
- Schedule your embassy interview
- Register for your visa medical exam
Firstly, call NVC to get your Case Number and give email address.
Above all, you do not have to wait until you receive your letter from NVC in the mail to get your case number. In fact, the letter usually comes very late. For example, many letters do not come for 4 – 6 weeks. However, NVC may have your case and the case number may be ready in two weeks.
Once you get a text message or see that your USCIS case has NOA2 approval and sent to the Department of State (NVC), wait two weeks. This is for the time for your approved petition to be mailed from your USCIS service center to NVC. Then, start calling the NVC (603) 334-0700 [HOURS: 7am – 12am EST, M-F] every other day or so until you get your case number. Also, make sure that you give them your email address.
This may take several days to a week of calling as you cannot get the information until NVC receives your package from USCIS and NVC logs it into their computer system.
Complete DS-160 On-Line Visa Application Form
The next step to speed K1 Fiance Visa is to complete the DS-160 On-line Visa Application Form.
After you have your case number, complete the online Application for Non-Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (Form DS-160).
The form is specifically done on-line in the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC).
This application is the Beneficiary’s visa application. For this reason, most of the information to fill in on the form is of the Beneficiary. However, there is a minor amount of information to fill in of the Petitioner.
Your fiance needs a passport from his/her foreign country by this point. Specifically, the passport information is part of the information for Form DS-160. Therefore, make sure that you are working on obtaining the passport during the USCIS Phase.
The form asks many questions about the Petitioner and Beneficiary. For example, it asks for previous addresses, employment, family questions and questions related to any illegal activities. Also, see our blog post, “Online Non-Immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160, Prepare and Complete“, for more information.
After submitting Form DS-160 online, print the confirmation page. Bring it to your embassy interview. Print this from CEAC any time after you complete your DS-160 application.
Pay Visa Application Fee
At this time, we show you how to speed K1 Fiance Visa by paying the $265 visa fee using USTravelDocs website.
Firstly, go to the USTravelDocs website.
Secondly, choose your specific regional location by clicking on the map:
- North America
- The Caribbean
- Central America
- South America
- The Pacific
Following that, a pop-up window appears showing different countries in that region with US embassies. Accordingly, select your country from the pop-up window.
Frequently, another pop-up window opens. This pop-up window asks, “Is this your first time applying for a visa and/or visiting our site?”. Answer “No” here.
Afterwards, it takes you to the “Apply for US Visa” page for your or your partner’s country.
Now, scroll down on this same page to the section “Non-Immigrant Visa“. Then, select or click on “Pay my Visa Fee“. This is specifically where you determine how to pay your visa fee for your particular embassy.
After you have paid the visa application fee, keep the BANK receipt for your records. It cannot be replaced if it is lost. You will not be able to schedule an appointment without your receipt number. Also bring the receipt to your embassy interview.
Schedule Embassy Interview Appointment
The next step in the speed K1 Fiance Visa process is to schedule the K-1 Fiance Visa embassy interview. Also, schedule the interview in the USTravelDocs website.
Unlike the spousal Visa interview, NVC will not schedule your K–1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview appointment for you at the U.S. Embassy serving your spouse’s foreign country. In fact, they send a letter with instructions of how to schedule your interview. Thus, you do the scheduling.
However, do not wait for the letter to schedule you embassy interview appointment. Therefore, find out how to do it before in order to Speed K1 Fiance Visa. For this purpose, follow our steps in order to speed k1 fiance visa process.
Moreover, make sure that you give enough time before your interview for your documents to go from NVC to the embassy. In fact, your document must be at the embassy before your interview.
Now, scroll down on this same page to the same section “Non-Immigrant Visa“. However, now select or click on “Schedule My Appointment“. This is specifically where you determine how to pay your visa fee for your particular embassy.
To schedule a non-immigrant visa appointment, you must have the following information and documents available:
- Your case number
- A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit an application.
- Visa application (MRV) fee payment receipt
- DS-160 confirmation page
- Your e-mail address
See our blog post, “K-1 Fiance Visa Interview Questions at Embassy Interview” in order to prepare for interview questions.
Refer to our K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase Page for more information on the embassy phase.
Select Courier Delivery Option
The next step in the speed K1 Fiance Visa process is to select your courier delivery option.
Also, schedule the courier delivery optionin the USTravelDocs website.
Now, scroll down on this same page to the same section “Immigrant Visa“. However, now select or click on “Document Delivery Address“. This is specifically where you will get your visa and passport delivered to you.
Also, you can change your courier delivery option anytime until your embassy interview. After your embassy interview, you cannot change your courier delivery option.
The US Embassy is unable to deliver your passport and visa if you fail to register a delivery address.
Register or Schedule Medical Exam
The next step in the speed K1 Fiance Visa process is to register or schedule the K-1 Fiance Visa medical exam.
The Beneficiary and each applying child, if applicable, are required to complete a medical examination with an authorized physician in the country where you will be interviewed. Furthermore, NVC does not schedule the medical examination for you. In fact, you need to schedule the examination yourself. The letter or email from NVC usually indicates how to schedule the examination.
However, you do not need the letter to find out this information. Find out the information on your own to speed K1 Fiance Visa process. For this purpose, read embassy-specific instructions and get a list of approved doctors on NVC’s Medical Examination page.
Specifically for the Philippines, see our blog post, “US Visa Medical Exam Registration SLEC Manila“.
Complete the medical examination BEFORE your embassy interview date. This exam must be with an embassy-approved doctor. Exams conducted by other physicians will not be accepted.
After the examination, the clinic or physician will either send the exam results directly to the embassy or give you a sealed envelope. If the doctor gives you a sealed envelope, do not open it. Instead, bring it to your visa interview and give it to the consular officer.
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Now that you have done all you can to speed K1 Fiance Visa process, your next Step is the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase. For information see our K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase Page for more information on the embassy phase.