Form I 129F Checklist for Fiance Visa

Form I 129F Checklist for Fiance Visa

Stay On Task With Form I 129F Checklist for Fiance Visa

Form I 129F Checklist for Fiance Visa

For the purpose of reducing the likelihood of a Request for Evidence (RFE) or denial, we provide you with our Form I 129F Checklist for Fiance Visa for filing purposes.

Checklists are great for helping you stay on task. Therefore, use our Form I 129F checklist for fiance visa to stay on task for your I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance submittal to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Also, a checklist is a perfect aid to help to reduce failure by compensating for potential limits of human memory and attention. In addition, a checklist helps to ensure consistency and completeness in carrying out a task. As a result, use our I-129F petition checklist to reduce the likelihood of a RFE or denial from USCIS

With regards to our I-129F petition checklist, see the checklist below or download it as a pdf file by clicking the link I 129F Fiance Visa Checklist.

Form I 129F Fiance Visa Checklist


Concerning Form I 129F Checklist for Fiance Visa, we summarize the checklist items in our K-1 Fiance Spouse Visa USCIS Phase Webpage. In a like manner, we also summarize them below in this post.

US Fiance Visa Requirements

There are five requirements for filing a US Fiance Visa application.

  1. You must be a US citizen. Only US citizens may petition for a fiance visa.
  2. There is an intent to marry. You both must prove that you intend to marry your fiance within 90 days of their arrival to the United States.
  3. The both are free and legal to marry by each of your country’s laws.
  4. You and your fiance have met in person at least one time within the last 2 years.
  5. You meet the minimum income requirements.


Required Forms

Clip board and paper with checkmarks on forms neededThe following forms are required to be submitted as part of the I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance for a K-1 Fiance Visa:

The following form needs to be completed as part of the K-1 Fiance(e) Visa USCIS Phase:

  1. I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance(e):  This form needs to be completed for the Petitioner and Beneficiary. Also, list any children of the Beneficiary if you are intending a K-2 Visa for them.

Always get your forms from the I-129F USCIS site so that you know that they are the most current.  Therefore, click here for the USCIS webpage for the I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance.  This web page contains the forms, instructions, and checklist.

Always check the USCIS site and get your forms from there so that you know that they are the most current. By the same token, our links above are directly to the USCIS webpage. All forms should be typed or neatly hand written in black ink.

K-1 Fiance Visa Tutor I-129F Course

Another great option is to sign up and take the Visa Tutor Online I-129F Review Course. See our blog post article on Review of Visa Tutor I-129F Course.

The Visa Tutor Online I129F Review Course consists of step by step videos with informational slides of the K-1 Fiance Visa I-129F Petition process including filling out forms. Their professional video presentations go from start to final assembling and mailing.

This course covers the entire K-1 Fiance Visa I-129F Petition process in detail and in-depth.

At only $149, the course still saves you a lot of money in self filing over a consultant or attorney. Plus, you gain valuable information on the exact steps to create a perfect petition.

Therefore, sign-up for the review course with this link: Visa Tutor Online I-129F Review Course.

In addition, after you’re done with the course, Prem will review your paperwork before you mail it out for a small fee of $49.

He communicates by email (or phone) and use a Google Drive folder to share documents securely.

He offers feedback and checks for accuracy and give his “OK” until you are both happy with your I-129F packet.

If you buy this feature,  Prem will personally reach out to you and work with you on your I-129F packet. Therefore, also purchase Prem’s Review My I-129F Paperwork  in addition to the 129F review course.  Please use my links to sign up for both.

Visa Tutor I129F Course Review

Additional Forms, If Needed

The following forms can be used, but are not required to be submitted as part of the I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance for a K-1 Fiance Visa:

    1. G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance– Specifically, this form is for the Petitioner or applicant in order to receive an electronic notification (email) that USCIS has received the application. Thus, this is a good thing to do as it gives you your USCIS number. Although not a requirement, we highly recommend using this form.
    2. Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions– This form is specifically only for use if you are paying the USCIS fee by credit card. On the other hand, the fee can also be paid by check or money order.
    3. G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative– Use this form specifically only when you use an attorney or accredited representative such as a visa consultant to do your petition.

Form Instructions

Follow the instructions for each of the forms in the K-1 Fiance(e) Visa USCIS Phase:

  1. I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance(e)
  2. G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance

Visa Consultant

If this process seems too difficult for you, we recommend that you use a visa/immigration consultant for your IR-1 CR-1 Spouse Visa application. For this purpose, we recommend using Rapid Visa.

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The fee for the K-1 Fiance Visa USCIS Phase is the USCIS Filing Fee of $535 (as of December 2016). For example, a check or money order payable to US Department of Homeland Security are both acceptable forms of payment. In addition, the fee may also now be paid by credit card. If paying by credit card, complete and sign Form G-1450. Then, place G-1450 at the top of your petition package when submitting it. See our blog post, USCIS Accepts Credit Card Payment for more information.

Fees Paid Stamp

Passport Photos

Obtain and submit one passport type photograph (see photo specifications) of both the Petitioner (U.S. Citizen or LPR) and the beneficiary (foreign spouse). Next, write the full name of the person on the back of each photo.  Finally, place the photos in a zip lock bag and include in the submission package.

Cover Letter

It is not mandatory to submit a cover letter when you file a Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance. However, we add this item to our I 129F checklist as a cover letter helps to introduce and clarify the purpose of the petition. In addition, a cover letter provides a list of which documents are within to support the petition.

With regards to a cover letter, see our previous blog post, “USCIS Cover Letter Examples- Form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance and Form I-130 Petition for Alien Spouse“. By way of example, we have sample cover letters in this post in Word format. Subsequently, edit this sample document to create your own unique cover letter specifically for your Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance.

Supporting Documentation

On the subject of supporting documentation, below is a summary of the supporting documentation found in our I 129F checklist.

In addition, if any of the documents are not in English, it is a requirement to have them translated into English. Also, submit the original document in the foreign language, plus the English translation.

A formal statement in which a translator shows that they have accurately translated a foreign-language document into English. Any foreign language document must be accompanied by a full English translation that the translator has certified as complete and correct, and by the translator’s certification that they are competent to translate the foreign language into English.

A folder cotaining gathered documentsPetitioner Proof of US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident

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

Concerning lawful permanent residents, submit a copy of the front and back of your Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). However, if you do not have your green card yet, submit a copy of your passport biopage and visa stamp page. In addition, other evidence of permanent resident status issued by USCIS or the former INS are acceptable.

Proof of Termination of All Marriages

Submit proof of legal termination of all prior  both the Petitioner and the Beneficiary, if applicable. For example, copy of divorce decrees, annulments or death certificates are all acceptable.

Ensure that you copy and  submit all pages of the documents. In addition make sure the documents are executed copies. For example, make sure that they are dated and signed by a judge or other appropriate authorized representative for the document type.

Proof of Not Married (If Benificiary’s Country Tracks that)

Some countries keep a statistical database of marriages. If so, include a report that shows the beneficiary is single.  For example, my wife’s country of the Philippines keeps a nationwide statistical record of marriages. If from the Philippines, then include a copy of your CENOMAR from PSA.

The United States does not keep a central database of marriages. Therefore, there is no document like this for the U.S. citizen petitioner.

Proof of Meeting in Person

It is a requirement that have met each other in person at some point within the last two years before the filing of the petition.

Documents that provide evidence of meeting in person include:

  • Declaration of How We Met Letter including the date, place, and circumstances of your meeting in person.
  • Witness statements.
  • Copies of travel documents (itineraries, tickets, hotel receipts, ect.).
  • Photos (date and place of the photo must be hand written on the photo).
  • Letters written to each other after your meeting(s) referencing the specific dates and place of your meeting(s).
  • Military orders or letters from commanding officer.
  • Photocopies of your passport and/or your fiance’s passport including biological page and stamps showing the dates and place of your meeting(s).
  • Photographs together. Photographs are a great way to also prove bona fide marriage. Only a few photographs are needed with 4 – 5 at a minimum and 12 at a maximum. However, do not submit a photo album. Usually, USCIS will most likely return your photo album.

Intent to Marry Letters

It is a requirement to submit Intent to Marry Letters when you file a Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance. For this purpose, create one for both the petitioner and beneficiary.

For example, use our Intent to Marry Letter Examples to create your own unique Intent to Marry Letters. Make them specifically for your own Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance.

Use this example as a guide. Likewise, do not submit these letters without updating them specifically to fit your own situation.

Proof of On-Going Relationship

Provide proof that your relationship is true and on-going. For example, items that USCIS accepts for proof on an on-going relationship include:

  • Chat Logs
  • Video Screenshots
  • emails
  • Snail mail letters. Not many people do these anymore. Use them only if you have them.
  • Remittance receipts

You do not need to submit a lot of these. In fact, do not send a thick set of these. For example, send about 5-6 pages at the most. Quality is much better than quantity. Take a few snippets over a long period of time from beginning to up to date. Include major events that happened in your relationship including meeting the first time, planning to meet in real, planning your wedding, discussing doing your visa, and discussing your future.

Other items that you can include:

  • Airline tickets from your visits.
  • Passport stamps from your visits.
  • Hotel receipts from visits.
  • Engagement ring receipt.

I-94 Departure Record

Submit Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record if your fiance has ever been to the United States before. If your fiance does not have a hard copy of it, download it at the I-94 Website of the Department of Homeland Security.

International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA Requirement)

If you met on a dating site, submit the terms and condition of the dating site. Facebook is not a dating site.

Multiple Filer Waiver Request

Submit multiple Filer Waiver Request if Petitioner filed Form I-129Fs on behalf of two or more fiancé(e) beneficiaries or less than two years have passed since the filing date of a previously approved I-129F petition.

The Multiple Filer Waiver Request is a letter from the Petitioner to USCIS requesting the waiver and explaining the reasons for multiple filings.

Criminal Records

USCIS will do a background check of the Petitioner and the Beneficiaries.  If you have a criminal record, it is best to disclose that at this point.  Therefore, provide criminal records, if any. If you do have a criminal record or any other legal issues, it is best to consult a visa/immigration attorney.


Any documents that are not in English must be translated into English. Also, provide the foreign document and the translation document.

A formal statement in which a translator shows that they have accurately translated a foreign-language document into English. Any foreign language document must be accompanied by a full English translation that the translator has certified as complete and correct, and by the translator’s certification that they are competent to translate the foreign language into English.

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Although not on our Form I 129F Checklist for Fiance Visa, we want to discuss your I 129F petition assembly. Concerning this, USCIS is very picky on the way you assemble the I-129F petition. Therefore, see our previous blog post “K-1 Fiance Visa Application Assembling Tips- I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance” for details on how to specifically assemble the I-129F petition package.

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Final Checks

Above all, final checks are very important before you mail the I-129F petition package. Therefore, go over your I 129F checklist again.

For example, did you do the following?

  • Did you answer each question on I-129F?
  • Check through the entire package. Did you not leave anything blank? Put “N/A” on items that do not pertain to you and “None” for numerical values of zero.
  • Did you sign and date the I-129F? Please do not forget this. Above all, this is the most common reason for a denial.
  • Has someone other than you prepared the I-129F petition package? For example, you used a lawyer or consultant. Accordingly, make sure that the preparer’s signature page and signature is complete.
  • Did you need to use an interpreter? If so, make sure that the interpreter’s signature page and signature is complete.
  • Double check all of your supporting documents again.
  • Did you include translations for non-English documents, plus the original document in the foreign language and the translators affidavit.
  • Finally, double-check to make sure the appropriate fee is included.

Lastly, go back to our K-1 Fiance Visa USCIS Phase Webpage to see mailing instructions.