Embassy Phase for K-1 (Fiance(e)) Visa

American Embassy where an interview occurs as part of theK-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase

Steps for the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase

Prepare for the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase Interview

Summary

Woman studying on a roofIn this section, we specifically discuss how to prepare for the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview.

Unlike the spousal Visa interview, NVC does 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.

Important: Once you schedule your K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview appointment, print out and keep the appointment email or letter. Most importantly, bring this to the interview as it is your “Invitation” to get into the embassy. In fact, you will be turned away if you do not have it.

Interview Preparation Assistance

If you have signed up with RapidVisa, as part of their service, they assist you through the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase. Furthermore, they do it at no extra cost than your original fee. They give you advice on scheduling the embassy interview.  Also, the advise on the medical requirements of your specific country, signing up for the courier service, and documents that you need to bring to the interview.  They help with any other specific requirements of your specific country or U.S. Embassy.

If you go to one of their offices before the interview, they help prepare you for the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview. The help includes possible interview questions. Contact RapidVisa and talk to a live agent using their live on-line chat portal. Alternatively, send them an email or call directly by telephone.

Prepare for the Interview

After you receive the letter from NVC, start preparing for the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview by:

  1. Schedule the embassy interview
  2. Schedule and Complete the Medical Examination
  3. Register for Courier Services
  4. Perform any Specific Requirements in the email/letter or that the specific U.S. Embassy or Consulate Requires
  5. Gather Documents Required for the Interview (Start this sooner. Start in USCIS Phase)
  6. Prepare for Interview Questions
  7. Read Additional Information

However, in most cases, you can speed up the process by getting the case number from NVC prior to recieving the letter.

For this purpose see our blog posts:

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Important: We recommend that you do not buy your airline tickets to the U.S. until you have your Visa in hand.  Buying the ticket ahead of time, especially a non-refundable ticket, is an extreme risk. There are many things that can delay you in the embassy phase. For example, delays include complications during the medical examination,  complications during the interview. Even in the worse case, denial of the visa is a possibility.

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Schedule the Embassy InterviewWoman looking at the calendar of 2017 to schedule her K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview.

The letter from NVC explains how to schedule the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview.  Also, go to the embassy web site to find out how to schedule the embassy interview for your Fiance(e) specific embassy or consulate.

For most embassies, you schedule your appointment on-line.  On the contrary, a phone number is also available to an embassy employee by phone to schedule. If you schedule on-line, you see all of the available open slots for the interview.

Regarding scheduling your embassy interview, see our blog posts:

How soon you schedule the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview really depends on how busy the embassy is. For the most part, embassies are very busy. Therefore, it usually takes 1-3 months to get an appointment.  

On the contrary, some embassies are not very busy. Therefore, it only takes a few weeks to a month to get an schedule an interview.

Some embassies allow you to change your embassy appointment. For example, you see on-line that an earlier slot has opened. As a result, some embassies allow you to reschedule. Therefore, take the earlier open slot. Just remember, you must complete the medical exam before you attend the embassy appointment.

Schedule and Complete the Medical Examination

Kid getting an xrayAs part of the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase, schedule and complete the medical examination.

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. Unlike the K-1 spousal Visa, NVC will not schedule the medical examination for you. You need to schedule the examination yourself. The letter or email from NVC will indicate how to schedule the examination.

The medical examination(s), along with any required vaccinations, MUST be completed before your scheduled visa interview date. This exam must be with an embassy-approved doctor.  Exams conducted by other physicians will not be accepted.

Read embassy-specific instructions and get a list of approved doctors on NVC’s Medical Examination page. 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.

Vaccinations

K-1 and K-2 visa applicants are encouraged to get the vaccinations required under U.S. immigration law for immigrant visa applicants.  Although such vaccinations are not required for K visa issuance, they will be required when adjusting status to that of legal permanent resident following your marriage. Applicants are therefore encouraged to fulfill these vaccination requirements at the time of the medical examination. See Vaccination Requirements for IV Applicants for the list of required vaccinations and additional information.

Register for Courier Service/Other Pre-Interview InstructionsRegister Here for currier services as part of the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase.

Many U.S. Embassies and Consulates require visa applicants to pre-register for courier services. This service is for returning applicant passports and visas to them after the interview.
 
Each embassy or consulate has unique entry and security requirements. For example, these requirements include whether applicants can bring electronics including cell phones into the embassy or consulate.
 
Before your K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview, read the specific requirements for the embassy or consulate of your interview. Specifically, go to that embassy website.

Gather Documents Required for the InterviewA folder containing gathered documents for the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase

Every visa applicant no matter their age must bring certain documents to the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview, including photographs. The applicants shall bring the following documents to the interview. Some embassies may request certain information to sent to them ahead of time.

  • Bar Coded Print out of your Completed Form DS-160, Online Non-immigrant Visa Application.
  • A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the U.S.  provide exemptions).
  • Divorce or death certificate(s) of any previous spouse(s) for both Beneficiary and the U.S. citizen sponsor.
  • Police certificates from your present country of residence and all other countries, if needed. Police certificates are also required for accompanying children age 16 or older. See our blog post on “Police Clearance Certificate US Visa” for more information.
  • Medical examination envelop from your medical exam.
  • Evidence of financial support (Form I-134, Affidavit of Support and supporting documents).
  • Two (2) 2×2 photographs. See the required photo format explained in Photograph Requirements.
  • Evidence of relationship with your U.S. citizen fiancé(e).
  • Payment of fees, as explained below.

What happens if you forget to bring something on this list?  The consular officer will not be able to complete the processing of your visa. You will have to gather the missing items and provide them to the embassy, and may have to come for additional interviews. Failure to bring all items on the above list can delay visa issuance.

Read Additional Information

Read NVC’s Interview Preparation Notices and the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you are interviewed for additional information. You can also read NVC’s Frequently Asked Questions. Remember, failure to bring all required documents to the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview may cause delay or denial of the visa.

Evidence of Financial Support

Stack of financial document forms for NVC stage or K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase.As part of the K-1 Fiance Embassy Phase interview, submit the financial documents. 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!!!!). These documents will brought to the embassy interview. The Petitioner needs to perform the following:

  1. Complete an Affidavit of Support Form I-134  (See Form I-134 Instructions)
  2. Obtain Financial Documents

As the sponsor, you must show you have sufficient income or financial resources to assure that the foreign national you are sponsoring will not become a public charge while in the United States. Evidence should consist of copies of any of the documents listed below that apply to your situation. Failure to provide evidence of sufficient income or financial resources may result in the denial of the foreign national’s application for a visa or his or her removal from the United States. Submit in duplicate evidence of income and resources, as appropriate:

Obtain Financial Documents

General

Stack of financial document forms for submital during the IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa NVC Phase

One 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!!!

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.

Above all, applicants presenting Form I-134 have a requirement to show that their U.S. sponsor’s income is at least 100 percent of the federal poverty guideline.
For this purpose use Form I-864P to determine the minimum income requirement.

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

General

The  Affidavit of Support Form I-134 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, see the I-864P to see the minimum household income requirements.

Co-Sponsor 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.

Financial Documents

Summary

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

A house is a form of prooving US Domicile in the US Spouse Visa DCF Philippines Embassy Phase.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.

Supporting Documentation

After collecting the financial forms and supporting financial evidence , collect the supporting documentation as part of the  K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase. The beneficiary and any K-2 children coming with 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, or certified copies, brought to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate must be by an appropriate authority.

Translations

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. Get a head start. The translation must include a statement signed by the translator stating that the:

  • Translation is accurate, and
  • Translator is competent to translate.

Supporting Documents

Gather your supporting documents as part of the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase.

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:

Adoption Documentation

If the immigrating child of the Beneficiary was adopted, submit all records Child’s of the adoption.

Birth Certificates

Obtain and submit a copy of the birth certificate for the Beneficiary and any child immigrating.

Birth certificate which is on the NVC checklist.

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.)

Military Records

If the Beneficiary served in the military of any country, then obtain and submit a photocopy of his/her military record.

Petitioner Documents

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.

Passport of petitioner as required by NVC checklist.

 

  • 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.

Passport biographcal page which is on the NVC checklist.

Police Certificates

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 if needed.  See our blog post on “Police Clearance Certificate US Visa” for more information.Police clearance in fact a Philippine NBI as required on the NVC Checklist.

 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.

Visa Photographs

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.

 



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Visa Applicant Interview

Interview Preparation

Seal of the Embassy of the United States on a plaqueThe applicant (Beneficiary) and all children of the applicant obtaining a K-1 Visa and K-2 visa, if applicable, are REQUIRED to attend the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview together. The Petitioner does not need to attend the interview. However, we recommend that you do attend. The Petitioner is allowed to attend.

Check your date and time of your interview appointment provided in your interview appointment letter and arrive at the embassy ahead of schedule.  The embassy staff at the embassy entrance directs where to go or line up.

Read the instructions for your embassy on what you can and can’t bring to the interview. Most embassies do not allow any electronics including cell phones.

In addition, see our blog post, “K-1 Fiance Visa Interview Questions at Embassy Interview“.

At the Interview

Security

The first step will be to go through security.  First, you go through a metal detector. At this point, you can be searched. Next, you go to a window where you turn in your appointment letter. After that, you go to another window where you take an oath that everything that you say or provide is true.

Fingerprinting

After that you go to another window for fingerprinting.  At the finger print window, there is an embassy staff person that takes the fingerprints of the applicant obtaining a K-1 Fiance(e) Visa. Also, any children obtaining a K-2 Visa get finger printing.

Interviews

After fingerprinting, the applicant(s) go to another window where there is a consular officer. This officer is most likely of the nationality of the country you are in. The officer takes certain documents that you have brought. The officer definitely takes all of the applicants passports and medical envelope, if you were given them by hand at the medical appointment. They look at or take other supporting documents that you brought. The consular officer asks you some questions. If you want, you can have a translator present.

In addition, see our blog post, “K-1 Fiance Visa Interview Questions at Embassy Interview“.

Remember: If you sign up with RapidVisa, as part of their service, they assist you in being ready for the embassy questions. If you go to one of their offices before the interview, they help prepare you for the interview including possible interview questions. Also, click here for RapidVisa’s list of 70 potential K-1 interview questions.

If you have everything in order and answered the questions to the satisfaction of the officer, you will be directed to a second consular officer window.

After the first consular interview, you go to a second consular window. This consular officer is typically an American Consular. First, the consular looks through all of your documents. Secondly, the officer asks you to show him or her other documents that you have brought. Also, the consular might take these documents.  Finally, the second consular officer asks questions. A translator is available upon request.

The consular tells you if you are approved. On the contrary, if not approved, they request additional information and reschedule. Also, you are told if you are denied.

Interview Exit

If approved, the consular hands you a Rights and Protections pamphlet.  This pamphlet explain your rights in the United States relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Also, it tel the protections available to you.

Next, They tell how to get your passport back along with an approximate time frame. The interview is over.  Yeah!!!!!

If you need to bring additional information, the consular explains what information you need to gather and bring back.  The consular tells you how to reschedule another appointment. Reschedule your appointment on your way out.

If you are denied, the consular informs you why you were denied a visa. Review to NVC’s Denials webpage for more detailed information.

Remember: The U.S. Embassy keeps the Applicant’s passport as they affix the visa inside the page.  The Applicant(s) get their passport back when the visa is provided by the courier service. The passport is inside the first envelop.  Open the first envelop to retrieve the passport. DO NOT open the second envelop.


After the Interview

Passport/Visa and Sealed Immigration Package

Visa Preparation

Airplane, tickets, fare and packAfter you pass the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview, the embassy or consulate prepares your immigrant visa. The visa is put on one of the pages in your passport. This usually takes 3-7 days, but can take longer. Your passport with visa inside is put in a package of the courier service along with a sealed a sealed immigrant package.

For the purpose of tracking the embassy preparation of the visa, see our blog post, “Track Visa Status After US Embassy Interview“.

Courier Delivery

The courier delivers the visa package to you in the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase.

The deliver it at the place you instructed during registering with the courier. The courier texts the probable day and time of delivery. In most cases, package can picked be up at an office of the courier.

For the purpose of tracking the courier pick-up or delivery, see our blog posts:

Note: You need another form of ID besides your passport to pick up the package as your passport is in the package.

The courier gives you the package. Open the courier’s outside package and retrieve your passport and the sealed immigration package:

Very Important: Do not open the sealed immigration package.  This MUST remain sealed until you reach the U.S. Port of Entry where a U.S. Customs officer will open the package.

Now, book your tickets to the United States.


Booking Tickets

Now that you have your visa, the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase is over. Therefore, you are ready to book your plane tickets.

Because you really shouldn’t book your tickets until you have your Visa in hand, you will most likely be booking tickets at the last minute since you probably want to go to the U.S. as soon as you can.

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Travel to the United StatesWoman with packed luggage and ready to travel

Now, the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase is over.

Therefore, you are now ready to pack and travel to the United States.

Don’t risk being denied entry to the United States based on bringing something prohibited or restricted. Here is a list of items not to bring to the United States. For example, certain items like fruits, vegetables, plants, or dangerous items are on a ban list.

Remember: You have six months from the time you receive your Visa to immigrate to the U.S. You must enter the United States no later than the visa expiration date printed on your visa. A non-immigrant visa is usually valid for up to six months from the date of issuance unless your medical examination expires sooner, which may make your visa valid for less than six months.

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