All About the K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase Process
K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase Summary
Finally, you are now at the K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase. Congratulations, you got your USCIS NOA2. You made it to the Department of State, National Visa Center (NVC).
Without doubt, things are going to go fast now in the K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase.
We hope you took our advice and started to prepare for the embassy stage because you will be there in a few weeks. Now, are you ready?
The K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase is very simple compared to the IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa Phase. Basically, NVC receives your approved I-129F petition from USCIS, gives you a case number, and then sends your case on to the U.S. Embassy in the country of your foreign fiance(e) for processing of the Visa.
In addition, other items to do in the K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase include:
- Complete DS-160, On-line Application for Non-Immigrant Visa
- Pay Non-Immigrant Visa Fee
- Schedule Embassy Interview
- Select Courier Delivery Option
- Register or Schedule Medical Examination
- Finish Gathering Financial and Supporting Documents
See below for a summary specifically for each of these K-1 Fiance Visa NVC action items.
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Call NVC to Get Case Number
Two weeks after you receive your NOA2 from USCIS, call NVC to see if they have received your approved I-129F. NVC is located Portsmouth, New Hampshire and their telephone number is (603) 334-0700.
For this purpose, you can start the NVC items if you have the case number. On the other hand, if you do not call, you wait for the NVC letter to get your case number. The letter comes a few weeks later than when it is available by telephone. In fact, this is one way to speed up the K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase process.
For more information check out our blog pages:
- Speed K1 Fiance Visa Philippines Post USCIS for information specifically detailed to the Philippines, or
- Speed K1 Fiance Visa Process Post USCIS for generic information for any country.
Firstly, get your case number from the operator. Specifically, the case number will consist of three letters and by ten numbers. To clarify, the three letters consist of the abbreviation for the foreign embassy. Likewise, the numbers consist of the year and then number of visa.
Sign upherefor the U.S. Department of State, Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC), Visa Status Check. For this purpose, identify and track your case with CEAS. First, enter your visa case number. As a result, your case status is shown.
About 1-4 weeks after NVC receives your approved I-129F, USCIS sends your case to the U.S. Embassy for your foreign fiance(e)’s country.
The next step in the K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase is that NVC mails you a letter when it sends your fiancé(e) case to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
For example, this letter explains the action items including:
- Completing DS-160, On-line Application for Non-Immigrant Visa
- Paying Non-Immigrant Visa Fee
- Scheduling Embassy Interview
- Selecting Courier Delivery Option
- Registering or Scheduling Medical Examination
- Your list of Financial and Supporting Documents to bring to the embassy interview
Complete Non-Immigrant Visa Application
The next step in the K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase is to complete the, the DS-160. The DS-160 is specifically the online Visa application for a non-immigrant visa.
- Form DS-160, Online Non-immigrant Visa Application.
See our blog post on, “Online NonImmigrant Visa Application DS-160“, for more information about what is in the DS-160.
The Fiance(e) (and any eligible children applying for K-2 visas) must: (1) complete Form DS-160 and (2) print the DS-160 confirmation page to bring to the interview. Eligible children (unmarried younger than 21) of K-1 visa applicants may apply for K-2 visas. Separate applications must be submitted for each K visa applicant, and each K visa applicant must pay the visa application fee.
After completing the application on-line, print and keep the bar code page. Bring the bar code page to your interview.
Pay Visa Application Fee
Payment of the non-immigrant visa application fee ($265) is a requirement. However, the process to pay the non-immigrant visa application fee depends specifically on each foreign U.S. Embassy. Therefore, the next step in the K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase is to pay the visa application fee.
At this time, we show you how to pay 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 K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase 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 K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase process is to select your courier delivery option.
Also, schedule the courier delivery option in 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 K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase 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 in the K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase , 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.
You, the foreign-citizen fiancé(e), (and eligible children applying for K-2 visas) have a requirement to bring the following forms and documents to the visa interview:
- Your interview appointment confirmation page
- Completed Form DS-160, Online Non-immigrant Visa Application. You (and any eligible children applying for K-2 visas) must: (1) complete Form DS-160 and (2) print the DS-160 confirmation page to bring to your interview.
- 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. (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions).
- Adoption documents, if any K2 children were adopted by the Beneficiary.
- Divorce or death certificate(s) of any previous spouse(s) for both you and the U.S. citizen sponsor.
- Updated Intent to Marry Letters.
- Police certificates from your present country of residence and all countries where you have lived for six months or more since age 16 (Police certificates are also required for accompanying children age 16 or older).
- Medical examination (vaccinations are optional, see our K-1 Embassy Phase Page).
- Evidence of financial support (Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, and supporting financial documents). See our Blog Post “Minimum Income Requirements“.
- 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, For this purpose, bring the receipt that you paid the visa fee.
- Any other items specifically listed in your embassy’s letter that is particular to your embassy.
Note: The consular officer may ask for additional information, such as photographs and other proof that the relationship with your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) is genuine. Documents in foreign languages, other than the language of the country in which the application takes place, should be translated. Applicants should take to the visa interview clear, legible photocopies of civil documents and translations, such as birth and divorce certificates. Original documents and translations will be returned.
Collect Financial Documents
Another way to speed K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase 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 for the K-1 Fiance Visa NVC Phase. 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.
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