During my K1 Visa Process, there were 4 DS-Forms that were required to be filled up and printed:
DS-156, DS-156K, DS-157 and DS-230. Now, they’re ONLY requiring K1 Visa Applicants to fill up the DS-160 online. In order to fill these up, the Foreign Fiancé(e) must already have their passport, Digital 2×2 Photos (Scanned/Digital Copy from Photo Studio; If you choose Great Image Photography, they will give you a CD which contains your digital photo), and Personal Information of both the US Citizen (USC) petitioner and beneficiary. You must remember that the information you entered in the K1 Visa Scheduling Online must match your DS-Forms.
The K1 Visa Applicant must bring a print-out of his/her DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Confirmation Page.
Also, if you are wondering where to get your Alien Registration Number, it is found on your I-129F Petition I-797, Notice of Action (NOA2).
Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six (6) months at the time of the interview. Personally, I’d say one (1) year left in the passport validity is safe. Renew your passport if you think it’s expiring soon.
Your Birth Certificate certified copy must come from the National Statistics Office and not the Local Civil Registrar. It must be printed on an NSO Security paper. If you’re a busy person and cannot go to the NSO Office yourself, you may order your Birth Certificate online and have it delivered at your home or office.
This is only applicable to applicants ages 16 and above. This NBI Clearance can be obtained by showing up at NBI Clearance Kiosks in designated Robinsons Malls or at the main NBI Office in Manila. Additional NBI Clearances are needed for aliases/different spellings/maiden names/former names.
See Related Blog Post: New and Improved Online NBI Clearance System! (I hope so.)
Like the NBI Clearance, this is only applicable to applicants ages 16 and above but only those who have lived/worked for more than six (6) months abroad. These foreign police certificates must be obtained from the applicant’s previous countries he/she has resided in.
Make sure you have a newer NBI Clearance / Police Certificate, at least 6 months, from the time you requested for it until the date of your interview.
Note: The 6-month rule is noted for Philippine K Visa Applicants. This may vary according to the beneficiary’s country. Make sure you check your own Embassy/Consulate’s Website for country-specific instructions.
This is to ensure that both the K1 Visa applicant and petitioner are free to marry. CENOMAR or Certificate of No Marraige may be obtained through NSO. Save a trip to NSO by acquiring copies of both your Birth Certificate and CENOMAR at the same time. This can also be requested online and delivered to you. If previously married but annulled/divorced/has a deceased spouse, one must provide a copy of their annulment decree/divorce decree/death certificate respectively.
It’s always best to have a newer CENOMAR. Make sure your CENOMAR is just within 6 months from the date when you requested for it until the date of your interview.
K1 Visa applicants who have been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime must present copies or transcripts of court and prison records relating to the crime or offense. (From: USEM K1/K2 Interview Preparation and Instructions)
K1 Applicants who served in the military or police should present certified copies of their military or police service records. (From: USEM K1/K2 Interview Preparation and Instructions)
Remember to sign all forms with BLACK INK. The Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) and its supporting documents is a way to determine if the K1 Visa applicant will be of public charge.
Public charge is defined as “an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the [US] government for subsistence”. (Definition from USCIS.gov)
Your USC Fiancée must be able to prove that he can support you through his own income and/or assets. This is also under the discretion of the Consular Officer reviewing your case. He/She must be convinced that you will not be a “public charge“.
To check if your fiancé(e) is above poverty guidelines, please refer to the latest USCIS Form I-864p (HHS Poverty Guidelines). Note that you have to count the people in his/her household including himself + 1 (you).
Some say that US Embassy Manila looks at 125% for a fiancé(e) to pass, but my then-fiancé-now-husband and I were told by the Consular Officer himself that petitioners must reach just 100%. There have been conflicting reports about this though. The official website by the U.S. Government (http://travel.state.gov) clearly states 100%.
Also, please be reminded that an ORIGINAL I-134 must be submitted. It’s mentioned in the requirements that it has to be an ORIGINAL Signature. (See Letter “k.” on Required Documents on this Official US Embassy Requirements List dated DECEMBER 2014)
It never hurts to bring extra copies from your K1 Visa Medical Exam. Though during my interview, a new set of 2×2 photos was never asked of me.
Your Photos (together), Emails, Chat logs from Yahoo! Messenger or Skype, SMS Messages, Snail Mail, Plane Tickets, Boarding Passes, anything you can think of that may be used as Evidence of your Relationship. Bring them in a binder, Make a scrapbook. It’s up to you. Just as long as you will be able to present these relationship proofs. Sometimes, the Consular Officer will not even ask for ALL of it. So I suggest, just bring a few pages and not print your whole relationship from the start to the date of your interview. HAHA.
Just take a few photos, emails and chat logs with you. Believe me, 19 lbs. of paper is no joke. (Yes, yes, we went overboard. :P)
Do not forget to write another updated Letter of Intent to Marry. Yes, it’s the same one from the I-129F Petition Process.
This is what I had mentioned before in the I-129F Fiancé(e) Petition & Checklist page. The duplicate copy originally intended to be kept as backup in case of “RFE’s”, must be sent to the beneficiary / K1 applicant. The reason behind this is that –any- document may be asked of you by the Consular Officer. You better be prepared. Also, some documents from your I-129F may be lost in transit from all the transfers from USCIS to NVC to the designated Consulate. Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
DO NOT FORGET to bring any of the following items:
This is noted on your DS-160 confirmation page as “Evidence of approved I-129F”.
The new procedures state that when you take your Medical Exam at St. Lukes Medical Center Extension Clinic, they will be giving you the SEALED Medical Exam results to bring with you for your interview (unless otherwise instructed). DO NOT puncture or tear this Medical Exam Result, else you’d have to go back to SLEC to have them reseal it. This will be asked of you during your interview, so DO NOT FORGET to bring it with you.
Update as of 8th of January 2015:
This information is directly lifted from the Official U.S. Embassy K1/K2 Visa Instruction Packet (Page 6) available online:
SLMCEC will release the medical exam results directly to the applicants unless instructed otherwise by the Panel Physician. Applicants are required to bring the sealed medical report to their scheduled interview at the U.S. Embassy Manila. Tampered pouches will not be accepted in the interview and applicants will be instructed to return the pouch to SLMCEC for reseal.
It is important that you have your medical examination report with you when you come to the Embassy for your visa interview. Otherwise, your visa application will be refused or you may be asked to return for another appointment.
K1 Visa Interview Checklist
Below you will find a checklist for the K1 Visa Interview Requirements as prepared for my own K1 Visa Interview last year, June 2012. (Of course, with minor tweaks to reflect changes in DS Form Requirements) You may download it below.
Note: The image below is not an official checklist for the US Embassy Manila, Philippines. This is my personal checklist. I posted it here to help you get started.
For an updated and official list of requirements, please check the US Embassy, Manila’s website.
Have you tripled-checked your documents?
Disclaimer: I do not work for nor am I affiliated with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and the U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines. This guide was made with the sole intention of helping other K1 applicants to understand what goes on during the K1 Visa Process. For the full disclaimer, please click here.