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How To Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview Online

By Erika Presson
Last Updated: December 14, 2013


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Now you’re done with paying your K1 Visa Fee at BPI, you’re most certainly ready to schedule your K1 Visa interview online. This scheduling process will only be successful if your payment at BPI has already gone through. It usually takes 4-8 hours before it gets posted. At least, mine was 8 hours after I paid cash at BPI. It’s longer if the payment’s done online and over the weekend. For more information about this, please check out US Travel Docs’ website.

*As of April 29, 2014: It has come to my attention that it’s hard to get an interview slot online for K1 Applicants from the Philippines. Interview appointment slots are running out fast. My suggestion is this: just try to go online and log onto US Travel Docs whenever you can. Every hour, if you must. Don’t lose hope, the validity of the petition can be extended by USEM. (This information is courtesy of MrsPresson.com Readers. Thank you! You guys are AWESOME!)

*As of August 15, 2014: Looks like scheduling has been back to normal. For the past week, I’ve been monitoring US Travel Docs and it seems that they have available interview slots.

What You Need in Order to Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview Online

 

1. Passport – Obviously, you’d need your passport number entered into the system as well as its Issuance and Expiry dates.

2. MRV Deposit Slip (Customer’s Copy) – This will serve as proof of payment. It contains the Receipt Number that you need for scheduling. You will not be able to schedule your K1 Visa interview if you haven’t paid yet and/or don’t have the receipt number.

$240 MRV Deposit Slip Sample | How To Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview Online | © 2013 - onwards, U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

$240 MRV Deposit Slip Sample | How To Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview Online | © 2013 – onwards, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

3. Other personal information – All other pertinent information related to the K1 Visa Inteview such as your current contact info, address, priority date (This is your NOA1 date and/or “Receipt Date” on NOA2), etc.

US Travel Docs Website | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

US Travel Docs Website | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

4. Complete your Nonimmigrant Visa Application: DS-160 Form Online. Make sure you fill in each field correctly. You will not be able to correct your information and/or make any changes to your info after you submit the form. Just to remind you, a K1 Visa is a nonimmigrant visa.

  • Take note of your 10-digit DS-160 Confirmation Number. You will need this to book your appointment online.
  • Also make sure that you have a Digital copy of your Passport Photo because you’d need it for uploading along with the submission of the DS-160 form.
  • Make sure you use the SAME email address for the DS-160 and when signing up for a US Travel Docs Account.
  • Double-check / Triple-check your information before submitting.
  • Also read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form.
Nonimmigrant Visa Application: DS-160 Form Online | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Nonimmigrant Visa Application: DS-160 Form Online | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

 

Steps on How to Schedule your K1 Visa Interview Online

 

1. Go to the US Travel Docs Website (PH) and register for an account. Make sure it’s the same name on your passport, official documents and forms!

Login Screen | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Login Screen | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Register for a US Travel Docs Account | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Register for a US Travel Docs Account | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

2. After a successful registration, you will be taken to this home screen.

Home Screen (Logged In) | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Home Screen (Logged In) | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

3. Update your profile information and save/update it.

Update Your Profile Information | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Update Your Profile Information | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

4. Go back to “Home” and click on “New Application / Schedule Appointment”. Select your Visa Type. For “K1” it is under “Immigrant”. Though technically, we all know that K1 is a Non-Immigrant Visa, it still is treated as an “Immigrant” visa as far as the visa processing is concerned.

Schedule an appointment. Select Visa Type | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Schedule an appointment. Select Visa Type | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

5. Your “Post” where you are going to be scheduled for appointment is automatically picked for you because you picked “Philippines” on the registration page. All visa interviews in the Philippines are held in the US Embassy Manila. Hit continue. Select Visa Category “K Visas”. Continue.

Post is automatically selected to MANILA. If not, select MANILA. Select your Visa Category | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Post is automatically selected to MANILA. If not, select MANILA. Select your Visa Category | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

8. Select Visa Class “K1 – Fiancé or Fiancée of U.S. Citizen”. Continue.

Select K1 - Fiancé or Fiancée of U.S. Citizen. | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Select K1 – Fiancé or Fiancée of U.S. Citizen. | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

9. Make sure all the personal information you entered on your profile is correct. Continue.

Check your profile information! | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Check your profile information! | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

10. Choose where you will have your Passport and/or Visa delivered. Personally, I think the pick up at 2Go SM Mall of Asia is the fastest way to receive your visa especially if you’re from the provinces and will be staying in Manila for a week or two. That’s assuming you get your visa approved on the spot during your interview. You have a variety of choices whether to pick it up at a 2Go branch or have it delivered to your house or office. If you selected your home address and changed your mind after your visa got approved, you have until 12 midnight of that same day you had your visa approved to change it to 2Go SM Mall of Asia.

Choose your Delivery Option. | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Choose your Delivery Option. | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

11. Enter your MRV Deposit Slip / Receipt Number. You will not be able to go further this page if your payment hasn’t gotten through yet. Check if it’s the correct receipt number you entered. If it still hasn’t accepted your receipt number, you have to wait a few more hours.

Enter your MRV receipt number | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Enter your MRV receipt number | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

12. Pick a date. Schedule your K1 visa interview. (These were the available K1 Visa Interview schedules back when I scheduled mine as seen on this VisaJourney thread post I made.) Keep in mind that you still have to acquire necessary documents and undergo a Medical Exam at St. Lukes at least a week or two prior to your desired Interview date!

This was my actual scheduling screenshot way back May 2012.  | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

This was my actual scheduling screenshot way back May 2012. | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

13. You’re all set. The system will show you a confirmation page. You may choose to have a copy of this confirmation to be emailed to you. This will serve as your “Appointment Letter”. You will use this for your Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic and at the K1 Visa Interview. Take note of your UID Number too. It may be used to track your passport and visa after approval.

Confirmation Email / Appointment Letter | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Confirmation Email / Appointment Letter | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

When you check your Appointment History, this is what you will see:

Appointment History | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

Appointment History | Schedule Your K1 Visa Interview | © CGI Group Inc., U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.mrspresson.com)

 

If you don’t want to schedule your interview online or need assistance regarding your interview schedule, you may Call USEM directly.

For visa appointment related inquiries, please contact the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930. The Visa Information and Appointment Service is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Manila time), except on Philippine and U.S. holidays. Applicants, agents, or petitioners in the U.S should call (703) 520-2235, from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Callers may speak with an English-, Tagalog-, Ilocano- or Cebuano-speaking operator. This service is free of charge, except for long distance calls.

Also, you can find this information in the K1/K2 Visa Instruction Packet that is available online and can be downloaded.

 

You are now ready to go in for your…

K1 Medical Exam at St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) »

 

 

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*** Disclaimer: I do not work for nor am I affiliated with CGI Group Inc. and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. This guide was made with the sole intention of helping other K1 applicants to schedule their K1 Visa Interviews online. For the full disclaimer, please click here.



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  1. Hanna says:

    Hi, I was browsing through the info listed under the new applicate/schedule appointment tab. I haven’t updated my profile yet but I was brought to the said page and I am being asked of a priority date and case number. I know the case number, but not the priority date. Just wanted to ask if you know what it’s for. Thanks!

  2. lora says:

    Hello!!! Your blog is really a great help, been using it as a guide since step 1. I just have a question, I live by the province and I was wondering if I can the schedule the interview the next day after the medical exam, to save me a trip to manila? Have you heard of familiar cases? Thank you so much

  3. Gwendolyn says:

    Good evening Mrs. Presson! I am worried because I am trying to schedule an appointment and the only available date is on August 28, 2015 and there arent any slots appearing on other dates! I just paid at BPI this morning (august 24) and i dont even have time to have my medical exam and all the other documents I need for the interview. I need advice on this, please. :(

  4. Diana says:

    Hi Mrs. Presson,

    You’re such a blessing to us who are struggling to understand the process. thank yuo so much for your posts.
    Anyway, Is it okay to schedule an appointment for interview after a month that you have paid the Visa fee? My passport is still on process, thats why i asked if i could schedule it the next month. thank you

    • You can go online and schedule an interview already. It will show you a calendar of available dates as far as the next month. Do note that you are only allowed to reschedule your interview twice. If you go beyond those two times, you will have to pay the visa fee again.

      IF you’re in doubt, call the US Embassy directly.

  5. Merose says:

    Mmmm thank you. So if I’m paid the amount of $265 at the BPI and already got the MVN number, I can now schedule my interview even if my approved I-129F petition is still at the NVC? I already registered to everything I need except to CFO and Visa interview. Just wondering if I could do it even if our case was still there. Thank you in advance!

  6. Merose says:

    Hello Mrs. Presson! I was just wondering if they will give you an exact date for visa and medical interview and you’re just gonna set it then? Is it comes with the packet that you’re gonna get? Or you’re just gonna pick your own date once you have the MNL case number? Thank you in advance!

  7. shadie abu-hasna says:

    hi mrs presson, i was seeing if u could help. my fiance finished step 8 at ustraveldocs so we click on the bank and takes us to the stanley paper but the banks wont take that to make payment bc the payment reads 0$. do u know why or how i can resolve this. thank u

    • Most countries need to have eligibity letters / instructions from their local Embassy before moving forward. Not everyone are allowed to schedule their own interviews. Make sure that your embassy’s instructions clearly state that you can schedule your own interview. If not, you may have done it incorrectly.

      Please contact your designated local US Embassy / Consulate.

  8. vivian says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH MAAM FOR THE REPLY MORE POWER TO YOU YOU HELP ME SO MUCH….

  9. vivian says:

    hi good day maam im just asking if anu gawin ko dapat kasama anak that time for my interview but the reason na hold yung papers nya sa st luke ngayon ready na cya sa inteview anu gawin ko para ma interview na cya thanks…

  10. Baby says:

    Dear Mrs. Presson,

    Thank you so much for immediate reply. I called the USEM today and they said that the reason why I can’t scheduled for the month of May is because it’s not open yet. They said it usually opens around 3rd week or last week of the month.

  11. Baby says:

    Hi Mrs. Presson…

    Please help me… I am trying to schedule my appointment right now…
    In the month of April only 7 slots are available…its ok because my plan is to have my schedule by May.

    But why all of the dates on May up to June is not available? Is that means its all taken or is that
    means I can’t schedule for the month of May yet because it’s only April?

    If its all taken I really want to cry…is there anyway I can get a schedule from May

    • That means it might already have been taken. Schedules are usually posted 2 months in advance. Double-check with the Embassy’s Scheduling Hotline. I won’t be able to help you with this because I do not work for the U.S. Embassy nor am I affiliated with them.

      Good luck!

  12. David says:

    Hello Ericka. My fiance and I are at the last stage of the process. She already had her intervoew and she needs a police report from Hong Kong because she lived there for a few years. They are requesting a letter from the embassy with her name and case number on it. We never received a packet 3 and she had her interview in early January. I tried calling the NVC and the embassy. They are no help at all. Do you know how we would go about getting such a letter? We have sent emails but there has been no response

    • Sorry to hear this, but the only two agencies that will be able to give you that information is NVC and US Embassy. You’d have to contact the U.S. Embassy again Immigration Visa Unit (IV Unit), and request an email at least with your fiancée’s name and Case Number.

      You can also send both an email, NVCInquiry@state.gov (instructions on http://mrsprsn.us/NVCandCEAC)and IVManilaReplies@state.gov (for US Embassy Manila). Just so you know, this might take a long time.

      If all else fails, write a complaint to your state representative (Congressman / US Senator) and state your case, they “can” nudge the US Embassy.

      Good luck!

      (Also, I will move your comment under my “221G” article. This comment is not for Scheduling K1 Visas.)

  13. Lea says:

    Hi, Im actually having a second thought of my signature affix in my application and passport theyre different, I just noticed it last night since I was trying to fix some of my documents needed on my interview, I change my signature in signing not so important documents from the past years since i got my passport year 2012 and use this as valid id of mine, so I get used to it, and remembered just now that my fiance packet documents sent to USCIS and NVC is the new signature, please give me any advice ? It will surely a big help .. thanks!

  14. Lineth says:

    Thanks for the reply :) Im sorry for the double comment, I was actually trying to correct some info and try to delete the old comment but i didnt see any. Thanks again.

  15. Lineth says:

    Hi good day! This blog helps us a lot in working out for our k1 visa journey we are now in scheduling interview and medical but were a bit confused because we havent receive our packet 3 and my fiance sends the affidavit of support still waiting for our documents since its holiday in PH, i want to make sure before having schedule/appoinment that these documents are all on hand, as well as the packet 3, btw we already paid the visa yesterday is it ok not to schedule my appointment and while waiting for other documents especially packet 3 ?

    • Hi.

      The rule of thumb is, only pay for your visa fee IF you’re ready to schedule your appointment as it is a non-refundable fee. It’s best to call the US Embassy about this as this may have an expiration date (like what is written on the MRV Receipt) OR:

      A suggestion is, you schedule an interview appointment a month and a half out. Then if you need to reschedule, you may do so. You can only reschedule twice. If you reschedule more than twice, your fee will be forfeited and you’d need to pay again.

      BTW, You don’t have to repeat the comment that you posted. I am not online 24/7 and only check comments here when I have the time. Comments are replied to in the order they are received, too.

  16. Norie says:

    thank you…will contact USEM after the holidays.

  17. Norie says:

    Greetings! Hi Mrs. Presson.. Thank your for sharing your blogs..it helps us a lot. My concern is that, I tried making appointment for my K1 interview but I could not get through step 5. It says that It says “personal details match the profile which already exists in our database. If you created this profile in the past and forgot the password, please use “Forget your password?” function on the login screen. If this email isn’t familiar to you, please contact our helpline through Provide Feedback option in the left menu or by sending the email to our helpline. Please don’t forget to attach the scanned copy of your passport’s data page to your feedback message/email.” Then I I tried clicking “Forget your password” to correct things if indeed I had already registered but no avail…same error. Please advice me what to do to correct things and get through with step 5. thank you


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