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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
2. After a successful registration, you will be taken to this home screen.
3. Update your profile information and save/update it.
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.
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.
8. Select Visa Class “K1 – Fiancé or Fiancée of U.S. Citizen”. Continue.
9. Make sure all the personal information you entered on your profile is correct. Continue.
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.
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.
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!
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.
When you check your Appointment History, this is what you will see:
For visa appointment related inquiries, please contact the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service ator (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…
*** 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.