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K-1 Visa Application Process

A lot of you may have been asking questions like: how to get K-1 Visa? How long does it take? What are the requirements? Will my petition be approved? And so on and so forth…

If you are one of these people, then you are at the right place!

I’m going to share my K-1 Visa experience here for you and hope this might answer those questions you have in your head.

Let me tell you first how we met

In 2018, Kipp (my fiance) and I decided we want to get married after 3 years of long distance relationship. We met over the telephone over the course of our work in 2015. His company was outsourcing customer service from our company in the Philippines. There are times we had to contact their department because of the ETA delays. They handle logistics, by the way.

So one time, I had to call to their department and he answered me. He sounded so sweet and very helpful. He even gave me his work e-mail address so I can tell him if the customer had received the delivery. That’s how I knew his full name. It was peculiar. So his name kept ringing in my head after that phone call.

One day, my teammates were into looking up representatives they had spoken to from the US-based logistics department on facebook. All of the sudden I thought about searching Kipp on facebook and maybe add him as friend. So I did find him. After reviewing his profile information, I thought there’s something special about him but I didn’t know what that was during that time. I also looked at his pictures, he’s handsome, he’s three years older than I, and his posts had sense of humor.

In the afternoon of that same day, I received a long message from Kipp. Saying he thought I was one of his best friend’s friends and he was glad to know me. He searched through my timeline, commented on my old posts. He even liked some of my artworks. That I thought was sweet. A friendship sparked between us and that’s how it all started.

We got engaged during his last trip in the Philippines. We decided we want to get married in the USA so we chose to apply for K-1 Visa.

Preparing the documents

My fiance signed up for Rapidvisa to help us prepare the documents because we don’t want to mess this up. What’s good about Rapidvisa is that they will walk you through the documents you need to submit such as I-129F, Intent to marry letter, Affidavit of Support, etc. It’s just like you’re filling out forms with explanations.

Here are the documents we have prepared.

  • Accomplished and signed form I-129F (to view the form click HERE, to view instructions click HERE)
  • Letter of Intent to marry (one from my fiance, one from me)
  • Proof of our relationship (I sent 8 pictures of me and Kipp and with my family)
  • Proof of his visit (Gate pass, receipts of the attractions we visited, plane tickets, etc.)
  • 2×2 ID pictures (we used the photo tool to crop the photos to the correct measurement, available on Travel.State.Gov website, you can click HERE to lead you there)

We printed the accomplished form I-129F and Letter of Intent to marry from Rapidvisa and signed them with fresh ink. The proof of relationship and his visits were glued to bond papers with labels and dates. My fiance and I took photos of our self on white painted wall as background using Samsung S7 phone with flashlight for lighting. Then, we cropped it using the tool mentioned above. The tool might not work if you’re using Google Chrome browser, you can switch to Internet Explorer or Edge browser. We didn’t print the photos on our own, we went to the nearest photo print shop. Then my fiance compiled all of the documents and took them all to the US with him.

When he arrived to the US, he mailed the documents to the USCIS Lockbox Facility. There are two addresses you can mail it to:

  • For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):
    USCIS
    P.O. Box 660151
    Dallas, TX 75266
  • For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
    USCIS
    Attn: I-129F
    2501 South State Highway 121 Business
    Suite 400
    Lewisville, TX 75067

There is $535 fee. You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

How long did we have to wait?

Few days after we mailed the documents my fiance received USCIS Acceptance Confirmation. He sent it April 2018.

Another e-mail was received on December 10, 2018 stating I can now schedule my K-1 Visa interview with my information and case number. So it took USCIS 8 months to process our petition.

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An art enthusiast and blogger. Writes about starting and managing small business or whatever she thinks she can write about.

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