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Cant find anything in original instructions from the embassy or anywhere else requiring a live signature - can anyone show where they require the original i-134?

Im trying to avoid FEDEX fees if a PDF will do.

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/family/fiance-k-1.html

Only says this:

Proof of Financial Support and Affidavit of Support Forms

During the visa interview, applicants will be required to present evidence to the consular officer that they will not become a public charge in the United States. You may present evidence that you are able to financially support yourself or that your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) is able to provide support. The Consular Officer may request that a Form I-134, Affidavit of Support be submitted by the U.S. citizen fiancé(e).

The U.S. citizen fiancé(e) will need to submit Form I-864 to USCIS with the application for adjustment of status to that of legal permanent resident following the marriage.

https://ph.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/82/2016/08/K1-and-K2-Applicant-Interview-Preparation-Instructions-08112016-English-336KB.pdf

Says this:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. You must submit ALL ORIGINAL civil documents to facilitate your application. You may be asked to return for another appointment if you fail to bring any of these documents:

CIVIL DOCUMENTS in my mind is Birth Certificates/Criminal Records/Divorce Certificates

EVIDENCE OF SUPPORT. You should be able to demonstrate that you will not become a public charge or burden on the U.S. taxpayers for financial support. A completed I-134 Affidavit of Support Form may be useful to the consular officer to evaluate your petitioner’s ability to be financially responsible for you. You may also be asked to submit your petitioner’s most recent U.S. Federal income tax return (Form 1040) and wage statements (Form W-2). Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. Download Form I-134 at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis.

And nothing about original i-134 in that either.

Heres the instructions for i-134 - and nothing there.

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-134instr.pdf

Copies:

Unless specifically required that an original document be filed with an application or petition, a legible photocopy may be submitted. Original documents submitted when not required may remain a part of the record.

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Original for the I-134. FedEx or DHL it unless you are going to attend with her.

DAMN.

Ok - Im just gonna go attend as well.... I do NOT trust the shipping process to make it ok - plus I have a credit card in her name to give her and I definitely DO NOT want that in the mail.

She thanks you kindly for your answer - IM SURE... :joy:

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Cant find anything in original instructions from the embassy or anywhere else requiring a live signature - can anyone show where they require the original i-134?

Im trying to avoid FEDEX fees if a PDF will do.

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/family/fiance-k-1.html

Only says this:

Proof of Financial Support and Affidavit of Support Forms

During the visa interview, applicants will be required to present evidence to the consular officer that they will not become a public charge in the United States. You may present evidence that you are able to financially support yourself or that your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) is able to provide support. The Consular Officer may request that a Form I-134, Affidavit of Support be submitted by the U.S. citizen fiancé(e).

The U.S. citizen fiancé(e) will need to submit Form I-864 to USCIS with the application for adjustment of status to that of legal permanent resident following the marriage.

https://ph.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/82/2016/08/K1-and-K2-Applicant-Interview-Preparation-Instructions-08112016-English-336KB.pdf

Says this:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. You must submit ALL ORIGINAL civil documents to facilitate your application. You may be asked to return for another appointment if you fail to bring any of these documents:

CIVIL DOCUMENTS in my mind is Birth Certificates/Criminal Records/Divorce Certificates

EVIDENCE OF SUPPORT. You should be able to demonstrate that you will not become a public charge or burden on the U.S. taxpayers for financial support. A completed I-134 Affidavit of Support Form may be useful to the consular officer to evaluate your petitioner’s ability to be financially responsible for you. You may also be asked to submit your petitioner’s most recent U.S. Federal income tax return (Form 1040) and wage statements (Form W-2). Employment letters stating salaries and bank statements may be included to substantiate the I-134. Download Form I-134 at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis.

And nothing about original i-134 in that either.

Heres the instructions for i-134 - and nothing there.

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-134instr.pdf

Copies:

Unless specifically required that an original document be filed with an application or petition, a legible photocopy may be submitted. Original documents submitted when not required may remain a part of the record.

The embassy has changed the wording of the instructions letter back in 2014 in regards to support evidence. They now use the word MAY where it use to be SHOULD, which makes the support evidence a suggestion and not a requirement. Many times the embassy is not asking for any evidence of support with the K-1 .... but that is not always. Do note they ask for the form I-134, not a copy of the form .. just saying.

I know of one other, maybe a year back that emailed the I-134 and tax documents (his fiancee had no issues, but that was then). Worse that can happen is the embassy can request an original at which time you FEDEX it over. Best case, the embassy doesn't ask for any support evidence and you move on with life...

Decisions-decisions

Attending the interview is a great experience, I was there for my wife's interview.. enjoyed watching the whole process taking place. :)

Edited by Philippines^Sagot

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It's funny because I spent $100 to ship via FedEX the complete I-129F packet I sent initially and included in it a wet signed I-134....and you know what..they didn't even ask to see the I-134!!! But at least she was prepared at the interview. I was under the impression that the affidavit of support was one of the more critical items, so I'm not sure what they looked at when determining her approval.

The more I think about it the more I would say just send her a PDF of this because yes it is an important document but I think they just want to see evidence and not actually have the physical copy you signed, but it's your call...will save some $ by not sending FedEx because I wouldn't recommend sending any other way.

Edited by javadown2

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It's funny because I spent $100 to ship via FedEX the complete I-129F packet I sent initially and included in it a wet signed I-134....and you know what..they didn't even ask to see the I-134!!! But at least she was prepared at the interview. I was under the impression that the affidavit of support was one of the more critical items, so I'm not sure what they looked at when determining her approval.

The more I think about it the more I would say just send her a PDF of this because yes it is an important document but I think they just want to see evidence and not actually have the physical copy you signed, but it's your call...will save some $ by not sending FedEx because I wouldn't recommend sending any other way.

I have a credit card to send to her with the package - so I would only do FEDEX...

Having said that... my whole hesitation has been how reliable FEDEX is in the PH. How long does FEDEX take to send from CA to PANGASINAN area?

Can you actually track the package all the way to her doorstep? (Out for delivery, etc...)

They dont have street numbers in her street there which has me uncomfortable with sending even a box of rocks.

Edited by jstryker

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I have a credit card to send to her with the package - so I would only do FEDEX...

Having said that... my whole hesitation has been how reliable FEDEX is in the PH. How long does FEDEX take to send from CA to PANGASINAN area?

Can you actually track the package all the way to her doorstep? (Out for delivery, etc...)

They dont have street numbers in her street there which has me uncomfortable with sending even a box of rocks.

I did FedEx to the Philippines, back in the day. Had no issues. I believe FedEX is linked up with 2GO here in the Phils as I saw an office with both listed together, not sure maybe they were just sharing space.

If you are thinking of FEDEX I would not worry on it much, as for no address many times they text or call before hand. If there is an office near your fiancee it is possible for pickup. It is very different here for delivery... :lol:

Pangsinan, that is a few hours north of M&M, the bigger FEDEX office up there is in Dagupan, on Perez Blvd. They are probably smaller drop-offs and maybe pick-ups. I know there is an office up in Angeles also.

http://www.fedex.com/ph/dropoff/#tab2

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I have a credit card to send to her with the package - so I would only do FEDEX...

Having said that... my whole hesitation has been how reliable FEDEX is in the PH. How long does FEDEX take to send from CA to PANGASINAN area?

Can you actually track the package all the way to her doorstep? (Out for delivery, etc...)

They dont have street numbers in her street there which has me uncomfortable with sending even a box of rocks.

Hi, yes you can track it all the way to her town....it only took 5 days from the day I sent it for her to get the package. I sent to Cagayan de Oro. She had a Brgy number, which I guess it very common there and no actual physical address number, no house or apartment and she received it no problem.

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I have a credit card to send to her with the package - so I would only do FEDEX...

Having said that... my whole hesitation has been how reliable FEDEX is in the PH. How long does FEDEX take to send from CA to PANGASINAN area?

Can you actually track the package all the way to her doorstep? (Out for delivery, etc...)

They dont have street numbers in her street there which has me uncomfortable with sending even a box of rocks.

Fed Ex is highly dependable. I have shipped many items to PHilippines via Fed Ex, I have even had stuff shipped to me personally in Philippines via Fed Ex which included new credit cards.

It much cheaper to ship from PHilippines to USA vs USA to Philippines using Fed Ex, but that is the price you pay for being living in US

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