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Hello Everyone,

My name is Maria. I live in Colombia and I am matchmaker. A very special couple to me are getting ready for their interview in Bogota. I have been helping her down here with the paperwork. But we have a big doubt and I wonder if anyone knows anything about this or has been to the embassy anytime after May this year.

The instructions on the 4Th package say she must fill out form DS-156 and pay at the bank. But the Package was missing that form. I told her go to the bank(in Barranquilla) they always have extra copies get some there. The clerk totally confused her and me by telling her she needed to buy a PIN and to fill out the form online. This blew me away and I immediately knew something was wrong, there is no need to buy a pin for a K1 visa. Anyways I read online how the on line form ds 160 had replaced the ds 156 form, we proceeded to fill it out. Guess what she took the confirmation to the bank the clerk noticed he had made a mistake and told her no you need to bring the DS-156 form in order to pay. of course now we are back to point one and more confused then ever. We used the PIN to call the embassy and the response we got was: 1 to ignore such instruction from package four, 2 that the form DS-156 is no longer needed and 3 that payment for the visa (350) now has to be paid at the embassy.

Des anybody know how does it work?

Thanks for the help this couple has their appointment next week!!!

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The DS-160 has not replaced the DS-156 and DS-157 for K visas.


05/16/2005 I-129F Sent

05/28/2005 I-129F NOA1

06/21/2005 I-129F NOA2

07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

12/07/2005 POE Minneapolis

12/17/2005 Wedding

12/20/2005 Applied for SSN

01/14/2005 SSN received in the mail

02/03/2006 AOS sent (Did not apply for EAD or AP)

02/09/2006 NOA

02/16/2006 Case status Online

05/01/2006 Biometrics Appt.

07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

07/24/2006 GC arrived

05/02/2007 Driver's License - Passed Road Test!

05/27/2008 Lifting of Conditions sent (TSC > VSC)

06/03/2008 Check Cleared

07/08/2008 INFOPASS (I-551 stamp)

07/08/2008 Driver's License renewed

04/20/2009 Lifting of Conditions approved

04/28/2009 Card received in the mail

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The DS-160 has not replaced the DS-156 and DS-157 for K visas.

According to the Department of State website, the Consulate in Columbia requires all applicants to use DS 160, filled out online and sent to the Embassy in Bogota. The form will officially replace the DS 156, and 157 worldwide by the end of this year.

OP, See the info here: http://bogota.usembassy.gov/nonimmigrant_visas.html

Fill out the form, pay the fee, print out the confirmation page w/ barcode, and take that sheet to the interview.

Edited by Filipinawife0210

IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Manilla, Philipines

Marriage (if applicable): 2010-02-28

I-130 Sent : 2010-06-15

I-130 NOA1 : 2010-06-19

I-130 RFE :

I-130 RFE Sent :

I-130 Approved : 2010-08-03

NVC Received : 2010-08-10

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 2010-08-17

Pay I-864 Bill 2010-09-01

Receive I-864 Package : 2010-09-18

Return Completed I-864 : 2010-09-21

Return Completed DS-3032 : 2010-09-25

Receive IV Bill : 2010-10-05

Pay IV Bill : 2010-10-06

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So she does not need to take or fill any type form at all?

That is not what I said. I hope you aren't charging for your services if you are not familiar with the requirements. They will need DS-156, DS-156K, and DS-157.

If the consulate there has a different requirment, check with the immigrant visa unit at the consulate to see what they require for K visas.

Edited by john_and_marlene

05/16/2005 I-129F Sent

05/28/2005 I-129F NOA1

06/21/2005 I-129F NOA2

07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

12/07/2005 POE Minneapolis

12/17/2005 Wedding

12/20/2005 Applied for SSN

01/14/2005 SSN received in the mail

02/03/2006 AOS sent (Did not apply for EAD or AP)

02/09/2006 NOA

02/16/2006 Case status Online

05/01/2006 Biometrics Appt.

07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

07/24/2006 GC arrived

05/02/2007 Driver's License - Passed Road Test!

05/27/2008 Lifting of Conditions sent (TSC > VSC)

06/03/2008 Check Cleared

07/08/2008 INFOPASS (I-551 stamp)

07/08/2008 Driver's License renewed

04/20/2009 Lifting of Conditions approved

04/28/2009 Card received in the mail

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That is not what I said. I hope you aren't charging for your services if you are not familiar with the requirements. They will need DS-156, DS-156K, and DS-157.

If the consulate there has a different requirment, check with the immigrant visa unit at the consulate to see what they require for K visas.

Again, see my post above.


IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Manilla, Philipines

Marriage (if applicable): 2010-02-28

I-130 Sent : 2010-06-15

I-130 NOA1 : 2010-06-19

I-130 RFE :

I-130 RFE Sent :

I-130 Approved : 2010-08-03

NVC Received : 2010-08-10

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 2010-08-17

Pay I-864 Bill 2010-09-01

Receive I-864 Package : 2010-09-18

Return Completed I-864 : 2010-09-21

Return Completed DS-3032 : 2010-09-25

Receive IV Bill : 2010-10-05

Pay IV Bill : 2010-10-06

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According to the Department of State website, the Consulate in Columbia requires all applicants to use DS 160, filled out online and sent to the Embassy in Bogota. The form will officially replace the DS 156, and 157 worldwide by the end of this year.

OP, See the info here: http://bogota.usembassy.gov/nonimmigrant_visas.html

Fill out the form, pay the fee, print out the confirmation page w/ barcode, and take that sheet to the interview.

Your cited link refers to the processing of nonimmigrant visa by the consulate. K visas are processed by the immigrant visa section as immigrant visas.


05/16/2005 I-129F Sent

05/28/2005 I-129F NOA1

06/21/2005 I-129F NOA2

07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

12/07/2005 POE Minneapolis

12/17/2005 Wedding

12/20/2005 Applied for SSN

01/14/2005 SSN received in the mail

02/03/2006 AOS sent (Did not apply for EAD or AP)

02/09/2006 NOA

02/16/2006 Case status Online

05/01/2006 Biometrics Appt.

07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

07/24/2006 GC arrived

05/02/2007 Driver's License - Passed Road Test!

05/27/2008 Lifting of Conditions sent (TSC > VSC)

06/03/2008 Check Cleared

07/08/2008 INFOPASS (I-551 stamp)

07/08/2008 Driver's License renewed

04/20/2009 Lifting of Conditions approved

04/28/2009 Card received in the mail

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Your cited link refers to the processing of nonimmigrant visa by the consulate. K visas are processed by the immigrant visa section as immigrant visas.

Beginning March 1, 2010, all nonimmigrant visa applicants must use the online application form DS-160

And there is a link at the bottom of the section on the Bogota Consulate for K-VISAS. SAME FORM SAME PROCEDURES.

Edited by Filipinawife0210

IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Manilla, Philipines

Marriage (if applicable): 2010-02-28

I-130 Sent : 2010-06-15

I-130 NOA1 : 2010-06-19

I-130 RFE :

I-130 RFE Sent :

I-130 Approved : 2010-08-03

NVC Received : 2010-08-10

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 2010-08-17

Pay I-864 Bill 2010-09-01

Receive I-864 Package : 2010-09-18

Return Completed I-864 : 2010-09-21

Return Completed DS-3032 : 2010-09-25

Receive IV Bill : 2010-10-05

Pay IV Bill : 2010-10-06

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Beginning March 1, 2010, all nonimmigrant visa applicants must use the online application form DS-160

And if you read the actual memo that went out to the consulates you would see that it stated "Except for K Visas"


05/16/2005 I-129F Sent

05/28/2005 I-129F NOA1

06/21/2005 I-129F NOA2

07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

12/07/2005 POE Minneapolis

12/17/2005 Wedding

12/20/2005 Applied for SSN

01/14/2005 SSN received in the mail

02/03/2006 AOS sent (Did not apply for EAD or AP)

02/09/2006 NOA

02/16/2006 Case status Online

05/01/2006 Biometrics Appt.

07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

07/24/2006 GC arrived

05/02/2007 Driver's License - Passed Road Test!

05/27/2008 Lifting of Conditions sent (TSC > VSC)

06/03/2008 Check Cleared

07/08/2008 INFOPASS (I-551 stamp)

07/08/2008 Driver's License renewed

04/20/2009 Lifting of Conditions approved

04/28/2009 Card received in the mail

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And if you read the actual memo that went out to the consulates you would see that it stated "Except for K Visas"

True. Just saw that. They will still be able to fill out the DS-156 online. Thanks for the insight!


IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Manilla, Philipines

Marriage (if applicable): 2010-02-28

I-130 Sent : 2010-06-15

I-130 NOA1 : 2010-06-19

I-130 RFE :

I-130 RFE Sent :

I-130 Approved : 2010-08-03

NVC Received : 2010-08-10

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 2010-08-17

Pay I-864 Bill 2010-09-01

Receive I-864 Package : 2010-09-18

Return Completed I-864 : 2010-09-21

Return Completed DS-3032 : 2010-09-25

Receive IV Bill : 2010-10-05

Pay IV Bill : 2010-10-06

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Embassies and consulates worldwide will transition one-by-one to the DS-160. Therefore, those Embassies which have not yet converted to the new DS-160 online form continue to require all application forms, as necessary.

Bogota only requires the DS-160 according to the website. If the Embassy said the 156 is no longer required, then the DS 160 is the new form, and all they need at interview is the barcoded confirmation page as I stated originally.


IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Event Date

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Manilla, Philipines

Marriage (if applicable): 2010-02-28

I-130 Sent : 2010-06-15

I-130 NOA1 : 2010-06-19

I-130 RFE :

I-130 RFE Sent :

I-130 Approved : 2010-08-03

NVC Received : 2010-08-10

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 2010-08-17

Pay I-864 Bill 2010-09-01

Receive I-864 Package : 2010-09-18

Return Completed I-864 : 2010-09-21

Return Completed DS-3032 : 2010-09-25

Receive IV Bill : 2010-10-05

Pay IV Bill : 2010-10-06

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True. Just saw that. They will still be able to fill out the DS-156 online. Thanks for the insight!

Thanks I will read because I am still confused.

Yes I do charge because it takes time from me. I literally take the women by the hand help her. It is not fault the procedure changed. I also help a lot of ppl who are applying for their tourist visa many are clueless on how to use the internet and it takes time and they usually come to my office use my computers and even phone line to call Bogota. I do it with the best intentions and lots of men are happy they have somebody they can trust helping their girl. This particular couple happens to be my first since after May it is not like there are ppl doing this everyday. Hey the guy at the bank was even more clueless then me, making the girl buy a PIN lol..

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In most Embassies / Consulates - the DS-160 is NOT used for K-1 visas. PPL see the magic 'non-immigrant visa' tag and get confused.

Sure, the K-1 is viewed as a 'non-immigrant visa' , but since it's 'with immigrant intent', the casefile is handled at the immigrant visa section worldwide, instead of the 'non-immigrant visa' section.

I understand the confusion, you betcha !!!!

to the OP - stick with paper forms and filing fees for same. BUT DO PAY ATTENTION to the Colombia IV web pages, just in case they DO shift to the DS-160.

I would think, in yer particular position, you would have already befriended a ConOff in Bogota, who you could ask, directly.


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Embassies and consulates worldwide will transition one-by-one to the DS-160. Therefore, those Embassies which have not yet converted to the new DS-160 online form continue to require all application forms, as necessary.

Bogota only requires the DS-160 according to the website. If the Embassy said the 156 is no longer required, then the DS 160 is the new form, and all they need at interview is the barcoded confirmation page as I stated originally.

NOT TRUE - you did not search far enough. According to this link: My link

K visa applicants are required to fill out the DS-156 EVAF

NOTE: For K type Visas (Fiancé(e) and certain spouses of a U.S. citizen, and their dependents), Applicants should go the following Web page in order to fill out the DS-156 EVAF form: http://evisaforms.state.gov/

You have to read ALL the pages to grasp ALL the requirments (and even then its still very confusing - even more confusing as a matter of fact)!


6/15/2009 Filed I-129F

12/15/2009 Interview (HCMC, VN)

1/16/2010 POE Detroit

3/31/2010 MARRIED !!!

11/20/2010 Filed I-485

12/23/2010 Biometrics (Buffalo, NY)

12/31/2010 I-485 Transfered to CSC

2/4/2011 Green Card received

1/7/2013 Mailed I-751 package

1/14/2013 I-751 NOA (VSC)

2/07/2013 Biometrics (Buffalo, NY)

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Since during these transition periods of change there is so much confusion and the consulate instructions and website can be very difficult to follow it is recoemmended to direct consulate specific questions for new procedures to the consulate processing your application to assure you receive the correct information.

That is the best advice I can give.


6/15/2009 Filed I-129F

12/15/2009 Interview (HCMC, VN)

1/16/2010 POE Detroit

3/31/2010 MARRIED !!!

11/20/2010 Filed I-485

12/23/2010 Biometrics (Buffalo, NY)

12/31/2010 I-485 Transfered to CSC

2/4/2011 Green Card received

1/7/2013 Mailed I-751 package

1/14/2013 I-751 NOA (VSC)

2/07/2013 Biometrics (Buffalo, NY)

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