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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines

i got an approval for I 129F petition.. i wonder what is the next procedure?! i have so many questions in my mind. i know that we need to wait for the case number from nvc and then pay for the visa, sched the interview and then do the medical. im here at the philippines, i wanted to ask if nvc will send me some form to fill in and ask for some requirements or all the forms and requirement should bring in the interview? does manila embassy send packet 3 and 4? i already know the process but im not reallu sure what to do.. im so anxious about it. and i dont know the procedures in between those steps...

hope you can help me

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Don't count on getting anything from USEM in the form of instructions. Here are the documents you'll need. Also, don't forget to have your fiance attend the CFO counseling session.


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Ten EZ steps:

1. Read this.

2. Call the NVC and get your MNL case number.

3. Pay the visa fee at BPI.

4. Schedule your interview online.

5. Complete your medical at St. Lukes.

6. Complete the CFO seminar.

7. Go to your Embassy interview.

8. After you receive your visa, get your CFO sticker and buy a one-way plane ticket.

9. Have a barangay party.

10. Pack your bags, say your goodbyes, and fly into the arms of your sweetheart.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines

thanks tahoma for the tips... but i guess i wont include number 9.. hahhaha...

Don't count on getting anything from USEM in the form of instructions. Here are the documents you'll need. Also, don't forget to have your fiance attend the CFO counseling session.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines

Congrats on approval!

In about a week, You can call the NVC which the phone is listed on the NOA2 form to get the Case#. You will send a copy of the evidence of your relationship you used for the petition approval with some current chats, phone records, etc... included. You need your about 3-6 years of your past tax returns and you need to submit with you evidence of support along with your returns. I got a letter of my current employer stating my status and my salary when I started my job. Send her your past stubs too! Put all your evidence in a nice binder using transparency to show the consul easier. As for the packet 3 and 4 you can get that from the USEM website:

/My link.

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Make sure you forms are filled out correctly! No whiteout can be used on them!

To get ready for medical exam, you can goto the site and schedule your fiance's appointment. My link The fee needs to be paid the medical center. It's $213.35 for adults and $185.35 for children.

She will need 4 passport size photos 2x2. Her ears most be shown in the photos. She doesn't to schedule online but it speeds up the process when she arrives to the medical center. She needs her Case# and passport to show the security guard during check-in. She will be there a long time. It is a 2-3 day process. She can just travel back and forth or book a 3 day stay in the hotel nearby. Do not scheduled for your exam on a thursday or friday. It takes 48-72 hours to get results of TB exam. My fiance just traveled back and forth to the medical center. She needs answer questions honestly. After the exam, the results get sent to the Embassy.

For the interview. She can schedule online or call the embassy. Before she can schedules for the interview, she has to pay for her visa fee at the nearest bank listed in packet 3. She will need her Case# to give to cashier at the bank so it will be referenced to Case# during interview scheduling. I think the visa fee got reduced to $240 for the original $320. The visa fee will cover courier costs if she decided to have the visa delivered to her home instead of pickup at the embassy. She will need her NBI travel clearance. Make sure the names are spelled correctly our it could delay things. I suggest she gets the most recent copy to submit within a month of the interview. After that she will need her CENOMAR for the NSO if she was never married. Also, she will need her birth certificate on offical NSO paper with stamp. If there are children involved but the parent's were never married, she might need CENOMAR's on the children because my fiance had to do the same on her kids.

If approved, the last things is the CFO.

Good Luck!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines

Never heard of a Saint Lukes medical exam taking 3 days unless there are complications. A TB skin test isn't given unless something shows up on the X-ray. 2 days is the normal exam time for most people who go there.

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Yup, St. Luke's is a two day deal normally, first day is the medical, second day is vaccinations and review. Its the IF factor that will mess things up.


"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"



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Once you get the MNL#. Your approved I-129f petition will be sent to US Embassy Manila. Start preparing the Visa Application.

You can look at my K-1 Visa Application process for Manila as a guide or reference.

At this point you should start preparing your fiancé’s Packet 3.


Download the K1/K2 Interview Preparation Instructions. Make sure to have all the requirements in the instructions. Review and go over it 3 or 4 times to make sure all is filled correct.

Now your fiancé will pay and schedule the USEM appointment.


Click on the apply button (Green Button " Apply Now ". Fill out the registration information. It is straight forward.

Click Schedule Appointment

Select Immigrant Visa

Click continue

Select K Visas ( Visa for Fiancée , Visa For Spouse )

Select K1 - Fiancé or Fiancée of U.S. Citizen

Click continue

Fill out all information

Click continue

You will receive a confirmation email of you appointment.

If your are not comfortable with the online appointment system. You can always call and set appointment via phone.

To schedule a visa appointment for IV or K petitions, please contact the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930.


You will now pay for you the fiancé visa application fee there in Philippines. Fee is U.S. $240 / P10,243. Send a little extra as it is bases on current exchange rate. Cash payment at any Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI) branch. Just go into the branch nearest to her and tell them you are paying for K-1 Visa application fee. They will know what to give her to fill out. If she is unsure on what to fill out ask the staff there to help her fill it out.

BPI Branch Locator:


Require documents at BPI:

Passport and MNL number

When filling out the online applicant or speaking to the USEM agent. You will need the receipt number on the receipt from BPI.

USEM will give her some dates to choose from. Once she selects a date. Appointment is set!! You can reschedule but they will push you further in the month or next month.

Your fiancé will need to prepare for her Medical at St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC)

Required Documents:


Pre-register online and have her print out this letter. This is the appointment letter she needs to present at SLMEC.


Medical fees are: 15 years and older USD 213.35 / PhP 9,387.50. This is paid at SLMEC.


1177 J. Bocobo St. Ermita, Manila 1000 PHILIPPINES

If your fiancé passes her Medical They will give her a date to come back to SLEC and get her results and medical will CD of chest X-ray

On the interview date she will have a time most likely 6:00 - 6:30 AM to be at the Manila USEM. She needs to have all her required documents in hand, appointment letter, and passport. Again refer to K1/K2 Interview Preparation Instructions as for what is needed. Make sure she has all papers organized. It makes for a easier processing at the embassy and shows seriousness. Buy a organizer with tabs. Label the tabs for each requirement.

Once at the embassy, she will fall in line. They will take her appointment letter, check passport and assign her a number. At the embassy they don't allow any electronic devices.

You are not allowed to enter the U.S. Embassy/Consulate while carrying any of the following items:

battery-operated or electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital diaries, digital watches, pagers, cameras, audio/video cassettes, compact discs, MP3s, floppy disks, laptops, or portable music players

large shoulder bags/purses - only bags that can be carried by hand will be permitted

bags such as travel bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, leather, cloth bags, and zip folders - you can only carry plastic bags containing application-related papers

food items (refreshments are available for purchase in the waiting area)

sealed envelopes or packages

cigarettes, cigars, match boxes, lighters

sharp objects such as scissors, pen knives or nail files

weapons or explosive materials of any kind

If she needs her cell phone they will ask her to check it in at the security section. They will give her a card so she can retrieve at the end of interview.

They will give her a form to fill out on how to deliver the passport with visa. Either it's deliver to her home address or she can go pick it up at a 2GO location.

Once inside, she will need to look on the board for her number to be called. She will go to the window and ask for her paperwork. Then she will be finger printed. They will tell her to wait again. Once her number flashes again, she will have her first interview with Filipino consulate. They will ask her a few questions and check and process her documents. (MAKE SURE SHE HAS ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS). If all is in order she answered all questions to satisfaction. She will then wait again for her number to flash again on the board. Then she will have her final interviewer US consulate. Consulate will process her paperwork and ask a few questions. If all is in order she will be told to wait again for her number to flash. Then she will go to the 2GO window where they will take her passport. They will give her a receipt (make sure to ask if they do not give one).

That's it for the USEM interview. You can now breathe a little easier.

Now if there is a problem. They will give a 221g form and state what the issue is. Now you will need to get them whatever they want in order to proceed. Now this is pull a long process when your in Admin Review. Look on VJ for Admin Review stories.

It will take 5 - 10 days for 2GO to receive visa and passport from USEM.

2GO locator:


2GO Tracking (enter MNL number):


Once you have received your passport with visa. Now its time for CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas). Now CFO seminar can be done in the beginning before obtaining the visa and passport. You will need to return to get the CFO sticker and Stamp in the passport after receiving the visa passport upon approval and delivery.

St. Mary Euphrasia Foundation - Center for Overseas Workers.

CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) Information.

CFO Seminar is a 1 day seminar and process.

She will need to register for her seminar.


CFO is to inform fipinos about the country they are traveling to. The Good, Bad and Ugly. They will ask her some questions and issue her CFO sticker and seminar certificate.

Requirements for Registration:

Original and photocopy of Passport;

Original and photocopy of visa;

Original and photocopy of Immigrant Data Summary for US bound/ Confirmation of Permanent Residence for Canada bound/ Certification of Eligibility (for Japan-bound);

Original CFO guidance and counseling certificate;

Duly completed emigrant registration form; and

Payment of the authorized registration fee.

Requirements for Attendance to Guidance and Counseling Program


Two (2) valid identification cards (IDs) with photograph; (Postal ID, NBI Clearance, Passport w/ Visa)

Duly completed guidance and counseling form;


If married, certified true copy and photocopy of marriage contract on security paper from the National Statistics Office, or Local Civil Registry Offices; or original and photocopy of marriage contract duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/ Consulate (if married abroad)

Other documents as may be required by the counselors; and

You will pay a fee totaling PhP 650.00. The PhP 250.00 is paid as counseling fee at SMEF-COW or PRISM while the PhP 400.00 is for registration at the CFO.

If you fiancee is under 25 yrs. She will need a written consent letter from her parents or a parent will need to be there with her to give consent of there child's marriage.

> If you are between the ages of 21-24, CFO may require you to submit a letter of parental advice to marry.

> If you are between the ages of 18-20, CFO may require you to submit a letter of parental consent to marry.

Here's why you didn't see anything on the CFO website about those requirements:

The following is from the CFO website:

Requirements for Attendance to Guidance and Counseling Program

Two (2) valid identification cards (IDs) with photograph;

Duly completed guidance and counseling form;

If married, certified true copy and photocopy of marriage contract on security paper from the National Statistics Office, or Local Civil Registry Offices; or original and photocopy of marriage contract duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/ Consulate (if married abroad)

Other documents as may be required by the counselors <-----------------------------

Payment of P250.00 counseling fee.

CFO link.

The following forms may come in handy:

Sworn statement that advice of parents or guardian has been asked. (for those who are 21-24 years old)

Consent to marriage of a person under age. (for those who are 18-20 years old)

Marriage applicants who are age 18 to 21 must have parental consent in writing, those age 21 to 25 must have written parental advice (a written indication that the parents are aware of the couple's intent to marry). The revised Family Code of the Philippines, which took effect on August 4, 1988, prohibits marriage for individuals below the age of 18.

U.S. Department of State link.

The quote above is from the section where they are talking about getting married in the Philippines. However, the CFO has been known to require parental advice or parental consent from K-1ers.

It's all on the Consular's discretion whether they require consent from a parent or guardian.

SMEF-Center for Overseas Workers

Good Shepherd Convent

1043 Aurora Boulevard

Quezon City 1108



Once CFO seminar, certificate, Sticker and stamp is completed, you’re done. Book the Flight!! :dance:

You will need to pay a NAIA International Departure Fee: PHP 550 mandatory at NAIA.

Also when you book your flight. Check to see if all airport taxes are include in the price of the ticket. If not, your fiancee will need to pay the " Filipino Travel Tax " of P1,620.

Good Luck and God bless!!!

God Does for those who do for themselves..!!

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