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Happy Saturday everyone!

So I've been a browsing the forums, and forgive me if I'm wrong, but I haven't really seen anything that lists out what needs to be paid for with the K-1 visa. I'm not looking for exact numbers, as these can obviously change, depending on the economy, time to pay, what all a person may need, etc. But I'm just looking for all the different things throughout the process that may need to be paid for, and a general timeframe on when the payments are supposed to be given.

I know the initial petition fee needs to be sent with that very first packet, I think right now it's $340.But then what comes next? I've seen some pretty big estimates for the entire process, but I'm looking for a general breakdown of the whole thing just so I know what I'm looking at.

Thanks so much for all the help! I'm still pretty new to this site, so any guidance or direction is appreciated.


Feb. 21st, 2014 - The message that started it all, on OkCupid

March 2nd-3rd, 2014 - He asked me to be his 

May 7th, 2014 - First met in person (in Ireland) 

May 25th, 2014 - First actual long distance date

Oct 8th, 2014 - Second in person visit (in Washington)

Oct 31st, 2014 - First holiday spent together

March 16th, 2015 - He Proposed!!

April 15th, 2015 - Sent the K1 visa packet to Texas

April 18th, 2015 - CVS received our petition

May 28th, 2015 - Request for Evidence...

June 8th, 2015 - RFE received

June 12th, 2015 – K-1 APPROVED!!

July 16th, 2015 - Consulate received package and we received our Packet 3

Aug 11th, 2015 - Packet 3 emailed back

Aug 25th, 2015 - Still haven't received anything back from the embassy, Packet 3 emailed again

Aug 26th, 2015 - Packet 4 received, our interview is set for September 15th!!

Sept 15th, 2015 - APPROVED!

Oct 6th, 2015 - Arrived in Washington

Nov 12th, 2015 – Legally MARRIED!!! ♡  

Dec 24th, 2015 - USCIS receives AOS packet

Jan 27th, 2016 - Biometrics appointment

Feb 5th, 2016 - Request for Evidence...

Feb 16th, 2016 - RFE received

March 31st, 2016 – Interview scheduled for May 9th,

May 11th, 2016 – APPROVED!!!

Sept 22nd, 2016 – Handfasting Ceremony

Oct 30th, 2016 – We’re going to have a baby!!

June 26th, 2017 – Our son is born!!! ♡

May 3rd, 2018 - Mailed I-751 (forgot to include payment though!  )

May 4th, 2018 - Tracking indicates package received at CSC. Also mailed out the payment that was forgotten.

May 5th, 2018 - Tracking indicates payment package received at CSC.

May 11th, 2018 – Visa expired...

June 9th, 2018 - Packet returned... didn't check a box in one section, and didn't include a photocopy of my husband's permanent resident card.

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I-129F fee = $340

K-1 visa processing fee = $265

K-1 medical exam = varies from country country, but around $200

Other expenses can occur for traveling to the consulate, if you do not live near it, mailing documents to each other, etc.

After you are in the US and married:

AOS fee = $1070

After that would be to remove conditions and then later naturalization, if you file for it.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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I-129F fee = $340

K-1 visa processing fee = $265

K-1 medical exam = varies from country country, but around $200

So there's a fee just to file that form as well as to have it processed? And do all three of those need to be written sent with the initial package?


Feb. 21st, 2014 - The message that started it all, on OkCupid

March 2nd-3rd, 2014 - He asked me to be his 

May 7th, 2014 - First met in person (in Ireland) 

May 25th, 2014 - First actual long distance date

Oct 8th, 2014 - Second in person visit (in Washington)

Oct 31st, 2014 - First holiday spent together

March 16th, 2015 - He Proposed!!

April 15th, 2015 - Sent the K1 visa packet to Texas

April 18th, 2015 - CVS received our petition

May 28th, 2015 - Request for Evidence...

June 8th, 2015 - RFE received

June 12th, 2015 – K-1 APPROVED!!

July 16th, 2015 - Consulate received package and we received our Packet 3

Aug 11th, 2015 - Packet 3 emailed back

Aug 25th, 2015 - Still haven't received anything back from the embassy, Packet 3 emailed again

Aug 26th, 2015 - Packet 4 received, our interview is set for September 15th!!

Sept 15th, 2015 - APPROVED!

Oct 6th, 2015 - Arrived in Washington

Nov 12th, 2015 – Legally MARRIED!!! ♡  

Dec 24th, 2015 - USCIS receives AOS packet

Jan 27th, 2016 - Biometrics appointment

Feb 5th, 2016 - Request for Evidence...

Feb 16th, 2016 - RFE received

March 31st, 2016 – Interview scheduled for May 9th,

May 11th, 2016 – APPROVED!!!

Sept 22nd, 2016 – Handfasting Ceremony

Oct 30th, 2016 – We’re going to have a baby!!

June 26th, 2017 – Our son is born!!! ♡

May 3rd, 2018 - Mailed I-751 (forgot to include payment though!  )

May 4th, 2018 - Tracking indicates package received at CSC. Also mailed out the payment that was forgotten.

May 5th, 2018 - Tracking indicates payment package received at CSC.

May 11th, 2018 – Visa expired...

June 9th, 2018 - Packet returned... didn't check a box in one section, and didn't include a photocopy of my husband's permanent resident card.

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The I-129F petition is sent to the USCIS. It is a separate process from actually applying for the K-1 visa itself through the Dept. of State. First you file the petition. Almost all USCIS forms have a filing fee. When that is approved, it allows the foreign fiance(e) to apply for a K-1 visa at the US consulate in their country. There is a visa processing fee everyone that applies for a visa must pay. The medical is required to obtain the visa, and you must pay the medical fee according to the instructions given for your particular consulate.

See the K-1 guide > http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1guide And also be sure to read the I-129F instructions too > http://www.uscis.gov/i-129f

The K-1 flowchart might help you as well > http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1flow

Research and look up the instructions for whatever consulate you will apply for the K-1 visa at. These are the general requirements though, and also lays out the whole process > http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/types/family/fiance-k-1.html

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Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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I-129F fee = $340

K-1 visa processing fee = $265

K-1 medical exam = varies from country country, but around $200

Other expenses can occur for traveling to the consulate, if you do not live near it, mailing documents to each other, etc.

After you are in the US and married:

AOS fee = $1070

After that would be to remove conditions and then later naturalization, if you file for it.

All of the above with the below exceptions:

The medical in Ireland is 395. euro.

Self addressed stamped (12.50 euro) envelop is required at time of interview for the purpose of returning your passport to you with the K1 stamped into it.


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