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Hello again all you helpful people!  I'm here because I know someone will be able to help me with this.


I'm in the process of helping a friend of mine process his applicatioin for a K1 visa.  It's going well thanks to the help I recevied from you all when I did it but we've run into somewhat of a snag.  The fiance now wishes to bring 2 of her children with her.  They're both under 21.  I'm not sure how to procede here since I've never done this.  The fiance is coming from the Philippines.  (LOVE THAT COUNTRY!)

1)  I'm aware that the petitioner uses the I-129F form and that he must add the children to this form, but the finace has 4 kids total and only 2 will come with her.  Does he add all four names or only the ones he wishes to include on a K2 visa?  If she puts all four names on the application, how does he distinguish the ones intent on coming with her on the K1/K2?

2)  Does the petitioner have to meet a higher income level because of this?  I assume he does given that there's more mouths to feed.  If so, how much?  Is there a chart or something for this based on the US poverty level percentage?

3)  Do background checks (NBI) have to be done on the kids?  One will be 18 and the other will be 13 at the time the petition is completed and mailed in.

4)  I assume they will also need their birth records of course and told him so.  What else might they need?

5)  Do they have to go through the physical at St. Lukes in Manila too?

6)  Do the K2 applicants have to go thorugh an interview at the embassy too?

7) How about costs.  I assume anyone added to the K1 application will incur an additional cost.  Is this true at all levels?  I.E. interview, application cost, physical (if required), etc.


In general, there's not much precise information out there stating the exact process.  I'm not sure how to help these nice people.  I know I sound ignorant on this - because I am.  But I'd love to help them out and have thus far until this subject came up.

I would appreciate someone or anyone describing in detail what and how it needs to be done in order to do it right the first time.

Thank you all so much for your help.  I truly appreciate it.


"Remember, I'm pullin' for ya. We're all in this together". Red Green.

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  1. All children must be listed on the I-129F. The ones who wish to immigrate will submit DS-160s later, while those who do not immigrate won't do anything. There's no need to designate who is coming or not on the I-129F.
  2. Yes, since all children coming on a K-2 (as well as all intending immigrants for AOS) must be included in the household size for the I-134/I-864.
    1. Income levels (USEM tends to look at the 125% level for the K-1/K-2): https://www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/form/i-864p.pdf. AOS (after marriage in the US) goes by the 125%.
  3. Yes...? Background checks are completed for all applicants and are done automatically. The police certificates (NBI clearance for USEM) are required for all applicants.
  4. Yes. Here is the Packet 4 my now-wife received from USEM earlier this year. You can use that as an idea of what else to expect. https://ph.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/82/2016/08/K1-and-K2-Applicant-Interview-Preparation-Instructions-08112016-English-336KB.pdf
  5. Yes. All visa applicants must complete a satisfactory medical.
    1. Age 15 and older: 17,025.00 PHP
    2. Age 14 and younger: 9,583.00 PHP
    3. http://www.slec.ph/us-visa-applicants.shtml
  6. Yes.
  7. The visa application fee is $265 per applicant. The medical fees are listed above. The I-129F is $535 total no matter how many people utilize it.
    1. Note the costs of filing for AOS after entry on the K-1 visa. The fees for this depending on age and such. See the "Special Instructions" for the I-485: https://www.uscis.gov/i-485. For age 14 and above, it's $1225 total ($1140 for age 79 and up) each. For under age 14 filed at the same time as the parent, it's $750 each.



AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

?/?/?: Green card received





12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received



4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017



5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE



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