DOING A K-1 STEP BY STEP. PART 1, THE APPLICATION
The fastest way to obtain the forms is the visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov
Forms may be downloaded and you can print them yourself or
You can order them and have them sent by mail.
The forms you need for your initial filing for a K-1 visa are
I-129-F Application for a fiancée visa.
G-325-A Two copies! You need one for you and one for your fiancée. I would like to mention that if you print your own forms you need 4 copies for each of you. You should sign each page and use blue ink so it does not look like a photo copy. If you use the USCIS printed forms press hard as it is going through all 4 pages.
You will need an I-134 (Affidavit of support) for the interview and if you are ordering the forms by mail, it may be easier to get it at the same time.
The following is what you should send in your packet. These are explained in more detail later.
1. Payment, check or money order made payable to “Department of Homeland Security” in the amount of $ 170.00
2. Cover letter stating what you are filing for and including a list of enclosed documents
3. Form 129-F, petition for Alien Fiancée
4. Form G-325-A filled out buy the US petitioner (4 pages signed and dated)
5. One passport style photo of petitioner with full name on back (in pencil) Attach a plastic bag to a sheet of paper and enclose in packet.
6. Form G-335-A filled out by the foreign beneficiary (4 pages signed and dated)
7. One passport style photo of fiancée with full name on back (in pencil)
8. Original statements (from both the US Citizen and foreign fiancée) certifying an intent to marry within 90 days of entering the US.
9. Copy of birth certificate (front and back) for U.S. Citizen.
10. Copy of final Divorce Decree for the US Citizen and foreign fiancée if either has been previously married
11. One letter of intent to marry for the petitioner addressed to the service center.
12. One letter of intent to marry for the beneficiary (fiancée) addressed to the service center.
13. Proof of meeting within the last 2 years. At least 4 photos of the couple together, boarding passes, hotel receipts, etc.
14. Copies of any documents required for IMBRA if there are convictions for Domestic abuse, substance abuse or if a waver is required for previous K-1 fileings.
Packet should be assembled using two hole acco fasteners at the top of the page.
If you live in one of these States, mail your petition to the Vermont Service Center:
Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware,Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden St.
Saint Albans, Vermont 05479
If you live in one of these states, mail your petition to the California Service Center: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
California Service Center
P.O. Box 10130
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-1013*Note: 2008 update - The Nebraska and Texas centers have been closed - topic edited accordingly*
Once you have mailed your packet the first thing you will receive is the NOA-1 (Notice of Action-1) which we talked about before. It will have a receipt number and lets you know your application has been received. With the receipt number you can check your case if you need to.
With the consolidation of service centers, the processing time to receive an NOA-1 has increased. Vermont typically processes your packet and issues the NOA-1 a few days faster than California. For timing purposes, expect your packed to take anywhere from a few days to a week to arrive at the service center. Once at the service center, processing and issuance of your NOA-1 could be 2 or 3 weeks. Once processed, anticipate about a weeks before you receive your NOA-1 in the mail.
The NOA-1 has 2 dates listed on it: The date your packed was received by the service center, followed by the date they created the NOA-1 and shipped the paperwork to you. There is also a spot listing the amount of money they received from you. It is recommended that you verify this is the amount you sent – no sense sending the service center an amount only to have them record a different amount.
If you discover any mistakes on the information contained on the NOA-1, it is important that you notify the service center in writing immediately. Reference your receipt number(found in the upper left corner of your NOA-1) in your correspondence so the service center can correct any errors.
If you receive a RFE which is short for “Request for evidence”, don’t panic. It will tell you what you need to send them and usually the problem is quickly resolved.
The NOA-2 is next. Processing times vary between the two processing centers, but are currently running between 120 and 150 days. Receipt of an NOA-2 means the regional center has approved your visa application and forwarded it to the NVC (National Visa Center)
At NVC you are assigned a case number. Your case number may be something like MOS-2007529013. Those numbers have a meaning and it is not that important but the MOS means it will be sent to the Moscow Embassy. The next 4 digits are the year it was processed. The next 3 numbers are the chronological date + 500. In other words, January 29th would be the 29th day of the year. December 31st would be the 365th day of the year. Add that number to 500 and that is where those numbers come from. The last three digits are the order the case was worked on that day. In my example it would have been the 13th case worked on for January 29th of 2007. Those using the Kiev Embassy will have a number starting with KEV.
The stay at NVC can be as short as a few days and usually is not much more than a few weeks. You will get a letter saying that your file has been sent to the embassy and giving you your new case number.
THE FOREIGN EMBASSY LEVEL
Once your file arrives in Moscow (or Kiev), You need to be making your final preparations. The Police report that is required sometimes takes a while to get. It is good for one year from the date it is issued so getting it early is a good idea.
The procedure is different for each Embassy. Many Embassies have a packet 3 and a packet 4. Kiev does it that way but Moscow combines them. Those using the Kiev embassy will receive a packet 3 and a check list. Once she returns the KEV-1 form notifying them she is ready they will set an interview date usually in 4-5 weeks. Moscow will send a packet with the date already assigned. Note: The staff in the Embassy in Moscow are indicating it is possible packets sent in Russia will not arrive in time for the interview. Provided your lady is on the list, the Embassy staff indicate she will be interviewed. The Fiance(e) Visa page for Moscow, located at http://moscow.usembassy.gov/fiancee.html states she must have her invitation letter. As of January 2009, both the Consulate and the Embassy staff indicate an interviewee will not be turned away - again, provided they are on the list. (Edited by GreyScales January 2009)
For Moscow the online K-1 Visa Schedule is at http://moscow.usembassy.gov/iv_dates.html
(Russian)* Above edited to reflect current web locations for the Moscow Schedule.
Ukraine does not post he schedules online but more information can be obtained athttp://kiev.usembassy.gov
She will need to provide the following at the interview.
1. A valid International Passport with a photocopy of the first page. They will keep this and return it with the visa fixed inside.
2. An original birth certificate with along with a photocopy and an English translation.
3. A police report in all names as well as all dates of birth ever used. Police certificate must contain references to each place in which the applicant lives or has lived for more than six months since attaining the age of 16.
4. Evidence of termination of prior marriage (if applicable), original, photocopy and translation into English.
5. Accompanying child requires a valid passport (or may be included in the parent's passport), a birth certificate and a medical examination. If a child is 16 years of age or over, police certificates are required. Translations of the indicated documents are required as well.
6. (3) black-and-white or color photos taken against a white or off - white background (5 x 5 sm) for visa which are basically passport style photos.
7. (3) photos of passport size for medical exam.
8. Visa application fee of $100 (or the ruble equivalent) per person, payable at the Embassy on the day of interview. Must be in cash. Moscow now asks for $131 (or the ruble equivalent)
9. A new letter of intent to marry from both addressed to the Embassy.
10. Documents confirming relationship: photos of Petitioner and Beneficiary together, letters to each other, phone bills, airplane tickets, emails, etc.
11. Results of Medical Examination in a sealed envelope. (clinic info following)
12. A prepaid DHL mailer. (There is a DHL office on the lower level of the building to the right of the north entrance of the US Embassy in Moscow. Ukraine applicants need a FedEx mailer and it can be purchased at the Embassy at the time of the interview.
There is information that she will need from you at the time of the interview. They include:
1. A letter from your employer stating position, salary, likelihood of your continued employment.
2. A letter from your bank stating your balance, your average balance, how long you have had your account (or the last 12 months bank statements)
3. A copy of the last year’s tax return if you are an employee or the last three years returns if you are self employed.
4. W-2’s for the last year.
5. Three consecutive recent pay stubs.
6. I-134 Affidavit of Support, signed and notarized.
7. A new letter of intent to marry addressed to the Moscow embassy.
American Embassy Moscow
21 Novinskiy Bulvar
U.S. Embassy Consular Section
Immigrant Visa Section
6 Pimonenko Street
UkraineThis topic was updated November 2008. Our thanks to Greyscales for the edits.