[INFOGRAPHIC] It Took Us 168 Days to Process My K1 Fiancée Visa

Processing my K1 visa was the most tedious government process I've done so far.

I didn't know anyone who went to the US on a K1 visa and getting someone to take care of processing my papers for me would cost minimally at $600.

I knew I didn't want to spend that much and I felt like we could get everything done in the same timeframe that these agencies who claim to make the processing time shorter.

We targeted my flight to be in the latter part of August 2017. So, we did the research on our own, had big roadblocks along the way, but pushed through anyway.

For Filipino-American couples that want to be together in the USA, here's my personal journey with my husband to help you get an overview of the time it takes to get everything set.

It Took Us 168 Days to Process My K1 Fiance Visa - FromPHtoUSA.com

I-129F Submission
(Sending an I-129F will tell the US Government that you want to bring your alien fiance to the USA so you can get married there. This will, then, lead to his/her adjustment of status as a permanent citizen.)
I-129F NOA1
(The first Notification of Action (NOA) that the US petitioner gets is to let the couple know that the petition is being processed.)
6 days
I-129F NOA2
(The second NOA received by the US Petitioner is a letter of approval for the petition.)
84 days
Notice to Schedule Interview
(The Filipino fiance can now schedule their application interview at the US Embassy.)
26 days
St. Luke's Medical Center Extension Clinic medical examination
(The Filipino fiance needs to undergo a medical examination to prove that he/she does not have a contagious disease that will be brought to the USA.)
21 days
US Embassy Interview
(These dates can be changed 2 times without a fine and must be attended to. A No-Show record on the couple's records will be a big delay in the process.)
27 days
K1 Visa Received
(If the K1 visa is approved, the Filipino fiance will be advised to wait 7-10 days for their visa. It will arrive at the 2Go Center that you indicate in the US Embassy website upon signing up for an account.)
4 days
Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) 
Predeparture Seminar
(This step is needed so that the Filipino fiance can get registered in the CFO database and get an emigrant sticker on their passport.)
7 days
USA Entry
(This must be done 6 months after the issuance of the K1 visa.)
25 days
Total Number of Days (from I-29F to K1 Visa Received)
168 days

Don't worry. There will be more entries to come as to how much we spent, and information we found out for ourselves which we never found on the internet. 

I hope this will help you plan your own journey. Good luck!

PS: I'd love to know in the comment section below. 
When do you plan to start processing a K1 visa? 
If you've already done it, how long did it take you?


  1. Very informative, thanks Kristel!

  2. We filed ours July 21st we are now on day 151 K1

  3. Wow we are 5 days apart, ours is 173 days total :-) now waiting for biometrics schedule for AOS. That one is a helpful summary for future K1 visa filers.

    1. That's great! I heard that the people who filed starting April 2017 are having a harder time with the K1 visa application. :(

  4. So true po, me and fiance are one of October filers from year 2017 and so far we not yet have our NOA2.