[INFOGRAPHIC] How Much Can a K1 Fiancé(e) Visa Cost?

They say you can't put a price on love but we can identify an amount you need to bring your Filipino fiancé(e) to the United States of America.

Aside from the long waiting time, you should also take into consideration the amount of time you need to save up for the total cost of a K1 visa because it is not cheap.

I know this firsthand because my husband and I processed my K1 visa from January to July 2017. We were preparing as early as November 2016 for this because we wanted to make complete this step leading to being together.

I went researching online on what is an accurate total for a K1 fiancé(e) visa application but found no detailed breakdown, so here is a breakdown of what we paid for.

My husband paid for 90% of this while I covered the smaller expenses, so props to him for sacrificing money to finish this process.

Please note that the SLEC Medical Examination already increased to Php17,025 and I already had a passport, which can cost Php950, before we did this process. The breakdown below is NOT based on all possible expenses but on actual ones we spent on.

USCIS I-129F Processing Fee
(Fee for processing the petition of the American citizen for the Filipino fiance)
535.00 / 26,750.00
Shipping Fee to USCIS Dallas Office
(USPS rate for shipping the application packet from Detroit to Dallas)
5.25 / 262.50
US Embassy K-1 Visa Application Fee
(Fee for booking an interview at the US Embassy in Metro Manila)
265.00 / 13,250.00
Medical Examination at St. Luke's Extension Clinic (SLEC)
(A requirement of the US Embassy for the K1 visa interview)
337.64 / 16,882.00
Shipping Fee of Affidavit of Support
(An Affidavit of Support with the original signature of the petitioner is required by the US Embassy for the K1 visa interview.)
70.95 / 1,135.20
Passport Size ID Photos
(A requirement of the US Embassy for the K1 visa interview)
4.00 / 200.00
NBI Clearance
(A requirement of the US Embassy for the K1 visa interview)
2.30 / 115.00
National Statistics Office (NSO) Certified Birth Certificate
(A requirement of the US Embassy for the K1 visa interview)
3.60 / 180.00
Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)
(A requirement of the US Embassy for the K1 visa interview for petitionee with no previous marriage/s)
4.00 / 200.00
Expandable Envelope
(Bought from National Bookstore and was used for bringing all documents at the US Embassy)
5.30 / 265.00
Hotel Accommodation for Interview at the US Embassy
(Booked a hostel that is walking distance from the US Embassy because gadgets are not allowed in their premises)
32.00 / 1,600.00
Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Seminar and Passport Sticker
(A requirement of the Philippine government for all Filipinos working or migrating overseas to be registered in their database. The passport sticker will be checked at the airport before departure)
8.00 / 400.00
(Combined costs of taking Uber, Angkas, jeepney rides, and bus fares from Batangas City to Metro Manila)
30.00 / 1,500.00
(Combined costs of meals bought on days allocated for K1 visa processing. These were during SLEC Medical Examination, processing of NBI Clearance, and CFO seminar.)
20.00 / 1,000.00
$1,323.04 / 63,739.70

Note: Conversion rates were based on fluctuating PHP-USD exchange rate on the dates each fee or document was processed.

How about you? Have you gone through this process? Was the amount you spent almost the same as what we did?  Let me know in the comment section below. :)


  1. This is really useful and informative. Thanks!

  2. Replies
    1. Oh wow. It's just been a year and it increased that much?!

  3. Small price to pay for someone to fuck and clean the house everyday.

    1. I know it's the stereotype for most Filipinos going to the US under a K1 visa but we're not all like that. :)